Stories published in 2021

Stanford Today —

‘From Black Power to BLM: Reimagining Dr. King’s Dream’

The Stanford community is invited to attend a virtual event in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr., including a panel discussion and a video tribute to Clayborne Carson, the Ronnie Lott Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford.

Stanford Today —

Update on undergraduate planning

Provost Persis Drell and Vice Provost for Student Affairs Susie Brubaker-Cole sent the following message to students and their families, which includes steps in the planning process for spring quarter.

Controlling chemistry with sculpted light

Using state-of-the-art fabrication and imaging, researchers watched the consequences of adding sculpted light to a catalyst during a chemical transformation. This work could inform more efficient – and potentially new – forms of catalysis.

New state of matter in one-dimensional quantum gas

By adding some magnetic flair to an exotic quantum experiment, physicists produced an ultra-stable one-dimensional quantum gas with never-before-seen “scar” states – a feature that could someday be useful for securing quantum information.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech at Stanford: Genuine equality

On April 14, 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at Memorial Auditorium about racism and civil rights in American society. He touched on many of the issues that resonate today: racism, poverty and violence versus nonviolent social activism.

Lead poisoning of children

A remediation and public education effort at an abandoned battery recycling facility in Bangladesh eliminated most lead soil contamination, but levels of the toxic metal in children living near the site did not decrease nearly as much. The discrepancy reveals the scope of other lead exposure sources and the challenge they present to public health.

Linking piped water, health and gender equality

New Stanford research finds installing piped water in rural Zambian homes frees up time in the daily lives of women and girls, while also promoting economic growth and food security – making an argument for piped water infrastructure investments across rural, low-income areas.