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Stanford Report, March 8, 2000

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'TIS THE SEASON FOR STEELHEAD TROUT IN Stanford waters to leap through the rapid ride of the fish ladders. This time of year when trouts spawn, small dams built for diverting water can impede their upstream migration. So, some years back, fish ladders were installed in a tributary off Los Trancos Road and on San Francisquito Creek off Alpine Road. The angled troughs feature steel fins that create turbulence when water is plentiful. Ladders run from the streambed below to the top of the dam, and allow fish to reach the creek above the dam. It takes 3 to 10 cubic feet of water per second to kick the ladders into operation. "Everything's running, and there's lots of water," says LARRY ANDREWS, manager of water/sewer systems.

PERHAPS IT WAS THE THREAT OF MENACING weather, but participation was sparse at the 11th annual William M. Fairbank Memorial Run/Walk/Bike held Feb. 26. The 4.1-mile race, held in remembrance of the late physics professor, picks as the champion the person whose actual finish time is closest to her/his predicted time. Only nine hardy participants showed by noon, when Fairbank's widow, Jane, the official starter, signaled the beginning of the race. BENJAMIN COWAN, a graduate student in physics, was declared the winner with a predicted time of 27.30 and an actual time of 27.22. As is traditional, the winner's name will appear on a plaque displayed in the Physics Department.

DON'T DESPAIR IF YOU'RE NOT AMONG THE 1,500 who've participated in the free course led by DOUGLAS ENGELBART, leader of the research team credited with introducing the mouse, pointer cursor, multiple windows, display editing, the first hypertext system and collaborative computing. Engelbart will wrap up the Engelbart Colloquium Series 2000, a 10-week series sponsored by the Stanford Center for Professional Development, with a review session tomorrow from 4 to 7 p.m. If you register by end of business today, you can attend tomorrow's review of the nine previous sessions, including those titled "Augmenting Organi-zational Capabilities," "Leveraging Our Collective Intelligence" and "Enabling Technology ­ Missing Pieces." You also can register anytime to gain access to the series' archives. Thursday's session will take place in Room 102 of the Thornton Center and is accessible on webcast via Stanford Online and on the Stanford Instructional Television Network microwave broadcast. To register, visit

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