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Kresge Auditorium demolition

Kresge Auditorium was demolished this summer to make way for a Law School building that is set to be completed in December 2010.

Kresge Auditorium demolition

Among those who spoke at the Kresge Auditorium are F.W. de Klerk, Joseph Wilson and Betty Friedan.

John LeSchofs/VAS Time capsule placement

David Stevenson, Kathy Gillam and Marcia Cohen make remarks at the School of Medicine's time capsule placement on Aug. 19.

In case you hadn't noticed, there's a gaping expanse where Kresge Auditorium used to be. The building was razed earlier this summer to make way for a new Law School building that is expected to be completed in December 2010. Kresge was built in the early '70s and dedicated along with the Law School's Crown Quadrangle in the fall of 1975. But while the school's student population has remained pretty steady, the expansion of programs and centers has resulted in an increase in the number of faculty, staff and researchers there. Kresge, of course, was not just a venue for Law School activities. Author and Stanford alum MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM read from his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Hours, there. Environmental activist Julia Butterfly Hill talked about putting her body on the line by staging a protest in a 1,000-year-old Humboldt County redwood for 738 days.  F. W. de Klerk, the former president of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize winner, defended his record amid protesters. FBI Director Robert Mueller spoke at Kresge during the release on campus of a George W. Bush administration draft report on cybersecurity. Former Ambassador Joseph Wilson talked about the outing of his wife, former CIA officer Valerie Plame. The Rev. Bernice King remembered her father, Martin, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson honored César Chávez. Feminist Betty Friedan gave her perspective on aging at Kresge, and Maxine Hong Kingston talked to a mostly freshman audience about the endurance of her book The Woman Warrior. As for the building itself, you can watch a time-lapse video of the demolition on the Law School's website.

And as one building goes down, another goes up. A Centennial Time Capsule filled with donated items from faculty, students and staff was "interred" Aug. 19 in the floor of a classroom in the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge, which is under construction at the School of Medicine. Items in the 90-pound silver box include pipettes, medical textbooks, news articles about Stanford, the Nov. 5, 2008, New York Times announcing Barack Obama's election to the presidency, a Stanford campus map and an issue of Rolling Stone magazine with actor Orlando Bloom on the cover, signed by Stanford medical students. If all goes well, the Class of 2008 will open the capsule at their 50th alumni reunion in 2058.

English Professor SHELLEY FISHER FISHKIN has been preserving history for a long time. Recently, she received the Mark Twain Circle Certificate of Merit "for long and distinguished service in the elucidation of the work, thought, life and art of Mark Twain." As he presented the award on Aug. 9 in New York, University of Illinois English Professor Bruce Michelson, president of the organization, asked: "Can you think of anyone who has done more, in the past 20 years, to keep Mark Twain on the front page of the national newspapers and magazines? To get his work into the lights on Broadway? To bring the visual and textual experience of his first editions out of the rare book rooms and into the hands of new generations of ordinary readers?" Noting that Fishkin has "barrels of awards" already, Michelson added, "She doesn't need this one – but for our own sake, we need for her to accept it."

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) announced last week that it had named three former Stanford researchers among their 2009-2010 Science and Technology Policy fellows. The 190 Fellows named this year are doctoral-level scientists and master's- and doctoral-level engineers who will spend a year working in federal agencies or congressional offices. They learn about science policy while providing valuable expertise to the government. JUDSEN BRUZGUL, who earned his doctorate in biological sciences in 2007 and did postdoctoral work at the Woods Institute for the Environment, will join the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Resources Management and Administration as an AAAS Energy, Environment, Agriculture and Natural Resources Fellow. PRAJWAL KULKARNI, who earned master's and doctoral degrees in applied physics from Stanford in 2005 and 2009, respectively, has been named an AAAS Energy, Environment, Agriculture and Natural Resources Fellow with the EPA's Office of the Science Adviser. MATTHEW POLIZZOTTO, who completed his postdoctoral work in environmental earth system science at Stanford in July, has been named an AAAS Diplomacy Fellow with the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Natural Resources Management. Polizzotto also earned his PhD at Stanford in 2007 in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences.

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