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Channel 51 debuts

STANFORD -- Stanford's Channel 51 will kick off its first “season” of programming Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m.

The inaugural episode of InterChange, a half-hour weekly interview series hosted by Douglas Foster, director of the Stanford News Service, will feature Claude Steele, professor of psychology. Steele will discuss his work on the effects of affirmative action policies on both academic performance and individual self esteem.

QuadrAngles, a series about Stanford, follows at 7:30 p.m. and will feature the following short films: “Grand Design: A History of the Stanford Museum,” and “Experiencing Stanford,” a 1995 look at undergraduate life.

“Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers," a one-hour lecture by neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky on the relationship of stress to the onset and progression of killers such as cancer and heart disease, will be showcased on Health & Society at 8 p.m.

The first round of programming will conclude with a festival of documentary films and videos produced by students from Stanford's graduate program in film and video production. This hour features five films produced from 1989 to 1995, from a colorful portrait of San Francisco's Mission District to a moving portrait of a breast cancer survivor.

Programming will be repeated at 11 p.m. and again at 2 p.m. on Thursday, with a new set of shows beginning that evening at 7 p.m. A calendar of events, university job listings and sports scores will scroll during programming breaks.

“This is a wonderful project because it represents a universitywide effort," said Jan Thomson, the university director of communications services who is coordinating the daily operations of the new cable channel. "Groups, organizations and individuals from literally all over university participated in making this a reality."

Channel 51's core crew includes executive producer Randy Bean, senior producer Jack D. Hubbard, who is also the associate director of the Stanford News Service, Etang Inyang, a graduate student intern from the department of communication, and Marian Adams, who is responsible for putting together the calendar of events and developing corporate and individual underwriting sponsorships for the programs.

Key support has been provided by Stanford Libraries, Stanford Athletics Department, Stanford Health Services, Information Technology Systems and Services, the Stanford Alumni Association, the Hoover Institute, Stanford Law School, the Tanner Foundation, the Institute for International Studies and Stanford Health Service.

Special services were provided by the staffs of Communication

Services (ITSS), the News Service, Stanford Instructional Television Network (SITN), and the Office of Development.



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