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Anti-predator gene expression in wild radishes

Wild radishes fend off caterpillars using “on-demand” anti-predator gene expression and these protections can extend to the next generation.

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Lerone A. Martin appointed new MLK Institute director

Lerone A. Martin is the second faculty director appointed in the history of Stanford’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute, following Clayborne Carson’s retirement in 2020.

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New study uses crowdsourcing to strengthen American democracy

The Strengthening Democracy Challenge will bring together academics, practitioners, and industry experts to identify solutions for pressing political problems.

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It’s all in the folding: how cells pack in oversized DNA segments

A new study reveals key details about how bacterial cells manage to pack in chromosomal DNA a thousand times longer than the cells themselves, and — even more amazingly — do so in a highly organized manner.

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Steinbeck’s experimentalism explored

English Professor Gavin Jones’ new book examines John Steinbeck’s experimentalism, contending that the author’s portrayals of climate change and wealth inequality make him an important literary voice for today.

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Van A. Harvey, professor emeritus of religious studies, dies at 95

Van A. Harvey, a leading scholar of religious thought who helped shape the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford, has died.

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Deadly railroad project in Congo reveals colonial-era abuses

A new book by J. P. Daughton examines the tremendous loss of African lives in the building of the Congo-Océan railroad under French colonial rule.

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Neale Mahoney and Heidi Williams named co-recipients of the 2021 ASHEcon Medal

Two faculty from the Department of Economics in the School of Humanities and Sciences have been named co-recipients of the biennial 2021 ASHEcon Medal.

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Social justice across age groups

In her new book, Justice Across Ages: Treating Young and Old as Equals,  Juliana Bidadanure highlights the need to equitably distribute jobs, income and other essential resources among people at different stages of life.

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Recycling brain regions

During development, the brain can repurpose parts when learning to recognize faces and to read.

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