In the Spotlight

Seeking solutions to climate change

Stanford faculty study the causes and effects of climate change, and investigate new ways of reducing carbon emissions through green energy technologies and policy decisions.

What it’s like to be a chemist

Laura Dassama and her fellow Stanford chemists talk about their paths into the field, the joys of making new molecules and the way in which the “central science” pervades our lives.

Understanding ourselves and our past

Stanford humanities scholars are probing ancient questions through modern and traditional methods to figure out how and why history unfolded the way it did and what makes us human.

Back to school

With a new school year ahead, Stanford research shows how students, teachers and parents can better understand what leads to – or in some instances, undermines – a student's success.

What it’s like to be a neuroscientist

Neuroscientist Miriam Goodman and four members of her lab talk about their paths to neuroscience, the kind of failure that is essential to science, and the hopes and joys that keep them coming back for more.

Exploring the microbiome frontier

This collection of stories about scientists at Stanford reveals the many ways they are learning how the microbiome influences health and how to harness the microbiome to treat disease and improve our overall well-being.

What it’s like to be a theoretical physicist

Theoretical physicist Shamit Kachru and three of his graduate students talk about the social fabric behind their research, the cycle of confusion and discovery, and the sense of awe – or the cool factor – that drives them.

Giving voice to Chinese railroad workers

Researchers with Stanford’s Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project detail the story of Chinese migrants who helped construct the First Transcontinental Railroad.