In the Spotlight

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.

Volcanoes, archaeology and the secrets of Roman concrete

Geophysical processes have shaped Pozzuoli, Italy, like few other places in the world. Stanford students applied modern tools to understand those links and what it means to live with natural hazards as both threat and inspiration.

Science meets art

From first-time dancers to life-long painters, these Stanford scientists give us a glimpse into the many ways science and art intersect.

Predicting, preventing preterm births

Stanford’s top obstetricians, neonatologists, geneticists, microbiologists, immunologists, epidemiologists, health policy experts and bioengineers are investigating the basic science of preterm birth. Aiming to predict and prevent many preterm births, their goal is to help more babies arrive safely.

The glow of science

The union of light and science gives us beautiful images, which, to the untrained eye, can appear strange, magical – and downright mysterious. Can you guess what you are looking at from glowing works of art representing different areas of research?