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Visible and valued: Stanford Medicine's first LGBTQ+ Forum

by Julie Greicius on October 16, 2018 2:07 pm
A “chosen family” is how some of the speakers described their colleagues here during the first Stanford Medicine LGBTQ+ Forum. Too often those letters — which stand for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning — describe individuals whose sexual orientation or gender identity is kept hidden because it can be so personally and professionally risky… Read more Visible and valued: Stanford Medicine's first LGBTQ+ Forum
Shanto Iyengar

NSF grant funds study of what Americans think about U.S. politics

by Melissa De Witte on October 15, 2018 3:08 pm
As the 2020 presidential election approaches, what the American electorate is thinking is top of mind for many. That’s especially true for political scientist SHANTO IYENGAR, who will spend the next two years asking Americans what they think about U.S. politics. Thanks to a $3.825 million grant Stanford is receiving from the National Science Foundation,… Read more NSF grant funds study of what Americans think about U.S. politics
Anna Fifield

Anna Fifield of the Washington Post wins Shorenstein Journalism Award

by Noa Ronkin on October 13, 2018 10:56 am
The Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC) has awarded the Washington Post’s Beijing Bureau Chief Anna Fifield the Shorenstein Journalism Award. The award, given annually by APARC, is conferred on a journalist who has produced outstanding reporting on critical issues affecting Asia and has contributed to a greater understanding of the region. Fifield’s award recognizes… Read more Anna Fifield of the Washington Post wins Shorenstein Journalism Award
Steve Stedman

FSI scholars join Kofi Annan Foundation commission on democracy in the digital age

by Krysten Crawford on October 11, 2018 2:17 pm
The Kofi Annan Foundation has tapped four Stanford scholars at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) to help advance one of its top priorities: to shed light on the rapidly changing role of technology in elections around the world and to recommend ways of ensuring that digital tools strengthen – not undercut – democracy. To… Read more FSI scholars join Kofi Annan Foundation commission on democracy in the digital age
Paula Welander. (Photo credit: Steve Castillo)

Paula Welander receives NSF, GSA awards

by Danielle Torrent Tucker on October 10, 2018 2:33 pm
PAULA WELANDER, assistant professor of Earth system science, recently received the 2018 Award for Outstanding Research In Geomicrobiology from the Geological Society of America (GSA), as well as a 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award. The GSA award is presented to exceptional scholars for their accomplishments in research, education and mentoring and service in geobiology. The NSF… Read more Paula Welander receives NSF, GSA awards
neuroscience

First came the burritos, then the brains, for students interested in the neurosciences

by Nathan Collins on October 9, 2018 2:27 pm
First came the burritos, then the brains. Somewhere in between, more than 50 undergraduates who showed up for the Stanford Undergraduate Neuroscience Society’s “Brains and Burritos” heard from researchers and mingled with others curious about brain science. PANOS VANDRIS, a sophomore studying biology and comparative literature and an organizer of the event, said the organization… Read more First came the burritos, then the brains, for students interested in the neurosciences
Solar energy

Stanford-born energy business wins global competition

by Rob Jordan on October 8, 2018 2:05 pm
An idea hatched by two Stanford graduate students in an engineering and entrepreneurship class has won a global competition for climate change-focused business plans, technologies and platforms. Solstice Energy Solutions, founded by UGWEM ENEYO (MS ’17) and COLE STITES-CLAYTON (’14, MS ’15), earned top honors and $25,000 in the California Climate Cup. Eneyo accepted the prize… Read more Stanford-born energy business wins global competition
John Hennessy

Former president John Hennessy shares leadership lessons learned

by Kathleen Sullivan on October 5, 2018 2:58 pm
In his new book, Leading Matters: Lessons from My Journey, John Hennessy describes the four pillars that bolstered his courage at key moments during his tenure as president of Stanford: Remember the core mission; step up when the community needs you; sometimes courage means standing firm; and don’t be afraid to take risks. In the… Read more Former president John Hennessy shares leadership lessons learned
Women of the Gulag

Hoover Press book, Women of the Gulag, featured in new documentary

by Clifton B. Parker on October 4, 2018 2:35 pm
Women of the Gulag, a new film documentary based on Hoover scholar PAUL GREGORY’s book by that name, is now being screened. Drawing upon the 2013 Hoover Institution Press book, Women of the Gulag: Portraits of Five Remarkable Lives, the film tells compelling and tragic stories of women who survived the Gulag – the brutal system of repression and… Read more Hoover Press book, Women of the Gulag, featured in new documentary
Patty Purpur De Vries

BeWell offers advice about reducing the stress that clutter causes

by Katie Shumake on October 3, 2018 2:31 pm
Here’s news from BeWell that we can all use. BeWell talked to PATTY PURPUR DE VRIES, associate director of Enterprise Wellness: Strategy & Innovation and director of Stanford LeadWell Network, about clutter. Turns out that as clutter builds, so does stress. Research shows that clutter causes anxiety and has a negative impact on mental health,… Read more BeWell offers advice about reducing the stress that clutter causes