Category: Great reads

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Constitution at root of political dysfunction

by Staff on May 9, 2016 5:38 pm
What are the causes of our political dysfunction today? While some may find it hard to accept, one scholar says the Constitution itself is at the root of the problem. TERRY MOE, a political science professor and Hoover senior fellow, argues that we need to give more expansive powers to the presidency. His point of… Read more Constitution at root of political dysfunction

Authors in good company at Stanford

by Veronica Marian on April 22, 2016 4:00 am
For 13 years, PETER STANSKY, professor emeritus of history, has brought to the Stanford community “A Company of Authors,” the speed-dating version of a book fair. This year’s event was held April 16 at the Stanford Humanities Center, where scholars from various disciplines discussed their recently published books with an audience of more than a… Read more Authors in good company at Stanford
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Stanford labor economist talks about uphill struggle as feminist scholar

by Clifton Parker on April 15, 2016 4:00 am
MYRA STROBER knows a thing or two about overcoming obstacles. Strober, a labor economist who studied gender issues, childcare and feminist economics, led a trailblazing career – both in and out of the classroom. The professor emerita of education and of business, was an activist, academic, wife and mother and mentor to many students and… Read more Stanford labor economist talks about uphill struggle as feminist scholar
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Stanford researchers uncover secrets in the brains of sleeping seniors

by Tracie White on April 3, 2016 5:57 pm
Sometimes scientists discover the best new stuff by disproving their own hypotheses. This seems to be what happened for a group of sleep researchers who recently set out to study sleep in the senior population. The plan was for the researchers to set up high-tech equipment in the bedrooms of 150 older adults and examine a phenomenon… Read more Stanford researchers uncover secrets in the brains of sleeping seniors

Stanford's Bill Lane Center hosts conference on rural Western issues

by Geoff McGhee on March 31, 2016 9:40 pm
Stanford’s Bill Lane Center for the American West recently held its fourth annual scholarly conference on rural Western issues. The Eccles Rural West Conference took place March 17-19 in Missoula, Montana, bringing together more than 70 scholars, journalists, lawyers, and policymakers from across the western United States. Stanford political scientists BRUCE E. CAIN, DAVID BRADY,… Read more Stanford's Bill Lane Center hosts conference on rural Western issues

New device developed by a Stanford researcher improves family planning options for women in the developing world

by Ruthann Richter on March 29, 2016 4:00 am
Many women in the developing world say they don’t want to get pregnant in the 18 months after childbirth, but they don’t have access to family planning services. Now a Stanford researcher has invented a new, low-cost option for these women that would enable them to obtain long-term contraception just after delivery. The device consists… Read more New device developed by a Stanford researcher improves family planning options for women in the developing world

Match Day pride

by Tracie White on March 21, 2016 8:00 pm
At exactly 9:05 a.m. on Friday, March 18, JACOB ROSENBERG, a soon-to-be Stanford medical school graduate, ran a finger across the envelope that held his future. He looked around the table at his friends and family, paused for dramatic effect, then ripped it open. “Hah!” he laughed, throwing back his head. Then he turned a… Read more Match Day pride
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How the 'Broccoli Forest' Happened

by Staff on March 16, 2016 4:11 pm
In the current issue of Stanford magazine, writer KELLI ANDERSON explains the story behind the 1990 naming of the Enchanted Broccoli Forest, which she notes is “a pioneer in Stanford’s brief history of whimsically named student residences.” The Enchanted Broccoli Forest, with 53 residents, is one of the largest co-ops at Stanford. It is located… Read more How the 'Broccoli Forest' Happened

Stanford English professor named finalist for PEN/Faulkner Award

by Tanu Wakefield on March 15, 2016 5:45 pm
Stanford Creative Writing professor ELIZABETH TALLENT has been named a finalist for the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Tallent earned the nomination for her latest short story collection, Mendocino Fire. The PEN/Faulkner Award is one of the highest honors available to American fiction writers. Three writers, serving as judges, selected Tallent and four other finalists… Read more Stanford English professor named finalist for PEN/Faulkner Award

Stanford partners with Univision, Televisa Foundation to promote STEM education

by Brooke Donald on March 10, 2016 5:31 pm
Nearly everyone who gathered last week at Stanford Graduate School of Education (GSE) for a discussion on getting Latinos into STEM careers had a smartphone. Before the opening presentation, the crowd of more than 200 texted; they snapped photos; they browsed social media; they listened to music and they played games. But when the lights… Read more Stanford partners with Univision, Televisa Foundation to promote STEM education