Category: Great reads

Patient at Stanford's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital gets a Super Bowl surprise

by Staff on February 4, 2016 7:00 pm
ALEX WALTER, 18, has been a Denver Broncos fan for a long time. His mom, Ronda, says it might have something to do with spending the first several years of his life in the Mile-High City, where Alex underwent treatment for his congenital heart disease, which included several surgeries. Alex came to Packard Children’s at… Read more Patient at Stanford's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital gets a Super Bowl surprise

Stanford's Tara VanDerveer wins lifetime achievement award

by Stanford Athletics on February 1, 2016 4:51 pm
TARA VANDERVEER, head coach of Stanford’s women’s basketball team, was honored recently with the 2016 Coaching Corps Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2nd Annual Game Changer Awards in San Francisco. VanDerveer’s award was presented by former Stanford All-American JENNIFER AZZI, who currently is head coach of women’s basketball at the University of San Francisco. The… Read more Stanford's Tara VanDerveer wins lifetime achievement award

Stanford engineers have good news for Stephen Colbert: It is plausible to climb like Spider-Man

by Bjorn Carey on January 28, 2016 7:00 pm
Last week, STEPHEN COLBERT took center stage on The Late Show and lamented that a recent study by zoologists at the University of Cambridge found that Spider-Man probably couldn’t actually climb walls. The researchers ran the numbers and found natural adhesive forces scale in such a way that geckos are the largest animals that can… Read more Stanford engineers have good news for Stephen Colbert: It is plausible to climb like Spider-Man

Stanford students in creativity course help inmates envision life after prison

by Michael Peña on January 15, 2016 4:33 am
How do you unlock latent creativity? Just talk to students at Stanford who have taken the course Management Science and Engineering 177: Creativity Rules. Every class begins with warm-up exercises that can look like a makeshift conga line or disco dance-off. Then, with bodies and minds limbered, students learn creative problem-solving tools for tackling challenges… Read more Stanford students in creativity course help inmates envision life after prison

'Stanford Medicine' magazine wins top honors

by Susan Ipaktchian on January 12, 2016 4:00 pm
Stanford Medicine and three of the stories published in the magazine in 2015 earned the highest possible awards in the annual competition sponsored by the American Association of Medical Colleges. Stanford Medicine, which is produced by the medical school’s Office of Communication & Public Affairs, received an Award of Excellence in the external-audience periodical category.… Read more 'Stanford Medicine' magazine wins top honors

Two Stanford scientists among '10 people who mattered' in 2015

by Dan Stober on January 6, 2016 12:01 am
Nature, the venerable science journal, has announced its list of 10 people who mattered in the world in 2015, and two of them are from Stanford. ZHENAN BAO, professor of chemical engineering, and CHRISTINA SMOLKE, associate professor of bioengineering, were named to Nature‘s list of “10 people who mattered this year.” Nature included Smolke and… Read more Two Stanford scientists among '10 people who mattered' in 2015

Hoover Institution book explores income inequality, honors Nobel economist

by Jennifer Mayfield on December 17, 2015 4:00 am
The new Hoover Institution book, Inequality and Economic Policy: Essays in Memory of Gary Becker, is a collection of writings by economists who examine the many facets of income inequality. The book was published to honor the late economist GARY BECKER, a Nobel Prize winner and senior fellow of the Hoover Institution, who died in 2014. JOHN… Read more Hoover Institution book explores income inequality, honors Nobel economist

Stanford philosophy professor wins international book prize

by Tanu Wakefield on December 11, 2015 4:00 am
MICHAEL FRIEDMAN, a professor of philosophy at Stanford, has won the Fernando Gil International Prize in Philosophy of Science for his latest work on 18th-century German philosopher Immanuel Kant. Friedman’s book Kant’s Construction of Nature: A Reading of the Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science (Cambridge University Press, 2013) won the biennial prize, which recognizes the… Read more Stanford philosophy professor wins international book prize

Name that voice: Enjoy the 'Stanford 125' video, then take the quiz

by Elaine Ray on November 19, 2015 4:37 pm
Created as part of the kick-off of the university’s 125th anniversary celebration, the “Stanford 125” video includes soundbites from 10 notable campus speakers. How many do you recognize?

Filmmaker Mira Nair shares the art of portraying the complexities of South Asia

by Kendra Davidson on November 18, 2015 4:00 am
“Nothing prepared me for the extraordinary hospitality, but also the ancient and deeply modern culture that I was in front of,” MIRA NAIR recalled thinking during her first trip to Lahore, Pakistan. “And that is what led me to make a film about Pakistan.” Nair, a renowned Indian filmmaker, was speaking at a film screening… Read more Filmmaker Mira Nair shares the art of portraying the complexities of South Asia