Category: In the Spotlight

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
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
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
NCAA video

Stanford institutional video features faculty research

by Stanford News Service on September 27, 2018 2:41 pm
  The new Stanford institutional video that airs during televised Cardinal athletic competitions and within Stanford Stadium is called Stanford: Pursuing the Next Great Discovery and features: CHRIS RE, associate professor of computer science JO BOALER, professor of education JOHN DABIRI, professor of civil and environmental engineering and of mechanical engineering ALLISON OKAMURA, professor of mechanical… Read more Stanford institutional video features faculty research
Soto

Residence staff welcome first-year students to the punny Farm

by Kate Chesley on September 20, 2018 2:26 pm
The Stanford autumn quarter tradition of adopting witty and memorable themes for residence halls was on full display Thursday when first-year students moved into their new homes. Each year, resident assistants and other staff – upperclass students whose job is to help build community in the university’s dorms and houses – strive to select a… Read more Residence staff welcome first-year students to the punny Farm
George Jedenoff

What advice would a 101-year-old alum give to new students?

by Stanford News Service on September 19, 2018 4:55 pm
GEORGE JEDENOFF, who was born in Russia on July 5, 1917, earned his undergraduate degree in 1940 and his MBA in 1942, both from Stanford. His family moved when the Bolsheviks seized power in 1917, eventually landing in Seattle and then California. He served in World War II and later spent most of his career… Read more What advice would a 101-year-old alum give to new students?
Jasmin Kamruddin

Jasmin Kamruddin chosen to give student Convocation address

by Kate Chesley on September 18, 2018 2:40 pm
JASMIN KAMRUDDIN, a senior African American studies and political science major from Atlanta, has been selected to deliver the student Convocation address on Thursday, Sept. 20. Convocation is the official opening of the school year and is the culmination of move-in day for new students. Held on the Main Quad, it features welcomes to Stanford’s… Read more Jasmin Kamruddin chosen to give student Convocation address
Press interview

'Journalism Under Siege' course features prominent members of the media

by Stanford Continuing Studies on September 12, 2018 2:37 pm
Prominent journalists, including the executive editor of the Associated Press and the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, will be featured speakers in a new course offered this fall by Stanford Continuing Studies and the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships at Stanford. The course, Journalism Under Siege? Truth and Trust in a Time… Read more 'Journalism Under Siege' course features prominent members of the media
Dean Winslow

Unplanned comment leads Stanford doctor to champion gun violence prevention

by Amy Jeter Hansen on September 10, 2018 2:33 pm
For DEAN WINSLOW, professor of medicine, one comment last fall served as an ending and a beginning. At his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, two days after the mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, the retired Air Force colonel opined that it was “insane … that in the United… Read more Unplanned comment leads Stanford doctor to champion gun violence prevention
Łukasz Kidziński

Virtual athletes compete to take on a medical challenge

by Nathan Collins on July 20, 2018 12:05 am
The contestant wastes no time. It swings a prosthetic leg violently forward, drags its other leg quickly behind, then collapses into the ground — but it’s okay. This athlete is computer-generated, and what its creators learn from its fall could help them win a contest with a serious goal: designing better prosthetic limbs and helping… Read more Virtual athletes compete to take on a medical challenge