Category: In the Spotlight

Mark Appel to return to Farm for his senior year

by Elaine Ray on July 17, 2012 4:00 am
  MARK APPEL, who was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft, has decided to return to Stanford and earn his degree before pursuing a professional baseball career. “After much thought, prayer and analysis of both opportunities, I came to the conclusion the best decision is to remain… Read more Mark Appel to return to Farm for his senior year

Arnold Rampersad wins Anisfield-Wolf Book Prize Lifetime Achievement Award

by Elaine Ray on July 16, 2012 4:00 am
ARNOLD RAMPERSAD, professor emeritus of English and an award-winning biographer and literary critic, is the winner of the 77th Annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards Lifetime Achievement Award. The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards is the country’s only juried literary competition devoted to recognizing books that have made an important contribution to society’s understanding of racism and the diversity… Read more Arnold Rampersad wins Anisfield-Wolf Book Prize Lifetime Achievement Award

Chris Gerdes video on fast cars achieves elevation

by Elaine Ray on July 12, 2012 4:00 am
When Stanford embarked on its homegrown TEDxStanford effort in May, the objective was to “share important Stanford discoveries and innovations with the world far beyond campus,” says MELINDA SACKS, director of media initiatives in the Office of the Vice President for Public Affairs. That plan has materialized with the posting of one of the May… Read more Chris Gerdes video on fast cars achieves elevation

Spanish teacher at Stanford's East Palo Alto Academy honored by U.S. Education Secretary

by Brooke Donald on July 10, 2012 4:00 am
MISLA BARCO, a high school Spanish teacher at East Palo Alto Academy, was immediately suspicious when she was asked to be at Vice Principal JEFFREY CAMARILLO‘s office for a recruitment meeting at 7:30 a.m. “He kept texting me, ‘Don’t be late. Don’t be late,'” Barco recalled. “I was thinking, this isn’t for recruitment. I was… Read more Spanish teacher at Stanford's East Palo Alto Academy honored by U.S. Education Secretary

TEDxStanford videos online

by Elaine Ray on July 9, 2012 4:00 am
On May 19 the university hosted TEDxStanford, a daylong event featuring more than two dozen presentations and performances. Topics ranged from early cancer detection to the consequences of helicopter parenting and questions about what makes music. If you were not among the 600 or so guests who attended, or if you’d like to experience some of… Read more TEDxStanford videos online

Stanford earns Gold rating for sustainability efforts

by Kate Chesley on July 3, 2012 4:00 am
Stanford has earned a 2012 Gold rating from the Association of Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) for its overall sustainability performance, according to FAHMIDA AHMED, director of the Office of Sustainability. According to Ahmed, Stanford is one of only 32 institutions out of AASHE’s 1,000 members to earn the Gold rating. AASHE sponsors… Read more Stanford earns Gold rating for sustainability efforts

Kate Maher honored with Cox Medal for fostering undergraduate research

by Kathleen Sullivan on June 27, 2012 4:00 am
During the Commencement award ceremonies of the School of Earth Sciences, KATE MAHER, assistant professor of geological and environmental sciences, received the 2012 Allan V. Cox Medal for Faculty Excellence Fostering Undergraduate Research. PAMELA MATSON, the Chester Naramore Dean of the School of Earth Sciences, presented the Cox Medal to Maher. The Cox Medal is… Read more Kate Maher honored with Cox Medal for fostering undergraduate research

Persis Drell goes to Washington

by Elaine Ray on June 26, 2012 4:00 am
On June 21, SLAC Director PERSIS DRELL was in Washington, D.C., to testify before a subcommittee of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, for a session devoted to Department of Energy user facilities. It was her first time doing this. Drell was one of five witnesses. The others were ANTONIO LANZIROTTI, chairman, National… Read more Persis Drell goes to Washington

Onscreen scientist Mark Ruffalo visits Stanford to discuss clean-energy strategy

by Kate Chesley on June 25, 2012 5:52 am
Life imitated art when MARK RUFFALO, the actor who plays scientist Bruce Banner (aka “The Hulk”) in the blockbuster film The Avengers, came to Stanford. The Oscar-nominated actor/director teamed up with MARK JACOBSON, a real-life scientist and senior fellow with the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Precourt Institute for Energy, for an… Read more Onscreen scientist Mark Ruffalo visits Stanford to discuss clean-energy strategy

Stanford team goes to national clean energy competition

by Elaine Ray on June 20, 2012 4:00 am
A Stanford team with a novel idea finished in the top six of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National University Clean Energy Business Challenge earlier this month. In May, the Stanford team’s project beat out more than 60 other university teams to win the competition’s western regional segment, earning a $100,000 prize. The award also… Read more Stanford team goes to national clean energy competition