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David Donoho wins Norbert Wiener Prize in Applied Mathematics

by Elaine Ray on January 8, 2010 4:01 am
DAVID DONOHO, professor of statistics, has won the Norbert Wiener Prize in Applied Mathematics, which is awarded every three years for “an outstanding contribution to applied mathematics in the highest and broadest sense.” Donoho won for “introducing novel fundamental and powerful mathematical tools in signal processing and image analysis.” The award citation lauded Donoho as… Read more David Donoho wins Norbert Wiener Prize in Applied Mathematics

'This Emotional Life'

by Elaine Ray on January 8, 2010 4:00 am
This week, PBS aired a three-part series called This Emotional Life, which takes an in-depth and expansive look at human emotions, from love and depression to fear and the pursuit of happiness. The series features everyday people and celebrities such as John Leguizamo, Katie Couric, Larry David, America Ferrera and FARAI CHIDEYA (’02 Knight Fellow).… Read more 'This Emotional Life'

Clean, green and gold

by Elaine Ray on January 6, 2010 4:01 am
Stanford has been named as one of the “Top 10 cleantech universities in the U.S. for 2010” by Cleantech.com. The Farm was singled out for developing an ambitious, long-range, $250 million initiative to reduce the university’s carbon footprint and for the establishment of the Precourt Institute for Energy . . . Stanford also received a… Read more Clean, green and gold

To Russia with ... McFaul

by Elaine Ray on January 6, 2010 4:00 am
The Washington Independent has named MICHAEL MCFAUL one of the “Top Five National Security Players of 2009.” McFaul, professor of political science and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, is currently serving as the National Security Council’s director for Russia. The citation noted that McFaul traveled to Russia… Read more To Russia with ... McFaul

'Dad, some guy is calling from Sweden'

by Elaine Ray on January 5, 2010 4:00 am
In her book Reindeer with King Gustaf: What to Expect When Your Spouse Wins the Nobel Prize, Anita Laughlin, wife of physics Professor ROBERT LAUGHLIN, descibes the pomp, the wardrobe changes and the ways the prize changed her family’s life. But the heady journey began at their campus home. “Twenty years after our first date,… Read more 'Dad, some guy is calling from Sweden'

The weekend in sports

by Elaine Ray on January 4, 2010 4:00 am
While many of us were savoring the final days of the holiday break, Stanford athletes were hard at work this weekend. Alas, the Cardinal football team lost to the Oklahoma Sooners in the Sun Bowl in El Paso New Year’s Eve. “Our guys fought as hard as they could,”  Coach JIM HARBAUGH said during a… Read more The weekend in sports

'Why donʼt you take that position at Stanford?'

by Elaine Ray on January 3, 2010 12:43 am
The “S” word pops up in the most interesting and unexpected places.  The latest utterance is in the movie A Single Man, about George, a gay literature professor in Los Angeles, played by Colin Firth, who is coming to grips with the death of his longtime partner.  George’s friend Charlotte (Julianne Moore) asks: “Why donʼt… Read more 'Why donʼt you take that position at Stanford?'

Cameron’s 'Avatar' and Stanford: Beyond Sigourney Weaver’s tank top

by Elaine Ray on December 22, 2009 12:00 pm
James Cameron knew his blockbuster Avatar, about a fight for resources between humans and the blue Navi race on planet Pandora, was entertaining and technologically groundbreaking. But did he know when he put scientist Grace’s Navi avatar, played by SIGOURNEY WEAVER, ’72, in a Stanford tank top, how much his movie’s plotline synched with Stanford’s… Read more Cameron’s 'Avatar' and Stanford: Beyond Sigourney Weaver’s tank top

Give a gift, donate blood

by Elaine Ray on December 22, 2009 9:34 am
The Stanford Blood Center has a slate of holiday promotions to encourage donors to give during a time of year when there’s often a shortfall in blood supplies. Currently, the blood center is below its minimum inventory in five out of eight blood types, particularly types O-negative and B-negative. During the center’s “It’s a fare… Read more Give a gift, donate blood

An officer and a funnyman

by Elaine Ray on December 18, 2009 4:00 am
NANCI HOWE, associate dean and director of student activities, was on her way to the office earlier this week and noticed two police cars parked in front of Dinkelspiel Auditorium. She saw Deputy ALLEN JAMES of the Stanford Department of Public Safety heading back to one of the cars and questioned why they needed to… Read more An officer and a funnyman