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Walk this way

by Elaine Ray on September 14, 2009 12:00 am
Stanford is wacky for its walks.  In addition to the nontraditional Commencement processional, there is the more reflective  “Walk the Farm” event, led by history professors DAVID KENNEDY and RICHARD WHITE, and based on the Midwestern practice of walking the perimeter of one’s property to stay in touch with the land. There also is the… Read more Walk this way

A classics professor's brush with rock stardom

by Elaine Ray on September 14, 2009 12:00 am
Professor IAN MORRIS, may be a specialist in ancient history, but it was his own past that caught up with him more recently. Morris, professor in classics and history, was the subject of an item published in Time Out Chicago magazine last week. Question: “There’s a rumor floating around the University of Chicago that a professor… Read more A classics professor's brush with rock stardom

Stanford joins forces with its peers

by Elaine Ray on September 12, 2009 12:00 am
“There’s something very authentic about universities working together to share knowledge,” says LISA LAPIN, assistant vice president for communications at Stanford, and a founder of Futurity, an online channel covering the latest scientific research taking place at 35 American and Canadian universities. Lapin calls the site an ad-free, agenda-free approach to reporting discoveries in science, engineering, the environment… Read more Stanford joins forces with its peers

Memories of the Farm: Valerie Jarrett; other teachable moments

by Elaine Ray on September 9, 2009 12:00 am
A Stanford Quad photograph of First-Friend-to-be Valerie Jarrett as an undergraduate student with her dormmates from Olivo-Magnolia, now known as Ujamaa. Gracing the cover of the September/October issue of Stanford magazine is alum VALERIE JARRETT. In a profile written by alum ROY JOHNSON, Jarrett, White House adviser and assistant to the president for intergovernmental relations… Read more Memories of the Farm: Valerie Jarrett; other teachable moments

LIve long and prosper

by Elaine Ray on September 8, 2009 12:00 am
The good news is that we’re living longer, but for many that reality carries its own worries. LAURA CARSTENSEN, professor of psychology and director of the Center on Longevity, says don’t worry, be prepared. Her new book, A Long Bright Future, attempts to shed the myths about aging that keep us from taking the necessary… Read more LIve long and prosper

Meet the new Resident Fellows

by Elaine Ray on September 8, 2009 12:00 am
Resident fellows, who live with their families in residence halls, recently held their first retreat with DEBORAH GOLDER, the new associate vice provost and dean of residential education. Two new RF couples were appointed this year: STEPHEN STEDMAN, senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), and his wife, CORINNE THOMAS, will… Read more Meet the new Resident Fellows

Weinstein heads to Washington

by Elaine Ray on September 7, 2009 12:00 am
JEREMY M. WEINSTEIN, an associate professor of political science, has been appointed director for democracy at the National Security Council. Weinstein, who is on leave from Stanford, is a faculty member at FSI’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law and the Center for International Security and Cooperation. His academic research focuses on… Read more Weinstein heads to Washington

Building 170's Green Team

by Elaine Ray on September 7, 2009 12:00 am
The Building 170 Green Team pilot project to increase building sustainability through individual effort has officially ended, but the savings continue, according to TOM FENNER, the deputy general counsel affectionately referred to as Capt. Compost. Fenner recently reported that daily electricity use in Building 170 is down approximately 20 percent since the project began in… Read more Building 170's Green Team

Multitasking experts juggle multitude of media calls

by Elaine Ray on August 31, 2009 12:00 am
… The authors of a study released last week on media multitasking did quite a bit of media juggling of their own. Communication Professor CLIFFORD NASS and his colleagues, lead author EYAL OPHIR, a researcher in Stanford’s Communication Between Humans and Interactive Media Lab, and ANTHONY WAGNER, associate professor of psychology, found that those of… Read more Multitasking experts juggle multitude of media calls

Alum primed to be Japan's next premier . . .

by Elaine Ray on August 31, 2009 12:00 am
Redesigning Japan’s government and economy probably wasn’t what YUKIO HATOYAMA had in mind when he studied engineering at Stanford. But more than three decades after leaving the Farm, a promise to shrink his country’s bureaucracy and shore up its economy helped Hatoyama lead his Democratic Party to a landslide victory in Sunday’s election, and secure… Read more Alum primed to be Japan's next premier . . .