Category: In the Spotlight

Stanford's Hall of Famers

by on October 21, 2009 4:00 am
Award-winning playwright DAVID HENRY HWANG is one of four alumni who will be honored at the 15th annual Multicultural Alumni Hall of Fame induction ceremony during Reunion Homecoming. Hwang, who won a Tony Award in 1988 for M. Butterfly, graduated from Stanford in 1979. He will be joined by Dr. V. JOY SIMMONS, ’74, physician… Read more Stanford's Hall of Famers

GSB alum shares Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics

by on October 12, 2009 5:43 am
OLIVER E. WILLIAMSON, Stanford MBA 1960, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences today. Williamson, a professor emeritus of business, economics and law at U.C. Berkeley, was cited  “for his analysis of economic governance, especially the boundaries of the firm.”  He shares the prize with Elinor Ostrom of Indiana University.

Seen on campus: Tiger Woods, Noam Chomsky, students coming together for good

by on October 7, 2009 3:35 pm
Sightings on campus: TIGER WOODS spent Monday on the Stanford practice golf course getting ready for the Presidents Cup in San Francisco this week  . . . Steve Young, who visits the Stanford Video studio regularly to tape appearances on ESPN, was there last Friday . . .  Regina Dugan, director of  the Defense Advanced Research… Read more Seen on campus: Tiger Woods, Noam Chomsky, students coming together for good

The Mini Med School Index

by on October 6, 2009 12:19 pm
The first course in the Continuing Studies Program‘s Mini Med School series set a record for enrollment in the 21-year history of the CSP. The course, which began Sept. 22, had to be capped at 250, as that is as many as the auditorium can hold. Here are some of the numbers: Number enrolled: 250… Read more The Mini Med School Index

Physicist shares Onsager Prize

by on October 5, 2009 1:56 pm
STEPHEN SHENKER, professor of physics and the Richard Herschel Weiland Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, has been awarded the 2010 Lars Onsager Prize for his contributions in the field of theoretical particle physics. His research focuses on quantum gravity, particularly string/M theory, and the application of these ideas to cosmology and the… Read more Physicist shares Onsager Prize

What's in a name?

by on September 28, 2009 2:13 pm
“Name a well-known university. Move the last letter three places earlier in the name. The result will be a phrase meaning ‘represent.’ What’s the university and what’s the phrase?” “Stanford” and “Stand for.” Joe Gregory of Windsor, Colo., said it didn’t take him long to come up with the answers to the Sept. 20 Sunday… Read more What's in a name?

Stanford's Facebook page inspires poetry

by on September 23, 2009 9:24 am
Fans of Stanford’s Facebook page were invited to answer the question “What was the best book you read this summer?” and asked to submit a short poem or haiku on their favorite summer book. ANDREA LUNSFORD, professor of English and director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric, judged the contest. Among the more than… Read more Stanford's Facebook page inspires poetry

Stanford traditions bow to swine flu

by on September 23, 2009 9:22 am
Hugging and kissing are sooo last year. On Sunday, just before introducing The Peace, a segment of the University Public Worship service in which members of the assembly in MemChu traditionally greet one another with hugs and handshakes, the Rev. JOANNE SANDERS, associate dean for religious life, asked congregants to think about other forms of… Read more Stanford traditions bow to swine flu

Sheer genius

by on September 23, 2009 12:00 am
They may cheer for the Golden Bears or the Tigers or the Crimson now, but they have roots with the Cardinal and the Tree. Four Stanford alums are among the 24 newly anointed winners of 2009 MacArthur Fellowships, commonly known as “genius grants.” DANIEL SIGMAN, professor of geological and geophysical sciences at Princeton, earned his… Read more Sheer genius

What they did during summer vacation

by on September 23, 2009 12:00 am
In a new twist on “How I spent my summer vacation,” here’s what some Stanford students didn’t do: tie the knot. In response to the passage last November of Proposition 8, a group of undergrads launched the National Marriage Boycott (NMB) and have vowed to swear off marriage until the federal government repeals the Defense… Read more What they did during summer vacation