Category: Great reads

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Stanford palliative care specialist creates an app to facilitate end-of-life decisions

by on October 5, 2015 4:35 pm
For many of us, the topic of how we want to spend our final days rarely comes up in discussions with our family members or doctors. And a big reason why is that we think of reflecting on how we want to die as highly emotional and unpleasant. But there are some compelling reasons to take… Read more Stanford palliative care specialist creates an app to facilitate end-of-life decisions
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Stanford poll shows Californians ready for drought 'sacrifice'

by on October 2, 2015 4:00 am
When it comes to California’s longstanding drought, citizens are ready for action – both of the policy as well as the personal kind. On Sept. 29, Stanford’s Hoover Institution released a new survey revealing deep concern within the Golden State’s electorate about California’s historic drought. Ideology and regional affiliations did not matter on most issues.… Read more Stanford poll shows Californians ready for drought 'sacrifice'
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Stanford scholars co-author book featuring the faces of extinction

by on September 22, 2015 2:57 pm
What are the faces of extinction? In a photo-rich new book, The Annihilation of Nature: Human Extinction of Birds and Mammals, Stanford renowned population biologist PAUL EHRLICH tells the stories of animals that have gone extinct and those that face an uncertain future. The book also calls for increased engagement and action for environmental restoration. Ehrlich’s co-authors… Read more Stanford scholars co-author book featuring the faces of extinction
Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks with participants at the Hoover Institution's recent Media Roundtable.

Media roundtable at Stanford's Hoover Institution provides opportunity to think beyond the sound bite

by on September 21, 2015 10:45 pm
The Hoover Institution’s fall media roundtable was a prime opportunity to showcase the think tank’s brainpower as the 2016 presidential campaign ramps up. Indeed, the theme of the two-day roundtable on Sept. 14-15 was “The 2017 White House Agenda,” and there was plenty of dialogue, analyses, viewpoints and plain old political talk. Sessions focused on… Read more Media roundtable at Stanford's Hoover Institution provides opportunity to think beyond the sound bite
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Stanford Health Library moves to new home

by on September 15, 2015 7:00 pm
The Stanford Health Library, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, is a free community resource for medical and health information. Started in a small storefront in the Stanford Shopping Center, the library’s main branch now is housed in the Hoover Pavilion, a landmark Art Deco building, at the corner of Quarry and Palo roads,… Read more Stanford Health Library moves to new home
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The life of Stanford's resident assistants

by on September 13, 2015 10:00 pm
WHEN HECTOR PEREZ-CANTALAPIEDRA, ’15, arrived at Larkin as a freshman, about 3,600 miles from his home in Puerto Rico, the presence of his dorm’s six dedicated and friendly staffers eased his transition. “For the first few weeks, I thought they were full-time staff members, not students,” he says. “That’s how involved they were.” That mentorship… Read more The life of Stanford's resident assistants
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Obama awards Stanford's Tobias Wolff a National Medal of Arts

by on September 10, 2015 5:25 pm
TOBIAS WOLFF, professor emeritus of English, has been awarded a National Medal of Arts for his contributions as an author and educator. President BARACK OBAMA presented Wolff and fellow honorees with the medals – the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the federal government – during a White House ceremony on Thursday,… Read more Obama awards Stanford's Tobias Wolff a National Medal of Arts
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New books by Stanford authors rethink healing and happiness

by on September 10, 2015 11:48 am
Scholars at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education have written new books that encourage people to think differently about healing and happiness. JAMES DOTY, for instance, argues that true healing is both biological and spiritual. Doty, the founder and director of the center, is also a neurosurgeon. In Into the Magic Shop,… Read more New books by Stanford authors rethink healing and happiness
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Stanford scholar explores life with a guide dog

by on September 8, 2015 5:40 pm
There’s nothing like a human’s best friend, especially when you need a gentle guide to help you through life, as Stanford scholar SUSAN KRIEGER observes in her new book, Come, Let Me Guide You. Krieger, a Stanford lecturer who teaches in feminist, gender and sexuality studies, said one motivation behind the book was to learn… Read more Stanford scholar explores life with a guide dog
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Stanford alumna wins a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award

by on September 2, 2015 4:36 pm
In the years since VANESSA HUA earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford, she has worked as a journalist for the Los Angeles Times, Hartford Courant and San Francisco Chronicle. Her work also has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, New Yorker online, Salon, The Atlantic, Newsweek and San Francisco and Stanford… Read more Stanford alumna wins a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award