Category: In the Spotlight

Memories of the Farm: Valerie Jarrett; other teachable moments

by 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 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

Weinstein heads to Washington

by 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

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

by 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 . . .

High honors

by on August 24, 2009 12:00 am
English Professor SHELLEY FISHER FISHKIN has been preserving history for a long time. Recently, she received the Mark Twain Circle Certificate of Merit “for long and distinguished service in the elucidation of the work, thought, life and art of Mark Twain.” As he presented the award on Aug. 9 in New York, University of Illinois… Read more High honors

Kresge Auditorium becomes history

by on August 24, 2009 12:00 am
In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s a gaping expanse where Kresge Auditorium used to be. The building was razed earlier this summer to make way for a new Law School building that is expected to be completed in December 2010. Kresge was built in the early ’70s and dedicated along with the Law School’s Crown… Read more Kresge Auditorium becomes history

Greetings, Mr. President

by on August 17, 2009 12:00 am
Another Stanford grad, CARLOS PASCUAL, who was named U.S. ambassador to Mexico earlier this summer, was in the news last week when he greeted President Obama when he arrived in Guadalajara for a mini-summit with Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Pascual, who earned his bachelor’s degree in international relations from… Read more Greetings, Mr. President

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, '44

by on August 17, 2009 12:00 am
The nation mourned the death last week of Special Olympics founder EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER, sister of the late president and mother-in-law of California’s current governor. Kennedy Shriver earned a degree in sociology from Stanford in 1944.

Antiques Roadshow stops at Hoover ...

by on August 17, 2009 12:00 am
A film crew for Antiques Roadshow was at the Hoover Institution last Friday to tape a feature on Hoover’s collection of World War I and II posters. The institution’s entire collection holds 100,000 political posters from around the world, 33,000 of which are cataloged in a searchable database.

Digging for answers

by on August 17, 2009 12:00 am
If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one to hear it, does it make a sound? Perhaps it depends on whether the philosophers examining that question are on Facebook. Philosophy Professor KENNETH TAYLOR and Professor Emeritus JOHN PERRY, co-hosts of Philosophy Talk, a popular radio program that brings philosophy down to… Read more Digging for answers