Faculty and Staff News

Persis Drell talking to the Faculty Senate. / Photo: L.A. Cicero

Stanford Engineering: Driven by desire to have an impact on the world

The speakers at the Faculty Senate meeting yesterday included Professor Persis Drell, dean of the School of Engineering, and Professor Andrew Fire, chair of the Ad Hoc Faculty Committee on IT Privacy and Security.

Rene Girard in his library / L.A. Cicero

Stanford professor and eminent French theorist René Girard, member of the Académie Française, dies at 91

A member of the prestigious Académie Française, René Girard was called "the new Darwin of the human sciences." His many books offered a bold, sweeping vision of human nature, human history and human destiny. He died Nov. 4 at 91.

Faculty Senate to convene on Thursday

At Thursday's meeting, the Faculty Senate will hear presentations on the School of Engineering; academic computing and information systems; and IT privacy.

labyrinth at Windhover contemplative center / L.A. Cicero

Stanford puts the spotlight on quieting the busy mind

A series of events, "Contemplation by Design," kicks off Nov. 4 with the goal of slowing down the thinking mind and refreshing the inner self. The effort is aimed at helping boost individual well-being as well as the campus community's sense of discovery and rejuvenation.

Collage of European flags and symbols

Stanford's new European Security Initiative focuses on changing geopolitical landscape

The new European Security Initiative at Stanford will examine the long-term policy issues and trends in Europe's changing geopolitical landscape, especially given Russia's growing aggression in the region.

Making educated choices about health care during Open Enrollment at Stanford

Comprehensive information about medical, dental and vision plans for 2016 is now available.

Russell Berman addressing the senate/ Photo: L.A. Cicero

Senate discusses learning goals and new course evaluations

The speakers at the Oct. 22 Faculty Senate meeting included Russell Berman, German studies and comparative literature; Jim Campbell, history; Susan McConnell, biology; and Sheri Sheppard, mechanical engineering.

Jennifer Robinson picks up her daughter at the Stock Farm Road ChildrenÂ’s Center.

Work and family life at Stanford: Celebrating decades of support

Stanford's WorkLife Office is dedicated to supporting employees as they work to achieve and maintain a healthy balance in their personal and professional lives. For decades Stanford has developed an evolving portfolio of family programs designed to meet the changing needs of employees.

Faculty Senate to discuss new course evaluations Thursday

Professor Russell Berman, who served as chair of Stanford's Course Evaluation Committee, will present a report on the new evaluations. Following his presentation, a faculty panel will discuss learning goals.

students with papers and laptop computers at a table / L.A. Cicero

Stanford invites faculty to customize new course evaluations

The university has created a new course evaluation form that faculty members can customize by identifying the learning goals of the course and adding questions of their own. The deadline for faculty to customize course evaluations for autumn quarter is Nov. 13.

Report of the President: Academic Council Professoriate appointments

The Academic Council Professoriate appointments, promotions, and reappointments for the periods indicated were reviewed by the Advisory Board of the Academic Council on May 12, May 19, May 26, June 2, June 9, June 16, June 30, July 14, July 28, August 11 and August 25, 2015, and were approved by the President.

Entrance to the McMurtry Building. / Photo: L.A. Cicero

Stanford trustees celebrate McMurtry Building, hear presentations on a variety of topics

At its recent meeting, the Stanford University Board of Trustees toured the new McMurtry Building for the Department of Art & Art History, heard presentations from university leaders, approved the design of the Bass Biology Building, and approved construction plans to build a new conference center and to renovate a graduate housing complex.

University Terrace

University Terrace information session scheduled today for Stanford faculty

Faculty members will be brought up to date on the construction of 180 new homes off California Avenue, some of which may be ready as soon as 2017. Purchase of the new homes will be limited to Stanford faculty.

University to conduct test of AlertSU on Oct. 8

The university encourages all members of the Stanford community to verify and update their contact information, particularly in the mobile phone field, at least 24 hours before the Oct. 8 test.

Christopher Re

Stanford computer scientist Christopher Ré named MacArthur fellow

Stanford's Christopher Ré, an assistant professor of computer science, has been awarded a "genius grant" from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.