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Global warming could hurt some populations, help others

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The impact of global warming on food prices and hunger could be large over the next 20 years. Researchers say that higher temperatures could significantly reduce yields of wheat, rice and maize — dietary staples for tens of millions of poor people who subsist on less than $1 a day. The resulting crop shortages would likely cause food prices to rise and drive many into poverty. But even as some people are hurt, others would be helped out of poverty, says Stanford agricultural scientist David Lobell.

Advance registration high for this year's Parents' Weekend

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Thanks to enhanced online outreach, some 1,500 families and more than 3,300 individuals are expected to attend the annual Parents' Weekend on Friday, Feb. 26, and Saturday, Feb. 27. The weekend's activities will include lectures, open houses, campus tours and a new resource fair.

Nancy Munger, alumna, former trustee, remembered

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Nancy Barry Munger, a philanthropist and alumna of Stanford who served for 10 years on its Board of Trustees, died Feb. 6 at her home in Los Angeles, surrounded by members of her family. A dedicated volunteer for institutions she loved, Munger was known for her generosity toward her alma mater.

Minutes of the Feb. 18 Faculty Senate meeting [PDF]

Last Thursday's Faculty Senate meeting was devoted to a discussion of independent labs, institutes and centers, with individual presentations by the dean of research, the directors of three policy institutes and by the director of a new program devoted to unlocking the secrets of the brain.

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  • Continuing Studies enrollment open: This spring, Stanford Continuing Studies is offering a lineup of more than 100 courses in the liberal arts and sciences, creative writing, and professional and personal development. All courses are eligible for STAP funds. Spring classes begin the week of March 29. Enroll here.
  • Valerie Jarrett tickets: Tickets are now available in the Stanford Ticket Office for this year's St. Clair Drake Memorial Lecture on March 4, which will be delivered by Valerie Jarrett, one of President Obama's senior advisors and a Stanford alumna. The free event will run from 4 to 5 p.m. in Memorial Auditorium. Tickets will be issued to students, faculty and staff with a Stanford ID. There is a one-ticket limit.
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PAM MAPLES, an '06 Knight Fellow, returns to Stanford as the program's innovation director.  . . .

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