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Can avatars change the way we think and act?

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If you saw a digital image of yourself running on a virtual treadmill, would you feel like going to the gym? Probably so, according to a study showing that personalized avatars can motivate people to exercise and eat right. The researcher also tested the influence of avatars on attitudes toward women.

Stanford health experts help North Korea control TB

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Stanford specialists are working with officials from North Korea to develop that country's first diagnostic laboratory to test drug-resistant tuberculosis. Led by epidemiologist Sharon Perry, the team recently returned from North Korea after initiating installation of the lab.

Getting computers to understand what humans write

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For people who despair that there is too much information online, Chris Manning, associate professor of computer science and linguistics has a response: Technology is not the problem. In fact, technology may understand what you're trying to say. Manning says software is steadily gaining the sophistication needed to comprehend what humans write and to help us sort through the chatter of information overload.

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  • Cox Medal nominations sought: Nominations are open for the Allan Cox Medal for Faculty Excellence in Fostering Research, sponsored by Undergraduate Advising and Research. Visit the website for information.
  • Eating Disorders Week: Lucile Packard Children's Hospital (LPCH) is observing National Eating Disorders Week. Get information about risks, warning signs, and latest advances tonight, Thursday, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the LPCH auditorium on Welch Road. For details, call 724-3783.
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The Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research creates a new prize and names PAUL VOLCKER the first recipient . . .

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