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Nov. 16, 2012

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'Black swans' lame excuse for bad risk management

The terms "black swan" and "perfect storm" are often used to describe such disasters as the 2008 financial meltdown or the 9/11 terrorist attacks. But Elisabeth Paté-Cornell, professor of management science and engineering, says these terms are often an excuse for poor planning.

Photo: of William McDonough, courtesy of McDonough

Libraries acquire archives of environmental architect

William McDonough, one of the superstars of the environmental movement, will be donating his extensive archives and professional papers to Stanford University Libraries. His partnership with Stanford is seen as a new kind of "living archive."


Special concert at Bing set for faculty and staff Jan. 15

On Jan. 15 at noon, there will be a special concert to introduce the new Bing Concert Hall to faculty and staff. Performers will include the Applebaum Jazz Piano Duo, violinist Robin Sharp, mezzo-soprano Wendy Hillhouse and pianists Laura Dahl, Frederick Weldy and Thomas Shultz.

Campus Announcements

  • Faculty Senate minutes online: The proceedings of the Nov. 8 Faculty Senate meeting are now available online. Much of the session was devoted to an update on the redesign of undergraduate education that the faculty approved last spring. Read the full minutes.
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