Category: In the Spotlight

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Stanford engineers have good news for Stephen Colbert: It is plausible to climb like Spider-Man

by on January 28, 2016 7:00 pm
Last week, STEPHEN COLBERT took center stage on The Late Show and lamented that a recent study by zoologists at the University of Cambridge found that Spider-Man probably couldn’t actually climb walls. The researchers ran the numbers and found natural adhesive forces scale in such a way that geckos are the largest animals that can… Read more Stanford engineers have good news for Stephen Colbert: It is plausible to climb like Spider-Man
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Stanford lauded for its leadership in protecting the environment

by on January 28, 2016 4:00 am
When the State of California announced the 2015 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards, Stanford University was among the winners. The GEELA Awards recognize individuals, organizations and businesses that have made “notable, voluntary contributions in conserving California’s precious resources, protecting and enhancing our environment, building public-private partnerships and strengthening the state’s economy.” The award to… Read more Stanford lauded for its leadership in protecting the environment
The winning team –  Allison Crow  and Claudia Dodge  – with their mentor Chef Junelle Fronda

Stanford students take innovation to the kitchen at 13th annual Cardinal Cook-Off

by on January 25, 2016 9:50 pm
In an Iron Chef-style competition, Stanford students recently took innovation to the kitchen at the 13th annual Cardinal Cook-Off, held in the top floor of the Arrillaga Family Dining Commons on Thursday evening. Three teams of two students practiced and worked with a mentor chef on campus to prepare a signature dish using two featured… Read more Stanford students take innovation to the kitchen at 13th annual Cardinal Cook-Off
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Dateline features transplant family at Packard Children's Hospital

by on January 24, 2016 10:17 pm
Recently, Dateline NBC shared a story that seems hard to believe. Stacy and Jason Bingham of Haines, Ore. have five beautiful children — Sierra, Megan, Lindsey, Hunter and Gage. Unfortunately, three of the kids have been hit with cardiomyopathy, a life-threatening disease of the heart muscle that reduces the heart’s ability to pump blood effectively.… Read more Dateline features transplant family at Packard Children's Hospital
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Three Stanford professors recognized with top science awards

by on January 21, 2016 6:00 pm
Three Stanford scholars were announced this week as recipients of prestigious National Academy of Sciences awards. One of them is STEPHEN QUAKE, a physicist and mathematician by training. But by dint of research and experience, he is also an engineer, chemist, biologist, geneticist, immunologist and inventor. In short, he is the consummate interdisciplinary scholar and,… Read more Three Stanford professors recognized with top science awards
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Stanley Brodsky shares Pomeranchuk Prize

by on January 20, 2016 4:00 am
STANLEY BRODSKY, a professor of particle physics and astrophysics at Stanford University and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, has received the 2015 Pomeranchuk Prize from the Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics (ITEP) in Moscow. He shares the award with Russian physicist VICTOR FADIN. “It is a great honor to be recognized… Read more Stanley Brodsky shares Pomeranchuk Prize
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Stanford professors win prestigious Swedish prizes in mathematics, astronomy

by on January 18, 2016 5:00 pm
YAKOV ELIASHBERG, professor of mathematics, and ROGER BLANDFORD, professor of physics, have been awarded the 2016 Crafoord prizes in mathematics and astronomy, respectively, from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Eliashberg has been awarded the 2016 Crafoord Prize in Mathematics for his work in developing symplectic topology, a branch of differential geometry, and for his… Read more Stanford professors win prestigious Swedish prizes in mathematics, astronomy
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Stanford students in creativity course help inmates envision life after prison

by on January 15, 2016 4:33 am
How do you unlock latent creativity? Just talk to students at Stanford who have taken the course Management Science and Engineering 177: Creativity Rules. Every class begins with warm-up exercises that can look like a makeshift conga line or disco dance-off. Then, with bodies and minds limbered, students learn creative problem-solving tools for tackling challenges… Read more Stanford students in creativity course help inmates envision life after prison
Epidermolysis bullosa patient Garrett Spaulding and his Stanford doctors were featured in "The butterfly effect," a story published in the summer 2015 issue of the magazine.
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'Stanford Medicine' magazine wins top honors

by on January 12, 2016 4:00 pm
Stanford Medicine and three of the stories published in the magazine in 2015 earned the highest possible awards in the annual competition sponsored by the American Association of Medical Colleges. Stanford Medicine, which is produced by the medical school’s Office of Communication & Public Affairs, received an Award of Excellence in the external-audience periodical category.… Read more 'Stanford Medicine' magazine wins top honors
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Artist Rick Lowe is Stanford Haas Center's 2016 Distinguished Visitor

by on January 11, 2016 4:00 am
Artist and MacArthur Foundation grant recipient RICK LOWE will visit Stanford over winter quarter as this year’s Mimi and Peter E. Haas Distinguished Visitor. On Feb. 4, Lowe will deliver the Haas Center for Public Service’s Distinguished Visitor Lecture, titled “Redefining Art in the Social Context.” During his time on campus he will also lead… Read more Artist Rick Lowe is Stanford Haas Center's 2016 Distinguished Visitor