Faculty and Staff News

physicist Alexander Vilenkin / Alonso Nichols

Bunyan Lecture at Stanford: 'The Universes Beyond the Horizon'

Infinite 'bubble universes,' filled with alternate versions of ourselves or nothing at all, might exist right alongside our own, according to physicist Alexander Vilenkin of Tufts University, who will discuss this theory during Stanford's annual Bunyan Lecture on March 9.

Provost John Etchemendy at the Faculty Senate. /Photo: L.A. Cicero

Stanford to establish principles for renaming streets and buildings

After establishing principles for reconsidering and renaming streets and buildings on campus, a committee composed of faculty, students and staff will apply the principles first to places that honor Junipero Serra.  

2015 Staff Survey results

Last fall, 61 percent of Stanford's staff participated in a survey that asked about working at the university. Respondents expressed pride in the institution and the opportunities it affords, while expressing a need for a better understanding of university priorities.

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 November 17 and December 15, 2015, and January 19 and January 26, 2016, and were approved by the President.

Steven Denning, trustees chair / L.A. Cicero

Trustees address a range of issues

During its recent meeting, the Stanford Board of Trustees endorsed the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program, set tuition, approved construction projects, discussed investment responsibility and the Year of Learning, and welcomed former trustees back to campus with a program in the arts district.

John-Lancaster Finley speaking, with Brandon Hill in foreground / L.A. Cicero

Faculty Senate hears presentations on academic computing and student government concerns

The speakers at the Feb. 18 meeting were Vijay Pande, professor of chemistry; John-Lancaster Finley, ASSU president; and Brandon Hill, ASSU vice president.

Marc Tessier-Lavigne addressing Faculty Senate / L.A. Cicero

Faculty Senate meets Stanford's next president

Kathryn Ann Moler, chair of the Faculty Senate, introduced Marc Tessier-Lavigne, who will succeed John Hennessy as president of Stanford. Tessier-Lavigne, who will take office Sept. 1, gave a brief address. John Mitchell, vice provost for teaching and learning at Stanford, presented an overview and update of his office's work.

Voting for 49th Senate of the Academic Council underway

It's time for members of the Academic Council to vote for next year's Faculty Senate and to nominate full professors to fill vacancies on the Advisory Board.

Harry J. Elam Jr. / L.A. Cicero

Stanford's Faculty Senate discusses shifting educational environment

Harry J. Elam Jr., vice provost for undergraduate education, titled his annual address to the senate "Our Shifting Educational Environment: Why Stanford's Leadership in Higher Education is Critical Now."

Faculty College participants

Stanford offers grants for innovations in teaching and learning

The Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning has set a Feb. 15 deadline to submit proposals for its Winter 2016 Grant Program.

Jeffrey Koseff / L.A. Cicero

Jeffrey Koseff to receive Stanford's 2015 Richard W. Lyman Award

Koseff, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, and founding co-director of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, will be honored at a Jan. 20 award dinner.

Oleg Sherby / Courtesy of Pamela McCroskey

Oleg D. Sherby, professor of materials science and engineering, dies at 90

Hailed for the discovery of superplastic steel, Sherby was a professor at Stanford for 30 years. He was known on campus for his affable manner and for organizing volleyball matches and poker games.

Stanford Engineering building with palm trees / Drew Kelly

What does the great engineering school of the future look like?

Stanford School of Engineering charts a vision for the future across three critical areas: research, education and culture.

President Obama

At Stanford 2015: The Year in Review

A look back at the year that included visits by President Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey, a National Book Award winner, groundbreaking research, three national sports titles and more.

Steven Denning, trustees chair / L.A. Cicero

Trustees discuss fossil fuels, quake preparedness

The Stanford University Board of Trustees gave design approval to a new campus in Redwood City, discussed its obligations to investment responsibility in light of student divestment requests, and heard presentations on earthquake preparedness, graduate education, athletics and new Law School programs.