How-to | Margaret O’Mara on Stanford’s transformation from “a dusty Western outpost” to “the center of the technology universe” as the valley became The Valley.
X-ray laser | U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, former Stanford physics professor, visited SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory on Monday to dedicate the Linac Coherent Light Source, a super-powerful laser completed in April 2009. The Daily’s Michael Liu was on hand.
Jared Cohen | The 2004 history and political science alumnus is said to be heading up a new Google “think tank” dubbed Google Ideas. Cohen — profiled this spring by Stanford Magazine and last month by NYT Magazine — was hired to the State Department under then-Secretary Condoleezza Rice, now a Stanford poli sci professor.
Hospital expansion | Preliminary “site preparation” for the $3.5 billion project could begin by 2011 and a formal groundbreaking could take place by 2012, a University official said Friday.
Football | Andrew Luck speaks from training camp.
Prop. 8 | The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay on the Aug. 4 ruling that called California’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. The order puts on hold the weddings some hoped would take place starting Wednesday.
iPads | The cost of providing the School of Medicine’s 91 incoming first-years with iPads — $40,000 after a discount — is “only slightly more” than the cost of printing paper course materials, a dean said. A handful of other universities are giving students iPads this fall.
Billionaires | The winner of this contest is not us. But close.