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The Daily brief: June 21, 2011

Hospital holdup | Stanford Hospital & Clinics agreed Monday to delay its $5 billion expansion project after parents protested the construction of a parking garage next to the Stanford Arboretum Children’s Center. As a result, the project won’t break ground for about another month after the intended date.

Board meets | The Stanford Board of Trustees met June 8-9. Among other action items, the board approved the University budget for fiscal year 2012 and advanced several construction projects, including:

  • Design and partial construction approval for the $197.3 million Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering Building, the final installment to the Science and Engineering Quad
  • Concept and site approval for the $41.2 million Stanford Research Computing Facility, located on SLAC’s campus
  • Project and partial construction approval for the $33.5 million West Campus Recreation Center, located at the west end of Roble Field
  • Concept and site approval for the $27.5 million Satellite Research Animal Facility
  • Revised construction approval for the $17.2 million Olmsted Staff Rental Housing project, revised up from $16 million
  • Design approval for the $14.8 million expansion of Stanford Auxiliary Library III, a Livermore, Calif. storage facility.

Budget passed | Palo Alto approved a $148 million budget for the 2012 fiscal year in an 8-0 vote, with one member of the city council absent. The budget makes few changes compared to the last several years, but it includes $4.3 million in cuts for the city’s firefighters and police unions, which some council members said could be a struggle to achieve. Palo Alto and the firefighters union have not been able to agree to a contract and the police contract expires at the end of June.

Leading research | Christopher Flowers ’91 M.S. ‘97 M.D. ’97 was elected to the Lymphoma Research Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board. Flowers, who is an assistant professor at Emory University, has focused his research on information systems to support lymphoma research, follicular lymphomas and differences in outcomes for lymphoma treatment. His five-year term starts July 1.

Overheard | “Technology exists for us to do anything we want but cost drives what we use.” –Thomas Jaramillo ’98, assistant professor of chemical engineering, discussing the development and distribution of “green energy” sources at an event outside the Cantor Center for the Visual Arts Thursday night.

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