Anne-Marie Hwang

MATH 51 now requires diagnostic test

Stanford’s department of mathematics launched an online placement diagnostic that is now required for students who plan on taking introductory math courses, such as Math 19 or Math 51. The diagnostic is purely advisory and is part of several departmental changes.

International students struggle to receive tax refunds

John Pearson, the Director of the Bechtel International Center, and Kelly Wright, the Director of Payroll, sent an email last Tuesday updating international students who have been impacted by an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) error involving tax returns. The errors, which have led to decreased tax refunds and temporarily frozen assets, originate within the IRS and not Stanford, and the error has also occurred at other institutions across the nation.

Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman win ACM 2015 A.M. Turing Award

On Tuesday, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) announced that Whitfield Diffie, a consulting scholar at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) , and Martin Hellman, professor emeritus of electrical engineering, are being honored with the 2015 A.M. Turing Award for their contributions to modern cryptography.

Stanford Health Care faces criticisms for poor patient care measures

Stanford Health Care is facing criticism and concern regarding its patient safety due to its recent poor Medicare ratings and older C. difficile infection rates. Members of the Quality team at Stanford Health Care state that they are addressing concerns by creating the Center for Advancing Patient Safety and utilizing new cleaning methods. However, some members of the Stanford community still believe that more improvements are needed.

International students find community at Stanford

Moving to a new environment can be difficult: deciding what to pack, leaving behind childhood friends, moving into a dorm room, and hugging parents goodbye. However, international students have to acclimate to a new school, a new country and sometimes even a new language. But that’s why the International Undergraduate Community at Stanford exists, aiming to ensure that international students always have friends around who will understand what they’re going through.

Student groups work alongside each other to empower women

Multiple student groups exist on campus that complement each other in empowering women, but each group adds its own twist to the conversation. Women’s Coalition (WoCo), a self-proclaimed “generalist” group, advocates for gender equality for all, whereas more pre-professional groups, such as Stanford Women in Business (SWIB), Stanford Women in Computer Science (WiCS) and Stanford…

Stanford Solar Car Project finishes sixth in the World Solar Car Challenge

The Stanford Solar Car Project (SSCP) finished in 6th place in the World Solar Car Challenge in Australia, which is a biennial international race with over 40 teams from around the world. The SSCP is a completely student-run organization on campus that specializes in solar-powered cars. The team has been designing and building their car, Arctan, for the past year and a half.

Hacks and Hackers talk computational journalism

At the “H/H @Stanford: Computational journalism with CIR, Vocativ and SmartNews” meetup on Tuesday night, journalists (“hacks”) and programmers (“hackers”) gathered to learn from three speakers about ways to use technology to enhance news narratives. Computational journalism uses data to find interesting trends to generate stories and help complement them, such as through graphics.

Student-built art studio hopes for a place on campus

A team of Stanford students built a small, portable arts studio using materials found at Jasper Ridge over the summer as part of an Arts Intensive. They have big dreams for the studio, because it has the potential to be a new, separate arts space for student artists to retreat to and create art. The student propose keeping it on campus during the fall and winter and moving it to the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve for spring and summer quarters.

ASSU discuss leave of absence bylaws, event funding

The third meeting of the quarter for the 17th ASSU Undergraduate Senate took place Tuesday evening. The Senate approved the notion that they would modify the bylaws regarding Senators taking a leave of absence. However, confusion regarding which version of the bylaws to use dominated the discussion.
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