Steven Artandi, M.D., Ph.D. was appointed director of the Stanford Cancer Institute — an initiative that aims to improve cancer treatment at Stanford — on Oct. 1. He was previously a professor of medicine and biochemistry at the School of Medicine and will succeed outgoing director Beverly Mitchell, M.D., who has led the Institute for the past 10 years.
Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and artificial intelligence company Unanimous AI found in a study that “swarm intelligence” technology is better at diagnosing pneumonia through chest X-ray scans than any individual doctor or computer working alone.
At the end of spring quarter, Student Activities and Leadership (SAL) granted official student group status to new left-leaning publication The Stanford Sphere, affording the organization access to more funding and institutionalized support.
Stanford alumna Esmé Weijun Wang ’06 recently won the 2018 Whiting Award in Nonfiction, a $50,000 prize that supports ten emerging writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and drama. Wang is the recipient of the 2016 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize and is the author of “The Border of Paradise: A Novel,” which made NPR’s Best Books of 2016 list.
Stanford’s Global Studies Division received a new grant from Global Studies Division director Jeremy Weinstein to fund a series of five courses aimed at increasing undergraduate exposure to global issues for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Researchers at Stanford have developed a machine learning algorithm, CheXNet, to perform pneumonia diagnosis. In clinical tests, the algorithm performed accurate diagnosis at slightly better rates than doctors.
Researchers at Stanford are breaking new ground in psychiatric uses of virtual reality (VR), applying to technology to help patients suffering from mental illnesses such as phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and body image issues.
Coterms who take an extra year at Stanford report taking on greater responsibility for all areas of their lives, from their courses of study to their housing to their finances. As one coterm put it, making a comparison to the undergraduate experience: “It’s a completely different game.”