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Leslie Nguyen-Okwu

Confronting face blindness

Ramlagan suffers from prosopagnosia, a disorder more commonly known as face blindness. The disorder is an impairment of the ability to identify and remember faces. According to a German study from the American Journal of Medical Genetics in 2006, it is estimated that one in 50 people suffer from at least a mild form of prosopagnosia.

A unit of happiness

Luskin and Pertofsky originally taught a course titled “The Pursuit of Happiness and Health” in the School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics, which in 2007 evolved into the happiness class offered now, taught twice a year through the athletics department. The happiness class covers topics such as gratitude, mindfulness, human connections, forgiveness and meditation, and reaches a wider student audience.

Rebuilding Thailand from overseas

Before gushing monsoon rains drenched Fern Kundhikanjana’s home in Thailand, Chinese characters were hung above the doorway. Her aunt hoped they would ward off the floods. But Kundhikanjana knew these efforts were vain. To her, it was all “superstition.” As a sixth-year graduate student in applied physics, Kundhikanjana M.S. ’09, Ph.D. ’12 has lived in…

A foot in two worlds

In a well-lit office on the fourth floor of Encina Hall, Jeremy Weinstein makes his home among papers stacked tall across the room. During a recent afternoon, at a wooden table placed squarely in front of the door, he sat with his legs crossed and spoke passionately about his time at the White House.

Local teaching, global thinking

Teaming up with community colleges, the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE), which has partnered with the Program on Human Rights, the School of Education and the Division of International Comparative and Area Studies (ICA), aims to create a human rights curriculum and build a network of support among educators.

It Gets Better

Last year, LGBT staff and faculty at Stanford were inspired by the 25,000 user-created videos and soon decided to contribute their own personal struggles and triumphs to the It Gets Better project.
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