It is mid-afternoon at the London Aquatics Centre, and the focus has shifted on Day 11 of the Olympics from speed to artistic swimming. Twelve pairs of swimmers competing for their respective countries will now combine elements of ballet, gymnastics and aquatics in three-minute routines in which duos in perfect unison perform carefully choreographed swims. It is as though the gymnastics floor exercise has been moved into the water, as an international panel of judges scores the artistic and technical merit of the swimming pairs.
No financial compensation is enough to make up for the potential long-term health consequences of egg donation, argued Judy Norsigian, executive director of Our Bodies Ourselves, a nonprofit organization dedicated to women’s health education, at a Tuesday event exploring the controversial topic.
Due to health and transparency concerns, some Stanford students and faculty have expressed support for a proposed ballot initiative that would require the labeling of genetically modified food on retail grocery products in California. The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act of 2012 requires 504,760 signatures to appear on the Nov. 2012 ballot in California.
In recognition of International Women’s Week, the Stanford Women’s Community Center held a panel discussion Tuesday featuring students who are actively engaged in international community service projects. Anne Firth Murray -- a founding president of the Global Fund for Women, which provides funds internationally to seed, strengthen and link groups committed to women’s well-being -- moderated the event.
The Stanford Law School Chapter of the Federalist Society hosted a student symposium this past weekend to discuss and debate “Bureaucracy Unbound: Can Limited Government and the Administrative State Co-Exist?” Around 500 law students from across the nation witnessed lively debates and presentations in Cemex Auditorium on March 2 and 3.
During a panel discussion Tuesday night at the Bechtel Conference Center, Bay Area law enforcement officers discussed how changes in the approach and investigation of human trafficking by local San Jose and San Francisco departments have increased the level of efficacy in addressing these issues.
Stanford Law School (SLS) announced last week the completion of a five-year comprehensive reform to its second- and third-year law curriculum. The new multidimensional Juris Doctorate program incorporates a more interdisciplinary approach while emphasizing team-oriented problem-solving techniques and expanded hands-on clinical training.
“Human trafficking is a growing problem nationally and globally, and public awareness is an essential part of any solution,” declared Anne Gallagher, director of the Asia Regional Trafficking in Persons Project, during a panel discussion on the topic Tuesday evening at the Bechtel Conference Center.
Hosted by Nadeem Hussain, dean of FroSoCo, at his residence, FroSoCafé brings students together to discuss a variety of intellectual and personal issues at five to six cafe tables, each with its own unique discussion topic.
The Chappell Lougee Scholarship for summer research projects received a record number of applications by the Feb. 1 deadline, according to Christina Mesa, an Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR) academic director and the scholarship’s new coordinator. Winners can receive grants up to $6,000.
“In education, it is the worst of times and the best of times,” said Claude Steele, dean of the Stanford School of Education, at a lunchtime presentation Tuesday that discussed a partnership between Stanford and the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). Steele opened the event by stating that this “partnership is a model for how schools of education can relate to real school districts.”
“We’re in the middle of a crisis…that has been going largely unnoticed--a worldwide crisis in education,” said philosopher Martha Nussbaum Thursday evening to a near-capacity audience at Cubberley Auditorium. “There are radical changes in what democratic societies teach young people, and these changes have not been well thought through.”
Stanford can claim five of the 32 recently announced 2011 Rhodes Scholars -- more than any other university and the most in Stanford’s history. Through their accomplishments and intended career plans, the new Rhodes Scholars represent a microcosm of Stanford: a human rights activist, an economist, a medical anthropologist, a biomedical scientist and an opinion columnist.
U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos '77 J.D. '80 spoke Friday afternoon to a near-capacity crowd at Cubberly Auditorium about his experience coordinating the American relief effort to last March's 9.0 earthquake and tsunami, which he called “the world’s first megadisaster.”
A Stanford study published in Science magazine earlier this month suggests that a simple one-hour session in confidence building can boost both the academic and emotional well-being of African-American college freshmen—perhaps even enough to curb the nation’s achievement gaps.
Republicans seized control of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, gaining more than 50 seats, well ahead of the 39 needed for a majority.
Stanford voters will speak on an array of ballot propositions in the California midterm elections on Nov. 2, ranging from marijuana legalization to the suspension of air pollution standards to making it easier for the perpetually gridlocked state legislature to pass a budget--all measures that have the potential to impact Stanford constituencies.