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ASSU group reviews use of union space

Following a report commissioned earlier this year, the ASSU assembled a working group to review use of student union spaces. The group has since launched several initiatives to repurpose spaces in Old Union and surrounding buildings and has encouraged further use of union spaces.

Pro-Romney group ramps up campaign

Now that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is focusing his campaign on the November general election, Stanford’s Students for Romney, a chapter of the national campaign organization Students for Mitt, is launching its on-campus organization.

Tubbs receives donation from Oprah Winfrey

Michael Tubbs ‘12, currently running to serve as a council member in his hometown of Stockton, Calif., after graduation, received a significant boost to his campaign when he became the third political candidate ever to receive a donation from renowned talk show host Oprah Winfrey.

Researchers use DNA as digital data storage

Stanford researchers have developed a way to use DNA as rewritable digital data storage. Keeping data in cells could have widespread applications in future studies, according to the team, which was led by post-doctoral researcher Jerome Bonnet and Drew Endy, an assistant professor of bioengineering.

Bing Concert Hall site begins to take final form

The rising Bing Concert Hall, a project seeking to build a “world class performing arts center” according to signage near the site, has made significant progress this spring and is beginning to resemble its finished form. Located across Palm Drive from Cantor Arts Center, the concert hall is set to open in Fall 2012 with its first performances scheduled for January 2013.

Officials announce plan for sustainable future

Stanford administrators announced a new sustainability plan at Monday evening event focused mostly on the University’s past successes in sustainability. Titled “Sustainability 3.0,” the plan will guide Stanford’s sustainability efforts over the next five to 10 years.

Terman park opening approaches

After six months of demolition, the site of the Frederick Emmons Terman Engineering Center is starting to look like the park it is set to become. According to University officials, the park will open later this month.

Alcohol use on par with national average

Stanford undergraduates fall just below national averages in alcohol consumption, according to a survey conducted by the Office of Alcohol Policy and Education (OAPE). The survey indicated, however, that Stanford is above average in having alcohol as the center of campus social life, in hard liquor use and in pre-gaming before events.

Nanoparticle may advance surgery

Medical researcher and nanotechnology professor Sam Gambhir and his research team have devised a way to use gold-based particles to image cancer cells in the brain. Although years away from practical use in humans, the research has the potential to advance the abilities of brain surgeons, who currently remove tumors while observing with the naked eye.

Searsville committee to evaluate impact

The newly formed Searsville Alternatives Study Steering Committee is now directing planning efforts for potentially major changes to the Stanford-owned Searsville Dam and Reservoir. Because the dam controls water flow to Stanford’s Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve and has a controversial environmental impact on surrounding areas, the committee formed to conduct thorough studies over the next two years to precede any action, according to Philippe Cohen, administrative director of Jasper Ridge and a committee member.

GSB receives platinum LEED award

The Knight Management Center, which became the new home to the Graduate School of Business (GSB) over the past year, achieved one of its major goals by receiving the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum certification--the highest level of sustainable building award currently possible--late last month.

Impact report concluded for Redwood City campus

Discussions on the public environmental impact report for the Stanford in Redwood City project closed Monday. The project will now move on to seek a recommendation from the Redwood City Planning Commission in May and a final vote from the Redwood City Council anticipated for sometime in August, according to Redwood City Community Development Director Bill Ekern.

Mother-son pair discusses startups

Stanford Entrepreneurship Week -- which extended three days past its usual weeklong time period this year -- concluded Wednesday with a joint presentation by entrepreneur Sandra Kurtzig and her son Andy Kurtzig. The duo shared their experiences founding companies, and advised those in attendance to seek out work that inspires them.

Occupy Stanford to present letter

The Occupy Stanford group that has kept vigil in Meyer Library since fall will present an open letter during the Occupy Education California rally at UC-Berkeley tomorrow. The group projects attendance at the rally to be in the tens of thousands.

Chip moves wirelessly in bloodstream

Medical promises of the future, from implanted microchips that help in operations to full nanoscale surgeries with single-cell precision, just got a lot closer to reality. Stanford electrical engineering researchers have developed a microchip that can swim through fluids while powered and controlled wirelessly.

Daily editors celebrate, reflect on 120 years

The Stanford Historical Society brought together former Stanford Daily editors for a panel discussion last night entitled, “Press Past: The Life and Times of the Stanford Daily.” Tracing its origins to the founding of the “Daily Palo Alto” in 1892, The Stanford Daily has provided a mirror of Stanford life for the past 120 years.

Thrun starts web-based university

Computer science professor Sebastian Thrun announced the launch last month of his new online university, Udacity, inspired by the massive response to his Stanford course, Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, which was open to the public online this past fall. Contrary to widespread reports otherwise, Thrun will maintain his position as a research professor in the Stanford Computer Science Department.

Stanford weighs in on high-speed rail

The California high-speed rail project has been a hotly contested issue at the state level since voters passed the nearly $10 billion California Proposition 1A in 2008. As the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) moves closer to beginning construction on the project, members of the Stanford community, students and experts alike, are weighing in on the prospects and perils the high-speed rail could face.
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