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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.

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.