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Samantha McGirr

Stanford launches effort to increase study of humanities

This academic year has seen a campus-wide initiative to increase the study of the humanities at Stanford. One of the stepping-stones in this initiative is an upcoming Admit Weekend event, titled “Creativity and the Human Condition: Humanities Research and Arts Endeavors at Stanford,” set for April 30.

Faculty, students react to proposed MCAT changes

Last Thursday, an advisory panel appointed by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) released its recommendations for a new version of the Medical College Admission Test, or MCAT. The panel’s proposed changes include eliminating the writing section of the test and adding a social science section.

Stress stings first-year students

College freshmen nationwide are suffering from record levels of stress, an annual survey of incoming students recently conducted by UCLA found. This trend was echoed in the sentiments of Stanford faculty and administrators.

Hennessy, Huang dedicate Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center

The Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center was dedicated in front of a crowd of 150 on Tuesday, inaugurating the latest addition to the Science and Engineering Quad. The formal dedication of the $30 million building was held in the Huang Center Amphitheatre and featured School of Engineering Dean Jim Plummer, President John Hennessy, lead donor Jen-Hsun Huang M.S. ’92 and Board of Trustees Chair Leslie Hume.

Cantor names new curator

The Cantor Arts Center announced the appointment of Elizabeth Kathleen Mitchell as the new Burton and Deedee McMurtry Curator of Drawings, Prints and Photographs. Mitchell will begin her duties, which include overseeing almost 7,000 artworks from the 15th to the 20th century, in November.

GSB alumni dominate social gaming field

Much of the brainpower behind social games like Farmville comes from alumni of the Graduate School of Business, many of whom are involved in the founding and management of tech companies such as Zynga Game Network Inc. and Tapulous Inc.

Clean-tech wave hits Farm

While cardinal and white have adorned Stanford’s halls for more than a century, some University researchers are favoring another color -- green -- these days as Stanford establishes itself as a leader in the clean-tech, or green-tech, movement that has swept Silicon Valley.
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