The chair of mathematical modeling at Oxford University discussed how mathematics could be used to better model neurodegenerative diseases in a Thursday evening presentation.
Some nominations submitted for this column have been for people who, were this a series on how to become the human manifestation of a perfect resume, would have been exact fits. Stanford is a school of ambition, of big names and bigger reputations, of students who treat getting into one of the nation’s most elite universities…
On Sunday afternoons, I bike three miles to a quaint wooden house in a quiet neighborhood in Menlo Park. The house is adorned with pink shutters and a turquoise door, and the front yard garden is overgrown with lavender bushes and beautiful trails of flowering vines. Each week I park my bike in the driveway…
It may seem unlikely that studying the mechanics of concrete would inform brain research. However, Ellen Kuhl, mechanical engineering professor and head researcher for the Living Matter Lab, started out studying the molecular interactions of concrete and is now applying this understanding to the field of neuroscience, where her research has led to groundbreaking discoveries about neurological disorders.
Recently, the National Institute of Health (NIH) gave Stanford the final notice of a $7.3 million award to fund an Alzheimer’s Research Center, one of more than two dozen centers that have been established and funded by the NIH as part of an attempt to advance research about Alzheimer’s disease.
YA in particular is helpful for our age group in accomplishing this, because the primary concerns of the young adults in the novels are closer to our own than some things we find in adult literature.
How can college-age students tackle a tragedy about an elderly King descending into madness? The Stanford Shakespeare Company’s (StanShakes) production, directed by Kevin Heller ‘16, does so by bending the script to accomodate its younger cast and audience. Heller chooses to make the Lear family ordinary people, not royalty, whose matriarch struggles with early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. While some of the Shakespearean text is lost in the adaptation, the production succeeds in its choice to cast a female lead to drive its story.
“Still Alice,” the film adaptation of the novel by Lisa Genova, details Howland’s mental decline following her diagnosis with early onset Alzheimer’s.