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Humans of Meyer Green

With the scent of sunblock in the air and your occasional duck in the fountain, spring has officially returned! This weather has made it practically impossible to stay indoors, bringing out a lot of people that you might not normally see around campus. There’s also no better place to observe all these interesting characters than…

Q&A: Laura Jones on preserving Stanford’s archaeological sites and historic buildings

Dr. Laura Jones is the Stanford Director of Heritage Services and University Archaeologist. Jones coordinates preservation efforts for areas of the University’s campus, including hundreds of historic buildings and more than 100 campus archaeological sites. She oversaw excavation of the former Men’s Gymnasium — which was destroyed during the Great Earthquake of 1906 — and the transformation of the Old Chemistry Building, among other historical archaeology projects.

Reading trees

“Do you know what the California state tree is?” I am standing with Sairus Patel in the little arboretum between the Law Library and the bookstore. Sairus is a typographer for Adobe with grey hair and a gentle smile. He’s also a tree enthusiast. He’s explaining to me the difference between the three types of…