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Marc Tessier-Lavigne reaches out to students on first day

University President Marc Tessier-Lavigne started his tenure as Stanford’s 11th president on Thurs., Sept. 1,taking over for former university president John Hennessy.

Tessier-Lavigne, a former faculty member, is a leading neuroscientist who focused on research neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s Disease. His ground-breaking research has earned him many prestigious honors, including membership in the National Academy of Sciences and a fellowship in the UK’s Royal Society.