H&S faculty are cited for their outstanding scholarly work through a variety of local, national, and international honors and awards for research that is expanding the boundaries of knowledge, while often improving the very way we live. Although it is not practical to feature research for each of the hundreds of faculty in the school, the following highlights provide a glimpse into some current activities.
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Stanford applies tools of demography to help solve global challenges. More
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Physics Professor Savas Dimopoulos helped extend the Standard Model of particle physics. More
Psychology professor Carol Dweck's research about intelligence and motivation, and how they are variously influenced by fixed and growth mindsets, is attracting attention from many, including teachers trying to help underperforming students and human-resources managers intent on helping clients reach higher levels of achievement. More
Assistant Professor of Anthropological Sciences James Holland Jones and Professor of Biology Shripad Tuljapurkar organized a workshop at Stanford to encourage the use of demographic tools to solve some of today's complex challenges, such as the impact of the AIDS epidemic, population aging and the possible extinction of some species. More
Physics Professor Savas Dimopoulos helped extend the Standard Model of particle physics by adding a new fundamental principle called supersymmetry that posits every particle has a corresponding superparticle. More
Research led by Or Gozani could aid in the treatment of cancer and other diseases More
Research led by Or Gozani, assistant professor of biology at Stanford, determined how the tumor suppressor ING2 is able to promote protective cellular responses against injured DNA. This finding may lead to more effective cancer treatments with fewer side effects. More
Doctoral student Emily Ryo and sociology Professor David Grusky co-authored a paper titled –Did Katrina Recalibrate Attitudes Toward Poverty and Inequality? A Test of the 'Dirty Little Secret' Hypothesis.More
A new research paper, co-authored by sociology Professor David Grusky and doctoral student Emily Ryo, concludes that Americans are roughly as aware of inequality as they were before the 2005 disaster on the Gulf Coast. "Did Katrina Recalibrate Attitudes Toward Poverty and Inequality? A Test of the 'Dirty Little Secret' Hypothesis," will be published in the Spring edition of the Du Bois Review.
Judith Frydman, associate professor of biological sciences at Stanford, will serve as co-director of the NIH-funded Center for Protein Folding Machinery. More
Judith Frydman, associate professor of biology at Stanford, will serve as co-director of the NIH-funded Center for Protein Folding Machinery. "Misfolded proteins seem to be at the heart of neurodegenerative diseases," including Alzheimer's and cancer, Frydman says. More
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Lights, camera, degree: Film, media studies major approved by Faculty Senate. More
"Film is a new technology—well, it's not that new anymore," mused film scholar Scott Bukatman, associate professor of art and art history, during in an interview in his office in Cummings Art Building last Wednesday afternoon. More
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Unique desert research center takes shape on the Israeli-Jordanian border More
Jordanian, Israeli and American scientists collect water and soil samples on the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea in January 2005 as part of a two-day field survey sponsored by the Bridging the Rift Foundation. More
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Manuel Jordán Pérez, left, speaks with a diviner. More
Manuel Jordán Pérez, the Phyllis Wattis Curator at the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, embarked on a trip to Africa in conjunction with an exhibition of Central African art he is organizing at the Cantor Arts Center.
As part of the exhibition, he plans to publish a book
that will document the perspectives and stories of the
people in Central Africa in their own voices.
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Scientists deliver plan for rescuing America's coral reefs More
An international team of marine ecologists is urging the United States to take immediate action to save its fragile coral reefs. Their message is contained in a strongly worded essay titled “Are U.S. Coral Reefs on the Slippery Slope to Slime?” that appears in the March 18 edition of the journal Science.
“We’re frustrated with how slowly things are moving with coral reef conservation in the United States,” said Fiorenza Micheli, an assistant professor of biology at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station. “Tiny steps are being taken, but they really don't address the overall problem.” More
Husband-wife biologists consider population, sustainability More
Professor Paul Ehrlich and Anne Ehrlich, a senior research scientist in biology, have collaborated on numerous books and research projects, including the recently released One with Nineveh. Times have changed since Paul Ehrlich, the Bing Professor of Population Studies, burst into the national spotlight with The Population Bomb 37 years ago, but the pair's fundamental message has not. How can we as a society consume less–less energy, less water and fewer material goods? The Ehrlichs have spent their careers trying to answer that question.
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PROOF POSITIVE: Math chair Eliashberg says students are attracted to rigorous thinking. More
Drawn by new courses and intriguing problems, students are diving into mathematics.
As Elizabeth Meckes, a third-year graduate student, explains, “It’s a sort of macho
thing because you’re doing this very cool stuff which is so hard to understand.”
Faculty couple studies America, each through distinct lens More
Scholars Jim Fishkin and Shelley Fisher Fishkin may belong to different academic
fields, but both are deeply interested in the social forces that have shaped
America's past, present and future. Fishkin, the Janet M. Peck Chair in International
Communication, is the inventor of Deliberative Polling, commonly described
as "polling with a human face." Fisher Fishkin, a leading expert on Mark
Twain and currently director of the American Studies Program, has published
widely on issues of race, identity and gender in American culture.
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Dig Yields New Treasures More
Rita Lomio, who graduated in 2004 with a degree in classics, excavates at the Presidio, where Assistant Professor Barbara Voss of the Department of Cultural and Social Anthropolgy is leading an archaeological dig.
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New Stanford center probes nanoscale material More
New Stanford center probes nanoscale material: The National Science Foundation
(NSF) has awarded $7.5 million over five years to establish the Center for
Probing the Nanoscale (CPN) at Stanford.
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Exploring the Universe More
Exploring the Universe: Roger Blandford (left), the
Pehong and Adele Chen Director at Stanford's Kavli Institute for Particle
Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC), and Steve
Kahn, deputy director of KIPAC, are excited about
research at the new Fred Kavli Building. More
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Genetic hunt:. More
Genetic hunt: Sharon Long, the William C. Steere Jr. – Pfizer Inc. Professor of Biology, and Postdoctoral Fellow Raka Mitra have discovered a technique that could dramatically streamline the search for plant genes. The discovery could lead to advances in plant productivity and sustainable agriculture. More
At Hopkins Marine Station, a research center in the School of Humanities and Sciences, scientists and students probe the secrets of the sea. More
Credit: Mustafa Abadan and T.J. Gottesdiener, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP More
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An all-sky image of the infant Universe, 380,000 years after the Big Bang. More
Research expedition to Chavin de Huantar,Peru, to participate in archaeological fieldwork. More
Confocal image of microtubules in an Arabidopsis cell expressing a tubulin:GFP fusion protein. More
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Stanford Libraries employees Sarah Sussman, left, curator of French and Italian Collections, and Annette Keogh, assistant curator of British and American literature, peruse displays at the annual book celebration. More
Photograph courtesy of the National Science & Technology Medals Foundation.
John Brauman receives National Medal of Science from President Bush More