In This Issue

 Editor’s Note
 President’s Letter

 Campus News
 21st Century Lab
 Campus News

 Sci & Med
 Total Access
 Sci & Med News

 About the Sixties

 Continents Apart

 Creative Writing
 The Big X
 Stegner's Legacy
 Short Story


Stanford Today
March/April 1996

The Old Union.


President’s Letter - The Launch of Stanford Today

With this inaugural edition, we reclaim an old title for new purposes. For nearly 30 years, until the late 1960s, a quarterly of the same name was sent to alumni. The new Stanford Today is a recognition of the need for a journalism of ideas.
By Douglas Foster

Our Challenge - Standing Still Means Falling Back

Universities are among the most complex institutions in the contemporary world. Now placed under great scrutiny, several concrete indicators show broad agreement about the high quality of our faculty and students. There is much to make us proud. At the same time, there is no room - none - for complacency.
By Gerhard Casper

News Sections
A 21st-Century Computer Lab

Step through the doors of the new Gates Computer Science Building -- into a laboratory of 21st-century technology. With the help of a gift from Microsoft Corp. founder William Gates in 1992, Stanford has constructed the $38.4 million laboratory to house the far-flung programs of the computer science department under one roof. By David Salisbury

Campus News Digest

Tuition Increases - Lowest rise in 30 years.   Early Admissions - Offers go to 568 in first-ever process.   Food Research Institute - One of the few such programs in the country is scheduled to close.   Planning in an Era of Change - Faculty panel recommends ways to maintain high academic quality and cope with continuing financial constraints.   Byerwalter Named V.P. for Business Affairs - Alumna and trustee becomes chief financial officer of the university.   Career Planning Center to Destroy Files - The annual purge, this time for files last used in the 1979-1980 academic year, occurs on May 31.

Total Access Despite Disabilities

Settled securely in his wheelchair before a bank of computers, J.B. Galan rattles off a sentence. As he speaks, the correctly spelled words appear instantaneously. Project Archimedes, a research program at Stanford’s Center for the Study of Language and Information, aims to ensure that disabled individuals are not left behind in the computer revolution.
By David Salisbury

Science & Medicine News Digest

Heart-Stopping Surgery - Unprecedented technique, port-access surgery, allows the surgical team to stop the heart while repairing it.   Tumor Growth - Discovery of mechanism in cellular protein p53 could lead to development of more effective cancer treatments.   Cancer Vaccine - A custom-made vaccine triggers anti-tumor activity in pilot study of four non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma patients.   Glow Gene - Researchers use glowing bacteria to observe the progress of infection and treatment inside living laboratory mice.   Auto Pilot - Aeronautics and austronautics student demonstrates full control of model airplane using low-cost system.

History Lessons

Sixties Values and Nineties Realities. Thirty years of political change and the lessons of recent history, as seen by the six participants of a Reunion Week discussion about national politics.

Continents Apart

Black Liberation in South Africa and the United States. What useful comparisons can be made between the current situation and future prospects of blacks in the two societies? South Africa might learn that formal citizenship rights are not enough to overcome history. The African-American freedom struggle might learn that hope, and ideological and tactical flexibility are important in achieving a just and harmonious society.
By George M. Fredrickson

Special Section - Creative Writing
The Big X

An essay on the delicate art of the Writing Workshop.
By Elizabeth Tallent

Wallace Stegner’s Legacy

Remembering the writer’s life with Mary Page Stegner.
By Diane Manuel

A Dream of Western Music

A short story by Stegner Fellows alumna and Stanford lecturer in undergraduate creative writing.
By Lan Samantha Chang

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