In This Issue

 President’s Letter

 Campus News
 Restoring the Quad
 Christopher Speech
 Campus News

 Sci & Med
 Fiscal Challenges
 Ants Yield Clues
 Sci & Med News

 Olympic Coaches
 Sports News

 Engineering Leadership
 James Gibbons
 John Hennessy

 Martin Luther King Jr.
 Clayborne Carson
 King Papers


Stanford Today
May/June 1996



President’s Letter - Challenge of the West

A Western spirit of pioneering, entrepreneurship and energy is surely one of Stanford’s distinctive characteristics. Stanford continues to advance because of such pioneers as philosophy Professor Patrick Suppes; music Professor John Chowning; and the researchers of the Center for the Study of Language and Information  By Gerhard Casper

Campus News
Rebuilding A Sense of Place

The magnitude of the damage incurred by the Oct. 17, 1989, earthquake offered an opportunity to rebuild many of the Quad buildings from the top to bottom, inside and out. The restoration of Building 30, housing a newly established language center, will offer a good sense of what an Inner Quad building looked like at the turn of the century.  By Marisa Cigarroa

Donor Fund Spurs Quad Project

Three families, each having longstanding legacies with Stanford, donate $20 million to the Restoration Fund. In recognition of these large donations the remaining three Quad corners will be renamed. The Fund is seeking to raise $50 million to help rebuild and strengthen campus structures.   By Marisa Cigarroa

Christopher Gives Key Speech on Environment

“Pollution respects no boundaries,” said Secretary of State Warren Christopher in a major foreign policy address at Stanford on April 9, 1996. The address, which came after the Institute for International Studies’ Global Environment Forum, links America’s political and economic interests to the state of the environment in other nations and other regions around the world. By Janet Basu

Campus News Digest

Five Faculty Named Sloan Fellows - Each wins $35,000, two-year research fellowship.   Cardoso Returns to School - Brazilian President announces $1 million endowment.   Panther Archives Purchased - Significant research and instructional value for the study of the African American experience and the broader context of social and political movements of the 1960s.   Grant Funds Higher Education Study - $12.5-million study of national and global changes in postsecondary education.

Science & Medicine News
Physician, Downsize Thyself

In his second year as dean of Stanford’s Medical School, Eugene Bauer must chart the trajectory of the organization into a new era in both patient care and teaching. He must simultaneuosly nurture the school’s most treasured educational asset - the flexibility of the curriculum - while answering to the financial scrutiny and the shifting demands of managed care. By Jeffrey Davis

Down on the (Ant) Farm

In the sense that individual insects responding individually to change may do complicated things, colonies of ants or bees are like a computerized neural network. Or like a mammalian brain. Deborah M. Gordon, assistant professor of biological sciences, in the March 14 issue of the journal Nature, delivers a progress report on the research on social insects.  By Janet Basu

Science & Medicine News Digest

Promising Advance in MS Fight - Research suggests an an effective treatment.   Terman Fellowships - Six science and engineering faculty win $100,000 annually for three years.   Lymphoma Treatment - Cellular radiation therapy can halt the advance of lymphoma.   Researchers Identify Epilepsy Gene - Knowledge will assist doctors in diagnosis of progressive myoclonus epilepsy.   Eating Disorders Focus of Study - $1 million grant funds study of eating and self-image.

Sports News
Next Stop: Atlanta Gold

Skip Kenney and Richard Quick (Stanford’s head swimming coaches), Tara VanDerveer (Stanford’s head women’s basketball coach), and Sherry Posthumus (Stanford’s head women’s fencing coach) are preparing for Atlanta and the 1996 Summer Olympics as, respectively, Olympic men’s swimming coach, Olympic women’s swimming coach, Olympic women’s basketball coach, and team leader for the combined Olympic men’s and women’s fencing teams.  By Diane Manuel

Sports News Digest

Swimmers Take National Title - Women’s swimming team takes fifth consecutive national title.   Track and Field Bid - If U.S.A. Track and Field’s bid is selected, Stanford will host the 1999 World Track and Field Championships.   Women Hoopsters Make Final Four - Making it five in the last seven years, the Cardinal women, unbeaten in 18 Pac-10 games, earn No. 3 national ranking.   Track Facility Gets Face Lift - $1.5 million project restores Angell Field and Cobb Track to competitive condition.   Place-Kicker Gets Fine, Probation - Eric Abrams pleads no contest to seven misdemeanor charges.

Engineering Leadership
Circuits of Knowledge

Stepping down as dean of the School of Engineering, James Gibbons is poised to use what he’s learned in entirely new ways. Since he arrived in 1953 as a graduate student, Gibbons has developed a broad record of accomplishments. As dean, having tripled the amount of industrial support for research programs, added 30 new endowed chairs, moved the world-class computer science program from humanities into engineering, and found more than $60 million in building funds, Gibbons has moved the School from top five to number one. Now, as Counsel to the President for Industry Relations, he will try to do the same for the entire university. Meanwhile he will bring his methods, a burning passion, and the bulk of his time, to bear on the problems of juvenile offenders and other so-called “at-risk” youth.
By Joan Hamilton

Stepping Up

By almost every measure, John Hennessy has been successful in his 43 years: an international reputation for his work in computer architectures, the successful startup of a Silicon Valley company, the chairmanship of a prestigious Stanford department. Forget all that. Hennessy faces his biggest challenge when he succeeds Jim Gibbons as dean of the School of Engineering in June, stepping up to run the school at a time of shrinking financial resources and growing academic and technological demands.
By David Salisbury

Martin Luther King Jr.
A Sudden Call

Clay Carson’s life hasn’t been quite the same since he answered the phone at 10 p.m. on a January evening in 1985. Coretta Scott King was calling from Atlanta to ask if he would consider heading up the Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project. Although Carson had some initial doubts about the feasibility of directing the project from Stanford, he gradually was won over.
By Diane Manuel


When Martin Luther King Jr. accepted the call to Montgomery’s Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in 1954, he could hardly have expected that he would soon become a protest leader. Yet the Montgomery boycott marked the beginning of a new phase of King’s ministry, and his arousing oratory gave the protest new meaning as “the birth of the ideal of freedom in America.” King’s emergence as an advocate of nonviolent social change is explored in the forthcoming book The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Volume III: Birth of a New Age (Dec. 1955-Dec. 1956).   By Clayborne Carson

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