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Five Faculty Named Sloan Fellows   Five young faculty members have won $35,000, two-year research fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, based on their “exceptional promise to contribute to the advancement of knowledge.” Four are assistant professors: Mary G. Baker, computer science and electrical engineering; Daphne Koller, computer science; and Dale G. Drueckhammer and John H. Griffin, both of chemistry. The fifth, Jeffrey Zwiebel, is associate professor of finance in the Graduate School of Business. The topics the five are investigating include how enzymes work; how conflicts arise in corporations and universities; how portable computers can stay hooked into a network; and how artificial intelligence systems can reason and act under uncertain conditions. The scholars may use their grants to pursue whatever lines of inquiry most interest them.

Cardoso Returns to School   Strengthening his country’s ties to Stanford, Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso announced the endowment of a chair in Brazilian studies during a campus speech in March. A distinguished scholar of Brazil will visit the campus each year in a program funded by a $1 million gift from the New York branch of Safra National Bank of Brazil. Planning for the endowment began in 1994 when the Brazilian soccer team played in World Cup competition before enthusiastic crowds at Stanford Stadium. The university’s connections to Brazil reach back to its second president, John Casper Branner, and the most extensive U.S. research library collection on Brazil is located at Stanford. Cardoso, 64, was a visiting professor of political science at Stanford in 1977 when Brazil was run by a military dictatorship. He used his brief visit to the campus to praise “the art of politics” and defend elected politicians at a time when, he said, the public seems to hold them in low regard.

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