NOV/DEC 1996

 In This Issue

 President’s Column

 On Campus
 Sophomore College
 Minority Alumni
 Campus Digest

 Sci & Med
 Richard Zare
 Laser Research
 Sci & Med Digest

 Chad Hutchinson
 Sports Digest

 Genetic Roulette
 Learning Curve
 Class of 2000
 WWII Internment
 Gordon Chang


Stanford Today

November/December 1996

The human 
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President’s Column - On Making Choices

University students frequently are called upon to make choices. The very concept of choice suggests deliberateness. For that, one needs the foundation in learning and experience that a student gains by seizing the initiative, and seeking out the incredible range of opportunities that Stanford has to offer.  
By Gerhard Casper

Campus News
Sophomore Success Story

Designed to combat the phenomenon known as “sophomore slump,” Sophomore College has just completed its second year. In the current format ten students are selected for each of eight seminars, which meet for two hours every morning over two and one-half weeks in early September, before regular classes begin. In the afternoons sophomores learn about the resources that are available to undergraduates.  By Diane Manuel

Minority Alumni

The overwhelming majority of Stanford’s alumni of color who participated in a recent survey look back fondly at life on the Farm. But those same alumni feel that after graduation they are essentially out of sight and out of the university’s mind.  
By Elaine Ray

Campus News Digest

Newest Nobel - Douglas D. Osheroff has won the Nobel Prize in physics.   Fundraising Record - The university raised nearly $313 million in the 1995-96 fiscal year.   Biddle Suit Dismissed - A private lawsuit alleging that the university had overbilled the federal government has been dismissed by a federal judge.   Korean Studies - Two Korean leaders have pledged $3 million to endow a new professorship and Korean Studies program at Stanford.

Science & Medicine News
Fourth Rock from the Sun

Richard Zare, the Marguerite Blake Wilbur Professor of Chemistry and professor of physics, is one of the nation’s most influential scientists. Since the news broke in August that he had played a role in the discovery of possible life on Mars, he has gotten used to clamoring reporters, endless television appearances and requests to testify before Congress.  
By Janet Basu

Scientific Serendipity

Professor Richard Zare and generations of graduate students have devised ways to use lasers to detect substances stuck to the surface of objects. As part of that work, the researchers built a “two-step laser mass spectrometer” that is the most sensitive instrument of its kind in the world.  By Janet Basu and David Salisbury

Science & Medicine News Digest

Nearsighted No More - Trials of a new outpatient laser surgery to correct nearsightedness combined with astigmatism are under way on campus.   New Cancer Drug - An experimental cancer drug is being tested to determine whether it might eliminate the need for debilitating head and neck cancer surgery.   Better Ways to Test Chips - Stanford’s Center for Reliable Computing and LSI Logic Corp. seek to improve computer chip testing methods.    Novel 3-D Display - Prototype video display developed at Stanford that can produce 3-D images in a whole new way.

Sports News
A Cardinal for All Seasons

Chad Hutchinson, one of the nation’s best high school pitching prospects in 1995, turned down a lucrative offer from the Atlanta Braves baseball organization to become a starting pitcher and starting quarterback at Stanford.  By Jeff Brazil

Sports News Digest

Tiger Turns Pro - Tiger Woods wins third consecutive U.S. Amateur Golf Championship, marking the end of his amateur career.    Tennis Goes World Class - Tennis facilities are being expanded in a $5.2 million project.    W-hoop-ing It Up - Women’s basketball coach Tara VanDerveer returns to Stanford after leading USA Women’s National Team to gold medal in Atlanta.   Women’s Tennis Gets Lift - Three stellar freshmen are joining Coach Frank Brennan’s women’s tennis team.   Parking Lot Paved - Stanford Stadium’s closest parking lot has been paved and landscaped.

Genetic Roulette

The human genome project is ushering in a biotech revolution. Who is watching out for your future in this brave new world?  
By Janet Basu

Learning Curve

The first in an ongoing series highlighting some of Stanford’s most thought-provoking courses.  
By Diane Manuel

Class of 2000

Members of the Class of 2000 arrive at The Farm and embark on their collegiate odyssey.  
By Marisa Cigarroa

‘We Almost Wept’

Professor Yamato Ichihashi was a respected scholar and member of the Stanford community, but that wasn’t enough to spare him the humiliation of internment.  
By Gordon Chang

A Personal Journey

Biographer Gordon Chang feels a kinship with his subject.  
By Diane Manuel

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