In This Issue

 President’s Column

 On Campus
 Graduate Fellowships
 Trustees’ New Chair
 Campus Digest

 Sci & Med
 Virtual Reality Surgery
 Kyoto Prize
 Diabetes Treatment
 Sci & Med Digest

 Stanford Olympians
 Sports Digest

 Class of 2000
 Students in Cyberspace


 Pride of Place


Stanford Today

September/October 1996

Jair Lynch


President’s Column - A Long-Term Investment

One of Stanford’s greatest strengths is its balanced combination of undergraduate studies, graduate studies and research. Stanford now is beginning to raise funds for a major initiative titled Stanford Graduate Fellowships, starting with a grant of $2 million from the Lucille P. Markey Charitable Trust. Its goal is to raise at least $200 million in permanent endowments.  By Gerhard Casper

Campus News
Far Fewer Sleepless Nights

At a time when federal support for the sciences and engineering is evaporating rapidly, new fellowships such as Stanford Graduate Fellowships will augment federally funded research assistantships. Students who are nominated by their departments and selected by a faculty committee will be given a tuition voucher of $12,000 and a stipend of $16,000 for each of three years.  By Diane Manuel

Bass to Chair Board of Trustees

Businessman Robert M. Bass, of Fort Worth, Texas, a director of the Stanford Management Company, has been elected the 22nd chair of the Stanford Board of Trustees. Succeeding John Freidenrich, who has headed the board since 1992, Bass said that his main challenge will be to maintain the positive momentum set by Freidenrich.  By Marisa Cigarroa

Campus News Digest

From Russia, With Love - Archives of the Pasternak family acquired.   Yield Rate Up - Number of admitted freshmen who decide to enroll up by 6.3 percent from last year.   Faculty Diversification - Statistics on percentage of Stanford women and minority faculty.   Surfing Stanford - University redesigns its home page on the World Wide Web.   Cartun Retires - Rabbi Ari Cartun leaves Hillel Foundation after 21 years.

Science & Medicine News
Not Exactly Rocket Science

Technology is being developed that will enable physicians to try out a variety of surgical outcomes before ever stepping into a real operating room. As part of a collaboration between NASA’s Ames Research Center and Stanford’s Department of Functional Restoration, Stanford surgeons now are operating in the realm of “virtual reality.”  By Mike Goodkind

Donald Knuth Wins Kyoto Prize

Donald E. Knuth, best known as a pioneering mathematician whose research has been of primary importance in the analysis of computer algorithms and who is one of the founding fathers of computer science, has been awarded the 1996 Kyoto Prize, Japan’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize and the country’s highest private award for lifetime achievement.  By David Salisbury

Treatment Tested for Diabetes

A potential treatment for juvenile-onset diabetes that could eliminate the need for insulin shots, is under study at Stanford. The treatment, which stems from research on rats, is based on implanting fetal pancreas tissue into the patient’s forearm.  By Rosanne Spector

Science & Medicine News Digest

Carcinoma Gene Found - Basal cell carcinoma caused by defective gene.   Eco-Friendly Chips - Reducing environmental impacts of chip manufacturing using computer-aided design tools.   Controlling Tuberculosis - Comparing effects of various levels of TB control programs.    New Parasite Discovered - Researchers find deadly human parasite.

Sports News
Showing Mettle in Atlanta

Stanford delivers 49 athletes, coaches and managers to teams from 11 countries in 11 sports, and plays a part in one of the real legacies of the Atlanta Olympics: the emergence of women’s sports from the shadows of athletic competition.  By Mark Zeigler

Sports News Digest

Cardinal Takes Sears Cup - Stanford wins prestigious collegiate athletics award.    Athletes Honored - 30 athletes awarded for athletic, academic, leadership and public service achievements.    Cyclists Wheel to Another Title - Cycling team wins national championship in road racing.

Class of 2000

For the members of Stanford’s Class of 2000, lives will change unalterably in the next nine months in ways they can’t now begin to imagine. Before classes even begin, these students will encounter the culture shock that all freshmen undergo, and will be challenged by having to adjust to a highly competitive academic environment.  
By Marisa Cigarroa

Cyber Window on the Student Soul

The World Wide Web is an ever-widening global network of computers, and thousands of Stanford students who have embraced the Internet have no idea who might be dropping in to gaze at their home pages - documents that in some cases amount to an electronic window into their souls.  
By Jeff Brazil

Ancestor Worship

Though Americans are not an especially patriarchal people, one form of ancestor worship still flourishes: the homage we pay to the wisdom of “the Founding Fathers.” The most notable form of this homage is the belief that in interpreting the Constitution our true goal should be to recover the “original intentions” of its adopters.  
By Jack Rakove

Recapturing the Pride of Place

Leland Stanford designed his new university with a distinct style characterized by terra cotta roofs, carved sandstone arcades and palm trees. More than a century after Stanford laid the cornerstone, campus officials now are trying to restore the spirit of the original plan. Like other universities that have suffered decades of unchecked development, Stanford is searching its institutional soul for the appropriate way to graft new architecture onto old.  
By Michael Cannell

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