JANUARY/FEBRUARY 1998

 Contents

 NEWS & VIEWS
 President’s Column
 On Campus
 Stanford’s Facelift
 Housing Shortage
 Sand Hill Road
 Campus Briefs

 Science & Medicine
 Mesozoic Era
 Computer Music
 Colliding Beams
 Sci & Med Briefs

 Sports
 Sports as Business
 Big Game
 Sports Briefs

 FEATURES
 Stanford Observed
 Spanish 11-C
 John Rickford
 Race in America
 Class of 2002
 The Search for Money
 Phyllis Gardner
 Waymouth/Hellman


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News & Views
Letter from the President ­ Regulating High Costs


The costs of complying with federal, state and local regulations are considerable at almost any organization in American society. However, research universities bear some particularly irrational costs.  By Gerhard Casper

On Campus
In the Best “Cutting-Edge” Style


The biggest building boom since the founding of the university has brought temporary relocations, detours, unpaved roads and improvisations. Four new buildings will be integrated into the heart of the university with a courtyard complementing the original mission-style architecture.  

Graduate Student Housing Crunch


Stanford doctoral student Nancy Tsai knew from experience that the housing situation for graduate students living off campus was bleak, but she didn’t know just how bleak until she conducted an informal survey last summer of graduate student experiences in off-campus apartment hunting.  

Stanford’s Sand Hill Proposal Wins Vote


A decades-long dispute over a Stanford University proposal for development and extension of Sand Hill Road is finally settled by Palo Alto voters.  

Campus Briefs


A Power Boost for the Humanities ­ President Gerhard Casper announces a $12 million endowment injection for arts and humanities.   Ready for a Rainy Day? ­ Researchers conclude that few baby boomers have put aside enough cash to cover a financial emergency.   A Banner Year ­ In 1996-97 the number of Stanford donors rose, Stanford Fund donations increased and Senior Gift participation went up.   People, People ­ Several Stanford professors receive appointments, awards and promotions.

Science & Medicine
Stanford Goes to Asia


Five Stanford graduate students and Professor Stephan Graham present the first broad picture of Asia in the Mesozoic era.  By Janet Basu

Bach’s EMI Concerto


Are computers approaching human-level creativity? World experts debate this question at a Stanford symposium.  

Something from Nothing


In a novel experiment at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, investigators force light beams to collide with each other in a vacuum and create two tiny specks of matter.  

Science & Medicine Briefs


Fighting AIDS the Right Way ­ The Medical Center develops a test that determines whether the particular strain of HIV in a patient’s blood is resistant to antiviral drugs.   Together at Last ­ The University of California-San Francisco and Stanford Health Services officially begin merged operations.   Glowing Rodents ­ Researchers have inserted firefly genes into the cells of mice and rats in order to observe diseases as they spread through a living organism.   Biodiversity Going, Going ­ Populations ­ groups of individuals of the same species in a given location ­ are disappearing 3-8 times faster than entire species.   A New Fat-Fighter? ­ A new cog in the body’s main weight-regulating system has been identified as a prime target for fat-fighting drugs.

Sports News
The Business of Sports


Intercollegiate sports can no longer exist apart from the often troubling influence of money. Funding even a mediocre program requires business sense; funding one of the nation’s most enviable is a big-time enterprise.  By Justin Pope

The Big Game, A Thriller


Stanford wins the 100th Big Game on a last-minute interception after Cal’s quarterback fumbles.  

Sports Briefs


No Lonely Runner ­ The men’s cross-country team repeats its NCAA championship; the women come in second.   Home of Champions ­ A book by Stanford’s assistant athletic director covers the first century of the university’s athletic program.     Tree and Bear Face to Face ­ Before the start of the Big Game, mascots from Stanford and Cal sit down for a chat.

Features
Free Advice for Freshman Parents


Robert and Susan Weisberg share transitional agonies ­ some serious and some not so serious ­ that new freshmen and their parents experience.  

Learning Curve


11-C Second Year Spanish/Cutural Emphasis: Enhancing Spanish-speaking skills and learning about the Spanish-speaking world via the Internet.  

Finding Pedagogical Rationale Among Hysterical Debate


John Rickford, award-winning linguistics professor and scholar at Stanford, offers a pedagogical rationale for using ebonics to teach standard English.  By Elaine Ray

Essay ­ Race


Populist movements are gathering force in an America still deeply divided by race.  By Stewart Burns

The Sink or Swim Round


Second in a series of articles following Stanford’s admission officers as they build the Class of 2002.  By Marisa Cigarroa

The Matchmakers


Stanford’s most lucrative patent has just expired. How will it cope with the loss of $35 million a year? Many people are looking for a new pot of gold.  By David Schrieberg

Ménage à Trois


As Stanford looks for new ways to reach out to the industrial world, Phyllis Gardner has built an unusual doorway between the executive conference room and the university laboratory.  By David Schrieberg

A Thin Blue Line


Stanford Professors Robert Waymouth and Martin Hellman have shared in technological breakthroughs. Everyone told Hellman he’d get rich; he did not. But Waymouth may.  By David Schrieberg

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