Faculty and Staff News

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Stanford Profiles provides window into university's scholarly community

Stanford created the new website to support faculty and to facilitate their research activities by extending to other schools, institutes and administrative units on campus the Community Academic Profiles system that has been available to School of Medicine faculty since 2004.


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Inspired by a music box, Stanford bioengineer creates $5 chemistry set

Manu Prakash won a contest to develop the 21st-century chemistry set. His version, based on a toy music box, is small, robust, programmable and costs $5.  Video


Polls open for Advisory Board vote

Academic Council members in all seven schools are eligible to vote to fill positions to represent the School of Engineering and the School of Medicine. Voting closes April 6.


Associate Professor of Surgery Sabine Girod speaking to the Faculty Senate about women in leadership positions at Stanford. / Photo: L.A. Cicero

Women less represented in faculty, staff leadership ranks

A study has found that the ranks of women leaders at Stanford lag behind increases in diversity. A separate report has noted that the overall faculty has seen gains in women and minorities over the past decade. The reports were presented at Thursday's Faculty Senate meeting.


Faculty Senate to discuss joint majors, state of the faculty, women in leadership


Report of the President: Academic Council Professoriate appointments

The Academic Council Professoriate appointments, promotions, and reappointments for the periods indicated were reviewed by the Advisory Board of the Academic Council on Nov. 19, Nov. 26 and Dec. 10, 2013 and were approved by the president.


Online voting under way for 2014-15 Faculty Senate

The senate, which is composed of 55 voting members serving staggered 2-year terms and 15 ex officio members, is the legislative body of Stanford's Academic Council, and has responsibility for academic and research policy, as well as the authority to grant degrees.


Sarah Church, professor of physics, speaks at the Faculty Senate. . Photo: L.A. Cicero

Senate approves Joint Majors Program, discusses course evaluations

Sarah Church, chair of the Committee on Undergraduate Standards and Policy, described a new Joint Majors Program. Russell Berman, chair of the Provost's Course Evaluation Committee, and Harry J. Elam Jr., vice provost for undergraduate education, described ways to improve the university's course evaluation system.


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Final round of town hall meetings on lab safety culture at Stanford

Town hall meetings scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 11, and Friday, Feb. 21, are the final opportunities to provide direct, personal input to the Task Force for Advancing the Culture of Laboratory Safety at Stanford University.


Registrar Tom Black speaks at the Faculty Senate about the class schedule./Photo: L.A. Cicero

Faculty Senate approves plan to revamp Stanford's class schedules

In a Thursday voice vote, the Faculty Senate approved a plan to reduce the number of overlapping and conflicting course times. The senate also heard a presentation on getting more faculty and students involved in community-engaged learning.


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Stanford community encouraged to step up water conservation

The university community is being asked to increase water conservation, given the state's recently declared drought.


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Stanford Professor Elliot Eisner, champion of arts education, dead at 80

Eisner argued that a curriculum that includes music, dance and art is essential in developing critical thinking skills in children.


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Stanford Express Care clinic offers treatment for minor ailments to faculty and staff

Stanford Express Care offers same-day and next-day treatment for minor illnesses and injuries to faculty and staff enrolled in the Blue Shield EPO, PPO and HDHP (High-Deductible Health Plan), and the Stanford HealthCare Alliance.


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Stanford Professor Leland Smith, innovative music creator, dies at 88

Leland Smith blended teaching, performing and computer coding during his distinguished Stanford career.


Frank Lobdell / Jose Mercado

Renowned abstract expressionist artist and former Stanford art professor dies at 92

Frank Lobdell is remembered for his commitment to his work.