Faculty and Staff News4.18.14
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
The university community is being asked to increase water conservation, given the state's recently declared drought.
Eisner argued that a curriculum that includes music, dance and art is essential in developing critical thinking skills in children.
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.
Leland Smith blended teaching, performing and computer coding during his distinguished Stanford career.
Frank Lobdell is remembered for his commitment to his work.