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Oct 6 2014
When Sheryl Sandberg delivered the Jing Lyman Lecture at Stanford last year, the Facebook COO and Lean In author urged Stanford leaders to use the university's wealth of knowledge to promote gender equality on campus. President John Hennessy was in the audience that day and heard the call. With his...
Sep 15 2014
Today’s media are replete with statistics documenting the global economic crisis and the precipitous decline of the middle class. While these numbers reflect key indicators—financial markets, housing prices, unemployment, job creation and the cost of living—they often ignore their emotional and...
Sep 12 2014
In August 2014, Stanford professor of mathematics Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman to win the Fields Medal, often described as the Nobel Prize of mathematics. Tim Gowers, a mathematician at Cambridge University and a Fields medalist himself, reflected on Mirzakhani’s accomplishment in the ...
Sep 12 2014
Caroline Simard’s enthusiasm and commitment are contagious. As she talks about her recent appointment as research director at Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research and manager of the Corporate Partner Program under its Center for Women’s Leadership, her eyes sparkle with anticipation....
Jul 26 2014
In 1993, Piper Kerman carried a bag of drug money from Chicago to Brussels.   Ten years later, two men knocked on Piper Kerman’s door.  The two men were U.S Customs officers. She had been indicted in federal court for drug smuggling and money laundering. That knock began her unexpected “journey...
Jul 23 2014
Since 2000, the year the U.S. census first allowed respondents to identify as multiracial or multiethnic, the number of Americans who identify with multiple races has increased dramatically. Given that respondents are now allowed to check multiple boxes on the census, that’s not surprising. However...
Jun 15 2014
“I don't know what's worse,” wrote a user of the popular Facebook page, Stanford Race Confessions, “the actual racism that I experience whenever I'm home…or coming to Stanford and being told that we live in a post-racial society and that we should stop talking about race.”
Jun 10 2014
We often encounter platitudes about what an interconnected place the world is, how we are all linked in the circle of life, and only by working together through interdisciplinary collaboration can we overcome the obstacles between a us and a global paradise. While idyllically compelling, this...
Jun 2 2014
Scientific objectivity and the cool assessment of facts are the hallmarks of the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. So, of course, stereotypes have no place in these research labs and university departments. Or so you might think. But, when evaluating identical resumes,...
May 29 2014
Stanford University was founded in the 1800s when mainly children of the privileged class had the opportunity to enroll in universities. Today, students come from a variety of race, social, ethnic, religious, and geographical backgrounds, as do faculty and staff. Yet in many ways, the culture at...

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