This Week In Stanford 1/10/12 – 1/16/12

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This week in Stanford, many students left campus to ski on almost snowless mountains. But now everyone’s back and excited about the news! Right?

  • Need some help getting motivated again after the long weekend? Baba Shiv, behavioral psychologists offers some tips on how to trick our willpower. Or really a  willpower trick. One or the other.
  • The future power of the microchip will be handheld. Koomey’s Law, which states that the power needed to complete a computer task will be cut in half every one and half years is gaining traction as the computer industry invests more in mobile devices.
  • Stanford’s director for the Bing Concert Hall will be Wiley Hausam. Just in case you forgot, Stanford is opening a brand new 844-seat concert hall next year.
  • In spirit of the holiday, Stanford’s Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute honored photojournalist Bob Fitch with a Call to Consciousness award for his powerful images of King that currently adorn the walls in Tressidor Union.
  • The Thinker is home! After 2 years on loan, Rodin’s “The Thinker” is back at the Cantor Arts Center. For students who haven’t seen the statue in person yet, Cantor will allowing viewing again starting on January 25. It’s Rodin’s most famous work. Check it out.
  • The label on a bag of chips may be more than what it seems. Our very own former blogger-in-chief Josh Freeman, with Linguistics Professor Dan Jurafsky uncovered class distinctions on the packaging of  a much loved snack, the potato chip.
  • Congratulations to Burton Richter for winning the Presidential Enrico Fermi Award for his former and current work as A Nobel-Prize winning physicist. Finding subnuclear particles and advising the government on secret science and technology issues – all in a day’s work.
  • And finally – the computer science department wants to close the gender gap.  That means, with almost half of the 594 students in 106A being female this quarter, they’re hope more women plan to stay and declare.
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