This Week In Stanford 3/20/12 – 4/2/12

Posted by at 11:41PM

Happy Spring Quarter, Stanford! I have more news from the past few weeks to give you a glimpse of all things Stanford.

  • Dean Julie is a poet and now we all know it. Stanford’s beloved dean of freshman and undergraduate advising will be stepping down from her position this summer in order to pursue an MFA, starting this fall. Good luck, Dean Julie!
  • Speaking of poets, California’s new Poet Laureate is Juan Felipe Herrera, the first Latino person to hold the position. He’s also a Stanford alumnus. We may be making waves in Silicon Valley, but we’re also changing the art world.
  • We love rankings and lists. And more than that we love being at the top of them. Yet, Stanford professor Matthew Jackson is calling out society on its need to put everything in numerical order. The rankings that were  supposed to celebrate excellence, may be stifling choice. It makes you think twice about those Top 10 iTunes app lists. You may find a game just as awesome as Angry Birds, if only you looked past the #10 slot.
  • The banking world (okay, maybe just Goldman Sachs) was stunned when Greg Smith published a very public, very disparaging resignation later on If you would like to learn more about the man behind the words, here’s a profile on the former Stanford student.
  • I would like to extend a warm welcome to the Class of 2016! Although people say it every year, with an acceptance rate of 6.6%, it really is getting harder to get in. TUSB and the rest of campus can’t wait to introduce you to the all the wonders that are Stanford.
  • Some people dream about being there the moment the universe was created. Before, it was an esoteric, impossible pondering. But thanks to some computer savvy scientists, you can watch a screening  of it at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The short visualizations are based on calculations from the latest physics theories. SLAC is now hosting The Big Bang – the  3D video.
  • Facebook feels like only they can ‘spy’ on their users – employers need to respect their employee’s privacy. Facebook gave a stern warning to companies who are “shoulder surfing” or demanding the password to their employees’s private  social networking accounts. Stanford privacy researchers agree – this trend may be the beginning of a dangerous slippery slope.



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