This Week In Stanford 4/10/12 – 4/16/12

Posted by at 11:39PM

If you aren’t still fuming over this past week’s election tactics, or Coachillin’ , you might already have a good idea of the things that have been happening on the Farm. Either way, here’s our weekly update on all things Stanford.

  • This year’s commencement speaker and Stanford alumnus, Cory Booker, is doing more than poring over his upcoming speech – he’s saving lives. Booker saved a neighbor from a burning building. It’s all in a good day’s work.
  • Last Wednesday, Stanford hosted the Cool Product Expo in the Alumni Center. If you didn’t have a chance to check out the gadgets there, here’s a list of some of the show’s highlighted products.
  • A new dawn of Artificial intelligence is just around the corner. With devices like Siri, and research conducted here on campus, it seems like machines are getting closer and closer to passing the infamous Turing Test: passing as a human in conversation.
  • Although charter schools may be good in theory, they may not be good in deed. A Stanford study showing that 37% of charter schools perform worse than regular public schools has helped prove that charter schools may not be solving all the educational woes they promise.
  • Congrats to Nneka Ogwumike for being the first Stanford student to become the #1 draft pick in the WNBA! Talk about a real baller.
  • Where else would someone have a Robot Block Party? The party was hosted at the Volkswagon Automotive Innovation Lab this past Thursday, impressing visitors with mechanical flair.
  • If we were to evaluate a bit of campus “politics,” regardless of the so-called mud-slinging, you’d notice that this week’s campaign season was relatively quiet. Few groups braved the rain to table in White Plaza, and although freshmen dorms may be the exception – there wasn’t much over the top giveaways and campaigning from senatorial candidates or class president slates.
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