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This Week in Stanford 2/14/12 – 2/20/12

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Despite Valentine’s Day and the anticipation of a long holiday, Stanford still suffered one of its worse problems – rain. To take your mind off the bane of biker’s existence, here’s the latest news around campus:

  • Even though Stanford has now hosted its own Shark Week, maybe it’s time to frown at these fearsome creatures. They’re killing sea otters! Professor and shark expert Barbara Block explained that it’s still unclear which sharks are decimating the adorable population.
  • Saving lives is all in a day’s work here in the Stanford community. Dr. Katsuhide Maeda inserted a pacemaker into Jaya Maharaj, within minutes of her premature birth at the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital. Jaya is now one of the youngest people to ever receive a pacemaker.
  • Should progress trump human safety? Scientists are starting to ask this question, after researchers found a way of making bird flu more infectious. The research is currently on a 60 day halt, but many wonder if the results should ever be released to the public.
  • If the love buzz hasn’t worn off since Valentine’s Day, check out this neurological love competition. Filmmaker Brent Hoff joined Stanford’s Center for Cognitive and Neurobiological Imaging to create a documentary about couples and how they mentally experience love.
  • If the assaults, and peeping  Toms didn’t already put you on edge, there is now something else you’ll have to keep a closer eye on – your car.  Five cars were robbed at the Dish parking lot, on Alpine Road, suffering a loss of $7,100 in cash and goods.
  • Senior and Master’s student Michael Tubbs will be returning to his hometown, Stockton, California, to run for City Council. He’s giving back and taking community service to a whole new level.
  • Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy, spoke at the Graduate School of Business this past week. He discussed the history of his educational website and the problems in our nation’s education system that need to be fixed.

Happy shortened week, Stanford!

Stanford Has Free Classes?!

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

My first answer is duh. Everyone is currently talking about Stanford’s new Engineering Everywhere program that allows individuals around the world to virtually attend the physical engineering class online. For a moment I was giddy with excitement. After I graduate (which isn’t for some time yet) I would have a chance to secretly attempt another CS course after my public formal approach. Tens of thousands of people were (and are) enrolling in these classes. The Chronicle and other sources have hailed this to be the dawn of a new era in learning from a well established university.

With a computer and the Internet, this joy can be yours!

And then I realized that free classes have been around for quite a while. I’m glad the unique set of Stanford CS courses, and the distinctive way it’s being offered, stand as a reminder of how easy it actually is to get a free quality education through the Internet. Although Youtube can teach us many things, universities of Stanford’s caliber have been trying to share their knowledge online for quite a while.

A simple search for free online classes from universities not only brought me to many sites listing the top websites to get an elite education in biology, it also led me to an older but still exhaustive article on LifeHacker.com that goes through many of the colleges that offer a free online education. MIT’s site alone offers over 2000 courses. (more…)