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Comics like Hellboy produce a heightened adventure of reading, Stanford scholar says

Stanford Report, April 18, 2016
Using the Hellboy series as a touchstone, Professor Scott Bukatman has discovered new ways to talk about comics while offering a heightened “adventure of reading.”

By Leah Stark
The Humanities at Stanford
Scott Bukatman, professor of film and media studies, talks about the cultural significance of comics. (Video by Stanford Humanities Center)
The Hellboy comics – about a demon […]

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Another Look book club spotlights Joseph Conrad’s Shadow-Line novella

Stanford Report, April 18, 2016
On May 10, the Another Look book club will weigh in on Conrad’s “The Shadow-Line,” written by one of the darkest and most prophetic voices in English fiction.

By Cynthia Haven
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Joseph Conrad seated on deck of a ship with two sailors behind him.
Joseph Conrad (foreground) on the secret service ship Ready in 1916. […]

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Stanford researchers create super stretchy, self-healing material that could lead to artificial muscle

Stanford Report, April 18, 2016
Researchers show how jolting this material with an electrical field causes it to twitch or pulse in a muscle-like fashion. This polymer can also stretch to 100 times its original length, and even repair itself if punctured.

By Carrie Kirby and Tom Abate
Bao Research Group
polymer film being punctured with pointed item
A new, extremely […]

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Stanford’s map center devoted to the ‘joyful exploration of all things cartographic’

Artist rendering of auditorium with map
Architectural rendering of the David Rumsey Map Center, which opens on the fourth floor of Green Library on Tuesday, April 19. (Courtesy Noll and Tam Architects)
Stanford Report, April 15, 2016
The David Rumsey Map Center, which contains more than 150,000 rare maps, atlases, globes and pocket maps, […]

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Stanford astrophysicists help discover hidden dwarf dark galaxy

Composite image of the gravitational lens SDP.81 showing distorted image of the more distant galaxy and the nearby lensing galaxy
Composite image of the gravitational lens SDP.81 showing the distorted image of the more distant galaxy (red arcs) and the nearby lensing galaxy (blue center object). By analyzing the distortions in the ring, […]

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Stanford leaders address Board of Trustees during its April retreat

Stanford Report, April 14, 2016
During its April meeting, trustees heard presentations from campus leaders on a variety of issues – economics, arts programs, the Stanford Cyber Initiative, the biomedical revolution in precision health. They also toured the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

By Kathleen J. Sullivan
The Stanford University Board of Trustees, which traditionally holds a retreat during its April meeting, stayed on […]

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Stanford and Wikimedia researchers create tool to boost article creation in local languages

Stanford Report, April 14, 2016
Wikipedia exists in nearly 300 languages but many versions are small and incomplete. In one experiment, computer scientists tripled article creation by recommending missing entries to editors.

By Tom Abate

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Computer scientists at Stanford and the Wikimedia Foundation have created a tool that identifies the most important articles not yet available in […]

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Q&A: Confidential Support Team offers ‘first stop’ for students impacted by sexual assault, relationship violence

Stanford Report, April 14, 2016
L.A. Cicero
Helen Wilson portrait
Helen Wilson, director of the Confidential Support Team
Helen Wilson recently became director of the Confidential Support Team (CST), a Stanford center that offers support and counseling to students impacted by sexual assault and relationship violence, including domestic abuse, intimate partner abuse, stalking, and sexual or gender-based harassment.
The CST is […]

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Amazon rainforest may be home to more animals than previously thought, Stanford scientists say

Stanford Report, April 14, 2016
By tapping the expertise of indigenous hunters, researchers found that conventional surveying techniques underestimate animal populations and miss species in the remote Amazon. Producing an accurate count is important for planning conservation efforts.

By Bjorn Carey
Wikimedia Commons
Lowland tapir standing along the bank of a river
The lowland tapir is a culturally important animal in […]

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Society needs to better understand the economics of climate change, Stanford researchers say

Stanford Report, April 14, 2016
Gaps in social science knowledge of climate change constrain the policy impact of natural science research, a Stanford team argues.

By Laura Seaman
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Illustration of a city with half showing scorched earth, half green
The natural sciences have revealed much about the past and future of climate change, but there is a gap […]

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Stanford Health Care names David Entwistle president and CEO

Stanford Report, April 13, 2016
Stanford Health Care (SHC) announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed David Entwistle as president and CEO, effective July 5, 2016. Currently chief executive officer at University of Utah Hospitals Clinics, Entwistle will succeed Mariann Byerwalter, who has served as interim president and CEO since January 2016.
“David Entwistle has a distinguished record of […]

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Nate Parker to deliver annual lecture hosted by Stanford’s African & African American Studies program

Stanford Report, April 13, 2016
April 20 event is free and open to the public.

By Jessica Anderson
Jennifer Cooper
Nate Parker
Nate Parker will speak April 20 at Stanford on “Black Lives, Freedom Dreams, and Our Collective Racial Future.”
On Wednesday, April 20, Stanford University’s African African American Studies (AAAS) program will host its annual St. Clair Drake […]

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Scientists suggest appealing to human psychology to create solutions to climate change

Stanford Report, April 13, 2016
Targeting aspects of human psychology that can create barriers to effective climate change action may be the key to promoting environmentally friendly choices in both individual practices and national policies, Stanford scientists say.

By Rosemary Mena-Werth
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Planet Earth in person's hand
Stanford psychology Professor Lee Ross is co-author of a study exploring the psychological factors […]

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Seven students with Stanford affiliations awarded 2016 Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Stanford Report, April 12, 2016
Paul Daisy Soros Fellowships provide financial support for study in any degree-granting graduate program in any field at any U.S. university. Fellows are immigrants and the children of immigrants who are chosen for their creativity, initiative and sustained accomplishment.

By Kathleen J. Sullivan
Seven scholars with Stanford affiliations are among the 30 people who recently received 2016 […]

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At Stanford, inclusion is everyone’s work

Stanford Report, April 12, 2016
The Diversity and First-Gen Office (DGen) at Stanford is the hub of support for first-generation and low-income students and the nucleus for inclusion and diversity programs. The office is playing a key role in Stanford’s yearlong OpenXChange initiative.

By Kathleen J. Sullivan
L.A. Cicero
Dereca Blackmon, Associate Dean and Director, DGEN Office
Dereca Blackmon is associate […]

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Nate Parker speaks at African & African American Studies program at Stanford

Stanford Report, April 13, 2016
April 20 event is free and open to the public.
Jennifer Cooper
Nate Parker
Nate Parker will speak April 20 at Stanford on “Black Lives, Freedom Dreams, and Our Collective Racial Future.”
On Wednesday, April 20, Stanford University’s African African American Studies (AAAS) program will host its annual St. Clair Drake Memorial Lecture featuring […]

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Geography, income play roles in life expectancy, new Stanford research shows

Stanford Report, April 11, 2016
Stanford economist Raj Chetty found that the link between income and life expectancy varies from one area to another within the United States. The gap between the country’s rich and poor widened during the 2000s.

By Miriam Wasserman
Steve Castillo
Stanford economist Raj Chetty
In a new study, Stanford economist Raj Chetty found that the link […]

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Popular vote better than Electoral College, Stanford scholars say

Stanford Report, April 8, 2016
The Electoral College distorts presidential campaigns, disenfranchises voters and drives partisanship, Stanford scholars say. They suggest constitutional reforms to adopt a single national popular vote where the one-person, one-vote concept applies.

By Clifton B. Parker
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ballot box on an American flag
Stanford political experts say it is time to abolish the Electoral College in favor […]

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Stanford humanities students cook up Julia Child’s recipes, study history

Stanford Report, April 8, 2016
Stanford humanities lecturer Kristen Haring takes her American studies class into a “teaching kitchen” as part of an in-depth study of famed chef Julia Child’s impact on American leisure and culture.

By Erin Springsteen
The Humanities at Stanford
Keith Uyeda
Students cooking
Stanford undergrads Kady Richardson and Ashley Westhem join lecturer Kristen Haring in cooking […]

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Statement from Randy Livingston regarding compromised tax data

Stanford Report, April 8, 2016
To all Stanford University employees, 
On Monday, April 4, Stanford’s Department of Public Safety and the Information Security Office issued an alert to the university community after receiving a small number of reports from employees of fraudulently filed tax returns. Tax fraud has become a rampant problem across the country, arising from widespread online financial scams and […]

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Partners in discovery: SLAC + Stanford collaborations

Crystallography
When molecules won’t crystallize and technology confounds, who you gonna call?
found for you by the Independence News Desk at http://news.stanford.edu/features/2016/slac/ Visit our Home Page

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Ram’s Head Theatrical Society at Stanford presents Rent – still relevant, still rocking

scene with cast members of Rent across the stage
The selection of Rent as the spring musical production of the student-run Ram’s Head Theatrical Society is a testament to the continued relevance of the themes of complicated romantic relationships, nontraditional lifestyles, artistic drive and deadly illness. (Photo: L.A. Cicero)
Stanford Report, April 7, 2016
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Students, administrators convene process to advance diversity, inclusion at Stanford

Stanford Report, April 7, 2016
In response to concerns raised by a group called the Who’s Teaching Us coalition, Stanford leaders and student representatives are convening discussions on multiple subjects focused on advancing diversity and inclusion on campus.
Students and senior Stanford leaders have begun a series of collaborative discussions to investigate and address concerns recently identified by a coalition of students […]

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Changes in human reproduction raise legal, ethical issues, Stanford’s Hank Greely says

Stanford Report, April 6, 2016
The implications of emerging biotechnologies and what they mean for human reproduction and making babies raises legal, ethical and social issues, according to Stanford Law Professor Hank Greely.

By Greta Lorge
Steve Gladfelter
Prof. Hank Greely
Stanford Law Professor Hank Greely predicts that society will soon be faced with legal and ethical decisions around advances in […]

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Populations of early human settlers grew like an ‘invasive species,’ Stanford researchers find

Stanford Report, April 5, 2016
When humans colonized South America, their populations grew like a typical invasive species – an initial explosive growth rapidly reached the environment’s carrying capacity. Agriculture and settled societies allowed a second phase of exponential population growth.

By Rob Jordan
Amy Goldberg
Terraced farm fields in South America
Stanford researchers studying populations of early humans in South […]

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Changes in human reproduction raise legal, ethical issues, Stanford scholar says

Stanford Report, April 6, 2016
The implications of emerging biotechnologies and what they mean for human reproduction and making babies raises legal, ethical and social issues, according to Stanford Law Professor Hank Greely.

By Greta Lorge
Steve Gladfelter
Prof. Hank Greely
Stanford Law Professor Hank Greely predicts that society will soon be faced with legal and ethical decisions around advances in […]

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Master of Liberal Arts program celebrates 25 years at Stanford

Stanford Report, April 6, 2016
Stanford’s master of liberal arts program, among the most rigorous nation-wide, has awarded 259 degrees in the past 25 years.

By Kate Chesley
Kate Chesley
Linda Paulson
Linda Paulson leads Stanford’s master of liberal arts program, which has awarded 259 degrees in 25 years.
The red, bound theses outside Linda Paulson’s office may look slim, but they […]

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Stanford scientists improve perovskite solar-cell absorbers by giving them a squeeze

Stanford Report, April 6, 2016
Adding pressure could improve the performance of solar cells made of perovskites, a promising photovoltaic material.

By Mark Shwartz
Adam Jaffe and Yu Lin
Perovskite illustration
Top: A normal perovskite crystal (left) bends and twists after being squeezed between two diamonds.
Bottom: The orange perovskite crystal changes color as pressure is applied, indicating that different wavelengths of […]

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Stanford Perimeter Trail finished, adding link to recreational trails

Stanford Report, April 5, 2016
Work is now complete on the Stanford Perimeter Trail, a 3.4-mile link between recreational areas in the foothills and the bay.

By Kate Chesley
Stanford Land, Buildings Real Estate
Map of perimeter trail
The Stanford Perimeter Trail, now open for public use, is part of a system of regional hiking and bicycling trails connecting […]

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Stanford historian examines age-old inquiry about what it means to be ‘living’

Stanford Report, April 4, 2016
In research covering four centuries of scientific debate, Stanford historian Jessica Riskin investigates different views of man and machine, and how this debate laid the groundwork for later theories of evolution and science.

By Anita Law
The Humanities at Stanford
Jim Block
Jessica Riskin portrait
Stanford historian Jessica Riskin explores the decades-old debate of what differentiates […]

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Stanford’s Codiga Resource Recovery Center to open in May

Stanford Report, April 4, 2016
The new Codiga Resource Recovery Center, which opens in May on Bonair Siding, could revolutionize the 100-year-old wastewater treatment paradigm while it helps accelerate the commercialization of promising new technologies.

By Kate Chesley
Kate Chesley
Sebastien Tilmans in front of the William and Cloy Codiga Resource Recovery Center
Sebastien Tilmans is operations director of the William […]

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Stanford scientists shed light on powerful currents that create massive underwater canyons

Stanford Report, March 31, 2016
Through the use of mathematical models, Stanford researchers have better defined the powerful processes that carved some of the largest canyons on Earth, deep under the oceans.
Courtesy Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Illustration of underwater canyons in Monterey Bay
Recent research by Stanford scientists sheds light on the powerful ocean currents that carved the […]

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California drought patterns becoming more common, Stanford scientists say

Stanford Report, April 1, 2016
Atmospheric patterns resembling those that appeared during the latter half of California’s ongoing multi-year drought are becoming more common.

By Ker Than
Bartshé Miller
nearly snowless Tioga Pass in Sierra Nevada
The nearly snowless Tioga Pass in January 2015 shows the dramatic effect of extremely low precipitation and record-high temperatures upon California’s critically important mountain snowpack […]

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Stanford historical memory project seeks WWII reconciliation in Asia

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Stanford scholars play an important role in efforts to bring about reconciliation among Asian nations still grappling with memories of World War II. (Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education)
Stanford Report, March 31, 2016
A Stanford project encourages World War II reconciliation and historical accuracy about the conflict and […]

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Stanford students create a mobile art studio that rolls with learning opportunities

Stanford Report, March 30, 2016
A Stanford student-built mobile art space offers rewarding experiences in creativity and sustainability.

By Robin Wander
Maia Paroginog
Mobile art studio on wheels
The portable art studio built by Stanford students at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve last year pays a visit to the Anderson Collection at Stanford.
Three weeks before most Stanford students arrived on campus to […]

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Stanford researchers show fracking’s impact to drinking water sources

Stanford Report, March 29, 2016
A case study of a small Wyoming town reveals that practices common in the fracking industry may have widespread impacts on drinking water resources.

By Rob Jordan
Only one industry is allowed to inject toxic chemicals into underground sources of drinking water – hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” Concerns about this practice have riled the U.S. political landscape and […]

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Moscow journalist Maria Stepanova to speak about Russia’s future

Stanford Report, March 29, 2016
Publisher and poet Maria Stepanova, one of the most visible figures in post-Soviet Russia, will visit Stanford on April 6-7 to speak about her country’s search for identity.

By Cynthia Haven
Sergey Melikhov
Maria Stepanova
Maria Stepanova
Maria Stepanova was already an important and innovative poet by the time of Vladimir Putin’s accession, but the times called […]

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Stanford scientists find abandoned drug effective against 2 human viruses in lab

Stanford Report, March 28, 2016
Stanford scientists have resurrected a discarded drug that helps human cells in a lab dish fight off two different viruses. Based on what they learned about how the drug works, it might also help fight the viruses that cause Ebola, dengue and Zika, among others.

By Amy Adams
Lightspring/Shutterstock
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Stanford students present their self-designed, self-manufactured creations

Stanford Report, March 28, 2016
Students spent the quarter building sports equipment, consumer goods, education and health devices, agricultural tools and everything in between. Serving students from diverse academic backgrounds, the Product Realization Lab allows users to design and manufacture most anything imaginable. Meet the Makers is an event that allows students the opportunity to show off their projects with pride.

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Stanford offers admission to 2,063 students from around the world

Stanford Report, March 25, 2016
The Office of Undergraduate Admission announced today that 2,063 high school students have been admitted to the Class of 2020 from a pool of 43,997.
Stanford University has offered admission to 2,063 students, including 745 applicants who were accepted last December through the early action program, the Office of Undergraduate Admission announced today.
Richard H. Shaw, dean of […]

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The Farm comes to Shanghai and Seoul

Stanford Report, March 25, 2016
Nearly 600 alumni and friends in Shanghai and Seoul attend Stanford+Connects for an immersion in all things Cardinal.

By Lisa Lapin
Courtesy Stanford Alumni Association
John Hennessy onstage at Stanford Connects event in Seoul
President John Hennessy on stage at Stanford+Connects Seoul. Alumni from throughout Asia traveled to Seoul and Shanghai recently to celebrate the latest […]

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Stanford scholar explores the changing gestures of the digital age

Stanford Report, March 25, 2016
Vanessa Chang’s research shows how interactions with objects are evolving amid technological change, revealing new gestures that are becoming a way of life in the contemporary world.

By Tom Winterbottom
The Humanities at Stanford
Vanessa Chang
Musician Onyx Ashanti in his workshop creating wearable appendages with which he makes music
Musician Onyx Ashanti creates wearable appendages that […]

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Brussels suicide attacks ‘shocking but not surprising,’ Stanford experts say

Stanford Report, March 25, 2016
Inner-city neighborhood with links to suspects was known as a base for terrorists to launch attacks across Europe and beyond.

By Steve Fyffe
AP Photo/Martin Meissner
Sign reads 'Why?' in multiple languages at a memorial near Maelbeek metro station in Brussels
A sign reads ‘Why?’ in English, French and Flemish at a memorial near the Maelbeek […]

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Clinton at Stanford: Global alliances key to ending terrorism

Hillary Clinton speaking at Stanford
Hillary Clinton, former secretary of state and the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for president, delivered a foreign policy speech at Stanford in which she urged greater U.S. leadership and solidarity with allies in Europe and elsewhere in the global fight against terrorism. (Photo: Aaron Kehoe)
Stanford Report, March […]

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Stanford installing fourth roundabout

Stanford Report, March 22, 2016
Underground utility work has begun on a roundabout at the intersection of Galvez Street and Campus Drive.

By Kathleen J. Sullivan
L.A. Cicero
Bicyclist riding in front of a sign indicating roundabout ahead
A roundabout is safer than a four-way stop or an intersection with traffic signals because motorized vehicles must slow down to the speed […]

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New insights into human tears could improve contacts lenses, Stanford researchers say

Stanford Report, March 22, 2016
Chemical engineers at Stanford have discovered mechanical properties of the tear film on the eye’s surface that can be used to manufacture contact lenses that more closely mimic the eye.

By Rosemary Mena-Werth
Africa Studio / Shutterstock
Closeup of woman putting contact lens in her eye
Stanford researchers are developing a machine for designing better contact […]

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Companies cut costs by replacing private plans, Stanford research shows

Stanford Report, March 21, 2016
Stanford law Professor Alison Morantz found that company costs dropped by about 44 percent when firms chose to replace workers’ compensation with private plans.

By Miriam Wasserman
About two decades ago, many large companies stopped offering workers’ compensation in Texas, the only state that allowed them to do so.
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Stanford scientists identify genetic switch for female sexual behavior

Stanford Report, March 18, 2016
By studying the complex mating routine of African cichlid fish, a team of Stanford scientists has keyed in on a single brain receptor in female fish that determines whether they successfully reproduce. The finding has parallels across all vertebrates, and might influence the understanding of social behavior in humans.

By Bjorn Carey
Video by Kurt Hickman
Stanford scientists have […]

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Stanford scientists develop new technique for imaging cells and tissues under the skin

Stanford Report, March 18, 2016
A team of Stanford Bio-X scientists developed the first technique for viewing cells and tissues in three dimensions under the skin. The work could improve diagnosis and treatment for some forms of cancer and blindness.

By Amy Adams
De la Zerda Lab
image of blood vessels in a mouse ear
Gold nanorods within the blood vessels […]

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Art studio doors open to showcase Stanford student work

Stanford Report, March 18, 2016
After putting in long hours all quarter, students taking art practice courses in the Department of Art and Art History throw open the studio doors and invite the Stanford community to see what they’ve been working on. Spaces throughout the McMurtry Building are filled with drawings, paintings, sculptures, multimedia projects and more. The Open Studios event, […]

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