University Senate pays tribute to John Etchemendy, hears report on Stanford Arts 2017-05-26T07:01:43.000000000+00:00 Speakers at the May 25 meeting included special guest Jonathan R. Cole, a professor at Columbia University; Harry J. Elam, Jr., vice president for the arts; Alexander Nemerov, chair of art and art history; and Stephen Sano, professor (teaching) of music. Stanford community honors winners of 2017 Amy J. Blue Awards 2017-05-25T23:15:45.000000000+00:00 Stanford celebrated the accomplishments of the 2017 Amy J. Blue Award winners with an afternoon ceremony and reception in Lagunita Courtyard. Ronald Alexander, professor emeritus of communication, dies 2017-05-25T22:30:47.000000000+00:00 Ronald Alexander was best known for his attention to detail and dedication to his students. The professor emeritus of communication had a distinguished career at the National Film Board of Canada before joining the Stanford faculty in 1970. Junot Díaz encourages community activism during lecture 2017-05-25T21:30:37.000000000+00:00 Junot Díaz, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, advocated for minority groups to come together and fight against oppression in his speech during the Presidential Lecture in the Humanities and Arts event. High pressure key to lighter, stronger metal alloys 2017-05-25T21:00:49.000000000+00:00 Subjecting complex metal mixtures called high-entropy alloys to extremely high pressures could lead to finer control over the arrangement of their atoms, which in turn can result in more desirable properties. Good books, like teachers, acknowledge children’s lives, says author Jacqueline Woodson 2017-05-25T19:56:43.000000000+00:00 The acclaimed writer of young-adult fiction discussed her writing practice with Professor Harry Elam as part of the annual Cubberley Lecture. Hoover Golden State Poll: Voters know what road to take on infrastructure 2017-05-25T17:02:11.000000000+00:00 A new poll by the Hoover Institution asked Californians to choose which infrastructure investments they would be willing to see their taxes go up to pay for. Geophysics champion George Thompson dies at 97 2017-05-24T21:24:39.000000000+00:00 Thompson’s dedication to Stanford spanned seven decades, from his years as a student to research contributions as a faculty member. Focus on small steps first, then shift to the larger goal 2017-05-24T18:50:35.000000000+00:00 Research shows that incremental achievements are good early motivators, but their effect wanes as the finish line nears. Fitness trackers accurately measure heart rate but not calories burned 2017-05-24T18:35:16.000000000+00:00 A Stanford Medicine inquiry showed that six out of seven wristband activity monitors measured heart rate within 5 percent. None, however, measured energy expenditure well.