University What are the health effects of legalizing marijuana? 2016-12-02T23:37:49.000000Z In a Q&A, Robert MacCoun, a professor of law and a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, relays the potential risks and benefits of legalizing marijuana. Preparing for an uncertain future 2016-12-02T22:31:53.000000Z Geopolitical challenges facing the new president – from multiple regional hotspots to the spread of technology and physical changes to our planet – are complex and long term, says Adm. Gary Roughead, former chief of naval operations and a fellow at the Hoover Institution Overcoming ideology 2016-12-02T22:08:29.000000Z Ideological divisions in the U.S. have become cultural and personal, but the younger generation is poised to reject tribalism and reinvent the nation once again, says Larry Kramer, president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and former dean of Stanford Law School. Faculty Senate discusses campus climate and immigration, classroom upgrades, student mental health and well-being 2016-12-02T10:00:14.000000Z The speakers at the Dec. 1 meeting included Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne; Richard Holeton, senior director of learning environments; Tom Black, university registrar; Jackson Beard, president of the Associated Students of Stanford University; and Amanda Edelman, vice president of the ASSU.... Stanford experts discuss legal and environmental challenges at Standing Rock 2016-12-02T08:00:34.000000Z Protestors against the Dakota Access Pipeline have raised legal and environmental challenges against the pipeline’s construction. Stanford experts explain the current legal status of the pipeline and discuss environmental implications. Stanford senior and alumna named 2017 Schwarzman Scholars 2016-12-02T08:00:26.000000Z Clay Garner and Kim Chang are among the 129 students from 30 countries named 2017 Schwarzman Scholars. The program provides scholarships for one-year master’s degree programs at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Portions of the brain fall asleep and wake back up all the time, Stanford researchers find 2016-12-01T19:00:12.000000Z New research finds that small regions of the brain cycle in and out of sleep, even when awake, reports Tatiana Engel, co-author of the study. The cycles shift toward “awake” when that part of the brain pays attention to a task. Charles M. Stein, extraordinary statistician and anti-war activist, dies at 96 2016-12-01T10:00:25.000000Z The “Einstein of the Statistics Department” was also the first Stanford professor arrested for protesting apartheid. Although he rarely published his work, Stein leaves behind a distinctive, intriguing life story. Number of manmade earthquakes in Oklahoma declining, but risk remains high 2016-11-30T19:30:12.000000Z Stanford scientists predict that over the next few years, the rate of earthquakes induced by wastewater injection in Oklahoma will decrease significantly. But the potential for damaging earthquakes will remain high. Nontoxic hydrogels developed by Stanford engineers have many potential applications 2016-11-30T10:00:32.000000Z Hydrogels already form the absorbent layer in disposable diapers and the curve of soft contact lenses. A new process makes these materials useful for more applications, including wine-making and firefighting.