Living Longer, Living Better
After watching their computerized avatars grow older, young people are inclined to save more for retirement—that’s just one finding from the Stanford Center on Longevity. Established in 2006, the center is driven by the dramatic increase in life expectancy and the resulting explosion in the percentage of older people in the global population. More than 130 faculty from throughout the university are blending science and technology with entrepreneurial action to ensure longevity will be not a liability, but rather a great advance for people of all ages.
Science of the Super Small
Stanford significantly upgraded its nanotechnology research capabilities with the Center for Nanoscale Science & Engineering. Opened in 2010, as part of the new Science and Engineering Quad, the building houses some of the world’s foremost nanoscale facilities, designed to accelerate research in numerous fields of study. The resulting work could lead to better solar cells, more efficient batteries, and new tools to detect and treat cancer, among other breakthroughs. Design features include vibration-damping floors and dust-free labs 1,000 times cleaner than the average office.
Probing the Mysteries of Space
Stanford physicists aim to unlock the deepest secrets of our universe at the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, based on campus and at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Kavli researchers played a leading role, for example, in developing the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope, which Science magazine recognized as a Top 10 breakthrough in 2009. Institute scientists are now designing the world’s largest digital camera to capture images from a giant telescope and create a 3-D map of the universe.
Beyond the Gender Revolution
Why has women’s progress stalled and how can it be restarted? The Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research brings together scholars to create and promote knowledge that advances gender equality. Current research areas include women in academic leadership and how the 21st-century workplace can be redesigned to respond to a changing workforce.
- Living Longer, Living BetterResearchers work to ensure that longevity will be an advance—and not a liability.
- Science of the Super Small
Nanotechnology research offers promise for multiple fields of study.
- John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Building (SIEPR)A new home for SIEPR furthers a commitment to economic analysis.
- Probing the Mysteries of SpacePhysicists explore the deepest secrets of our universe at the Kavli Institute.
- Beyond the Gender RevolutionScholars at the Clayman Institute help advance gender equality.
ABOUT THE INITIATIVE
In addition to the initiatives in health, the environment, and international affairs, The Stanford Challenge strengthened efforts throughout the university to tackle complex problems by combining expertise from multiple fields of study.
The new Stanford Center on Longevity, for example, now has more than 130 faculty affiliates throughout the university addressing the technological and cultural challenges of human aging. The Hoover Institution gained resources for its long-running scholarships on politics, economics, political economy, and international affairs. The new Bill Lane Center for the American West brings together scholars from the natural and social sciences with those in law and public policy to focus on the history, evolution, and status of the West.