Instead of repeating “cookbook” experiments, students in Bio 44X and Y have the opportunity to pursue research questions that have never been answered. Special funding helped the biology department develop and pilot the new curriculum for its core lab courses. Evaluations found that students learned more and showed more interest in continued research than students in the traditional course.
The McMurtry Building, due to open in 2015, will provide a new home for Stanford’s art and art history department, bringing under one roof programs in art practice, art history, film, and design and maximizing their interactions. Adjacent to the Cantor Arts Center and the Anderson Collection, the building will also help integrate academic programs with the university’s substantial museum collections and curatorial expertise.
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.
- Graduate FellowshipsGraduate fellowships help attract the brightest scholars.
- Academic InnovationStudents in Bio 44X and Y pursue research questions that have never before been answered.
- McMurtry BuildingA new home is planned for Stanford’s art and art history department.
- Globalizing the CurriculumFaculty prepare students for an increasingly globalized world.
- Probing the Mysteries of Space
Physicists explore the deepest secrets of our universe at the Kavli Institute.
- Beyond the Gender RevolutionScholars at the Clayman Institute help advance gender equality.
MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
In the last five years, the School of Humanities and Sciences has reached new levels of excellence because of The Stanford Challenge. As Stanford’s home of basic research and undergraduate education, the revitalization of H&S has in turn strengthened the core of the entire university.
For making this possible, we thank you.
Teaching and research at Stanford are based on two pillars of excellence: faculty and students. In a competitive academic environment, The Stanford Challenge has reinforced our school’s foundation by funding endowed professorships and graduate fellowships as well as enhancing research support. The school is now positioned to take intellectual risks and explore new fields of inquiry that will help make Stanford the greatest university of the 21st century.
When Jane and Leland Stanford established this institution more than a century ago, they said the purpose of an undergraduate education was to develop cultured and useful citizens. Today, this means educating students to have a truly global understanding of cultures and values, and to find innovative ways to address problems around the world.
H&S has supported these goals by revamping science curricula so undergraduates learn through discovery rather than “cookbook” experiments. Students studying political science, economics, and human biology, among other disciplines, also have greater opportunities to pursue original research.
We now teach Chinese archaeology—part of a critical effort to preserve the rich cultural heritage of a country experiencing rapid development. And the Stanford Language Center offers more languages and is using new technologies to deliver effective instruction.
In the natural sciences, matching support for the new Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology has made Stanford a leader at the frontier of physics research in the fields of dark matter and dark energy.
And in the arts, The Stanford Challenge has allowed the school to expand art education and programming so that it reaches a wider audience. In H&S, we’re not only educating our students to be problem solvers, but to appreciate the beauty that can be part of human life. This ambition reaches beyond campus. With the construction of the Bing Concert Hall, and plans for the McMurtry Building and a new building to house the Anderson Collection at Stanford University, H&S has made an impressive start in developing an arts district that will make Stanford a cultural destination.
Combined with Stanford’s traditional strengths in science and engineering, these elements create a chemistry of discovery throughout the School of Humanities and Sciences. With this foundation in place, H&S is ready to define the future.
None of this would have been possible without your support. On behalf of our faculty, students, and staff, thank you for making The Stanford Challenge such a remarkable achievement.
Vernon R. & Lysbeth Warren Anderson Dean
Kleinheinz Family Professor of European Studies