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Science & TechnologyPattern in whale songs predicts migrationThrough the use of two advanced audio recording technologies, a collaboration of Monterey Bay researchers has found that blue whales switch from nighttime to daytime singing when they are starting to migrate.MedicineHuman biology registers two seasons, not four, study suggestsA Stanford Medicine study finds that changes in molecular…
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Science & Technology

Pattern in whale songs predicts migration

Through the use of two advanced audio recording technologies, a collaboration of Monterey Bay researchers has found that blue whales switch from nighttime to daytime singing when they are starting to migrate.

Medicine

Human biology registers two seasons, not four, study suggests

A Stanford Medicine study finds that changes in molecular patterns in Californians correspond with two nontraditional “seasons.”

University Affairs

Stanford continues working toward a more sustainable and resilient future

In an annual report, Stanford’s Office of Sustainability highlights the ways the university reduced its collective resource footprint and demonstrated sustainability in action in 2019-20, and discusses the key themes that will guide campus sustainability efforts this year.

Medicine

Stanford scientists solve secret of nerve cells marking a form of schizophrenia

A common genetic deletion boosts the risk for schizophrenia by 30-fold. Generating nerve cells from people with the deletion has showed Stanford researchers why.

University Affairs

Stanford’s Long-Range Vision focused on accelerating university impact

Initiatives that arose out of the university’s Long-Range Vision have been making progress toward the goal of accelerating Stanford’s impact in the world. That includes launching new programs to address urgent challenges and expanding our excellence in research and education.

In The Spotlight

The 2020 U.S. election, issues and challenges

From addressing how to vote safely during a pandemic to tackling disinformation and misinformation on social media, Stanford scholars examine the issues and uncertainties facing American voters as they cast their ballot in November’s general election. 

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Science & Technology

Understanding devastating wildfires

With California’s wildfire season already having devastating effects, Stanford faculty have been exploring ways of preventing fires and managing health risks.

Medicine

‘I’ve trained my whole life for this’

In the eye of the pandemic, viral disease expert Bonnie Maldonado still has hope.

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Awards

Indigenous conservationist wins 2020 Bright Award

Maria Azhunova, winner of the 2020 Bright Award, supports the intergenerational transfer of traditional knowledge and biocultural approaches to nature conservation through her work at the Baikal Buryat Center for Indigenous Cultures.

Law & Policy

Stanford’s David Sklansky on the Breonna Taylor case, no-knock warrants and reform

Stanford Law Professor David Sklansky discusses the Breonna Taylor case and the use of no-knock warrants – and reforms that might prevent unnecessary death and injury in the future.

Science & Technology

Faced with pandemic shortages, researchers combine heat and humidity to disinfect N95 masks for reuse

Researchers found that gently heating N95 masks in high relative humidity could inactivate SARS-CoV-2 virus trapped within the masks, without degrading the masks’ performance.

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University Affairs

Stanford statement on proposed visa-duration rule

Stanford will strongly oppose a proposed federal rule issued Friday by the Department of Homeland Security, which would have wide-ranging effects on international students and scholars who hold F or J visas.

Obituaries

Makoto Ueda, Stanford Japanese literature professor emeritus, dies at 89

Ueda, a noted translator and critic of Japanese poetry, was instrumental in expanding Stanford’s East Asian studies program.

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University Affairs

Stanford Department of Public Safety releases 2019 crime statistics

The Stanford Department of Public Safety has published campus crime statistics for 2019 on its website and will publish its annual Safety, Security & Fire Report by the end of the year.

Medicine

Fewer than 1 in 10 Americans have antibodies to coronavirus, study finds

In a nationally representative analysis of coronavirus antibodies, researchers also found high rates of infection among Black and Hispanic people, and in densely populated areas.

Social Sciences

California wildfires shrink partisan differences about climate change

New survey findings suggest that wildfires tearing through the state may bring Democrats and Republicans closer together in support of climate resilience measures.

University Affairs

Stanford creates new SHARE Title IX Office to respond to and prevent sexual assault and sexual harassment

Title IX, Sexual Harassment Policy (SHPO) and Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse Education and Response (SARA) offices will combine to coordinate response efforts, leverage expertise and expand prevention education.

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