Campus Notebook

Public Service Center Director Steps Down

Nadinne Cruz left the Haas Center for Public Service in June after nine years with the center, three as its director. Under Cruz’s leadership, Stanford ranked first this year in service learning in U.S. News and World Report. “I love to serve because she loves to teach,” Jay Trinidad, ’03, told the Stanford Daily. “It’s rare to find someone who can convince your mind, talk to your heart and inspire your soul. ”

Students Fast to Protest Labor Policies

Six students from the Coalition for Labor Justice fasted for seven days at the end of spring quarter to protest campus labor policies. They want the University to adopt a comprehensive “code of conduct” that would include guidelines for the use of temporary and subcontracted workers, extension of the living-wage policy to all workers, and increased educational opportunities. The group ended its hunger strike on June 3 when the University announced the formation of an advisory committee that willinclude three students.

For Faculty, Several National Awards

CartensenSeveral faculty members have won national recognition. Psychology professor Laura Carstensen received a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship to support a book-in-progress about the sudden extension of life expectancy in the 20th century. Seven scholars were elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences: statistics and electrical engineering professor Thomas Cover, MS ’61, PhD ’64, research associate professor of biological sciences Gretchen Daily, ’86, MS ’87, PhD ’92, law professor Thomas Grey, statistics and biostatistics professor Iain Johnstone, Hoover Institution senior fellow Kenneth Judd, psychology professor Ellen Markman and sociology professor Douglas McAdam. Another seven were elected to the National Academy of Sciences: math professor Yakov Eliashberg, anthropological sciences professor Richard Klein, materials science and engineering professor William Nix, MS ’60, PhD ’63, SLAC physicist Helen Quinn, ’63, MS ’64, PhD ’67, psychology professors Claude Steele and Brian Wandell, and chemistry professor Paul Wender.

Tightening the University’s Belt

The University’s budget will be tight in 2003-04, but the impact of cutbacks—including a salary freeze—will not be “terribly visible overall,” Provost John Etchemendy told the Faculty Senate in early June. The financial woes are largely due to the sluggish stock market, spiraling health-care costs, students’ increased need for financial aid and an upswing in University debt due to construction. Etchemendy, PhD ’82, added that if the outlook continues to be grim for the next two to three years, Stanford may have to make “structural cuts of a larger sort and perhaps more targeted sort.”