The Ticker — May 2024

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May 2024

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Jonathan Mayer, JD ’13, PhD ’18, has his eye on AI. The U.S. Department of Justice has named Mayer its first chief artificial intelligence officer and chief science and technology adviser. 

DOJ veteran Roscoe Jones Jr., ’00, is making history in Iowa. In July, Jones will become dean of Drake University Law School and the first Black dean of any of Drake’s colleges or schools. 

Perhaps Jones will cross paths with George Triantis, JSD ’89, the incoming dean of Stanford Law School and an expert in the fields of contracts, commercial law, and bankruptcy. Since 2020, Triantis has served as the Law School’s senior associate vice provost for research.

We’re over the moon for NASA’s newest Cardinal astronauts. Marcos Berríos, MS ’08, PhD ’19, Anil Menon, MS ’04, MD ’06, and Chris Williams, ’05, are now eligible for spaceflight.

And speaking of stars, women’s basketball head coach Tara VanDerveer has retired after 38 seasons at Stanford. She led the Card to three national championships and 14 Final Fours, and is the winningest NCAA basketball coach in history. At press time, Stanford was in negotiations with her expected successor, associate head coach Kate Paye, ’95, JD/MBA ’03. The men’s team will also have a new head coach, Kyle Smith.

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