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July 2021

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Features

A Friendship Mission

The improbable, coincidental and utterly true story of an alum who went missing for 13 years, and the friends who found him.

By

Kevin Cool

What the Wilderness Letter Wrought

Stegner’s ‘labor of an afternoon’ struck a chord around the world.

By

Daniel Arnold

Westword, Bound

The written world of Wallace Stegner was one of calloused hands and expansive beauty. His most famous pupils saw things differently.

By

Daniel Arnold

Just Curious

How a boy who played with fire (and mercury, and bleach) became a bioengineer who brought $1 origami microscopes (and paper centrifuges, and snorkel-mask PPE) to the world.

By

Deni Ellis Béchard

Essays

Into the Screech

A lifelong musician rediscovers the joy of being a novice.

By

Anne Reynolds

All Right Now

Meet Grace Hu

When the time-space continuum encounters a force for good.

By

Sam Scott

The Very Blue Debut of stanford.edu

25 years ago, the chosen hue sparked a cry.

By

Sam Scott

The Ticker - July 2021

Stanford people in the news and on the move.

A Storied Spring

Stanford sports will remain 36 strong.

By

Sam Scott

Back to the Land

A simplified life in the mountains.

By

Sam Scott

When I’m 65

People may be waiting for Medicare eligibility to seek cancer care.

By

Summer Moore Batte

Detective Work

It took Erica Escalante a while to sleuth out her career path. But now, she’s a champion for vulnerable elders and a link between the police and the LGBTQ+ community.

By

Deni Ellis Béchard

Incomparable

Robby Beyers captured the spirit of the Band for more than 40 years.

By

Kelli Anderson

Columns

To See a World in a Grain of Sand

How a bioengineer and a poet forged their own paths.

By

Kathy Zonana

Advancing Racial Justice

An update on Stanford’s efforts to promote a more just society and counter racism in our community.

By

Marc Tessier-Lavigne

Departments

Book Review: Searching for Safe Haven

New and Notable

By

Deni Ellis Béchard

Pomp Despite Circumstance

Stanford's 130th Commencement took place in person and together.

By

Summer Moore Batte

Farewells