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The Curious Case of Thomas Welton Stanford

How Leland's brother (accidentally) helped psychology come of age.

By

Jonathan Fetter-Vorm

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Features

The Curious Case of Thomas Welton Stanford

How Leland's brother (accidentally) helped psychology come of age.

By

Jonathan Fetter-Vorm

An Existential Moment for Democracy?

Stanford University scholars discuss democracy's decline worldwide and the role of the United States in preserving it.

By

Jill Patton

Sleep and Genes

As sleep research at Stanford approaches its 50th birthday, a new generation of scientists are using biomedical techniques to illuminate the mysteries of Nod.

By

Deni Ellis Béchard

Essays

Just Our Luck

Reflecting on life’s randomness after a dire diagnosis.

By

Dave Iverson

All Right Now

Anatomy of a New Hospital

Seismically sound and state of the art.

By

Kathy Zonana

The Day the Bomb Dropped

Len Gardner, MA '50, describes his introduction to World War II.

By

Sam Scott

Over-the-Counter Cancer Tests?

Trevor Martin, PhD ’17, wants to bring diagnostic kits to a drugstore near you in an attempt to “democratize disease detection.”

By

Deni Ellis Béchard

‘Autofocals’ Adjust Themselves

These glasses don’t just look smart.

By

Deni Ellis Béchard

‘Tell Us About a Relationship That Has Lasted Since Stanford’

At Reunion Homecoming, we asked alumni about the ties that can’t be broken.

Meet Emily Gardner

Stanford undergraduate combines competitive powerlifting with neuroscience research.

By

Jill Patton

After 31 Years, Former 49er McColl Dons His White Coat

A funny thing—or two—happened on the way to practicing medicine.

By

Kelli Anderson

Leland Stanford: Silicon Valley’s Original Disruptor?

A new book describes a man on the fast track.

By

Sam Scott

Women Ask Fewer Questions in Scientific Meetings

Even when they outnumber the men in the audience.

By

Charity Ferreira

Good Diaper Deeds

Alumnae get essentials into the hands of parents who need them.

By

Jill Patton

Continuously Calculating Cancer’s Chances

Stanford researchers take a page from sports-betting playbook.

By

Kevin Cool

Columns

The Fascinating Stanford Family

Leland Sr.’s drive to conquer a continent and his youngest brother’s belief in the occult are just two of the mesmerizing tales to tell.

By

Kathy Zonana

Accelerating Stanford’s Impact

Observations from Stanford Pres. Marc Tessier-Lavigne.

By

Marc Tessier-Lavigne

Departments

Treeunion

A special branch of the alumni family celebrated together during Reunion Homecoming.

By

Summer Batte

Book Review: How to Do Nothing

New and Notable

By

Summer Moore Batte

Farewells

Prominent Particle Physicist

Ann Elizabeth Nelson, ’80

By

John Roemer

Two-Time Olympian and Software Entrepreneur

Brian Gregory Job, ’73

By

John Roemer

News

Assessing Sexual Violence Among Students

Solutions require ‘the commitment of every single member of our community.’

By

Summer Moore Batte