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September 2019

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‘When You Don’t Know, You Feel Alone in the World’

The odyssey of having an undiagnosed disease.

By

Deni Ellis Béchard

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Features

Working His Magic

Andrew Evans uses what he learned in Stanford’s product design program to create illusions that make audiences marvel.

By

Deni Ellis Béchard

Can They Ever Catch Up?

The eldest millennials are pushing middle age, and most of them still can’t buy a house. The problems—and possible solutions—for a generation that can’t escape the Great Recession.

By

Rebecca Beyer

‘When You Don’t Know, You Feel Alone in the World’

The odyssey of having an undiagnosed disease.

By

Deni Ellis Béchard

After Lightning Strikes

How the family of a Stanford professor cut down by stroke grew into a fortress of support.

By

Debra Meyerson and Danny Zuckerman

Essays

Home Free Home

My on-campus housing was free and the envy of my friends. Then the weather changed.

By

John Church

All Right Now

What You Don’t Know About Units of Measure

Collaborating with aliens—and one another—just got easier.

By

Mei-Lan Steimle

Queen for a Day

A gig as a backup Avenger reinforced Kaeche Liburd’s determination to succeed in Hollywood.

By

Corinne Purtill

Meet A.J. Aldana

Q&A with Stanford senior class co-president.

By

Jill Patton

TheatreWorks at 50

The Tony Awards recognize the regional company’s contributions to theater as founding artistic director Robert Kelley, ’68, takes a bow.

By

Kathy Zonana

Dining in the Dark

The location and menu for Snap Pea’s pop-up dinners are kept secret until the last minute.

By

Heidi Sigua

The Salah Effect

Star forward for Liverpool FC changes community’s perceptions of Muslims.

By

Mei-Lan Steimle

The Sound That Almost Boils Water

The SLAC finding will help protect samples used in research at the atomic scale. And, dang, is it loud.

By

Sam Scott

Creative License

Some alums take their Stanford pride to the (speed) limit.

By

Summer Moore Batte

My Dinner with a Klansman

An alum and her mother find themselves face-to-face with a former grand dragon of the KKK.

By

Deni Ellis Béchard

Columns

The Medical Mystery Tour

What happens when you have something doctors have never seen before.

By

Kathy Zonana

Home Improvement

Stanford Pres. discusses new student housing plan.

By

Marc Tessier-Lavigne

Departments

Book Review: Ghosts of Gold Mountain

New and Notable

By

Vanessa Hua

100 Years of Quietude

Green Library hits the century mark.

By

Diana Aguilera

Farewells

Engineer and Robotics Pioneer

Nils J. Nilsson, MA ’56, PhD ’58

By

Rebecca Beyer

Physiologist and Advocate for Asian American Community

George Francis Leong, ’46, MA ’47, PhD ’51

By

Vicky Elliott

Compassionate Transplant Surgeon

Oscar Salvatierra Jr.

By

John Roemer

News

Sailing Coach Sentenced; Admissions Probe Underway

Update on Stanford developments in admissions scandal.

By

Kathy Zonana