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March 2020

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What the Kids Are Saying These Days

A Stanford scholar helps the world analyze how children acquire language differently—and just how much they have in common.

By

Deni Ellis Béchard

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Features

Giving Away Silicon Valley’s Billions

How Nicole Taylor, ’90, MA ’91, plans to put the ‘community’ back in ‘community foundation.’

By

Melinda Sacks

The Problem With Philanthropy

It's an exercise in power, says Stanford political scientist Rob Reich, MA '98, PhD '98.

By

Melinda Sacks

The Giving Circle

Alumnae and friends pool their funds for greater impact.

By

Melinda Sacks

Shooting for a Better Deal

WNBA Players Association president Nneka Ogwumke discusses new collective bargaining agreement.

By

Ramona Shelburne

They’ve Got Game

Pro basketball is a powerful social and cultural force. These former Cardinal players aim to keep it that way.

By

Deni Ellis Béchard

What the Kids Are Saying These Days

A Stanford scholar helps the world analyze how children acquire language differently—and just how much they have in common.

By

Deni Ellis Béchard

Essays

My Buddy System

Making new friends the awkward way.

By

Mei-Lan Steimle

Grace for the Grasshopper

How my students showed me the flip side of an Aesop's fable.

By

Elizabeth Wallace

All Right Now

It’s Not Easy Being Green

An editor’s epic quest results in a documenTree.

Tackling the Tribal Digital Divide

A nonprofit helps Native communities build and operate their own broadband networks.

By

Jill Patton

Meet Noel Vest

Former felon finds purpose as a postdoc studying addiction.

By

Melinda Sacks

See Ya, Sniffles

Closing in on a cure for the common cold.

By

Summer Moore Batte

The 5 Types of Concussions

And expert recommendations for initial treatment of each.

By

Charity Ferreira

The World in a Box

An all-in-one device delivers educational materials to schoolchildren in Nepal.

By

Bob Cooper

Tuition Transition

A century ago, Stanford trustees approved a charge of $40 per quarter.

By

Kevin Cool

Tales from the Garden and the Sea

Undergrad fiction writers master the art of the speed-read.

By

Jill Patton

Columns

The Branch Office

Editor Summer Batte gets her wish to be the Stanford mascot.

By

Kathy Zonana

Putting Ethics at the Heart of Innovation

Stanford Pres. Marc Tessier-Lavigne comments on the school's emphasis on human-centered technology

By

Marc Tessier-Lavigne

Departments

Book Review: In Defense of Elitism

New and Notable

By

Kathy Zonana

Victory Drive

The Card secured NCAA titles in December.

By

Summer Moore Batte

Farewells

Author and Gender-Studies Scholar

Marilyn Yalom

By

Vicky Elliott

Geophysicist and Underground Explorer

Sheldon Breiner, ’59, MS ’62, PhD ’67

By

John Roemer

Criminologist and Reform Advocate

Joan Petersilia

By

John Roemer