Schedule — Saturday, November 2, 2013
Check In and Meet Up
Howard has led the Stanford Alumni Association and its staff since 2001. He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology, with distinction, from Stanford in 1980 and his MBA from Harvard in 1985. Before his appointment as Vice President for Alumni Affairs and President, Stanford Alumni Association, he worked as both an entrepreneur and business manager in the publishing and commercial real estate development and management industries. An active alum and volunteer, as well as an avid Stanford athletics fan, he received the Stanford Associates Outstanding Achievement Award in 2000. In addition to his Alumni Association role, Howard is one of eight officers of the University and part of its senior management team, with particular responsibility for advising the University's president and the provost on alumni affairs.
Presidential Remarks and Q&A
President of Stanford University since 2000, John L. Hennessy is the inaugural holder of the Bing Presidential Professorship. He joined the faculty in 1977 and since then has served as chair of computer science, dean of the School of Engineering and provost. A pioneer in computer architecture, his technology revolutionized the computer industry by increasing performance while reducing costs. He has lectured and published widely and co-authored two textbooks on computer architecture design. Dr. Hennessy has received numerous honors, including the 2000 IEEE John von Neumann Medal, a 2004 NEC C&C Prize for lifetime achievement in computer science and engineering, a 2005 Founders Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the 2012 IEEE Medal of Honor, IEEE's highest award.
Franklin M. (“Lynn”) Orr, Jr. ’69, is the Keleen and Carlton Beal Professor in Petroleum Engineering and the director of the Precourt Institute for Energy. He previously served as the director of the Global Climate and Energy Project and the Chester Naramore Dean of the School of Earth Sciences. At Stanford since 1985, his research activities focus on how complex fluid mixtures flow in the porous rocks in the earth’s crust, on the design of gas injection processes for enhanced oil recovery, and on CO2 storage in subsurface formations. Professor Orr is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, serves as vice chair of the board of directors of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and chairs the science advisory committee for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
Adventures in Racial Ambiguity
Michele Elam has published widely on race, literature and culture and her scholarly books include The Souls of Mixed Folk: Race, Politics & Aesthetics in the New Millennium and Race, Work and Desire in American Literature, 1860-1930. Affiliated with both the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Studies and the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, she has served as the director of the Program in African & African American Studies and Director of Curriculum in English. Elam has received many awards for her teaching, twice the recipient of the St. Clair Drake Award for Outstanding Teaching from the Program in African and African American Studies, and the Faculty Award for “Outstanding Service to Undergraduate Students as a Teacher, Advisor and Mentor,” from the Program in Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity.
10 Things You Didn’t Know about Stanford Undergraduates Today
Harry J. Elam, Jr. is the Freeman-Thornton Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, the Olive H. Palmer Professor in the Humanities, a Bass University Fellow in Undergraduate Education and a professor of theater and performance studies. He is the author and editor of seven books including the Errol Hill Prize–winning The Past as Present in the Drama of August Wilson. He was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre in April of 2006. At Stanford, he has been awarded six different teaching awards as well as the Richard W. Lyman Award for exceptional volunteer service to alumni.
Neuroscience for a New Age: How Brain Science Will Shape Our Future
Bill Newsome is the Harman Family Provostial Professor, the director of the Stanford Neurosciences Institute, and a professor of neurobiology and, by courtesy, of psychology. A leading investigator in sensory and cognitive neuroscience, he teaches graduate and medical courses in neuroscience, and co-teaches an undergraduate course on social and ethical issues in the neurosciences. Professor Newsome’s honors include the Rank Prize for Optoelectronics, the Spencer Award for highly original contributions to research in neurobiology, the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association, the Dan David Prize and the Karl Lashley Award of the American Philosophical Society.
Identity Matters: Creating Your Self through Social Interaction
Ever notice that in certain contexts you are more aware of your gender than your race? Of your age more than your physical ability? Of your social position more than your religion? We often think of our identity as singular and static, but in this interactive workshop with Michele Elam, we will explore the way our identities are multiple, situational and dynamic—and why this matters in terms of power, status and well-being.
Michele Elam is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Centennial Professor, Olivier Nomellini Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education and professor of English.
The Improviser’s Mindset: Effortless Creativity, Agility and Resourcefulness
For many people, creativity can be fickle, slippery and elusive. Dan Klein’s hands-on workshop explores the techniques that professional improvisers use to develop and access their creativity on demand, applicable offstage as well. In this fun and unique workshop, you’ll learn how to come up with ideas on the fly and express them in a compelling way.
Dan Klein, ’90, is a lecturer in theater and performance studies and the Graduate School of Business, and a member of the teaching team at the d.school.
What’s the Deal with the Obama BRAIN Initiative?
Novel technologies are changing the face of neuroscience in potentially revolutionary ways. Professor Newsome outlines new developments in the field and critical challenges still before us.
Bill Newsome is a leading investigator in sensory and cognitive neuroscience. He teaches graduate and medical courses in neuroscience, and co-teaches an undergraduate course on social and ethical issues in the neurosciences. Professor Newsome’s honors include the Rank Prize for Optoelectronics, the Spencer Award for highly original contributions to research in neurobiology, the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association, the Dan David Prize and the Karl Lashley Award of the American Philosophical Society.
Transforming Energy in the 21st Century
Energy is the life blood of modern societies. Meeting the world’s need for stable and secure energy supplies while reducing environmental impacts of energy use is one of the key challenges we humans face. Many opportunities exist to improve efficiency of energy use while reducing emissions of greenhouse gases like CO2, such as greater use of renewable energy options like the sun or wind. Lynn Orr discusses ideas from Stanford about meeting this challenge.
Franklin M. ("Lynn") Orr, Jr., ’69,is the Keleen and Carlton Beal Professor in Petroleum Engineering in energy resources engineering and director of the Precourt Institute for Energy.
Breakout Seminars repeated
Look Who Connected
|First Name||Maiden Name||Last Name||Degree(s)||Parent Year(s)||City||State|
|Kapali||Eswaran||MS '73||P '15|
Special thanks to all the Stanford+Connects Atlanta Connectors without whose help this event would not have been possible. See all local connectors.
The event may be over, but your connections have only just begun. Explore the many ways you can keep learning from, and connecting with, your Stanford community.
Use the Stanford Alumni Directory to find and connect with fellow alumni (SAA site login required)
Dive deeper with these additional resources recommended by the professors who spoke at Stanford+Connects in Atlanta.
- Check out The Hapa Project, a multiracial identity project created by artist Kip Fulbeck.
- Discover your creative self in the book Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us, by David and Tom Kelley.
- Learn more about the BRAIN Initiative, the White House's research effort to understand the human mind.
- Improv Wisdom: Don't Prepare, Just Show Up, by Patricia Ryan. is a short read with practical improv tips for everyday life.
- Watch energy talks and catch up on the latest energy research by visiting the Precourt Institute for Energy website.
- See what classes Stanford undergraduates are taking on the Thinking Matters website.
- Get to know design program student Max Cougar Oswald, '12, MS '14, by tuning into his 2013 TEDx talk: "Designing a Life of Beautility.