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Pursuing Excellence through Diversity

When working on global energy issues, perspectives from individuals with different nationality, socioeconomic status, or ethnicity can lead to creative solutions. The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) at the School of Earth Sciences coordinates diversity programs to support faculty and staff with different backgrounds and to build national and international partnerships. The office aims not only to bring individual liberation but also set important stepping-stones for pursing academic excellence.

From Farm to Fork

I never imagined that a bowl of salad could throw out so many questions on the table until I met with Matt Rothe, Sustainable Food Program Manager at the Stanford Dining Services. Where are these tomatoes coming from? How were they grown? Is the plastic bowl biodegradable? Are the farmers who had raised the kale fairly rewarded?

Traffic decongestion projects at home and abroad

If you are looking for an incentive for going green at Stanford, join Congestion and Parking Incentives (CAPRI), a new commuting program, focused on peak commuters. Launched in April 2012, almost 4,000 Stanford people have registered on this pilot project and over $75,000 has been paid out as incentives so far. Professor Prabhakar, lead investigator of CAPRI and professor of electrical engineering and computer science, has previously tested his project to mitigate traffic congestion during peak commuting hours in Bangalore, India and Singapore.

Innovative classrooms connecting Stanford around the world

Over the last decade, Stanford has provided exceptional online education opportunities to audiences all over the world. As part of its effort to invest in education and technology infrastructure, the Graduate School of Business (GSB) opened Highly Immersive and Enhanced Classrooms on campus at the Knight Management Center in 2013. The facilities aim to enrich the overall student experience and expand opportunities for online and distance education. In collaboration with GSB, Stanford Center at Peking University (SCPKU) is now setting up identical facilities in China.

Novel online course for emergency medicine in Africa and the U.S.

In 2013, the Office of International Affairs (OIA), in collaboration with the Office of the Vice Provost for Online Learning (VPOL), granted funding to develop innovative online and blended courses in collaboration with international non-Stanford faculty. OIA met with Professor Matthew Strehlow, one of the winners of the OIA-VPOL Faculty Seed Grants for Online International Learning, to hear about his course that has launched in mid-April.

OIA announces recipients of International Research Exploration Fund

The Office of International Affairs was created to reduce the complexities of international research in order to increase international collaboration. Supported by the Vice Provost and Dean of Research, the International Research Exploration Fund helps faculty develop new programs and initiatives that demonstrate "proof-of-concept" for further university or external funding. In short, OIA grants are intended to facilitate collaboration among faculty and students and to foster new relationships at Stanford and with research partners all over the world.


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