Tag: Stanford University

Stanford Study: Pandemic Stress Prematurely Aged Adolescent Brains

A recently published Stanford University study found that stress from the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted normal development in adolescents, leading to poor mental health and premature brain aging. By comparing pre-pandemic MRI scans of adolescent brains with scans from a different group of adolescents after the pandemic shutdowns, researchers found changes in brain structure that occur…


Historian Victor Davis Hanson on the Farmer’s Virtues

It’s nearly a 200-mile commute home for historian Victor Davis Hanson from the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, where he travels once a week, to his quiet family farm in the fertile Central Valley of California. As a classicist, he’s at ease with the ancient world but often brings a historian’s insightful perspective to current…


Famous Scholars Call for End to Academic Censorship

Palo Alto, California, known as the “birthplace of Silicon Valley,” hosted on Nov. 4 to 5 a conference in favor of free speech. This comes in response to what some prominent professors are calling a “loss of academic freedom” that is underway at many Western universities. A Canadian professor, Patrick Provost, was suspended in June for…


Musk Subpoenas Stanford University in Legal Spat With Twitter

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk subpoenaed Stanford University on Aug. 31 as part of a legal dispute regarding his abandoned takeover bid of Twitter. The subpoena asked for documents of all “conversations, conferences, discussions, interviews, meetings, negotiations, and agreements” between Twitter and Stanford, as well as anyone linked to the university regarding the $44 billion scrapped…


California Private Universities Can Now Expel or Punish Trespassers

A bill Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed into law on July 19 grants private universities the same state authority public schools enjoy to expel or punish trespassers. The law was enacted as an urgency statute, meaning it took effect immediately. “This bill recognizes that the nonprofit sector of higher education has similar responsibilities and is…


DOJ’s Partisan Shell Game Raises Ethics Issues About Pamela Karlan

Commentary As a tenured law professor at Stanford University, Pamela Karlan earned $1 million a year. We now know that she stayed on the Stanford payroll, at that same impressive salary, during the entire 17 months she served as the Justice Department’s principal deputy assistant attorney general for civil rights. Karlan left her DOJ post…


The Birth of Totalitarianism

“If we make rationality the basis of everything,” Mattias Desmet says, “we arrive in a completely irrational society.” In a recent episode of “American Thought Leaders,” host Jan Jekielek interviews Mattias Desmet, a clinical psychology professor and author of “The Psychology of Totalitarianism.” Desmet is a leading expert on the phenomenon known as “mass formation,”…


Archaeologists Discover Passageways in 3,000-Year-Old Peruvian Temple

LIMA—A team of archaeologists has discovered a network of passageways under a more than 3,000-year-old temple in the Peruvian Andes. Chavin de Huantar temple, located in the north-central Andes, was once a religious and administrative center for people across the region. The passageways were found earlier in May and have features believed to have been…


Stanford Students Petition Against School Booster Mandate

STANFORD, Calif.—A group of Stanford University students, led by first-year Ph.D. student Monte Fischer, delivered to school leaders on Jan. 18 an open letter against the school’s booster shot mandates. The letter is addressed to President Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Provost Persis Drell, and Associate Vice Provost Russell Furr. It demands a repeal to Stanford’s policy mandating…


Some California Colleges Mandate Booster Shot

Amid the surging cases of COVID-19, Stanford University and Occidental College will mandate booster shots for COVID-19 to all eligible students before returning to campus after the winter break. Stanford University announced Dec. 16 that classes in the first two weeks of the winter quarter will be held online and require all eligible students to…