DEC. 9, 2013

Town hall meeting touts strength of Stanford collaborations

Norbert von der Groeben description of photo

Physicist Steven Chu, PhD, (left) and Lloyd Minor, MD, dean of the School of Medicine, spoke at a Dec. 6 town hall meeting to an audience of about 100 staff and faculty.

Minor discussed major events during his first year at Stanford. The dean said he knew before coming to Stanford about the strength of the researchers and clinicians, but "to really have a sense of the innovative nature of our faculty, you really have to be here."

Norbert von der Groeben description of photoJennifer Cauble, exeutive director of the medical center alumni association, asks Chu how Stanford researchers establish collaborations.

Chu, who recently came back to the campus after serving as the Secretary of Energy, told the gathering that "after you have to manage a $26-plus billion budget for four and a quarter years, you want to go back to the lab." He added that one of the high points of his service in Washington was bringing scientists into the government. "I was the first scientist cabinet member since Ben Franklin, and he spent all his time in Paris," he said.

Also at the meeting, Charles Prober, MD, senior associate dean for medical education, provided an overview of the recently completed LCME medical school accreditation review, sharing news of the preliminary findings.

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