July/August 2014

Features

Tapped Out?

The drought in California is historically severe, and future ones may be worse if climate models prove true. But there's plenty of water to go around, say Stanford faculty immersed in the issue, if we value it properly and conserve it more sensibly.

Sheer Focus

At Stanford, Tom Frost was shy, undersized and unremarkable. But he found his bliss on the granite rock faces of Yosemite and reached career heights that made generations of followers marvel.

Charging Ahead

Making batteries better is not just a goal for Professor Yi Cui—it's something close to a life's work. His breakthroughs hold the promise of far-reaching electric cars, long-running smartphones and a cleaner, greener world.

Farm Report

His Lucky Day

He survived the '89 quake

'The engine keeps revving'

America in decline? Not so fast

First See, Then Do

Commencement 2014

Making the Transition

For veterans, a jump start

Life, Part Two

Getting back in the career game

Do We Shy Away From Pivotal Calls?

When it matters most, umpires hedge

Take Nothing but Pictures

What tourist photos tell

Silicon Valley Validity

HBO comes calling

How to Feed the World

Experts put their heads together

Departments

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

We're All Power Hungry

Making batteries better

PRESIDENT'S COLUMN

First the Farm, Then the Planet

Sustainable Stanford

1000 WORDS

Timeless

BACKSTORY

Power and Glory

The man behind Mem Chu's music

STUDENT VOICE

Entree Nous

Lessons from a culinary education

CONSIDER THIS

On the Spoils of War

What is war good for? As it turns out, quite a bit, says a provocative new book by historian Ian Morris.

END NOTE

Graduating Back Home

Letting go of being let go

Class Notes

Farewells

Geologist and Outdoorswoman

Christopher Anne Suczek, PhD '77

Poet and Professor

William Wesley Trimpi Jr., '50

Cancer Warrior

James Daniel "Jimmy" Fowkes, '14