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Cardinal Conversations : April, 2011

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    Haresh Shah: Stanford's earthquake expert

    Could we get an earthquake to rival the 9.0-magnitude trembler in Japan? Earthquake engineer Haresh Shah, MS ’60, PhD ’63, professor emeritus at Stanford and head of the university's risk committee before the 1989 Loma Prieta seism, talks about lessons from the past. Excerpts:

    Photo by Chuck Painter/Stanford News Service

    Photo by Chuck Painter/Stanford News Service

    What level of quake could Stanford withstand?

    That's a million dollar question. We believe in the last two decades, Stanford has done an outstanding job with the older buildings as well as all the newer buildings. In a major earthquake—whether on the Hayward Fault or on the San Andreas Fault—Stanford could do reasonably well. In something similar to 1989 earthquake, we'd do just fine. Let's say up to 7 it would do just fine, unless the center o...

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    Posted by Ms. Karen Springen on Apr 8 2011 2:30PM | 0 comments

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    Football coach David Shaw

    Sure, Jim Harbaugh—who led Stanford to a 12-1 record—left for the San Francisco ’49ers. But there is still joy in Mudville (a.k.a. the Farm), thanks to new head football coach David Shaw, ’94. In January, athletic director Bob Bowlsby announced that the offensive coordinator would take over the top job. Though Shaw isn’t yet a household name, he has worked with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Oakland Raiders and the Baltimore Ravens. And as a Stanford student, he was a wide receiver. Days before the April 9 annual Cardinal & White Spring Game, the sociology major talks about his new job, his vision and his thoughts (all positive!) about Stanford. Excerpts:

    How was it being picked for the job?

    Mr. Bowlsby did a search. I feel very fortunate that he thought I was the right guy for the job. I was extremely pleased that he did pick me,...

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    Posted by Ms. Karen Springen on Apr 6 2011 2:39AM | 0 comments