Letter from the alumni president

Dear Alumni,

Happy New Year to you all. The alumni organization has been busy these past months. The highlight of the fall was our symposium, Stanford Synapses: A Meeting of the Minds. Over 175 alumni, students and guests participated in the event, sponsored by the Stanford University Medical Center Alumni Association. After a career networking lunch and campus tours, the symposium began in earnest with talks by neuroscientists including medical alumni William Mobley, MD, PhD, and Robert Malenka, MD, PhD — both of whom are on Stanford’s faculty. Additional speakers included biological sciences faculty Robert Sapolsky, PhD, and Susan K. McConnell, PhD. Another Stanford alum, stem cell scientist Nobuko Uchida, PhD, also presented. Graduate student poster board presentations and dinner on Alumni Green followed. Other recent events included a lunch honoring Arthur Kornberg, MD, for his landmark contributions to science and teaching. This event was sponsored by Norman Tong, MD, president-elect of the SUMCAA, as was the tailgate party prior to the Big Game football match with UC-Berkeley.

As we kick off 2006, we’re planning a variety of interesting events. In the lineup: Stanford Matters: Stanford Day in the East Bay, March 11, 1-7:30 p.m., at the Doubletree Hotel in Berkeley; Match Day dinner for our graduating medical students, March 16; and alumni reunions weekend, April 28-29. A highlight of the reunions will be the Wallace Sterling Award dinner. To get more information about these events and others, please call us at (650) 234-0600 or visit the association’s Web site: http://med.stanford.edu/alumni/.

In the coming year, we plan to continue supporting educational activities for medical and graduate students at the medical center. Areas of focus for 2006 will be diversity and service. On behalf of the SUMCAA, I invite you to participate in as many of the upcoming events as possible. I look forward to seeing you and/or hearing from you this spring.


Susan Knox ’85
President, Stanford University Medical Center Alumni Association

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