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Stanford Report, August 4, 2004

Cardinal Chronicle / weekly campus column


"STANFORD ON THE MOON, ANYONE?" It was just a tongue-in-cheek comment Steve Durst tossed off at the end of a biographical sketch he wrote for his class book before attending his 35th reunion here in 2000. But at the reunion, some folks, including Durst, a science editor and founder of a Palo Alto company that publishes space industry newsletters, began considering the question seriously. Why not a Stanford Overseas Studies Program that takes its bearings from the Sea of Tranquility? Over the last four years, Durst, and fellow alums began meeting informally as a "Stanford on the Moon exploratory committee" to talk about the possibilities. Durst is now organizing a "Stanford on the Moon" symposium, to be held on campus on Oct. 2, to talk about the group's goals and what it might take to achieve them. Durst, who graduated in 1965 with a bachelor's degree in history, said he doubts that there will be a lunar residential program any time soon, but "there could be a Dish on the moon." And who knows, someday there may be a Full Quad on the Moon. The symposium is open to the public. For information, call 324-3705, send e-mail to news@spaceagepub.

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THIS AFTERNOON AT 4 P.M. THERE WILL be an opening reception for "Women in Art," organized by the South Bay Area Women's Caucus for Art and featuring the work of painters, sculptors, photographers and printmakers. (Works will be on display through Aug. 28.) Just across the parking lot at the Bechtel International Center, an exhibit of paintings by Annamaria Quattrin-Kusber, titled "Arte Passione"will be on display until Aug. 31.

BEGINNING IN THE NEXT ISSUE, THERE will be a new face at the top of this column. MICHAEL PENA, who has worked as a reporter at several Bay Area newspapers, including the Contra Costa Times and the San Francisco Chronicle, began work Monday covering staff affairs. Michael will be writing the "Cardinal Chronicle," offering his own version of what I've thought of as conversation over the back fence -- in a very interesting neighborhood. (I will be covering arts and humanities for the Stanford Report.) I'm grateful for the opportunities this column has given me to meet and talk with so many of the diverse, talented and very generous people who make up our community. Thank you. Michael's phone number is 725-4275.

Write to Barbara Palmer at or mail code 2245.

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Barbara Palmer

Barbara Palmer