Jude Shao, a Stanford alumnus, (whose story was discussed in Cream of the Crop) was arrested in China about 10 years ago for "allegations of tax evasion" and given an unfair 15 year sentence. Stanford alums help create a website (freejudeshao.com) for him and he was finally freed last month.
Stanford is building a new hospital! It is going to be 7 stories, cost about $2 billion, and hopefully be completed by 2015. What interested me most about it is its "creative" design. They've designed it so that the interior walls can be moved around to accommodate new technologies, patients with cancer and bone marrow transplants can be in positive pressure nursing units ("units will have higher air pressure so the air flows outward, which will prevent bacteria and other contaminants from entering"), and hospital visitors can enjoy outdoor views and even a spa.
And finally, a Stanford professor's view on gardening...
and the Stanford garden website to go along with it- I used it last year to learn about the cactus garden...