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Professor of Physics
BioBruce Macintosh's research focusses on the study of extrasolar planets, in particular the study of such planets through direct imaging, and on using adaptive optics to shape the wavefronts of light for a variety of applications. Direct imaging of extrasolar planets involves blocking, suppressing, and subtracting the light of the bright parent star so that a planet hundreds of thousands of times fainter can be seen and studied in detail. Prof. Macintosh is the Principal Investigator of the Gemini Planet Imager http://planetimager.org/ ,an advanced adaptive optics planet-finder for the Gemini South telescope,. He also leads a Science Investigation Team for the coronagraph instrument on the WFIRST mission, focused on imaging and spectroscopy of extrasolar planets.
Professor of Economics and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
BioThomas MaCurdy is a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute of Economic Policy Research, and he further holds appointments as a Professor of Economics and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. MaCurdy has published numerous articles and reports in professional journals and general-interest public policy venues, and he has served in an editorial capacity for several journals. He is a widely-recognized economist and expert in applied econometrics, who has developed and implemented a wide range of empirical approaches analyzing the impacts of policy in the areas of healthcare and social service programs. MaCurdy directs numerous projects supporting the activities and operations of the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Congressional Budget Office (CBO), General Accounting Office (GAO), and Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), and Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC), and he has served as a member of several standing technical review committees for many federal and state government agencies (e.g., CBO, Census, BLS, California Health Benefits Review Program). MaCurdy currently supervises several empirical projects that support CMS regulatory policy responsible for the establishment of Healthcare Exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.
Patricia Ryan Madson
Senior Lecturer in Drama
BioPatricia Ryan Madson is the author of IMPROV WISDOM: DON’T PREPARE, JUST
SHOW UP (Random House, 2005) and a professor Emerita from Stanford University where
she taught from 1977-2005. In the Drama Department she served as the head of the
undergraduate acting program and developed the improvisation program. In 1998 she was
the winner of the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for Outstanding Innovation in
Undergraduate Education at Stanford. She founded and coached the Stanford Improvisors
and taught beginning and advanced level courses in Improvisation for undergraduate as
well as adults in Stanford's Continuing Studies Program. In 1996 she founded the
Creativity Initiative at Stanford, an interdisciplinary alliance of faculty who share the
belief that creativity can be taught. Patricia has taught Design Improv for the School of
Engineering, and was a guest lecturer for the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and
for the Mayfield Fellows program.
She teaches regularly for the Esalen Institute, and has given workshops for the California
Institute for Integral Studies, the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, the National
Association of Drama Therapists, the Western Psychological Association, Duke
University East Asian Studies Center, Wellness in the Workplace for BC University and
the Meaningful Life Therapy Association in Japan.
Her corporate clients have included: IDEO, Google, Gap Inc.'s Executive Leadership
Team, The Lucille and David Packard Foundation, the Banff Centre for Leadership, the
National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), Hewlett Packard, Digital
Impact, The Woods Institute for the Environment, the International Society for
Performance Improvement (ISPI), the Santa Fe Leadership Center, the Association for
YMCA rofessionals, Sun Microsystems Japan Division, Extempo Systems,
Apple Computers, Adobe Systems, the Piedmont School District, and Price Waterhouse.
Batchelor of Arts in Philosophy, Westhampton College of the U. of Richmond,
1963Masters of Arts in Theater, Wayne State University, 1965
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Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsComparative Politics, Political Economy, Latin American Politics