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Harman Family Provostial Professor and Professor of Neurobiology and, by courtesy, of Psychology
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsNeural processes that mediate visual perception and visually-based decision making. Influence of reward history on decision making.
Lecturer, Stanford Language Center
BioProf. Dzuong Nguyen was a graduate from the Law School, University of Saigon, South Vietnam. While in college, Mr. Nguyen has served as an Admin. Assistant at the US Agency for International Development (US AID) in Saigon.
During the wartime, he served as an Air Police Lieutenant in the South Vietnamese Air Force.
After the fall of Saigon in 1975, he was left behind and ended up spending 5 years in the so-called “re-education” camps under the new Communist regime. Dzuong Nguyen managed to escape from the camp and fled by boat to Thailand in 1980. He was resettled in America in Aug. 1980.
Two years after being resettled in America, Mr. Nguyen earned his Master’s degree in Education from the University of San Francisco and started his career by teaching English as a Second Language and Math at Galileo High School, San Francisco.
Currently, Mr. Nguyen is teaching Vietnamese Grammar and Literature at Stanford University, De Anza College and College of Alameda.
In addition to the role of a language instructor, Mr. Nguyen strongly advocates for Human Rights, Democracy and Freedom for Vietnam.
For the last 30 years, Mr. Nguyen has been deeply involved and elected into many chairmanship functions within the Vietnamese community in the Bay Area.
Dzuong Nguyen has received hundreds of recognition and awards from the government, media, and the community, including:
“Profile of Excellence” award from ABC Channel 7 San Francisco,
“The Most Effective Community Leader” from California Gov. Pete Wilson,
“Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year” from (Federal) Small Business Administration (SBA)
And many more…
For the last ten years, Mr. Nguyen has always been evaluated and rated highest on the scale of performance. He has a great affection for his students and vice-versa, his students greatly respect Mr. Nguyen's talents and his behavior. Mr. Nguyen's students are benefited from his teaching, not only for language skills but also for a broader knowledge of cultural aspects and history.
Lecturer, Stanford Language Center
BioPaul grew up in a German-heritage family outside of Madison,Wisconsin. He attended UW-Madison for his undergraduate studies and did his doctoral work at the Pennsylvania State University. He has spent extensive time, studying, researching, working, and engaging professionally, across the span of the German-speaking world.
In the Fall of 2005, Paul came to Stanford as a Lecturer, teaching both Spanish and German for numerous years. Since 2009 he has additionally served as the German Language Coordinator.
Dr. Nissler completed ACTFL OPI training in both Spanish and German and has been certified as an oral and written proficiency tester in German since 2010.
He is also active in the local Bay area German community. He has engaged with local German-schools and previously served as the AATG Testing Chair (currently committee member) and is the current President of the Northern California Chapter of the AATG.
Paul publishes and presents at academic conferences, both nationally and internationally. He is very enthusiastic about teaching and language learning.
Professor of Economics, Emeritus
BioRoger G. Noll is professor of economics emeritus at Stanford University. Noll also is a Senior Fellow and member of the Advisory Board at the American Antitrust Institute. Noll received a B.S. with honors in mathematics from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph. D. in economics from Harvard University. Prior to joining Stanford, Noll was a Senior Economist at the President's Council of Economic Advisers, a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Institute Professor of Social Science and Chair of the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences at the California Institute of Technology. At Stanford, Noll served as Associate Dean for Social Sciences in the School of Humanities and Sciences, Director of the Public Policy Program, and Senior Fellow in the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research where he also was Director of the Program in Regulatory Policy and Director of the Stanford Center for International Development.
Noll is the author or co-author of seventeen books and over three hundred articles and reviews. His primary research interests include technology policy; antitrust, regulation and privatization policies in both advanced and developing economies; economic aspects of public law (administrative law, judicial processes, and statutory interpretation); and the economics of sports and entertainment. Among Noll’s published books are Economic Aspects of Television Regulation (1973), Government and the Sports Business (1974), The Technology Pork Barrel (1991), Constitutional Reform in California (1995), Sports, Jobs and Taxes (1997), Challenges to Research Universities (1998), and Economic Reform in India (2013).
Noll has been a member of the advisory boards of the U.S. Department of Energy, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and National Science Foundation. He also has been a member of the Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and the Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy of the National Research Council, and of the California Council on Science and Technology.
Noll has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the annual book award of the National Association of Educational Broadcasters, the Rhodes Prize for undergraduate education at Stanford, the Distinguished Service Award of the Public Utilities Research Center, the Alfred E. Kahn Distinguished Career Award from the American Antitrust Institute, the Distinguished Member Award from the Transportation and Public Utilities Group of the American Economic Association, Economist of the Year from Global Competition Review, and the American Antitrust Institute award for Distinguished Achievement by an Economist in Antitrust Litigation.