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  • Gregory Wait

    Gregory Wait

    Senior Lecturer in Music

    BioGREGORY WAIT, the Billie Bennett Achilles Director of Vocal Studies on the Stanford University Music Department faculty, maintains a dynamic and enthusiastic teaching schedule. In recognition of his commitment to the principles of successful higher education, Wait received the Deans' Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1998, and was honored by his students and colleagues for his years of service to the university. In 2010 he was an ABBY honoree from the Arts Council Silicon Valley for his arts leadership in the Santa Clara valley. During his thirty year tenure as conductor of the Stanford Memorial Church Choir, the membership commissioned Stanford alumnus Kirke Mechem to compose his Missa Brevis Trinity as a tribute to his direction. As tenor soloist, he has made his mark in recital, in opera, and on the concert stage, having made his Carnegie Hall debut singing the Requiem of Alfred Schnittke. Hailed as one of the leading exponents of (Benjamin) Britten's vocal works, he premiered works by Lou Harrison and William Kraft, and gave the first American performance of Alessandro Scarlatti's Magnificat from his Vespers of St. Cecilia. He served as soloist at the prestigious Carmel Bach Festival for over fifteen seasons, and came to national recognition as tenor soloist in the Davies Symphony Hall (San Francisco) televised Sing-it-Yourself Messiah on PBS, and has subsequently concertized throughout the United States, from the Anchorage Music Festival to Santa Fe. He recently conducted and sang the Evangelist in Bach's Matthus-passion. Now in his twenty-third season as music director of Schola Cantorum, he has received accolades from critics and the public alike for his vivid interpretations of choral masterworks, and for his commitment to the performance of new music. Under Wait's leadership, Schola Cantorum has commissioned and performed numerous premieres, notably the Missa Gaia (Mass for the Earth) by Libby Larson and, most recently, Alva Henderson and Dana Gioia's Winter Requiem. As director of the Congregational Oratorio Society, he has performed countless choral/orchestral works, and has led seven European tours in performances at historic venues throughout England, France, Italy, Switzerland, Russia and Scandinavia. Mr. Wait is also a choral arranger, and is frequently engaged as a lecturer and clinician for choral and vocal festivals.

  • Virginia Walbot

    Virginia Walbot

    Professor of Biology

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsOur current focus is on maize anther development to understand how cell fate is specified. We discovered that hypoxia triggers specification of the archesporial (pre-meiotic) cells, and that these cells secrete a small protein MAC1 that patterns the adjacent soma to differentiate as endothecial and secondary parietal cell types. We also discovered a novel class of small RNA: 21-nt and 24-nt phasiRNAs that are exceptionally abundant in anthers and exhibit strict spatiotemporal dynamics.

  • Michael Wald

    Michael Wald

    Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Law, Emeritus

    BioMichael S. Wald is the Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Law Emeritus at Stanford Law School. He is a graduate of Cornell University, Yale Law School, and Yale Graduate School (MA Political Science). He has a special interest in applying child development research to legal and public policies and issues related to implementation of public policies. In addition to teaching and research, Professor Wald has drafted major federal and state legislation regarding child welfare, including the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980, and has served in a variety of government positions. In 1996-97, he was Executive Director of the San Francisco Department of Human Services. From 1993 through 1995, he was Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, working in particular on issues of welfare reform and child welfare. Wald has been a member of the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and chaired the California State Advisory Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect. He was a member of the Carnegie Corporation Task Force on Meeting the Needs of Children 0-3, served on several panels of the National Academy of Sciences, and Chaired the San Francisco Mayoral Task Force on Transitional Youth. He also served as a member and chair of WT Grant Faculty Scholars Selection Committee, on the board of directors of the Chapin Hall Children’s Center at the University of Chicago and of Legal Services for Children in San Francisco.

  • Andrew G. Walder

    Andrew G. Walder

    Denise O'Leary & Kent Thiry Professor and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Professor, by courtesy, of Political Science

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMarket reforms in China; and political movements in China during the Cultural Revolution.