Newest American Academy of Arts and Sciences members

Ten Stanford faculty members are among the 252 new members elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, which honors exceptional scholars, leaders, artists and innovators engaged in advancing the public good.

From left to right starting from the top: Axel Brunger, Tirin Moore, Chang-rae Lee, Robert Byer, Fei-Fei Li, John Etchemendy, Zhenan Bao, Yakov Eliashberg, Teresa Meng and James Mattis. (Image credit: Andrew Brodhead)

The new Stanford members to join the Class of 2021 are as follows:

Zhenan Bao, the K.K. Lee Professor in Chemical Engineering, is the department chair of Chemical Engineering. She is also a member of Stanford Bio-X and the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute, senior fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy, a fellow at Stanford ChEM-H, an affiliate of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and a principal investigator with the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences at

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Anglerfish are stranger than science fiction

In 1833, an almost perfectly spherical fish washed ashore in Greenland and was taken to zoologist Johannes Christopher Hagemann Reinhardt in Copenhagen, Denmark. This fish — later known as the footballfish, Himantolophus groenlandicus, or the man-gobbler — was the first anglerfish known to science, wrote Ted Pietsch, a systematist and evolutionary biologist, in his book “Oceanic Anglerfishes” (University of California Press, 2009). 

Today, there are about 170 known species in 12 families of deep-sea anglerfish, and a “huge diversity” within those families, Mackenzie Gerringer, a professor of biology at SUNY Geneseo in New York who specializes in deep-sea fish told Live Science. Common names for anglerfish hint at some of the wild forms they can take — snaggletooth sea devil, wolf trap and pugnacious dreamer (also known as the tyrannical toad), to name just a few. They sport a fantastic range of shapes and textures; some are

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New business management class at PHS | Education

A business management course will be added to next year’s Payson High School catalog. This is the top requested course when students were surveyed this past year.

This class is for students interested in business and who have a desire to understand how business works in today’s global economy.

Career development, including critical workplace skills, and life beyond graduation are emphasized. This course will provide students with practical business applications by using hands-on projects that will give students the opportunity to acquire basic skills of financial know-how and collaborative team training.

Students will also learn Microsoft Office, including Word documents, Excel and PowerPoint presentations. In this course students will spend more than 51% of the time working in a business lab environment. This course is the first course in a two-year sequence for business courses: Business Management I and Business Management II. It will also offer dual credit through GCC/EAC.

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A look at Piedmont Charter’s new high school campus

COVID-19 kept Piedmont Community Charter School from formally marking the completion of its new high school campus in Gastonia, but all of the school’s students are finally enjoying it together. 

“It’s an absolute dream come true,” said Jennifer Killen, Piedmont Charter’s head of school who began working at the school 19 years ago as a teacher’s assistant. She never imagined she would have a hand in building a new high school campus. “My heart is just full of gratefulness.” 

Here are several key takeaways from the new campus: 

Charter school’s largest investment 

A look at the gymnasium at Piedmont Community Charter's new high school campus along Robinwood Road in Gastonia. The campus opened to students during the 2020-21 school year.

Piedmont Charter’s new campus cost the school $20 million and features a 70,000-square-foot school building with 32 classrooms on two floors, a full-sized gymnasium for basketball and volleyball games, as well as physical education, a fine arts auditorium with more than 300 seats and an outdoor soccer field. 

A look at the band room at Piedmont Community Charter's new high school campus along Robinwood Road in Gastonia. The campus opened to students during the 2020-21 school year.

To put that in perspective, the school’s South New

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