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  1. Improving Hybrid Rocket Fuels at Stanford

    Prof. Brian Cantwell has a new IEEE Spectrum feature article reporting on the work of Stanford University researchers who are improving hybrid rockets.  These hybrids are designed to deliver a huge amount of thrust while avoiding the most dangerous drawback of liquid-fueled and solid-propellant rockets—uncontrolled combustion and explosion. Read the full article in IEEE Spectrum.

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  2. The Durand-Lesley Propeller Collection

    The Durand-Lesley propellers are the surviving artifacts of an experiment in early aviation history which defined a methodology still in use today.

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  3. Two New Faculty Paper Collections Available for Research

    Over the last few months, University Archives has processed many collections of former and current Stanford professors’ papers. The Scott Hubbard Papers and William C. Dement Papers are just two of the many collections we’ve processed, but they personally stuck out to me due to the wealth of their research opportunities. Scott Hubbard Scott Hubbard grew up with dreams of exploring Space. His dreams came true and he went on to become the first director of NASA’s Mars Program in 2000. Hubbard is currently an adjunct professor of aeronautics and astronautics at Stanford. University Archives is lucky to hold the collection of his papers. We recently completed processing his papers and they are now available for researchers to utilize. This collection includes administrative records, correspondence, and other materials related to Hubbard’s work at NASA. Space exploration doesn’t come without some dangers, none more apparent than the 2003 Columbia disaster. Hubbard served as NASA’s only representative on the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB). The CAIB was organized shortly after the accident by NASA to investigate what caused the catastrophic disaster, and released its final report on August 26, 2003. The full report is available to download from NASA’s website. William C. Dement Another recently processed collection is the William C. Dement papers. Dement is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. He founded the Sleep Research Center at Stanford and co-founded the Sleep Research Society. He was also the founding President of the American Sleep Disorders Association (ASDA). His research into sleep disorders, such as narcolepsy and sleep apnea, is hailed as trailblazing. While diving into his papers, I came across a number of interesting research studies, but none that sparked my curiosity more than the narcoleptic dog colony that was being studied at Stanford. These two collections are just a small drop in the large pond that is University Archives. We encourage you to explore the many professors’ collections that the archives hold.

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