Human Biology Milestones

1968 Students and faculty initiate teach-ins to examine and challenge the traditional academic curriculum; biology students hold the Stanford Population and Environment Forum.

1968 Joshua Lederberg and David Hamburg teach innovative undergraduate special course “Man As Organism.”

1968 Paul Ehrlich’s Population Bomb is published.

1969 Stanford submits a proposal to the Ford Foundation to fund the new Human Biology Program; the Ford Foundation awards a 1,936,000 grant to Stanford for a five-year program trial period, and the program is launched!

1969 The Stanford academic senate approves Human Biology as an undergraduate interdepartmental program.

1970 A committee in charge is created for the Human Biology Program; Norman Kretchmer becomes the first director.

1970 Spring quarter: Hum Bio offers its first course, “Man and Nature.”

1970 April: first Earth Day

1970–71 Hum Bio begins offering the core course sequence. Course assistants, student advisors, areas of concentration, and workshop program are established.

1971 HumBio graduates its first class

1971 The Bing Professorship in Human Biology is established.

1972 Robert Sears becomes director.

1973 Donald Kennedy becomes director.

1973 The Reed-Hodgson Professorship in Human Biology is established.

1975 The Benjamin Scott Crocker Professorship in Human Biology is established.

1975 Hum Bio students are kidnapped at Gombe Stream Reserve in Tanzania.

1976 Audrey Bernfield is hired as director of advising and career counseling.

1977 Merton Bernfield becomes director.

1977 The Josephine Knotts Knowles Professorship in Human Biology is established.

1979 Lorraine Morgan is hired to coordinate the internship and honors programs.

1980 Richard Thompson becomes director.

1981 Student-led Human Biology Policy Committee and student honors project review Hum Bio.

1985 Craig Heller becomes director.

1986 Adams House becomes the first academic focus house.

1987 Stanford Medical Youth Science Program is started.

1987 Human Biology Middle Grades Curriculum Project begins.

1989 Loma Prieta earthquake damages Building 80.

1992 William Durham becomes director.

1993 Ellen Porzig starts to direct the honors program; Summer Honors College is established.

1994 Hum Bio Field Seminars begin.

1994 The Stanford Youth Environmental Science Program begins.

1995 Lorry I. Lokey endows two professorships in Human Biology.

1995 The Bingham Award for Student Innovation is established.

1995 Russell Fernald becomes director.

1996 The Sandy Dornbusch Award for Excellence in Research Related to Families and Children is established.

1996 Shirley Feldman becomes associate director.

1998 Hum Bio and the Stanford Learning Lab start web-based problem sets in the core.

2000 The Kirsten Frohnmayer Prize for Outstanding Juniors is established.

2001 Human Biology Research Exploration (HB-REX) established, paid summer internships for students in established research labs.

2002 Storey House becomes HumBio theme house.

2002 The Mary and Jacquelyn Edmonds Prize for Juniors is established.

2003 Jeffrey Wine becomes director.

2003 The Catherine R. Kennedy and Daniel L. Grossman Fellowship is established.

2006 Carol Boggs becomes director.

2007 First core course coordinator is hired (Nicole Dudukovic).

2007 program moves across the Quad to Bldg 20.

2007 hiring of an Academic Technology Specialist (Carlos Seligo).

2008 Katherine Preston becomes associate director.

2008 The Bing Director in Human Biology is established.

2008 HumBio pioneered a rising-junior September pre-honors College.

2011  HumBio graduates its 40th class!  And celebrates with a big party on Homecoming Reunion weekend, Oct. 21, 2011.

2012 Paul Fisher (HB '84) serves as interim director.