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Welcome to the 54th Senate of the Academic Council. If you are looking for documents listed below that do not have active links, please contact

Chair, Ruth O'Hara    

Dr Ruth O'Hara

Dr. O’Hara is the Director of Spectrum, the Senior Associate Dean for Research in the Stanford University School of Medicine, and the Lowell W. and Jacqueline Q. Berry Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Her research examines the impact of sleep architecture on cognitive and psychiatric symptoms across the lifespan, with a particular emphasis on the role of sleep in neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders. Dysregulated sleep has profound implications for public health and many sleep disorders can be treated. A significant focus of Dr. O’Hara’s work is improving sleep in order to alleviate psychiatric symptoms. Dr. O’Hara served on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM 5), which provides diagnostic classification for the field of psychiatry, and is currently Vice Chair of the American Association of Sleep Medicine Career Development Awards Committee.

Vice Chair, Mark Horowitz  

Professor Mark Horowitz

Professor Horowitz initially focused on designing high-performance digital systems by combining work in computer-aided design tools, circuit design, and system architecture. During this time, he built a number of early RISC microprocessors, and contributed to the design of early distributed shared memory multiprocessors. In 1990, Dr. Horowitz took leave from Stanford to help start Rambus Inc., a company designing high-bandwidth memory interface technology. After returning in 1991, his research group pioneered many innovations in high-speed link design, and many of today’s high speed link designs are designed by his former students or colleagues from Rambus.

In the 2000s he started a long collaboration with Prof. Levoy on computation photography, that included work that led to the Lytro camera. Dr. Horowitz's current research interests are quite broad and span using EE and CS analysis methods to problems in neuro and molecular biology to creating new agile design methodologies for analog and digital VLSI circuits. He remains interested in learning new things, and building interdisciplinary teams.

54th Steering Committee of the Senate 

The Steering Committee (StC) of the Senate sets the Senate Agenda, confers degrees for the Summer, Autumn and Winter quarters, and serves at Administrative Sessions to the StC to review undergraduate and graduate programs on behalf of the Senate. StC members are elected each year by the Senate. Joining Chair, Ruth O'Hara are:    

  • Mark Horowitz, Vice Chair (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)   

  • Sarah Billington (Civil & Environmental Engineering)  

  • Steven Chu (Physics)    

  • Deborah Hensler (Law) 

  • Ato Quayson (Interdisciplinary Studies and English)

  • Robert Reich (Political Science)  

  • Dustin Schroeder (Geophysics)

  • Lisa Surwillo (Iberian & Latin American Cultures)

  • Persis Drell (Provost, ex-officio) 

  • Tom Wasow (Academic Secretary, ex-officio)

  • Adrienne Emory (Associate Academic Secretary, Staff)

Senate Membership

Senate 54 Roster 

Senate Minutes

Autumn Quarter 

Winter Quarter 

Spring Quarter

Annual Academic Council Meeting 

President Tessier-Lavigne convenes the Academic Council faculty to deliver a state of the university address. 

May 05, 2022 Minutes 

Administrative Sessions of the Steering Committee on Behalf of the Senate

The Steering Committee (StC) holds administrative sessions as needed to hear routine or administrative matters that would otherwise come before the full Senate. This allows the Senate to spend more time on issues that need broader discussion and debate prior to action. All Senators are welcome to attend administrative sessions.