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First Generation Mentorship Program for Stanford Medicine
5-Sure is a free ride program for students at night similar to Uber.
Advanced Award Notice
Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation
AOERC (aka - Farrillaga)
Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center
Academic Staff - Research (AS-R) are Stanford employees hired to work on Stanford research activities as defined below. As Stanford employees, Academic Staff-Research are subject to all policies and procedures related to Stanford employment, and receive staff benefits, as applicable.
Authorization to Operate - When conducting government-related research, an ATO is sought from the federal entities that give the approval to conduct a research project.
- American Voices Project - A qualitative social science study pursued jointly by Stanford and Princeton
- Associate Vice President
- Associate Vice Provost
- Assistant Vice Provost
Bioinformatics-as-a-Service - Part of GBSC; it is a consulting service to help Stanford labs do cutting-edge bioinformatics pipeline development, data analysis, interpretation, and training; without a significant investment in laboratory personnel.
Breadth Governance Board
CMMC Third Party Assessment Organization. This is usually a private company or third party that audits a research project's management of technology and security plan in order to approve the handling of government-related data. Often associated with cloud-based research projects.
Committee on Academic Computing and Information Systems - C-ACIS formulates policies concerning the computing and information systems of the University to meet the academic and administrative needs of the faculty, students and academic staff.
Committee on Undergraduate Admission and Financial Aid - Pronounced as "Kwah-Fuh"
- Course Assistant
- Community Associate
Cardinal at Work - A Human Resources website for faculty and staff with information on benefits, training, professional development, and more. All employees automatically receive the monthly newsletter, the Cardinal at Work Insider.
Contemplation by Design - A program in the Stanford School of Medicine
Computer-Based Music Theory and Acoustics - The PhD program at CCRMA
Center for Conservation Biology
Center for Comparative Studies
Cancer Center Support Grant
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis
Chief Financial Officer
Campus Hardware Maintenance Program
Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research
The Center for Interdisciplinary Digital Research enables digital research and teaching to encourage and inspire innovative scholarship throughout the University.
Chief Information Officer
Chief Information Security Officer
Campus IT Leaders
Center for Latin American Studies
Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification - This is an emerging federal data security compliance framework, indicating where research projects use government datasets. CMMC comes in version 1 and version 2, which corresponds to moderate and high risk; version 2 has greater controls that a researcher must follow. A third party must attest to compliance. See also C3PAO.
Conflict of Interest
Client Platform Engineering
- Center for Poverty and Inequality
- Consumer Price Index
Committee on Review of Undergraduate Majors
Department of Computer Science
Center for Social Innovation
Center for the Study of Language and Information
Continuing Studies Program - The Continuing Studies Program (CSP) offers 150+ courses every quarter to the Stanford community and the public.
Cardiovascular Medicine Division
Desktop Advisory Group - A community of practice which brings together IT support staff from across Stanford to discuss best practices and relevant topics in the IT sphere.
"Does Anyone Have A" - Used to ask for things in group chats like "DAHA charger?"
see also: IHA as a response
Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence Doctoral Fellowship Program
Department of Biomedical Data Science
Diversity Center for Representation and Empowerment in Stanford Medicine
Digestive Disease Clinical Conference - Stanford Medicine, Gastroenterology & Hepatology (GI) Grand Rounds
DEIB / DEI
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Director of Finance and Administration
Director of Finance & Operations
Diabetes Genomics Analysis Core - Part of SoM, it provides access to cost-effective high-throughput sequencing and analysis to researchers at the SDRC.
Director of Graduate Studies (e.g., for a particular Department)
Digital Library Systems and Services
- Department of Medicine
- Department of Music
Data Risk Assessment form - Used if you collect, store and use high-risk data.
Destination Service Line
Data Transfer Node
Director of Undergraduate Studies (e.g., for a particular Department)
The term “Equally Attractive Non-Alcoholic Beverage” (or EANAB) was coined at Stanford to describe non-alcoholic drink options. EANABS are required at all Stanford parties, and can be more commonly referred to as “mocktails."
Enchanted broccoli forest - A dorm at stanford
Electronic Communications Hub
Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education Doctoral Fellowship Program
Employer Relations and Outcomes
Escondido Village Graduate Residences
Financial Analysis & Information Reporting
Farrillaga (aka - AOERC)
Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center
Financials, Asset, and Service Management Systems - A division of University IT's Enterprise Systems group
Faculty Development Fund
Faculty Incentive Fund
Full moon on the quad - A Stanford Tradition
Faculty Retirement Incentive Program
Financial Support Center
Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Fraternity and Sorority Life
For Your Information
Genetics Bioinformatics Service Center - Part of SoM, it acts as the umbrella organization for charged services, including the SCG cluster, BaaS consulting, and large-scale object store.
Graduate Deans and Administrators Working Group
Government Funded Equipment
Graduate Financial Planning System
Graduate Financial Support system. Stanford's system for administering assistantships and fellowships for graduate students and Postdoctoral Scholars.
Graduate School of Business
Genome Sequencing Service Center - Part of SCGPM, it provides access to cost-effective high-throughput sequencing services to SCGPM and the Stanford community.
The School of Humanities and Sciences
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 - View HIPAA-related policies on the Admin Guide
Housing Service Center
Human Resources Group (School of Medicine Central HR team)
Humanities & Sciences Deans' Office
Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning
Improvement, Analytics, and Innovation Services - An in-house consulting group in Business Affairs serving Stanford University organizations and departments.
Office for Inclusion, Community and Integrative Learning - A centralized office and subdivision of Student Affairs.
In Case You Missed It
Indirect Cost Rate
Individual Development Plan - Different groups have different IDPs, not just postdocs, but all postdocs at Stanford are required to engage in the IDP process
I Have A - A response to the question DAHA *item*?
Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures
Institutional Research and Decision Support
In Real Life - E.g., as opposed to something that happens via the Internet
Information Resources & Technology - the former name of the IT organization in School of Medicine. Now a part of TDS.
Infrastructure Charges - Certain kinds of funds are charged ISC. More details on the Admin Guide.
IT Leadership Program
The IT Marketplace - Improves the experience of ordering SLAC IT’s recommended standard desktop and laptop computers as well as accessories in support of SLAC work
Job Information Form - Pronounced "JIF," like the peanut butter. Required by HR (at least in SoM) for posting a new position. Ironically, neither the acronym "JIF" nor the words "Job Information Form" appear in the title of the JIF itself; each unique job (SSO1, AA2, etc.) has its own unique template, colloquially referred to as a JIF.
Keep It Running
Labor Distribution Adjustment (module in Oracle Financials)
Lou Hen Hoo Mem Li
Lou Henry Hoover Memorial Library
Labor Schedule (module in Oracle Financials)
Middleware and Integration Services - MaIS services and technologies are used by the campus community and by University business systems to manage enterprise data about people, organizations, courses, workgroups, and authority
Medical Center Development
Memorial Church - An interdenominational church on Stanford's Main Quad
The small fountain behind Memorial Church
Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy
Master of Liberal Arts - The MLA program is a part-time graduate program that offers students the opportunity to pursue an interdisciplinary course of study in the liberal arts.
Monthly Recurring Charge
Management Science and Engineering - Not to be confused with MSE (Materials Science and Engineering)
Materials Science and Engineering - Not to be confused with MS&E (Management Science and Engineering)
Modified Total Direct Cost Rate
Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Modern Thought and Literature
My Personal Health Dashboard - A novel biomedical research platform supporting various large-scale studies inside and outside of Stanford.
Natural Capital Project
No Need To Respond - Often used in email to relieve the recipient of feeling obliged to write back
Notice of Award
No Ticket Granting Service
Office of Accessible Education
Office of Faculty Development, Diversity, and Engagement
Ottoman Music Ensemble, MUSIC 161F
Office of Medical Student Affairs
- Office of Postdoctoral Affairs - Pronounced as an initialism: "oh.pea.EH". Not pronounced like the enthusiastic Greek exclamation.
- Office of Public Affairs
Outside Professional Activities Certification System - OPACS certifies compliance with the Faculty Policy on Conflict of Commitment and Interest.
Purchasing Card - A university-issued and university-paid credit card to make allowable purchases on behalf of Stanford.
Proposal Development Routing Form
Polya Hall Instructional Lab - Polya Hall room 107B
(Center of) Population Health Sciences
Principal Investigator - The person(s) in charge of a clinical trial or a scientific research grant. The principal investigator prepares and carries out the clinical trial protocol (plan for the study) or research paid for by the grant. The principal investigator also analyzes the data and reports the results of the trial or grant research.
Protected Identity Harm Report - is the bias reporting system on campus for students.
- Property Management Office
- Project Management Office
Professional Office Systems Training - Redwood Hall room G6
President and Provost Office
Postdoctoral Recruitment Initiative in Sciences and Medicine - An initiative based in the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) to diversify the postdoc population at Stanford
The Stanford Product Realization Lab - is a mechanical engineering facility for design and manufacturing, open to any registered Stanford student.
PeopleSoft - ("PS" is used by some on campus, not all)
Product Support Team
Project Task and Award - Stanford's version of an account number
- Peer Technology Specialists - Trained student positions providing tech support to both undergraduate and graduate students
- Formerly the acronym for Stanford's Parking and Transportation Services (now Stanford Transportation)
- Not to be confused with PTS groups
Queer Student Resources - A community center for students that are celebrating, questioning, investigating and/or struggling with sexual orientation and/or gender identity
- Research Assistant
- Residant Assistant
Real Application Cluster - A term used by Oracle to indicate redundant clusterware; related to Ntirety database administration
Research Computing Facility - Located inside Forsythe Hall, this is University IT's on-campus data center for researchers.
Research Data Services - supports researchers at all levels who work with data and/or digital scholarship methods.
Research Management Group - RMG serves as the central resource and expert partner on research administration providing support and oversight of sponsored projects for the School of Medicine
Research Process Manager - The institutional official at the research management group.
Stanford Administrative Champions - A multi-department team of administrative staff throughout Stanford to support, enhance, and grow the admin experience and build a strong administrative community across all Stanford campuses and remote locations
- Stanford Acronym Directory - The former name of this website
- Senior Associate Dean
Student Affairs Information Technology - A division of VPSA (Vice Provost for Student Affairs)
Student and Academic Service - A division of VPSA (Vice Provost for Student Affairs), comprising six units: Registrar's Office, Student Services Center, Student Financial Systems, Student Information, Systems, Bechtel International Center, and Graduate Admissions
Stanford Baroque Soloists
Status Certainty Autonomy Relatedness Fairness - Increase Awareness, Influence Others, and Improve Interactions. The SCARF® Model is a brain-based framework designed to enhance self and social awareness and improve the quality of daily interactions.
Stanford Center on Early Childhood
The SCG cluster - owned by GBSC and operated by SRCC, is a compute environment tailored to genomics and bioinformatics workloads. It has a simple per-group and per-core-hour pricing model, and is available to all Stanford PIs and their labs.
Stanford Digital Repository - The SDR supports management of scholarly information resources of enduring value to Stanford. Faculty, students, and researchers use SDR services to promote and protect the products of their work.
Stanford Diabetes Research Center - Supports basic and clinical research to discover, apply and translate science about diabetes and its complications, to improve health and wellness.
Stanford Data Science
Science and Engineering Quad
Stanford Electronic Research Administration - An enterprise-wide system that supports research administration at Stanford. It tracks the stages of the research project lifecycle from initial proposal to award closeout enabling investigators and staff to effectively manage their projects.
Stanford Functional Genomics Facility - Part of SoM, it provides services in support of high-throughput sequencing, single-cell assays, gene expression and genotyping studies utilizing microarray and real-time PCR, and related services.
Stanford Geospatial Center - promotes and supports the use of spatial data in research in teaching, at Stanford.
System Governance Group - SGG helps guide Stanford's information technology strategy by evaluating and prioritizing new systems projects for funding and implementation
Stanford Global Studies
Stanford Graduate Summer Institute - A suite of free week-long interdisciplinary courses for Stanford grad students. Sponsored by VPGE.
Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Education Title IX - The SHARE Title IX office uses the acronym SHARE to encompass the entire SHARE Title IX Office, including the Response Team and the Education and Prevention Team.
Stanford [sic] Improvisation Collective, aka Music 156, led by Mark Applebaum
Stanford In Government
Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship - Usually pronounced as initialism: "Ess-Eye-Gee-Eff".
Shelter In Place
- Student Information Systems - Subgroup in Registrar's Office
- Student Information System - Usually pronounced as an initialism: "ESS.i.ess", but occasionally pronounced "sis," like the first syllable in "sister." General kind of software for managing student records. As of April 2021, Stanford's SIS is PeopleSoft.
- Stanford Introductory Studies
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory - Formerly Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
Stanford LatinX Postdoc Association
Stanford Media Preservation Lab - a unit within Stanford Libraries focused on ensuring ongoing access to information recorded in media formats that span the history of recording technology.
Self-Marked Work Stoppage
Service Now - Pronounced like the word "snow". The system used by some departments for help tickets.
Stanford Nano Shared Facilities - SNSF provides shared scientific instrumentation, laboratory facilities, and expert staff support to enable multidisciplinary research and educate tomorrow’s scientists and engineers.
Stanford Office of Digital Accessibility - Formerly SOAP, Stanford Online Accessibility Program
Stanford Property Administration Resource Center - An application initiative sponsored by the Stanford University Property Management Office to provide a convenient, electronic portal for property administration processes
Service Provider Database
- Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education
- Student Projects for Intellectual Community Enhancement
Stanford Research Computing Facility - Located on the SLAC campus, this is the SRCC's primary data center for researchers.
SRI International - The research institute formerly known as the "Stanford Research Institute"
Software and Services for Data Science - A unit of the Center for Interdisciplinary Digital Research within the Stanford Libraries
Stanford Summer Engineering Academy
- Single sign-on - The nifty piece of tech that allows one username/pw combo to be used across multiple systems. Thank you IT!
- Stanford Symphony Orchestra
- Student Services Officer
System Security Plan - which is used in many government research projects to show how the security of data is handled throughout a project. See also C3PAO.
Stanford Telecommunications Account Representative - Specific to the School of Medicine, this is a person who is responsible for placing orders for telecommunications services—such as IP phones and mobile phones—from University IT
Stanford Technical Leadership Program
Staff Tuition Reimbursement Program - Provides partial or full payment of tuition and covered fees for courses meeting requirements of undergraduate or graduate degree programs
Science, Technology, and Society - A program in H&S
Stanford University ID Number - A unique number for each student.
Stanford University Medical Center
Stanford University Mass Spectrometry - is the campus-wide biological and organic mass spectrometry shared resource laboratory which supports scientific research through instrument access, education, and research development.
Stanford University Network ID
Stanford University Postdoc Association - Pronounced "sur.PASS."
Stanford University School of Education - The former acronym for the GSE
Stanford Web Services
The Axe and Palm, a late night burger joint within the Old Student Union
Theater and Performance Studies
Travel Card - A university-issued and university-paid credit card for purchasing travel and travel-related services required to conduct university business.
Total Direct Cost Rate
Technology & Digital Solutions - The unified IT organization for both the School of Medicine and Stanford Health Care
Tuition Grant Program - A benefit program that helps eligible faculty, staff and retirees pay for the cost of undergraduate college education for their eligible children
Therapeutic Healing Resilience Inclusivity Values Empowerment - Stanford Psychiatry LGBTQ+ Clinic
The IDEAL Learning Journey
Time Leave Administrator
Traffic Light Program - A way of expressing the sensitivity of information among cybersecurity-related organizations, indicating whether the information can be shared widely or under very specific conditions, if at all.
Telecommunications Service Outlet - the wall jack installed in a room to provide Ethernet and telephone ports
Technology Support and Training (part of Office of Development)
Undergraduate Advising Director - Assigned academic advisor for all undergraduate students (formerly called AADs)
University Budget Office
Universal Design for Learning - A framework that integrates what we know about how we learn into the design of learning environments that emphasize expert learning
University IT - The central IT organization at Stanford
University Management Group - Comprising Academic and Administrative Deans, the UMG contributes to and develops policy on issues that address all of Stanford. Meetings are held the first and third Thursday of each month from 8:30 - 9:45 am. Jeanne Berent serves as chair.
University Privacy Office
Vision and Perception Neuroscience Lab (site)
Office of the Vice Provost for Technology and Learning - Supported the Stanford community in advancing Stanford educational experiences for students on campus and around the world. In Fall of the 2020-2021 school year, VPTL was split into LTS, SCPD and CTL.
Ways of Thinking, Ways of Doing (Ways) - the core of general education requirements for undergrads since they must take 11 Ways-certified courses to graduate.
WASC Senior College and University Commission
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