A NEW LEADER ... Stanford has ended its nationwide search for the new faculty director of its Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute, the university announced this week. The School of Humanities and Sciences has appointed Lerone Martin to the role, according to an Aug. 30 Stanford News Service article. He will serve as associate professor of religious studies and the Martin Luther King Jr. centennial professor starting this January. Martin has his work cut out for him at the institute. He'll continue editing the civil rights leader's sermons, published writings, correspondence and unpublished papers, among other tasks, according to the article. He will succeed Clayborne Carson, the institute's founding director who retired last year after more than four decades in the position. Since retiring in 2020, Carson has led the institute as its acting director. "It is such an honor to succeed Dr. Clayborne Carson as the MLK Centennial Chair and Director of the MLK Research and Education Institute," Martin said in the article. "I hope to build on the tremendous accomplishments of Dr. Carson and the staff."
ENOUGH TO GO AROUND ... Joint Venture Silicon Valley's first food recovery program has received $250,000 to help launch the initiative across Santa Clara County. The funds were awarded by the Implementation Committee of the Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission of Santa Clara County, according to an Aug. 26 press release. The funds will assist Joint Venture in pushing out food recovery requirements under Senate Bill 1333, which directs certain businesses to donate surplus food. The organization also has received $50,000 for a capacity analysis of how the county currently recovers food. "Recovering excess food is one of the most cost-effective ways to fight climate change," Executive Director Robin Franz Martin said in the release. "The health benefits are two-fold: We feed our Silicon Valley neighbors with nutritious surplus meals and reduce greenhouse gases by keeping organics out of the waste stream." Another $25,000 from the LendLease Foundation will help Joint Venture connect food recovery organizations to local businesses.