The Daily brief: July 29, 2010

July 29, 2010, 4:59 p.m.

Parkinson’s Progress | Stanford Med School scientists have identified a molecular pathway trigger that leads to nerve cell death and consequently, to Parkinson’s disease. The new discovery sheds light on the disease and could apply to future treatments.

Brook and Beyond | Former Cardinal and current New Jersey Nets center Brook Lopez is a finalist for the US World Championship team.

Send-off Mania | Brush up on your freshman experience and get ready to smile and sell: Stanford’s looking for current undergraduate volunteers to be panelists at local and regional send-off events for the Class of ’14.

White House Wedding | Marc Mezvinsky ’00 came to Stanford, and now he’s marrying Chelsea Clinton ’01. Talk about a selling point for the Farm. (In truth, the two met before college and only started dating in 2005, but those are minor details.) Media coverage of the upcoming July 31 wedding is escalating, but the details remain hidden, falling in line with a long-time policy on Chelsea’s part against talking to the press.

Stanford on the Big Screen | In a much less realistic connection to the University, Zac Efron‘s starring role in the new drama “Charlie St. Cloud” is being hailed as “Hey, not so bad.” His character in the film is a student about to enroll at Stanford on a sailing scholarship when his life is thrown off track. Note: In his role in High School Musical, his character Troy Bolton went to Berkeley. Moving up the ranks?

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Ellen Huet is currently a senior staff writer at The Daily; she joined the staff in fall 2008 and served one volume as managing news editor in fall and early winter of 2010-2011. Reach her at ehuet at stanford dot edu. Fan mail and sternly worded complaints are equally welcome.

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