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Upcoming Events

Meet two of the STS stars: Paul Edwards & Angèle Christin 
Please take a look at a unique opportunity to meet and learn more about Professors Angèle Christin and Professor Paul Edwards!  We hope to see you there! 

Please RSVP by January 24th 
Monday, January 28, 2019 | 3:00PM-4:30PM | Mendenhall Library 101B
A Partial Eclipse of the Net: Iran's Social Media Shutdown in Global Perspective
In the final few days of 2017, millions of people in Iran were thrown into digital darkness. Amid massive socioeconomic protests, the Iranian government shut down Telegram and Instagram—two highly popular apps that the protesters used to, respectively, coordinate the movement and broadcast it to the world. A series of additional disruptions followed before the demonstrations subsided in early January. But Iran is by no means a unique case among the global community. Between 2011 and 2017, approximately 40 countries carried out as many as 277 known, deliberate, large-scale disruptions to electronic communication. In 2018, one country alone was responsible for 130 more, primarily in an attempt to stifle protest. How do the events that unfolded in Iran compare to global dynamics? What are the economic costs of network shutdowns, and can they be estimated accurately in the Iranian case? Do shutdowns truly spread chaos among the coordinators of protest in the era of leaderless movements, and are they effective as a means of suppressing protest? This talk will frame the digital communication blackout in Iran against broader global dynamics, engaging the audience to discuss their repercussions on human rights, the digital economy, and the organization of collective action in the streets. Read more.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 | 12:00PM-1:30PM | WJP Conference room, Encina Hall Central
Career Talk with Søren Jorgensen, former CEO and Consul General of Denmark to Silicon Valley  
Join us at the Handa Center's first career talk of the year with our new research fellow, Søren Juul Jørgensen. Søren has spent his career in diplomacy and working for Danish tech companies. For the past 4 years, Søren headed the Danish Innovation Center in Palo Alto as CEO and Consul General of Denmark to Silicon Valley. His work there focused on technology innovation/tech industry-related engagement supporting startups, innovation, and research.

As a diplomat with the Danish foreign service, Søren served as a press spokesman, as head of cabinet for two Danish ministers for Europe and as a negotiator of European Policy. Søren has represented Denmark as a lawyer at the European Court in Luxembourg. He also worked in business development and sales for the Danish IT company Maersk Data and for IBM. Søren has lived and worked in Brussels, Warsaw, New York and Palo Alto. 
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Tuesday, January 22, 2019 | 12:00PM-1:00PM | Encina Hall West, Room 219
CESTA Seminar Series with James T. Hamilton
Investigative journalism is underprovided in the market, but new combinations of data and algorithms may make it easier for journalists to discover and tell the stories that hold institutions accountable. Computational journalism is a rapidly evolving field that describes stories told by, through, and about algorithms. This talk will provide an overview of how computational journalism is growing as a reporting practice and as a research field. Particular attention will be devoted to examples of work at Stanford, and the prospects for future interdisciplinary projects and partnerships that may support the production of high-quality public affairs reporting. Ideas discussed will build on research from Democracy’s Detectives: The Economics of Investigative Journalism. Read more.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 | 12:00PM-1:00PM | Wallenberg Hall, Fourth Floor
How Emerging Technologies are Improving the Pediatric Patient Experience
How Emerging Technologies are Improving the Pediatric Patient Experience with Luke Wilson, Maria Menéndez, MD, and Molly Pearson, CCLS. Together Luke, Maria, and Molly have been working for the Stanford CHARIOT Program at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford (LPCH) to help treat patients using emerging technologies like virtual reality, augmented reality and interactive projectors.

Over the past two years, the Stanford CHARIOT Program at LPCH has helped treat thousands of patients using emerging technologies. The tools they develop are used to reduce pain and anxiety in clinical settings, assist in physical therapy and pain rehab, offer new alternatives to anesthesia and opiates, and provide much needed moments of joy and comfort. In this talk, key members of the CHARIOT team will discuss the many ways in which their technologies are improving patient care throughout LPCH. Read more.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 | 6:00PM-7:00PM | 3373 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304 - Room: Breezeway
Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism

The landscape of information is rapidly shifting as new imperatives and demands push to the fore increasing investment in digital technologies. Yet, critical information scholars continue to demonstrate how digital technology and its narratives are shaped by and infused with values that are not impartial, disembodied, or lacking positionality. Technologies consist of a set of social practices, situated within the dynamics of race, gender, class, and politics, and in the service of something - a position, a profit motive, a means to an end.

In this talk, Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble will discuss her new book, Algorithms of Oppression, and the impact of marginalization and misrepresentation in commercial information platforms like Google search, as well as the implications for public information needs. Read more.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 | 11:45AM-1:15PM | Black Community Services Center
Humanities & Sciences Opportunities
Not sure yet what you're doing with your summer or after you graduate? You are not alone! Connect with hand-picked employers wishing to recruit H & S students plus organizations from across campus who have summer internships, research opportunities, and fellowships available, both in the U.S. and abroad. Read more.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 | 6:00PM-8:00PM | Ng House 
Public Policy Coterminal M.A. and M.P.P. Info Session

Earn an M.A. in Public Policy in as little as one year, while completing your undergraduate degree! Participate in an intellectually-rigorous program that provides a strong foundation in policy and public service. Students from all undergraduate majors are encouraged to apply. Read more.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 | 4:00PM-5:00PM | Room 351, Landau Economics Building
Careers in Life Science and Health Research 

Thinking about applying to medical school or a graduate program? Considering a career in bioscience research? Join us for an informal employer mixer to learn about research opportunities for the BS and MS within academia and industry. During the evening, you will have the opportunity to meet employers from diverse labs in the School of Medicine, biotech, medical device and pharma. 

What to expect? Each lab or organization will have its own high-top table and you are welcome to visit any and all that interest you to learn more about their research and entry-level opportunities. 

* Bring a few copies of your resume * Open to all majors interested in bioscience research 

We hope you can join us for this informal mixer to learn about bioscience research opportunities in academia and industry!
Thursday, January 24, 2019 | 6:00PM-7:30PM | BEAM
Artful Design: Technology in Search of the Sublime!
What is the nature of design, and the meaning it holds in human life? What does it mean to design well? To design ethically?  How can the shaping of technology reflect our values as human beings? This talk explores how we shape technology and how technology shapes all of us in turn. Drawing from Ge  Wang's new book on artful design and using music technology as a vehicle, we will examine everyday examples of design – tools, instruments, toys, games and social experiences – while breaking down the design of music programming languages, instruments for laptop orchestra, toy-like mobile phone apps like Ocarina, and social media.  This will be a meditation on design for engineers, builders and anyone curious or concerned about shaping of technology – not only what it does for us, but also what it does to us. Read more.
Thursday, January 24, 2019 | 3:30PM-5:00PM | Panofsky Auditorium
Arts Hackathon 2019

Arts Hackathons celebrate interdisciplinary innovation. All students are encouraged to participate regardless of arts and/or technical backgrounds. 

Past challenges have included the 72 Hour Musical Project, interactive tools for the Anderson Collection, and new concepts for consuming and distribution art. Read more.
January 25-29, 2019 | Various times | Roble Arts Gym

Course Information



Student Assistant, Sustainability and Cleantech Resource Researcher at the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy

The major role of this position will be to create a comprehensive mapping of the (initially US-based) financing resources available for sustainability and Cleantech ventures. This will consist of compiling comprehensive lists of financing sources; Angel Investors, Private Equity, Family Offices, Foundations, Corporates, State & Government Agencies, etc. Tasks to accomplish this will include locating and downloading data, validating & formatting it and ultimately creating a searchable database.  Read more.
Consultant at Quorum Business Solutions

This individual will work as part of a team focused on providing strategic advice and developing solutions to complex business problems through the configuration, integration, testing and support of our business software applications. Consultants will participate in Quorum’s one month New Hire Orientation Training program which focuses on software technology and provides the necessary foundation and skills to start building a successful career. For this reason, you are not required or expected to have a technology or programming background. However, a strong desire for continuous learning and growth of technical skills, problem solving skills and business acumen are key, since much of the work is done under Client direction, the position could involve extensive user interaction and require great interpersonal skills. Read more.
Google BOLD Immersion Program

The Building Opportunities for Leadership and Development (BOLD) Internship Program is a paid summer internship for rising undergraduate seniors that are interested in working in technology and full-time opportunities at Google. We’ve designed our program to expose historically underrepresented students in this field to career opportunities in the industry. Students from all schools, and students who identify with a group that is historically underrepresented in the technology industry, including but not limited to Black, Hispanic, Native American, students with disabilities, and veterans, are encouraged to apply. Read more.
American Museum of Natural History Helen Fellow

The BridgeUP: STEM program at the AMNH is excited to announce that the application for the Helen Fellowship is now open. This fellowship is a one-year residency for post-baccalaureate women to devote time immersed in computational scientific research and educational outreach at the AMNH. This fellowship is an initiative at the AMNH dedicated to increasing the diversity of the talent pipeline by providing underrepresented students access to the skills and tools required for the 21st Century.
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2019 Injury Science REU Summer Internship

The Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, a leading multidisciplinary injury research center, has secured for funding to continue designation as an Injury Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site by the National Science Foundation (NSF). CIRP’s REU program will give undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in fundamental research on the causes and consequences of child and adolescent injury. As part of an interdisciplinary team, they work across the fields of engineering, behavioral science, education, population science, and statistics. Students will apply this scientific foundation to assist in developing evidence-based prevention products, programs, policies, and interventions.
 Underrepresented students are encouraged to apply - people of color, students attending schools with limited research opportunities, women, people with disabilities, and veterans. Read more.
Policy Analyst – Health Policy

The team at the Budget Center works every day to build a more inclusive California where everyone has the opportunity to participate fully in the state’s economic, social, and political life. This requires our state to make smart policy choices and public investments. By examining the most pressing budget and policy issues and making them accessible and more understandable, we aim to broaden participation in state policy debates and help foster outcomes that work for all Californians, especially those individuals and communities who have not yet shared in our state’s economic prosperity. Read more.
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