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STS Wire 1/9/2017

In this Issue
  • Master’s Program in STS at the Munich Center for Technology in Society
  • Networks for Serious Business: Finnish Game Industry
  • Perspectives in Assistive Technology: Course Overview & Introduction to Assistive Technology
  • H&S Undergraduate Resume Clinic
  • The Path Forward on Global Energy & Climate Policy - Brian C. Deese, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor
  • FACES Telesummit on US-China Higher Education
Master’s Program in STS at the Munich Center for Technology in Society
The STS Master’s Program at MCTS is empirical, interdisciplinary, reflexive and research oriented.
       From bio-technology to energy transitions, from automated mobility to data security- the big challenges of todays’ societies are inseparably connected to scientific, technical and social questions. The Master’s program Science and Technology Studies (STS) will teach you how to reflexively research, develop problem-solving skills and critically intervene in the big socio-technical issues of our time.
In the Master’s program you will learn:
  • empirical research methods and analytical skills to study the conditions and consequences of contemporary science and technology
  • interdisciplinary approaches to urgent questions about regulation, responsibility and sustainability of science and technology
      Alongside the STS Master's program, we offer specializations in the Philosophy of Science and Technology or the History of Science and Technology. 
      The STS Master’s program is research oriented. The program prepares you for future academic research (such as a PhD), as well as careers in science and technology management, science communication and journalism, and in science funding and policy. Studying the Master’s program STS will equip you to deal with the challenges and to embrace the opportunities of todays’ technologized societies. Read more.
Networks for Serious Business: Finnish Game Industry
Interactive media and games increasingly pervade and shape our society. In addition to their dominant roles in entertainment, videogames play growing roles in education, arts, science and health. This seminar series brings together a diverse set of experts to provide interdisciplinary perspectives on these media regarding their history, technologies, scholarly research, industry, artistic value and potential future. As the speakers and title suggest, the series also provides a topical lens for the diverse aspects of our lives.
Kaisa Still is a Senior Scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Supporting collaboration with technology continues to be at the core of her career. Her current research concentrates on platforms and innovation ecosystems, accelerating innovation activities and on digital opportunities. Combined with the policy perspective, her work extends to both private and public organizations, in regional and global contexts. Her academic background includes a M.Sc. in industrial engineering and management, and a Ph.D. in Information System Sciences. She has extensive industry experience in Finland, USA and China. Read more.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 | 12:00PM-1:00PM | Shriram 104
Perspectives in Assistive Technology: Course Overview & Introduction to Assistive Technology
This presentation will provide an overview of the course and a brief introduction to Assistive Technology including a definition of terms, demographics, goals of rehabilitation, perceptions of disability, the needs of people experiencing disabilities, political correctness, and numerous examples of commercial assistive technology products, research efforts, and students' projects.
David L. Jaffe holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a MS degree in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University.
Prior to coming to Stanford, he was a Research Biomedical Engineer at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System's Rehabilitation Research and Development Center. At the VA his interests were designing, developing, testing, and bringing to market microcomputer-based devices for veterans with disabilities including communication, mobility, and information systems. He has worked on several VA assistive technology research projects including an powered wheelchair interface for individuals with quadriplegia, an electro-mechanical fingerspelling hand that served as a communication device for people who are deaf/blind, a system that explored virtual reality techniques to train individuals with gait deficits to improve their walking, and a project that employed a computer-based simulation system to assess and improve the driving ability of individuals after brain injury. Read more.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 | 4:30PM-5:50PM | Thornton Classroom 110
H&S Undergraduate Resume Clinic
Bring your resume for a 15 min review with an employer. Learn how resumes are viewed and receive tips on how to make your resume stand out. Note: This opportunity is for students in the School of Humanities & Sciences. If an employer's schedule changes, a BEAM career coach will cover their review time. Read more.

Please register here.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 | 10:00AM-4:00PM | Third Floor Lounge, BEAM
The Path Forward on Global Energy & Climate Policy - Brian C. Deese, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor

Join President Obama's principal advisor on energy and climate policy for a wide-ranging discussion on the future of energy and climate policy to be held at Tressider Memorial Union on Wednesday, January 11.

As Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor, Brian Deese led implementation of President Obama's historic efforts to address climate change, from implementing domestic regulations to securing an international climate agreement in Paris, an amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), and a global market-based measure to reduce emissions from international aviation.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 | 4:15PM-5:30PM | Tressier, Oak West Room
FACES Telesummit on US-China Higher Education
In this year’s Stanford-Beijing University Telesummit, we will explore how 21st century Chinese and American culture, politics, and economics influence their respective educational systems. How do these countries utilize education to mold their national future, and what are the positive and negative results of these methods? Is there potential for some universal educational system that can be implemented in our global era? How do differences in China and the US’s education system lead to changes in Sino-US relations?
Please RSVP here.
Friday, January 13, 2017 | 5:00PM-7:00PM | GSB Highly Immersive Classroom

Mel Lane Student Grants Program
In honor of environmental leader Mel Lane, the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment invites undergraduate and graduate students to submit proposals for student-driven-and-managed projects that focus on environmental sustainability in one or more of the following topic areas: climate, ecosystem services and conservation, food security, freshwater, oceans, public health and sustainable development.
We fund projects that offer a measurable impact on an environmental issue through direct activity - including educational activities - or applied research. Grants typically range from $500 to $1,500 with a maximum of $3,000. Please view the Stanford Woods website for examples of past projects and application guidelines. Please note that this program does not fund thesis/dissertation research or other academic requirements.
If you have any questions about the Mel Lane program, please contact Brian at sharbono@stanford.edu.
Deadline to submit applicaions is January 17, 2017.
Sitka Sound Science Center Science Communication and Education Internship

  The Sitka Sound Science Center (SSSC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving  understanding of the ecosystems of Alaska through scientific research and science education.  SSSC is a field station and offers support services to researchers from around the nation studying  in the North Pacific and the Tongass National Forest. The nonprofit’s vision is to build on  Sitka’s legacy as a research and science education community.  

 Through this internship, the intern will become familiar with and gain experience in all facets of the Science Center: the aquarium, hatchery, research program, and educational programs. The intern will work with Janet and Lisa in the spring to come up with projects that address the specific goals and interests of the intern within the realm of informal science education. The intern will also get to live and experience the beautiful and many-faceted community of Sitka, Alaska and explore the surrounding area.

Please contact Lisa Busch for questions.

Summer Institute for General Management
  The current job market is extremely competitive, and companies are hiring young professionals who can make an immediate impact in the workplace. The Summer Institute for General Management (SIGM) will provide you with the tools you need to distinguish yourself and get hired.
The Summer Institute for General Management is a four-week summer program centered around a curriculum of business fundamentals taught by Stanford GSB Faculty. It is designed for students from non-business majors, with each year's class including representation from the humanities, arts, engineering, social sciences and more. Class sessions are supplemented with additional professional development training and esteemed guest speakers from the Silicon Valley community. The first application deadline is January 27, 2017 (also the deadline for merit-based awards). Read more.
BEAM Job Postings

Beetle Taxonomy Internship - National Ecological Observatory Network

Graphic Designer - Black Sails Technology

Marketing Internship - Colourpop Cosmetics

Externship in Wildlife and Conservation Medicne - Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife

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