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STS Winter Alumni Panel
STS would like to invite you to an exciting evening with 4 great alumni, to share how STS has influenced their careers.  The panelists will talk about pitching their degree, first jobs out of Stanford, how the BA, BS or honors program have influenced their career, and answer questions you may have to prepare you for your career after Stanford. There will also be an opportunity to network with the alumni afterwards!  

  Space is limited as we want those in attendance to have the opportunity to have their questions answered, so RSVP now!  DINNER will be provided!  See you then! 

    Sherwin Chen '96-General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Color Genomics

Aaron Grayson ’11 Office of Registrar at Stanford University

Tyler Brown '14-Digital Banking Strategy Analyst at Javelin 

Aliza Rozen '14 Senior Product Manager at Twitter
Thursday, Febryary 21, 2019 | 6:30PM-8:00PM | Mendenhall Library (120-101)
Energy Seminar: It's Electric! Mobility
This panel, moderated by CARS Executive Director Stephen Zoepf, will feature companies that seek to catalyze electrification of transport, each focused on a different sector of the market. From an all-electric chassis to electric mobility services at scale to fast & portable electric chargers to electric, highly-utilized AVs, this Energy Seminar will highlight the cutting edge in electric mobility. Read more.

Panelists: Sila Kiliccote, CEO & Founder of eIQ Mobility; Preston Roper, GM North America, ENEL X e-Mobility at eMotorWerks; Jim Castelaz, CEO & Founder of Motiv Power Systems; and Doug Gould, Manager of Strategic Partnerships & Procurement at Zoox.
Monday, February 11, 2019 | 4:30PM-5:20PM | NVIDIA Auditorium
Dissent on Aadhaar: Big Data Meets Big Brother
Aadhaar, India’s unique identity system, was introduced in 2009 with the stated purpose of creating a more inclusive and efficient welfare system. Hundreds of millions of Indians were enrolled into the biometric database, with successive governments creating pressure by making it compulsory for social benefits. Even after the Supreme Court verdict in 2018, it remains a must-have for welfare.
Reetika Khera dives deep into Aadhaar in her new edited volume, Dissent on Aadhaar: Big Data Meets Big Brother. The essays in Khera's book argue that the project was never really about welfare and that it opens the doors to immense opportunities for government surveillance and commercial data-mining. Focussing on Aadhaar, but drawing lessons from ID projects from other parts of the world also, the book alerts readers to the dangers lurking in such expansive digital ID projects. With contributions from economists, lawyers, technologists, journalists, and civil liberties campaigners, the book is for everyone concerned about a healthy democracy in India and beyond. Read more.

         Monday, February 11, 2019 | 4:30PM-6:00PM | Stanford Humanities Center
How to Level Up: Securing Funding @ SPARKS
Aaron Holiday and Nnamdi Okike will lead a 90-minute hands-on skills-building workshop. Okike and Holiday are co-founders and managing partners of 645 ventures where they focus on moving seed stage founders to competitive Series A rounds and beyond. They’ve led the successful investments in firms acquired by Google, Facebook, Expedia among many others. Dinner, refreshments and networking to follow. Read more.
Monday, February 11, 2019 | 6:30PM-8:00PM | Huang Foyer
CESTA Seminar Series with James Zou
Abstract: Powerful machine learning (ML) algorithms are trained on large text corpus, and human biases and stereotypes in the text can lead to problematic biases in the algorithms. I will first discuss our works on detecting and removing problematic biases from ML. Then I will turn the question around to explore how we can use ML as a microscope to quantify human and textual biases and address social science questions.

Bio: James Zou is an assistant professor of Biomedical Data Science and, by courtesy, of CS and EE at Stanford. He is also a Chan-Zuckerberg investigator. His group works on both foundational questions of machine learning--new algorithms and theory--as well as applications to biotech and healthcare. He is also very interested in the broader social impacts and economics of AI.  Read more.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 | 12:00PM-1:00PM | Wallenberg Hall
The Globotics Upheaval: Globalization, Robotics, and the Future of Work

In this engagingly-written, insight-packed book, Richard Baldwin, one of the world's leading globalization experts, argues that the inhuman speed of this transformation threatens to overwhelm our capacity to adapt. When technology enables people from around the world to be a virtual presence in any given office, globotics will disrupt the lives of millions of skilled workers much faster than automation, industrialization, and globalization disrupted lives in previous centuries. Read more.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 | 12:00PM-1:00PM | Room G101, Gunn Building Graduate School of Business
Sustainability and Self-Driving with Lyft and Ford

Join us for a special conversation on the future of automotive mobility with Raj Kapoor, Chief Strategy Officer at Lyft, and John Viera, a former Director at Ford, hosted by Pedram Mokrian, an Adjunct Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University.

Kapoor focuses on autonomous (self-driving) business opportunities and new business at Lyft. Prior to Lyft, he helped create the first interactive networked media applications including video-on-demand and interactive TV, co-founded and ran HP-acquired online photo service Snapfish, invested in companies at the Mayfield Fund and ran the fitness network

Viera focused on
global sustainable business plans, environmental regulations and evaluating environmental performance. In his more than 30 years at Ford, he worked across planning, engineering and manufacturing to develop Ford’s first natural gas pickup truck, served as Chief Engineer for Ford’s compact pickups and full-size SUVs and actively supported the Product Development arm of the Ford African Ancestry Network.

Mokrian examines how new technologies (connected devices, mobile, software systems), analytics (big data stack), and new business models (consumer marketplaces,
product driven services) can disrupt large incumbent markets such as energy, manufacturing, logistics, education and commerce. Read more.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 | 4:30PM-5:20PM | NVIDIA Auditorium
AI, Humanities & the Art Workshop

This one-day workshop brings together colleagues from the new Stanford Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) initiative, the Humanities, and the Arts to advance new configurations of world-class scholarship. The day will showcase collaborations between researchers who are pioneering work at the vanguard of AI, the humanities, and the arts. The finale will invite participants to highlight 5 grand collaborative social challenges for HAI., industrialization, and globalization disrupted lives in previous centuries. Read more.
Thursday, February 14, 2019 | 9:00PM-5:00PM | Stanford Humanities Center
Public Service and Changemaking: A Conversation with Women in Politics

With records being set across the country for the number and diversity of women running for—and winning—political office, America’s government is becoming more representative of its populations. Will you be part of the movement? Come hear from women currently serving in political and government office to learn about steps you can take to get there! Read more.
Thursday, February 14, 2019 | 3:30PM-5:00PM | DK Room, Haas Center for Public Service
Surgical Robotics Seminar: Dr. Tania Morimoto, Human-in-the-loop Design and Control of Flexible Robots

There are a large number of difficult surgical procedures, particularly for certain patient populations, that involve navigation and access through highly constrained, tortuous anatomy, where the limitations of current robotic systems becomes evident. To address these challenges, we have focused on the development of safer, more dexterous continuum robots and intuitive human-in-the-loop control interfaces. In particular, this talk will focus on our proposed patient- and procedure-specific (i.e. personalized) design paradigm, that leverages the surgeon's expertise to use preoperative medical images to design and fabricate personalized concentric tube robots-- a type of continuum robot constructed from precurved, elastic, nesting tubes. This talk will also include our current work on soft, tip-extending VINE catheters for access deep within the brain, as well as future plans for the creation of new devices and interfaces to improve the standard of care for a large number of patients, whose needs cannot be adequately addressed with existing systems.  Read more.
Friday, February 15, 2019 | 9:30PM-10:20PM | Building 320, Room 105


STS Summer Research College Deadline Extension!  Apply by Feb 22. 
During the summer, five undergraduates have the opportunity to participate in the STS Summer Research College (SRC). The Summer Research College is designed to foster close intellectual exchange by engaging students in research with a faculty member on a new or ongoing research project. The program is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students from diverse disciplines to undertake research with a faculty mentor while being paid for their work!  
Research topics include Ethics, Nuclear Weapons & Public Opinion, Building Empathy with Virtual Reality, Gendered Innovations in Science and more!

Course Information

Spring Capstone Time Change!
STS 200N is now offered on Tuesday/Thursday from 8:30am-10:20am. As you know the capstone course is required to graduate. If this time change affects your remaining STS courses please submit a course change request form ASAP so that Dr. Sato and Joo Ae Chu can review it.  Keep in mind we are looking for cohesion with your STS curriculum, when you are looking for alternative courses.


The Brown Institute for Media Innovation announces “Magic Grant” funding opportunity

Are you passionate about the role that emerging technologies can play in the future of media? Do you have a story that can only be told outside the scope of traditional media? A Brown Institute “Magic Grant” might be for you.
The Brown Institute for Media Innovation is a bi-coastal research effort located within two premier universities: Columbia Journalism School and Stanford’s School of Engineering. Our mission is to develop new tools and modes of expression, and to create stories that escape the bounds of page and screen. Brown brings fresh thinking and novel tools to media through prototyping and other forms of creative research in conjunction with private and public partnerships. The team at Brown is committed to radical experimentation with the potential to define new priorities and practices for both engineering and journalism.
Every year, the Brown Institute awards up to $1M in grants and fellowship opportunities — its “Magic Grant” program provides year-long funding awards of up to $150,000 ($300,000 for teams with members of both the Columbia and Stanford communities). In addition to funding, grantees have access to a distinguished advisory and mentoring group, and an extensive and inspiring alumni network. Read more.
Rowland and Pat Rebele Journalism Internship Program

A valued complement to the Department of Communication, Stanford University alumnus and former Stanford Daily editor Rowland “Reb” Rebele and his wife Pat established the Rebele Digital and Print Journalism Internship Program in 1986. The Rebeles generously funded this program in support and encouragement of aspiring journalists and community newspapers with regional and national circulation. The Rebele Program enables Stanford students to gain hands-on, journalistic work experience through quality journalism internships and is equally beneficial for news organizations who benefit from the valuable contributions of dedicated interns. Read more. 
Info session: 2/25/19 | 12-1:30 | 120-40
Design Engineer - Intern

Cor Medical Ventures is a leading medical device development company with an entrepreneurial mindset. We partner with surgeons and inventors to quickly and effectively bring ideas from the need generation and initial concept phase to early clinical use. The team at Cor Medical Ventures provides leadership and know how at all stages of development, leveraging our experience and past successes to rapidly innovate and commercialize medical devices. Read more.
2019 FCB Health Summer Internship

The Internship Program is designed to offer college students the opportunity tolearn about a career in healthcare advertising. Interns will work in real-worldbusiness situations, attend seminars on the different aspects of the industry
and learn about the inner workings of an agency. As part of the programeach week there will be "Lunch n' Learn" information sessions whereagency members from various departments discuss aspects of their roles,
department, and the nuances of healthcare advertising. There will also be anassigned group project that will be completed in teams and presented at th conclusion of the program. Read more.

TUTOR: Schwab Learning Center

 The SLC tutors provide individual, one-on-one tutoring for four hours per week per student to SLC registered  students who experience learning differences. Tutors are current Stanford students with an academic background that matches the class in which the student needs assistance. Tutors are provided with training materials and collaborate with the SLC Learning Specialist to build confidence and understanding about working with students that experience learning differences.  Read more.
Additional job and internship postings can be found at Handshake.
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