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Upcoming Events

The Health and Well-being of Children in Immigrant Families: Understanding the Impact of National Immigration Policy
Nationally, one out of every four children live in an Immigrant Family (CIF), where one parent is born outside of the U.S. In California, this proportion is one in two. Among the highest risk with families in this group are those with an undocumented parent, where the proportion is one in three of CIF. National policies directed at controlling immigration can have an impact on the health of these children, as well as the local policies that are developed in response to national immigration policy. The Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute (MCHRI) has supported collaborative research between the Division of General Pediatrics and the Immigration Policy Lab at Stanford University that examines the effects of immigration policies on the health and well-being of children in immigrant families. Read more.
Monday, April 1, 2019 | 12:00PM-1:00PM | Alway Building, M114
Mind, Brain, Computation and Technology Seminar Series Spring 2019

There has been rapid progress in the field of deep reinforcement learning, leading to solutions to difficult control problems such as: playing video games from raw-pixels, controlling high-dimensional motor systems, and winning at the games of Go, Chess and StarCraft. Nevertheless, animal and human brains remain capable of behaviors that outstrip our best artificial agents, particularly in those capacities that require data efficiency, memory, long-term credit assignment, and planning in unknown environments.  I will describe new models and algorithms that work towards solving these limitations.  Several of these new models are inspired by the continued interplay between machine learning and neuroscience, and may offer powerful tools for understanding the brain. Read more.

    Monday, April 1, 2019 | 5:10PM-6:30PM | Sloan Hall, Math Bldg 380, Room 380-C

Japan's Innovation Ecosystem: Current Trends and Outlook for 2019
Tim Romero is a Tokyo-based entrepreneur, podcaster and author who has started four companies and led Japan market entry for others since coming to Japan more than 25 years ago. Tim hosts the Disrupting Japan podcast, teaches corporate innovation and entrepreneurship at the NYU Shinagawa campus and is CTO of TEPCO Ventures. Tim is deeply involved in Japan’s startup community as an investor, founder and mentor. 

This seminar is part of a weekly seminar series on "Entrepreneurship in Asian High-Tech Industries" from April 2 - June 4, 2019.  Click here to see US-Asia Technology Management Center's speaker line-up. Read more.

    Tuesday, April 2, 2019 | 4:30 pm – 5:50 pm | Skilling Auditorium
12th Extremely Large Databases Conference (XLDB)

XLDB events are uniquely targeted gatherings that discuss the real-world challenges, practical considerations, and nuts-and-bolts solutions in the realm of managing and analyzing extreme scale data sets. Attendees include Big Data users from industry / science / government, developers, researchers, and providers. Read more.
April 3-4, 2019 | 9:00AM-5:00PM | Panofsky Auditorium, SLAC
CodeX FutureLaw 2019
On April 4, 2019, CodeX – The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics hosts CodeX FutureLaw 2019, our seventh annual conference focusing on the way technology is changing the legal profession and the law itself, and the way these changes affect us all.

CodeX FutureLaw 2019 brings together the academics, entrepreneurs, lawyers, investors, policymakers, and engineers spearheading the tech-driven transformation of our legal system. Join us for a unique educational event and an opportunity to connect and exchange ideas with legal tech innovators from around the world! 

MCLE Credit
MCLE credit will be available for this event. 5.5 General Hours will be offered. 

At CodeX, researchers and entrepreneurs design technologies for a better legal system; CodeX’s mission is to create legal technology that empowers all parties. Read more.
Thursday, April 4, 2019 | 8:15AM-7:00PM |  Paul Brest Hall
Environmental Forum | How Can Government Be Smart?
Dr. Hong-Yuan Lee, Professor of Hydraulic Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering at National Taiwan University and former Minister of the Interior of Taiwan, will discuss key issues and solutions for policies regarding environmental disasters such as floods and earthquakes in Taiwan. He argues that sustainable development should be the main focus for urban renewal. He argues that tackling challenges like flooding requires the government to not just invest in coastal levees and pumping systems but to consider land use and watershed management options. The shortage of water resources in Taiwan is a big issue in the near future. Climate changes, sedimentation in reservoirs and mountain rivers are warning signs for the government that water resources is an urgent problem. However, the government does not currently mandate water recycling for industries and does not have substantial policies regulating the usage of water resources. Lee will discuss what Taiwan has done in the past with conventional methods and ideas to address environmental disasters and challenges and argue that new ideas are needed to further progress. Lee introduces several techniques such as an innovative desalination system, hydrogen renewable energy, aquaculture, high-quality crops, etc. When facing problems, the nation and government should keep these ideas in mind: Integration, Coherence, Governance, Positive thinking, Out-of-box thinking, and Dialogue.  Read more.
Thursday, April 4, 2019 | 3:30PM-5:00PM |Y2E2 Building, Room 299
Smart Photography: Producing Great Photos
Discover the skills required for outstanding digital photos, explore the latest technologies (hardware/camera and software) to help create professional-looking photos.

A great photo will add significant value to any communication project -- yet getting that perfect photo can be a significant challenge. We often find ourselves searching endless photo libraries of un-useable options, spending hundreds of dollars for a high-end stock photo, or stressing about copyrights of an image found online.

Imagine grabbing your smartphone or DSLR camera, stepping out of the office and getting the perfect photo for all your communication needs.  Read more.

Friday, April 5, 2019 | 3:00PM-5:000PM | LKSC 120
Learning for social good: beyond human centered design

Academia has long used outside communities for research and education. However, not all of these interactions have been beneficial, and sometimes communities have been inadvertently exploited for student learning without leading to long term, equitable, or sustainable solutions. The ‘human centered design’ model would appear to make progress in putting community members at the center, but it generally attributes more power, control, and insight to visiting students than community partners. This talk will examine the possible pitfalls of design and other partnerships, with the goal of forming more just and respectful relationships, and yielding better outcomes. Read more.
Friday, April 5, 2019 | 10:00AM-11:30PM | Studio 1, the

Course Information

PWR 91KD: Scripting Entertainments (for a Better YouTube)

Interested in a great, self-paced, creative elective to round out your spring schedule? Check out this hands-on video scripting course! Want to be an “influencer” for important social issues? Take this no-pre-requisite maker class that’s high on good content and storytelling and low on slick sales production and superficial human values…
What if you could combine the distribution power of the internet with the substance of first-class scripted content? In Scripting Entertainments, pair video analysis with cutting edge playwriting scripting techniques and see what results you can make with your making of your own potent videos. Learn -- by doing -- how to analyze, script, compose, and produce high-caliber, provocative videos.  See the full course description and video here.

Dr. Kevin DiPirro || MW 11:30 AM - 1:20 PM || 4 units

*This course is petitionable.


Human Factors Engineer Intern

The successful candidate will be responsible for research and usability activities at BlackHägen and directly involved with the design, development, and execution of research protocols. The HFE Intern receives general direction from Program Managers, but works with minimal supervision and is expected to exert independent action and initiative to support team members with projects.
As a full-time HFE Intern at BlackHägen, you will be helping innovative companies design safe and user-friendly medical devices, ensuring that user experience is incorporated early and often in the design process. You will also consult with established medical device companies to encourage the adoption of human factors best practices. At BlackHägen, we pride ourselves on being experts and having experience in a variety of products including wearable sensors, surgical devices, diagnostic equipment, drug administration devices, and home-use devices. Read more.

Energy Program Summer Fellowship

As You Sow fellows contribute directly to projects that increase corporate social responsibility on climate change. By the end of the fellowhsip, the fellow will understand the shareholder advocacy process, gain experience in analyzing energy company business and environmental performance, have participated in engagements with company management on climate-related issues, and have contributed to a broad range of work that is moving companies to reduce their climate impact through a variety of improved business practices.

The 2019 Energy Program Summer Fellow will work on a variety of projects focused on energy and climate change issues. Depending on the program’s needs, projects may include assessing companies’ climate-related activities and progress; developing screening criteria for banks and insurers relating to their financing or underwriting of carbon-emitting projects; conducting research for development of shareholder resolutions; drafting memos to shareholders in support of resolutions; conducting research on the climate impacts of the expanding petrochemical industry; drafting reports, and a range of other energy-related projects. The Energy Fellow will also participate in company dialogues that occur over the period and assist in program development. Read more.
Tech Writer Intern

About the Role: The Technical Writing team in Engineering helps support developers to release required documentation the makes the organization more efficient and productive. As a Technical Writer Intern this summer, you will use your writing and technical abilities to make it fun and easy to find, understand, and share engineering information. You’ll work with engineers, technical writers, product managers, and data scientists to understand documentation needs and support their activities.  Read more. 
BART Vehicle Systems Engineers

The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) is pleased to announce the recruitment of a Vehicle Systems Engineer and Senior Vehicle Systems Engineer for the Rolling Stock & Shops (RS&S) department. The Vehicle Systems Engineer performs a variety of duties in support of the repair, overhaul, evalua­tion, reliability and maintenance of District transit vehicles including the electrical, mechanical, and electro-mechanical systems and components; investigates and determines the cause of major transit vehicle equipment failures; and other duties as assigned. The Senior Vehicle Systems Engineer is an advanced journey level class in the Vehicle Systems Engineer series. Positions at this level possess a specialized, technical or functional expertise within the area of assignment or may exercise lead supervision over assigned lower level staff. Read more.
Additional job and internship postings can be found at Handshake.
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