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Upcoming Events

Digital Health in the Rural American West (Improving Population Health – From Anywhere, at Anytime)
Join us for an interdisciplinary workshop exploring the potential and challenges of deploying digital health technologies more widely in the Rural American West. This often-overlooked region is characterized by vast distances, scarcity of care, and even fewer specialist providers. Co-hosted by Stanford Medicine and Bill Lane Center for the American West, this one-day event seeks to examine how digital health technologies and policy can help address disparities in access and treat specific health care crises such as opioid addiction, obesity, and mental health.  Read more.
Monday, May 13, 2019 | 8:00AM-3:15PM | Berg Hall
Energy Seminar: Gigaton Challenges in Climate-Tech Innovation

David will put forward grand challenges to the Stanford community in energy & food/agriculture technology that represent opportunities to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by more than 0.5 Gtons/year CO2-equivalent, from 1,000 hours grid batteries to zero-emissions cows and everything in between. He will also discuss a new set of approaches that today’s climate-tech entrepreneurs are taking (a new “playbook to significantly increase their probability of success versus what happened in the cleantech venture capital boom and bust of the late 2000’s. Read more.
                    Monday, May 13, 2019 | 4:30PM-5:20PM | NVIDIA Auditorium
Sustainable Impact Series: Bringing Your Product to Market
Nick Azpiroz and Eric Reynolds Brubaker (co-founders of Kukua Labs) and Will Harvey and Diego Canales (co-founders of ClearMetal) will lead a 90-minute hands-on skills-building workshop. Kukua Labs is developing at-home energy efficient chicken incubators designed to work with home-solar systems in Tanzania. ClearMetal is a predictive intelligence platform that helps streamline the global shipping industry while reducing fossil fuel emissions. Read more.
Monday, May 13, 2019 | 6:30PM-8:00PM | Shriram Tea Room
Know Your Food: Seeds of Resistance with Mark Schapiro

Join the R&DE Sustainable Food Program for an intimate lunch discussion with Mark Schapiro, the author of Seeds of Resistance and a number of other books. Seeds of Resistance is an expose of the high-stakes battle underway for control of the world’s seeds as climate volatility threatens the security of our food supply. Three-quarters of the seed varieties on earth in 1900 are now extinct. Mark investigates what it means that more than half of the commercial seeds which remain are owned by three agri-chemical companies. He tells colorful and surprising stories from the global movement that is defying the companies and offering alternatives capable of surviving the accelerating climatic changes.  Read more.

     Tuesday, May 14, 2019 | 12:00PM – 1:00PM | 
Arrillaga Family Dining Commons
eWear Seminar: Democratized Wearable Electronics Using DIY Assembly of Paper and High Performance CMOS Electronics
We always hear about smart cities, but rarely, we hear about smart villages although nearly half of the world’s population live in rural areas. While today’s most advanced technologies are geared toward a more digital future, precision healthcare, enhanced convenience and safety – but they are mostly for those who can afford them easily and most probably they already live a more comfortable life. It might alarming that in addition to gross income inequality, there is increasingly rise of gross technological inequality. Therefore, by developing accessible (affordable and simple) electronic technologies with sustainable materials and processes and for sustainable applications, we can assist those billions to augment the quality of their life.

Therefore, we are singularly focused on developing and deploying democratized wearable electronics. Electronics which are carefully designed and optimally crafted using non-functionalized sustainable household materials, environmentally benign processes and assembled through Do-It-Yourself (DIY) integration strategies. Our objective is to develop electronics which are simple to learn and easy to use. Therefore, we are making them interactive thus anyone can use them – anyone from any age group without any language or financial barrier. We use minimalist approach in context of using fully flexible CMOS electronics for data and cost management. A few applications will be shown focusing on paper skin, paper watch, wearable stethoscope, and oddly enough how such low-cost technology can be used to fight against medication related overdose or addiction.
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     Tuesday, May 14, 2019 | 3:00PM – 4:00PM | Shriram Center, Room 262
The Future of Learning, Opportunity, and Work: Building the New American Research University


The digital revolution is transforming the character of work as we know it. The character of learning must change as well, requiring educators and learners alike to become more flexible in response to ongoing technological and economic change. This series assembles three internationally recognized thought leaders at the cutting edge of the revolution in learning to share their visions of the future and advise today’s educators on how to build it. 

Building the New American Research University

A great asset of higher education in the United States is its adaptability to changing times. Epochal changes in the character of work, knowledge, and the life course oblige colleges and universities to be nimble in the present moment. Arizona State University has demonstrated great dynamism in adapting to the needs of changing learners, work circumstances, and the rising cost of higher education. Join ASU President Michael M. Crow for a candid discussion on the present and future of higher education in the 21st century. 

Michael M. Crow, President, Arizona State University

Michael M. Crow became the sixteenth president of ASU in July 2002 and has guided its transformation into one of the nation’s leading public research universities, one that combines the highest levels of academic excellence, inclusiveness to a broad demographic, and maximum societal impact. It is a model Crow terms the “New American University.” During his tenure the university has more than quadrupled research expenditures, completed an unprecedented infrastructure expansion, and was named the nation’s most innovative school by U.S. News and World Report in 2016, 2017, and 2018. 
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Wednesday, May 15, 2019 | 7:30PM-9:00PM | Bishop Auditorium
"Me and mera Maggi': Instant Noodles and Consumer Citizenship in India"
Maggi, a brand of instant noodles introduced in India in the late 1980s by Nestlé, is now not only a popular snack, but the favorite comfort food of an entire generation of young urban Indians. What is the secret of Maggi's success? And what does it tell us about taste and desire in a consumer economy in a deeply unequal society? At first glance, the fast-rising consumption of such “industrial foods” seems to be a familiar story about the commodification of diets by multinational corporations. However, this article shows that the success of global capitalism is not a foregone conclusion when it comes up against nationalist politics. At the same time, the popularity of processed foods is a form of “consumer citizenship” as poor and low-caste people who are discriminated against, in part due to their food practices, aspire to eat fetishized commodities that allow them to belong in the modern, affluent world. And, for young people, instant noodles speak to their desire for agency and fun, challenging power relations in the patriarchal family. This article shows how Maggi noodles are a useful device for understanding how industrial foods transform the simmering broth of social relations that is India's cultural landscape. Read more.
Thursday, May 16, 2019 | 12:00PM – 1:30PM | Encina Hall West Rm 219
Environmental Forum | California Greenin' - How the Golden State Became an Environmental Leader

David Vogel is Professor Emeritus at the Haas School of Business and the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He has written extensively on environmental politics and policy in the United States, Europe and internationally. His books include The Politics of Precaution: Regulating Health, Safety, and Environmental Risks in Europe and the United States; Trading Up: Consumer and Environmental Regulation in a Global Economy and Fluctuating Fortunes: The Political Power of Business in America. He is currently working on a study of the dynamics of regulatory federalism in the United States. 
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Thursday, May 16, 2019 | 3:30PM – 5:00PM | Y2E2 Room 299
CEOs in Energy: A Special Panel
Please join us for a very special panel on "CEOs in Energy" on Thursday May 16th from 4-5:30 PM in Geocorner 105 (the big lecture hall). The panel will broadly cover innovation and entrepreneurship in the energy sector, with special perspective on what it's like to found and run disruptive companies in the energy and sustainability space.

The panel will feature not one, not two, but THREE CEOs from the energy sector: Sandra Kwak (Founder + CEO of 10Power), Matt Duesterberg (CEO of OhmConnect), and Charlie Warren (Co-Founder + CEO of Convex -- YC W19).
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Thursday, May 16, 2019 | 4:00PM – 5:30PM | Geocorner 105
A Hidden Hand of Diplomacy and International Relations: Telephone taps bugging and mail interception

In 2015, WikiLeaks reported that America’s signals intelligence agency, the NSA, had eavesdropped on the phone calls of Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel. The WikiLeaks allegation caused an international public scandal, with various governments expressing outrage. In reality, their outrage was almost certainly pretense. Although it is missing from nearly every major works on diplomacy and statecraft, in fact all major world powers have a long history of intercepting and reading foreign diplomatic communications— un-gentlemanly but often valuable activities. In this seminar, Dr. Walton will draw on a wealth of recently declassified British intelligence records to guide discussion on the role of bugging, telephone tapping, and mail interception on post-war international relations. We will assess the impact of these covert activities on Britain’s end of empire—the largest in world history— assess similarities and differences between government eavesdropping past and present, and uncover policy lessons from intelligence history. 
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Friday, May 17, 2019 | 12:00PM – 1:00PM | Encina Hall West, Room 219


Policy, Advocacy, Financing, and Governance Intern
The Policy, Advocacy, Financing and Governance Intern (Intern) will primarily support the Policy Team with a focus on assisting the GH Bureau's health policy flagship project Health Policy Plus (HP+), and may also carry out other Bureau-wide duties and collaborative research with other divisions within PRH. All work will be tailored to the Division's context and Policy Team's context with the purpose of improving its approach to family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) policy, advocacy, governance and financing work, both within the office and under HP+.  Read more.
Product Intern is the leading business payments network, with 3 million members paying and getting paid over $60 billion per year. saves companies more than 50% of the time typically spent on financial back-office operations and helps businesses get paid 3 - 4 times faster by automating end-to-end payment processes. The company is the choice of 4 of the top 10 U.S. banks; leading accounting software providers QuickBooks Online and Xero; and over 50 percent of the top 100 U.S. accounting firms. It is the only business payments solution endorsed by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). The recipient of more than 70 awards, proudly received multiple PC Magazine's Editor's Choice Awards and CEO René Lacerte was recently recognized as an E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year. 

We are looking for a talented, enthusiastic and dedicated person to join’s Product Management team. As a Product Manager Intern, you will have the opportunity to create and build solutions that improve user growth, revenue, and experience. It’s a fast-paced environment that requires flexibility, and both analytical and creative thinking. 
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Imaging Science Intern - Summer 2019

The Academy Science and Technology Council is developing architecture and supporting tools for digital motion picture mastering applications, exploring the effects of new motion picture lighting technologies, and the impact of new technologies on the future of the cinematic experience.

The Imaging Science Intern will support various Academy Projects:
·        Gain experience with innovative image-processing technologies.
·        Learn about current trends in motion picture production and post-production, and the associated technologies.
·        Learn about the Academy Color Encoding System (ACES).
·        Participate in software and hardware prototyping and development. 
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Civil Rights Investigation Coordinator

The Civil Rights Investigation Coordinator (CRIC) collaborates with the Senior CRIC in managing Project Sentinel’s Fair Housing Investigative Testing Program. CRICs deploy fair housing testing and surveying to investigate potential fair housing violations. Fair housing testing is used to expose housing discrimination in the rental or purchasing of housing; surveying is used to gather information about residents’ housing experience. CRICs work with staff attorneys and fair housing coordinators in investigating allegations of discrimination and enforcing federal and state fair housing laws.
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Intern, Biotechnology Innovation (AR/VR)

This summer internship position would be in GIS, and part of the Innovation Team within GIS. The intern would be evaluating and possibly piloting AR/VR in a biotechnology environment. AR/VR is being used in medical school training and pain management, and has the potential for other health care uses. The purpose of this internship is to research potential uses in a biotechnology company and help us understand the benefits and the challenges in this technology. 
The overall goal is to build a use case for AR/VR at Vertex and to prepare a proposal for a pilot project to test feasibility of this technology at a biotechnology company. The intern would be interacting semi-independently with Vertex staff in GMDA and in GIS to accomplish these goals. Deliverables: presentation to appropriate Vertex employees (e.g. Tech Council or similar) of the project including potential applications for AR/VR in Vertex, and a description of a feasibility project. Read more.
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