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STS Study Breaks

Reward yourself for all of your hard work this quarter with some Philz coffee and snacks. The STS Peer Advisors will be hosting Study Breaks throughout week 10 for you to unwind and relax. Drop by 200-017 during the the times above!
Eric Colson, Chief Algorithms Officer, Stitch Fix
Eric leads a team of 80+ Data Scientists who are altering fashion retailing through data science. His team is responsible for an extensive collection of algorithms that are applied to nearly every function of the company: merchandising, inventory, marketing, forecasting & demand, operations, and the styling recommender system. 

Prior to joining Stitch Fix, he was the Vice President of Data Science & Engineering at Netflix. Eric holds a B.A. in Economics, an M.S. in Information Systems, and an M.S. in Management Science & Engineering. Read more.

Monday, December 3, 2018 | 4:30PM-5:30PM | HEWLETT TEACHING CENTER, ROOM 200
Using data and knowledge to fight human trafficking in Brazil
Brazil is a country with challenging social issues, political instabilities, and a highly inefficient bureaucracy where corruption is pervasive. Despite progress in enhancing legal norms, Brazil continues to struggle to develop better counter-trafficking policies and to improve resource allocation, monitoring and evaluation concerning interventions in the field. The lack of transparency, as well as limited accountability and rare evidence-based approaches, create further obstacles to prevent and fight human trafficking in Brazil.

The Smartlab Initiative is led by the Brazilian Federal Labor Prosecution Office/FLPO, a non-departmental and independent prosecution service. It uses innovative approaches to help stakeholders cross their organizational boundaries to develop local, regional, and nationwide projects aimed at improving human trafficking data collection systems and at fostering safe data sharing and usage by law enforcement, researchers, policymakers, and NGOs. Read more.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 | 12:00PM-1:15PM | Encina Hall Central, WJP Conference Room
Human Cities Expo 2018
Join us for the annual Human Cities Expo, a day-long celebration bringing together interdisciplinary perspectives on advancing a human-centered approach to cities. The Fall 2018 Expo will feature interactive exhibits, student presentations, and keynote talks from distinguished scholars and practitioners. Read more.


Tech Museum of Innovation // Community Voices Prototype exploring stories of climate change impact

Earth Island Institute // Brower Youth Awards featuring young leaders making strides in the environmental movement

Clarity // Air Quality Deployments

Tsinghua University Academy of Art and Design // Human City, Vibrant Community, and Design Fiction

Tsinghua University Department of Construction Management // Sustainable Urbanization in an International Comparative Perspective

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 | 10:00AM-5:00PM | atrium
The Road to Resegregation: Northern California and the Failure of Politics

How could Northern California, the wealthiest and most politically progressive region in the United States, become one of the earliest epicenters of the foreclosure crisis? How could this region continuously reproduce racial poverty and reinvent segregation in old farm towns one hundred miles from the urban core?

This is the story of the suburbanization of poverty, the failures of regional planning, urban sprawl, NIMBYism, and political fragmentation between middle-class white environmentalists and communities of color. As Alex Schafran shows, the responsibility for this newly segregated geography lies in institutions from across the region, state, and political spectrum, even as the Bay Area has never managed to build common purpose around the making and remaking of its communities, cities, and towns. Schafran closes the book by presenting paths toward a new politics of planning and development that weave scattered fragments into a more equitable and functional whole. Read more.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 | 1:30PM-3:00PM | atrium
Space Law and Human Rights: An Exploration of Regime Interactions on the Final Frontier
In a 21st century war, belligerents are likely to attempt to deny their adversaries the use of space assets. However, the destruction of a satellite in orbit could have grave consequences for civilian users of that satellite on earth, and create space debris that could make orbits dangerous to use for up to a century.

Explore some of the contemporary challenges in space law and focus on the human rights implications of a hypothetical conflict scenario, with Handa Center visiting scholar Matthew Stubbs. Moderated by Handa Center faculty affiliate and Stanford Law School Visiting Professor of Human Rights Beth Van Schaack.
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Thursday, December 6, 2018 | 12:00PM-1:15PM | Encina Hall East, room E008
Humanizing Prisoners in Media: How Journalists Can Use Tools of Fiction to Portray the Reality of Mass Incarceration 
Sarah Shourd is a multi-media journalist and artist based in Oakland, California. In this talk, Shourd will draw from her own work and that of other journalists and artists who focus on mass incarceration. She will discuss how journalists can use the tools of fiction and storytelling to humanize the 2.3 million Americans currently locked behind bars; harnessing the power of mediums such as theater, photography, print, personal testimony, graphic novels, TV and virtual reality to give the public the stories they need to inspire critical dialogue, policy solutions and change.

Shourd conducted a 3-year investigation into solitary confinement, interviewing over 75 prisoners across the U.S. Based on this investigation, she wrote and produced a play, The BOX, which premiered in San Francisco. She co-authored an anthology, Hell is a Very Small Place, comprised of the stories of incarcerated Americans she collected. Shourd coauthored a book about her own imprisonment called A Sliver of Light: Three Americans in Iran. Read more.
Thursday, December 6, 2018 | 12:00PM-1:00PM | Bechtel International Center
Storytelling in Science and the Path to the Popular Press
Want to write a non-fiction book for a popular audience? Interested in reaching beyond the academic community and sharing a story from your years of research? Publishing with apopular press is a challenging process and one distinctly different from the path to creating an academic book. Join author and Stanford Ph.D. graduate Lauren E. Oakes for a workshop on navigating the popular book-writing process for scholars, from idea to execution to publication and marketing. For the highly motivated faculty member, Ph.D. student, or postdoc with a book idea in mind.

Instructed by Lauren E. Oakes ( author of In Search of the Canary Tree (Basic Books 2018), based onher Ph.D. research in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources at Stanford. Her writing has been published in the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere, and she has taught numerous workshops and courses in science communication.
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Thursday, December 6, 2018 | 1:30PM-3:30PM | O'Donohue Family Stanford Educational Farm



Schneider Fellowship on Sustainable Energy

Through the Schneider Fellows program, Stanford students work at leading U.S. nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the sustainable energy field. Fellows spend a quarter tackling the world’s economic, environmental, social, and technical challenges associated with harnessing energy resources to deliver energy services.    
Fellows receive a stipend of $8,500 for a 12-week fellowship. In addition, funds are available for fellowship-related travel.  One-year fellowship compensation will be based on a nonprofit scale and will include consideration of degrees held, professional training, and years of relevant experience. The Haas Center creates and funds the fellowships; the NGO is the employer.  Read more.
Media Art Xploration Media Coordinator Internship

Media Art Xploration (MAX), is an organization dedicated to using performing and interactive arts to engage the public’s curiosity in scientific advancements and ignite the imagination around innovation. To do so, we host an annual festival in which we present our own original projects as well as present previously-established work that explores the scientific missions at the heart of each festival. Each festival caters to a different scientific mission and uses a variety of artistic mediums to explore these missions, with the first one being space exploration. Subsequent festivals will cover topics such as artificial intelligence and biotechnology.
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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. The BOLD Immersion program is open to all higher education students, and is committed to addressing diversity in our company and the technology industry. Students who are members of a group that is historically underrepresented in this field are encouraged to apply. We offer the Google BOLD Immersion Program in multiple regions around the world. Please note that program dates and duration vary depending on location. Read more.
Digital Copywriter

Do you have a knack for copywriting? Agency Within is looking for a talented Copywriter who is willing to roll up their sleeves and craft the best copy in a succinct amount of words. We will work with multiple brands across the agency in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.  Working with our digital marketing team, you will take ownership of developing copy – from ideation to execution. You should be results driven and agile enough to look at performance/analytics and adjust. Read more.
Technical Product Manager, Ingestion

Cota’s Product team is seeking an individual with a strategic product focus to join us in developing next-generation healthcare analytics. As a Technical Product Manager, Ingestion, you will be responsible for maintaining the set of tools in and around Cota’s data ingestion platform and finding ways to significantly scale Cota’s data ingestion abilities.  You will report to the Director of Product, Platform and work at the core of how Cota captures and expresses oncology data. Applicants need to be self-starters who understand and enjoy the challenges around working with varied stakeholders. Read more.
Additional job and internship postings can be found at Handshake.

Course Information

New Course Alert!

 HISTORY 207J/307J: Visual Technologies and Environmental Thinking This course follows the historical development of environmental thinking from the birth of the earth sciences in the early 19th-century to the rise of green activism. We will explore how conceptions of nature (and society) changed throughout the development of technical modes of representing space and observing the earth from a distance. Particular attention will be paid to the political, military, intellectual and cultural factors that shape the way visual technologies define, visualize, and represent the natural world in the Middle East and North Africa.

This course has been approved for Communication & Media, and Nature & Environment concentrations as a socio-cultural course.
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