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Stanford-Harvard Conference "Objects in Theory, Theory in Objects"
A one-day event on current trends in the scholarly study of material culture. The conference will feature current research work on the materiality, mobility, circulation, and interpretation of objects. By thinking through these objects and their historical trajectories, this conference encourages a multidimensional approach that brings together Literature, Cultural Studies, Art History, and Anthropology, as well as Political Economy, History of Science, Architecture, and Heritage Studies. Read more.
Monday, December 10, 2018 | 9:00AM-5:30PM | Center for Latin American Studies (Bolivar House)
Stanford Center for Mind, Brain, Computation and Technology
Computer vision has advanced rapidly with deep learning, achieving super-human performance on a few recognition benchmarks.  At the core of the state-of-the-art approaches for image classification, object detection, and semantic/instance segmentation is sliding-window classification, engineered for computational efficiency.  Such piecemeal analysis of visual perception often has trouble getting details right and fails miserably with occlusion. Human vision, on the other hand, thrives on occlusion, excels at seeing wholes and parts, and can recognize objects with very little supervision.  I will describe several works that build upon concepts of perceptual organization, integrate multiscale and figure-ground cues, learn to develop pixel and image relationships in a data-driven fashion, with no annotations at all or with lesser and fewer annotations, in order to deliver more accurate and generalizing performance beyond recognition in a closed world.  Our recent works can not only capture apparent visual similarity without perceptual organization priors or any feature engineering, but also provide powerful exploratory data analysis tools that can seamlessly integrate external domain knowledge into a data-driven machine learning framework. Read more.
Monday, December 10, 2018 | 5:10PM-6:30PM | Sloan Hall, Math Bldg 380, Room 380-C
Water Scarcity in Iran and a National Adaptation Plan
Iran’s water crisis is entering a new paradigm where its impact is becoming visible in the daily lives of millions of people. The practical solutions that can potentially help Iran address its water crisis can be grouped into 1) those that seek to improve water productivity and 2) those that selectively terminate some water-intensive activities. In this talk, Mohsen B. Mesgaran and Pooya Azadi will argue that the ultimate potential reduction in water use by the solutions targeting productivity will not be sufficient to change the calculus in Iran and, therefore, agricultural production should be reduced substantially to mitigate the country's water crisis.  Read more.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 | 12:00PM-1:30PM | Philippines Conference Room
The Next Big Opportunities in Energy Storage
Join rising Materials Science star and Center Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy, William Chueh, as he discusses the growth of energy storage and new technological and business developments for the future.

You Will Learn:

Overview of energy storage from a business and technological POV

Trends in the energy market (component costs, production, manufacturing)

Emerging energy storage technologies

Applications for energy storage

In this webinar, you’ll get a taste of what will be taught in the Stanford Energy Innovation and Emerging Technologies Program (EIET). Read more.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 | 10:00AM-11:00AM | ONLINE
Overview of Instructional Design
Instructional design is the art and science involved in the creation of learning experiences and materials that produce specific, structured and desired learning outcomes. This one-day session will demonstrate why creating learning materials is so much more than simply sitting down and writing a lesson plan. Participants will work through several phases of formal instructional design, for both classroom and online learning.  Read more.
Thursday, December 13, 2018 | 9:00AM-4:00PM | Redwood Hall, RM: G17



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.
Healthcare Innovation Internship

OhanaHealth's Internship Program is a "one of a kind" internship experience designed for students with a passion to see positive change in healthcare through entrepreneurship. Ohana works with exciting health / healthcare organizations that are currently researching, designing, and implementing healthcare innovation initiatives. Fellows receive an immersive, hands-on experience, as they work with a startup to solve some of the biggest problems in healthcare. Read more.
Spring Intern, Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is an independent, international, nonprofit organization devoted to the advancement of interdisciplinary research in the social sciences through a wide variety of workshops and conferences, fellowships and grants, summer training institutes, scholarly exchanges, research, and publications. For more information, please visit our website:
Launched in June 2011, the Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program responds to a shortage of well-trained faculty in African higher education. The program offers fellowships to nurture the intellectual development of early-career faculty in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. The program assists fellows to develop research opportunities and skills, obtain doctoral degrees, and participate in robust research communities. Toward this end, the project features a thematic focus in order to renew research agendas addressing peace, security, and development topics as well as strengthen interdisciplinary social science research capacity on these issues. Funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York, this project complements foundation initiatives to develop and strengthen the next generation of African scholars.
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