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STS Wire 9/18/2017

In this Issue
  • STS Director's Welcome
  • 127th Opening Convocation Ceremony
  • Collecting in Life and Death: The Curatorial Legacy of Leland Stanford Jr.
  • Center for Population Health Sciences - ReproUnion
  • Sustainability and the Galapagos Islands: Risks, Challenges and Solutions
  • Using Reversible Metal Electrodeposition to Make Beautiful Windows with Adjustable Tinting to Save Energy
STS Director's Welcome

Celebrate the opening of a new academic year at the Director's Welcome event. STS Director, John Willinsky, will welcome STS scholars Gabrielle Hecht and Paul Edwards back to Stanford, and share more about what this year has in store the Program in Science, Technology and Society. Refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP here

Thursday, October 5th, 2017 | 5:00pm-7:00pm | Terrace Room (460-426)
127th Opening Convocation Ceremony
President Marc Tessier-Lavigne welcomes new students and their families to Stanford during this formal inauguration of the academic year. Also speaking are Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Harry Elam and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Richard Shaw. Read more.
Dress casually and bring a hat as it may be hot.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | 4:00pm-5:15pm | Inner Quad Courtyard
Collecting in Life and Death: The Curatorial Legacy of Leland Stanford Jr.

Speaker: Sabrina Papazian, PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology

Leland Stanford Jr., only son of Governor and railroad tycoon Leland Stanford Sr. and heiress Jane Lathrop Stanford, died suddenly in 1884, just shy of his 16th birthday. It is no secret that the Leland Stanford Junior University and Museum were created in memoriam for Leland Jr., but much less is said about how these institutions, and in particular the museum, emerged. The museum’s early collections reflect Leland Jr.’s curatorial interests, nurtured by his doting parents’ great wealth, class tastes, and social connections. Renowned curators even reckoned Leland Jr.’s early death a great loss to “the art-training” of the American people. This lecture will analyze the objects collected by Leland and provide insight into his role as a budding intellectual. Could his collecting be as remarkable as his contemporaries’ claimed? Or was it a boyhood hobby amplified by his parents’ loss and remembrance? The lecture will draw upon the research surrounding the corresponding exhibition featured at the Stanford Archaeology Center.

*Ongoing exhibit at Stanford Archaeology Center, 488 Escondido Mall, Bldg 500, Stanford, CA 94305

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | 5:00pm-6:30pm | Stanford Law School, Room 180
Center for Population Health Sciences - ReproUnion

ReproUnion is a cross border collaboration between Sweden and Denmark within the area of reproductive medicine. ReproUnion’s vision is to strengthen the research capacity within managing and preventing infertility problems. They have established a multi-disciplinary Reproductive Medicine Centre, including research & development, education & career development, and treatment & prevention.

ReproUnion will be presenting information on their research resources, findings from their research, and opportunities for collaboration. Read more.

Thursday, September 21, 2017 | 2:30PM-3:30PM | Clark Center, Room S361
Sustainability and the Galapagos Islands: Risks, Challenges and Solutions

Visiting natural wonders like the Galapagos Islands poses difficult questions about its sustainability (natural, social and economic). Following an analysis of the concepts of sustainability and sustainable development and identifying two clear models of tourist influx to the islands, it is clear that the uniqueness of the Galapagos Islands faces pressures from increasing numbers of tourists. Tourism in the Galapagos started in the late 60’s. Since then the number of tourists has been growing without careful planning, impacting on the dynamics of the so-called Galapagos socio-ecosystem. Should we allow more tourists to visit the islands? If so, what are the possible consequences and effects on the natural capital that attracts visitors and maintains 30,000 inhabitants in the islands? Studies on sustainable tourism provide some answers about what can be done to give Galapagos the opportunity to maintain its uniqueness, continue to receive visitors as well as maintaining the livelihoods and wellbeing of its human population into the future, before it is too late. Read more.

Monday, September 25, 2017 | 12:00PM-1:30PM | Y2E2 299
Using Reversible Metal Electrodeposition to Make Beautiful Windows with Adjustable Tinting to Save Energy

Electrochromic materials are highly desirable because their tinting can be adjusted by a switch or automated control to allow the ideal amount of light to pass through a window, a skyroof or eyeglasses. A key advantage of attenuating light with electrochromics is that the view is not distorted as it is when a curtain or blinds are used. Studies have shown that the heating and cooling costs of buildings can be reduced by 20% simply by using electrochromic materials to control the radiative transfer of heat into and out of the buildings. Several companies are trying to commercialize electrochromic windows, but the technology has not yet become ubiquitous because most of the windows have a bluish tint, switch slowly over approximately 20 minutes, and are slightly too expensive. We have developed a completely different approach to dynamically controlling the tinting of windows that is based on a transparent electrode similar to those used in flat-panel displays and a polymer gel containing metal ions. When a voltage is applied to the electrode, a thin film of metal that is capable of absorbing light forms. When the opposite voltage is applied, the metal is stripped away and the transparency of the window is restored. These windows are color neutral and can be switched on and off more than 5000 times without degradation. They are simpler than electrochromics and have the potential to be cost-effective when scaled up. Read more.

Monday, September 25, 2017 | 4:30PM-5:20PM | Nvidia Auditorium
Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program Intern
Based within AAAS Center of Science, Policy and Society Programs, the Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program (SRHRL) addresses ethical, legal and human rights issues related to the conduct and application of science and technology.

The Program has a long-standing commitment to providing substantive internship opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs from all fields of science and engineering, as well as law students.

Interns work closely with AAAS staff across a range of projects, helping to prepare proposals, organize meetings, contribute to publications, manage computer databases, draft web content, and participate in on-going research. They also have the opportunity to attend relevant conferences and meetings in the Washington, D.C. area, and write for the Program's newsletters. Information about projects on which past interns have worked is available on our website.

Internships are paid. The Program will accommodate students interested in receiving course credit. Requests for course credit must be pre-approved by your academic department and must be indicated in your application. Read more.

Product Intern at Little Passports Inc.
Little Passports is a high-growth e-commerce company building the next major children’s brand. We design fun and engaging products and experiences for kids to learn about the world. Our award-winning products have been featured in many national publications, including the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, and USA Today. We’re backed by leading investors, and the founding team comes from eBay, McKinsey, Intel and other best-in-class companies.
We pride ourselves on delivering experiences that exceed our customers’ expectations. We’re growing fast, and to support this growth, we are looking for an intern to be a member of our Product Team. Read more.
Communications Intern Fall 2017

The office of Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) is seeking a full-time communications intern for her Washington D.C. office for the fall of 2017. Ideal candidate must possess strong writing skills, be detail-oriented and professional. Intern will work directly with the communications director and members of the media. Responsibilities would include writing releases, monitoring social media and developing media strategies. Position is unpaid and serves to provide professional and educational value to participants. Office is flexible in allowing intern to attend hearings and briefings as well as work with LA’s on issues of their interest. Potential applicants must be willing to work in a fast-paced environment and be interested in learning more about the legislative process. Candidates with photography and graphic design experience strongly encouraged to apply. Read more.
BEAM Job Postings

Environmental Education Intern- Shelby Farm Parks Conservatory
Internship For National Legal Website -  Evan Guthrie Law Firm

Policy Internship - Our Family Coalition
Volunteer & Community Programs Internship -  Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Communications and Graphic Design Intern Museum of Chinese in America
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