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STS Wire 11/28/2016

In this Issue
  • A Colloquium: Activism at Stanford, Then and Now
  • BOSP Bio-Cultural Diversity and Community-Based Conservation in Oaxaca Information Session
  • Nicholas Jenkins and Erik Steiner-- Soft City: A Biomorphic Map of London
  • DLCL Film Series Fall 2016, Eat or Be Eaten: Our Daily Bread
  • Seminar on People, Computers, and Design/Robotics in Our Everyday Lives: A Product Designer's Perspective
  • KQED Multimedia Internship
  • StartX Internship
  • Philadelphia Eagles Analytics Intern
A Colloquium: Activism at Stanford, Then and Now
Student activism is on the rise at Stanford and on campuses across this country on a wide range of issues. This public discussion of activism at Stanford offers an opportunity to consider the roles that student, staff, and faculty activism have played University during the University’s first 125 years. It will provide a chance to see how activism, never with entirely predictable results, sometimes succeeded in changing Stanford, in raising national awareness, in altering and, at times, advancing the state of American higher education. Of relevance to STS, for example, Stanford’s involvement in developing technologies in secret with the U.S. military were the target of protests in the 1960s and 70s, followed by the passing of an Openness in Research policy in 1971. 

The discussion will bring this past into conversation with campus and community activism today. What are the lessons of earlier activism and what has changed? The voices brought together for this event will be those of students, staff, and faculty with demonstrated commitments to change. All are welcome to engage in this discussion, with a potential for continuing the conversation about affecting change today.

Participants: Rochelle Ballantyne, Dereca Blackmon, Al Camarillo, Larry Diamond, Lily Lamboy,  and Myra Strober.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | 3:00PM-5:00PM | Bender Room, Green Library
BOSP Bio-Cultural Diversity and Community-Based Conservation in Oaxaca Information Session
Bing Overseas Studies Program recently launched applications for the Summer Quarter 2016-17 Faculty-Initiated Programs (FIP’s) for undergraduate students. FIP’s are different from the quarter-length programs in that they are 4 weeks in length and are focused on a specific topic. Below is a short description of the Bio-Cultural Diversity and Community-Based Conversation program.

This is an interdisciplinary seminar in which two major areas of study will be emphasized: biological sciences (ecology) and traditional knowledge and culture (the human dimensions of conservation and use of natural resources based on indigenous traditional knowledge).  The program is based on two different but complementary experiences in Mexico: i) A short (two-days) component at the beginning and end of the trip, visiting Mexico’s National Commission of Biodiversity (CONABIO) and the National University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City (at the beginning of the seminar), and the Anthropology Museum (at the end of the seminar); ii) the largest component, the City of Oaxaca and the (nearby) indigenous communities of Ixtlán/Calpulalpan, Arrazola and San Juan Jayacatlán (Zapotec indigenous communities), in Oaxaca. In addition, there will be opportunities to interact with students from local universities who are studying and working on related topics. Learn more at our informatin session led by Professor Rodolfo Dirzo. Read more.

Monday, November 28, 2016 | 12:30PM-1:30PM | Sweet Hall 020
Nicholas Jenkins and Erik Steiner-- Soft City: A Biomorphic Map of London
This talk, presented by Nicholas Jenkins (PI on the in-progress Kindred London digital humanities project) and Erik Steiner (Co-Director of the Spatial History Project at CESTA), focuses on a new map of London’s neighborhoods that Jenkins and Steiner have created for use in Kindred London. 
The Steiner-Jenkins map is an effort to identify and outline some 260 neighborhoods of London, giving a new set of shapes and forms to the city’s districts as identified by daily experience and collective understanding. The map, part tool and part artwork, the product of both research and imagination, draws on a wide range of printed sources, social media, administrative data, colloquial descriptions, commercial mapping sites and personal accounts. The result is a “soft city”, a representation of space that (like all maps) draws lines and edges. But the visual forms in play here are biomorphic not jagged, softly curved not angular, and the Steiner-Jenkins map tries to embrace the human reality of overlapping definitions of place and of perceptual uncertainties.
Modern mapping systems thrive on a claim to being comprehensive, objective and absolute. But culturally-defined places, like those which are the subject of the Steiner-Jenkins map, are spatially contentious, defined from the bottom-up, and evolving. What is more, they don’t conform to the invisible barriers put up by administrative definitions of space (census blocks, precincts, zip codes). Neighborhood definitions are democratic, mutable and subjective; as such, they play a major role in organizing citizens' behavior. For these reasons, the Steiner-Jenkins biomorphic map of London brings into view important disciplinary questions about subjectivity, ambiguity and the aesthetic within the field of the spatial humanities. Read more.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 | 12:00PM | 433A, Wallenberg Hall
DLCL Film Series Fall 2016, Eat or Be Eaten: Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread turns a wide-angle perspective on the processes and pathways behind natural and industrial food production in the 21st century.  Juxtaposing the diverse technological and global processes that affect even the simplest meals with the massive fertility of the planet, Geyrhalter largely lets the images he has gathered across 30 countries speak for themselves.  Geyrhalter’s film raises questions both about the way food is produced and the workers that produce it, without passing explicit judgment on these processes.  Our Daily Bread is a beautiful and challenging film that follows food from its simplest forms around the globe and to the table. Read more.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | 6:30PM-9:00PM | 260-118
Seminar on People, Computers, and Design/Robotics in Our Everyday Lives: A Product Designer's Perspective 

Something exciting has been happening to our everyday objects. Things that were once silent and static can now sing, glow, buzz and be tracked online. Some are constantly listening for sounds, sights and touches to translate into meaningful inputs. Others have the ability to learn, refining their behaviors over time. They can be connected to one another as well as the Internet and will behave as robotic entities that accompany us through all aspects of everyday life, whether we are ready for them or not. In this talk, product designer and design futurist Carla Diana will explore the emergence of smart objects in home and office contexts, highlighting designers’ opportunities to pioneer new territory in rich interaction, while emphasizing the importance of creating products that are meaningful and responsible. She will share case studies from the front lines of design and creative technology, showcasing how art, science and business are merging to enable new product experiences. Read more.
Friday, December 2, 2016 | 12:30PM-1:30PM | Gates Building B01
KQED Multimedia Internship
DEEP LOOK is an award-winning science video series from KQED and PBS Digital Studios, distributed on YouTube. In three-minute videos, we use macro photography and microscopy to explore big scientific concepts by going very small: like this and this. The Deep Look intern will research, develop and pitch stories that have potential to become an episode of the series. The intern will also assist producers in the field and write articles to accompany the videos. KQED is a fast-paced workplace environment, with dedicated and friendly staff and a commitment to compelling and insightful in-depth and daily news. Interns will receive practical experience combined with seminars and workshops on a variety of topics. The internship is 16 hours per week and paid. Read more.
StartX Internship

StartX is an educational non-profit that accelerates the development of Stanford's top entrepreneurs through experiential education and collective intelligence. StartX alumni represents some of Stanford's best entrepreneurs in fields from cleantech and biotech to consumer internet and enterprise software. Our founders are diverse, including undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, professors, staff, and alumni. We are proud to be building a community of top Stanford founders.
Summer Interns at StartX have the opportunity to work on multiple teams and gain exposure to a wide variety of business functions at one of Silicon Valley's top startup accelerators. This internship is a rare opportunity to make an impact while honing your skills to pursue your long term ambitions, whether it is in entrepreneurship or in industry. Read more.
Philadelphia Eagles Analytics Intern

The Philadelphia Eagles are known as one of the more progressive organizations in professional sports and have come to be considered one of the most storied sports franchises in history. As an organization the Philadelphia Eagles is both an exciting and demanding place to work fueled by passion, dedication, and a commitment to the community and the Eagles Charitable Foundation.
The Analytics Intern will work with the football operations staff on a wide range of analytical projects. Candidates will primarily assist in managing and analyzing data. Successful candidates will have strong quantitative skills and the technical ability to implement ideas. The internship will expose candidates to the day-to-day work of a modern NFL front office.
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