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Upcoming Events

Coterm Degree Opportunities Fair
Join us for the Coterminal Opportunities Fair which will be held on Monday, April 8, 12-2pm in the Oak Lounge in Tresidder. There is no charge to participate! The target audience is sophomores and juniors who are thinking about Coterming. They can come to one place to learn about many coterm programs. Even if your program isn't planning to grow, it's a good opportunity to educate students. Please let us know if you plan to attend by filling out this form by Friday March 15th. For questions, contact Paula Aguilar ( or Kelly Walsh (
Monday, April 8, 2019 | 12:00PM-2:00PM | Oak Lounge, Tresidder
Governance in the Emerging World: Health and the Environment

The changing environment is introducing new health risks and challenges alongside an increasingly interconnected world. Extreme weather events and warming climates encourage infectious diseases and pandemics to spread, while potentially disrupting ecosystem services and "supply chains" that today's economies rely upon. Panelists will discuss the health and social consequences of climate change and how new technologies enable us to mitigate their effects.

George P. Shultz's project of Governance in an Emerging New World explores the challenges and opportunities for our democracy, our economy, and our security posed by emerging technologies and societal changes. This year-long research series aims to understand these changes and inform strategies that both address the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities afforded by these dramatic shifts. Read more.

                    Monday, April 8, 2019 | 4:00PM-5:15PM | Hauck Auditorium

Energy Seminar: Public Receptiveness of Vertical Axis Wind Turbines
Most of the scholarly focus to date has been on large horizontal axis rather than vertical axis wind turbines. It may be possible to improve the efficiency of vertical axis wind technology by deploying turbines in clusters. There might also be advantages to deploying vertical axis turbines at a smaller scale in urban or suburban areas and in places where the risk of bird damage is highest. Would these features increase public acceptance of new wind turbine installations and possibly open up new areas for wind energy development?

Bruce Cain and Iris Hui, Stanford University's Bill Lane Center for the American West, conducted a public opinion poll in California to examine public receptiveness. They used experimental design to assess the willingness to accept vertical axis turbines in certain urban settings and found that the visual differences between the vertical and conventional wind turbines did not matter very much in any of the hypothetical settings in which they placed them. However, the prospect of killing fewer birds registered strongly with survey respondents, though it could be outweighed by concern for cost. They also show that certain segments of the population, particularly those who are more educated, may be open to a more extensive deployment of vertical axis turbines in urban communities. Read more.

    Monday, April 8, 2019 | 4:30 pm – 5:20 pm | NVIDIA Auditorium
CESTA Seminar Series with Rosetta

Out of the world’s 6000+ languages only a small fraction currently enjoys the benefits of modern language technologies. Languages left behind are called endangered or technologically low-resourced (even though they may have millions of speakers). This collaborative and interdisciplinary digital humanities research project aims to help salvage those languages by combining computational linguistics, American Literature, and Translation Studies. Much as the Rosetta Stone helped decipher the demotic and hieroglyphic scripts thanks to the presence of the Greek translation, our project intends to preserve contemporary endangered languages and assist with their sur- vival through translation. Our project puts to use the extant translated versions of a single fictional text—Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn—into a number of low-resourced languages spanning a period of nearly a century and a half. The project relies on the involvement of humans for data collection while natural language processing tools generate language resources (corpora, dictionaries, thesauri, lexicons) for those endangered languages. Read more.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 | 12:00PM-1:00PM | Wallenberg Hall, Fourth Floor
Journalism's 'Mission Problem' and its implications for journalists around the world
What should journalists do? Should they uncover the truth, or help people make better decisions? Or do they give a voice to the unheard? And what is the journalist’s job in countries that don’t have a First Amendment protecting them? Speaker Venkatesh makes the provocative case that journalism’s core mission ought to be seen differently in different parts of the world, and that US journalism schools and fellowships are not sufficiently geared to the needs of journalists around the world.

H R Venkatesh is a John S. Knight Fellow in journalism at Stanford, and founder of Ekta, a coalition of news organizations in India. He was a founding editor of The Quint in India, and Senior Anchor at CNN-IBN, CNN’s India affiliate. Prior to Stanford, he was an ICFJ Knight Fellow in New Delhi, and a Fellow at the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalismat CUNY, New York. In a voluntary capacity, he is the lead organizer for Hacks/Hackers in India. Venkatesh is from Bangalore, India. Read more.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 | 12:00PM-1:00PM | Bechtel International Center
Digital Media, the Public Sphere, and Democratic Governance
By most measures, life in the digital era has been fundamentally transforming and accelerating since the mid-2000s. Some of this change has served the public good, broadly defined, by creating new opportunities for expression, participation, collective action, and social justice. But some of it – “fake news,” disinformation, threats to democratic processes, and aspects of what many call “surveillance capitalism” – has not.
Are these problems and threats endemic, permanent features of democratic digital life, or are we in an especially turbulent, transitional moment as we learn how to govern new technologies? Social media and online publishing platforms in particular – with enormous data-gathering capacities and powerful pattern-recognition algorithms driven by machine learning and AI – now find themselves under intense scrutiny. Are these firms technology companies, media companies, or both, and why do these distinctions matter? Are they neutral intermediaries producing generic tools, or do they have vested interests in people, messages, and commerce – interests that are too opaque and complex for the public to know and regulate? They have enjoyed a great deal of de facto immunity as carriers of individual and group speech, but how might this power be curbed, redistributed, or shaped with new obligations and responsibilities? How can we move past the idea that technologies have “effects,” and instead see them as part of society, with accountability coming both from within these companies and from outsiders like users, activists, scholars, journalists, and lawmakers? Which changes are easily achievable and implementable today, and which shifts are more fundamental, forcing us to think differently about what it means to survive and thrive with radically new forms of personal autonomy, collective self-governance, and reinvented capitalism? 
Read more.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 | 5:30PM-6:45PM | Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University
Zero-Trust Cybersecurity: Trust No One?
Protecting digital assets is becoming harder and harder, for one alarming reason: most organizations have poorly prepared for the deluge of cloud-based applications and end-point devices. This transformation has created vulnerabilities well beyond any corporate-controlled environment, expanding the potential for data breaches into completely unchartered territory.

As the enterprise perimeter dissolves, cybersecurity today must extend beyond simply protecting on-premises data. Anyone authorized to have access to data and applications should have the flexibility of using any device, on any network, from any location. This ever-increasing desire for seamless access has created a corresponding need for end-to-end security across a myriad of applications, data centers, and devices. The cost of failing to do so is potentially huge. According to a recent study sponsored by IBM, the average cost of a single data breach is over $3 million.

Originally conceived by Forrester, the “zero-trust” model has been gaining momentum, from Google’s BeyondCorp to Gartner’s Continuous Adaptive Risk and Trust Assessment (CARTA). If implemented properly, zero-trust has the power to transform the industry.  Read more.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 | 6:00PM-8:30PM | Hauck Auditorium
A Modern Contagion: Cholera's Impact on Iranian History

Amir A. Afkhami presents an overview of pandemic cholera’s seminal role in the emergence and development of modernity in Iran during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This includes details on cholera’s transformative impact on the country’s governance and perspectives on medicine, disease, and public health. It also sheds light on how cholera shaped Iran's globalization and diplomacy and how it triggered revolutionary events such as the Tobacco Protest and the Constitutional Revolution. His presentation challenges the long held historical assumptions on the universal role of safe water and sanitation in ending the recurrence and severity of cholera and shape our discussion around what Iran’s historical experience with cholera can teach us about contemporary public health questions. Read more.
Thursday, April 11, 2019 | 6:30PM-8:30PM | William J. Perry Conference Room


Stanford Presence 5 Intern

Stanford University’s Division of Primary Care and Population Health and Presence Center seek student interns to contribute to a study of humanism in medicine. The Stanford Presence 5 study aims to design and test interventions to foster human connection in clinical care. Interns will collaborate with Stanford physicians and health services researchers to assist with a pilot study, including: clinical fieldwork in primary care settings, qualitative data analysis, and preparation of reports, manuscripts, and presentations. The internship is a great fit for students thinking about a career in medicine or public health, and will provide opportunities to build research, analysis, and scientific writing skills. If you are interested, e-mail your resume, letter of interest, and unofficial transcript to
Energy Program Summer Fellowship

As You Sow fellows contribute directly to projects that increase corporate social responsibility on climate change. By the end of the fellowhsip, the fellow will understand the shareholder advocacy process, gain experience in analyzing energy company business and environmental performance, have participated in engagements with company management on climate-related issues, and have contributed to a broad range of work that is moving companies to reduce their climate impact through a variety of improved business practices.

The 2019 Energy Program Summer Fellow will work on a variety of projects focused on energy and climate change issues. Depending on the program’s needs, projects may include assessing companies’ climate-related activities and progress; developing screening criteria for banks and insurers relating to their financing or underwriting of carbon-emitting projects; conducting research for development of shareholder resolutions; drafting memos to shareholders in support of resolutions; conducting research on the climate impacts of the expanding petrochemical industry; drafting reports, and a range of other energy-related projects. The Energy Fellow will also participate in company dialogues that occur over the period and assist in program development. Read more.
Stanford Publication Seeks Spring Editorial Intern

SSIR covers nonprofit management, philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, and social entrepreneurship. Candidates who have interest in these fields are especially encouraged to apply. This intern position will provide many opportunities to learn about and network with leaders of social innovation, as well as professional editors and publishers.

The editorial intern will work through the spring quarter for 10 hours per week, with the potential option to continue in following quarters. Selected candidates may have the option of continuing in the next academic year.

This is a paid position with flexible work hours. The successful candidate will gain: hands-on experience managing a website, a behind-the-scenes look at how magazine and web publishing works, and exposure to cutting-edge ideas about social problems and solutions. The editorial intern will work with a team of supportive, highly experienced editors. Read more. 

Marketing Technology Summer Internship

The New York Times has set the standard for journalistic excellence for over a century and a half — yet our newsroom’s ambition has never been higher. Our marketing team matches that ambition, as we work to help people understand what makes The Times different and worth paying for. Our work has built trusted relationships with over four million subscribers, and we envision a future where every reader pays for quality journalism. There has never been a more exciting time to work in Marketing at The Times.

Marketing Technology manages systems, tools and technologies that enable Marketing to achieve their ambitious goals.

The Marketing Technology team is looking for a Project Management Intern to help manage exciting projects and drive key agile process improvements. This role offers the opportunity to learn about the dynamic, fast-changing marketing technology space as well as how agile processes are helping us deliver mission-critical features faster.  Read more.
Coordinator, Cultural Strategy

CIVIC is one of the nation’s most award winning marketing services companies, serving blue chip brands – including HBO, Hulu, Amazon, Netflix, Airbnb, Snap, Ford, Verizon, Facebook, CNN, the NFL and NBC, among many others – with special practice areas in brand strategy, branded experience, strategic marketing partnerships, public relations, influencer campaigns, cultural strategy, and pro-social initiatives. CIVIC creates long-term platforms for its clients, designed to impact culture, address the biggest societal issues, define brands, generate client revenue, build loyalty and stimulate word-of-mouth. In 2012, the Seacrest Global Group acquired a stake in Civic with the vision of building a world-class marketing services company that creates unique engagements among media, entertainment, technology and consumer brands.

CIVIC’s dynamic cultural strategy team works with clients - particularly in the television/content entertainment industry - to help them develop programming and marketing priorities based on deep-dive analyses of the cultural and content landscape. We’re experts in analyzing where the country is going politically, socio-economically, artistically, and culturally, and synthesize those complexities into real, long and short-term strategy for our clients, which include TNT, MTV, Comedy Central, Freeform, and ABC, among many others. Read more.
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