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STS Wire 10/31/2017

In this Issue
  • Fall Alumni Panel
  • STS Honors Information Session
  • Human AI Collaboration: A Dynamic Frontier
  • Knowledge infrastructures under siege: environmental data systems as memory, truce, and target 
  • Lead the Nation from Sacramento: Jobs in State Government
  • Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences: 2017 Annual Symposium 
Fall Alumni Panel
The STS Alumni Panel is rapidly approaching, and we want you to join us. The panel with be featuring four alums who are currently working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Not only will you learn about their paths to success, but you will also have the opportunity to personally engage with them! We are limiting attendance (to the first 25 students to RSVP) to foster an intimate environment for students to engage with alums in. A sushi dinner will be provided.
Thursday, November 9th, 2017 | 6:30PM-8:00PM | Mendenhall Library (120-101)
STS Honors Information Session

Are you interested in exploring your passions through research? Have you heard about the STS Honors Program?

We welcome you to the Honors Program Information Session where you can learn about:

WHO is eligible
WHAT the Honors Program is about, and how it can further your career as an STS student
WHEN the best time is to apply, prepare, and undergo your own innovative research
WHERE this program fits into your individualized curriculum, and how it can strengthen your overall understanding of STS
WHY you should participate in this amazing, once in a lifetime opportunity

Learn more about the STS Honors Program.

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 | 6:30PM-7:30PM | 200-124
Human AI Collaboration: A Dynamic Frontier

In a few decades, we've gone from machines that can execute a plan to machines that can plan. We've gone from computers as servants to computers as collaborators and team members. AI began by understanding actions as humans performed them. Routine tasks with predictable decision points became computer-controlled through programs based on extracting expertise through observation or questioning human experts. Programmers captured the "how" of human behavior in rules that machines could follow. Automated machines could do it faster, with fewer errors, without fatigue. Humans can explain this type of AI. Enter machine learning - the capacity of computers to leverage massive amounts of data to act without specific human instruction. By looking at examples, extracting the patterns, turning them into rules, and applying those rules, machine learning now captures the "what" of human behavior to provide artificially intelligent answers for complex tasks - such as visual perception, speech recognition, translation and even decision-making,. AI now does things that humans find difficult to explain.

Join us on November 1st as Thought Leaders from the mediaX community will discuss:
1. On which tasks will machines with AI be able to out-perform humans?
2. What do we know about people and technology that will help us establish confidence, certainty and collaboration in the new partnerships
between human and artificial intelligence?

And, most importantly:
3. How can intelligent machines truly enhance the human experience?

Stanford faculty, staff or student of Stanford, please email Addy Dawes for a special registration code.

         Wednesday, November 1, 2017 | 8:30AM-5:00PM | Mackenzie Room (3rd FL Jen-                                    Hsun Huang Engineering Center)
Knowledge infrastructures under siege: environmental data systems as memory, truce, and target 
Abstract: This talk examines the history of environmental data systems in the context of the Trump administration’s assault on environmental science. Tracking and understanding environmental change requires “long data,” i.e. consistent, reliable sampling over long periods of time. Weather observations can become climate data, for example — but only if carefully curated and adjusted to account for changes in instrumentation and data analysis methods. Environmental knowledge institutions therefore depend on an ongoing “truce” among scientific and political actors. Climate denialism and deregulatory movements seek to destabilize this truce. In recent months, with the installation of climate change deniers and non-scientist ideologues as leaders of American knowledge institutions, wholesale dismantling of some environmental data systems has begun. These developments threaten the continuity of “long data” vital to tracking climate change and other environmental disruptions with significant consequences for both domestic and international security. Read more.

Speaker bio: Paul N. Edwards is William J. Perry Fellow in International Security at Stanford University (from July 2017) and Professor of Information at the University of Michigan. He writes and teaches about the history, politics, and culture of information infrastructures. Edwards is the author of A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming (MIT Press, 2010) and The Closed World: Computers and the Politics of Discourse in Cold War America (MIT Press, 1996), and co-editor of Changing the Atmosphere: Expert Knowledge and Environmental Governance (MIT Press, 2001), as well as numerous articles.

Thursday, November 9th, 2017 | 3:30PM-5:00PM | CISAC Central Conference Room, Encina Hall
Lead the Nation from Sacramento: Jobs in State Government

Looking for job experience that combines your passions – from public health to the environment – and your love for the Golden State? Learn about career, fellowship, and internship opportunities in state government from some of Sacramento’s public policy superstars. CREAM will be served to those who RSVP. Read more.


  • Kiyomi Burchill, Deputy Secretary at California Health and Human Services
  • Emilio Camacho, Chief of Staff for Commissioner David Hochschild at California Energy Commission
  • Akua Adeneke McLeod, Summer 2017 SIG Fellow at California Energy Commission

Note: Kiyomi Burchill will offer one-on-one advising sessions from 2:00-3:30 pm.

Thursday, November 2, 2017 | 3:30PM-5:00PM | Haas Center for Public Service, DK Room

Google's Kate Brandt: Harnessing the Digital Revolution for Sustainability

Speaker: Kate Brandt, Lead for Sustainability at Google and former White House Chief Sustainability Officer

Part of the Sustainability Leadership Lecture Series

This series explores the connections between great leadership and the actual achievement of sustainability and wellbeing for everyone, across generations. Read more.

Thursday, November 2, 2017 | 4:30PM-5:30PM | Skilling Auditorium, Lomita Mall

Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences: 2017 Annual Symposium

Get CONNECTED! Since our center’s launch in 2015, PHS has been fortunate to develop an incredible trove of rich data. In hopes of expanding our trans-disciplinary research collaborations, the 2017 Annual Symposium on November 6th will highlight some of our most exciting data!

During the symposium, we’ll provide an overview of the data, sharing examples of the cutting-edge research inspired in different areas such as genetics, aging and workplace disability, and gender violence in developing economies. Each session will include a panel that will discuss linkages to other data and how diverse disciplines can potentially use these data to explore intriguing new research questions. The PHS Data Core team will be on hand to assist researchers interested in data access. Read more.

Monday, November 6, 2017 | 8:30AM-5:00PM | Stanford University Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center

Winter and Spring 2018 Undergraduate Research Assistant Positions
Interested in gaining academic and research experience this year? Apply for an undergraduate Research Assistant position at CESTA! This opportunity integrates students into a community of faculty, students, and staff who combine technology and the humanities. Work on interdisciplinary projects, learn about digital humanities, and gain valuable experience along the way. Applications for Winter/Spring Quarter positions are now being accepted. See the full job announcement below to learn about available projects and how to apply. Read more.
Design Bootcamp
You’re invited to attend the Design Bootcamp hosted by Stanford's Design Impact Program. This half-day program teaches the fundamentals of innovation to participants. It leverages materials created by expert faculty in an intimate, learning-by-doing setting guided by experienced coaches from major companies (e.g., Boeing, Google, McKinsey) who are now in the program.
Participants will learn useful processes and mindsets to drive breakthrough ideas. From improving interview and observation techniques of users, problem reframing, to gaining comfort with rapid prototyping, you will learn how to harness the power of diverse, creative opinions to drive innovation in your daily life. 
Arts Hackathon
Want to revolutionize the art world or the way we interact with art? Have an idea for a new arts program, social structure, digital platform or business model? 
Teams of 3-5 students will receive a surprise prompt and then have a weekend to prepare and then pitch their innovative idea to a panel of judges from Google TiltBrush, TOTO Express, numberF, and Kickstarter. The winning team of this no-coding-needed arts hackathon will receive $500 and mentorship for their project! Register your team here.
Contact Miranda Shepard for more information.
Graduate funding opportunities in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine at Cambridge, 2018-19

The Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge is the largest of its kind in the UK, and has an unrivalled reputation for teaching and research. Staff have expertise in the history, philosophy and sociology of a wide range of sciences and medicine. They run major research projects in association with the AHRC, Wellcome, the European Research Council and national museums. 

For those considering doing a PhD, the Department will be running a workshop at 2-3 pm on Friday 3 November 2017 as part of the University's Graduate Open Days. Led by the Director of Graduate Studies, this workshop will explain the Department's admissions requirements and procedures. Advice will be provided on finding a workable topic and potential supervisors, writing a convincing proposal, securing references and applying for funding. Book a place here.
BEAM Job Postings
Patent Strategy Intern -
Fernandez & Associates, LLP
Design Intern - Postcard Properties
Air Quality Consulting Intern -
Ramboll Environ US Corporation.
Creative Design Intern - Pivotal Software Inc.
Research Assistant - California Department of Public Health, Indoor Air Quality Program
Environmental Education Intern- Shelby Farm Parks Conservatory
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