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The Future of Water: The role of innovation and human rights in the UN sustainable development goals

Dr. Ravi Mariwala is the founder & CEO of Smaart Water, a company focused on providing holistic solutions for water in India. Dr. Mariwala has a PhD in chemical engineering and is an advisor to Stanford's Center for Human Rights and International Justice. He will discuss his work bringing cost effective access to water to all through stories of sustainable innovations for water from South Asia.

Ms. Paula Mariwala is a venture capitalist and social impact investor based in India. Ms. Mariwala is the founder/co-president of Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs India and founder and MD of Seedfund Advisors, an early stage VC firm. She is passionate about women's empowerment and intersectionality of gender and the United Nations sustainable development goals (SDGs). Paula has a MS degree in applied physics from Stanford and is an advisor to Stanford's Center for Human Rights and International Justice. She will discuss water and its intersection with other SDG areas, as well as tech and funding.

The talks will be followed by a group dialogue and Q&A moderated by Ms. Radhika Shah, chair of the Tech & Innovation Advisory Group for the Center for Human Rights and International Justice, co-president of Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs, and an advisor to the SDG Philanthropy Platform. Read More.

11:30am-12:00pm lunch reception, 12:00-1:15pm talk and discussion

Wednesday, February 19, 2020  | 11:30AM-1:15PM |
Encina Commons, Room 119, Stanford
A Conversation with Eric Lambin

Eric Lambin, a geographer and environmental scientist, divides his time between the Université Catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) and Stanford University. His current research tries to understand how globalization affects global land use, and how private and public regulations of land use interact to promote more sustainable land use practices.

He was Chair of the international scientific project Land Use and Land Cover Change (LUCC) from 1999 to 2005 and is Foreign Associate at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.  He was awarded the 2009 Francqui Prize, the 2014 Volvo Environment Prize and most recently the 2019 Blue Planet Prize, for his work to understand land-use changes, their impacts on ecosystems and the effectiveness of land use policies.

The Blue Planet Prize goes to outstanding individuals or organizations whose work have and continue to contribute significantly to the improvement of the global environment.  The Blue Planet Prize serves to advance progress toward marking the earth more sustainable.  All four Stanford winners are Woods Institute Senior Fellows.

Lambin joins three past Blue Planet Prize recipients from Stanford: Gretchen Daily, the Bing Professor in Environmental Studies; Harold Mooney, the Paul S. and Billie Achilles Professor of Environmental Biology Emeritus; and Paul Ehrlich, the Bing Professor of Population Studies Emeritus.

Lambin is the George and Setsuko Ishiyama Provostial Professor in Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences; a senior fellow in the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; an affiliate of Stanford’s Center on Food Security and the Environment; and a professor at the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. Read More.

  Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | 3:30PM-5:00PM |
Mackenzie Room, Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering

Fukushima Speaks: A 2018 Documentary by Toshikuni Doi

Synopsis: A gut-wrenching look into the lives of Fukushima residents, whose lives were devastated by the 2011 nuclear disaster.
About the Filmmaker:
Toshikuni Doi, born in 1953, is a Japanese independent journalist. Since 1985, he has reported extensively on the voices of various marginalized populations, from Palestinian refugees to Korean survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to street children in Thailand and Vietnam. He is a recipient of the Waseda Journalism Award in Memory of Ishibashi Tanzan. 
Come join the STS team for this excellent film screening, coupled with refreshments and snacks! RSVP Here.
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | 4:00PM-7:00PM |
Lathrop Library, Room 224 (518 Memorial Way, Stanford)

Pear VC Managing Partner Mar Hershenson @ ETL
Mar Hershenson co-founded Pear VC in 2013, and the firm has since made seed and pre-seed investments in category-defining companies like DropBox, Gusto, DoorDash and Branch Metrics. Before she moved into venture investing, Hershenson earned a PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford, and leveraged that technical background to co-found three startups in the mobile/e-commerce, enterprise software, and semiconductor industries. She has been recognized by MIT Technology Review as a Top Innovator Under 35 and was named a Champion of Innovation by Fast Company.

This appearance by Mar Hershenson is part of the Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders series. Join us live as we bring founders, investors and industry influencers to center stage and invite them to share what it takes to become a disruptor. Read More.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | 4:30PM-5:20PM |
NVIDIA Auditorium, Stanford University

Letters to a Young Engineer: Hannah Stuart, Mechanical Engineering Assistant Prof (UC Berkeley)

Hannah Stuart received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from the George Washington University in 2011. She then completed her MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University in 2013 and 2017 respectively. Professor Stuart’s research interests include: Dexterous manipulation; Bioinspired design; Soft and multi-material mechanisms; Skin contact conditions; Tactile sensing and haptics.

Hannah's talk is part of the Winter quarter E311A seminar series, “Letters to a Young Engineer," a long-standing seminar series designed by and for students. The speakers come from a variety of professional domains and have made diverse life and career choices. E311A aims to be a comfortable environment where students are encouraged to think hard and ask lots of questions. Guests are welcome, with the understanding that this is not a career event, but rather about career⁠—and life⁠—exploration.

Cookies and tea will be served at 4:20pm. Read More.

   Thursday, February 20, 2020 | 4:30PM-5:20PM | 
Mitchell B67, Stanford University

Symposium Celebrating 13 Years of SPARK at Stanford!
Please join us in celebrating 13 years of SPARK at Stanford!

The SPARK program in translational research bridges the gap from bench to bedside through a unique partnership between university and industry experts. With modest funding and comprehensive mentoring from advisors, SPARK has achieved unprecedented success in translating early academic discoveries to solutions addressing unmet needs. Read More.
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | 5:00PM-7:30PM |
Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge: Paul Berg Hall

Terminal Live: Cal students vs Stanford students is coming to San Francisco on Saturday, February 22nd!

Terminal is an online platform where players compete by coding AI strategies (i.e., algorithms) that automate play of the game. Teams face off against one another by implementing their best algorithm, and top players have opportunities to win cash prizes, exclusive job opportunities from industry leaders, and global recognition.

Who: Any currently enrolled Cal and Stanford students
When: Saturday, February 22nd (10am-6pm)
Where: San Francisco Marriott Union Square
Prizes: $25,000 + Exclusive recruiting opportunities with Citadel
Application Deadline: 11:59 PM February 16th
Questions: Please email
Saturday, February 22, 2020 | 10:00AM-6:00PM |
San Francisco Marriot Union Square


New Course Announcement!
CS 278: Social Computing
Today we interact with our friends and enemies, our team partners and romantic partners, and our organizations and societies, all through computational systems. How do we design these social computing systems to be effective? This course covers design patterns for social computing and crowdsourcing systems, and the foundational ideas that underpin them. Students will engage in the creation of new computationally-mediated social environments.

There are no formal prerequisites; an understanding of computing at the level of CS 106A will be helpful. Team projects may involve programming.

TechnoServe Labs
NYC Internships

The TechnoServe Labs team is hiring interns to join our New York office in 2020! TechnoServe partners with multinational corporations to improve the livelihoods of thousands of farmers and businesses across their supply chains in emerging markets. Our team works to introduce technological innovation into our model to reduce cost and open up paths to scale solutions across our field offices in Latin America, Africa, and India.  

We're looking for passionate, mission-driven individuals with strong backgrounds in international development to join us in creating innovative business models to bring people out of poverty.

Apply here through our UltiPro system. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

More information about this STS alumni company


Market Research Analyst

Ipsos is one of the world’s largest market research firms and truly an independent voice among the leading research brands. While many know us for our political polling, the vast majority of our business is in other areas – media & advertising, brand marketing, product innovation, and customer engagement. Ipsos is a prodigious generator of information on the behavior and attitudes of consumers, voters, decision-makers, and the general public on all facets of our culture. Ipsos truly understands the “voice of the people” because we listen to it firsthand every day.
Learn more 


AWS Sales Intern

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform, offering over 165 fully featured services from data centers globally. Millions of customers—including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—trust AWS to power their infrastructure, become more agile, and lower costs. Americas Sales organization is a diverse team that focuses on driving greater AWS adoption and customer value.
We are hiring Sales Interns to help us increase customer adoption of the AWS cloud platform. As a sales intern, you will collaborate with sales teams to help build new business client leads, enter new client data, and assist with opportunity execution and follow up. As part of your internship, you will attend the AWS Sales Internship Bootcamp and immerse yourself in cloud computing, develop business and sales acumen, and learn more about Amazon culture. Post Bootcamp, you will work on your projects, complete the Cloud Practitioner examination, and attend professional development events. Upon completion of the internship program, selected interns will receive a full-time offer to join the AWS Sales Rotational Program starting in 2021. 
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Cloud Engineer Intern

Job Description Summary
McAfee is seeking a Cloud Engineer Intern based in Santa Clara, CA. This intern will be working with the Consumer Products Business Group and will be working on AWS technology by implementing cloud native solutions. To be successful in this role, the intern should be familiar with designing and implementing serverless application using public cloud and a strong understanding of algorithms. The internship will start May/June and will end after 12 weeks.
About the Role
We are looking for interns with unique and innovative skills, style and point of view. You can be an architect, scientist, threat researcher, or a coder as long as you possess a passion for cybersecurity design.


Data Analyst Intern
Clockwork Recruiting

Job Description
We are seeking a Data Analyst Intern to become an integral part of our team!

Help manage and migrate Client data
Provide support for Translation, Maintenance, and Cleaning of Client Databases.
Reporting and extracting data for various reports and analyses
Help develop / maintain standards for database integrity and quality assurance
Coordinate corrective activities to clean database and retain users
Manage communication processes with other departments regarding database improvements

Bachelors Degree/ Track in Quantitative Area
Data Entry, Translation, and Analysis experience.
6 months of customer service experience analyzing and solving customer problems
6+ months of intermediate level of proficiency in tracking, trending and reporting on metrics

Additional job and internship postings can be found at Handshake and
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