The Wire

Upcoming Events

Regulation at California's Distribution Edge: CPUC Efforts to Integrate, Value and Monetize Distributed Energy Resources 
As customers adopt more distributed energy resources (DERs) such as solar PV, storage, and electric vehicles, the grid and regulatory architecture must adapt. California law requires a utility to consider distributed energy resources as an alternative to investments in its distribution system to ensure reliable electric services at the lowest possible costs. California law further requires identification of optimal DER locations, and measures to facilitate DER growth. Commissioner Peterman will discuss progress on the CPUC’s DER Action Plan, which sets a long-term vision for distributed energy resources and supporting policies; identifies CPUC actions needed to meet that vision; and establishes a coordinating framework across proceedings. Read more.
Monday, October 8, 2018 | 4:30PM-5:20PM | NVIDIA Auditorium
Building the "Discovery Instruments" for Precision Medicine and Population Health Research
The history of science, and more specifically the history of scientific discovery, is inextricably connected to the history and the existence of the scientific instruments which have, in a significant way, facilitate those scientific discoveries. As the researchers in the past relied on the physical instruments to facilitate those discoveries, modern, data-intensive disciplines will need the new kind of instruments which will, we postulate, in a significant way be optimized for and focused on the knowledge discovery from data.  Both precision medicine and population health research being the data-intensive discipline will particularly benefit from the existence of such instruments.  The richness and interconnectedness of the medical and related data carries the potential of significant new discoveries, and the increasingly precise applications of care and interventions. To enable this, a research community needs the kind of "instruments" that enable productive, scalable, reliable, and rapid discoveries from the large and complex medical datasets.      
In this talk, which is largely inspired by the large, national-scale precision medicine and population health programs happening at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), we will present the data and analytics-related choices and findings related to our initial path towards the development of these "discovery instruments", and we will discuss future needs, challenges, and the opportunities for collaboration. Read more.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 | 2:00PM-3:00PM | Li Ka Shing Center, LK 320
Volunteer Opportunities Fair
Burst the Bubble – Get involved in the community! Learn from 30+ local organizations how you can make an impact in the areas of education, poverty, health, environmental sustainability, and more, during the school year or during the summer. Read more.

Snacks provided for those who RSVP.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 | 3:00PM-4:30PM | Paul Brest Hall
Economies before Scale: Learning, Survival and Performance of Young Plants in the Age of Cloud Computing 
Join Kristina McElheran from the University of Toronto for a seminar on survival and scaling in the age of cloud computing. Young firms are central to productivity and job growth, yet they fail at high rates. This dynamic can be understood as an outcome of high uncertainty early in life combined with costly learning about the productivity of irreversible investments. Recent advances in how firms access information technology (IT) - in particular, cloud computing – have dramatically lowered the costs of learning about productivity-enhancing IT. Using detailed Census Bureau data from 2006 to 2014, we explore whether this technological change has altered young-firm dynamics in the U.S. manufacturing sector. We find that young plants enjoy a roughly 5% lower annual failure rate on average due to IT services expenditure, while traditional IT capital investment increases the chance of failure. Conditional on survival, young plants exhibit much higher productivity from recent advances in IT services than do older plants. Detailed mechanism tests support technology-driven shocks to learning: older plants benefit from new IT services only if they are in high-uncertainty industries, and new establishments of existing firms benefit only if they operate outside their parent firm’s primary industry. Young, small plants benefit the most, though we find no evidence for a financial-frictions mechanism. This study provides the first large-scale evidence concerning the magnitude and mechanisms of how recent advances in IT are changing how young firms survive and thrive before they achieve significant experience and scale of their own.  Read more.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 | 4:00PM-5:30PM | 3rd Floor Conference Room
[SEA Connect] Outlook on Tech & Entrepreneurship in Southeast Asia
 Interested to learn more about Southeast Asia's tech startup ecosystem & the abundance of opportunities in the region? Our panel of distinguished founders and investors will share their startup journey and experience in the US and SE Asia, and discuss the present and future outlook of Southeast Asian tech ecosystem, relating to "The State of Southeast Asian Tech 2018" report findings by Monk's Hill Ventures, Slush Singapore and partners.  Come early for the networking session and connect with fellow tech enthusiasts in the area! Read more.

Refreshments will be provided. RSVP now to reserve your spot as seats are limited!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 | 6:00PM-8:30PM | Cypress Semiconductor Auditorium
A Conversation with John Carreyrou
In Bad Blood, prize-winning journalist John Carreyrou details the rapid rise and dramatic fall of bio-tech startup Theranos. Founded in 2003 by charismatic Stanford dropout Elizabeth Holmes, Theranos promised to revolutionize medical care by quickly and cheaply delivering a broad range of diagnostics from a single pinprick of blood. Investors threw money at the company, which reached a peak valuation of over $9 billion, as political luminaries stacked the company’s board. The only problem? The technology didn’t work. Carreyrou recounts his riveting story of one of the biggest scandals ever to hit Silicon Valley – a story of corporate malfeasance, failed oversight, and lax regulation. Read more.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 | 6:00PM-7:30PM | CEMEX Auditorium
International Engagement Fair
Come learn about opportunities for Stanford students to study and explore the world both on campus and abroad.This event will feature many Stanford student and campus organizations that provide experiences abroad, internationally-focused activities on campus, as well as other forms of international exchange.

Student groups:

American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue at Stanford (AMENDS), Asha for Education, CS+Social Good, Engineers for a Sustainable World, Forum for American-Chinese Exchange at Stanford (FACES), Global Health Student Council, Society for International Affairs at Stanford, Stanford Dosti, Stanford Global Development Association (SGDA), Stanford in Government, Stanford International Justice Mission, Stanford International Security Undergraduate Network (SISUN), Stanford Japan Exchange Conference (SJEC), Stanford Nonproliferation Activism Project, Stanford Social Entrepreneurial Student's Association (SENSA), Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum (SURF), US-Mex FoCUS

Campus Organizations:

Archaeology Department, Bechtel International Center, Bing Overseas Studies Program (BOSP), Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI), Global Engineering Programs (GEP), Haas Center for Public Service - Cardinal Quarter, Master of Arts in International Policy, Office of International Affairs (OIA), Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development, Stanford Global Studies, Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (Stanford Seed), WSD Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice  Read more.
Thursday, October 11, 2018 | 2:00PM-3:00PM | Robin Li and Melissa Ma Science Library
Discover Funding Opportunities and Grant Awards
Learn about search strategies and key resources to help you identify funding opportunities and view grants awards for a research area. This session will introduce you to a search tool that lets you search multiple funding resources at one time and set up alerts to notify you about new funding opportunities. This workshop is limited to current students, faculty, and staff at Stanford. Advanced registration required.  Read more.

Thursday, October 11, 2018 | 2:00PM-3:00PM | Robin Li and Melissa Ma Science Library
Taking it to the Streets: Connecting Education Policy and Research
In this era of “fake news,” the politicization of science, and what Tom Nichols calls “the death of expertise,” Perna has become increasingly interested in how education scholars connect research and policy. This presentation discusses two projects. The first is a collection of reflections from 16 nationally and internationally recognized education scholars about such questions as: What is the role of research in informing policymakers and practitioners about the need for policies and practices that advance equity, inclusiveness, and social change in higher education? The second project uses Critical Discourse Analysis to explain how legislators determine the role and contributions of academic researchers in a particular aspect of federal policymaking: Congressional legislative hearings. The discursive practices that legislators use serve to construct the social identity of academic witnesses, characterize witnesses’ qualifications, solicit information from witnesses, frame comments from witnesses, and amplify and mitigate witness testimony. The findings make visible the ways that legislators use the power of their positions to depict academic witnesses as both experts who offer independent knowledge and experts who validate or confirm a legislator’s preferences and priorities. Both projects have implications for academic researchers who seek to improve connections between research and policy. Read more.
Thursday, October 11, 2018 | 3:30PM-5:00PM | CERAS 101 


STS Honors Program -
Applications Due!

Are you interested in science and/or technology and its intersections with ethics, history, culture, politics, economics, anthropology, sociology, or psychology? 

As a Stanford student, you are offered an amazing opportunity to conduct your own innovative research through the Science, Technology, and Society's Honors Program. Not only do honors students become experts in a specialized field of interest, but the honors designation signifies intellectual independence, analytical rigor, organizational skills, discipline, and perseverance. This is a great change to delve deeper into your passions with the guidance and support of a phenomenal team. You can watch past Honors students share their experience, read past theses in the Stanford Digital Repository, and learn more about the Honors Program on the STS website.

For more information contact
Dr. Kyoko Sato at <>, or during drop-in hours:
Tuesdays 2-4pm at Building 200 Room 021

 Apply here by October 12th
Datathon at Stanford

We are extending this invitation to compete in the upcoming Datathon at Stanford.
If you are curious to see what a Datathon looks like, we encourage you to view this brief clip from our past Dublin Datathon!

The Stanford Datathon is hosted by Citadel LLC & Citadel Securities in partnership with Correlation One and the Stanford CS Forum. The event will take place on Saturday, October 13th from 8:00am-6:00pm at Paul Brest Hall, 555 Salvatierra Walk. Highlights include:

·         $25,000 in cash prizes! 
·         The chance to showcase your skills tackling a meaningful, real-world problem!
·         The opportunity to participate at The Data Open and win $100,000 in cash prizes!
·         Possible interviews with Citadel & Citadel Securities!

Sign up HERE to complete the Questionnaire, Assessment and Registration!

If you have any further questions, please direct them to Thank you, and we look forward to receiving your application and hope to have you in attendance with us on Saturday, October 13th!


NSA Signals Intelligence Collection Program

Would you like to spend next summer developing real-world technical solutions and/or working in an operational foreign intelligence collection-related assignment to acquire data critical to the security of our country? Does the prospect of applying your computer, technical, analytic, social science, communication, problem solving, and/or crticial thinking skills to the National Security Agency's Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) mission intrigue you? Are you currently enrolled as a college freshman, sophomore, junior or as a senior intending to pursue a Master's degree in the same major as your undergraduate studies? If you answer "yes" to these questions, you could be one of the next Signals Intelligence Collection Program (SICP) summer interns to join the NSA team in the spring of 2019. As a SICP intern, you get to work directly supporting the United States Intelligence Community, national-level decision-makers and our armed forces operating around the globe. Read more.
ALC Internships

Stanford's Asian Liver Center is looking for highly motivated undergraduate candidates that are interested in interning during Academic Year with Stanford School of Medicine. We have a variety of roles available to include Health/Wellness Startups/Tech and corporate employee health, Journalistic community outreach, and Social Media and Digital Communities.
Read more.

Stanford in New York (SiNY)

SiNY is a program for undergraduates interested in internships and academics in New York City for a quarter.  

Our Spring 2019 quarter is themed The Global City, and offers internship opportunities in the areas of student interest/major. Some examples of previous internships include The United Nations, SAP Next Gen, NPR, NYC Commission on Human Rights, CNBC, Sidewalk Labs, and NY Attorney General's Office.  Read more.

The application deadline for SiNY Spring 2019 is October 14th.
energyCatalyst Grants 

By augmenting curriculum with experts and experiences, TomKat energyCatalyst Grants aim to cultivate interdisciplinary thinking and introduce or deepen students’ knowledge around sustainable energy concepts. TomKat energyCatalyst Grants can be used to support class trips; bring in guest lecturers; purchase materials for demonstrations or projects; and support student led research. Examples of successful grant applications might include taking a class on an industry site visit; inviting an industry expert or guest researcher to give a lecture; or purchasing materials to demonstrate and study a technology concept. Funding is limited to $1500 per quarter. Read more.
Additional job and internship postings can be found at Handshake.

Course Information

*Please note the following course(s) are not currently on the approved course list, though you are able to petition them to count toward your curriculum.

powered by emma
Subscribe to our email list.