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ERE Seminar: Land conservation and clean energy
Many jurisdictions in the United States—Hawaii, California, New Mexico, Washington, Nevada, Puerto Rico, and New York—have recently passed legislation setting ambitious midcentury targets of significant economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions reductions and 100% carbon-free electricity. However, few studies have considered the natural and agricultural land constraints and impacts of the infrastructure needed for a grid dominated by wind and solar generation and none have examined it at the level of ambition for deep decarbonization. We use the state of California as a case study for developing an analytical framework that integrates land use considerations in the energy planning process to examine the land use constraints and trade-offs of achieving ambitious renewable energy targets. By combining an electricity sector capacity expansion model with the detailed spatial representation of areas with high conservation and agricultural value, our study is the first to demonstrate how the integration of natural and cultivated lands in an energy planning process can help to design a course to achieve both land conservation and energy objectives. We assess how constraints on both power plant and transmission siting that protect high-conservation-value and prime agricultural land affect California’s technology choices and costs to meet climate targets, and how these, in turn, shape electricity’s land impacts. We also examine a key policy option actively being considered by regulators—low-impact solar or wind energy imports from other western states—and how this can alter the balance between system costs and conservation. Read more.
Monday, September 30, 2019 | 12:30PM-1:20PM | Room 104, Green Earth Sciences Building
Energy Seminar: Jonathan Pershing, Hewlett Foundation
Jonathan Pershing is the Program Director of Environment at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. He leads a team of grantmakers focused on climate change in the U.S., China, India, Europe and Latin America, and conserving the North American West. He joined the foundation in January 2017.

Previously, Jonathan served as Special Envoy for Climate Change at the U.S. Department of State and lead U.S. negotiator to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. Prior to that, Jonathan served as the Senior Climate Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Energy and the Principal Deputy Director of the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis at the Department of Energy.

Jonathan spent six years as the director of the Climate, Energy and Pollution Program at the World Resources Institute; five years as the Head of the Environment Division at the International Energy Agency in Paris; and for nearly a decade in the 1990s, he served the Science Advisor and Deputy Director of the Office of Global Change in the U.S. Department of State. He holds a Ph.D. in geology and geophysics from the University of Minnesota. Read more.
    Monday, September 30, 2019 | 4:30PM-6:00 PM |  Building 260, Room 113
A Counternarrative from a Woman of Color in STEM

The WISE Inspirations Network at Stanford (WINS) links women graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and alumnae in science, engineering, and mathematics fields, and their allies and advocates (all genders and gender-identities welcome!), through quarterly meetings and communications. WINS aims to provide all with an opportunity to learn from stand-out women in these fields about the realities of their lives and work, successes and lessons learned, and to connect individuals with a network of potential mentors, protégés, and other colleagues. Read more.

                 Monday, September 30, 2019 | 4:30PM– 6:30PM | Black Community Services Center

A Conversation with David Beasley: Challenges of 21st Century Humanitarian Response

Please join us for Conversation with United Nations World Food Programme Executive Director David Beasley, who will discuss Humanitarian Response During Conflict. Beasley will be joined in conversation by his predecessor at the agency, Ertharin Cousin, a visiting fellow at the Center on Food Security and the Environment.

As Executive Director of the World Foods Programme (WFP), Mr. Beasley serves at the level of Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and is a member of the organization's Senior Management Group under the leadership of Secretary-General António Guterres. At WFP, he is putting to use four decades of leadership and communications skills to mobilize more financial support and public awareness for the global fight against hunger. Under his leadership, WFP kept four countries from slipping into famine in 2017 and is moving beyond emergency food assistance, to advance longer term development that brings peace and stability to troubled regions. Before coming to WFP in April 2017, Beasley spent a decade working with high-profile leaders and on-the-ground programme managers in more than 100 countries, directing projects designed to foster peace, reconciliation and economic progress. Read more.

    Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | 3:30PM-6:00 PM | David and Joan Traitel Building
The AI Awakening and the Coming Productivity Boom

Erik Brynjolfsson is director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, Schussel Family Professor at the MIT Sloan School, and a research associate at NBER. His research examines the effects of information technologies on business strategy, productivity and performance, digital commerce, and intangible assets. Brynjolfsson was among the first researchers to measure the productivity contributions of IT and the complementary role of organizational capital and other intangibles. His research also provided the first quantification of the value of online product variety, often known as the "Long Tail." Author of several books including, with co-author Andrew McAfee, NYTimes best-seller The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies (2014) and Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future (2017). He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Harvard University in applied mathematics and decision sciences and a PhD from MIT in managerial economics and has taught at Harvard and Stanford.  Read more.

          Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | 4:30PM – 6:00PM | Koret-Taube Conference Center

Healthcare Remixed" featuring ZDoggMD, Dr. Zubin Damania

Best known by his viral alter ego, ZDoggMD, Dr. Zubin Damania uses a mix of music, humor, and creative storytelling to deliver a high-energy and entertaining presentation about today's dysfunctional healthcare system and collaborative ways to revitalize it.  Dr. Damania examines how we can all work to build Health 3.0, an ideal model of care where technology and evidence-based medicine seamlessly support healthcare teams in achieving the outcomes that actually matter to our patients, while improving the wellbeing of the caregivers themselves. 

The Jonathan J. King Lectureship was established in 1991 to encourage the compassionate and humane care of all patients. It is part of Stanford University Medical Center’s mission to enhance patient treatment and the art of caring. To learn more about this lectureship that focuses on the importance of patient-physician relationships please visit Read more.
    Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | 5:30PM – 6:30PM | Berg Hall, Li Ka Shing Center
Humans in the Loop: The Artful Design of Technology

How might the shaping of technology make our lives richer and more meaningful? This lecture is a journey through the design of everyday tools, musical instruments, games, social experiences, and human-in-the-loop AI systems.  It is a story and contemplation on how we shape technology -- and how technology, in turn, shapes us and our society. 
Ge Wang is an Associate Professor at Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).  He researches artful design of tools, toys, games and social experiences.  Ge is the architect of the ChucK music programming language, director of the Stanford Laptop Orchestra, co-founder of Smule and designer of the Ocarina and Magic Piano apps for mobile phones. He is a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow and the author of Artful Design: Technology in Search of the Sublime (2018), a photo comic book about the ethics and aesthetics of shaping technology. Read more.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | 6:00PM – 7:20PM | 200-303
Super-Human Operator: Controlling Accelerators with Machine Learning
Particle accelerators are used every day in a wide range of scientific, medical and industrial applications. But did you know that the task of operating these machines is far from mundane? For example, for every experiment at SLAC’s X-ray laser, the Linac Coherent Light Source, human operators regularly adjust several dozen variables to carefully shape the beam, bring it to the correct energy for that particular experiment and maintain stable operation. This is no small feat for a beam that has to travel about a mile and go through plenty of nonlinear “beam gymnastics” along the way! Accelerator researchers are starting to turn to machine learning to see if we can make it easier to create new types of challenging beam setups and to speed up routine tuning. In this public lecture, Auralee Edelen, will take you on a journey through accelerator tuning and discuss some of the ways accelerator researchers are starting to use machine learning to help out with this challenging task. Read more.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | 7:30PM – 8:30PM | Panofsky Auditorium
Extravagant and modest: a zooarchaeological comparison of horse exploitation strategies

Horses were a symbol of social prestige in human society because of their speed and strength. This talk focuses on the relationship between human and domesticated horses during the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age (1250-221BC) in two Chinese regions: the agricultural Central Plain and the nomadic Aletai (northern Xinjiang). The two regions practiced different horse herd strategies. For example, sacrificed horses in the Central Plain had a wider age range from young to old, while a concentrated range between 10-20 years old in Aletai. From the perspective of nomads, killing subadults and thus sacrificing was unsustainable and even extravagant. How did these phenomena reflect a changing social connection between the two regions? This talk explores various horse exploitation strategies in North China and the development of horse utilizations in agricultural society through a study of two archaeological sites: Shangang in the Central Plain and Kalasu in Aletai.  
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Wednesday, October 2, 2019 | 12:00PM-1:00PM | Archaeology Center
Sustainability Science and Practice Master's Program Fall Info Session
Interested in earning an MS or MA in Sustainability Science and Practice? Please come to our autumn quarter info session to learn about this exciting interdisciplinary master’s program. All undergraduate majors are welcome! Stanford’s coterm in Sustainability Science and Practice equips students with the knowledge, mindsets and practical skills needed to understand and intervene in complex systems in service of sustainability – supporting human well-being around the world and across generations. Students learn to understand and intervene in complex social-environmental systems; study the strategies, behaviors and decision making of change leaders; and develop their ability to build partnerships and design innovations for meaningful impact. Questions? Please contact Katherine Burtt RSVPs appreciated. Food will be provided. Read more.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 | 12:00PM-1:00PM | Room 138, Mitchell Building
Author Event: Rebecca Fannin, "Tech Titans of China"

Rebecca Fannin will be reading from her new book, Tech Titans of China, on the Chinese technology sector and its influence and implications worldwide, in tech sectors and beyond.

Rebecca Fannin is a leading expert on global innovation and the founder of Silicon Dragon Ventures, a media and events platform with an international following. As a technology writer, author and media entrepreneur, she began her career as a journalist in Silicon Valley. She was one of the first American journalists to write about China’s entrepreneurial boom, reporting from Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. 
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Wednesday, October 2, 2019 | 12:00PM-1:00PM | Archaeology Center
Fall Career Fair 2019
Venture into the biggest on-campus experience of the year to connect with opportunities for meaningful work.

280+ employers, 100+ alumni, and 1000s of job and internship opportunities for all majors and levels from a vast variety of industries to discover!

Get prepared - review the list of employers and what they have to offer you!  Read more.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 | 11:00AM-3:00PM | White Plaza
Drell Lecture: US National Security in an Era of Great Power Competition and Technological Disruption

The world is experiencing an unprecedented period of geopolitical change and technological disruption. How should we rethink U.S. national security and defense in an era of intensifying great power competition? What principles should guide US policy and presidents in the future?

 Speaker's Biography: Michèle Flournoy is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of WestExec Advisors, and former Co- Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), where she currently serves on the board.

Michèle is a former member of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, the CIA Director’s External Advisory Board, and the Defense Policy Board. She’s currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Aspen Strategy Group, is a Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and sits on the Honorary Advisory Committee of The Leadership Council for Women in National Security. Michèle serves on the boards of Booz Allen Hamilton, Amida Technology Solutions, The Mission Continues, Spirit of America, CARE, the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation.  
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Thursday, October 3, 2019 | 4:30PM-6:00PM | Hauck Auditorium
Wearable waveguide based AR HUDs - a critical enabler for autonomous vehicles
DigiLens’s Switchable Bragg Grating (SBG) waveguides enable switchable, tunable and digitally reconfigurable color waveguide displays with a field of view, brightness and form factor surpassing those of competing technologies. DigiLens waveguides can be laminated to integrate multiple optical functions into a thin transparent electro-optical wearable device. DigiLens waveguide gratings are printed into a proprietary polymer and liquid crystal mixture that can provide any required combination of diffraction efficiency and angular bandwidth in a thin waveguide with high transparency and very low haze. Aside a technology overview and demonstrations, Waveguide technology for providing compact wide-angle, low-cost wearable HUDs for partially autonomous road vehicles with scalability to meet future HUD requirements extending beyond safety and vehicle informatics in fully autonomous vehicles will be presented. Read more.
Thursday, October 3, 2019 | 2:00PM-3:00PM | Shriram Center, Room 262
2019 Bright Award for Environmental Sustainability


This annual $100,000 award, Stanford’s largest environmental prize, recognizes exceptional contributions to global sustainability and is given to an organization in one of 10 rotating regions each year. The prize was made possible by a gift to Stanford Law School from Ray Bright, Stanford Law School class of 1959, a lifelong conservationist, and his wife, Marcelle. This is the seventh year the prize has been awarded. To learn more about The Bright Award, click here.


This year's recipient is Aisha Khan, who has led and coordinated multiple efforts to restore and preserve the high mountain regions of Pakistan in ways that benefit local economies and empower the residents of Pakistan's high mountain regions. To learn more about the winner, click here.

Panel Discussion: Fighting Climate Change and Building Resilience in Vulnerable Regions

The panel will focus on the challenge of enlisting developing nations in the fight against climate change, as well as on the particular impact climate change has on the vulnerable communities and ecosystems in high mountain regions, like those in Pakistan.  
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Thursday, October 3, 2019 | 5:00PM-7:00PM | Paul Brest Hall
Innovations in Medical & Biosciences Education
Join us on Friday, October 4, 2019 at LKSC Berg Hall for the 7th Annual Education Forum: Innovations in Medical & Biosciences Education at Stanford. 

The 7th Annual Education Forum: Innovations in Medical & Biosciences Education will be a teaching and learning opportunity for faculty, students, residents, fellows, postdocs, and staff. The Education Forum will highlight innovations in medical and bioscience education, and provide tools and strategies to be effective teachers, mentors, educators, and leaders.

At the conclusion of this activity, learners will be able to:

Evaluate strategies for promoting clinical reasoning in trainees, consider the range of technology tools available to promote teaching and learning, support learner mental health and provide effective feedback to trainees, and incorporate strategies for promoting autonomy in learners.  Read more.

Register online
Friday, October 4, 2019 | 8:00AM-4:00PM | Li Ka Shing Center


Dr. Sato's Fall Office Hours


Building 200, Room 21


The Data Open

The Data Open is the world's premier data science competition series for undergraduate, graduate, and PhD students.

The competition challenges students from the world's best universities to tackle real-world social challenges in topics such as urban traffic, renewable energy, and education. On October 12th, the Data Open is coming to Stanford!

The Stanford Datathon is hosted by Citadel LLC & Citadel Securities in partnership with Correlation One, and will take place at the Palo Alto Sheraton on October 12th from 8am-6pm. Food and beverages will be provided.

- Highlights include:$25,000 in cash prizes! 
- The chance to showcase your skills tackling a meaningful, real-world problem!
- Consideration for interviews with  Citadel & Citadel Securities!
-  The opportunity to participate at The Data Open Championship at the New York Stock Exchange and win $100,000 in cash prizes!

Apply by October 6th for the opportunity to compete. If you have any further questions, please direct them to Read more.

Peer Technology Specialist at VPTL

Peer Technology Specialists are here to advise and educate students on all aspects of computing and technology use at Stanford, consult with students on computer related problems, and support graduate residential network connections and residence computer clusters. Peer Technology Specialists are a core part of the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, helping to educate students about technology resources to promote academic and personal growth. Peer Technology Specialists work as a team and are overseen by a student Program Leader and full-time Program Managers.
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Multimedia Content Producer at BEAM

The Office of Accessible Education is seeking exam scribes for autumn quarter exams for all STEM content areas. Scribes assist students who need to dictate exam answers for transcription.

If you have clearly legible handwriting and are content literate* in one or more STEM subjects (especially chemistry and physics), please visit OAE | CONNECT and apply to be an exam scribe.

Please list all areas of STEM in which you have content literacy.

Pay rate starts at $20/hour, and up, depending on the exact assignment.
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Summer 2020 Podcast Internship at The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal internship program is an opportunity for college juniors and seniors and graduate students to be fully immersed in our Pulitzer Prize-winning newsroom, working with some of the best journalists in the world.

The 10-week internship program offers hands-on work experience and one-on-one mentorship, plus orientation and tailored training sessions. Interns are treated like full-time staff members and are encouraged to pitch their own stories and projects. The summer 2019 interns reported front-page news, created interactive graphics, edited photo projects, wrote colorful features, produced videos, curated and published our journalism across platforms, and much more.

We strive to be a welcoming, diverse newsroom. You don’t need to be an expert in business or finance to apply, but you do need to be curious and eager to learn. The program has a storied history as a pipeline to a full-time job at the Journal, whether immediately or down the road. Read more.
Product Design Engineer

Utilize your creativity to design new consumer products, from the initial idea to the finished product. The design work for this position is mostly for the injection molded forms of optical devices, but may also include soft goods or any other optical accessories product development. Work with other engineers and engineering manager to refine your designs. Produce prototypes using engineering laboratory equipment (CNC machines, 3D printers, etc.). Meet with packaging, marketing and sales teams and see your creation turn into a reality. Carson's engineers spend a portion of their time on both company projects and on their own optical creations. We believe that by allowing our engineers to have creative freedom, we will all benefit as a company. This job is most suitable for an engineer that likes to think outside-of-the-box. Read more.
Software Testing for Healthcare AI/chatbot Internship is the world’s first AI nurse, using a whole-health approach involving integrative medicine to make a clinical impact. We use AI and machine learning algorithms to provide therapies to manage symptoms on our app and web platform. We are deeply devoted to allowing people, especially those with chronic conditions, to live their lives to the fullest.
We are offering multiple internship positions for the upcoming calendar year. These internships require a minimum of 15 hours/week of time commitment over a period of at least 4-6 months. Our internship opportunities offer the opportunity to work at a unique digital-health startup. Interns will find Helpsy an excellent place to grow and develop their skills while contributing in a startup environment. All positions allow remote work location.
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Health Policy Intern

Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP) is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and health policy institute that for more than two decades has offered expert analysis and facilitated convenings for California policymakers and decisionmakers focused on health reform. The work of ITUP is more important than ever as the shifting federal health reform landscape poses new and potentially daunting challenges to California’s progress in reducing the number of uninsured.

Located in Sacramento, California, the mission of ITUP is to promote innovative and workable policy solutions that expand health care access and improve the health of Californians. Through policy-focused research and broad-based stakeholder engagement, ITUP is a neutral facilitator seeking common ground among diverse stakeholders, including health care payers, providers, government, and advocates. ITUP offers objective analysis of state and federal policies affecting health care coverage, access and programs in California for state policymakers and health care leaders. ITUP hosts an annual statewide conference in Sacramento and facilitates regional and statewide workgroups on health policy topics. 
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Environmental Education Internship

Environmental Volunteers is an award-winning environmental education organization with over 47 years of experience assisting volunteers to share their love of nature with 10,000 youth annually. Our classroom-based programs utilize hands-on learning stations to inspire students, and foster a sense of environmental stewardship.

Environmental Volunteers seeks a dedicated college or graduate-level intern for the 2019-2020 academic year. Each intern will participate in both the formal classroom programs for grades K-6, as managed by the School Programs Manager, and one of 2 additional focus areas: Education Materials, or EcoCenter Support.

Each intern will work an average of 8-hours per week, comprised of approximately 4-hours in classrooms throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, and an additional 4-hours on their secondary area of focus. Read more.
Health Technologies Mechanical/Biomedical R&D Intern at Apple

Imagine what you could do here. At Apple, new ideas have a way of becoming great products, services, and customer experiences very quickly. Bring passion and dedication to your job and there's no telling what you could accomplish.

At Apple, we make extraordinary products that empower people to improve their health. The people here at Apple don’t just create products — they craft the kind of wonder that’s revolutionized entire industries. It’s the diversity of those people and their ideas that inspire the innovation that runs through everything we do, from amazing technology to industry-leading environmental efforts. 

The Health Technologies Team conceives and proves out exciting new technologies products and features. We are the Health Technologies Mechanical/Biomedical R&D team and our role is to research, design, and evaluate new health sensors for Apple’s potential future product use. 

Are you ready to apply your educational experience to real-world problems? If you know how to handle pressure and timelines, to work well on a team, and have an eye to the future - we're looking for you. Read more.
Patent Strategy Intern

Silicon Valley patent-strategy firm looking for entrepreneurial intern(s), preferably with strong business and engineering/science backgrounds, for researching and strategizing early-stage digital media, biotech, and semiconductor technology/business ventures.
Duties include: emerging market/standards analysis, research on and computation of damages and reasonable royalties related to patent infringement, commercialization/IP licensing, also defensive/offensive patent prosecution of pending applications before the USPTO. Hours flexible for offsite intern. Read more.
Disney Professional Internship

As a Disney Professional Intern, you’ll receive hands-on, resume-building work experience in a specific field of study. You’ll contribute to real projects with real results our guests and audiences will experience while making memories in our parks and resorts, watching our movies and television shows, following their favorite sports teams, and so much more.
In addition, your Professional Internship experience goes beyond your valuable work contributions. You’ll make friends from across the country, and might even attend exclusive intern events and experience behind-the-scenes magic that no place other than Disney can provide.
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