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STS Wire 1/30/2018

In this Issue
  • Why Did the Robot Cross the Road? A Discussion of Social Interaction with Autonomous Technologies of the Future
  •  Cardinal Conversations: Reid Hoffman and Peter Thiel on "Technology and Politics" 
  • Cell Type Characterization and Circuit Mapping in the Mouse Cortex and Beyond 
  • Policy, Advocacy & Design: Find an Innovative Job in Healthcare
  • The Stanford Peace Innovation Lab: Designing Technology for a More Peaceful World
Why Did the Robot Cross the Road? A Discussion of Social Interaction with Autonomous Technologies of the Future
This presentation will discuss how human interaction with technology informs the design of non-humanoid robots such as automatic doors and autonomous vehicles. David Sirkin’s research on the design of physical interactions between humans and robots, and on autonomous vehicles and their interfaces, has been covered by The Associated Press, The Economist, New Scientist, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Washington Post. His teaching includes design theory, user-centered design methods and interactive device design. Read more.
Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 | 6:00PM-7:00PM | 3373 Hillview Avenue, Room: Breezeway, Palo Alto, CA 94043
Cardinal Conversations: Reid Hoffman and Peter Thiel on "Technology and Politics
In 2018 Stanford University will launch a new series of conversations on burning issues of our time, featuring some of today’s leading thinkers. The series will start with:
Peter Thiel is an entrepreneur and investor. He started PayPal in 1998, led it as CEO, and took it public in 2002, defining a new era of fast and secure online commerce. In 2004 he made the first outside investment in Facebook, where he serves as a director...
Reid Hoffman is the Co-Founder of LinkedIn and partner at Greylock Partners. An accomplished entrepreneur, executive, and investor, Reid Hoffman has played an integral role in building many of today’s leading consumer technology businesses. In 2003 Hoffman co-founded LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional networking service. LinkedIn is thriving with more than 500 million members around the world...Read more.
Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 | 3:30PM-4:30PM | Landau Economics Building - Conference Room B
Cell Type Characterization and Circuit Mapping in the Mouse Cortex and Beyond 
The brain circuit is an intricately interconnected network of numerous cell types. Combining genetic tools with large-scale imaging and single-cell analysis technologies presents us with the opportunity to gain systematic understanding of the properties, interconnections and functions of these cell types. At the Allen Institute, we are building multiple platforms, including single-cell transcriptomics, single and multi-patching electrophysiology, 3D reconstruction of neuronal morphology, high throughput brain-wide connectivity mapping, and large-scale neuronal activity imaging, to characterize the transcriptomic, physiological, morphological, and connectional properties of different types of neurons in a standardized way, towards a taxonomy of cell types and a description of their connectivity matrix for the mouse visual cortico-thalamic system. Building such knowledge base lays the foundation towards the understanding of the computational mechanisms of cortical function. Read more.
Thursday, February 1st, 2018 | 12:00PM-1:00PM | Clark Center Auditorium
Policy, Advocacy & Design: Find an Innovative Job in Healthcare
Healthcare is one of the most heated issues of our time and there is, arguably, not one sweeping solution. Our three panelists, who hail from a family foundation leading the field of health journalism and policy analysis, a health-technology start-up engaged in data-driven healthcare projects, and a global design company, are all tackling the issue of healthcare on their own terms. Come to our panel to hear more about pressing problems in the healthcare space and how you can be part of their innovative solutions.      Drew Altman, President and CEO of Kaiser Family Foundation     Dennis Boyle, ‘79, General Partner at IDEO and Head of IDEO’s Design for Health     Sam King, ’13, Engineering Manager and Technical Lead at Nuna Health Read more.
Thursday, February 1st, 2018 | 3:30PM-5:00PM | Haas Center for Public Service, DK Room
The Stanford Peace Innovation Lab: Designing Technology for a More Peaceful World
There are many ways to measure violence, but until the last decade there weren’t any good ways to measure peace. However, as billions more sensors get embedded in our environment every year, and as those sensors become ever better at detecting human social behavior, we can now measure positive interactions between people in real time, all over the world. This is revolutionary, because it enables PeaceTech entrepreneurs to see and understand peaceful behavior between all sorts of groups like never before. That ability, in turn, allows us to design new technologies that promote peaceful interactions, and then validate or redesign these innovations based on empirical measurement. The results are world-changing, and provide the basis for a new theory of preventive defense and positive security. In this talk, Margarita Quihuis and Mark Nelson will offer an overview of these trends and a glimpse into the future.  Read more.
Thursday, February 1st, 2018 | 7:30PM-9:00PM | Cubberley Auditorium
The Moral Economy: Why Good Incentives are No Substitute for Good Citizens 
It is widely held today that in designing public policy and legal systems, we should assume that people --whether citizens, employees, business partners, or potential criminals -- are entirely self-interested and amoral. Given this assumption’s currency in legal, economic, and policy-making circles, it may seem odd that nobody really believes that people are really like that. Instead, the assumption of amoral self-interest has been advanced on grounds of prudence, not realism. 
But it is anything but prudent to let Homo economicus be the behavioral that underpins public policy. There are two reasons. First, the policies that follow from this paradigm sometimes make the assumption of universal amoral selfishness more nearly true than it might otherwise be: People sometimes act in more self-interested ways in the presence of incentives than in their absence. The reason, however, may not be incentives per se but instead, the pursuit of economic aggrandizement and control with which they are frequently associated. Second, fines, rewards, and other material inducements often do not work very well. No matter how cleverly designed, incentives cannot alone provide the foundations of good governance...Read more.
Monday, February 5th, 2018 | 5:30PM-7:00PM | Bechtel Conference Room, Encina Hall

Student Funding Opportunity: Overseas Fellowship in Science, Technology and Society
The purpose of the Overseas Fellowship in Science, Technology and Society is to provide STS majors with an opportunity to take a global approach to this field of inquiry and the critical, analytical thinking that it represents. This fellowship will assist one student in conducting a STS research study abroad during the summer or an academic quarter of 2018. This research can be conducted independently or through the Bing Overseas Studies Program. The recipient will receive a $3,000 fellowship that can be used for travel, living, and research-related expenses. More information can be found on the STS website.

Apply here by February 15, 2018

Amgen Scholars Program

Every year, the Amgen Scholars U.S. Program provides hundreds of selected undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience at many of the nation’s premier educational institutions. Currently, 10 institutions in the U.S. host the summer research program. The Amgen Foundation has committed more than $50 million over twelve years to the global Amgen Scholars Program to make this opportunity possible for thousands of students. Read more.

As Amgen Scholars, students will have the opportunity to:
• Take part in important institution research projects, gain hands-on lab experience and contribute to the advancement of science;
• Interact with and receive guidance from faculty mentors, including some of the nation’s top academic scientists; and participate in engaging scientific seminars, workshops and other networking events.

Apply by February 1, 2018

TomKat energyStartup Summer Internships
The TomKat Center provides a limited number of paid internships to Stanford students at exciting Stanford-affiliated sustainability energy startup companies. The objectives of the summer internships are for students to gain work experience, develop applied engineering knowledge, learn entrepreneurship in a startup environment, and build upon their academic studies. Most internships are for undergraduates only, but there are a small amount available for masters students. Read more.

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Clinical Data Curator - Stanford School of Medicine

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