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Alcohol, rituals and spiritual world in ancient China and beyond: An interdisciplinary perspective
Over the past two decades, archaeologists and cultural anthropologists have increasingly stressed that alcohol—the most widely used psychoactive agent—played an immensely important role in the social, economic, spiritual, and political arenas of ancient cultures. Its production and consumption was an integral part of rituals and competitive feasting, a social regulatory mechanism in hierarchical societies, and possibly one of the motivational factors for the development of early agricultural economy. 
The major aim of this conference is to better understand methodological and theoretical issues in ancient alcohol production and rituals in light of new fieldwork, new sites, and new analytical techniques. It is also important to investigate this cultural development in China from a global perspective, and interactions involving the use of alcohol between China and other parts of the world in ancient times. Recent developments in archaeological science provide exciting techniques in identifying the remains of ancient beer, wine, and other fermented beverages. Many case studies of early alcohol remains in China and other parts of the world also facilitate cross-regional comparison. By bringing together a diverse international group of archaeologists to consider this topic of common interest, the conference will provide an important platform for international scholarly exchange. Read more.

                                    April 15-16, 2019 | All day | Archaeology Center
Workshop on Digital Humanities to Preserve Knowledge and Cultural Heritage

This workshop is connected to the ROSETTA Project, which is supported by a grant from the France-Stanford Center and is an affiliated project of the Stanford Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA), which will host the workshop. It is co-sponsored by the Stanford’s English Department and American Studies Program.
Organized by Ronald Jenn (Université de Lille), Amel Fraisse (Université de Lille), and Shelley Fisher Fishkin (Stanford University) Read more.
                    Monday, April 15, 2019 | 10:00AM-6:00PM | CESTA

What Role Will Negative Emissions Play in Managing Our Climate?
Climate models suggest that keeping to within a 2° future will require us to remove excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. A common prediction is that we will need to be removing ten billion tons (gigatons) of CO2 per year from the air in 2050 and continue for the foreseeable future. (For scale, the current worldwide oil industry produces about two gigatons of oil per year.) This is a best-case scenario which assumes more or less full electrification of the world’s economy with zero-carbon power sources. We are simply emitting too much carbon dioxide and cannot reduce it in time to meet realistic climate goals.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is looking at the technology challenge of negative emissions. While direct air capture – chemical harvesting of CO2 from the air – receives a lot of attention, other options like capturing CO2 from biofuel production, enhancing soil carbon, recycling CO2 in long-lived products, and using mineral reactions to absorb and permanently trap CO2 promise lower costs. The development pathway for all of the likely approaches involves creating businesses that make money performing the work, and the scale needed suggests that those businesses need to be started now in order to mature in time to have the appropriate growth time. To what extent do we encourage negative emissions methods to replace decarbonization of existing emitters? This complicated policy and technology space will be the next major area of focus for organizations like LLNL and Rand who seek to bring viable climate solutions to governments and businesses. Read more.

    Monday, April 15, 2019 | 4:30 pm – 5:20 pm | NVIDIA Auditorium
Google Search Ads Team - Kathy Zhong

Abstract: Ads-Metrics is the quantitative analysis/data science team that supports Search Ads. We work with the engineering and product teams responsible for driving Google's revenue and business growth. At Google, we make data-driven decisions, and experimentation is at the heart of what we do. This talk will cover the overlapping experiment infrastructure that supports thousands of various types of experiments simultaneously, how to measure the counterfactual effects and long term user effects, and how to combine experiments and observational data to learn a correct credit attribution.

Bio: Kathy Zhong manages a Search Ads Metrics team at Google that focuses on new product areas including Local Ads, Responsive Search Ads, and Language Targeting. She drives efforts to validate and improve logging data, design experiments for rigorous measurement, develop evaluation metrics to assess quality and revenue trade-off, and explore new opportunities to shape product growth. Kathy has an M.S. in Statistics and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. Read more.

                Monday, April 15, 2019 | 4:30PM-5:20PM | Building 200, Room 305
Brown Institute for Media Innovation welcomes Nicholas Diakopoulos
On April 15, the Brown Institute welcomes Nicholas Diakopoulos, author of Automating the News: How Algorithms are Rewriting the Media. From hidden connections in big data to bots spreading fake news, journalism is increasingly computer-generated. Diakopoulos, an expert in computer science and media, explains the present and future of a world in which news is created by algorithm. Read more.
Monday, April 15, 2019 | 5:00PM-6:00PM | Packard 101
Author Event: Caitlin Krause, "Mindful by Design"

Caitlin Krause is a globally recognized learning expert, author, and keynote speaker. In her Mindful by Design methodology and through her organizational consulting, she helps individual leaders and teams leverage mindfulness, storytelling, and design principles to connect more deeply with their audiences and communities.

As founder of the MindWise consultancy, co-founder of the Center of Wise Leadership, and a virtual reality and AI specialist, Caitlin contributes to building products and experiences that promote humanity, innovation, and emotional intelligence. She speaks extensively in Europe and North America, leading professional development and learning workshops. Caitlin has more than a decade of experience as a full-time teacher in middle school and high school classrooms, and served as a curriculum designer and department chair, promoting mindful leadership models throughout organizations. She holds a BA from Duke University and an MFA from Lesley University, and believes in embracing creative constraints, living a life filled with moments of wonder, and connecting with passion, purpose, and presence. 
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Monday, April 15, 2019 | 6:00PM-8:00PM | Stanford Bookstore
Machine Generation and Evaluation of Design Concepts Using Large-Scale, Publicly-Available Data

The objective of this research is to develop machine learning methods that predictively improve the outcome of design solutions through the acquisition, fusion and mining of large-scale, publicly-available data. It has been reported that 70-80% of the manufacturing costs of a product are determined during the design phase. Towards enhancing the efficiency of the design process and creating personalized design solutions, our research focuses on three core thrusts:

The fundamental concepts of machine learning-driven design extend well beyond consumer products and include the design of more efficient manufacturing processes (e.g., machine learning models for improving the efficiency of additive manufacturing processes), healthcare systems (e.g., machine learning models for early detection, as well as long-term management of patients’ health-related abnormalities), and educational experiences (e.g., advancing personalized learning through adaptive machine learning models).  Read more.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 | 4:30PM-6:00PM | Building 550, 1st floor in the Atrium
Info Session: Coterm Sustainability Science and Practice Master's Degree

Want to earn a coterm master's of science or arts in Sustainability Science and Practice? Interested in gaining systems thinking and decision-making skills to lead change and solve complex social-environmental challenges? Join us for our spring quarter info session! Read more.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 | 12:00PM-1:00PM |  Room 138, Mitchell Building
Book Talk with Sam Wineburg: Why Learn History (When It's Already on Your Phone)

If we want to educate citizens who can separate fact from fake, we have to equip them with new tools. Wineburg lays out a mine-filled landscape, but one that, with care, attention, and awareness, we can all learn to navigate. The future of the past may rest on our screens. But its fate rests in our hands.

“A sobering and urgent report from the leading expert on how American history is taught in the nation’s schools. Wineburg offers a set of timely and elegant essays on everything from the nuttiness of standardized testing regimes to the problems kids have, in the age of the Internet, in knowing what’s true, and what’s not—problems that teachers have, too, along with everyone else. A bracing, edifying, and vital book.” Read more.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 | 12:30PM-2:00PM | Margaret Jacks Hall, Terrace Room
Pathways to Global Health Careers

From the county level to the international stage, global health trends affect our lives in ways that we might not even realize. Join us at the Haas Center to hear from representatives of the Emerson Collective, County of Santa Clara Public Health Department, and Project Muso about different pathways to careers that engage with, and make change in, global health issues. Read more.

-Cassia van der Hoof Holstein, Director of Global Health Equity, Emerson Collective

- Sara Cody, County Health Officer and Director, County of Santa Clara Public Health Department

- Ari Johnson, Co-Founder and CEO of Project Muso and Assistant Professor at University of California San Francisco

- Dr. Michele Barry, Director for the Center for Innovation in Global Health and Senior Associate Dean of Global Health at Stanford University, will be moderating this panel.
Thursday, April 18, 2019 | 4:00PM-5:00PM | DK Room, Haas Center

It’s not just at other schools, it’s not just in other departments. It happens at Stanford too, and it’s time for all of us to do more than just talk about it. To take concrete steps towards addressing harassment and how it can pervade our academic culture, we must understand that sexual and gender harassment includes a wide range of behaviors that typically occur below the “waterline” of public perception. The purpose of this event it to bring individuals of ALL genders from all parts of Stanford, including leadership: Provost Drell, Dean Minor, Vice Dean Boxer, Associate Dean Talbot, and others, towards taking action against this problem at Stanford. 

What is gender-based harassment? The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found that women in STEM fields face a wide variety of day to day harassing behaviors that are not acknowledged in the public consciousness as harassment: offensive sexual teasing and jokes,
gender based slurs and insults, labeling of assertive women as “bossy” or “bitchy” while their male counterparts are “successful” and “go-getters”, misgendering, not respecting chosen names and pronouns, whistling or catcalling, the list goes on. Disturbingly, they also found all aspects of harassment to be heightened for those of intersectional minority identities such as racial, sexual orientation, and gender minorities. Often these behaviors are overlooked as “harmless” as long as the aspects of sexual harassment “above the waterline”--including but not limited to sexual coercion and sexual assault--are either not happening or not being reported and acknowledged. 

A culture of gender and sexual harassment is not
trivial, and doesn’t necessarily have a simple solution, but that’s no excuse. This culture of gender-based harassment impacts everyone, and it also impacts our science. We must build a better culture and take swift action at Stanford for our campus, for our labs, and for our future. 

We invite individuals OF ALL GENDERS to join a conversation about how we can take concrete action to dismantle this culture and actively work towards creating a more inclusive Stanford for everyone. The event features panelists from university leadership, including Provost Drell, with plenty of time for audience discussion about concrete actions to address this problem. While we will place an emphasis on STEM fields in this conversation, we welcome and encourage participation from students, postdocs, staff, and faculty of all academic disciplines and backgrounds. 

Friday, April 19, 2019 | 3:30PM-5:00PM | Location TBA


Design the Future

DESIGN THE FUTURE A 6-day, immersive design thinking summer program for high school students hosted at Stanford University. During this intensive program, participants, guided by their coaches, will work to design solutions to real problems faced by local individuals living with physical disabilities. We are seeking candidates to be team coaches (1 coach/5 students). Participants will receive over 50 hours of design and manufacturing mentorship from university students coaches, professional designers and engineers, and those living with disabilities. Please see a couple of press videos on Design the Future at Berkeley and Stanford. The attached flyer has more info.

YOU. A passionate university student interested in working with high schoolers to build solutions to challenges faced by local individuals living with physical disabilities. Interested in helping convey the value of including the user experience in the creation of a product or service. Experience in Design Thinking, building, and/or teaching is a plus.

APPLY. Learn more and apply at Applicants will upload a brief video application, and finalists will have a video interview with a former coach. Questions? Just reach out to us at
Stanford in New York (SiNY) 2020

Stanford in New York (SiNY) is an off-campus program for undergrads interested in internships and academics in New York City for a quarter. Test the waters of living and working in a big city, while being in a Stanford academic environment. 

SiNY Winter 2020 offers internship opportunities in Media, Business, and Finance and in the area of students' majors. Internships are full-time and quarter length, and may be paid or work-study eligible.

Some examples of previous internships include:

American Express, CNBC, Palm Drive Capital, New York & Co., Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Alger Management Time Inc. 
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Product Management Summer Intern - AI Program

The Product Management team at Genesys is seeking a talented summer intern to help the team solve some of the most pressing and challenging business problems at one of the largest private B2B software companies in the Bay Area. 

The Product Management organization sits at the intersection of the Product Development teams and the Sales and Marketing teams. Its role is to drive the company’s new product developments alongside R&D teams, while meeting the markets’ existing and emerging needs. Within this organization, a small team is dedicated to managing the company’s most strategic investments in Artificial Intelligence.  Read more. 

Urban Farming Fellowship

The Urban Adamah Fellowship, based in Berkeley, CA, is a three-month residential training program for young adults (ages 21–31) that combines urban organic farming and progressive Jewish learning and living within the setting of an intentional community.
Through the operation of Urban Adamah’s two-acre organic farm, classes with local educators, and internships with neighboring community organizations, fellows gain significant skills, training, and experience in sustainable urban agriculture, Jewish spirituality, intentional community, and leadership development. The Fellowship’s experiential curriculum is designed to equip fellows with the tools to become agents of positive change in their own lives and in their communities.  Read more.
BEAM Social Impact and Government Associate

The BEAM, Stanford Career Education Associate Program is comprised of current undergraduate or graduate students who will represent and support the industry interests of Stanford University students. Associates are the pulse of the student body at BEAM. The Social Impact Associate will focus their efforts on supporting students and working with employers in the Social Impact and Government sectors.

Associates will have direct contact with employers and alumni in these industries and will gain skills in speaking with recruiters as well as professionals in their field. This is an amazing opportunity to develop valuable professional experience during the academic year.
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Policy Fellow

Save The Bay’s Fellowship Program is a highly regarded and professional program delivering critical support to staff to ensure a thriving and healthy San Francisco Bay. Fellows actively contribute to the organization and receive hands-on experience and individual mentorship as team members of Save The Bay’s talented and passionate staff. This program is an excellent opportunity for professional development and offers insight into a non-profit sector career. Read more.
Community Engagement Intern

The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. IRC teams provide health care, infrastructure, learning and economic support to people in 40 countries, with special programs designed for women and children. As one of the IRC’s 24 domestic offices, the San Jose office serves refugees, asylees, special immigrants from Iraq and Afghanistan, and victims of human trafficking in Santa Clara County. Since opening in 1979, the San Jose office has resettled over 24,000 refugees, who in turn have helped to build a stronger community. A committed staff of professionals and volunteers provide essential case management and immigration services to immigrant families, providing them with the resources and tools to rebuild their lives with safety and dignity.

The Community Engagement Intern will work closely with the Volunteer Coordinator and be the main point of contact for community members who reach out to support the IRC with Volunteering, In-Kind Donations, or request for information about the populations we serve. The intern will assist with over 100 volunteers each year to recruit, train, and support volunteers. The intern will facilitate intake of donations, prepare and deliver items to be given to newly arrived refugees and work with caseworkers to identify refugee needs. Additionally, the intern will work with local communities to gather donations as well as record the monetary value of each item given away. Every intern will work on a project developed with staff that will benefit the IRC program, clients, and/or organization while providing an opportunity for the intern to practice skills and gain deeper knowledge relevant to their educational and/or career goals. Read more.
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