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Energy Seminar: Future of energy – research opportunities and challenges; Vijay Swarup, ExxonMobil

Society faces the dual challenge of providing reliable and affordable energy while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions to reduce the risks of climate change.  By 2040 the global population will grow from 7 to more than 9 billion and energy demand is likely to increase by 25% even with efficiency gains.  Currently, more than 1 billion people do not have electricity and 2.7 billion lack access to modern cooking fuels.  Future energy will need to be not only reliable, affordable, and scalable but also sustainable.  This is a particular challenge in developing countries and is key for driving the expansion of the global middle class.

This talk provides an overview of ExxonMobil’s energy outlook, key drivers, and technology approaches to address these challenges. Long-range technology themes ranging from hydrocarbon and renewable energy systems to climate science are highlighted. Attention is focused on delivering low emissions technologies including low energy separations, carbon capture and storage, and biofuels.  Such technologies have potential to diversify the energy mix, increase energy efficiency, and reduce emissions. Read More.

Monday, February 3, 2020  | 4:30PM-5:20PM |
NVIDIA Auditorium, Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center
AI for Good Seminar Series - AI for Government

In what areas of government can AI be effective?  Where does AI pose a risk to systems of government?  What role do governments play in policing how AI is used? This session will explore these and other questions about the role of AI in government.

David Freeman Engstrom is the Bernard D. Bergreen Faculty Scholar and an Associate Dean at Stanford Law School.  He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and a faculty affiliate at the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI, CodeX: The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics, and the Regulation, Evaluation, and Governance Lab (RegLab).  He received a J.D. from Stanford Law School, an M.Sc. from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University and clerked for Chief Judge Diane P. Wood on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  Before joining Stanford's faculty, he practiced law, representing clients before the U.S. Supreme Court and other courts and agencies.
Daniel Ho is the William Benjamin Scott and Luna M. Scott Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science, and Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research at Stanford University. Dr. Ho received his J.D. from Yale Law School and Ph.D. from Harvard University and clerked for Judge Stephen F. Williams on the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit.  He directs the Regulation, Evaluation, and Governance Lab (RegLab) at Stanford, is a Faculty Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and is an Associate Director of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI). Read More.
  Monday, February 3, 2020 | 4:30PM-5:20PM |
William R. Hewlett Teaching Center (Room 200) - 
370 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305
Community Conversations on Mental Health and Well-being
Stanford is organizing a two-day conversation (February 3 and 4) on mental health and well-being for our entire campus community — students, postdocs, staff, and faculty. Through a series of workshops, roundtables, and presentations, we want to shine a light on mental health and well-being, dispel any stigmas associated with mental illness, and empower our community members with tools that will help them manage stress, build resilience, support others, and ultimately, thrive. Read More.
Monday, February 3, 2020 | 10:00AM-4:30PM |
Paul Brest Hall and Cardinal Hall, Stanford University

Catherine Sandoval - Cybersecurity Paradigm Shift

Professor Sandoval unmasks the “hacker paradigm” that pervades cybersecurity analysis and response. America’s economy, public safety, and democracy are increasingly intertwined with the Internet, yet the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) failed to consider the cybersecurity vulnerabilities it created by repealing net neutrality rules. The FCC’s net neutrality repeal order, now on remand from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeal for failure to consider the order’s effect on public safety, overlooked the cybersecurity and public safety risks of allowing Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to charge for paid priority even if doing so degrades other Internet traffic. Firewalls and traditional cybersecurity techniques do not protect against a user’s own ISP. Professor Sandoval argues that net neutrality protects cybersecurity, public safety, the open Internet, critical infrastructure, and American democracy. Read More. 
   Tuesday, February 4, 2020 | 6:00PM-7:20PM | 
Building 200, Room 203, Lane History Corner

Intro to Machine Learning with Python: Digital Tools and Methods for Humanities and Social Sciences

This interactive workshop introduces the principles and practices of machine learning using the Python programming language and its associated software packages. Topics to be covered include the application of prominent libraries such as scikit-learn for document classification and other types of analysis, as well as the use of cloud resources for deep-learning training and inference. The workshop assumes some basic understanding of Python and programming; attendance at the Introduction to Python workshop or equivalent experience is recommended. Read More. 
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 | 2:00PM-4:00PM |
Catherine Tierney Seminar Room, Green Library 121A

Seeing Silicon Valley: Mary Beth Meehan, in conversation with Prof. Fred Turner

Through powerful, large-scale portraits, Mary Beth Meehan’s photographs challenge us to look again at Silicon Valley and the people who live and work in the region.

Ms. Meehan and Dr. Turner will discuss her Silicon Valley portfolio, her approach to portraiture, and the place of Silicon Valley in America—an essential discussion at a moment when many are reckoning with the social, cultural, environmental, and political impacts of the high tech industry, locally as well as globally.  

A pop-up exhibit of Ms. Meehan’s Silicon Valley portfolio will be on display in the Terrace Room.

The event is part of the American Studies 20/20 event series; supported by the Office of the Vice President for the Arts; and co-sponsored by Stanford University’s Bill Lane Center for the Study of the American West, the Department of Art and Art History, and the Program in Science, Technology & Society. Read More.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 | 5:00PM-7:00PM |
Terrace Room, 4th floor of Margaret Jacks Hall

Preparing for the Job Market as a Community-Engaged Researcher
Thriving as a Community Engaged Scholar: A Professional Development Series for Graduate Students is a series designed for Stanford graduate students interested in exploring both academic (tenure-line) and alternative academic career paths with a focus on community-engaged research.

In this session, panelists will share their experiences, provide suggestions and answer questions about preparing for the job market as a community engaged scholar. Read More. 

Thursday, February 6, 2020  | 12:00PM-1:30PM |
Haas Center, DK Room

Letters to a Young Engineer: Maegan Spencer, Product Design Manager (Apple)

Maegan is an Engineering Manager at Apple for the Watch Product Design team. In this role, she leads a team of mechanical engineers in designing the physical parts and assemblies in the Watch system. Her team works cross-functionally within Apple to integrate multiple technologies into the product.

She has a non-traditional career, earning her BS and PhD in Chemistry, before shifting to Mechanical Engineering. Her PhD research was in developing laser mass spectrometry to study trace organics in extraterrestrial materials. In 2008, she joined the start-up Avinger (then Sawtooth Labs) as their 10th employee to help invent OCT image-guided surgical tools to treat arterial disease. After 5 years, she shifted toward consumer product design, working as an ME consultant at Whipsaw in San Jose, CA and mainly contributing toward Nike FuelBand engineering. She has been on the Watch PD team for over 5 years, starting as an engineering contributor and now as a technical lead and manager. 

Maegan earned a BS in Chemistry from UNC-Asheville and a PhD in Chemistry from Stanford. She holds 16 patents across multiple technologies. Maegan has lived in the Bay Area since 2003 and recently moved to the Santa Cruz mountains. Read More.

Thursday, February 6, 2020 | 4:30PM-5:20PM | 
Mitchell B67, Stanford University


The BEAM Blast: A Humanities & Sciences Careers Newsletter, Winter Week 5
Interested in this week's career events? Follow the BEAM blast to learn more about career coaching, internship opportunities, current events, and much more! 
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. 
  Read more. 
Program Assistant -
Stanford Humanities Circle
Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies (SPCS) is looking to hire Program Assistants for the 2019-2020 Stanford Humanities Circle! Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies advances the education of academically talented, intellectually curious, pre-college students. For this school year, we are specifically looking for undergraduate students that are excited to work with local middle and high school students as they read and discuss important concepts in the humanities, in a structured after-school format, throughout the winter and spring terms. Stanford Humanities Circle meets on Tuesday and Wednesday nights from 5pm-9pm on Stanford’s main campus and follows the Stanford academic calendar.
Applications close on March 11th, 2020
Additional job and internship postings can be found at Handshake and
Stanford BEAM

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