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STS Wire 6/5/2018

In this Issue
  • The Cosmic Serpent and Our Stories of Origin
  • Civics in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Stanford Design EXPErience 2018
  • Social transmission of maternal behavior via oxytocin and synaptic plasticity
  • Copy of Architecture & Landscape - Spring Lecture Series
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 | 6:00PM-7:00PM | HUME Center Lounge
Civics in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Jeffrey Ball’s writing focuses on energy and the environment and has appeared in The Atlantic, Fortune, the New Republic, Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Slate, among other publications.   At the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, a joint initiative of Stanford’s law and business schools, Ball heads a project assessing comparative advantage in the globalizing clean-energy industry. Its first stage has focused on how China and the United States might deploy cleaner energy more economically efficiently if each played to its strengths.   Ball was the primary author of The New Solar System, a report which was released in March 2017 and lays out a strategy to boost solar energy to a level that would contribute meaningfully to global carbon reductions. The New Solar System illuminates little-understood changes in the Chinese solar industry, the world’s largest, and analyzes the implications for the rise of affordable solar power in the U.S. and the world. It argues that the U.S. needs to restructure its solar policies to make them more economically efficient – including adopting a more-nuanced approach to China.   Ball came to Stanford in 2011 from The Wall Street Journal, where he was the environment editor.  Before that, he was a columnist and reporter focusing on energy and the environment, covered the automotive industry, the oil and energy industries, and efforts internationally to address climate change as a strategic business issue. He has reported from five continents and more than 15 countries.   Ball won the Society of American Business Editors and Writers’ top energy-writing prize in 2015 for a story he wrote in Fortune about Mexico’s energy reform. He contributes commentary about energy issues on WSJ.com as a member of “The Experts,” a Wall Street Journal panel. He speaks frequently about energy and the environment, including at colleges as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. Read more.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 | 4:00PM-5:00PM | L 107
Stanford Design EXPErience 2018
Celebrate student design project work at EXPE!

Stanford's Mechanical Engineering Design Group invites you to join us as we celebrate our students' creative work in design research, design practice, engineering, and manufacturing.

The Stanford Design EXPErience is a unique, once-a-year opportunity to meet with students, faculty and industry colleagues. This year brings you an expansive range of participating courses, faculty, and students from a broad cross section of design thinking activities at Stanford. Read more.

Thursday, June 7, 2018 | 9:30AM-5:00PM | Hewlett Teaching Center 200
Social transmission of maternal behavior via oxytocin and synaptic plasticity
Oxytocin is important for social interactions and maternal behavior. However, little is known about when, where, and how oxytocin modulates neural circuits to improve social cognition. Here I will discuss recent results and unpublished data from our lab on how oxytocin enables maternal behavior in new mother mice. I will focus on experience-dependent plasticity in auditory cortex and hypothalamus related to recognizing the significance of pup distress calls, which are important for mother mice retrieving lost pups back to the nest. Surprisingly, this behavior, neural responses, and oxytocin receptor expression were lateralized to the left side of the auditory cortex, perhaps similar to the lateralization of language abilities in humans. I will also describe a new system we have built to combine continuous days-to-weeks-long neural recordings from the auditory cortex and oxytocin neurons of the hypothalamus in vivo, synchronized with continuous audio-video monitoring of homecage behavior to identify when oxytocin release and cortical plasticity might occur during natural social and maternal experience.Read more.
Thursday, June 7, 2018 | 12:00PM-1:00PM | Clark Center Auditorium
Copy of Architecture & Landscape - Spring Lecture Series
The University Architect / Campus Planning and Design Office sponsors a spring lecture series in architecture and landscape architecture. The purpose of the series is to bring together community enthusiasts, students and staff from across different disciplines to hear the latest innovations in building and design. The lectures provide the Bay Area architectural and design communities an opportunity to hear nationally and internationally renowned experts in the field. The lectures are free of charge and open to the public. Read more.
Thursday, May 31, 2018 | 6:30PM-8:00PM | Lathrop Library

Research Assistant to Gabrielle Hecht

Professor Gabrielle Hecht is seeking a research assistant for a project on "Nuclear Insecurity in the Bay Area and Beyond".  The research assistant will investigate the history of radioactive contamination in the Bay Area through interviews and research of local archives with the ultimate goals of (1) developing a project-based course on Nuclear Insecurity in the Bay Area and Beyond; (2) writing at least one, maybe more, essays on the radioactive Bay Area; (3) developing analytic tools and materials to compare contamination in the Bay Area with that elsewhere in the world.  The ideal candidate would have an undergraduate degree in History, Anthropology, or Science and Technology Studies, and willingness to learn about natural science and health research related to radiation exposure. This position offers excellent preparation for candidates considering PhD work in the future.  
For more information or to apply go to Stanford Careers. Application Deadline: June 8.

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