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STS Wire 4/10/2018

In this Issue
  • Quick Tips for Writing Effectively about STEM Topics
  • Work, Mobility, and Risk in a Changing Monsoon
  • CCSRE Faculty Seminar Series | Sharad Goel | Law, Order & Algorithms
  • 2018 Childx Symposium: The Junction of Science, Medicine, ​Public Policy, and Health Care Delivery
  • From Sustainability to Profitability
  • We Robot 2018
Quick Tips for Writing Effectively about STEM Topics

For your research to make the most impact, you must be able to communicate it. But writing clearly about complex STEM topics can be tricky. In this Lunchtime Learning workshop, Stanford Professor Kristin Sainani draws on her extensive background as a health and science writer to provide quick tips to make your own writing more impactful.  For this workshop, please bring your own lunch; we will provide cookies for dessert. Read more.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 | 11:30PM-12:30PM | Li Ka Shing Center, LK130
Work, Mobility, and Risk in a Changing Monsoon
Most scholarship in the social sciences and humanities remains “climate blind”.  This is certainly true of the study of migration. The profusion of work on networks and connections and diasporas in recent historical scholarship, for example, has paid little attention to landscape and climate. By contrast, in policy circles, invoking the figure of the “climate refugee” serves to erase context, agency, and power from our understanding of how climate change affects particular communities in particular places. My talk asks whether it is possible to bring climate back in to our study of migration, but without falling prey to an older and discredited environmental determinism. Drawing on research in coastal South India and further along the Bay of Bengal’s littoral, my talk seeks to overlay maps of risk with routes of migration, juxtaposing climatic and imaginative geographies. In doing so, I aim to chart the convergences as well as the tensions in the ways ecologists and humanists think about region and space. Read more.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 | 3:30PM-5:30PM | Building 50, 51A 
CCSRE Faculty Seminar Series | Sharad Goel | Law, Order & Algorithms
Data and algorithms are increasingly used in the criminal justice system, from tracking individuals with aerial cameras to deciding which defendants to release on bail. These developments offer the promise of greater efficiency and equity, but also pose significant challenges for traditional notions of privacy and fairness. This talk will describe several recent applications of algorithms in criminal justice, and discuss the subtle technical, ethical, and legal issues such technology raises. Sharad Goel’s research focus is computational social science, with an emphasis on applying modern computational and statistical techniques to design public policy. His recent work includes looking at police discrimination, stop-and-frisk, swing voting, and media bias. He received a PhD in applied mathematics from Cornell. Read more.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 | 12:00PM-1:30PM | Terrace Room, Margaret Jacks Hall
2018 Childx Symposium: The Junction of Science, Medicine, ​Public Policy, and Health Care Delivery 
The Child Health Research Institute is pleased to sponsor the 2018 ChildX Symposium, bringing together hundreds of researchers, clinicians, and industry experts interested in collaborating to address the challenges and solutions in maternal and child health. This year’s topics include Origins of Illness and Disability; Mental Health in Childhood; Literacy and Health; Solutions for Childhood Obesity; Implementation of New Genetic and Immunological Treatments; and Next-Generation Technologies for Chronic Illnesses. This event is eligible for CME credits.  Read more.
Thursday, April 12, 2018 | LKSC Conference Center
From Sustainability to Profitability
Is the path to sustainability in the open market?  Our panelists will speak to how mission-driven companies can make an impact but also be incredibly profitable. Hear from a panel of innovators on starting, funding and scaling businesses in the sustainability space. Read more.

12:00 – 12:15pm: Check-in
12:15 – 1:10pm: Panel discussion and Q&A
                                                    1:10 – 1:30pm: Networking (Optional)
Thursday, April 12, 2018 | 12:00pm-1:30pm GSB Oberndorf Event Center
We Robot 2018
We Robot is the annual gathering of academics, policy makers, roboticists, economists, ethicists, entrepreneurs, and lawyers who care about robots and the future of robot law and policy. The 2018 Conference will be held at Stanford Law School. In past years, the conference has been held at University of Miami School of Law, University of Washington School of Law, Stanford Law School, and Yale Law School.  We Robot fosters conversations between the people designing, building, and deploying robots, and the people who design or influence the legal and social structures in which robots operate. Read more.
Friday, April 13, 2018 | 8:00am-5:30PM | Paul Brest Hall

Stanford in New York Winter 2019

Stanford in New York's Winter 2019 application is now live. The theme for Winter Quarter 2019 is Media, Business, & Finance. If you are interested in gaining work experience through internships, we encourage you to apply. Stanford in New York is a quarter-length, off-campus immersion where students take courses and an internship in the area of their academic focus. Experience living and learning in the dynamic, urban environment of New York with field trips, guest speakers, cultural events, professional development, and community engagement opportunities. 

Examples of previous Winter Internship sites include: American Express, Goldman Sachs, United Talent Agency, Viacom/VH1, Alger Management, Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, and WNYC. Read more.
Public Policy Intern at Polityze

 We are looking for a Public Policy Intern intrigued by government, but just as interested in technology's ability to shine light and provide visibility into how it functions. Our Public Policy Intern will leverage his or her skillsets to conduct extensive research on a wide variety of topics and communicate it across the broader organization. The main motto for Strategy at Polityze is to contribute towards the highest leverage needs in the organization, and we are looking for a Public Policy Intern that do so effectively. Read more.
BEAM Job Postings
Learning Management System Tech Intern - Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, CA.
Public Rights Project Intern - Public Rights Project
Digital Media Photography Intern - Stanford Alumni Association
Sports Intern - Euro School of Tennis
Innovation Intern for Special Projects - CSAA Insurance Group 
Design Intern - Roblox. 
Tech Writer Intern - InvenSense.

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