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The Past and Future of Arms Control

 In the last 50 years, the United States and Soviet Union/Russia have pursued arms control negotiations and signed numerous treaties in an effort to restrain and reduce the number and capabilities of their nuclear weapons. However, the recent collapse of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and the possible expiration of the 2010 New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) in 2021 may signal the end to treaty-based limits. This raises questions about the future form and content of bilateral nuclear arms control. Read more.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020  | 12:00PM – 1:30PM  |
William J. Perry Conference Room Encina Hall, Second Floor, Central, C231 616 Jane Stanford Way
Drug Policy Reform: Past, Present & Future with Ethan Nadelmann

Drug Policy Alliance founder Ethan Nadelmann will discuss his three decades of advocacy for legalizing marijuana, ending mass incarceration and treating drug use and addiction as matters of health rather than criminal justice, as well as his vision for future drug policy reform.

Described by Rolling Stone as “the point man” for drug policy reform efforts and “the real drug czar,” Ethan Nadelmann is widely regarded as the outstanding proponent of drug policy reform both in the United States and abroad. He founded and directed (from 2000 to 2017) the Drug Policy Alliance, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to ending the war on drugs. 
Read more. RSVP for the event
  Tuesday, January 21, 2020 | 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm |
Stanford Law School Room 180

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Octave Bioscience Co-Founder and COO Melinda Thomas @ ETL

Drawing on her experience starting and leading health companies like CardioDx and ParAllele, Melinda Thomas co-founded Octave Bioscience in 2014. Octave is developing a care management platform for neurodegenerative diseases, starting with multiple sclerosis. The company aims to improve patient management decisions and create better outcomes while also lowering costs.

Prior to co-founding Octave, Thomas served as the inaugural Entrepreneur in Residence for New York City, solving problems for the city’s aspiring entrepreneurs, and as chair of the board for the Save the Redwoods League. 

This appearance by Melinda Thomas is part of the Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders series. Join us live as we bring founders, investors and industry influencers to center stage and invite them to share what it takes to become a disruptor.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 | 4:30 pm – 5:20 pm |
NVIDIA Auditorium, Stanford University

Mayfield Fellows Program Information Session

MFP is an immersive work/study program that trains 12 Stanford undergraduates and co-term students to lead principled and high-growth tech companies.
Grow over the nine-month program through mentorship, networking and a paid internship with a Silicon Valley startup
Application Deadline: January 31st at midnight.
Hosted by Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP). More information
   Wednesday, January 22, 2020 | 5:30-pm - 6:30pm | 
STVP Welcome Space, Huang Engineering Center, Suite 004

Community Leaders Speaker Series: Understanding Homelessness

The Community Leaders Speaker Series is bringing to campus local experts and organizations who have been working---through research, policy reform, and direct service---to address major systemic injustices. The aim of this speaker series is to center the voices of system-involved individuals: experts who have had first-hand experience with the foster care system, the criminal justice system, and housing instability.

Partnering with the Law School, the School of Engineering, and the School of Journalism, we hope these events will encourage interdisciplinary research, interventions, and support that align with avenues for change voiced by affected communities and community leaders. Read more.
Thursday, January 23, 2020 | 4:00-5:30pm |
Studio 40, McClatchy Hall

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Letters to a Young Engineer: Jeanne Yu, Director of Tech Integration & ecoDemonstrator (Boeing)

Yu’s responsibilities are planning and executing the Product Development technology R&D portfolio to meet the needs of current and future commercial airplanes and services. This includes the innovative ecoDemonstrator Program, a cadence of flight test platforms to accelerate “learn by doing”, collaboration and technology implementation. Yu also leads Design for Environment focused improvements for energy, global and local emissions, community noise, and sustainable materials.

She was a key industry leader responsible for conducting first flights with sustainable biofuel blends, establishing viability of sustainable aviation biofuel for commercial aircrafts. Yu has previous experience in Environmental Control Systems, air quality, 787 cabin environment, fire protection systems and certification. Read more.
Thursday, January 23, 2020 | 4:30-5:20pm |
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Energy Seminar: John Deutch
John Deutch is an Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Deutch has been a member of the MIT faculty since 1970, and has served as Chairman of the Department of Chemistry, Dean of Science, and Provost. Mr. Deutch has published over 160 technical publications in physical chemistry, as well as numerous publications on technology, energy, international security, and public policy issues. He served as Director of Central Intelligence from May 1995-December 1996. From 1994-1995, he served as Deputy Secretary of Defense and served as Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology from 1993-1994. He has also served as Director of Energy Research (1977-1979), Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Technology (1979), and Undersecretary (1979-80) in the United States Department of Energy. He is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group. Read more.
Monday, January 27, 2020  | 4:30 pm – 5:20 pm |
NVIDIA Auditorium

AI for Good Seminar Series - AI for Earth and the Environment

How can AI and machine learning be leveraged to mitigate the impact of human activities on earth’s natural systems?  Learn about data science tools and strategies being used to safeguard our water supply, feed the worldwide human population, and promote greater biodiversity and global sustainability.
Lucas Joppa, Chief Environmental Officer, Microsoft
As Microsoft’s first Chief Environmental Officer, Dr. Lucas Joppa works to advance the company’s core commitment to sustainability through technology innovation, program development, policy advancement, and global operational excellence.
Stefano Ermon, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Stanford UniversityDr. Ermon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University, where he is affiliated with the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and is a fellow of the Woods Institute for the Environment. 
Thursday, January 27, 2019 | 4:30-5:30 pm | 
Sequoia Hall Lounge, Room 100
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HAI Weekly Seminar with Lucy Suchman - Demystifying AI as an Ethical Project
This talk develops the proposal that a central – and neglected – ethical challenge for the field of AI is demystification of the techniques and technologies that constitute it. Demystification goes beyond questions of fairness, accuracy and transparency (although those are certainly relevant), to the problem of how we might set out clearly the prerequisites for the efficacy of AI’s operations. To make more concrete what she means by demystification, Lucy will examine the case of so-called ‘pattern of life’ analysis in the designation of persons and activities identified as posing a threat to the security of the US homeland. ‘Human-centered AI’ takes on a darker meaning in this context, as the human becomes centered in the cross hairs of a system of targeting, whether for assassination or incarceration. Lucy will close with some suggestions for how we might proceed with the project of demystification, beginning with an articulation of the limiting conditions as well as the unprecedented powers of contemporary algorithmic systems. Read more.
Monday, February 14, 2020  | 11:00 am |
Gates Computer Science Building Room 219


Join us for Cupcakes and
COMMversation 2020!
Wednesday, January 22 from 6:30-8:00pm in McClatchy 101A (Mendenhall) 

Interested in hearing COMM Department alumni talk about how they have used their Communication degree in their professional careers, and which classes they took here at Stanford that prepared them well for their positions? If so, please join us for delicious Ike's sandwiches and Sprinkles cupcakes. 
This year’s panelists include: 
Avital Andrews, COMM MA, 2004  
Editor-At-Large at TripAdvisor
Katherine Brigham, COMM MA, 2014 Video Producer at Wall Street Journal 
Alexandria Butler, COMM BA, 2011 Founder & Community Builder at Sista Circle: Black Women in Tech
Lauren Costella, COMM BA, SOC MA, 2008     Vice President of Customer Success
Jordan Richard-Craven, COMM BA, 2012  Consultant at Bain & Company
Isha Salian, BA in COMM & English/MA in COMM, 2018 - Science/AI Writer at NVIDIA
Bess Yount, BA in COMM & SOC/MA in SOC   Head of SMB Marketing, North America at Facebook

 Please RSVP here

Beyond the Bomb
 #FutureFirst Spring 2020 Fellowship

to work with local groups and their representatives and create positive change in the nuclear space.  For us, this means working towards policies that limit the use of nuclear weapons, and towards restorative justice for the people and land impacted by nuclear weapons. 
This is a fellowship position that comes with a stipend and other benefits, and we ask that fellows commit to around four hours a week, meaning fellows make approximately $15.50 hourly. For more information, please visit
Tristan Guyette, They/She
National Field Manager - Beyond the Bomb (419) 407-7586 -
Applications close January 30
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

We are hiring a data student assistant at the Stanford Business Library. Reporting to the operational data manager, the student assistant will help with data collection, data cleaning, Tableau dashboard updates, and data governance documentations. Work hours and start/end dates are flexible. 
Desired qualifications:
Knowledge of Tableau Prep Builder, Tableau Desktop
Excellent attention to detail
Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision
Applications close on January 31st, 2020 at 5:00 pm
Additional job and internship postings can be found at Handshake and
Stanford BEAM

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