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Upcoming Events

STS/BEAM Career Development Workshop
To prepare you for the Fall Career Fair on October 2nd, STS is partnering with BEAM to have an STS specific career development workshop! In this workshop you will learn about how to navigate career search & career fairs, resume tips and other pertinent skills for you to develop as you think of your career after Stanford.

Space is limited, so please RSVP here!

Monday, October 1, 2018 | 11:30 AM-1:30 PM | Building 200, Room 032
who/where am I project : the underworld

The who/where am I project seeks to explore the interplay of internal and external identities in relation to place by infusing fresh site-specific, immersive, durational, and participatory theater practices into ancient myth and story-telling re-enactments. Using Old Union—the fountain courtyard, the Nitery black box, and the redwood tree picnic space--we will create a guided actor route of descent into the underworld forest of “The Handless Maiden” tale right in the heart of Stanford Campus. We will mobilize cultural protocols for community gathering in needed ways that allow us to ask anew who we are--beneath who we think we are--and to prepare us for hearing transformative stories about the places in which we live. The project is sponsored in part by NeXt Theater (in partnership with TAPS) and by STS Summer Research College under the faculty supervision of Kevin DiPirro (PWR/STS).
Suggested donations $5 youth $10 student $15-20 adult.
There will only be 50 reservations taken for each guided, immersive performance date. To reserve up to four places per performance. Reserve your spot now.
                           October 4,5,6 2018 | 7:00 PM | The Nitery, Stanford University                      October 7, 2018 | 2:00 PM | The Nitery, Stanford University
Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous September 2018
The LASERs are a national program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversation with an audience. This event will present four artists, scientists, thinkers, inventors, and scholars who are working on paradigm shifts. The schedule also allows time for the audience to socialize and encourages people in the audience to briefly introduce their own work. Read more.


Hank Greely, STS Affiliated Faculty and Director of the Stanford Center for Law and the Biosciences, on "The End of Sex"

Irina Raicu, Director of the Internet Ethics Program at Santa Clara University on "Developing Norms for the Internet of Someone Else's Things"

Margaret Levi, Director of the Stanford Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, on "The Future of Work in the Age of Intelligent Automation"

Soraya Murray, Associate Professor of Film + Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz, on "The Visual Politics of Videogames"

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 | 7:00PM-9:30PM | Law School - Crown Quadrangle
High-speed imaging of whole-brain activity - Elizabeth Hillman
Despite dramatic improvements in in-vivo optical reporters and modulators of neural activity, imaging challenges still limit our ability to capture the activity of thousands of neurons, across large brain regions in awake behaving organisms. My lab has contributed several imaging techniques to address these challenges including swept confocally aligned planar excitation (SCAPE) microscopy for high-speed 3D microscopy and wide-field optical mapping (WFOM) for imaging the whole dorsal cortex in awake, behaving mice.
Wide-field optical mapping (WFOM) enables high-speed imaging of both neural activity and brain hemodynamics over the entire dorsal cortical surface in awake, behaving mice. This technique provides very high throughput observations of real-time, bilateral brain activity, providing a way to analyze the interplay between spontaneous behavior and brain-wide neural representations. This platform also enables detailed, longitudinal analysis of changes in neurovascular coupling, brain function and state induced by behavior, drugs and diseases.

Both of these techniques are providing new high-speed, real time views of brain-wide activity in awake, behaving animals. I will present our latest progress on high-speed imaging technique development, and showcase work applying these techniques to understand whole-brain activity in the context of awake behavior. Read more.

Thursday, September 27, 2018 | 12:00PM-1:00PM | Clark Center Auditorium
Consulting or Social Impact? Do Both.
Join us for a panel featuring representatives from top consulting firms who will share their personal journeys to social sector consulting, share some of the valuable skills students can gain from consulting work, and offer advice to those looking to jumpstart their careers in the industry. Snacks will be served to those who RSVP.  Read more.
Please RSVP at:

Cameron Kennedy '94, J.D. '01, Director of Operations for the Public and Social Sector, McKinsey & Company Jason Blau, Principal, Redstone Strategy Group
Thursday, September 27, 2018 | 3:30PM-5:00PM | DK Room, Haas Center for Public Service
AI in Smart Physical Systems: Recent Developments in Asia
Prof. Richard Dasher has directed the US-ATMC since 1994. He serves on advisory and review boards of major government S&T funding programs and research institutes in Canada, Japan, and Thailand. He is an advisor to incubators, VC funds, innovation initiatives, and startup companies in China, Japan, S. Korea, and Silicon Valley. 

On 9/27 Prof. Dasher will share the results of a US-ATMC survey into trends and new developments among startups and research organizations in Asia that focus on applications of artificial intelligence that involve some physical control function, e.g. smart robotics, intelligent buildings, and others. Read more.

Thursday, September 27, 2018 | 4:30PM-5:50PM | Skilling Auditorium


Peer Advisor Hours
(first week of classes)

Monday - 1:00pm-3:00pm
Tuesday - 1:00pm-3:00pm
Wednesday - 10:00am-12:00pm
Thursday - 2:00pm-4:00pm

Need help deciding which courses to take? Have question about the STS major? WE are here to help YOU!

"Innovation by Design: SPARK and the Overcoming of Stanford University's Translational “Valley of Death” in Bio‐Medicine"

Check out this publication written by STS 186 students, and instrutor, Henry Etzkowitz!

"Stanford University's world leadership as an entrepreneurial university induced a “paradox of success,” inhibiting further development of its organizational infrastructure for entrepreneurship support. Nevertheless, some prospective academic entrepreneurs realized that there were invisible persisting gaps in the university's innovation system. We discuss the role of the entrepreneurial university and provide a case study of SPARK, an organizational innovation, created to address Stanford's translational research gap, that was then spread to other universities. The creation of a support structure to encourage students and faculty to define entrepreneurial projects as part of their education and research revealed a novel organizational change dynamic."


Product Management and Design Opportunities at Dropbox

On behalf of a 2016 graduate: 

"Since joining Dropbox as a Product Manager after school, I've really enjoyed the tight community of PMs and the opportunity to work on a variety of high-impact projects. I feel like I apply my entrepreneurial skillset every day, which is why I'm reaching out to STS students.

We're starting to hire our next class of new grad Product Managers AND Designers and we are looking for Winter 2018 / Spring 2019 grads who are motivated, thoughtful, focused on user experience and interested in technology. If you are graduating between December 2018-August 2019, consider applying here for product management and here for design. 
Environment America Fellowship

Imagine yourself organizing a town hall meeting on solar power. Or building a community coalition to keep local waters clean. Imagine building the organizational power—the funds, the membership, the activist base and more—that it takes to keep all of this critical work going for the long haul. 

That’s what you’ll do with Environment America during this two-year fellowship program. We work to mobilize the support it takes to build more solar and wind power, reduce global warming pollution, keep our beaches, rivers and streams clean, protect our wildlife and wild places, and hold polluters accountable when they violate our environmental laws. Read more about the fellowship here.
Additional job and internship postings can be found at Handshake.

Course Information

*Please note the following courses are not currently on the approved course list, though you are able to petition them to count toward your curriculum.

EDUC414/SOC30: Play and Game
Social life would be unimaginable without play and games. Students will be introduced to social theories of play and games; the history of games and their variation; readings concerned with how play and games affect interaction and socialization; how race and gender are enacted in and through play and games; how play and games relate to creativity and innovation; and how games can be designed for engrossment and the accomplishment of various tasks and learning goals. View syllabus here.

Visual Expressions
A hands-on exploration of the elements and principles of 2D and 3D design common to all the visual arts. Through a mix of theory, analysis, and practice the student will develop his/her ability to interpret visual content and produce effective imagery.

ME125: Visual Frontiers 
Use graphic design to communicate online, in person, and through printed matter. Fundamentals of visual communications will be applied to branding, typographic stdies, color explorations, drawing, etc. 
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