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STS Wire 5/1/2018

In this Issue
  • Behind Closed Doors & Under My Helmet: A conversation about mental health and wellness with Keith O'Neil, former NFL player 
  • Putting Individuals in Context: Interdisciplinary and Behavioral Science Approaches for Understanding Environmental and Human Health Decisions
  • Environmental Economics Forum | Why We Need a Social Cost of Carbon - Maureen Cropper, University of Maryland 
  • Extractive Fictions: Energy and Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene
  • SLOrktastic Chamber Music
  • Computer Science Literacy in a Global Context: Experiences in Argentina
Behind Closed Doors & Under My Helmet: A conversation about mental health and wellness with Keith O'Neil, former NFL player 
This event features keynote speaker and former NFL player Keith O’neil as he discusses his battle with bipolar disorder in collegiate and professional athletics. Keith’s unique battle in a career which demands “toughness” will serve as an inspiration to all of us as we pursue our own professions.

While college presents its own set of risk factors, its important to realize that mental health concerns are not limited to the student demographic. Many of us will experience ups and downs in our careers, and we hope that after hearing from Keith you will feel empowered to talk about your mental health concerns no matter when they strike. Please join us for a presentation from Keith as well as a moderated panel about mental health concerns featuring Stanford students and faculty. Read more.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 | 7:00PM-9:00PM | CEMEX Auditorium
Putting Individuals in Context: Interdisciplinary and Behavioral Science Approaches for Understanding Environmental and Human Health Decisions
Attention to addressing human and environmental health issues is often directed towards scientific and technological solutions. However, ensuring the successful uptake and implementation of these solutions requires accounting for the critical interplay of context-specific and individual-level factors that influence human behavior and decision-making. This dissertation presents two cases that demonstrate the value of incorporating contextual and social factors in understanding individual-level attitudes and decisions. I will focus on the second of these cases for this presentation: business school students and their developing attitudes towards corporate environmental performance. I will present data from a global survey of MBA students combined with in-depth interview data from one business school campus to examine how social interactions, institutional signaling, and individual-level psychological processes influence MBA students as they negotiate and come to develop specific attitudes about corporate environmental sustainability. By understanding how MBAs form expectations around their own roles as business professionals and their responsibilities for addressing corporate environmental performance, this work contributes more broadly to our understanding of how to further engage the private sector in promoting and contributing to environmental health and sustainability. Read more.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 | 10:00AM-11:00AM | Y2E2 299
Environmental Economics Forum | Why We Need a Social Cost of Carbon - Maureen Cropper, University of Maryland 
One approach to climate policy is to specify a maximum allowable increase in mean global temperature and then determine a path of carbon emissions that will satisfy that target.  This approach, adopted by the High-Level Commission on Carbon Prices, suggests that carbon should be priced to achieve a temperature-based emissions target.  In the United States emphasis has been put on estimating the Social Cost of Carbon—the damages associated with emitting an additional ton of carbon dioxide.  Dr. Cropper’s talk will focus on why we should calculate a Social Cost of Carbon (SCC), on the role it should play in climate policy, and on recent progress in estimating the SCC.  Read more.
Thursday, May 3, 2018 | 3:30PM-5:00PM | Y2E2 Building, Room 299
Extractive Fictions: Energy and Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene
This talk will begin with a discussion of “extractive fictions,” or cultural productions that map the uneven impacts of fossil fuel extraction on poor, ethnic minority, and indigenous communities. As a case study, it will focus on fiction, poetry, and public art exhibits that respond to socio-ecological crises associated with coal and gas development in impoverished rural communities in northern Appalachia, with an emphasis on the ways in which artists are challenging dominant narratives of extraction as a path to economic and social progress. The talk will close with an exploration of collaborative, cross-disciplinary reclamation art projects that prompt affected communities to envision post-extraction futures and an epistemological shift away from extraction culture.
Thursday, May 3, 2018 |  6:15PM-8:00PM | Boardroom, Stanford Humanities Center
SLOrktastic Chamber Music
Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk) – celebrating its tenth anniversary this year – presents new works for electronic chamber music by members of the SLOrk ensemble and seminar. You are warmly invited to join us in exploring new instruments and musical spaces crafted for laptops, humans, and hemispherical speaker arrays! Read more.

Thursday, May 3, 2018 |  6:15PM-8:00PM | Boardroom, Stanford Humanities Center
Computer Science Literacy in a Global Context: Experiences in Argentina
There is a worldwide need to promote youth engagement in Computer Science (CS). Taking Argentina as an example, our universities graduate approximately 4000 CS students per year (compared to 10000 in Law and 15000 in Economics) while at least twice that amount is necessary to fulfill the necessities of the national industry.

Studies suggest that the lack of early CS education can influence career choices: students may not be selecting CS simply because they do not know what CS is. In Argentina, CS is not taught at school, not even as an optional course. The part of the school curriculum that touches themes related to technology focuses on user training rather than on CS fundamental knowledge. Students learn how to use a word processor, a spreadsheet, or how to create an on-line blog; they are not introduced to what algorithms are or trained in computational thinking. This context is not unique to Argentina; many countries (including developed countries) share the same problem and are working towards a solution. This is the case, for example, in the US [5], New Zealand , and the UK .

There is increasing consensus that introducing students to CS in high school (and even primary school) is necessary not only to help them make educated choices about their professional future, but also to include them in the technological world in which we currently live, as active and creative citizens. Institutions, companies, universities and teachers around the world are working towards this goal with several initiatives.

One of the main obstacles to address this problem is the lack of teachers with a solid background in CS: it is necessary to devise programs that will educate teachers and students in parallel. In this talk we survey some of the initiatives to help with CS literacy in Argentina, in which we have been involved. Read more.

Friday, May 4, 2018 |  12:30PM-1:20PM | Bolivar House
At Life’s Frontiers: The Case for Epistemic Subsidiarity
International cooperation has long been founded on the idea that securing a com- mon factual understanding of things in the world is a prerequisite for deciding how to act in con- cert. However, in recent decades the very pos- sibility of such agreement on the facts has come under attack both empirically, through persis- tent technical controversies around issues such as climate change and crop biotechnology, and theoretically, from demonstrations that facts and norms are co-produced to build alternate, coex- isting worlds. The divergent self-understandings of these worlds, in which epistemic and norma- tive order are interdependent, cannot be bridged by simply insisting on a singular “reality” that must be accepted by all. In this talk, I use the longue durée case of in- ternational biotech regulation to suggest a dif- ferent basis for long-term cooperation. Using epistemic subsidiarity rather than harmonization as the basis for making progress, I suggest how biotechnology risks might be handled in three regimes of subsidiarity: coexistence, cosmopoli- tanism, and constitutionalism. The advantages and limits of each regime will be exempli ed and re ected upon.
Monday, May 7, 2018 |  3:30PM-5:00PM | William J. Perry Conference Room Encina Hall

El acceso al conocimiento científico es un derecho humano

El activista canadiense John Willinsky propone un modelo editorial compatible con la ciencia abierta.

BOSP Applications Open for Winter 18-19

The BOSP 2nd Round Winter 2018-19 Quarter-length application is now open for Madrid, Oxford, & Santiago programs.

The deadline to apply is Sunday, May 20, 2018

Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo & Francisco Lopes Competitions

Do you have a paper or a thesis focusing on Feminism, Gender, or Sexuality? Consider submitting the work for the Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo & Francisco Lopes Competitions!

The Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo and Francisco Lopes Prizes are awarded annually by the Stanford Program in Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies for the best essays and MA or Honors theses on women (or a woman), feminism, gender, or sexuality, written by any undergraduate, or co-terminal B.A./M.A. student currently enrolled at Stanford. Each prize carries a cash award. The awards are given in two divisions: The Honors Thesis Division (including master's theses) and the Essay Division.
The Rosaldo Prizes are awarded to one thesis and one essay in the social sciences. The Lopes Prizes are awarded to one thesis and one essay in the humanities.  Announcements will be made at the Annual Banquet June 5th, 2018.

Each Applicant should submit a pdf version of the entry to rmeisels@stanford.edu by 12:00 p.m. on May 11th, 2018.

Submissions must be accompanied by an
entry form.

 2018-19 Public Service Scholars Program: Call for Applications

The Public Service Scholars Program (PSSP) supports a select cohort of undergraduate students, during their senior or coterm year, to complete an honors thesis or capstone project that is both academically rigorous and useful—directly or indirectly—to specific community organizations or public interest constituencies. Students from all majors and programs are encouraged to apply.
Under the mentorship of the program director, you will form an interdisciplinary community of scholars who provide diverse perspectives and support while sharing the pursuit of outstanding academic research as a form of public service. Participation in the PSSP gives you the support and structure to successfully complete your thesis or capstone project, and helps you identify audiences who might benefit from your research.
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