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STS Wire 11/28/2017

In this Issue
  • How to Write Epic Fellowship Applications (Workshop #1)
  • Can Africa rise to the challenge of feeding itself in the 21st century? Experts from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa weigh in 
  • Astroscale and Orbital Debris: An Innovative Solution to a Growing Problem
  • Stanford, Peking and Oxford University Internet Law and Policy Conference
  • Face/Interface: Type Design & Human-Computer Interaction Beyond the Western World 
  • Inside Graduate Admissions: Merit, Diversity, and Designing for Inclusive Excellence
How to Write Epic Fellowship Applications (Workshop #1)
Join Hume Writing Center staff at the Haas Center for an evening of brainstorming and essay drafting. A great cure for writer’s block, this workshop will help you develop pages of ideas, a new set of writing tools, and the redefined focus and perspective you need to write a personal statement and essays for Post-Graduate Fellowship and Cardinal Quarter applications. Read more.
Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 | 5:30PM-6:30PM | Haas Center for Public Service, DK Room
Can Africa rise to the challenge of feeding itself in the 21st century? Experts from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa weigh in 

Plagued by conflict, political upheaval, and extreme weather, Africa continues to be the region with the highest prevalence of food insecurity. As Africa’s population is estimated to hit 2 billion by 2050, the need for an agricultural transformation becomes even more pressing. With over one-quarter of the population currently experiencing food insecurity, how does the region create a sustainable agricultural revolution in Africa’s food system? 

Please join the Center on Food Security and the Environment for a lively discussion examining the challenges, strategies, and possible solutions to Africa’s food security plight. We welcome moderator Ertharin Cousin, previous World Food Programme director with 25 years of experience on hunger, food, and resilience strategies, specifically in areas of conflict. The panel, comprised of board members from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, will explore how Africa can catalyze and sustain an agricultural transformation necessary to nourish a growing population and relieve hunger. Read more.

Wednesday, November 28th, 2017 | 3:30PM-5:00PM | Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall
Astroscale and Orbital Debris: An Innovative Solution to a Growing Problem

Chris Blackerby served as the NASA Attaché for Asia, the senior space policy official in the U.S. Embassy Tokyo, from 2012-2017. In that capacity he identified multiple opportunities for cooperation in the region; served as strategic space advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to Japan and senior U.S. Government officials; acted as an official intermediary between NASA and its partners in Asia in negotiating agreements and resolving disputes; and participated in numerous outreach events highlighting NASA activities.Chris began working for NASA as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2003. While at NASA he was a leader in forging international cooperative partnerships around the world in the fields of Earth science, space science and human space exploration. From 2005- 2007 Chris was the Executive Director of the NASA Advisory Council, which provided advice to senior NASA officials on future policies and plans. Chris received a B.A. in History and Education from the University of Richmond (Va.) in 1995 and an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Rhode Island in 2002. In 2009 Chris earned an MBA from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Read more.

Thursday, November 30th, 2017 | 4:30PM-6:00PM | Hewlett Teaching Center, Room 201

Face/Interface: Type Design & Human-Computer Interaction Beyond the Western World

In connection with the 2017-18 Stanford Libraries exhibition, “Facing the World: Type Design in Global Perspective,” this two-day international conference brings together scholars, designers, engineers, and technologists to explore Non-Latin type design, book design, interface design, and human-computer interaction beyond the Latin alphabetic world. Read more.

Registration: Click here to register 

December 1&2, 2017 | 9:00AM-6:00PM | Stanford Humanities Center
Stanford, Peking and Oxford University Internet Law and Policy Conference

This conference will focus on the following: (a) developments in Chinese patent and copyright law that have promoted inbound and domestic investment and licensing in the technology sector; (b) developments in US and Chinese patent law affecting cross-border transactions; (c) theories of antitrust and competition law, worldwide, based on data ownership; and (d) mobile internet technology aimed at promoting worldwide economic development. Read more.

Monday, December 4th, 2017 | 9:30AM-5:00PM | Paul Brest Hall
Inside Graduate Admissions: Merit, Diversity, and Designing for Inclusive Excellence

Selection into highly ranked PhD programs conditions access to the 21st century professoriate. Who does the present system of doctoral admissions system work for, and who falls through its cracks? Drawing from her book, Inside Graduate Admissions: Merit, Diversity, and Faculty Gatekeeping (Harvard, 2016) as well as recent case studies of high-diversity, selective PhD programs, Dr. Julie Posselt will pull back the curtain on a process usually conducted in secret. Posselt presents admissions and recruitment from decision makers’ point of view, including thought-provoking episodes of committees debating the process, interviewing applicants, and grappling with borderline cases. Who ultimately makes the admit list reveals as much about how professors see themselves—and each other—as it does about how they view students. To help promote transparency and accountability, Posselt will share concrete strategies to improve admissions review. Read more.

Limited seating. To attend this talk and discussion, please register here by Thursday November 30 at noon.

Monday, December 4th, 2017 | 12:00PM-1:30PM | Tresidder Oak West

Interested in working at the United Nations?

Sign up for a one-on-one advising session with Amanda Zerbe, Research Consultant at the United Nations (working on climate work for Global Pulse) to learn more about career paths and opportunities in international cooperation, foreign affairs, and the environment. 

Questions? For more information, please contact Abby Bauer (abauer24@stanford.edu).

Work as a Research Assistant at the Stanford Humanities Center
The Stanford Humanities Center seeks qualified, enthusiastic undergraduate research assistants (RAs) to assist Humanities Center faculty fellows with research projects over winter and spring quarters 2017. Projects include a wide range of scholarly topics and research methods, including archival research, data management, network analysis, translation, digital humanities, bibliographic editing, and more. More information, including full descriptions of the projects for which RAs are sought, can be found here: shc.stanford.edu/research-assistants
Interested students should contact the faculty leader directly to apply for a position. Please go to shc.stanford.edu/research-assistants  for information on the research projects and how to apply.

Physical Design Intern at Apple
As part of Apple's Silicon Engineering Group, you will help build the future generations of the coolest devices in the world. We are looking for high quality students to join our team and work on various aspects of the physical design of our ultra low power mobile processors using the latest process technologies. Tasks can range from block-level physical implementation to circuit simulation, timing validation and data analysis. Read more.

Behind the Scenes: LIVE at IBM
IBM would like to invite you to a rare Behind the Scenes look into life in our Austin office. We'll take you on a campus tour, introduce you to employees who are creating the world's leading products, and answer your questions live during an interactive panel.
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