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Environmental Forum | Assessment of Sustainable Hydropower Development: Alternatives for the Mekong
The Mekong River Basin in Southeast Asia flows through six countries on its journey from the Tibetan Plateau to the South China Sea. This is where the most intensive hydropower development in the world converges with the most productive freshwater fishery in the world. Yet, decades of deferred development and limited development options make some degree and style of exploitation of the river inevitable. Foregoing or deferring power development is not an option particularly for the Kingdom of Cambodia and the People’s Democratic Republic of Lao, today among the poorest nations in the world.  Read more.
This event is sponsored by the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.
   Monday, November 11, 2019 | 3:30PM-5:00PM | 
Y2E2 Building, Room 299

Young Environmental Scholars (YES) Annual Conference
The YES Conference, sponsored by Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, is for the students by the students. The primary goal is to bring together young researchers (graduate students and postdocs) who are interested in environmentally-driven interdisciplinary work. We hope to provide a platform for our attendees to forge collaborations, build their network, and think outside the box. The conference consists of lunch, a keynote speech, research presentations, poster sessions, and a happy hour.  Read more.
    Tuesday, November 12, 2019 | 11:00AM-7:00PM |
Arrillaga Alumni Center, 
326 Galvez, Stanford, CA 
Ingrid Gould Ellen-- NIMBY vs YIMBY: Balancing Neighborhood Stability and Dynamism

From gentrification to rent control and historic preservation, debates about urban policy hinge on how much weight we should give to residential and neighborhood stability. On the one hand, we want to let families remain in their homes over time, and we want to preserve the continuity and character of their neighborhoods.  On the other, we also want to open up opportunities for new families to move into communities, to allow for choice and growth and to break up the segregated living patterns that characterize U.S. cities and suburbs. Drawing on both normative and empirical analysis, this paper explores how to balance these competing goals in the context of policy reforms addressing gentrification, growth controls and historic preservation. Read more.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 | 4:30PM-5:15PM | 
Building 120, Studio 40 (2 floors below ground level)

Curt Oldenburg, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Stanford Center for Carbon Storage Speaker Series: Curt Oldenburg, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Mechanistic modeling of CO2 leakage into the water column from offshore CO2 wells
Growing interest in offshore geologic carbon sequestration (GCS) motivates evaluation of the consequences of subsea CO2 well blowouts. We have simulated a hypothetical major CO2 well blowout in shallow water of the Texas Gulf Coast. We use a coupled reservoir-well model (T2Well) to simulate the subsea blowout flow rate for input to an integral model (TAMOC) for modeling CO2 transport in the water column. Bubble sizes are estimated for the blowout scenario for input to TAMOC. Results suggest that a major CO2 blowout in ≥50 m of water will be almost entirely attenuated by the water column due to CO2 dissolution into seawater during upward rise. In contrast, the same blowout in 10 m of water will hardly be attenuated at all. Results also show that the size of the orifice of the leak strongly controls the CO2 blowout rate. Sponsored by Energy Resources Engineering  Read more.
 Tuesday, November 12, 2019 | 4:30PM-5:30 PM | Green Earth Science, Room 365
Ambassador Susan Rice
Book Talk with 
Ambassador Susan E. Rice

Ambassador Susan Rice, the S.T. Lee Lecturer, will discuss her book, "Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For." This event is open to the public and books will be available for sale. Amb. Rice has graciously agreed to sign books after the talk. 
Recalling pivotal moments from her dynamic career on the front lines of American diplomacy and foreign policy, Susan E. Rice — National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations — reveals her surprising story with unflinching candor.  Read more.  RSVP required
 Tuesday, November 12, 2019 | 7:00pm- 9:00pm| 
CEMEX Auditorium, Graduate School of Business

Mutale Nkonde
Mutale Nkonde - Creating a Just Technological Future

This talk will explore the findings within Advancing Racial Justice in Tech and argue that ethics alone will not get us to a human centered approach to design, deployment and regulation of advanced technological systems.
Mutale Nkonde is the founding Executive Director of AI For the People, a non profit that seeks to use popular culture to educate Black audiences about the social justice implications of the deployment of AI systems in public life.  Read more.
Lunch provided. Please RSVP to ensure enough for all.
Sponsored by Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering (ICME), Department of Communication, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) 
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 |11:30PM-1:00PM | 
McClatchy Hall - Building 120, Mendenhall Room

What Matters to Me and Why - Srinija Srinivasan

Srinija Srinivasan '93, Co-founder of Loove and Vice-Chair of the Stanford Board of Trustees
Srinija Srinivasan is Co-founder of Loove, a developing music venture designed to demonstrate how commerce and technology can be guided by artistic values rather than letting our culture be led by market values. An accidental tech exec, Srinija joined Yahoo! in 1995 as one of their first five employees and self-titled Ontological Yahoo. With a background in AI beginning with her BS at Stanford in Symbolic Systems, Srinija's work at Yahoo! centered on the human experience, starting with the categorization system of the Yahoo! Directory and rapidly expanding into leading editorial and policy issues globally. She served as Yahoo!'s Vice President, Editor-in-Chief until stepping down in 2010. During that time she also chaired the board of non-profit SFJAZZ, and these experiences together forged her determination to co-found Loove.  Read more.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 | 12:00PM-1:00PM | 
CIRCLE Common Room 
(Old Union, 3rd floor)
Backstage Capital founder and managing partner Arlan Hamilton @ ETL

Arlan Hamilton is a remarkable entrepreneur who built a venture capital fund from the ground up, while homeless. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a venture capital firm dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are people of color, women, and/or LGBT. Started in 2015, Backstage has now invested nearly $5M into 100 startups led by underestimated founders and has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Fortune, Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, Inc., Entrepreneur, and Quartz. Sponsored by Stanford Technology Ventures Program  
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Wednesday, November 13, 2019 | 4:30PM-5:20PM |
 NVIDIA Auditorium, Stanford University

China, U.S. Universities and the U.S. Science and Technology Workforce

The US is presently searching for the wisest policies relevant to the relationships between US universities and China.  China is the only country that can supplant the United States as the economic, scientific, technological, military and ideological world leader.  Consiousness of that, coupled with reports of serious misappropriations of US intellectual property, have led federal leaders to propose and, in some cases, to implement serious limits on collaborations between US and Chinese scientists and engineers in “strategic” research fields as well as to introduce serious impediments to the education of Chinese nationals by US higher education institutions.  Read more.
Thursday, November 14, 2019 | 4:15PM-5:30PM | 
Encina Hall Central, 3rd Floor, Philippines Conference Room

Today's Technologies, Tomorrow's Humans

PANELISTS: 2019-20 CASBS fellows Rene Almeling and R. Alta Charo
MODERATOR: H&S dean and 2017-18 CASBS fellow Debra Satz

Emerging biomedical technologies – particularly those involving genome editing and human reproduction – carry the power to cure illness and alleviate suffering. They also pose challenges. They are expensive, often beyond the limits of insurance and most people’s pocketbooks. Some require complex equipment and facilities, which many countries don’t have. These technologies may not only transmit but even exacerbate existing inequities, such as those associated with socioeconomic status, gender, race, and place. Moreover, dual-use dilemmas can arise if technologies designed to resist disease are then mobilized for the purpose of human enhancement or, even more concerning, weaponized in ways that threaten the environment and public safety.  Read more.
Thursday, November 14, 2019 | 5:30PM – 6:45PM | Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University
2nd Annual Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute Symposium

The Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute invites you to its second annual research symposium! This event will bring together faculty, trainees, students, and postdocs to explore the latest developments and innovations in maternal and child health research.
Attendees will learn about the research funded by the Institute across campus, the programs and resources available to advance research in this area, and the researchers and scientists who are making an impact in the maternal and child health community.  Read more.
Friday, November 15, 2019 | 8:00AM – 4:30PM |
 Li Ka Shing Learning and Knowledge Center, Paul Berg Hall
John Rogers: Soft Electronics for the Human Body

Materials Science & Engineering Colloquium Series
Speaker: John A Rogers
Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Medicine, Northwestern University
Biological systems are mechanically soft, with complex, 3D curvilinear shapes; modern electronic devices are rigid, with simple, 2D layouts. Eliminating this profound mismatch in physical properties will create vast opportunities in man-made systems that can intimately integrate with the human body, for diagnostic, therapeutic or surgical function with important, unique capabilities in fitness/wellness, sports performance and clinical healthcare. Over the last decade, a convergence of new concepts in materials science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and advanced manufacturing has led to the emergence of diverse, novel classes of 'biocompatible' electronic systems with physical properties matched to soft biological tissues.  Read more.
Friday, November 15, 2019 | 3:00PM – 4:15PM | 
McCullough Building, Room 115

Environmental Forum | Groundwater Sustainability through Mandated Coordination

Please join us for an Environmental Forum with Anita Milman, Landreth Visiting Fellow at Stanford's Program on Water in the West and Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Anita Milman is the current Landreth Visiting Fellow at Water in the West. An associate professor in the Department of Environmental Conservation (ECO) in the School of Earth and Sustainability at the University of Massachusetts (UMass), Amherst, her research examines the multi-level governance of water resources, with a focus on human responses to hydro-climatic and other sources of environmental change. Read more.
RSVP required
    Monday, November 18, 2019 | 3:30PM – 5:00PM |
Y2E2 Building, Room 299

Energy Seminar: Dirk Smit, Vice President of Research Strategy, Shell

Dirk Smit - Vice President of Research Strategy, Chairman Shell Science Council and Chief Scientist Geophysics.
Dirk graduated from Utrecht University in 1989 with a PhD in Mathematical Physics, String Theory. He went on to complete an academic post-doctorate at Berkeley and was awarded a post-doctorate at Harvard University. He joined Shell’s Geophysics R&D department in the Netherlands in 1992. Since then he has held numerous positions, including Chief Geophysicist for Shell UK and Technology Manager for Hydrocarbon Exploration, and Vice President Exploration and Upstream Technology. Recently he has been appointed Vice President Research Strategy for Shell. He continues in his roles as Chairman for the Shell Science Council and Chief Scientist.  Read more.
Sponsored by Precourt Institute for Energy

Monday, November 18, 2019 | 4:30PM – 5:20PM | 
NVIDIA Auditorium, Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center


Operations Program Assistant
Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies (SPCS) is the home of academic programs, both residential and online, that advance the education of academically talented, intellectually curious, pre-college students, worldwide. 
The offerings of Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies include a diverse array of academic enrichment programs that take place on the Stanford campus during the summer, such as the Summer Institutes, the Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC), the Stanford Summer Humanities Institute, the Summer Arts Institute, and the Stanford Medical Youth Science Program (SMYSP), altogether hosting over 1,800 high school students each summer. 
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Associate Regional Partnerships Officer
UNHCR Washington, DC

The purpose of UNHCR’s Private Sector Partnerships (PSP) service is to generate income from individual donors, corporates and foundations to grow and sustain UNHCR’s activities worldwide. This position will act as the principle account manager for a few key accounts and partnerships and will coordinate these relationships with relevant stakeholders in PSP and UNHCR’s offices in the USA and globally as required.
PSP account management of private sector supporters aspires to ensure that each relationship delivers the maximum value possible to UNHCR while remaining aligned with PSP's operational processes, policies, PSP’s overall strategy and UNHCR’s priorities. The incumbent will therefore work closely and in collaboration with internal stakeholders in the Regional Office in Washington, the Global Communication Desk in New York and Private Partnerships and Philanthropy (PPH) team in Copenhagen to develop and deliver valuable initiatives from the accounts managed.
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Intern, UNHCR
Washington, DC

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Regional Representation in Washington, DC, seeks interns to assist in its Strategic Communications and Outreach department. Interns will assist with advocacy and public awareness outreach to the general public, media, foundations, universities and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) regarding UNHCR protection and assistance programs and the needs of refugees and asylum seekers.
UNHCR is looking for an intern with a background in journalism, communications, media relations, social media, multi-media skills and some content creation for the web. Training will be provided, however, it is preferable that applicants have some multi-media/new media skills in advance.
Interest and experience in communications preferred. Undergraduate or graduate students please apply. A sense of humor is welcome. Journalism students desired.

Read more. 

Environmental Advocacy Leader Clean Water Action

Clean Water Action is dedicated to building a movement of strong environmental leaders. For that purpose we are hiring activists that wish to grow within the organization and the movement. Our Grassroots Management Trainee positions are open to those who want to develop into Field Managers and Canvass Directors. This is an ideal full time, entry level role for people considering a nonprofit career track. Over the course of a year, you will learn the basics of running a successful grassroots campaign, including, but not limited to, staff management, fundraising and donor recruitment, sustainability initiatives, public policy, and balancing a budget.

Additional job and internship postings can be found at Handshake.
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