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STS Wire 5/16/2016

In this Issue
  • Congratulations Stephany Prince!
  • Water bears: an emerging model for studying the evolution of animal body plans and survival of biological materials in extreme conditions
  • Let's Have an Awesome Time Doing Science: Discussions On Getting the Most Out of a Challenging Career 
  • The Environmental Humanities Seminar 2015-2016: Drought
  • SCOPE Brown Bag Lunch Series - Genetics and Educational Attainment: A Current Perspective
  • Environmental Forum: Karen Bakker
Congratulations to STS Program Manager, Stephany Prince, for recieving The 2016 Dean's Award of Merit!
Stanford Biology Seminar Series

Water bears: an emerging model for studying the evolution of animal body plans and survival of biological materials in extreme conditions
Bob Goldstein is a Professor of Biology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Current work in his lab addresses several fundamental questions in cell and developmental biology — how cells move to specific positions during development, how cells change shape, how intercellular signals act to polarize cells, and how the mitotic spindle is positioned in cells. They are also developing an obscure relative of C. elegans and Drosophila, a water bear, to study how such developmental mechanisms can evolve to produce organisms with different forms. Read more.
Monday, May 16, 2016 | 4:00PM | Clark Center Auditorium S001
Stanford Biosciences
Let's Have an Awesome Time Doing Science: Discussions On Getting the Most Out of a Challenging Career

As graduate students and postdocs, we have chosen an important and exciting yet challenging profession. Periods of thrilling discovery punctuate stretches of stress and grueling work. A healthy work-life balance between can often be difficult to maintain. The pressures of publication and competition weigh heavily. How can we glean insight into successful approaches to these complex issues? Who better to learn from than some of the most respected scientists in academia?
The goal of the symposium is to bring high-profile, thoughtful researchers to speak to students and postdocs on subjects that aren't addressed often enough but are crucial to our development and well-being as scientists. Each speaker (list follows) will highlight one or more of the themes below as a starting point to describing a set of philosophies and approaches to science. Read more.
Monday, May 16, 2016 | 12:00PM-6:00PM | Berg Hall, Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge, 291 Campus Drive West
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The Environmental Humanities Seminar 2015-2016: Drought
Please join the Environmental Humanities Project for the third and final seminar in our year-long inquiry into drought: “Infrastructure, Technology, and the Future of California Water.” The purpose of this year's quarterly seminar is to explore the history, present, and future of California's freshwater resources. This quarter, we will think histories and futures together as we read selections from Claire Vaye Watkins's new novel Gold, Fame, Citrus (2015).  We will also be joined by distinguished participants Mikael Wolfe (Stanford History) and Laci Videmsky (Berkeley College of Environmental Design). Read more.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 | 6:00PM | Margaret Jacks Hall, Terrace Room, 4th floor

SCOPE Brown Bag Lunch Series - Genetics and Educational Attainment: A Current Perspective

Genetics and the social sciences have a troubled history. However, within the last decade, techniques have been developed for the measurement and utilization of individual genetic profiles. The advent of these techniques, as well as the increasing salience of genetic information across many areas of society, offers an opportunity for revisiting and revising old ideas of how genetics are related to educational attainment. To that end, I discuss recent results from genetically informed studies focusing on educational attainment. I also discuss preliminary results from new research, including evidence about the changing influence of genetics over recent US history.

Ben Domingue is an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. He has two areas of active research. The first focuses on statewide standardized test scores and their uses, particularly how test scores are used in statistical models that evaluate the effectiveness of teachers and schools. On a technical level, he also is interested in the extent to which test scores and the data from which they are drawn demonstrate certain desirable properties. The second area of research focuses on the integration of genetic data into social science research. In particular, he is interested in understanding the genetic architecture of educational attainment and the way in which schools can and do moderate the association between genes and educational attainment. Read more.

Friday, May 20, 2016 | 12:00PM-1:30PM | CERAS 204
Karen Bakker
Enviornmental Forum: Karen Bakker
Karen Bakker, Visiting Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) and Cox Visiting Professor in Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences presents Regulatory Capture at the Water-Energy Nexus: Policy Monopoly and Soft Capture in U.S. Hydraulic Fracturing Regulation.  Findings from a working empirical study of oil and gas industry efforts to influence U.S. environmental regulatory outcomes related to hydraulic fracturing through (i) a content analysis of 589 congressional hearings related to hydraulic fracturing from 1997-2015; and (ii) an evaluation of efforts by the American Legislative Exchange Council to promote a “model policy” on hydraulic fracturing fluid disclosure in the Marcellus Shale basin will be discussed. Read more
Thursday, May 19, 2016 | 3:30PM - 5:00PM | Y2E2 - 299 

Saguaro National Park Vegetation Management Internship
American Conservation Experience (ACE), Emerging Professional Internship Corps, a Nonprofit Conservation Corps, in partnership with Saguaro National Park is seeking twelve Invasive Plant  Management Interns to dedicate 19 weeks working directly with the Saguaro NP Resource Management staff as a team, exploring the field of invasive plant monitoring and management in the southwest. This opportunity is intended for enthusiastic, emerging professionals with a background in ecology, botany, biology, natural resource management, or a closely related field, who possess a deep interest in advancing their career goals through hard work and commitment to the Saguaro National Parks' professional staff and amazing biological resources. Read more
Deadline to apply is May 16, 2016
Summer Internship with Tungsten Partners
Tungsten Partners is a diversified holdings company with minority and wholly-owned interests in roughly 20 operating companies in several disciplines including: technology, real estate, hospitality, art, media, fashion, wellness, and consumer goods. The intern environment supports training and growth. If you are selected we will provide you with significant responsibility, offer you firsthand access into the operations of the company, as well as access to our partners and partner companies. We understand that the most mutually beneficial and productive scenario for all is if the intern is engaged and interested in the projects on which they are working. As such, we take a customized approach to pair candidates with the projects that are most interesting to them, where they can create the most value, and which are most relevant to their expected post-graduation career track. Read more.
  Deadline to apply is July 1, 2016
Work abroad as a new graduate with the Department of State
Are you interested in working internationally? Are you proficient in more than one language? Consider working for the Department of State!
Ambassador Arnold Chacon, the Director General of the Foreign Service (head of all HR), will share information about various career paths with the Department of State, including the Consular Fellows Program. The Consular Fellows Program is recruiting new grads (bachelors, masters, PhDs) to work abroad for 3 - 5 years in embassies and consulates around the world. Jobs are available now and recruitment is year round. Read more 
BEAM Job Postings
Various Positions - Sandia National Laboratories
Public Health Microbiologist II - California Department of Public Health
Associate Scientist - PPD Laboratories
Work for the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education - Stanford University (Job # 70615 and 70749)

Strategic Growth Assistant - D.E. Shaw Research

Program Assistant - Social Science Research Council
Junior Specialist - UC Davis MIND Institute
 Research Associate - The Council on Foreign Relations
Strategic Project Intern - Zero Motorcycles
Research Assistant - Stanford Solutions Science Lab
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