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STS Wire 5/9/2016

In this Issue
  • Paul N. Edward's Special Seminar
  • Mobilizing Impact-Focused Capital for Water Sustainability: A water policy expert’s perspective on impact investing.
  • Communist Mediation and the Force of Writing: V.I. Lenin and Nazim Hikmet
  • Fareed Zakaria for “America in a New World”
  • Post-Anthropocentrism at Stanford: A State of the Question
  • Renaissance of Letters Workshop
  • Environmental Forum: Karen Bakker
Paul N. Edwards Special Seminar
"Knowledge Infrastructures for a Changing Planet: the past, present, and future relations between climate science and nuclear weapons research"
Monday, May 9, 2016 | CISAC Central Conference Room
Margaret Bowman
Mobilizing Impact-Focused Capital for Water Sustainability: A water policy expert’s perspective on impact investing.

Margaret Bowman, formerly Deputy Environment Program Director at the Walton Family Foundation, presents the findings from a report Liquid Assets: Investing for Impact in the Colorado River Basin, authored by the investment firm Encourage Capital and the law firm Squire Patton Boggs. The report outlines a set of regulatory, hydrologic and economic problems facing the Colorado River basin and suggests nine investment strategies that could generate environmental benefits for the river and its users in addition to financial returns for potential investors. Read more.
Monday, May 9, 2016 | 3:30PM-5:00PM | Y2E2 Room 299

Communist Mediation and the Force of Writing: V.I. Lenin and Nazim Hikmet
The “Techniques of Mediation” research workshop explores how technologies of inscription, mediation, information, and archives create the social world, by examining a wide range of historical and contemporary assemblages of people, machines, and organizations that have shaped complex diagrams of power and of social life.  The workshop approaches this question through new theoretical understandings of the concept of mediation. The 20th-century legacy that privileged epistemology confined mediation to the status of an inert and transparent subsidiary of representation and interpretation, and has left mediation’s material presence and its capacity of enactment largely unexplored. From index cards to databases, from the alphabet to ASCII, and from the abacus to the algorithm, the workshop will explore concrete cases of mediation’s effectivity, and by doing so expand our assessment of mediation to the status of technically – and materially – determinate processes of world-making and knowledge production. Read more
Monday, May 9, 2016 | 4:15PM-6:15PM | History Corner, Building 200 Room 307
Fareed Zakaria
Fareed Zakaria for “America in a New World”
Zakaria's address will explore the role of the United States in a world of increasing turmoil. Should America be acting as the global “moral police?” When is our nation is responsible for stopping genocide, fighting poverty, and addressing other pressing issues we face as a country “with a conscience?” And how do we balance our domestic concerns with those of the world in a time of limited resources? His half-hour talk is followed by a question-and-answer period with the audience. Read more.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 | 7:00PM | Cemex Auditorium
Post-Anthropocentrism at Stanford: A State of the Question
On behalf of materia, a DLCL research unit on Latin Americanist and comparative post-anthropocentrisms, we invite you to join us for a daylong discussion on the decentering of the human in the humanities. Co-sponsored by the Program in Science, Technology, and Society. Free and open to the public. Read more.
Thursday, May 12, 2016 | 8:30AM-7:00PM | Stanford Humanities Center Boardroom, Old Union Clubhouse Ballroom, Oregon Courtyard (Pigott Hall)
Renaissance of Letters Workshop
Renaissance of Letters Workshop
In this workshop, our goal is to examine (or re-examine) a broad range of letters and letter-writers, male and female, as well as the communities they inhabited. Studies will include iconic late medieval and Renaissance figures as well as lesser known individuals and their correspondence, published and unpublished. By assembling a diversity of interesting case studies done by scholars in different areas of specialization, we hope to come to a better understanding of the meaning of letter-writing as a valuable window into social, economic, and cultural practices, political attitudes, intellectual activities, and religious beliefs. We also wish to highlight the role of late medieval and Renaissance Italy in the development of this form of communication. Read more.
Friday and Saturday, May 13,14, 2016 | 9:00AM - 5:00PM | Stanford Humanities Center, Levinthal Hall
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 
Check out Professor Tom Mullaney's Interview, It's Time to Get Over QWERTY, featured in the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Conditions for Productive Interdisciplinary Collaboration
When scholars collaborate across disciplines, what shapes their perceptions of that experience? Drawing from their recent research on a range of interdisciplinary networks, Dr. Kyoko Sato, STS Associate Director, and her colleagues find that cognitive and intellectual payoffs tell only part of the story. Emotional and social dimensions to collaboration intertwine with the cognitive in complex ways, while the research environment established by funders creates a frame within which participants experience a sense of achievement across disciplinary divides.
Read more about their finding in Items, newsletter of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC)
Attention Student Athletes!
 Ever had trouble finding classes that match your sport schedule?  Want to help me try to address some of those problems?  My name is Stephanie and I’m the undergraduate program administrator in Political Science.  I’m completing my thesis on this very topic and invite you to participate in my survey to help me evaluate the struggles student athletes at Stanford may experience balancing their sport with their academics.  If you are interested, it shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes of your time and you will be entered in a lottery to win a $50 gift card.
Click here to take the survey!
Summer Internship Opportunity in Global Health and Tobacco
We are searching for undergraduate students interested in Anthropology to pursue research over the summer in an exciting project about global health and the tobacco industry.
This is an opportunity to work under the direct guidance of the Faculty PI, Prof. Matthew Kohrman, and engage in the many aspects of the project, including the curation of data and visualization projects, bibliographic research and editing, and public outreach for the project. There is also the possibility to design and conduct your own research around the tobacco industry and the manufacturing of cigarettes. Read more
If you are interested, please email Professor. Kohrman at <kohrman@stanford.edu> to set up an appointment.
Think Chicago: Lollapalooza 2016
From July 27 – July 31, 2016, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, along with the University of Illinois, World Business Chicago, and Lollapalooza will host 200 of the nation’s top university students from across the country to take a behind-the-scenes tour of Chicago’s vibrant technology ecosystem and attend this year’s four-day Lollapalooza music festival. Read more
Deadline to apply is May 15, 2016
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Program Assistant - Social Science Research Council
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Public Programs Intern - The Marine Mammal Center
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