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STS Wire 10/17/2017

In this Issue
  • Stanford Startup Career Fair 2017
  • Elements of Art Direction
  • Public Policy Coterminal M.A. and M.P.P. Info Session
  • CLAS Lecture Series: Watering the Revolution: An Environmental and Technological History of Agrarian Reform in Mexico 
  • Stanford Graduate Schools Fair 2017
  • Between Information Aesthetics and Design Amplification
Stanford Startup Career Fair 2017

The Startup Career Fair is a great chance for companies to get connected early with talented Stanford students. We have created this fair to provide startups, seeking all majors, an exclusive platform to network with and recruit Stanford students.  This fair will draw students interested in entrepreneurship or who are eager to get involved with the next big thing. All majors are welcome, and we encourage diverse opportunities for students to get involved with your company. Read more.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 | 1:00PM-4:00PM | Tresidder Memorial Union 
Elements of Art Direction

Lee Petty is an Art Director and Project Lead, currently at Double Fine Productions, and has worked in video games for more than 20 years on titles such as Brutal Legend, Broken Age, Stacking and Headlander. Lee is also a member of the GDC Advisory Board and an active speaker at events and schools across the world.

Interactive media and games increasingly pervade and shape our society. In addition to their dominant roles in entertainment, videogames play growing roles in education, arts, science and health. This seminar series brings together a diverse set of experts to provide interdisciplinary perspectives on these media regarding their history, technologies, scholarly research, industry, artistic value and potential future. As the speakers and title suggest, the series also provides a topical lens for the diverse aspects of our lives. Read more.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 | 4:30PM-6:00PM | Jordan Hall Room 41
Public Policy Coterminal M.A. and M.P.P. Info Session

Earn an M.A. in Public Policy in as little as 1 year, while completing your undergraduate degree! Participate in an intellectually-rigorous program that provides a strong foundation in policy and public service. Students from all undergraduate majors are encouraged to apply.

The coterminal M.A. is also a gateway to the M.P.P. degree program. Stanford undergraduates may apply to the coterminal M.A. in Public Policy and then, after one quarter in the M.A. program, apply to the M.P.P. program. Earning the B.A. and M.P.P. typically takes at least five years. Students may also apply directly to the M.P.P. program as seniors or alumni. More information at the Info Session. Read more.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | 3:30PM-4:30PM | Conference Room A of the Landau Economics Building
CLAS Lecture Series: Watering the Revolution: An Environmental and Technological History of Agrarian Reform in Mexico 

Watering the Revolution re-examines Mexican agrarian reform—Latin America’s largest and most extensive—through an environmental and technological history of water management in the emblematic Laguna region. It shows how during the long Mexican Revolution (1910-1940) engineers’ distribution of water paradoxically undermined land distribution. In so doing, it reveals the intrinsic tension engineers faced between the need for water conservation and the imperative for development during the contentious modernization of the Laguna's irrigation system via dams, canals, and groundwater pumps. This tension generally resolved in favor of development, which unintentionally diminished and contaminated the water supply while deepening rural social inequalities. By uncovering the varied motivations behind the Mexican government’s decision to use invasive technologies despite knowing they were unsustainable, the book tells a cautionary tale of the long-term consequences of short-sighted development policies.   Mikael Wolfe is Assistant Professor of History at Stanford University. He is an environmental historian of water and climate issues in modern Mexico and Latin America. He earned a BA from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. In addition to his book, he has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on water and land reform in modern Mexico. Read more.

Friday, October 20, 2017 | 12:30PM-2:00PM | Center for Latin American Studies, Bolivar House, 582 Alvarado Row

Stanford Graduate Schools Fair 2017

BEAM, Stanford Career Education invites you to participate in our annual Graduate School Fair. This is a great opportunity to build a presence for your institution or program and meet talented Stanford students and alumni looking to explore graduate school opportunities. We also invite interested candidates from surrounding schools and the community to attend. Read more.

Monday, October 23, 2017 | 4:00pm-7:00pm | Tresidder Memorial Union
Between Information Aesthetics and Design Amplification

Around the year 1970, “technocratic” themes such as planning theory, semiotics, mathematics, cybernetics, and designs based on algorithms and set theory became widespread aspects of architecture. A juxtaposition of the “Stuttgart School” and the “Architecture Machine Group” will reveal the fundamental differences between the reception of cybernetics in Germany and the United States. Whereas in Germany the discussion centered on scientific aesthetics, a computer-based critique of art, and the promises of quantification and objectivity, in the United States the focus was on participatory utopias, a process-oriented design practice, and the hope of increasing creativity by using the computer as a medium. A comparative examination of this moment in history will illuminate both the emergence of media theory as well as its failure to take hold – and thus it will also bring to light an overlooked prehistory of the so-called digital humanities. Read more.

Monday, October 23, 2017 | 5:30pm-7:00pm | Oshman Hall, McMurtry Building
PhD Program in Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
PhD Program in Science and Technology StudiThe Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer invites applications for admissions into our PhD program. Founded in 1982, the STS Department at Rensselaer is one of the oldest and most highly recognized programs in this field. Our Faculty is internationally recognized for research that emphasizes the cultural, historical, economic, political, and social dimensions of our scientific and technological society, with a strong emphasis on ethical engagement. Topically, our work spans a wide range including and not limited to sustainability, digital culture, disability studies, food security/justice, STEM education, critical design, human health, medicine, and energy and environmental policies.s Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. Read more.
Unique one-year Master's opportunity in Science & Technology Policy at ASU

The Arizona State University School for the Future of Innovation in Society’s one-year Master of Science & Technology Policy program (MSTP) uniquely prepares our graduates to have an impact in today’s technologically complex world. Drawing on some of the world’s leading experts and innovative thinkers, we are training future leaders, policy makers and analysts in tackling complex issues that range from climate change, energy security and responsible innovation, to public health, global development and social justice.

The MSTP program is suited to anyone interested in a career where they work to ensure that science and technology serve society through responsive and effective policy development and implementation. Our students come from a very wide range of backgrounds, and go on to develop successful careers in government, business, academic institutions, and non-government organizations. Read more.

Applications for "Stanford, I Screwed Up!" 2018 are open!
"Stanford, I Screwed Up!" is an annual event commemorating and celebrating the 'epic failures' in our lives. Students from across campus come together and share experiences through storytelling, comedy, poetry, song, video, and other creative means.

Want to tell your story at our spring event? Apply by Friday, November 10th.
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