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STS Wire 2/13/2017

In this Issue
  • STS Alumni Panel + Networking Event
  • 'Made in India' Documentary Viewing
  • Assistive Technology Faire
  • Human Decisions and Machine Predictions
  • Gear Up For Research 2017
  • Hank Greely - The End of Sex and the Future of Reproduction 
STS Alumni Panel + Networking Event
We have assembled a whole new panel of successful STS Alums in various industries and at different stages in their careers including marketing, data analytics, law, healthcare, non-profit, product design and education. This event is unique to STS! It is a great opportunity to meet and pick the brains of STS alums that “get you” and are excited to tell you about their interdisciplinary career path. 
Space is limited and this is a very popular event. RSVPs will close when space is full or by the end of the day on 2/17/17 - whichever comes first.

Please RSVP here by February 17 to guarantee

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | 6:30PM-8:30PM | Mendenhall Library (120-101)
'Made in India' Documentary Viewing

Made in India is a feature length documentary film about the human experiences behind the phenomena of "outsourcing" surrogate mothers to India. The film shows the journey of an infertile American couple, an Indian surrogate and the reproductive outsourcing business that brings them together. Weaving together these personal stories within the context of a growing international industry, Made in India explores a complicated clash of families in crisis, reproductive technology, and choice from a global perspective." Read more about the documentary. Pizza will be provided.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017  | 6:00PM | Building 200, Room 030
Assistive Technology Faire

The Assistive Technology Faire provides an opportunity for students and community members to get an up-close look at a variety of devices and learn about available programs from product vendors and service agencies. Users of assistive technology products as well as small companies and agencies serving individuals with disabilities and older adults will bring assistive technology devices to display, demonstrate, and discuss. Read more.


Whill Wheelchair
Eyefluence’s Eye-interaction Platform
Life Glider™
Podna Rover
Autism Glass
Service Dog Training
SVILC Assistive Technology Device Lending Library
Dance4Healing Tele-exercise Live Video Platform
Soccer Guard
SmartWalk Mobility Aid

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 | 4:30PM-6:00PM | Thornton Center

Human Decisions and Machine Predictions

Prof. Ludwig examines how machine learning can be used to improve human decisions. Using data from a large American city, he shows how an algorithm was trained to predict defendants' future behavior, and concludes releasing defendants using the predictions of an algorithm can achieve less crime and fewer people detained in jail, while reducing racial disparities. He discusses one key to this analysis - overcoming a censoring problem: we do not observe what jailed defendants would have done had they been released. One methodological implication is that adapting the techniques of machine learning to this domain must be a joint activity between the design of prediction algorithms and the development of an economic framework that focuses on payoffs, decisions and selection biases. Read more.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | 12:45PM-2:00PM | Stanford Law School - Room 190
Gear Up For Research 2017

Graduate students, post-docs, undergraduate researchers, this is your opportunity to attend information sessions and publisher workshops. Get the tools you need to find research articles and data, organize, write, present, fund and publish.  Representatives from these information providers will be available to answer your questions: AccessEngineering and Data Vis for Materials Properties, Engineering Village and Knovel, IEEE, Mendeley, Overleaf, SimplyMap, SPIE, Yewno and others.  Campus units that provide services to researchers will also be presenting lightning talks: Data Management Services, Learning and Using R, Social Sciences Data and Software, Stanford Biosciences Grant Writing Academy, Stanford Geospatial Center, and the Technical Communication Program (TCP).  Publishers and journal editors from IEEE and Elsevier will present workshops on publishing options, understanding the editorial process, publishing ethics, developing a manuscript and author rights. Read more.
Thursday, February 15, 2017 | 1:00PM-5:00PM |
Huang Engineering Center, Mackenzie Room, Third Floor

Hank Greely - The End of Sex and the Future of Reproduction
In 20 to 40 years, most people around the world with good health coverage will conceive their children not through sex but in a fertility clinic.  They will do this to use “Easy Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis” (“Easy PGD”). This will be an improvement on a technology now more than 25 years old that will allow parents to make 100 embryos from his sperm and her skin cells (no more costly, unpleasant, and risky egg harvest), get whole genome sequence results for each embryo, and use those results to select which embryos to transfer for possible implantation, pregnancy, and birth. Economic, social, political, and legal factors will make this seemingly unlikely result highly likely in the United States; its widespread adoption will lead to some difficult questions about safety, fairness, coercion, family structures, and “naturalness.” Read more.
Thursday, February 16, 2015 | 7:00PM-8:30PM | Cubberly Auditorium
Research, Policy and Communications Interns

Working in the Mayor's office is an excellent opportunity for someone interested in city planning, public policy or communications to get firsthand experience in a fast-paced governmental office, while directly improving the lives of Berkeley residents. 
Our office is an open and collaborative place, and it is just as important to us to help you grow professionally as it is to ensure solid deliverables. Many of the issues our interns have worked on in the past for the District 4 Council Office have become city law. Most recently, interns developed economic policies, green building standards, amendments to the zoning ordinance to include urban agriculture, and detailed research and reports on homelessness. 
Now, as part of the Mayor’s office, interns will play an integral role in the development of local and regional policy, write legislative items, conduct complex research projects, assist with large community events, build out our community engagement plan, and participate in the development of a robust media and social media plan. Read more.
Splash Spring 2017: Teacher Registration Now Open!
Greetings from the Stanford Splash team! Splash Spring 2017 is April 22-23 and teacher registration closes on February 26th.
Stanford Splash is a unique opportunity to teach something you are passionate about to students in 7th through 12th grades. Previous classes have been on mars settlement, juggling, hip-hop dance, cake design, special relativity, American politics, developmental biology, Taekwondo, web development, and many other topics. Now is your chance to introduce students to new topics and instill excitement about learning! Read more.
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Graphic Designer - Black Sails Technology

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