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STS Alumni Panel

STS would like to invite you to an exciting evening with 5 great alumni, to share how STS has influenced their careers.  The panelists will talk about pitching their degree, first jobs out of Stanford, how the BA, BS or honors program have influenced their career, and answer questions you may have to prepare you for your career after Stanford. There will also be an opportunity to network with the alumni afterwards!  
Space is limited as we want those in attendance to have the opportunity to have their questions answered, so RSVP now!  DINNER will be provided!  See you then! 
Learn about the panelists below:
Mark Pastore '89- Entrepreneur 
Kevin Gough '04 Director of Product Marketing-Okta
William Treseder '12-Partner at BMT
Lindsey Wilder '14-Product Marketing at Uber
Selina Her '17-Product Designer at Segment

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 | 6:30-8:00 | Mendenhall Library (120-101)
Information, Intelligent Machines, and New Knowledge
In Academic Year 2018-19, Stanford Libraries will host the speaker series, “Information, Intelligent Machines, and New Knowledge.” The first Discovery Session will take place on October 29 with Nicole Coleman of the Stanford Libraries, who will be speaking on Library-Inspired Artificial Intelligence.

The series will begin in autumn with the “Discovery Sessions,” a series of presentations and discussions oriented to work going on within libraries to address the rapidly changing digital information landscape. The sessions are an exploration of artificial intelligence, digital infrastructure, and digital interfaces to improve information access and discovery in libraries and archives. The series will demonstrate applications of AI to search and discovery, metadata enrichment, and digitization.
The session will be one hour and consist of a 30 minute talk + 30 minutes of Q&A, including questions from remote participants. The Discovery Sessions will be recorded and distributed widely. Read more.
Monday, October 29, 2018 | 1:00PM-2:00PM | Green Library, 5th floor, Bender Room
Governance in the Emerging World: China
New and rapid societal and technological changes are complicating governance around the globe and challenging traditional thinking. Demographic changes and migration are having a profound effect as some populations age and shrink while other countries expand. The information and communications revolution is making governance much more difficult and heightening the impact of diversity. Emerging technologies, especially artificial intelligence and automation, are bringing about a new industrial revolution, disrupting workforces and increasing military capabilities of both states and non-state actors. And new means of production such as additive manufacturing and automation are changing how, where, and what we produce. These changes are coming quickly, faster than governments have historically been able to respond. Read more.
Monday, October 29, 2018 | 3:30PM-5:00PM | Hauck Auditorium
Sexual Harassment and the Advancement of Women in Academic Science, Engineering, and Medicine  
Over the last several years, revelations of sexual harassment experienced by women in workplace and in academic settings have raised urgent questions about the specific impact of this discriminatory behavior on women and the extent to which it is limiting their careers. Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine explores the influence of sexual harassment in academia on the career advancement of women in the scientific, technical, and medical workforce. This report reviews the research on the prevalence of sexual harassment for women in academic science, engineering, and medicine; examines how sexual harassment impacts the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women pursuing careers in these fields; and identifies policies, strategies, and practices that can prevent and address sexual harassment in academic settings. The report describes how sexual harassment significantly damages the research enterprise and provides guidance on how academic institutions can move beyond legal compliance to prevent sexual harassment by making system-wide changes to the climate and culture in their organizations.  Read more.
Monday, October 29, 2018 | 4:15PM-5:45PM | Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center
Unlocking Innovation: Lessons from San Quentin State Prison
Join STVP for "Unlocking Innovation: Lessons from San Quentin State Prison" led by entrepreneurship and innovation expert, Tina Seelig. Dinner, refreshments and networking to follow. Free and open to the Stanford community. Reserve your seat at

Tina Seelig is a professor of the practice within the Department of Management Science & Engineering (MS&E), faculty co-director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) and author. At Stanford, Seelig has taught courses on on creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship in MS&E and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design ( In the past, she has worked as a management consultant for Booz, Allen, and Hamilton, a multimedia producer at Compaq Computer Corporation and was the founder of a multimedia company called BookBrowser. She graduated from Stanford with a Ph.D. in Neuroscience.  Read more.
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 | 6:30PM-8:00PM | Hasso Plattner Institute of Design
Designing Technology for an Aging Population
The world’s population is aging, especially in developed countries. The audience for most websites, apps, and digital devices includes older adults, so most websites, apps, and digital devices should be designed to accommodate them. Unfortunately, many are not.

Based on his experience designing, reviewing, and testing apps and websites with older adults, and on an extensive review of the literature, this talk given by Jeffrey Johnson, Assistant Professor in Computer Science at University of San Francisco, describes age-related factors that affect older adults’ ability to use digital technology, and present design guidelines that reflect older adults’ varied capabilities, usage patterns, and preferences. Among other things, it debunks the usefulness of a dichotomy between digital “natives” and “immigrants.” The talk is based on the presenter’s co-authored book: Designing User Interfaces for an Aging Population: Towards Universal Design (Elsevier, 2017). Read more.

Thursday, November 1, 2018 | 4:10PM-5:00PM | Tressider Oak Lounge
Virtual Reality Technology Treatment for Mental Illness
Virtual Reality (VR) has been used for two decades to treat a variety of mental illnesses effectively. Recent technological developments in VR are offering even more potential. Embodied and immersive VR is being explored to treat body image disorders and psychosomatic illnesses. It also has potential to rewire implicit and unconscious beliefs and cognition that are especially important in mood and psychotic disorders. We will review the theory, evidence, application, and potential for psychiatry. Read more.
Thursday, November 1, 2018 | 7:00PM-8:30PM | Stanford Health Library, Hoover Pav.
Health Policy Forum | Painkiller: How Oxycontin ignited the opioid epidemic
Barry Meier was the first journalist to shed a national spotlight on the abuse of OxyContin. He was a member of the New York Times reporting team that won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. Meier is also a two-time winner of the George Polk Award. His reporting at the Times concentrated on the intersection of business, medicine, and the public's health. During his career, he has exposed the dangers of various drugs and medical products, including a defective heart device and a generation of flawed artificial hips. Meier is the author of A World of Hurt: Fixing Pain Medicine's Biggest Mistake, Missing Man: The American Spy Who Vanished in Iran, and Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America's Opioid Epidemic. He lives in New York City with his wife and their daughter.  Read more.
Friday, November 2, 2018 | 10:30AM-12:00PM | Berg Hall, Li Ka Shing Center


PhD Program in Science and Technology Studies
The 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. Read more.


Advocacy and Public Policy Coordinator 

The Advocacy and Public Policy Coordinator develops and implements strategies, campaigns, and initiatives to promote awareness of environmental issues in the watershed and strives for new and updated policies that will improve water quality. This position will oversee a volunteer Watershed Watch Committee that provides technical and historical knowledge to help develop advocacy strategies. This is full-time, exempt position based in the Riverkeepers office and supervised by the Executive Director. Read more.
Data and Policy Analyst - Writer/Coordinator

Data and Policy Analysts perform a wide array of functions as part of the research process. Those applicants interested in focusing on writing/coordinating will help create and report descriptive statistics, conduct literature searches, independent research and summarize findings, coordinate project activities and communications among diverse groups of internal and external clients and team members, interpret study specifications, research findings and quantitative analyses for relevant audiences, prepare project reports, memos, presentations and proposals, deliver technical assistance and presenting findings to clients, and perform other duties as assigned. Read more.

PetSmart Product Development Product Design Internship - Summer 2019

Are you looking for a fun and rewarding summer internship? At PetSmart, we are committed to developing future business leaders. Join our Product Development team this summer and thrive in a collaborative culture where being the trusted partner to parents and pets in every moment of their lives is priority number one. 

What will you do?
Experience the Product Design function of the leading pet specialty retailer firsthand as you work with a team of designers to conceptualize and create products ranging from leashes to toys, and much more! 
Leave your “paw” print with a project designed to make a true impact on the business. Present your recommendations and innovative ideas to PetSmart leaders. Develop and grow your skills with the support of a caring manager and dedicated mentor.
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Associate Environmental Services Specialist

The San José Environmental Services Department (ESD) is responsible for the management of solid waste collection and recycling; watershed protection and pollution prevention; municipal drinking water and recycled water; community sustainability initiatives, and the operation and infrastructure improvements of the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility. ESD's mission is to deliver world class utility services and programs to improve our health, environment, and economy. Read more.
Intern Tech Reviewer/Writer

Writers for Whizord will work with a highly skilled staff who will aid interns take their writing to new heights. Interns will learn the in's and out's of an online publication, and gain experience working in a team atmosphere, as well as occasionally receive new pieces of technology to review. Applicants with the means to record reviews will have a much higher priority in the application process. Read more.
Water and Wastewater Design Engineer/PM

This is an exciting opportunity to advance WSC’s water, wastewater and recycled water design expertise, and contribute to the direction of existing and future projects with our clients and technical professionals. This position requires serving as a Project Manager and/or Lead Engineer for all phases and aspects of water and/or wastewater treatment and recycled water projects including: planning, preliminary design, process modeling, value engineering, detailed design, construction services and commissioning. Read more.
Analytics Intern - Football Operations - Philadelphia Eagles

The Analytics Intern will work with the football operations staff on a wide range of analytical projects. Candidates will primarily assist in managing and analyzing data. Successful candidates will have strong quantitative skills and the technical ability to implement ideas. The internship will expose candidates to the day-to-day work of a modern NFL front office. Read more.

Additional job and internship postings can be found at Handshake.

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