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STS Wire 4/24/2018

In this Issue
  • BEAM Spring Career Fair
  • The Consequences of Technological Developments for Politics and Government
  • How to Start a Nonprofit
  • Health Policy Forum | A Conversation with Howard Koh
  • New Cuban Journalism: How the Independent Media Rebelled Against the Propaganda Machine 
  • Gene-Editing and Advancing Agricultural Development in the 21st Century
  • Dian Grueneich: New Developments in Energy Efficiency Technology, Policy, and Investment 
  • "Fuzzy" and "Techie": A False Divide?
BEAM Spring Career Fair
BEAM's year-end fair for students from all majors that are seeking internships and full-time roles. Read more.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 | 1:00PM-4:00PM | Tressider Union
The Consequences of Technological Developments for Politics and Government
In this final installment of the 2017-18 series, CASBS presents a conversation featuring two 2017-18 CASBS fellows – Stanford professor Nate Persily, an expert on law, democracy, and the internet; and Carrie Cihak, a senior policy expert and practitioner at one of the most innovative county governments in the U.S. They will outline the challenges that recent technology-based advances pose to democracy, public policy, and governance systems. Social media platforms increasingly are viewed as vehicles for exploiting political discourse, rather than as democratizing forces. How should our institutions respond? Though modern technological innovations more easily connect people, what are the implications for issues of “digital equity,” government capacity, and regulatory frameworks? Though the positive impacts are substantial, how do we address the numerous negative impacts of the technology sector’s concentration in certain regional economies – including the San Francisco Bay Area and the greater Seattle area? These are just a few questions that will stimulate a thought-provoking discussion between the panelists and with the audience. Read more.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 | 5:30PM-6:45PM | Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences
How to Start a Nonprofit
Have an awesome idea you think has potential to be a nonprofit organization? Have questions on how to effectively leverage your idea within the walls of an academic institution while pitching your idea to secure funding? In this practicum-based workshop, learn from SIRUM - Supporting Initiatives to Redistribute Unused Medicine as they share their experience of transitioning from a Stanford student organization to a grant-funded nonprofit. Read more.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 | 6:00PM-7:30PM | Haas Center for Public Service
Health Policy Forum | A Conversation with Howard Koh
Health Policy Forum | A ConvePlease join us for a conversation with Harvard University Professor Howard Koh, MD, MPH, one of the leading health policy thinkers in the United States. Dr. Koh will discuss his service as a State Commissioner of Health and as Assistant Secretary of Health in the Obama Administration, with a special focus on his work combating tobacco and opioid addiction and reducing health disparities. He will also share his perspective on the current state of the U.S. health care system and where it needs to reform.sation with Howard Koh. Read more.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | 10:00AM-11:30AM | Li Ka Shing Center
New Cuban Journalism: How the Independent Media Rebelled Against the Propaganda Machine 
In the last ten years the unprecedented emergence of media, outside the control of Cuba's Communist Party, has come to the rescue of actors, issues and approaches that for decades had been made invisible for decades by the triumphalistic narrative of the state-run media.

This talk will cover the context that made that emergence possible, the outlets found in this new landscape, as well as the challenges posed to their existence by the lack of a favorable legal framework, bad quality internet services, difficult access to funding and sustainable business models, difficult access to sources and reliable data, among many other problems. Read more.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | 12:00AM-11:30AM | Bechtel International Center
Gene-Editing and Advancing Agricultural Development in the 21st Century
Specializing in molecular biology and genetics, Dr. Voytas’ research focuses on genome modification using nucleases that recognize specific DNA sequences. In 2005, he co-founded the Zinc Finger Consortium, a group of academic scientists focused on creating open-source platforms for engineering zinc finger nucleases for targeted mutagenesis. His laboratory developed a superior class of sequence-specific nucleases – Transcription Activator-Like Effector Nucleases (TALENs) – which were heralded by Science magazine as one of the top ten scientific breakthroughs of 2012. Using Cas9/CRISPR-based nucleases, Dr. Voytas’ lab is currently optimizing methods for efficiently making targeted genome modifications in a variety of plant species. Recent advances in Dr. Voytas’s lab include the use of geminivirus replicons to dramatically increase the frequency of precise genome modifications in multiple plant species. Read more.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | 4:30PM-6:30PM | Bender Room, Green Library
Dian Grueneich: New Developments in Energy Efficiency Technology, Policy, and Investment 
Dian Grueneich is a nationally and internationally recognized energy expert. Dian began her career in the late 1970’s at the California Energy Commission in the first Jerry Brown administration and help developed the first clean energy policies and programs. Dian served as a Commissioner on the California Public Utilities Commission from 2005-2010 and led its efforts on energy efficiency, demand response, transmission planning and permitting, and Western energy issues. Dian oversaw the successful permitting of three major new transmission lines to carry renewable energy and led development of California’s Long-Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan. 
In May 2014, Dian began an appointment with Stanford University.  She works with Stanford’s Precourt Institute for Energy, the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, the Shultz-Stephenson Energy Policy Task Force and the Graduate School of Business, to spearhead an increased focus on energy policy issues, the evolving energy system, and the next level of energy efficiency.  She oversees the Stanford Energy Internships in California/Colorado (SEIC) program, which places graduate and undergraduate students in California and Western energy agencies.  Dian co-teaches two seminar courses at Stanford: “Energy Efficiency: The Intersection of Technology, Policy, and Investment” and “California and Western Energy Agencies and Policies”.  She also assists Stanford’s new research initiative on the 21stcentury electric grid – Bits & Watts and the new Stanford Energy Club community on policy. Read more.
Monday, April 30, 2018 | 4:30pm-5:20PM | CEMEX Auditorium
"Fuzzy" and "Techie": A False Divide?
At Stanford, the terms “fuzzy” and “techie” are often used to describe students who study the humanities and social sciences vs. those who pursue STEM subjects. What can techie students learn from fuzzy disciplines, and vice versa? How might we foster more fuzzy-techie collaboration? How can we ensure and affirm a diversity of perspectives within teams and organizations? Hear a panel discussion on this topic with special guests Tracy Chou ‘09, MS ‘09; Scott Hartley ‘05; and Marissa Mayer ‘97, MS ‘99, moderated by Mehran Sahami ‘92, MS ‘93, PhD ‘99. Read more.
Monday, April 30, 2018 | 7:00PM-8:30PM | CEMEX Auditorium

Racial Health Equity Intern

The Racial Health Equity Intern will assist Health System staff in researching the root causes of racial health inequities by place, to inform policy and systems change strategies that can reduce racial health disparities in San Mateo County. They will analyze historical documents, conduct key informant interviews, review literature, and help communicate the connections between racial equity and health.

Environmental Intern City of Berkeley

The office of Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin is seeking highly motivated and dynamic interns to make important contributions to the City of Berkeley in the areas of Environmental Planning and Budgeting/Policy work.  The Environmental Intern will assist with the development and completion of policy related to urban agriculture, resiliency, renewable energy, green infrastructure and various other projects that are aimed at meeting our Vision 2050 GHG emission reduction benchmarks. Read more.

Innovation Intern - Special Projects

CSAA Insurance Group is looking for a student who is creative, curious and able to succeed in the unknown to Corporate Innovation team for a 10 week paid summer internship.

What you’ll do:

Assist with in-flight and planned innovation projects - Help design and run research & experiments - Apply frameworks and methodologies to new ideas to make informed pause/pivot/persevere decisions - Perform market research and analysis, including competitor and market/problem sizing - Create different levels of prototypes and wireframes that we will use with actual people via experiments - Monitor and record data related to key performance metrics for ongoing projects. Read more.

Energy and Environment Policy Coordinator
This position supports the work of the Energy and Environment Committees over summer 2018. The Energy and Environment teams work to ensure long-term environmental and business sustainability by advocating for balanced, efficient, and effective policies and programs. The Environment Work Plan focuses on SF Bay wetlands restoration and regional flood control, climate change mitigation, reliable water supply, and zero-emission vehicles and charging infrastructure. The Energy Work Plan focuses on clean energy supply, grid modernization, zero-emission vehicles, and demand-side energy solutions.Read more.
Public Policy Commencement Volunteer
You would be one of two student helpers assisting program staff set up for the event. Namely, you would be passing out brochures, filling up drink tubs with waters and sodas and then helping to clean up and unload afterwards. The time commitment is from about 9am until around 3pm. It is an unpaid job but for your service, you would receive a $100 gift card. If you live locally or aren't starting your summer plans until after June 17th, it could be a great opportunity to help out. If you live in the dorms, you'll need to request a late checkout from your RA - Public Policy will cover the cost of your additional rent.   Please email me at katiej2@stanford.edu by Wednesday, April 25th if you are interested.
BEAM Job Postings
Public Rights Project Intern - Public Rights Project
Digital Media Photography Intern - Stanford Alumni Association
Sports Intern - Euro School of Tennis
Tech Writer Intern - InvenSense.

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