Stanford in the News

Technology and inequality

This article quotes David Grusky, professor of sociology and director of the Center on Poverty and Inequality and Vivek Wadhwa on the disparity between the wealthy and everyone else, and technology's role in it; cites Sean Reardon, professor at the Graduate School of Education.

Can you Uber a burger?

This article quotes Al Roth, professor of economics and senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, on the disadvantages of services that sells reservations for tables at peak times.

China's GMO stockpile

This article quotes Scott Rozelle, co-director of the Rural Education Action Program and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, on China's significant financial investment in plant biotech research.

Forbes Under 30 Summit: How biology reinvents the way we understand disease

This article quotes Adam de la Zerda, assistant professor of structural biology, on the separation of different fields as the major boundary to advancing medicine.

Benchmark survey finds a continued rise in giving to colleges

This article notes that Stanford tops the list of colleges that raised the greatest amount of funds in 2013, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Poor kids who do everything right don't do better than rich kids who do everything wrong

This article quotes Sean Reardon, professor at the Graduate School of Education, on how "rich students are increasingly entering kindergarten much better prepared to succeed in school than middle-class students."

My trip to (Part II): rapid iteration for repeatable innovation

This article features the author's experience in the's Design Thinking Bootcamp.

Was Charlie Crist's fan against the rules? It's complicated.

This article quotes George Triantis, professor at the law school and associate dean for strategic planning, on the recent Florida governor?s race debate, in which Gov. Rick Scott did not appear on stage at the start of the debate because his campaign objected to a small electric fan located behind Charlie Crist's lectern.

Xi 'rule of law' meeting will strengthen Communist Party

This article quotes Larry Diamond, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, on distinguishing among the rule of law, rule by law, and the politicized application of laws that ultimately serve and protect the rulers.

The GOP advantage: geography or gerrymandering?

This article quotes Jonathan Rodden, professor of political science and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, on a computer simulations study co-authored with Jowei Chen of the University of Michigan to see whether the political makeup of Congress would be any different if congressional maps were drawn without partisan bias.

Quality of words, not quantity, is crucial to language skills, study finds

This article quotes Anne Fernald, associate professor of psychology and director of the Language Learning Lab, noting that increased quantity of language leads to better quality.

The last will and testament of a millennial

This article quotes Lawrence Friedman, professor at the law school, on the popularity and changing role of wills.

What is really tearing America apart

This article features study findings co-authored by Shanto Iyengar, professor of communication and of political science, and Sean Westwood of Princeton University, that Americans are increasingly divided along political partisanship, which is a stronger factor for bias than that of race.

Facebook, Apple pay for egg freezing, sperm donors

This article quotes Shelley Correll, professor of sociology and director of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, on how Facebook's and Apple's decision to help employees pay for infertility treatments, sperm donors and egg freezing helps professional women by giving them more control over the timing of fertility.

The risks of cheap water

This article quotes Barton Thompson, professor at the law school and director of the Stanford Woods Institute, on markets as essential to ensuring that water, when scarce, can be allocated to the most valuable uses.

The right way to fix the Internet

This article quotes Barbara van Schewick, professor at the law school and director of the Center for Internet and Society, on her concern that if profit-hungry companies have unregulated freedom to handle various types of Internet traffic, they will continue altering the Internet's internal structure in ways beneficial to them, but not necessarily to the rest of the world.

The case for quitting your job

This article quotes Philip Pizzo, dean emeritus of the med school and founding director of the Distinguished Careers Institute, on delaying retirement and transitioning to a different field.

Pentagon warns climate change will intensify conflict

This article quotes Charles Kolstad, senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and at the Precourt Institute for Energy, on the continuing issue of climate change as a national security risk.

Network theory reveals the hidden link between trade and military alliances that leads to conflict-free stability

This article quotes Matthew O. Jackson, professor of economics, and Stephen Nei, graduate student in economics, on combining network theory and game theory to study the stability of different kinds of networks based on real-world data.

Teen researchers defend media multitasking

This article quotes Anthony Wagner, professor of psychology, on study findings by the late communication Professor Clifford Nass; notes that Donald Roberts, professor emeritus of communication, assisted two teenagers in their study of "high media multitaskers."

Measuring MLK's peace prophecy, 50 years later

This article quotes Clayborne Carson, professor of history and director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute, on Martin Luther King Jr.'s focus on the triple threat of racism, poverty and war since the earliest parts of his career.

Cloud computing is forcing a reconsideration of intellectual property

This article quotes Mark Lemley, professor at the law school and senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, on considering how a future economy might function in a world where most products are cheap or free.

Stanford's Hennessy on technology, college ratings, sex assault prevention - and more

This article features President John Hennessy in a yearlong conversation about top issues in higher education.

NIH awards $32 million to tackle big data in medicine

This article notes that Stanford received two grants from the National Institutes of Health, part of $32 million in grants awarded to public and private institutions to devise innovative ways of handling huge sets of data seen as increasingly central to future medical discoveries.

Beaming with pride

This article features William Moerner, professor of chemistry, on winning the Nobel Prize in chemistry with Stefan W. Hell of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Germany and Eric Betzig of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Virginia; they received the award for using fluorescent molecules to give microscopes higher resolutions - turning microscopy into nanoscopy, and looking at living cells in detail.