Stanford in the News

Teaching tomorrow

This article features Sebastian Thrun, professor (research) of computer science, on his mission to teach people about how to face the future.

How a suit against Uber could redefine the sharing economy

This article quotes William B. Gould IV, professor emeritus of law, on how the misclassification of employees into independent contractor status is arising with increasing frequency in the sharing economy.

The $1 pocket microscope

This article features the Foldscope, an inexpensive, easy-to-assemble microscope developed by Manu Prakash, assistant professor of bioengineering.

How certainty transforms persuasion

This article was co-authored by Zakary Tormala, associate professor at the Graduate School of Business, on how certainly, the confidence we have in our beliefs, profoundly shapes human behavior.

This girls' summer camp could help change the world of AI

This article features the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory's Outreach Summer (SAILORS) program, the United States' first AI summer camp for girls. Mentions Edward Feigenbaum, professor emeritus of computer science; Fei-Fei Li, associate professor of computer science; and Rick Sommer, senior assistant dean and director of Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes. SAILORS was started by alumna Olga Russakovsky.

Supreme Court's 'long conference': where appeals 'go to die'

This article quotes Jeffrey Fisher, professor (teaching) of law, on reasons for the low petition grant rate for the Supreme Court justices' "long conference," a private annual gathering to consider petitions to hear appeals that have piled up over the summer.

Immigrant suspect faces tough battle fighting murder charge

This article quotes Robert Weisberg, professor of law, on what the suspect at the center of a national immigration debate would need to do to avoid a second-degree murder conviction.

Why replication matters

This story quotes Cristobal Young, assistant professor of sociology, co-author of field experiment in which only 15 of 53 authors contacted were able or willing to provide a replication package for their research.

Could do better: How to clean up the world of online reviews

This article cites research by Paolo Parigi, assistant professor of sociology, on how trust develops between people who offer accommodation on sites like CouchSurfing and Airbnb, and their customers.

Carbon-credits scheme linked to increased production of greenhouse gases

This article quotes Michael Wara, associate professor of law, on how it may be time to give up on carbon credit markets.

U.S. schools are too focused on standardized tests, poll says

This article quotes Linda Darling-Hammond, professor at the Graduate School of Education, commenting on recent survey findings that Americans overwhelmingly think there is too much emphasis on standardized testing in public schools and that test scores are not the best way to judge schools, teachers or students.

Why women are more likely to ask for a divorce

This article features a study co-authored by Michael Rosenfeld, associate professor of sociology, that found that women are more likely than men to ask for divorce. But non-marital breakups are more gender neutral.

Climate change intensifies California drought, scientists say

This article quotes David Lobell, associate professor of Earth system science and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute and at the Woods Institute for the Environment, commenting on study findings that the odds of California suffering droughts at the far end of the scale have roughly doubled over the past century. Also quotes Noah Diffenbaugh, associate professor of Earth system science and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, on how California's water system was built for an older climate.

Genetically inclined to learn

This article quotes Ben Domingue, assistant professor of education, on co-authoring a study that found an individual's genetic makeup can have a direct effect on the level of education achieved by that individual, the first time that researchers have found such a relationship.

Inside the surprisingly high-stakes quest to design a computer program that 'gets' sarcasm online

This article quotes Christopher Manning, professor of linguistics and of computer science, on what needs to happen in order for computer sarcasm detection to truly work.

What is elegance in science?

This article quotes Robert Sapolsky, professor of biology, of neurology and of neurosurgery; William Newsome, professor of neurobiology and director of the Stanford Neurosciences Institute; and Alexander Nemerov, professor of art and art history, on their definitions of what "elegant science" is and is not.

Many black lawyers navigate a rocky, lonely road to partner

This article quotes Deborah Rhode, professor of law, on how the lack of cross-racial relationships that knit lawyers into teams to handle high-pressure client legal tasks is part of what prevents some blacks from becoming partners at law firms.

Paying for solar power

This article quotes Stefan Reichelstein, professor at the Graduate School of Business, on his study of how changing the tax credit will affect solar economics.

Scholars Talk Writing: Sam Wineburg

This article is an interview with Sam Wineburg, professor of education, on his development as a writer.

Adam Johnson: Novelist devours nonfiction

This is an interview with Adam Johnson, associate professor of English.

'Even less representative' than cops: Why prosecutors' offices also need major reform

This article is an interview with David Sklansky, professor of law and co-author of a recent report with Debbie Mukamal, executive director of the law school's Criminal Justice Center, that found California's prosecutors are far less diverse than the rest of the state.

Astronomers glimpse a young Jupiter, 51 Eridani b

This article quotes Bruce Macintosh, professor of physics, on leading a study that discovered a young planet remarkably similar to Jupiter. The planet, 51 Eridani b, was the first to be found using the Gemini Planet Imager.

Scientists use bioengineered yeast instead of poppies to make opioids

This article notes that Christina Smolke, associate professor of bioengineering, led a team at Stanford that has created strains of yeast that can produce narcotic drugs. The breakthrough makes the creation of important chemicals, such as painkillers and cough suppressants, less expensive and more predictable than using poppies.

Can you judge an IPO by its CEO?

This article quotes Elizabeth Blankespoor, associate professor at the Graduate School of Business, on her study co-authored with Bradley Hendricks of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Gregory Miller of the University of Michigan, which found that the more a chief executive's gestures and manners exude competence during investor pitch sessions, or the CEO is viewed as attractive or trustworthy, the more likely he or she is to have a higher-priced IPO.

Humans may face malnutrition if birds and bees disappear

This article quotes Gretchen Daily, professor of biology and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, on how declines in the availability of fresh fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds will likely have major health impacts well beyond what vitamin pills could make up for.