Stanford in the News

Establishing her position in the post

This article quotes William B. Gould IV, professor emeritus at the law school, on the purpose of various public statements by Michele Roberts, the new executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, telling and retelling her personal back story and, increasingly, detailing her personal problems with the NBA's business structure.

Prosecutor faces new criticism over Ferguson case

This article quotes David Sklansky, professor at the law school, on how the Ferguson case in some ways underscores weaknesses in the grand jury system.

Where the time goes

This article quotes Russell Berman, professor of German and of comparative literature and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, on responding to new data findings that real time to degree in doctoral programs is shorter than many people think it is, and that it's decreasing in some disciplines; Berman was the task force leader of a recent Modern Languages Association report on reforming humanities doctoral programs.

Prize-winning videos capture the strange beauty of fluids in motion

This article quotes Jeffrey Koseff, professor of civil and environmental engineering, and director of the Woods Institute for the Environment, on organizing a contest for the "most beautiful science" video at the annual American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Dynamics meeting.

Why Iran and the US need each other more than ever

This article quotes Abbas Milani, director of Iranian Studies and research fellow at the Hoover Institution, on Iran's negotiations with six world powers over a comprehensive deal on the country's nuclear program.

Susan Athey on how digital currency could transform our lives

This article is an interview with Susan Athey, professor at the Graduate School of Business and senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.

When is the best time of day for a company to dump bad news?

This article cites a working paper co-authored by Ed deHaan, assistant professor at the Graduate School of Business, and Terry Shevlin of the UC Irvine Merage School of Business and Jake Thornock of the University of Washington Foster School of Business, on a study of corporate earnings announcements.

Roll over, Mahler: US orchestras are shrinking

This article quotes Robert Flanagan, professor emeritus at the Graduate School of Business, on recent cuts in orchestra musicians.

Can you learn nanotechnology online?

This article quotes Aneesh Nainani, assistant professor (consulting) of electrical engineering, on the differences between teaching a traditional university course and a massive open online course (MOOC).

A push for legal aid in civil cases finds its advocates

This article quotes Deborah Rhode, professor at the law school and director of the Center on the Legal Profession and of the Program in Law and Social Entrepreneurship, on less costly alternatives that do not require extensive time from lawyers to provide legal advice to low-income people in civil cases.

Defying GOP, Obama acts on immigration

This article quotes Gary Segura, professor of political science, on the likely reaction of the critics of President Barack Obama's recently announced sweeping plan to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation.

Obama plan gives tech industry slight boost in foreign job pool

This article quotes Vivek Wadhwa, fellow at the Rock Center for Corporate Governance, on how President Obama's recent immigration order will impact the tech community.

Does Uber need a grown-up?

This article quotes Paolo Parigi, assistant professor of sociology, on how Uber's perceived "sexist and bullish" culture could be improved.]

Meet a data scientist who's helped revolutionize agriculture

This article features David Lobell, associate professor of environmental Earth system science and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute and at the Woods Institute for the Environment, on promoting the cooperation of experienced researchers and farmers working together with data scientists to increase the efficiency of growing staple crops.

Inspired by geckos (and possibly 'Mission Impossible'), researchers unveil adhesives that allow humans to scale walls

This article features the "gecko-inspired human climbing system" developed by Mark Cutkosky, professor of mechanical design, and his research team.

In a small space, a big issue

This article quotes James Landay, professor of computer science, on the public's perceived need for more space for input for smart watches.

Professors of the year reveal what makes their classes stand out

This article includes Sheri Sheppard, professor of mechanical engineering and one of the recipients of this year's U.S. Professors of the Year awards.

The secret life of passwords

This article quotes Paul Saffo, associate professor (consulting) of mechanical engineering, on describing "keepsake passwords" as "crypto haiku."

Facebook shuttle drivers favor Teamsters in union vote

This article quotes William B. Gould IV, professor emeritus at the law school, on how drivers of Facebook shuttle buses' vote to be represented by the Teamsters union could represent some encouragement for "workers on the short end of Silicon Valley's enormous wealth."

Obama said to include tech visas expansion in immigration plan

This article quotes Vivek Wadhwa, fellow at the Rock Center for Corporate Governance, on Silicon Valley's talent shortage.

A genetic study of exceptionally old people fails to show why they have survived so long

This article features research by Stuart Kim, professor of developmental biology and of genetics, and co-author of a recent study that sequenced the genomes of 17 of the world's oldest living people.

Geckos inspire scientists in US military-developed Spider-Man suit project

This article features research by Mark Cutkosky, professor of mechanical engineering, and Elliot Hawkes, graduate student in mechanical engineering, on developing with the U.S. military a material which enables a human to ascend a vertical glass wall.

Smartphone screens correct for your vision flaws

This article quotes Gordon Wetzstein, assistant professor of electrical engineering, on developing a vision-correcting screen display for a smartphone or tablet, with colleagues at M.I.T. and the University of California, Berkeley.

Batteries could capture low-grade waste heat

This article cites Yi Cui, associate professor of materials science and engineering, and of photon science, and Seok Woo Lee, physical science research associate on developing with Yuan Yang of M.I.T. a way to harvest heat at much lower temperatures than normal.

The case against universal preschool

This article quotes Larry Cuban, professor emeritus at the Graduate School of Education, on how a universal pre-kindergarten system could become a political possibility.