Stanford in the News

The detection of gravitational waves is a triumph for physics

This article is written by Roger Blandford, professor of physics, on how the recent announcement of the direct detection of gravitational radiation initiates a new phase in the exploration of the universe and our search for the physical laws that govern it.

Online dating is now hip with young adults, but not always for dating

This article quotes a 2012 paper by Michael Rosenfeld, associate professor of sociology, on how the Internet could be helpful for people in "thin" dating markets, ones with relatively fewer options for possible partners in their regular life.

How powerful, low-status jobs lead to conflict

This article is co-authored by Nir Halevy, associate professor at the Graduate School of Business, with Eric M. Anicic of Columbia Business School, Nathanael J. Fast of the University of Southern California; and Adam D. Galinsky of Columbia Business School, on how one's structural position in an organization is an often-overlooked source of interpersonal conflict in the workplace.

Flint water crisis victims increasingly turn to courts but face big obstacles

This article quotes Nora Engstrom, professor of law, on the lawsuits brought by thousands of people in Flint, Mich., seeking compensation for the contamination of their water supply.

Voters aren't talking to the other party's politicians. Here's why that matters.

This article is co-written by David E. Broockman, assistant professor at the Graduate School of Business, and Timothy J. Ryan of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, on their recent series of studies showing that attacks by politicians and interest groups on the other party might have long-term consequences that make it harder for them to represent their districts and craft successful policies.

I was a Super Bowl concession worker

This article quotes Roger Noll, professor emeritus of economics, on how the main thing stadiums are good for is generating more revenue for teams.

A Stanford professor says eliminating two phrases from your vocabulary can make you more successful

This article features advice from Bernard Roth, professor of mechanical engineering and academic director and founder of the d.school, on linguistic tweaks that can make you more successful: Swap "but" for "and" and swap "have to" for "want to."

Americans are seriously clueless about how much money CEOs make

This article features a new survey from the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at the Graduate School of Business that found that the typical American significantly underestimates the salary of the typical CEO of one of the largest U.S. companies. Quotes David Larcker, professor at the GSB.

Stanford names New York University leader as next president

This article features the announcement that Marc Tessier-Lavigne, president of New York's Rockefeller University, was named Stanford University's 11th president, effective Sept. 1.

Why so many ideas are pitched as 'Uber for X'

This article mentions Justin Berg, assistant professor at the Graduate School of Business, on his experiment that showed the most promising ideas begin from novelty and then add familiarity.

The rise of data-driven decision-making is real but uneven

This article features a survey co-authored by Nicholas Bloom, professor of economics and senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, which found that the use of data-driven decision-making in U.S. manufacturing nearly tripled between 2005 and 2010, but adoption has been uneven.

Boys born poor face higher joblessness than girls

This article features a new paper co-authored by Raj Chetty, professor of economics and senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research; Frina Lin, research assistant at SIEPR; and Benjamin Scuderi of Stanford Research Computing, and Nathaniel Hendren of Harvard, which finds boys in the bottom fifth of the income distribution are less likely to work than girls, especially when raised by single parents.

Negotiating tips for women

This article quotes Margaret Neale, professor at the Graduate School of Business, on encouraging women to yoke their competencies with a communal concern when asking for higher salaries.

Wish the US were more like Denmark? This graph shows we've got a long way to go

This article features the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality's State of the Union report co-authored by Karen Jusko, assistant professor of political science, which compares America's social safety net with those of other economically advanced nations.

Your high-intensity feelings may be tiring you out

This article is written by Emma Seppälä, science director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, on how one of the main reasons for mental exhaustion is high-intensity emotions. Mentions research co-authored by Jeanne Tsai, associate professor of psychology.

A Stanford scientist says we wear our work stress like a 'badge of honor' - but it's hurting our health and success

This article features research by Emma Seppälä on how the idea that stress and success are inevitably intertwined has become so ingrained in our culture and work habits that we take pride in our stress levels.

How a Supreme Court decision affects your electricity bill

This article quotes Charles Kolstad, senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and at the Precourt Institute for Energy, commenting on a federal rule to compensate customers who conserve energy during peak periods, a practice that can reduce the chance for blackouts and lower electricity prices for everyone by easing loads on the power grid as well as promote energy conservation.

The striking power of poverty to turn young boys into jobless men

This article features a study co-authored by researchers at Stanford and Harvard universities, including Raj Chetty, professor of economics and senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR); Frina Lin, research assistant at SIEPR; and Benjamin Scuderi of Stanford Research Computing, on how girls who grow up in poor families are more likely than the boys who grow up with them to work as adults.

Daughters of interracial couples are more likely to say they are multiracial

This article features study findings by Lauren Davenport, assistant professor of political science, that young women born from interracial unions are much more likely to call themselves multiracial than young men are.

Computer science, meet humanities: In new majors, opposites attract

This article features Stanford's CS+X pilot program, a blended program that put students in a middle ground, between computer science and any of 14 disciplines in the humanities. Quotes Harry J. Elam, Jr., vice provost for undergraduate education; Giovanna Ceserani, associate professor of classics; Ge Wang, assistant professor of music; and undergraduate student Hannah Pho.

US colleges raise $40 billion; Stanford tops list at $1.6 billion

This article quotes Martin Shell, vice president for development, saying that strong support for the medical center and a major art donation (the Anderson Collection) helped put Stanford in the top spot.

Clinton, Sanders would bypass Congress to tax the rich - a bit

This article quotes Kenneth Scheve, professor of political science and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, commenting on presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' proposal to raise the capital gains tax rate.

Gov. Brown to seek November ballot initiative to relax mandatory prison sentences

This article quotes Joan Petersilia, professor of law.

How to deal with a narcissist: Five secrets backed by research

This article quotes Robert Sutton, professor of management science and engineering.

Next big test for AI: Making sense of the world

This article quotes Fei-Fei Li, associate professor of computer science, and mentions Michael Bernstein, assistant professor of computer science.