Stanford in the News

Will 'upspeak' hurt your career?

This article cites Penelope Eckert, professor of linguistics, on her study findings that to someone under 40, "upspeak" - when one's voice rises near the end of a sentence - may be unnoticed, but to someone over 40, it is noticeable.

To build a better drone, study lovebirds

This story features research by David Lentink, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, on discovering that while performing turns, lovebirds rotated their heads in amazingly fast bursts; this discovery could advancements in drone technology.

A study of California prosecutors finds a lack of diversity

This op-ed is written by Debbie Mukamal, executive director of the law school's Criminal Justice Center, and David Sklansky, professor of law, on their study findings with Stanford law students about the lack of diversity among California prosecutors.

How to help self-driving cars make ethical decisions

This article quotes J. Christian Gerdes, professor of mechanical engineering, on exploring with Patrick Lin of Cal Poly the ethical dilemmas that may arise when vehicle self-driving is deployed in the real world.

Why union leaders want LA to give them a minimum wage loophole

This article quotes William B. Gould IV, professor emeritus of law, on how the U.S. Supreme Court has held that "minimum labor standards" don't conflict with workers' right to unionize.

Using algorithms to determine character

This article quotes Jure Leskovec, assistant professor of computer science, on his study comparing the predictions of data analysis against those of judges at bail hearings.

Virtual Olympics could be a viewing option in 2024

This article quotes Jeremy Bailenson, associate professor of communication and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, on what's going to be different with virtual reality in 2024.

Technology, while not a fountain of youth, can make aging safer

This article quotes Laura Carstensen, professor of psychology and director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, on how we are in the early stages of seeing what technology can do to transform aging.

DNA study pinpoints when the ancient Greeks colonized Sicily and Italy

This article quotes Walter Scheidel, professor of classics and of history, on estimating the size of the founding population of ancient Greeks in Magna Graecia.

America is even less socially mobile than previously thought

This article quotes David Grusky, professor of sociology and director of the Center on Poverty and Inequality, on the results of a study co-authored with Pablo Mitnik, research associate at the Center on Poverty and Inequality, which found that in the United States, roughly half of parental income advantages are passed onto the next generation in the form of higher earnings.

Assessing the legality of Sandra Bland's arrest

This article quotes Robert Weisberg, professor of law, on whether or not it is legal in a traffic stop for an officer to order a driver to put out a cigarette and exit the car.

Do you know what your time is really worth?

This article quotes Jeffrey Pfeffer, professor at the Graduate School of Business, on how those who are encouraged to focus solely on the dollar value of time tend to feel impatient and pressured.

Silicon Valley's love affair with founder-CEOs

This article quotes Jeffrey Pfeffer, professor at the Graduate School of Business, on how boards of companies that are facing difficulties decide to choose a new CEO.

Decoding the remarkable algorithms of ants

This article is an interview with Deborah M. Gordon, professor of biology, on studying ants to discover the simple rules that produce complex patterns from simple individual actions.

Citius, altius, fortius, numerous

This article quotes Mark Denny, professor at the Hopkins Marine Station, on his calculations that most human race times are within 3 percent of their potential best.

California flexes muscles in water tussle with farmers

This article quotes Barton "Buzz" Thompson, professor of law and co-director of the Stanford Woods Institute, on why he expects California to prevail in the fight to pursue its unprecedented water cuts.

You just got out of prison. Now what?

This article mentions the law school's Three Strikes Project and Michael Romano, director of the Three Strikes Project and lecturer in law; also discusses a program Romano developed that picks up inmates on the day they're released from prison and guides them into their changed world.

How are universities grooming the next great innovators?

This article features Stanford's Y Combinator startup incubator and the d.school; mentions Joshua Cohen, professor emeritus of law and honorary faculty emeritus in political science; David Kelley, professor of mechanical engineering and co-founder of the d.school; George Kembel, global director and co-founder of the d.school; Sally Madsen, lecturer at the d.school; Terry Winograd, professor emeritus of computer science; Alaa Taha, undergraduate student; Robert Sutton, professor of management science and engineering; and several Stanford alumni.

Can anyone draw unbiased districts in Florida?

This article cites a study co-authored by Jonathan Rodden, professor of political science and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, and Jowei Chen of the University of Michigan, which found that because of the population geography of Florida, where Democrats and Republicans happen to live, it is natural to draw districts that have a Republican bias.

When this man is irked, he might just file a suit

This article quotes Robert Rabin, professor of law, on how government agencies have increasingly used nuisance suits to try to address public health issues.

Best bets for avoiding mosquitoes, bees, ants and leeches

This article quotes Deborah M. Gordon, professor of biology, on defending against ants by deflecting the first few ants; moving the food; or making a moat.

Roman builders may have copied volcanic 'concrete'

This article features research by Tiziana Vanorio, assistant professor of geophysics, on the unique rock of a town west of Naples, Italy, which has an intricate network of mineral fibers - just like Roman concrete.

Future of nuclear arms control looks bleak, experts say

This article quotes Siegfried Hecker, professor (research) of management science and engineering and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, on the nuclear weapon treaties that may be "unraveling."

Why Germany's defenders say you shouldn't blame it for ruining Greece

This article quotes Jeremy Bulow, professor at the Graduate School of Business and senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, on how the Greek economy has relied heavily on what amounts to European largesse for the past several years.

Hedge funds are a holdout in Fed's plan to prevent the next Lehman

This article quotes Darrell Duffie, professor at the Graduate School of Business and senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, commenting on the perspective of money managers facing a request by regulators to give up their right to quickly kill contracts with a bankrupt firm.