Stanford in the News

Climate change may reduce corn, wheat crop yields

This article quotes David Lobell, associate professor of environmental Earth system science and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute and the Woods Institute for the Environment, on a study co-authored with Claudia Tebaldi of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, which found as much as a 10 percent chance the rate of corn yields will slow and a 5 percent probability for wheat because of human-caused climate change.

Where have all the animals gone?

This article cites Rodolfo Dirzo, professor of biology and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, on the continued decline of biodiversity around the globe.

Earth in the midst of sixth mass extinction

This article quotes Rodolfo Dirzo, professor of biology and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, on the continued decline of biodiversity around the globe.

Three big art collections head for Stanford U. arts center

This article notes that the Cantor Arts Center has received three significant art collections, including more than 1,200 notebook sketches by Richard Diebenkorn, 26 works of art by Jacob Lawrence, and 3,600 contact sheets? worth of photographic negatives shot by Andy Warhol.

Noam Chomsky vs. Al Franken: behind the odd progressive divide between senators, intellectuals on Gaza

This article is written by David Palumbo-Liu, professor of comparative literature, on the U.S. Senate's unanimous vote, which gave U.S. support for the Israeli defense forces' invasion; urged Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas to dissolve the unity governing arrangement with Hamas and condemn the attacks on Israel; and called on Hamas to immediately cease all rocket and other attacks against Israel.

How to determine the scientific consensus on global warming

This article quotes Jon Krosnick, professor of communication and of political science, and senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute, on the difficulty of quantifying the consensus among natural scientists on global warming.

Why do other rich nations spend so much less on healthcare?

This article is written by Victor Fuchs, professor emeritus of economics and of health research and policy, on why the United States spends more on healthcare compared with its peer nations: U.S. healthcare delivers a more expensive mix of services, has higher prices for inputs such as drugs and the services of specialist physicians and has high administrative costs of insurance; quotes Alain Enthoven, professor emeritus at the Graduate School of Business, on proposing "managed competition," based on integrated group practice, as an alternative route to more efficient healthcare.

Gov. Jerry Brown's high court choice expected to move panel leftward

This article quotes Cuéllar; Hank Greely and Jenny Martinez, professors at the law school; and David Engstrom, associate professor at the law school, on Cuéllar's nomination.

Stanford University law professor appointed to California Supreme Court

This article nNotes that Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, professor at the law school and senior fellow at the Woods Institute, was nominated today by Gov. Jerry Brown to a vacancy on the California Supreme Court; quotes Cuéllar.

Corralling carbon before it belches from stack

This article quotes Dan Reicher, executive director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance and professor of the practice of law, on the Obama administration's recent moves on carbon emissions.

More eyes on the skies

This article quotes Steve Kahn, professor of physics and of particle physics and astrophysics, and director of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, a joint project of the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy, on waiting to receive formal approval from the National Science Foundation to begin spending funds.

Defending MLA reform plan

This article is written by Russell Berman, professor of German and of comparative studies, and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, responding to feedback on the Modern Language Association report on the Ph.D. in languages and literatures.

Self-driving cars will mean more traffic

This article quotes Sven Beiker, executive director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS), on the effects that self-driving cars might have on city traffic, and a solution for alleviating congestion concerns.

Foldscope, a paper microscope to help diagnose disease

This article profiles Manu Prakash, assistant professor of bioengineering, on the Foldscope, an inexpensive pocketsize microscope for diagnosing diseases in the developing world.

Child's play may spur fight against global warming.

This article features the Virtual Human Interaction Lab and quotes Jeremy Bailenson, associate professor of communication and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, on research co-authored with alumna Sun Joo Ahn about the dangerous disconnect between how environmentally unfriendly individual actions taken at a micro-scale affect climate trends over time.

Research supports the notion of the 'hot hand'; baseball players always believed in it

This article quotes Jeffrey Zwiebel, professor at the Graduate School of Business, on research co-authored with Brett Green of the University of California-Berkeley that finds evidence for baseball's "hot hand" theory - that a player on a streak is more likely to perform better on the next play.

Paranoia at work is out to get you

This article quotes Roderick Kramer, professor at the Graduate School of Business, on how organizations often unintentionally create a climate of internal paranoia when leaders inadequately explain reasons behind major decisions.

Reclaiming our (real) lives from social media

This article quotes John Perry, professor emeritus of philosophy, on the historical value of dawdling offline and the questionable value of dawdling online.

States debate millionaires' taxes

This article quotes Charles Varner, associate director for the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, and cites Cristobal Young, assistant professor of sociology, on their studies of New Jersey's and California's millionaires' taxes.

The EPA's carbon plan asks the least from states that pollute the most

This article quotes Michael Wara, associate professor at the law school, on the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, which provides every state with a target carbon-emissions intensity for its power plants.

Maps from Google and green group make pavement-level pollution more concrete

This article quotes Robert B. Jackson, professor of environmental Earth system science and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment and at the Precourt Institute for Energy, on results from a pilot project by the Environmental Defense Fund and Google Earth Outreach that measures American cities for methane leaks and estimates how much gas is heading skyward.

Little sisterhood at Supreme Court

This article quotes Pamela Karlan, professor (on leave) at the law school and currently serving as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, on being referenced as "sister counsel" when arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court (opposing counsel traditionally were called "brother").

Inequality Piketty doesn't examine is US human capital

This article quotes Sean Reardon, professor at the Graduate School of Education, on low-income children's decreased access to opportunities to develop their cognitive skills at a young age, a critical deficit.

Stop lecturing me

This article is written by Carl Wieman, professor of physics and at the Graduate School of Education, on the importance of active learning in higher education as compared with passive learning through professors' lectures.

From Roma to Londinium for just 4 denarii!

This article features a map by Elijah Meeks, digital humanities specialist, and Walter Schneidel, professor of history and of classics, shows how long it would have to travel around the Roman empire and how much the trips would have cost, on average and according to simulations based on historical evidence.