Stanford in the News

Good teaching is not about playing it safe

This article quotes Larry Cuban, professor emeritus at the Graduate School of Education, on why teachers may be skeptical of technology.

Brain-training companies get advice from some academics, criticism from others

This article quotes Laura Carstensen, professor of psychology and director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, on a recent statement co-authored by the Stanford Center for Longevity and Berlin's Max Planck Institute for Human Development, which objected "to the claim that brain games offer consumers a scientifically grounded avenue to reduce or reverse cognitive decline."

Keene pumpkin riots bring police militarization to the forefront--again

This article quotes David Sklansky, professor at the law school, on the large increase over recent decades in the availability of SWAT equipment and the formation of SWAT units across the United States.

The quest to put more reality in virtual reality

This article quotes Jeremy Bailenson, associate professor of communication and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, on how High Fidelity, a new platform for virtual worlds, breaks new ground in communication in virtual worlds.

Nation's wealthy places pour private money into public schools, study finds

This article quotes Rob Reich, associate professor of political science, on how the inequities in local philanthropic fundraising, which is unregulated and tax-deductible for donors, mirrors the growth in wealth among the richest 1 percent overall.

Does your average scientist need an ethicist on call?

This article quotes Mildred Cho, professor (research) of pediatrics and associate director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, on how the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethic's consults with drug firms are treated as a scholarly activity as well as a service.

Technology and inequality

This article quotes David Grusky, professor of sociology and director of the Center on Poverty and Inequality and Vivek Wadhwa on the disparity between the wealthy and everyone else, and technology's role in it; cites Sean Reardon, professor at the Graduate School of Education.

Can you Uber a burger?

This article quotes Al Roth, professor of economics and senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, on the disadvantages of services that sells reservations for tables at peak times.

China's GMO stockpile

This article quotes Scott Rozelle, co-director of the Rural Education Action Program and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, on China's significant financial investment in plant biotech research.

Forbes Under 30 Summit: How biology reinvents the way we understand disease

This article quotes Adam de la Zerda, assistant professor of structural biology, on the separation of different fields as the major boundary to advancing medicine.

Benchmark survey finds a continued rise in giving to colleges

This article notes that Stanford tops the list of colleges that raised the greatest amount of funds in 2013, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Poor kids who do everything right don't do better than rich kids who do everything wrong

This article quotes Sean Reardon, professor at the Graduate School of Education, on how "rich students are increasingly entering kindergarten much better prepared to succeed in school than middle-class students."

My trip to (Part II): rapid iteration for repeatable innovation

This article features the author's experience in the's Design Thinking Bootcamp.

Was Charlie Crist's fan against the rules? It's complicated.

This article quotes George Triantis, professor at the law school and associate dean for strategic planning, on the recent Florida governor?s race debate, in which Gov. Rick Scott did not appear on stage at the start of the debate because his campaign objected to a small electric fan located behind Charlie Crist's lectern.

Xi 'rule of law' meeting will strengthen Communist Party

This article quotes Larry Diamond, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, on distinguishing among the rule of law, rule by law, and the politicized application of laws that ultimately serve and protect the rulers.

The GOP advantage: geography or gerrymandering?

This article quotes Jonathan Rodden, professor of political science and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, on a computer simulations study co-authored with Jowei Chen of the University of Michigan to see whether the political makeup of Congress would be any different if congressional maps were drawn without partisan bias.

Quality of words, not quantity, is crucial to language skills, study finds

This article quotes Anne Fernald, associate professor of psychology and director of the Language Learning Lab, noting that increased quantity of language leads to better quality.

The last will and testament of a millennial

This article quotes Lawrence Friedman, professor at the law school, on the popularity and changing role of wills.

What is really tearing America apart

This article features study findings co-authored by Shanto Iyengar, professor of communication and of political science, and Sean Westwood of Princeton University, that Americans are increasingly divided along political partisanship, which is a stronger factor for bias than that of race.

Facebook, Apple pay for egg freezing, sperm donors

This article quotes Shelley Correll, professor of sociology and director of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, on how Facebook's and Apple's decision to help employees pay for infertility treatments, sperm donors and egg freezing helps professional women by giving them more control over the timing of fertility.

The risks of cheap water

This article quotes Barton Thompson, professor at the law school and director of the Stanford Woods Institute, on markets as essential to ensuring that water, when scarce, can be allocated to the most valuable uses.

The right way to fix the Internet

This article quotes Barbara van Schewick, professor at the law school and director of the Center for Internet and Society, on her concern that if profit-hungry companies have unregulated freedom to handle various types of Internet traffic, they will continue altering the Internet's internal structure in ways beneficial to them, but not necessarily to the rest of the world.

The case for quitting your job

This article quotes Philip Pizzo, dean emeritus of the med school and founding director of the Distinguished Careers Institute, on delaying retirement and transitioning to a different field.

Pentagon warns climate change will intensify conflict

This article quotes Charles Kolstad, senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and at the Precourt Institute for Energy, on the continuing issue of climate change as a national security risk.

Network theory reveals the hidden link between trade and military alliances that leads to conflict-free stability

This article quotes Matthew O. Jackson, professor of economics, and Stephen Nei, graduate student in economics, on combining network theory and game theory to study the stability of different kinds of networks based on real-world data.