Stanford in the News

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.

Researchers announce advance in image-recognition software

This article quotes Fei-Fei Li, associate professor of computer science and director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and mentions Andrej Karpathy, doctoral student in computer science, on developing new artificial intelligence software capable of recognizing and describing the content of photographs and videos with far greater accuracy than ever before, sometimes even mimicking human levels of understanding.

Shots celebrates one-year anniversary; photo app has millions of users

This article quotes Jamil Zaki, assistant professor of psychology, on how the lack of commenting and visible followers has an effect on users of Shots, a photo-sharing app whose focus is to be a bully-free, safe haven for users.

Things that make you go "um."

This article quotes Herb Clark, professor of psychology, on how data can show us what people are saying and writing, and quickly, but not why.

A road test of alternative fuel visions

This article quotes Steven Chu, former U.S. secretary of energy, professor of physics and of molecular and cellular physiology, and co-awardee of the 1997 Nobel Prize in physics, on electric batteries as the more promising path to alternatively fueled cars, though advances in solar and wind technologies have made producing hydrogen by splitting water more economical.

Steven Chu warns UK its nuclear plans risk becoming financial drain

This article features Steven Chu, professor of physics and of molecular and cellular physiology, and co-awardee of the 1997 Nobel Prize in physics, warning that although the British government is right to proceed with new nuclear plants they risk becoming a "financial drain" unless they can be built on time and on budget.

Picking 'three-strikers' to free poses complex challenge

This article quotes Mike Romano, lecturer in law and director of the law school's Three Strikes Project, on arguing for a Los Angeles County prisoner's length of their sentences to be reduced, or that the prisoner be freed under Proposition 36, a 2012 ballot measure that softened three strikes; Romano also helped author Prop. 36.

Can Obama recoup Latino support after breaking promise on immigration?

This article quotes Gary Segura, professor of political science, on Republicans' strong desire to prevent President Barack Obama from issuing an order to protect some illegal immigrants from deportation, as he promised to Latino leaders in June 2014.

For some students, virtual labs replace hands-on science experiments

This article quotes Paulo Blikstein, associate professor of education and director of the Transformative Learning Technologies Lab, on working to combine technology with a more tactile experience for students.

To help language skills of children, a study finds, text their parents with tips

This article features a new study by Susanna Loeb, professor at the Graduate School of Education, and Ben York, doctoral student at the Graduate School of Education, which found that preschoolers whose parents received text messages with brief tips on reading to their children or helping them sound out letters and words performed better on literacy tests than children whose parents did not receive such messages.

Ex-Duke Energy lawyer now advising NC regulators

This article quotes Deborah Rhode, professor at the law school, on the issues raised by a lawyer advising North Carolina's environmental agency on rewriting rules governing cleanup at Duke Energy's coal ash dumps, when the lawyer previously represented the electricity company on the same issue.