Stanford in the News

Stanford's Taylor says US rate rise will help emerging markets

This article quotes John Taylor, professor of economics and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, on how phasing out of the U.S. Federal Reserve's monetary stimulus will help emerging markets by ridding them of a source of turbulence.

Coal gas boom in China holds climate change risks

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 a study co-authored with Chi-Jen Yang of Duke University that found if all of China's planned coal-to-gas plants start up, the carbon dioxide they'd release would equal three-quarters of all energy-related carbon emissions in the United States.

One of the nation's most expensive ballot campaigns is heating up

This article quotes Bruce Cain, professor of political science, on California Proposition 46, which would raise the limit on malpractice payouts.

Wireless power for minuscule medical implants

This article features Ada Poon, assistant professor of electrical engineering, on developing a new method of sending magnetic fields well below skin level to power devices that would otherwise need batteries.

Foley execution marks shifting strengths in Iraq, Syria

This article quotes Martha Crenshaw, senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Center for International Security and Cooperation, on how the Islamic State fears the perception that the U.S. airstrikes are effective.

Poland to California

This article notes that Stanford and UC Berkeley will offer nine-week courses on their campuses on product development and bringing research ideas to the market, as part of the Top 500 Innovators program, designed to boost Poland's position in European innovation rankings; quotes Michael Lepech, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering.

Indonesian court rejects election challenge, clearing way for Joko presidency

This article quotes Donald Emmerson, director of the Southeast Asia Forum and senior fellow emeritus at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, on Indonesia's Constitutional Court ruling that cleared the way for the populist governor of Jakarta, Joko Widodo, to become the country's next leader.

Why did Islamic State militants execute James Foley?

This article quotes Martha Crenshaw, senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Center for International Security and Cooperation, on President Barack Obama's reaction to the recent video of the beheading of American journalist James Foley.

Alibaba shows Facebook how to lean in with female leaders

This article quotes Caroline Simard, research director at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, on the high percentage of women among the partners who control management in China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

How an executive order on immigration could help startups

This article quotes Vivek Wadhwa on President Barack Obama's reported consideration of using his executive power to make two potentially significant tweaks to the green card granting process.

[Video] What will Google look like in 10 years?

This is an interview whose guests include Vivek Wadhwa, fellow at the Rock Center for Corporate Governance, discussing Google's future.

Seven over 70

This list of seven innovators over the age of 70 includes Carl Djerassi, professor emeritus of chemistry, on his contributions to the invention of Norethisterone, the first highly active progestin, a synthetic steroid used in oral contraceptives.

Computer eyesight gets a lot more accurate

This article quotes Fei-Fei Li, associate professor of computer science and director of the Stanford Vision Laboratory, and Olga Russakovsky, doctoral student in computer science, on this year's Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge, an annual challenge to measure improvements in the state of machine vision technology; the challenge was co-founded by Stanford, Princeton and Columbia University scientists.

One way to boost organ donations: Just keep asking

This article quotes Alvin Roth, professor of economics, on a recent working paper he co-wrote with Judd Kessler of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, which found that repeated requests for organ donation generate more donors.

To kill or not to kill all the lawyers? That is the question.

This article quotes David Riggs, professor emeritus of English, on anti-lawyer sentiments during the 16th century, when William Shakespeare's "Henry VI, Part 2," was written.

Look, no hands! Test-driving a Google car

This article quotes J. Christian Gerdes, associate professor of mechanical engineering, senior fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy and director of the Center for Automotive Research (CARS), on significant research challenges and ethical issues in developing driverless cars.

Smashing a ceiling and a lot of egos

This article quotes William B. Gould IV, professor emeritus at the law school, on Michele Roberts's election as the leader of the NBA's players' union; she is the first female leader of a major North American professional sports union.

How long will the expansion last?

This article quotes Robert Hall, professor of economics and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, on how business expansions are killed by an unpredictable shock.

Scientific explanations for why The Hulk is green (and incredible)

This article quotes Sebastian G. Alvarado, postdoctoral scholar in biology, on his research examining the way the Hulk and Captain America could have gotten their superpowers.

'In a hurricane'

This article quotes Russell Berman, professor of German and of comparative literature and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, on defending Cary Nelson, a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and advocate of academic freedom who publicly supported the university's decision to withdraw a job offer to a controversial American studies scholar active in the Israel boycott movement.

Earth's early life endured long asteroid bombardment

This article quotes Donald Lowe, professor of geological and environmental sciences, on findings that Earth may have been pounded by massive asteroids for a billion years longer than we thought, with the impacts only stopping about 3 billion years ago.

The gyroscopes in your phone could let apps eavesdrop on conversations

This article qotes Dan Boneh, professor of computer science and of electrical engineering, and mentions Yan Michalevsky, graduate student in electrical engineering, on their upcoming presentation with Israel's defense research group Rafael on a technique for using a smartphone's gyroscopes to surreptitiously eavesdrop on conversations.

Fight brews on changes that affect derivatives

This article quotes Darrell Duffie, professor at the Graduate School of Business, on how the Dodd-Frank Act includes a provision that could suspend for one day the right of trading partners of a failed bank to terminate their trades, but that the act only applies to U.S. contracts.

Traders profit as power grid is overworked

This article quotes Frank Wolak, professor of economics, senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute, at the Precourt Institute and at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, on how profits rise when grid congestion becomes worse.

Amid Iranian 'brain drain,' President Rouhani congratulates Iran-born Fields Medal winner

This article notes that Maryam Mirzakhani, professor of mathematics, is the first female medalist to win the Fields Medal, considered the "Nobel Prize of mathematics," which is presented every four years to up to four mathematicians 40 years old or younger, from the International Mathematical Union; also notes that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani congratulated Mirzakhani via Twitter.