Stanford in the News

A shifting approach to saving endangered species

This article quotes Gretchen Daily, professor of biology and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, on how the Endangered Species Act, by focusing on individual species and emphasizing regulation over incentives, had pitted land users against conservationists and never really cultivated the view that we could harmonize human activity with conservation.

Something borrowed

This article quotes Marjorie Perloff, professor emerita of English and one of the most influential critics of experimental poetry, commenting on poet Kenneth Goldsmith.

The 'inventor' of the mobile Internet takes on Google, Samsung

This article quotes Stephen Haber, professor of political science and of history, and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, on how the term "patent troll" might best be understood as "a patent licensing company that the speaker wants the listener to dislike."

Govt. shutdown threat is a fixture of US politics but unknown elsewhere

This article quotes Gary Cox, professor of political science, on how proposals to continue funding automatically have gotten little traction in Washington, as the threat of a shutdown gives legislators bargaining chips.

Collaborating with creative peers

This article is co-authored by Francis J. Flynn, professor at the Graduate School of Business, with Kimberly D. Elsbach of the University of California, Davis, and Brooke Brown-Saracino, on their research into the dynamics of collaboration.

As Twitter, Square interests converge, CEO Dorsey risks conflicts

This article quotes Robert Daines, professor of law, on how there might come a time where accepting payments is so important to Twitter's strategic vision that the challenge becomes too great for Jack Dorsey to be the permanent CEO of both Twitter Inc. and mobile payments company Square. Currently, Dorsey is the interim chief of Twitter and head of Square.

Common worms could solve our global plastic crisis

This article features companion studies by Stanford University and China's Beihang University that found mealworms can safely and effectively biodegrade certain types of plastic waste. Quotes Craig Criddle, professor of civil and environmental engineering.

VW scandal shows a need for more tech, not less

This article quotes Stefan Heck, professor (consulting) at the Precourt Institute for Energy, noting that the recent Volkswagen scandal involved embedded software that's buried deep in the car, with the supplier the only one who knows what's in it, while it remains a black box for everybody else.

What's holding women back in the workplace?

This article quotes Shelley Correll, professor of sociology and director of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, on advancing women's careers by getting managers to see that some of their actions are creating barriers to women in ways that they don't intend.

Stanford computer scientist Christopher Ré wins MacArthur 'genius grant'

This article features Christopher Ré, assistant professor of computer science, on being awarded a MacArthur "genius grant" for his work in big data analytics and creating an inference engine, DeepDive, which can analyze data of a kind and at a scale that is beyond the capabilities of traditional databases.

Behaviorists show the US how to improve government operations

This article quotes John Cochrane, senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and at the Hoover Institution, on his concerns about whether the government is truly competent to determine the directions in which people should be nudged to take a particular action.

After ruinous war, Syria regions may go separate ways

This article quotes Kenneth Schultz, professor of political science, on how the strong tendency within international law has been to respect the boundaries drawn by colonizers among many newly independent states after World War II in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

More than a postdoc

This article quotes Russell Berman, professor of German and of comparative literature and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, on the University of Southern California's new program, which provides a select number of recent USC doctoral student graduates in the humanities and social sciences with an opportunity to teach their own courses and lead discussions under the supervision and mentorship of faculty members.

A smiling pope, a fallen speaker and two tough guys - Obama's crazy week

This article quotes Michael McFaul, director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, professor of political science and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, at the Freeman Spogli Institute and at the Woods Institute for the Environment, on how China's and Russia's dealings with the United States rank as each of those countries' most important bilateral relationship.

Complex car software becomes the weak spot under the hood

This article quotes J. Christian Gerdes, professor of mechanical engineering, on how cars these days are reaching biological levels of complexity. Photo caption also mentions Stanford's Center for Automotive Research.

Syrian crisis forcing a New York meeting between Obama and Putin

This article quotes former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, professor of political science and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, at the Freeman Spogli Institute and at the Woods Institute for the Environment, on how President Barack Obama would like to have a better understanding of Russian President Vladimir Putin's objectives in Syria.

How millions of Americans are flubbing retirement

This article features research co-authored by Stanford, George Mason University and the U.S. Treasury Department that suggests a large portion of would-be retirees have enough savings to put off receiving Social Security checks for at least a few years - but are still aren't doing so, raising the troubling prospect that they're leaving money on the table. Quotes John B. Shoven, director emeritus of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, professor of economics, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and co-author of the study.

Education gap between rich and poor is growing wider

This article cites research by Sean Reardon, professor of education, on how the achievement gaps between more affluent and less privileged children is wider than ever. Quotes alumnus Rachel Valentino, who received her doctorate in administration and public policy analysis.

What we've learned from MOOCs

This article is written by Candace Thille, assistant professor of education; John Mitchell, vice provost for Teaching and Learning and professor of computer science; and Mitchell Stevens, associate professor of education, on contributing to and learning from the history of massive open online courses (MOOCs).

Kickstarter wants to be sure you know how much good it's doing

This article quotes Paul Brest, professor emeritus at the law school, on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter's recent announcement that it would reincorporate as a so-called public benefit corporation, which has a legal obligation to do good not just for shareholders but also for society.

The women who won net neutrality

This article mentions Barbara van Schewick, professor of law, on her work to preserve the free and open Internet. Written by Marvin Ammori, affiliate scholar at the law school's Center for Internet and Society.

California Gov. Brown to sign expanded fair pay legislation

This article quotes Deborah Rhode, professor of law, on how the requirement that women be in jobs that are identical to those of men has significantly hindered women from bringing suits challenging gender-based wage gaps, and has failed to provide appropriate incentive for employers to make sure they're not engaged in subtle discrimination.

$900 million penalty for G.M.'s deadly defect leaves many cold

This article quotes Deborah L. Rhode, professor of law, on how the public's interest may suffer when a law firm wears so many different hats, as happened when two law firms hired for an internal investigation conducted for G.M. had previously done legal work for G.M.

Global warming 'pause' never happened, scientists say

This article mentions a new study by Bala Rajaratnam, assistant professor of statistics and of Earth system science, and Noah Diffenbaugh, associate professor of Earth system science and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, which concluded with high statistical confidence that a global warming "pause" - the idea that the rising of global surface temperatures has significantly slowed or even stopped during the past 15 years - was not occurring.

$50-million effort launched to reinvent the American high school

This article quotes Linda Darling-Hammond, professor emerita of education, on how decades of educational research have identified major problems with many high schools, along with proved reforms.