Stanford in the News

Gerrymandering didn't make politics this vicious. But vicious politics will soon make gerrymandering so much worse

This article cites Jonathan Rodden, professor of political science and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, on research co-authored with Jowei Chen of the University of Michigan on "unintentional gerrymandering": the clustering of Democratic voters creating a natural Republican bias when districts are drawn up.

B-schools get a feel for virtual reality

This article mentions the Graduate School of Business's online certificate program that features customizable avatars for students who attend classes in a virtual space resembling the GSB campus. Quotes Dave Weinstein, associate dean for marketing and communications and for executive education; Peter DeMarzo, professor at the GSB; and Audrey Witters, managing director of online executive education at the GSB.

How to stop virtual reality from making you want to puke

This article features research by Gordon Wetzstein, assistant professor of electrical engineering, on building a light field stereoscope in hopes of making it easier to add realistic focus cues to virtual reality.

The Norwegian town where the sun doesn't rise

This article quotes Alia Crum, assistant professor of psychology, on her research investigating how mindset influences not only achievement and success, but also physical health.

Sprint hangs up on throttling policy

This article quotes Barbara van Schewick, professor of law, on how slowing video traffic on phones for network management is only acceptable at times when the network is actually congested and the throttling must not discriminate against certain types of online activity.

100 percent is overrated

This article quotes Jo Boaler, professor at the Graduate School of Education, on the importance of encouraging a growth mindset in children.

Evaporation gives spores energy-generating muscle

This article quotes Manu Prakash, assistant professor of bioengineering, commenting on research at Columbia.

More reasons women need to negotiate their salaries

This article is co-authored by Margaret A. Neale, professor at the Graduate School of Business.

US Congress moves to block human embryo editing

This article quotes Hank Greely, professor of law.

The green diet: how to eat healthy and save the planet

This article quotes Christopher Gardner, professor (research) of medicine.

The least diverse jobs in America

This article cites Deborah Rhode, professor of law, on the state of diversity in the legal profession.

Prison revolt

This article quotes Joan Petersilia, professor of law, on past examples of criminal-justice reform attempts.

Obama's extraordinary day: Triumph, grief and grace

This article quotes James Campbell, professor of history, on President Barack Obama's access, symbolically and rhetorically, to a tradition of black oratory.

Energizing the Green Revolution in Africa

This article quotes Marshall Burke, assistant professor of Earth system science and center fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, on his work with the nonprofit One Acre Fund to study whether well-timed loans to small farmers in Africa allow them to wait and sell crops at a better price.

With Donald Trump actually running, can the Trump brand still advertise?

This article quotes Nathaniel Persily, professor of law, on the legal nuances of Donald Trump advertising, now that Trump is a presidential candidate.

Study: Weather patterns that bring heatwaves happening more

This article features study findings by lead author Daniel Horton, postdoctoral scholar in environmental Earth system science, and co-author Noah Diffenbaugh, associate professor of Earth system science and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, that daily weather patterns have changed in recent decades, making eastern North America, Europe and western Asia more prone to nastier summer heatwaves that go beyond global warming.

Middle-class black families, in low-income neighborhoods

This article features study findings by lead author Sean Reardon, professor of education, that even when they earn the same income, black and Latino families live in poorer neighborhoods than white households.

US risks weapons race as Russia adds warheads, Senate stalls

This article quotes William Perry, professor emeritus of management science and engineering and senior fellow emeritus at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, on how the United States and Russia are pushing the world to the threshold of a new nuclear-arms race as the Senate refuses to ratify international restrictions on atomic testing.

Finding sadness in joy

This article cites research by Jeanne Tsai, associate professor of psychology, on how one of the emotions that Americans in particular privilege is joy.

Earth is on brink of a sixth mass extinction, scientists say, and it's humans' fault

This article features findings co-authored by Paul Ehrlich, professor of biology and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, on how Earth is on the brink of a sixth "mass extinction event"? but this time, the event is caused by humans.

California tempers backlash while embracing Common Core

This article quotes Michael Kirst, professor emeritus of education, on the success in California of the new online tests linked to the Common Core standards this spring.

How SurveyMonkey is coping after the death of Dave Goldberg

This article quotes Joseph Grundfest, professor of law and senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, advising that SurveyMonkey seek a CEO that can figure out what SurveyMonkey was succeeding at, and try to maintain the essence of its previous CEO's strategy.

How the West was built: Project seeks stories of Chinese workers

This article features the Chinese Railroad Workers in North America Project, which endeavors to collect the most complete record of Chinese migrants' journey to the American frontier and their subsequent experiences; quotes Hilton Obenzinger, associate director of the project; Shelley Fisher Fishkin, professor of English; and Gordon Chang, professor of history.

Oil and gas co's disposal of wastewater causes sharp rise in quakes

This article quotes uotes Mark Zoback, professor of geophysics and senior fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy and lead author of a recent study with co-author Rall Walsh, graduate student in geophysics; the study confirms that most seismic activity in Oklahoma is linked to wells that are used to dispose of huge volumes of saltwater.

Ancient American genome rekindles legal row

This article quotes Hank Greely, professor of law, on how recent findings from Kennewick Man's DNA would have been helpful in a federal court decision that the remains were not Native American.