Social Sciences

Move responsibly and think about things

In the course CS 181: Computers, Ethics and Public Policy, Stanford students become computer programmers, policymakers and philosophers to examine the ethical and social impacts of technological innovation.

How machine learning can help regulators

Cassandra Handan-Nader and Daniel Ho have created an algorithm that reads satellite images to help environmental regulators identify potentially hazardous agricultural facilities more efficiently than traditional approaches.

Two economists to deliver 2019 Tanner Lectures at Stanford

This year’s Tanner Lectures on Human Values will feature Princeton University economists Anne Case and Nobel laureate Angus Deaton. The two will discuss the growing health epidemics caused by rising inequality in the United States.

Seed grants help ideas grow

Stanford researchers have for years looked to seed grants to get innovative, risky or simply new ideas – whether it’s using prawns to combat disease or drones to map coral reefs – off the ground.

Graduate School of Business —

Better if it’s man-made? (Or woman-made?)

Gender bias can negatively affect what we think about products made by women, especially in male-oriented markets. Consumers ascribe masculine or feminine characteristics to many products.

Reducing racial disparities in school discipline

Stanford psychologists find that brief exercises early in middle school can improve students’ relationships with their teachers, increase their sense of belonging and reduce teachers’ reports of discipline issues among black and Latino boys.

The effects of climate change on suicide rates

In warmer temperatures suicide rates increase, leading to concerns about an uptick in suicides as the globe continues to warm. But researchers offer some hope if greenhouse gases get under control.

Hoover Institution —

Hoover centennial lecture explored democracy, foreign policy

Hoover Senior Fellows Condoleezza Rice, Niall Ferguson and Stephen Krasner discussed challenges to global democracy and American foreign policy during a program launching the Hoover Institution's centennial lecture series.