Social Sciences

Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies —

Planting design seeds to fill diagnostic holes

Stanford Health Policy's Kathryn McDonald is applying design learning and journey maps to health systems to reduce diagnostic errors.

Stressful times call for empathic people

In an era of nearly boundless online “friend” networks, Stanford researchers found that students are able to distinguish those real-life friends who are most able to help them deal with stressful times.

Graduate School of Business —

Achieving balance in work and life

The constant pull between career and family is stressing us out. Professor of Economics Myra Strober says it doesn’t have to be that way.

Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies —

Why we should start worrying about nuclear fallout

In a Q&A, nuclear security scholar Gabrielle Hecht discusses the consequences of nuclear war, what radioactive contamination would look like today and what damage nuclear activities have already caused.

Americans misinformed about smoking

A Stanford study finds that despite Americans knowing that smoking can lead to deadly diseases like lung cancer, they underestimate those risks.

Stanford Teaching Festival course examines WWI

A new professional development course at Stanford for middle and high school teachers highlights the importance of teaching the history of the First World War in a global context.

Long-simmering factors derailed economic recovery

Stanford economist Robert Hall explored why the U.S. economy – since 2009 – has not experienced impressive growth, an effect that usually follows recessions. He finds the roots of the economy’s slow growth existed well before the financial crisis.