Stanford in the News

The government has no backup plan if court rules against Obamacare

This article quotes Hank Greely, professor of law, on the likelihood that the Supreme Court will avoid a decision that would immediately end insurance subsidies for millions of Americans, in an upcoming ruling about subsidies in the health care law.

Obama's $4bn clean-energy initiative: a big number hiding a bigger idea

This article quotes Dan Reicher, professor of the practice of law and executive director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, on the importance of funding sources needed to deploy clean energy at scale.

Using virtual reality to overcome fear, reduce prejudice

This article features the writer's experience participating in a simulation inside the Virtual Human Interaction Lab at Stanford; quotes Jeremy Bailenson, associate professor of communication and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment.

How an interest rate hike could deflate the tech boom

This article quotes Charles Lee, professor at the Graduate School of Business, on the potential consequences of high valuations in the technology industry.

Departure of Stanford's president ends a transformational era

This article notes that President John L. Hennessy plans to step down in summer 2016, and discusses his achievements; quotes Debra Satz, senior associate dean for the humanities and arts and professor of philosophy.

Spokane's NAACP leader would not be first to pass herself off as black

This article quotes Allyson Hobbs, assistant professor of history, on her research into the history of African Americans who passed as white in an effort to evade the obstacles U.S. society placed in front of blacks.

Stanford University president to step down after 15 years

This article notes that President John L. Hennessy plans to step down in summer 2016. Also quotes Philip A. Pizzo, dean emeritus of the med school and founding director of the Distinguished Careers Institute; Hank Greely, professor of law and director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences; and Steven A. Denning, chairman of Stanford's Board of Trustees; cites Lisa Lapin, associate vice president for university communications.

Emissions cap-and-trade program is working well in California

This article quotes Lawrence H. Goulder, professor of economics and senior fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy and at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, on how a cap-and-trade system will not destroy the California economy.

Fifty-states plan charts a path away from fossil fuels

This article features a new report co-authored by Mark Z. Jacobson, professor of civil and environmental engineering, and senior fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy, and at the Woods Institute for the Environment; the report found that the United States could be completely powered by renewable energy by 2050.

Pew: Multiracial population changing the face of the US

This article quotes Aliya Saperstein, assistant professor of sociology, who consulted on a study that found the number of people who identify themselves as multiracial is growing three times faster than the population as a whole.

Options for simplifying the commute

This article quotes Balaji Prabhakar, professor of electrical engineering and of computer science, on how we are in the midst of a fundamental transformation that will rearrange the way we own cars.

Out of the books in kindergarten, and into the sandbox

This article quotes Deborah Stipek, dean of the Graduate School of Education and professor of education, on how poorer children may not learn the basics of reading and math at home and may begin schooling with a greater disadvantage.

Consumers will be losers as more businesses hang up on voice mail

This article quotes Steve Blank, associate professor (consulting) of management science and engineering, on how voice mail in its current form is breathing its last.

National Geographic identifies world's 'Emerging Explorers'

This article notes that Manu Prakash, assistant professor of bioengineering, is among the 2015 class of National Geographic's Emerging Explorers program, which identifies young trailblazers whose ideas are helping change the world.

Dueling realities

This article quotes Gordon Wetzstein, assistant professor of electrical engineering, on how augmented reality technology could be seamlessly integrated into everyday tasks.

Some prefer buying a business to building it from scratch

This article quotes H. Irving Grousbeck, professor (consulting) at the Graduate School of Business, on how searching for a company to purchase can minimize the challenges that face entrepreneurs who are fresh out of business school; also quotes alumnus Ciaran Power, and cites research from the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.

Traditional teaching faces a cyberthreat from school model

This article quotes Larry Cuban, professor emeritus of education, on noting the absence of solid studies to justify a computer-centered pedagogy.

Owner of ruptured oil pipeline has history of big spills, fines

This article quotes Michael Wara, associate professor of law, on the potential risk of a business purchasing many companies with assets of varying quality.

EPA study of fracking finds 'no widespread, systemic' pollution

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 U.S. study of water pollution risks that found hydraulic fracturing has contaminated some drinking water sources but the damage is not widespread.

Why technology hasn't delivered more democracy

This article includes a reply by Larry Diamond, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, to the question of how we can reconcile two contrasting global realities ? the unprecedented advance of technologies that facilitate individual empowerment and the overall lack of advance of democracy worldwide.

Using Pictionary to study creativity and the brain

This article features research led by Manish Saggar, instructor at the Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research, and Allan Reiss, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and of radiology, which linked creativity with heightened activity in the cerebellum.

Why it pays to be a jerk

This article quotes Robert Sutton, professor of management science and engineering, and Jeffrey Pfeffer, professor at the Graduate School of Business, on the advantages of being a leader behaving unpleasantly.

Playing the granny card

This article quotes Shelley Correll, professor of sociology, on how being senior or being a grandmother does appear to help women get past a competence/likability bind.

Cashing in on a Charter-Time Warner Cable merger

This article quotes David Larcker, professor at the Graduate School of Business.

Don't overthink it, less is more when it comes to creativity

This article features research involving Grace Hawthorne, associate professor (consulting) at the d.school; Allan Reiss, professor of psychology and interdisciplinary brain sciences and of radiology; and Manish Saggar, instructor at the Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research, which found that the less study participants thought about what they were drawing, the more creative their drawings were.