Stanford in the News

Where the whale things are

This article quotes Jeremy Goldbogen, assistant professor of biology, commenting on the power and limitations of using acoustics to study predator-prey interactions.

Will TV bills rise with channel choice? Canada to find out

This article quotes Ali Yurukoglu, associate professor at the Graduate School of Business, on his 2011 study that predicted the average consumer would be no better and no worse off in a scenario where they paid only for the TV channels they watched.

Separate and still unequal

This article quotes Sean Reardon, professor of education, on his co-authored research findings with graduate students in education Joe Townsend and Lindsay Fox that one reason fewer whites attend schools with mostly low-income classmates is that low-income whites are less likely than non-whites at the same income to live in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty.

How this Bay Area charter school network is reinventing education

This article quotes Larry Cuban, professor emeritus of education, on how creating individual lessons for students has been the dream of public school educators for well over a century.

Cryptography pioneers win Turing Award

This article notes that Martin Hellman, professor emeritus of electrical engineering, and Whitfield Diffie, formerly a programmer at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, have won the 2016 Turing Award, which is frequently described as the Nobel Prize for the computing world. Also mentions former Stanford artificial intelligence researcher John McCarthy.

The concentration of poverty in American schools

This article quotes Sean Reardon, professor of education, on how educational achievement is the measure of segregation that is most strongly correlated to the racial achievement gap.

The suddenly urgent quest to remove carbon dioxide from the air

This article quotes Rob Jackson, professor of Earth system science and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment and at the Precourt Institute for Energy, on the difficulties associated with direct air capture, which sucks carbon dioxide directly out of the air.

DNA under the scope, and a forensic tool under a cloud

This article quotes Stephen Quake, professor of bioengineering and of applied physics, on developing safeguards to prevent the contamination of DNA.

We've reached the point where we need these bizarre technologies to stop climate change

This article quotes Rob Jackson, professor of Earth system science, on "negative emissions" technologies.

Natural gas blowout doubled methane emissions in Los Angeles area

This article quotes Adam Brandt, assistant professor of energy resources engineering, on failures in machinery and pipelines in the U.S. natural gas system.

DC officials see Cuban education firsthand: Song, dance, Fidel, little choice

This article quotes education Professor Martin Carnoy, who has written about Cuba's educational system.

Presidential candidates give voters big choices on energy plans

This article quotes 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, on how all of America's 50 states could generate enough energy from wind, water, heat and sun sources to keep the lights on and the fridge cold.

Protecting the open Internet

This is an interview with Barbara van Schewick, professor of law, on how net neutrality rules preserve the open Internet as we know it.

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $72 million in suit linking talcum powder to ovarian cancer

This article cites Nora Freeman Engstrom, professor of law, commenting on the case brought by more than 1,200 women from across the country who were suing Johnson & Johnson for failing to warn consumers of the dangers associated with talc, the mineral used in baby powder.

Apple brand could become casualty of FBI tussle over iPhone hack

This article quotes Steve Callander, professor at the Graduate School of Business, on the disadvantages for Apple Inc. if it gets drawn into that broader political fight surrounding the court case of whether the company can legally oppose FBI demands to help it hack a terrorist's iPhone.

Philanthropy: Stanford University's school for world leaders

This article features Stanford's recent announcement of a $400 million gift to help create $750 million endowment for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program, a new scholarship program to attract the best graduate and professional students from around the world. Stanford President John Hennessy will direct the program after he finishes his work as president, and alumnus Philip Knight, co-founder of Nike, is giving $400 million for the program, the largest cash gift from an individual in Stanford's history. Also notes an additional $100 million gift from alumnus and Stanford Board of Trustees Chairman Steven Denning and his wife, alumna Roberta Bowman Denning. Quotes President John Hennessy.

As big-data companies come to teaching, a pioneer issues a warning

This article quouotes Candace Thille, assistant professor of education, on the dangers of allowing big business to shape the future of big data in education.

Cook County state's attorney race revolves around trial experience

This article quotes Robert Weisberg, professor of law, on how criminal trial experience is not the only way to judge a potential top prosecutor.

Storm water, long a nuisance, may be a parched California's salvation

This article quotes Richard Luthy, professor of civil and environmental engineering, on how the view has changed from seeing storm water as a problem to seeing storm water as an opportunity.

Richer countries have more leisure time, with one big exception

This article features a study co-authored by Chad Jones, professor at the Graduate School of Business, and Pete Klenow, professor of economics and senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, on their study findings that as countries get wealthier, their annual hours worked per capita tend to decrease - with the United States as an exception.

Male sellers on eBay have an edge over women, study finds

This article quotes Cecilia Ridgeway, professor of sociology, commenting on a study that found that on average, when men and women with equal selling reputations sold the same products on eBay, women received lower prices than men.

The truth about exoplanets

This article quotes Bruce Macintosh, professor of physics, on how using direct-imaging instruments in astronomy can reveal much about planets and how they formed.

What sparked the Cambrian Explosion?

This article quotes Erik Sperling, assistant professor of geological sciences, on his co-authored study of ancient sea-floor sediments, which challenged the idea of oxygen as a key trigger for the evolutionary explosion.

Battle over Scalia's seat feeds perception that Supreme Court is less neutral and more partisan

This article quotes Michael McConnell, professor of law and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, noting a difference between judicial ideology and partisanship.

The detection of gravitational waves is a triumph for physics

This article is written by Roger Blandford, professor of physics, on how the recent announcement of the direct detection of gravitational radiation initiates a new phase in the exploration of the universe and our search for the physical laws that govern it.