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2013 SGSI Course Overview

SGSI 2013
P. Archie 2013

Explore ~ Experience ~ Expand


Patrick Archie, Lecturer, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences; Director, Stanford Educational Farm Program
Monday, September 9 - Friday, September 13, 2013, 9 AM - 3:30 PM (end times vary)

This new SGSI course takes advantage of cutting edge agriculture being done in the Bay Area through several field trips to local innovative farms engaged in transforming local food systems. We will examine the challenges and opportunities in food and farming systems in conversation with thought leaders in the field and through direct experience on local farms. Be prepared to engage all of your senses and get dirty as we join together to explore emerging models for the future of farming and food. 

DESIGNING THE PROFESSIONAL: Addressing the question "Once I get my degree, how do I get a life?"

Dave Evans, Lecturer, Stanford Design Program
Monday, September 9 - Friday, September 13, 2013, 9AM - 1 PM.

What do you want out of life after Stanford?  Wondering how to weave together what fits, is doable, and will be truly meaningful?  Join us for Designing the Professional.  This course applies the innovation principles of design thinking to the "wicked problem" of designing your life and vocation in and beyond Stanford.  We'll approach these lifelong questions with a structured framework set in a seminar where you can work out your ideas in conversation with your peers. 


Thomas Hayden, Lecturer, School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences; Dept. of Communication
Monday, September 9 - Friday, September 13, 2013, Mon.-Thurs., 10 AM - 2 PM; Friday, 12 noon - 4 PM.

Gain the skills and experience you need to tell compelling stories about your research in online multimedia formats, including photography, audio, video, and social media. This hands-on, workshop-style course is built around interdisciplinary group projects and peer critiquing. You will learn strategies and techniques for photography; audio recording; video planning, production and editing; and publication and outreach via social media. Those with experience who want to expand their skills in these areas and those with no experience are welcome.

ENERGY@STANFORD AND SLAC: Energy Research for the 21st Century

Sally Benson, Director, Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP); acting director, Precourt Institute for Energy; Department of Energy Resources Engineering; Senior Fellow, Precourt Institute for Energy; Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment
Franklin Orr, Director, Precourt Institute for Energy (PIE); Keleen and Carlton Beal Professor in Petroleum Engineering, Department of Energy Resources Engineering
Thomas Devereaux, Associate lab director for photon science, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory; Director, Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Science (SIMES); Professor of Photon Science, Department of Applied Physics
Zhi-Xun Shen, Chief Scientist, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory; Paul Pigott Professor in Physical Sciences, Department of Physics
Stuart Macmillan, Consulting Professor; Chief Scientist, Energy Informatics at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Monday, September 9 - Friday, September 13, 2013, 8:30 AM - 8:30 PM.

Get a jumpstart on your energy education at Stanford. Create your Stanford network of students, faculty, and staff. Meet energy faculty Rock Stars from Stanford's Seven Schools: Business, Earth Sciences, Education, Engineering, Humanities & Sciences, Law, and Medicine. Visit local energy companies in Silicon Valley, and SLAC's state-of-the-art SSRL and LCLS light source facilities. A background in energy is not required. The week-long course will allow incoming and current graduate students to meet others who have an interest in energy, with the intent of building an interdisciplinary community across campus.


Richard Roberts, Professor of History
Sunday, September 8 (evening) - Friday, September 13, 2013, Mon.-Fri., 10 AM - 3 PM.

This class explores the challenges of defining and implementing “development” in modern African history.  We pay particular attention to how the history of globalization and HIV/AIDS has impacted Africa and has shaped the politics and practices of development.  We take seriously the legacy of the slave trade, European colonialism, the Cold War, and failed states.  A central part outcome will be to think critically about the context and performance of development projects from microfinance to big construction projects.

I-RITE/I-SPEAK: Learn to Communicate Your Research Effectively, Clearly, and Succinctly

Marianne Neuwirth, PhD, Communication Consultant
Monday, September 9 - Friday, September 13, 2013, 9 AM - 1 PM.

This program assists graduate and postdoctoral students in developing streamlined, highly understandable, and compelling written and oral accounts of their research for non-specialized audiences. Topics include interpersonal and public speaking, adapting to various communication contexts, and using metaphors and analogies for clarity and effective description. Through this time-efficient and focused approach, participants will learn how to prepare for successful job talks, grant proposals, and informal conversations with professional and personal contacts.


Janet Martinez, Director of the Gould Negotiation & Mediation Program at Stanford Law School
Amanda Cravens, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
Monday, September 9 - Friday, September 13, 2013, Mon-Thurs., 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM; Friday 9:00 AM - 12 noon

This course is aimed at graduate students with an interest in improving their skill to integrate science, technology and public policy making. The 5-day interactive program begins with the fundamentals of negotiation analysis for two-party and multi-party situations. This is followed by a series of sessions devoted to collaborative decision making, with an emphasis on teamwork, use of a facilitator, and the role of the public and the media. 


Sunday, June 23 – Friday, July 19, 2013, specific times to be determined
(NOTE: Stanford Ignite is run by the Graduate School of Business and has a $750 fee for Stanford students, which is highly subsidized by the VPGE Office. The application deadline is March 15, 2013. Applications are more comprehensive than the SGSI one and are reviewed on a rolling basis. The program fills quickly. If you missed this round, check the Stanford Ignite website for future opportunities.)

Stanford Ignite is a four-week certificate program run by the Graduate School of Business that teaches innovators how to formulate, develop, and commercialize their ideas. Participants will learn core business skills and experience working on a team to develop a business plan around a new product or service for an existing organization or a new venture. It is designed for non-business students. The cost of participating in Stanford Ignite is heavily subsidized for Stanford graduate students and postdocs, but a fee to such participants is still charged, given the intensive nature of this program. Apply immediately, since admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.


Daniel Klein, Lecturer, Graduate School of Business and Department of Theater and Performance Studies
Monday, September 9 - Friday, September 13, 2013, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM.

In this new course, students will learn the techniques of improvisational theater and practice them with colleagues from around the university. Topics include Spontaneity, Narrative and Status. Anyone interested in developing tools for individual and collaborative creativity and expanding leadership and teamwork skills is welcome. Absolutely no improvisation or acting experience is necessary.


Tina Seelig, Professor of the Practice, School of Engineering; Executive Director, Stanford Technology Ventures Program
Wednesday, September 11 - Friday, September 13, 2013, Wed. and Fri., 8:30 AM - 2 PM; Thurs., 8:30 AM - 5 PM.

Tap into Stanford's reknowned entrepreneurial spirit and understand Stanford's entrepreneurial ecosystem. This new SGSI course is designed specifically for incoming and second-year graduate students in any discipline or degree who are interested in expanding their skill set and vision for their research and/or incorporating more entrepreneurship and innovation into their graduate career.


Frederic Luskin, Senior Consultant in Health Promotion, Vaden Health Center; Director, Stanford Forgiveness Projects
Monday, September 9 - Friday, September 13, 2013, 9 AM - 12 noon

This class will explore the intersection between emotional intelligence and success. Lectures will focus on defining emotional intelligence, review of relevant research by the instructor and others on the application of emotional intelligence at work, guided practice in stress management and other components of emotional intelligence, use of assessment for personal and professional use and the creation of an individual development plan based on assessment and personal goals.