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Complexity Theory: ‘I am just an engineer!’

According to Fiesler, the “I am just an engineer” problem is caused by the common way computer science is taught, which treats ethics as its own specialization. She thinks ethics should be taught as part of the technical practice, rather than in its own class as is done at Stanford.

Stanford team explores hypersonic flight theory

The possibility of hypersonic flight -- offering endless potential in air and space travel but also posing numerous engineering challenges -- recently became the domain of Stanford engineers. The Stanford Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program (PSAAP) received a five-year $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to investigate the subject virtually.

Why journaling beats finsta-ing

The naked truth is that finstas have evolved as a way to show vulnerability and to showcase a different side of you that people might not generally know about. This is not always conducive to growth. Journaling, on the other hand, has all the benefits of vulnerability with less toxicity.

The rhetoric of PWR

Not all students hate Stanford’s Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR), but they generally agree that other students hate it. There’s a rhetoric around PWR: a word-of-mouth opinion spread around campus about the two-quarter sequence that nearly all Stanford students take in their first and second years.

Belonging as an Asian American

“You’re a banana.” “Wait, what?” “Yeah, you’re yellow on the outside, white on the inside … It’s a compliment,” my friend clarifies during our side conversation in class. “If it’s a compliment, then why did it leave me with such a heart-sinking aftertaste?” I wondered as I pushed laughter through the lump in my throat…

‘Her Body and Other Parties’ gives shape to female stories

Carmen Maria Machado’s debut collection of short stories, “Her Body and Other Parties,” oscillates between the horrifying and humorous, the fantastical and psychologically troubling, the uncanny and original. All eight stories feature women on the verge of becoming “madwomen in the attic,” challenging genre archetypes and traditional notions of femininity with inspiration from fairy tales,…

Part II: Reflecting on “Racism Lives Here, Too.”

Please note that this article is the second part of a three-part series. Trump’s presidency seems to have triggered a rhetorical arms race, in which extreme rhetoric is countered by even more extreme rhetoric. In this era of popular outrage, our anxieties are enough to justify inference from the specific to the general: some immigrants commit…

Me, an intellectual: On “Academese” and accessibility

If there’s anything that captures the zeitgeist of modernity, it’s definitely the memes. Browsing on Tumblr, an incredibly credible source of contemporary sardonic and graphics-laden critique, two memes created in 2016 proffered a rather apt take on academia: The first, “Me, An Intellectual,” according to the de facto meme repository of the internet, Know Your…

Earth systems class to attend U.N. Paris climate negotiations

A group of students will travel to Paris at the end of the month to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference (the 21st Conference of the Parties or COP21). The students are taking a course called “International Climate Negotiations: Unpacking the Road to Paris,” specifically designed to teach students about the issues involved with the conference and to prepare for the trip. Enrollment in the course was by application.

Social (r)evolution

Last Wednesday was the 205th birthday of Charles Darwin. February 12 isn’t a date I usually take particular note of. But this year, Darwin’s work on evolution happened to be at the forefront of my mind, due in part to the debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham a week prior. Taking on what’s become…
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