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Stanford alum advocates for solar energy in seminar on new book

In a Monday afternoon presentation on his new book, “Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet,” Varun Sivaram ’11 stressed current constraints on solar power and three types of innovation — financial innovation, technological innovation and systemic innovation — that he believes are key to sustaining solar energy’s rise to dominance.

Stanford investing billions offshore through Central America and Caribbean groups, tax returns show

Stanford has nearly 10 billion dollars invested in Central America and the Caribbean, analysis of the University’s tax returns shows. Held offshore in places like Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, much of this money is not subject to taxes, including the 1.4 percent tax on University endowment earnings implemented under the new Republican tax plan.

President Obama talks inclusive entrepreneurship, moderates panel with Mark Zuckerberg

“[Stanford] is the place that made nerd cool,” said President Barack Obama when he spoke at Stanford on Friday morning as part of the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES). Obama highlighted diversity and accessibility in entrepreneurship in his address.

Following his speech, the president moderated a discussion with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and three young entrepreneurs from around the world.

The curious case of United States v. Texas

On Monday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of United States v. Texas, a challenge to President Obama’s 2014 executive action on immigration. Specifically, the case concerns the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) policies. These policies would allow certain undocumented immigrant…