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Sep 12 2014
In August 2014, Stanford professor of mathematics Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman to win the Fields Medal, often described as the Nobel Prize of mathematics. Tim Gowers, a mathematician at Cambridge University and a Fields medalist himself, reflected on Mirzakhani’s accomplishment in the ...
Jul 26 2014
In 1993, Piper Kerman carried a bag of drug money from Chicago to Brussels.   Ten years later, two men knocked on Piper Kerman’s door.  The two men were U.S Customs officers. She had been indicted in federal court for drug smuggling and money laundering. That knock began her unexpected “journey...
Jul 23 2014
Since 2000, the year the U.S. census first allowed respondents to identify as multiracial or multiethnic, the number of Americans who identify with multiple races has increased dramatically. Given that respondents are now allowed to check multiple boxes on the census, that’s not surprising. However...
Jun 15 2014
“I don't know what's worse,” wrote a user of the popular Facebook page, Stanford Race Confessions, “the actual racism that I experience whenever I'm home…or coming to Stanford and being told that we live in a post-racial society and that we should stop talking about race.”
Jun 10 2014
We often encounter platitudes about what an interconnected place the world is, how we are all linked in the circle of life, and only by working together through interdisciplinary collaboration can we overcome the obstacles between a us and a global paradise. While idyllically compelling, this...
Jun 2 2014
Scientific objectivity and the cool assessment of facts are the hallmarks of the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. So, of course, stereotypes have no place in these research labs and university departments. Or so you might think. But, when evaluating identical resumes,...
May 29 2014
Stanford University was founded in the 1800s when mainly children of the privileged class had the opportunity to enroll in universities. Today, students come from a variety of race, social, ethnic, religious, and geographical backgrounds, as do faculty and staff. Yet in many ways, the culture at...
May 29 2014
Which motto most closely reflects your behavior during group discussions?  (a) The squeaky wheel gets the grease  (b) The duck that quacks the loudest gets shot  Your answer may depend on your background and upbringing.  If you were discouraged from standing out, or taught to be interdependent, the...
May 27 2014
Two years ago, Bill Gates famously proclaimed that he didn’t understand how anyone could donate money “to build a new wing for a museum rather than spend it on preventing illnesses that can lead to blindness.” Such frivolity, he suggested, was morally equivalent to blinding one percent of the...
May 19 2014
Perhaps nowhere is the stalled gender revolution more apparent than in the executive and leadership ranks of business, government and education. For the past thirty years, women have surpassed their male peers in earning undergraduate degrees, according to the National Center for Education...

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