Social Sciences

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Stanford scholar named MacArthur fellow

Stanford's Jennifer Eberhardt has been named one of the 2014 fellows of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. A social psychologist, she studies the racial elements in the perceptions of crime.

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Stanford research shows that working together boosts motivation

Stanford faculty member Gregory Walton found that when people are treated by others as partners working together on a task, their motivation increases – even if they worked on their own.

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The technology industry needs more women innovators, Stanford expert says

Stanford scholar Vivek Wadhwa says the technology industry must level the playing field for women by encouraging their startups and removing obstacles in their way.

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NFL needs consciousness-raising campaign on domestic abuse, say Stanford experts

Stanford professors say the NFL should finally address the problem of players committing violence against women. The league should undertake a consciousness-raising campaign that condemns and deters domestic abuse, says sociologist Robb Willer.

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Fight against terrorism likely slow and incomplete, Stanford scholar says

Stanford expert Martha Crenshaw says it's time to move beyond the "war on terrorism" to find more effective ways of dealing with threats.

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Anti-Semitism surge in Europe reflects loss of values, historical awareness, says Stanford scholar

A surge in anti-Semitism in Europe is a stark reminder that prejudice against Jewish people is still a reality there today, say scholars.

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Militarized policing is counterproductive, Stanford expert says

Law Professor David Sklansky says the militarization of police departments is doing more harm than good. Are heavily armed police, armored vehicles and military-grade equipment necessary for routine law enforcement?

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Google's Eric Schmidt tells Stanford gathering that the key to cybersecurity is better encryption

Congressional staffers from both sides of the aisle came to Stanford last week for a cybersecurity boot camp. They heard from Google's Eric Schmidt that security problems are serious, but can be reduced with better encryption of communications.

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Stanford report offers a pathway to WWII reconciliation in Asia

A Stanford report based on lingering World War II tensions between China, Japan and Korea offers a pathway to reconciliation for those countries. Suggestions include historically accurate teaching materials, history dialogues and scholarly and student exchanges.

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Stanford expert describes how the U.S. and China can manage their relationship and avoid conflict

Intense competition between the United States and China will be one of the significant global issues in the years to come. But Stanford international security fellow Karl Eikenberry says conflict is far from inevitable.

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Congressional staffers learn about cybersecurity at Stanford boot camp

Two dozen senior congressional staffers are attending Stanford's inaugural cybersecurity boot camp this week. From role-playing exercises to expert discussions, the workshop is designed to improve national efforts in computer security.

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Jewish émigrés who fled Nazi Germany revolutionized U.S. science and technology, Stanford economist says

U.S. patents increased by 31 percent in fields common among Jewish scientists who fled Nazi Germany for America, according to Stanford economist Petra Moser.

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European immigrants to America in early 20th century assimilated successfully, Stanford economist says

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, an "open borders" United States absorbed millions of European immigrants. Stanford economist Ran Abramitzky challenges the perception that immigrants lagged behind native-born Americans in job pay and career growth.

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Stanford research suggests support for incarceration mirrors whites' perception of black prison populations

Informing the white public that the percentage of black Americans in prison is far greater than the percentage of white people behind bars may not spur support for reform. Instead, it might actually generate support for harsh laws and sentencing.

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People understand hyperbole through intent of communication, Stanford researcher says

Stanford scholar Noah Goodman found that people understand nonliteral language – metaphor, hyperbole and exaggerated statements – when they focus on the intent behind the communication.