Social Sciences

Riot squad

Militarized policing is counterproductive, Stanford expert says

Stanford law Professor David Sklansky says that the militarization of police departments is doing more harm than good. The question is whether communities need heavily armed police, armored vehicles and military-grade equipment for routine law enforcement.

Cybersecurity bootcamp

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.

Flags of Japan, China, Korea / Future Atlas

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.

US-China meeting

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.

Albert Einstein receives certificate of U.S. citizenship / Al Aumuller/Library of Congress

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.

immigrant boy in front of workplace, 1911 / Lewis Hine/Library of Congress

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.

Black prison inmates

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.

Noah Goodman

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.

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Simple isn't better when talking about science, Stanford philosopher suggests

Taking a philosophical approach to the assumptions that surround the study of human behavior, Stanford philosophy Professor Helen Longino suggests that no single research method is capable of answering the question of nature vs. nurture.

Woman scratching her head to demonstrate body language / Photo: MediaX at Stanford

Stanford scientists identify body language tied to creativity, learning

Your body language hints at your emotional state. Communication Department scholars find that observing subtle changes in your torso and head movements can predict creative output or learning ability.  Video

Natasha Mmonatau at Summer Institute for General Management class / L.A. Cicero

Inspiring Stanford humanities majors to consider business careers

This summer was the first time that Stanford provided funding – with support from the Office of the President – to help Stanford students majoring in the humanities and the arts take part in the Summer Institute for General Management at the Graduate School of Business.

Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson / Milgrom courtesy of Milgrom; Wilson courtesy of Stanford GSB

Stanford economists among Golden Goose winners

Stanford economists Robert Wilson and Paul Milgrom have been chosen for the 2014 Golden Goose Award. The award honors scientists whose research was funded by the federal government and has benefited society in important but sometimes unexpected ways. Wilson and Milgrom introduced the initial design for sales of radio spectrum licenses in the United States.

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Extra time in math class does not a mathematician make, says Stanford researcher

Eric Taylor, a PhD student at Stanford University's Center for Education Policy Analysis, found that students who spent more of the school day in math class had higher math scores, but the gains did not last for long.

George Spindler portrait / Photo: Courtesy of Rebecca Walker

George Spindler, Stanford professor emeritus of anthropology and education, has died at 94

George Spindler and his wife, Louise, worked as a team in their research, writing and teaching. Together, they revolutionized the teaching of anthropology and founded the field of anthropology of education.