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Compassion is a wise and effective managerial strategy, Stanford expert says

Psychologist Emma Seppala says promoting a culture of trust encourages collaboration.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein

Feinstein at Stanford to discuss NSA, mass surveillance

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein on May 28 will appear at Stanford to discuss the impact of the National Security Agency's mass surveillance efforts on America's national security and individual liberty and privacy.

Shinzo Abe, prime minister of Japan

Stanford scholars offer their own visions of Japan's upcoming statement on World War II

Stanford experts believe the Japanese prime minister must send the right message regarding his country's World War II aggressions on the 70th anniversary of the global conflict.

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Stanford professor developing water usage model that could help California meet conservation goals

Stanford economist Frank Wolak is creating a customer-level water demand model that can be used to design tiered water rate schedules for California.

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Key strategies can boost donations at crowdfunding sites, Stanford experts say

A sophisticated analysis by Stanford data scientists supports a common sense approach: help fundraisers craft successful appeals and thank givers promptly, and they will return to give more.

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Stanford scholars issue plan to reduce poverty

A new Stanford report describes how poverty can be permanently reduced in the Golden State. Billed as the Equal Opportunity Plan, this approach focuses on creating equal opportunities for children at the most critical points in their lives.

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When political parties fail to show ideological differences, centrist voters are less likely to vote, Stanford expert says

New Stanford research on European elections shows that when political parties fail to show ideological differences, centrist abstention from voting is higher. As parties polarize, people are also more likely to go to the ideological extremes.

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Global community should respond to Middle East refugee crisis now, Stanford expert says

Stanford visiting scholar Beth Van Schaack says that the world community must respond to the Middle Eastern refugee crisis with a long-range perspective.

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Stanford researchers create a promising solution for urban toilets in Haiti and elsewhere

Portable dry toilet and waste service system prove effective in Haiti's urban slums and can help solve the problem of "flying toilets."

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Norman Nie, Stanford scholar and entrepreneur, dies at 72

A leading thinker in the behavior of the American voter, Norman Nie revolutionized how social scientists analyze data.

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Embracing stress is more important than reducing stress, Stanford psychologist says

Kelly McGonigal says new research indicates that stress can make us stronger, smarter and happier.

Mao Zedong in 1949

Mao at his death left China backward but, ironically, ready for reform, Stanford scholar says

Mao Zedong's long campaign against "capitalist tendencies" in the Chinese Communist Party unwittingly laid the groundwork for a transition to a market economy.

Professor Kathleen Eisenhardt

The best rules are simple, flexible and purposeful, Stanford professor says

Stanford engineering Professor Kathleen Eisenhardt describes how lessons gleaned from the boardroom and beyond can affect every corner of our lives.

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Perseverance key to children's intellectual growth, Stanford scholar says

Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck says that children are more motivated when they are told their intelligence or talents can grow and expand. "Grit" is also important for children and adults alike because, when facing challenges, setbacks are inevitable.

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Online 'mindset' interventions help students do better in school, Stanford research shows

Stanford researchers found that brief Internet-based interventions that instill a "growth mindset" and a sense of purpose can improve learning, especially for struggling students. These interventions could potentially reach vast numbers of students at low cost.