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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — JD Schramm has a reassuring message for anyone – and that includes just about everyone, really – who frets over the prospect of public speaking. “The beautiful thing about communication is that it is part art and part science,” he told a recent gathering at the Stanford Graduate School [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY — When she started her research into the psychology of aging as a young graduate student, Laura Carstensen assumed that older people were socially isolated, depressed, and lonely. Much to the contrary, Carstensen discovered there’s a silver lining to growing old — the elderly tend to exhibit better mental health status than their [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY – Students may covet seats in Stanford’s popular iPhone and iPad application development course, but you don’t need to be in the classroom to take the course. Anyone with app dreams can follow along online. Stanford has just released the iOS 5 incarnation of iPhone Application Development on iTunes U, where the public [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY —”Oil is ammunition,” read a World War II poster encouraging conservation. That message is just as appropriate today, according to John Warner, the former five-term senator from Virginia. The United States must reduce its consumption of fossil fuels not only for environmental reasons, but to improve its economic and national security, said Warner [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY — Novels have captured readers’ imaginations for hundreds of years. What is it about this literary form that keeps people coming back for more? On October 10th, professors from Stanford University and UC Berkeley shared their thoughts about the world’s most popular literary form with an audience at Litquake, San Francisco’s largest literary [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY -  Even before their first day of class, many students enrolled in Stanford’s first set of comprehensive, free online computer science courses were hard at work.    The three classes – Introduction to Databases, Machine Learning and Introduction to Artificial Intelligence – officially started on October 10. By then, however, the 66,000 students signed [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY - In 1960, Beltway bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., called the idea pie in the sky. Promoting world peace and friendship by dispatching young, inexperienced Americans to developing countries for two-year volunteer assignments sounds nice, foreign aid officials said, but it won’t work. The Kennedy administration ignored the naysayers, and this year the Peace Corps [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY – Six Italian seismologists and one government official went on trial for manslaughter in Italy last week. The unusual trial stems from accusations that the seven failed to adequately communicate the potential for a major earthquake to the population around the central Italian town of L’Aquila, which was hit by a devastating magnitude [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — On Monday, they debated solutions to the Euro crisis. On Tuesday, devising strategies to bring peace to Afghanistan was the goal.  On Wednesday, discussions centered on patent protection of vital medicines versus the developing world’s public health needs. Thursday’s talks examined different approaches to combating terrorism. And finally, on [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS – In a wide-ranging talk, Jack Ma, chairman of China’s Alibaba Group, publicly declared his interest in acquiring troubled U.S. internet giant Yahoo, while also reflecting on his 12-year journey building an internet powerhouse that has transformed commerce for small businesses and consumers in China. The Chinese e-commerce billionaire addressed [...]

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