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STANFORD UNIVERSITY — As a youngster, Joanne Pasternack thought she knew exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up — first an Olympic figure skater and then a pediatrician.  Instead, she has ended up in a totally different realm —professional football, where she works as the director of community relations and philanthropy for [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — While industries from manufacturing to health care have adopted technology to improve their results, the education field remains heavily reliant on “chalk and talk” instruction conducted in traditional settings. However, that’s starting to change as schools and colleges adopt virtual classrooms, data analysis, online games, highly customized coursework, and other [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS —A new generation of medical “rock stars” are blending cutting-edge technology with reams of old-fashioned data to help drive innovation in health care, according to Todd Park, chief technology officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. One of more than two-dozen experts who spoke during the 2011 Stanford [...]

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The energy crisis has even die-hard environmentalists reconsidering nuclear power. In this first-ever TED debate, editor and innovator Stewart Brand and Stanford civil and environmental engineering Professor Mark Z. Jacobson square off over the pros and cons. This video captures the points of view of two thinkers involved in the debate over nuclear energy. [Video] [...]

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Did you know that making a pair of Levis 501, from cotton seed to finished garment, uses 54 showers worth of water and produces the same amount of greenhouse gas as driving your car 78 miles? Neither did Levi Strauss –– until they conducted an environmental impact assessment on their goods. When the company also [...]

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When Paul Auerbach arrived at the University Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after the January 2010 earthquake, he faced a sea of death and misery the likes of which he’d never seen. A thousand people were critically injured or ill, buildings were in ruin or condemned, and medical supplies were scarce. “It was like Armageddon,” said the Stanford professor [...]

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