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STANFORD UNIVERSITY —Technology will open up unimaginable new horizons in education – but don’t underestimate the power of people. That was a central message on Stanford’s Oct.  22 Roundtable discussion at Maples Pavilion titled “Education Nation 2.0:  Redefining Education Before It Redefines Us.” Moderated by PBS’ Charlie Rose, the panel included Reed Hastings, founder and [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — What could possibly be so hard, Chid Liberty wondered, about going back to the birthplace he barely knew — the West African nation of Liberia — and opening a garment factory?  All it would take was purchasing sewing machines, hiring local women as tailors, and putting them all in [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — If you’ve ever opened the mail to find a preapproved credit offer with a low “teaser rate” interest and seamless transfer of balances from higher-cost cards, thank Richard Fairbank, cofounder, chairman, and chief executive officer of credit card giant Capital One.  The Stanford MBA ’81 pioneered these now-common products [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY — Last Friday’s Standard & Poor’s downgrade of the U.S. credit rating topped a week that saw all three major stock market indexes delivering their worst performances since the 2008-2009 crisis. Monday the Dow tumbled 634 points. Tuesday it climbed back 430 points .  What does it mean? Stanford News Service asked Nicholas Bloom, [...]

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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 UNIVERSITY —The average number of hours worked away from home per week in dual-earner households peaked at 115 in 1999 and has not declined significantly since then. Sociologist Cameron Macdonald, during a recent talk at Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research,  addressed  the complex ways in which gender, race, and class coalesce around [...]

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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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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — The Walt Disney Co. is known worldwide for its movie hits including The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, and Beauty and the Beast. But Robert Iger, the company’s president and chief executive officer, rather wishes you’d forget Mars Needs Moms and Cop Rock.  While he thought a musical police [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Data—its uses, abuses, influence, and future possibilities—was the focus of attention for 700 TEDx conference  attendees who gathered at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. The audience included venture capitalists, startup founders, alumni, Silicon Valley veterans, and students eager to learn more about the increasingly varied influence and opportunities [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Costa Rica is striving to be a mecca for ecotourism as well as high-technology business, the nation’s president, Laura Chinchilla, told a Stanford Graduate School of Business audience. While best known for its commitment to environmental protection, Chinchilla said Costa Rica is now home to manufacturing or research facilities [...]

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