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Women earned only 18% of all computer science degrees and made up less than 25% of the workers in engineering- and computer-related fields in 2009. These statistics stand in stark contrast to the gains they have achieved in law, medicine, and other areas of the workforce. While this dearth of women in the science, technology, [...]

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FROM STANFORD MAGAZINE, JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2011 STANFORD UNIVERSITY — There are now roughly 2 billion Internet users worldwide. Five billion earthlings have cell phones. That scale of connectivity offers staggering power: In a few seconds, we can summon almost any fact, purchase a replacement hubcap or locate a cabin mate from those halcyon days at Camp [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS – Want to lose weight in 2011?  You’ve got a better chance of pulling it off if you tell yourself, “I’d like to slim down and maybe lose somewhere between 5 and 15 pounds this year” instead of, “I’d like to lose 12 pounds by July 4.”  In a paper [...]

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The Street.com characterizes Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, the sixth richest man in the world, as a divisive figure. The publication asked Jeffrey Pfeffer, a professor of organizational behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business  and author of Power: Why Some People Have It — And Others Don’t for his opinion. Pfeffer  replied  that Ellison’s [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY — Deborah Gruenfeld of the Stanford Graduate School of Business had some sobering news to share with a group of high-level women executives and entrepreneurs. “When it comes to leadership,” Gruenfeld told the group, “there are very few differences in what men and women actually do and how they behave.  But there are [...]

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STANFORD SCHOOL OF MEDICINE — An alarming number of adolescents already battling eating disorders are also intentionally cutting themselves, and health-care providers may be failing to diagnose many instances of such self-injury, according to a new study from Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. The researchers found that 40.8 percent of [...]

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From Stanford Business magazine STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS – A social media campaign that goes viral, grabbing the attention of thousands or even millions of people at a very low cost, is the dream of many social entrepreneurs. But clearly not every Facebook page, website, or tweet succeeds in this way.  ”You can’t use [...]

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Through three decades of teaching and writing about power, Jeffrey Pfeffer has emphasized a pithy but potent concept: Politics often trumps performance. Pfeffer, the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business, can tell countless stories of networkers and self-promoters who shot to the top while others went nowhere [...]

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 STANFORD UNIVERSITY — It might seem obvious: We’re inclined to like generous people more than stingy ones. But what’s driving our feelings about them? Is it what they’re doing, or why we think they’re doing it? That’s where the brain comes in. After studying the gray matter of 38 people in a Stanford University experiment, [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY — Space may be the final frontier, but it’s going to get more crowded pretty soon. And Stanford researchers are working to make sure the new pioneers can get there safely and easily. Commercial communication satellites and government-backed space missions have been under way for decades. But private companies like Virgin Galactic are [...]

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