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Matthew Callaghan, MD, had an epiphany about medical device design during a planning meeting, when his hospital was drafting a worst-case scenario protocol to decide which types of patients would receive life support from the hospital’s limited number of breathing ventilators. “The physicians assumed that we’d have to ration the ventilators, and that if we [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—Back in the 1970s, Stanford professor Myra Strober wanted to understand how elementary school teaching became an occupation dominated by women. The trouble was the young economists in her interdisciplinary research group focused on statistical data from the 19th century, while the historians favored anecdotal evidence from teacher diaries. Neither faction [...]

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