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From Stanford Report STANFORD UNIVERSITY – After the biggest congressional sweep since 1948, Democrats fell victim in Tuesday’s midterm elections to a troubled economy and growing discontent and frustration with their party and President Obama’s agenda. Republicans won control of the House by picking up at least 60 seats, and whittled the Democratic Senate majority [...]

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STANFORD – President Obama heads to Asia in early November to reinforce America’s relationships with Muslim leaders, global economic giants, and political allies. He’s scheduled to spend time in India and Indonesia before heading to the G20 summit in South Korea, followed by an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Japan. Donald Emmerson, director of the [...]

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From Stanford Business magazine, Autumn, 2010 Surrounded by photos of himself with presidents and foreign dignitaries and all manner of award plaques and commendations, Richard Fisher, MBA ’75, looks every bit the patrician banker sitting in his palatial office on the 14th floor of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. But on this day, he [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Stanford University experts have concluded that in the event of a nuclear detonation, people in large metropolitan areas are better off sheltering-in-place in basements for 12-24 hours than trying to evacuate immediately, unless a lengthy warning period is provided. The scientific and engineering analysts comprehensively modeled the impacts of a detonation [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY,  Economic Policy Institute — Student test scores are not reliable indicators of teacher effectiveness, even with the addition of value-added modeling (VAM), a new Economic Policy Institute report by leading testing experts finds. Though VAM methods have allowed for more sophisticated comparisons of teachers than were possible in the past, they are still [...]

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Beyond the Poverty Line

Excerpted from the Social Innovation Review, published by Stanford University By Rourke L. O’Brien & David S. Pedulla  Fall 2010 View the entire article On July 13, 2008, New York City’s poverty rate was 18 percent. Twenty-four hours later it had ballooned to 23 percent. How did more than 400,000 New Yorkers become impoverished overnight? [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — People vote for candidates based on their performance in office — right? While political scientists like to think so, new research argues that a political incumbent’s fate can be influenced by far less weighty matters — like whether the local college football team wins or loses.  The outcome of [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY – Made up your mind who to vote for? Maybe it’s because you like the looks of the candidate. Or maybe it’s because the candidate looks a little like you. In a paper appearing in Public Opinion Quarterly, Jeremy Bailenson, an assistant professor of communication, and Shanto Iyengar, the Harry and Norman Chandler [...]

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The Stanford Center on Longevity brings together scholars and researchers to prepare the globe for a rapidly aging population. During the recent Congressional debate on health care reform, we called on six of the Center’s faculty affiliates for their perspectives on the looming challenge presented by projections of Medicare insolvency by 2017. These Stanford professors, [...]

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Pamela Matson, dean of the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford University, has called for a national climate change research effort run by a single federal program with authority and resources to implement a national program. “The core phenomena of climate change have been examined thoroughly and have stood firm in the face of scientific [...]

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