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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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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—During the presidency of George W. Bush public antitrust cases dropped significantly — not because the laws had changed, but because the White House didn’t encourage appointed regulators to prosecute allegations of antitrust violations. Critics of the Bush administration cried foul, saying that a lack of enforcement made the regulations and [...]

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Three out of four Americans believe that the Earth has been gradually warming as the result of human activity and want the government to institute regulations to stop it, according to a new survey by researchers at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. The survey was conducted by Woods Institute Senior Fellow [...]

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Fifteen Stanford faculty members are among the 255 prominent scientists who signed a letter published in the May 7 issue of Science that decries “the recent escalation of political assaults on scientists in general and on climate scientists in particular.” The signers are all members of the National Academy of Sciences and 11 of them [...]

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