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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Interval Update

Jennifer Petersen at The Interval*

Since the winter 2017 newsletter, two 2016-17 fellows participated in “Conversations at The Interval” salon talks as part of the Center’s ongoing partnership with the Long Now Foundation. On April 18, Jennifer Petersen delivered a talk on “Why Freedom of Speech is More Than Speech: Expressions in Media and Code.” On May 30, Andrew Lakoff gave a talk on “How We Became ‘Unprepared’: Imagining Catastrophe from the Cold War to Bird Flu.” In addition, on May 16, 2015-16 fellow Jamie Jones participated in “The History & Science of a Persistent Malady,” a panel “scurvy salon.”

Great news!! The Interval also has begun releasing videos of its salon talk events. Three 2015-16 CASBS fellows are featured among the first batch of videos. Watch Rose McDermott present “Ideology in Our Genes: The Biological Basis for Political traits,” and Louis Hyman discuss “The New Deal You Don’t Know.” In addition, watch Natasha Iskander participate in a panel discussion on “The Refugee Reality: Thinking Long-term about the Evolving Global Challenge.”

Fellows, Visiting Scholars, Research Affiliates, and Staff

Crosscut interviewed fellow Sapna Cheryan extensively for a piece on challenges facing women in science. New America Weekly also interviewed Cheryan and described her CASBS project, in which she is “developing a tool that tech companies can use to measure if their culture is biased.”

Fellow Donald Chi received the 2017 Young Investigator Award from the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). He was recognized at the opening ceremonies of the 95th General Session &

Andrew Lakoff at The Interval*

Exhibition of the IADR on March 22, 2017, in San Francisco. Chi also guest-edited (and contributed to) an issue of The Clinics devoted to evidence-based pediatric dentistry.

Be sure to watch an interview of Chi recorded as part of events surrounding the centennial of Columbia University’s College of Dental Medicine. You gotta at least check-out the rockin’ suit he’s wearing!

CASBS board member and former fellow Jennifer Eberhardt continues to attract a lot of media attention for her ongoing work with collaborators on police bias (often implicit) toward black drivers. Recent coverage has appeared in The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Futurity, and other outlets.

Fellow Mark Greif was a featured speaker at the Oakland Book Festival in May, appearing in with Harvard’s Danielle Allen “On Equality: A Conversation.”

Fellow Jonathan Jansen was absolutely en fuego, starting a half-dozen book projects and getting one published – As By Fire: The End of the South African University – with time to spare before the end of his 2016-17 fellowship year. You’ll learn about more books by Jonathan in upcoming newsletters (in the former fellows news section, of course…)

Deborah Lawrence authored a chapter on climate change in the Miller Center’s “First Year Project” outlining policy goals for the president.

Watch CASBS director Margaret Levi deliver the Stein Rokkan Lecture on “Limits on Legitimacy” at the European Consortium for Political Research’s 2017 Joint Session, held at the University of Nottingham in April. Then watch Levi discuss the “The Age of Distrust” and decline in institutions on “The National,” a program produced by the Canadian Broadcast Corporation.

Levi also will lead a Stanford-wide effort, which also will include government and industry stakeholders, focused on issues surrounding artificial intelligence, automation, and society. She also is co-PI on a project devoted to “Harnessing the Data Revolution to Secure the Future of Oceans.” Both projects are part of Stanford’s Catalyst for Collaborative Solutions initiative.

Why is there so little grassroots action against climate change? Sociologist and former CASBS director Doug McAdam explains in Futurity.

Can democracy survive the internet? Dan Balz, the dean of beltway journalists, explores this by consulting incoming 2017-18 CASBS fellow Nate Persily in the Washington Post.

Fellow Allison Pugh authored “What Happens at Home When People Can’t Depend on Stable Work” in the Harvard Business Review.

The newspaper India-West put a spotlight on two Indian Americans in the 2017-18 CASBS class – fellow Arati Prabhakar and research affiliate Abraham Verghese.

Research affiliate Barbara Schneider received an honorary doctorate from the University of Helsinki in May. Michigan State University put together a great video spotlight on her here. Earlier in the year, Schneider was elected to the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters.

Fellow Brenda Stevenson made several media appearances related to the 25th anniversary of the riots in Los Angeles (and the death of Latasha Harlins in particular), including interviews with LAist, public radio station KPCC, and Fusion, among others. She appears in the History Channel film The L.A. Riots: 25 Years Later as well as well as the documentary K-Town ’92. In March, Stevenson appeared with former CASBS fellow Kimberlé Crenshaw (2008-09) at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles for a discussion about the Latasha Harlins case. Watch it here. Read a Stevenson op-ed in the Los Angeles Times and a blog post on the American Historical Association web site.

Separately, KPCC interviewed Stevenson about America’s complicated relationship with outspoken black women.

Research affiliate David Yeager will receive the 2018 Boyd McCandless Award from the American Psychological Association for his early career achievements in developmental psychology.

* Photos of Jennifer Petersen and Andrew Lakoff by Gary Wilson

Thank you 2016-17 fellow Paul Jargowsky for the beautiful shot of Canyonlands National Park!!


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