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How technology saves lives in Zimbabwe

How often have you said, “My computer is so slow”? Do you remember the days before wireless networks existed? It seems our Internet connections can never be fast enough and we email each other rather than pick up the phone. Transport yourself to a developing country and you will also be transported back in time. How do researchers conduct research without the sophisticated tools and apps that we have access to?

An undergraduate perspective on international research

You have an idea for a research project but where do you begin? This is a question that many researchers have and while there may be many resources for faculty on campus, where does the undergraduate student turn? Fortunately, there is an office on campus that offers assistance to undergraduate students that not only guides them through the process of getting their research ideas off the ground, but also provides funding to bring their ideas to life.
 

Brazil Scientific Mobility Program at Stanford University

Last year, Stanford University signed an agreement with the government of Brazil to bring some of its brightest graduate students and researchers to Stanford.  Today, we meet with Leonardo de Assis, a visiting scholar from The Brazilian Center for Physics Research (Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Físicas or CBPF) located in Rio de Janeiro.

 

Q. What department are you in and how long will you be at Stanford?

Traffic decongestion projects at home and abroad

If you are looking for an incentive for going green at Stanford, join Congestion and Parking Incentives (CAPRI), a new commuting program, focused on peak commuters. Launched in April 2012, almost 4,000 Stanford people have registered on this pilot project and over $75,000 has been paid out as incentives so far. Professor Prabhakar, lead investigator of CAPRI and professor of electrical engineering and computer science, has previously tested his project to mitigate traffic congestion during peak commuting hours in Bangalore, India and Singapore.

How the new travel policy to Cuba affects the Stanford community

On Jan. 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published policy changes previously announced by President Obama to further engage and empower the Cuban people. These changes include relaxed restrictions on U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba. The Office of International Affairs met with Stanford University’s Director of Export Compliance, Steve Eisner, to see how these changes will affect the Stanford community. Steve is a member of Ann Arvin’s staff in the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Research.

Novel online course for emergency medicine in Africa and the U.S.

In 2013, the Office of International Affairs (OIA), in collaboration with the Office of the Vice Provost for Online Learning (VPOL), granted funding to develop innovative online and blended courses in collaboration with international non-Stanford faculty. OIA met with Professor Matthew Strehlow, one of the winners of the OIA-VPOL Faculty Seed Grants for Online International Learning, to hear about his course that has launched in mid-April.

Digital humanities provides insight into Voltaire and his social networks

Facebook and LinkedIn are just a few of the social networking platforms that are popular today. With a simple click, you can “friend” or “connect” with just about anybody in the world, but there was a time not too long ago when this wasn’t the case. In contrast, putting pen to paper and writing letters has been a way to communicate with others for hundreds of years. However, technology has added a new element to how humanities scholars study letters and texts.

Shedding light on transitional justice efforts in post-conflict settings around the world

The WSD Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice (Handa Center), formerly known as the Berkeley War Crimes Studies Center, joined theStanford Global Studies Division in April of 2014. The center is dedicated to promoting the rule of law, accountability, and human rights around the world particularly in post-conflict and developing countries.

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