Bay Area Council, Stanford win as Trump admin rules nixed

The Bay Area Council, Stanford University and a host of other business and educational groups scored a legal victory over the administration of President Donald Trump on Tuesday, with a federal judge tossing out new rules for the H-1B visa.

“This is a major win for our economy and for our ability to recover from the worst downturn in generations,” Bay Area Council CEO Jim Wunderman said in a statement. “H-1B workers fill an important need in our economy and provide immense benefits not only to the companies they work for but the communities where they live. Many of the leading and fastest-growing technology companies in the Bay Area have been founded by entrepreneurs from other countries who first came here on visas.”

The rules issued in October by the federal departments of Labor and Homeland Security had imposed a one-year limit on placement of H-1B workers at third-party firms,

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Stanford rushes to comply with Trump executive order limiting diversity training

Stanford University is facing backlash from educators, students, and alumni for recently taking action to follow a Trump executive order that limits acknowledging the history of structural racism in the United States. Directives on how to modify diversity training were issued despite the fact that the order is likely to be rescinded in January when the new administration takes over. In some ways, a checklist issued to Stanford faculty appears to go beyond the Trump executive order, prohibiting any acknowledgment that “systemic racism exists at Stanford.”

The Stanford University checklist explicitly prohibits diversity training that discusses whether the United States is fundamentally racist or sexist or whether meritocracy is racist, sexist, or made by one race to oppress another. Additional documents from the university’s human resources department label diversity training related to critical race theory, white privilege, systemic racism, and racial humility as subject to review.

Stanford Assistant Vice President

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These Stanford students are racing to get laptops to kids around the U.S. who most need them

The digital divide is not a new phenomenon. Still, it largely took Americans by surprise when, as the U.S. began to shut down to slow the spread of Covid-19 in March, schools grappled with how to move forward with online classes.

It wasn’t just a matter of altering students’ curriculum. Many lacked either internet access or home computers — and some lacked both. According to USAFacts, a non-partisan organization funded by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer,  4.4 million households with children have not had consistent access to computers for online learning during the pandemic.

It’s a problem that two Stanford students, Isabel Wang and Margot Bellon, are doing everything in their power to address, and with some success. Through their six-month-old 501(c)(3) outfit, Bridging Tech, they’ve already provided more than 400 refurbished laptops to children who need them most — those living in homeless shelters — beginning with students in

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Stanford scientists’ computer model predicts COVID-19 spread in cities

A computer model using cellphone data to map the places people frequent every day in large cities may indicate that most COVID-19 infections occur at “superspreader” sites such as full-service restaurants, gyms and cafes.

The report, published Tuesday in the journal Nature, examined the data of 98 million Americans collected at 10 large U.S. cities, including San Francisco, for two months beginning in March. The data was then fed into an epidemiological model developed by a Stanford University-led team.

Jure Leskovec, the Stanford computer scientist who led the study, told Stanford News that the model analyzed how people of different demographic backgrounds and neighborhoods visited establishments that are more or less crowded.


“Based on all of this, we could predict the likelihood of new infections occurring at any given place or time,” he said.

Those predictions would later prove accurate based on the number of infections officially recorded by the

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Stanford Program in Law, Science & Technology – Programs and Centers

The Stanford Program in Law, Science & Technology (LST) combines the resources of Stanford Law School—including renowned faculty experts, alumni practicing on the cutting edge of technology law, technologically savvy and enthusiastic students, and a location in the heart of Silicon Valley—to address the many questions arising from the increasingly prominent role that science and technology play in both national and global arenas. The program acts to help students, legal professionals, businesspeople, government officials, and the public at large to identify those questions and find innovative answers to them.

The program seeks to:

  • Give every Stanford Law student the opportunity to address these issues through innovative coursework, in preparation for practice at the highest level of law’s intersections with science and technology.
  • Raise professional understanding and public awareness of technical and ethical challenges.
  • Promote informed public policies on science and technology in national and global arenas.
  • Contribute to the international
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Breakthrough Display Technology has been discovered by Stanford University and Samsung yet also found in a recent Apple Patent

 

Last week Stanford’s materials scientists revealed working on a possible next-gen ultra-high-end OLED displays that repurposed solar panel technology that could technically feature brighter images with purer colors and more than 10,000 pixels per inch that could support smartphones, television and micro-displays for VR Headsets.

 

I found this to be very interesting because earlier this month Patently Apple posted a report titled “Apple is working on Thinner next-gen micro-LED Displays with Integrated Solar Cells, Multiple Display Devices and much more.” At the time, integrating solar panels in future displays sounded a little odd as traditional applications suggest solar cells are for adding an energy source.

 

That was even the original thinking of a Stanford Professor until his research revealed that solar cell technology had applications beyond renewable energy. If anything it showed me just how advanced Apple’s display teams are in working on cutting edge materials for future displays

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AI detects hidden earthquakes | Stanford News

Measures of Earth’s vibrations zigged and zagged across Mostafa Mousavi’s screen one morning in Memphis, Tenn. As part of his PhD studies in geophysics, he sat scanning earthquake signals recorded the night before, verifying that decades-old algorithms had detected true earthquakes rather than tremors generated by ordinary things like crashing waves, passing trucks or stomping football fans.

The Loma Prieta earthquake, which severely shook the San Francisco and Monterey Bay regions in October 1989, occurred mostly on a previously unknown fault. (Image credit: J.K. Nakata, USGS)

“I did all this tedious work for six months, looking at continuous data,” Mousavi, now a research scientist at Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences (Stanford Earth), recalled recently. “That was the point I thought, ‘There has to be a much better way to do this stuff.’”

This was in 2013. Handheld smartphones were already loaded with algorithms that could break down

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