This Week in Stanford 10/25/11 – 10/31/11

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Hello Stanford! It’s once again time to take a break from week 2 of midterms (or week 3, or week 4, or however many midterms you have..) in order to catch up with things happening around the Farm.

  • John McCarthy, former Stanford professor and a pioneer in artificial intelligence died  on Oct. 24th.
  • Thanks to Stanford researchers, one day robots may be able to feel! Tactile sensations, of course.  New stretchy sensors are expanding the possibilities in robot or  computer touchscreen functionality.
  • Stanford student Vineet Singal won the Staples/Ashoka Youth Social Entrepreneur competition for his work, Anjina Patient Education.
  • Ashton Kutcher and Mark Zuckerberg spoke at Start Up school this weekend to spread some entrepreneurial spirit to students from across the country.
  • This isn’t entirely Stanford related, but it’s amazing: the population has finally reached 7 billion. And this time around, it took only a 12 years.  Paul Ehrlich, a Stanford professor of population studies may not have been correct about his belief about starvation in the 70’s but a growing 7 billion is quite a lot of mouths to feed.
  • Post-doctoral fellow Erin Cech has found that a “confidence gap” is causing female engineering students to leave the field.
That’s it from me, but if you found out any other interesting details from around the bubble, share!
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