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Democracy Matters: The Challenges Posed by COVID-19 —and What Policy Makers Can Do About It

Speakers for 9/22: Ran Abramitzky

Marshall Burke — Pandemic and air pollution

Matt Gentzkow — Polarization and Public Health

Pamela Karlan — COVID-19, Election 20

Erin Mordecai — Long-Term Intervention Strategies for COVID-19

Registration is open to Stanford community members with a @stanford.edu email address.

For the general public: Livestream link: https://livestream.com/accounts/1973198/events/9298081

Quick Bytes: Top Tips to Manage Graduate Life

Learn how to manage graduate life with a positive attitude and productive work habits from three campus experts. Whether you’re a new grad student or just want a refresher to start off the year, this fast-paced session is worth your time.

Anika Green, assistant vice provost for graduate education & director, DARE Doctoral Fellowship Program, VPGE

Read Anika's Bio

Angie Hawkins, associate director of educational programs, VPGE

Lightspeed Venture Partners founding partner Ravi Mhatre @ ETL

In 1999, Ravi Mhatre founded Lightspeed Venture Partners, a VC firm that has focused on enterprise IT, mobile, and internet and cloud-based services and applications like Nutanix, AppDynamics and SnapChat. Recently, Mhatre has broadened his horizons to invest in consumer businesses like Cheddar and Stitch Fix.

Before entering venture capital, Mhatre ran a product management group at Silicon Graphics, worked in management consulting at Booz Allen, and spent time as a software engineer for BDIS, a Silicon Valley biotech instruments manufacturer.

PlayVS Founder and CEO Delane Parnell @ ETL

Delane Parnell is the founder and CEO of PlayVS, which is building the infrastructure for high school esports. Prior to starting PlayVS, Parnell worked at IncWell Venture Capital, where he became the youngest black venture capitalist in the United States. A lifelong entrepreneur, Parnell started his first job at 13, working 40-plus hours a week during the school year. At 17, he used the money he saved to purchase three cell phone stores and joined the founding team of Executive Car Rental, which now has 16 locations across Michigan.

Introduction to R: Digital Tools and Methods for the Humanities and Social Sciences

This introductory workshop is geared towards those who would like to get started with R or need to brush up on their skills. You will learn how to use R, RStudio, how to create objects in R, how to work with different data types, how to read tabular data into R and how to subset tables.

Prerequisites: None.

Please come with R and RStudio installed:

https://cengel.github.io/R-intro/

Nextdoor CEO Sarah Friar @ ETL

In December 2018, Sarah Friar was named CEO of Nextdoor, the world’s largest private social network for neighborhoods. Prior to leading Nextdoor, she was CFO of Square and SVP of Finance & Strategy at Salesforce. She also held executive roles at Goldman Sachs, as well as leadership positions at McKinsey in both London and South Africa. She serves on the boards of Walmart and Slack, and is the co-founder of Ladies Who Launch, a nonprofit that celebrates and empowers women entrepreneurs.

Vir Biotechnology CEO George Scangos @ ETL

George Scangos, PhD, has served as Vir Biotechnology’s president and CEO and as a member of its board of directors since January 2017. He previously served as CEO and as a member of the board of directors of Biogen, a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company focused on treating neurological diseases, and also held roles as president and CEO of Exelixis, president of Bayer Biotechnology, and professor of biology at Johns Hopkins University.

Tech Exec, Author and Rocket Scientist Sylvia Acevedo @ ETL

An entrepreneur, investor, business leader, and rocket scientist, Sylvia Acevedo is the author of Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist, which tells the story of her journey from the Las Cruces, New Mexico to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and then onto executive positions at Apple, Dell, IBM and other leading tech companies. During the Obama administration, she was a Commissioner of the White House initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

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