NSO - Thursday

2017 NSO - Thursday, September 21


7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. • Residence Dining Halls

Axess Opens For New Student Enrollment

8:00 a.m. • axess.stanford.edu 

Register your Preliminary Study List in Axess any time from 8:00 a.m. today until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 25.

Engaging with Faculty: Stories from Undergraduate Research and Learning Beyond the Classroom

10:00 a.m. • 11:50 a.m. - Various locations (see below)

Learn how to carry your intellectual pursuits beyond the classroom from faculty members who will share their experiences in forging their own academic trails, conducting research, and working with undergraduates.

Session I: 10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Democracy, Technology, and Design: The Case of Central Park
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. • Note that this lecture is 90 minutes. • Cubberley Auditorium

Joshua Cohen, Professor of Ethics in Society and Professor of Philosophy and of Law, Honorary Emeritus; and faculty, Apple University.

New York’s Central Park was built in 1858 for the purpose of fostering a flourishing democracy. The Park was conceived and designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (the architect who later helped design the Stanford campus), and Calvert Vaux as a beautiful public good that would bring together very different people for a shared experience of natural beauty. That ambitious purpose was designed into the fine details of the Park and has served as a north star in sustaining the Park for nearly 160 years. We will explore how the Park sits at the intersection between technology and the liberal arts and serves as an extraordinary model of democratic possibilities.

Ending Poverty with Technology
10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. • Bldg. 320-105

David Grusky, Professor of Sociology

As income inequality in the U.S. reaches unprecedented levels, many worry that it threatens some of our most fundamental commitments. Can we retain a viable democracy even as rising economic inequality amplifies the voice and leverage of those at the top? Can we provide opportunities for everyone, even those born into poverty, when money is increasingly needed to purchase opportunity? Will rising automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence accelerate the decline in prime-age employment? The purpose of this talk is to discuss these looming – and arguably existential – challenges and how Stanford faculty and students are taking them on by testing radical new policies (e.g., basic income), developing new ways to turn technology against itself, and otherwise taking the tech revolution to the social sciences in the same way that Stanford took it to engineering and computer science.

Lights, Nano, Action! Optical Nanomaterials for Improved Renewable Energy, Medical Treatments, and Invisibility
10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. • Hewlett 200

Jennifer Dionne, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Imagine a world where cancer is cured with light, objects can be made invisible, and teleportation is allowed through space and time. The future once envisioned by science fiction writers is now becoming a reality, thanks to advances in nanomaterials science and engineering. Here, we’ll explore the enabling properties of nanomaterials, with applications ranging from better batteries to safer pharmaceuticals to invisibility. We’ll also discuss how you can take a leading role in engineering the brightest possible future for humanity.

The Psychology of American Elections: Getting into the Heads of Voters
10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. • Bishop Auditorium

Jon Krosnick, Professor of Communication, of Political Science, and, by courtesy, of Psychology

My research studies how Americans learn about politics, how they form political preferences, how the news media shape what people think, how people decide whether to vote in elections and whom to support, as well as when, why, and how people become passionate about political issues. I’ll describe how my team of undergraduates, Ph.D. students, and research staff generate findings that have stimulated public debate. I’ll also share how I fell in love with social psychology as an undergraduate, how I was inspired by faculty members, and how the study of social psychology in the political domain is of great interest to professionals in all walks of life.

Your Body in the World - Using Story to Bring Physiology to Life
10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. • Hewlett 201

Anne Friedlander, Adjunct Professor in Human Biology

As a physiologist, I am constantly amazed at how our bodies work behind the scenes to make our lives easier in the stressful environments that surround us. Whether it be with physical training, heat, cold, altitude, stress or high pressure environments, adaptive pathways within our bodies assure that we are better and stronger when confronted again with a similar stressor. We will discuss how, given the right stimulus, your body can overcome severe challenges and accomplish amazing feats of performance in varied environments. I will also give examples of how I am using stories to teach physiology in ways that move beyond the boundaries of the classroom. You, too, can use these techniques to engage people in whatever your story may be.


Session II: 11:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

Building Smart Machines: Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and the Human Brain
11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. • Hewlett 200

Andrew Ng, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

How do you build a helicopter that can fly itself? What would it take to build a robot with the smarts to tidy up your house? And would looking at the human brain — through neuroscience and psychology — give us hints as to how to build smarter machines? I will talk about answers to these research questions, and also discuss how you can get involved in cutting-edge projects.

Learning in the Real World
11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. • Bldg. 320-105

Catherine Heaney, Associate Professor (Teaching) of Psychology, Medicine, and Human Biology; Clayton Hurd, Director of Public Service Research, Haas Center for Public Service, Lecturer in Urban Studies; Luke Terra, Associate Director, Haas Center for Public Service; and staff from the Community Engaged Learning team

What happens when Stanford students break out of the classroom and work on real projects that have positive outcomes for society? How can students conduct research with community organizations so they have an impact beyond papers and publications? How can students go beyond volunteerism to get academic credit for public service? This session will give you an overview of community-engaged learning and community-based research opportunities through Cardinal Service, a university-wide initiative to elevate and expand service as a distinctive feature of your Stanford education. Hear from faculty, staff, and students who do this important work, and begin to imagine how your learning can have an exciting public purpose.

We Are STEM: Faculty Discuss Gender, Identity, and Their Journeys in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. • Hewlett 201

Patricia Burchat, Professor of Physics; Yvonne Maldonado, Senior Associate Dean, Faculty Development and Diversity and Professor of Pediatrics; Mary Frances Nunez Teruel, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Systems Biology and, by courtesy, of Bioengineering; Jennifer Schwartz Poehlmann, Senior Lecturer of Chemistry; Debbie Senesky, Assistant Professor of Aeronautics & Astronautics and, by courtesy, of Electrical Engineering; Jenny Wilson, Szegö Assistant Professor of Mathematics

A distinguished panel of faculty members will share their personal stories about how they became involved in STEM fields, the research they do today, and how their identities have shaped their experiences in STEM. You will learn about the diverse and engaging opportunities in STEM at Stanford, get advice from intellectual giants in their fields, and learn how to navigate your own identity at Stanford. Sponsored by the Women’s Community Center Orientation Committee.

What is Art History? Looking at Caravaggio
11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. • Oshman Hall, McMurtry Building

Alexander Nemerov, Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities

What is art history? It is the power to see and to write and speak about what you see. It is the power of attention, focusing intently on works of art, seeing small details as a detective would, and asking big questions as a result. It is the power of discernment, imagination, and empathy — of becoming transformed by what you see. In this lecture, I’ll explore one painting by the fabled Italian artist Caravaggio, his masterful painting of David with the head of Goliath — meditating on why, and how, art history matters to me, and why it might matter to my students at Stanford.


12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. • Residence dining halls

Bike Registration

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. • White Plaza

Bike registration continues today. Bring your bike. Repeated on Friday and Saturday.


1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. • Kingscote Gardens

Come meet the staff of the Confidential Support Team (CST), the Title IX Office, and the Office of Sexual Assault & Relationship Abuse Education & Response (SARA). Find out how Stanford is addressing sexual harassment and interpersonal violence, two of the most critical issues on college campuses today, through our comprehensive prevention education, student support, and investigative & adjudication processes. Refreshments served.

Group and Individual Meetings with Your Pre-Major Advisor

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. • Check your @stanford.edu email for your meeting locations and times

In the group meeting, your PMA will lead a discussion about getting the most out of a liberal education at a major research university. At your individual meeting, you should take advantage of this opportunity to connect with your PMA one-on-one, to reflect on your initial impressions of Stanford, your hopes and expectations, and how your values and priorities impact your short term plans and your current long term goals. Both of these sessions are mandatory.

Q&A with Your Academic Advising Director (Frosh)

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  • Consult your RA for your dorm's scheduled one-hour meeting

Bring your questions about general education requirements, course sequences, placement, or scheduling that may have arisen from the Academic Planning Sessions, Designing Your First Quarter, or your review of Approaching Stanford materials. If your scheduled meeting with your Pre-Major Advisor or your team meeting with your Academic Advisor for Student-Athletes prevents you from attending your assigned dorm session, speak with your RA about attending an alternate Q&A session with your AAD.

Navigating Student Organizations & Activities at Stanford

1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. • Ballroom, Old Union Clubhouse, 2nd Floor

With hundreds of student-led organizations, it can easily be overwhelming to find the best one(s) in which to be involved. We will discuss how to navigate your options, how to find your niche at Stanford, and help you find out how to acquire valuable leadership experiences, including in student government. Come to our session for a chance to win some great prizes. Repeated at 2:00 p.m.

School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences Open House

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. • Mitchell Earth Sciences, Patio facing Bldg. 320

Join us near the Geology Corner to meet faculty and learn about programs, courses, majors, and research opportunities in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences.


2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. • Recycling Center, 339 Bonair Siding Road (next to the Police Department)

Is that recyclable? We will answer all your waste-related questions with an inside look at how Stanford recycles and composts 64% of campus waste (hint – the key ingredient is your sorting skills). Tours leave every half hour starting at 2:00 p.m.

Green Library Tour

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. • Green Library East Entrance (near Coupa Café)

Find out how to get help with your research, scope out the best places to study, and experience a world-class library collection in one of Stanford’s 20+ libraries. 30-minute tours offered at 2:00, 2:10, 2:20, and 2:30 p.m.

Diversity and First-Gen Office Open House

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. • DGen Office, Old Union, 2nd Floor

Come hear about the great diversity and first-generation programs at Stanford. Learn from students and staff about how to find and manage a job, become a diversity trainer, access special expense funds for lowincome students, and more. Sponsored by the First-Generation and/or Low-Income Orientation Committee.

Lathrop Learning Hub Tour

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. • Lathrop Library, 1st Floor

Come explore the learning and technology resources available on the first floor of Lathrop Library, including academic skills coaching, tutoring, 24-hour computing and study spaces, AV equipment, and the Digital Language Lab.

Roble Arts Gym Open House

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. • Roble Arts Gym

Come and play in Stanford’s fun creative arts space. Supplies and equipment provided. Also view art works made by students in the 2017 Arts Intensive Program Showcase. Sponsored by Stanford Arts.

Answers for Transfers Part II — Staff Panel

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. • Lathrop Library, Room 282

Transfers — Attend an interactive discussion with representatives from the Bing Overseas Study Program, BEAM Stanford Career Education, Financial Aid Office, Registrar’s Office, Stanford Introductory Studies, Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, and more.

Faces of Community Q&A with Speakers

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. • Old Union, Room 200

Come meet the students who shared their stories with you at Faces of Community and hear more about their experiences as members of the Stanford community at this informal Q&A session.


5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. • Residence dining halls


7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. • Memorial Auditorium, NSO nametag required

A roundtable discussion featuring the authors of the books you were sent this summer: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert, and Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward. The session will be moderated by Professor Noah Diffenbaugh and will include an opportunity for you to ask questions.

BROC Panel & Chillout

10:00 p.m. – 12:15 a.m. • Black Community Services Center

Already feel swamped with information after a few days of NSO? Want honest insight into the Stanford experience before classes begin? Bring your questions about life at Stanford to an open discussion. Later, enjoy refreshments and music and socialize with your classmates. Sponsored by the Black Recruitment and Orientation Committee.