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Goggles Optional: A Science Podcast

November 18, 2013 - November 17, 2014

Goggles Optional is a podcast where scientists from Stanford University provide their professional yet humorous takes from the world of science. Join us as our hosts explore the significant news and discoveries of the week using a combination of wit, analogies, and words with less than four syllables. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a scientist to listen. The Goggles are Optional!

New podcasts published every couple weeks!

2014 Roundtable at Stanford

with Lesley Stahl
October 24, 2014 9:30 - 11:30 am

Many of us don’t want to talk about it or think about it, but extreme weather and a changing planet are a given for the 21st century. The phrase “climate fatigue” describes a public already saturated with bad news about our future.

It’s a daunting problem, but there are success stories. Developing new techniques and technologies is at the heart of what Stanford and Silicon Valley do best. We are also bringing new people to the table to take a more active approach. Policy makers, geo-engineers, human behaviorists, business leaders, scientists and tech entrepreneurs are urgently working on how we can alter and adapt to the trajectory of climate change.

Join moderator Lesley Stahl, correspondent for 60 Minutes, for a Roundtable discussion that applies the expertise and perspective of Stanford’s brain trust and the vision of global leaders to what may be the most compelling issue of our time.

Triple CCRMAlite: 40, 50, 80

October 26, 2014 2:30 pm

Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA, pronounced "karma") has been on the scene of electronic and computer-generated sound, since, well, before there was a scene.

We are proud in 2014 to be celebrating three important moments in the history of CCRMA and of computer music: founder John Chowning's 80th birthday; the 50th anniversary of the first computer music program on campus (in the form of a stack of punch cards); and the 40th anniversary of CCRMA.

Imagining the Universe: Dr. Mae Jemison

December 3, 2014 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Dr. Mae Jemison is a physician and NASA-astronaut. She became the first African-American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor on September 12, 1992. Dr. Jemison will speak at Stanford University on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 as a part of the Imagining the Universe: Cosmology in Art and Science programmatic series.

The cosmos has long inspired our imaginations ― fueling research, reflection, and creative response. Organized by an interdisciplinary consortium drawing on departments and programs from across the university, this year-long project reflects Stanford University’s commitment to campus-wide connections among the sciences and arts.

Past Events

Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous October 2014

October 9, 2014

Danceroom Spectroscopy

September 4 - 20, 2014

Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous August 2014

August 7, 2014

Astronomy's New Messengers: Listening to the Universe with Gravitational Waves

August 2 - 27, 2014

Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous June 2014

June 12, 2014

Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous April 2014

April 3, 2014

Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous February 2014

February 12, 2014

2014 Fundamental Physics Prize Public Lecture

December 13, 2013

Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous December 2013

December 12, 2013

LISA, Michelangelo, and the Future of Engineering

November 13, 2013

2013 Bay Area Science Festival

October 24 - November 2, 2013

The New Science of Happiness and Wellbeing

October 18, 2013

Stanford Biology Thinks Big!

October 16, 2013

Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous August 2013

August 8, 2013

Mathematics as Metaphor: From Curved Spaces to Quantum Topology

May 14, 2013

Reviving the Science/Statecraft Dialogue with Ira Flatow

May 9, 2013

Does Social Networking Have Side Effects?

February 16, 2013

Stanford Women in Space

February 11, 2013

Rubik, Escher, Bank$

October 30, 2012

Guided Hike Along the San Andreas Fault

October 28, 2012

Does a Scientific Approach to Cooking Kill the Joy?

October 27, 2012

Gray Matters: Your Brain, Your Life and Brain Science in the 21st Century

October 6, 2012

Is Nature or Man the Most Effective Bioterrorist?

September 23, 2012

In the Shadow of the HIGGS!

July 31, 2012

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Visits Campus

February 11 - 13, 2012

Stanford Saturday University

November 5, 2011

Wonder Dialogue: The Science of Painting

November 4, 2011

Guided Hike Along the San Andreas Fault

October 29, 2011

Wonder Dialogue: Is Animation More Science than Art?

October 26, 2011

Infinite Reality: Avatars, Eternal Life, New Worlds, and the Dawn of the Virtual Revolution

July 28, 2011

Shark and Awe: The Extreme Life of the Sea

July 14, 2011

Using Fiberoptics and Genes from Algae to Solve Problems in Psychiatry

June 30, 2011

Fuels from Sunlight: Converting Solar Energy

June 16, 2011

Morality Before Religion: Empathy, Fairness and Prosocial Primates

March 1, 2011

Generation Ageless: Longevity and the Boomers -- Consequences for our World and Ourselves

October 23, 2010

USA Science & Engineering Festival

October 10 - 24, 2010

The Next Wave in Wireless Technology

July 29, 2010

How are Drugs Developed and Why Is It So Expensive?

July 15, 2010

Stem Cells and the Future of Regenerative Medicine

July 1, 2010

Driving Safely Into the Future

June 17, 2010

Roger Kornberg

May 12, 2010

Patrick Suppes

April 21, 2010

Evolution and Genomics Symposium

April 17, 2010

Evolution and Genomics Symposium - Short Talks

April 17, 2010

Evolution and Genomics Symposium

April 16, 2010

Myths and Realities of an Aging Society

April 13, 2010

Stanley Cohen

March 10, 2010

George Schaller: A Naturalist in the World's Wilderness

February 17, 2010

Douglas Osheroff

February 3, 2010

Zap! The X-ray Laser Is Born

November 17, 2009

William H. Durham

November 4, 2009

William F. Sharpe

October 7, 2009

Journey to the Center of the Earth: Exploring High Pressure

September 29, 2009

Long Life in the 21st Century

August 13, 2009

State of Energy Address—Are We on the Right Track?

July 23, 2009

The Secret Life of Viruses

July 9, 2009

Who Owns Life?

June 25, 2009

Paul Berg

May 20, 2009

Black Holes, the Brightest Objects in the Universe

April 28, 2009

Kenneth Arrow

April 15, 2009

Science Education in the 21st Century: Using the Methods of Science to Teach Science

March 20, 2009

Burton Richter

March 4, 2009

Daphne Koller

February 11, 2009

Darwin Day Celebration

February 8, 2009

Carl Djerassi

January 14, 2009

Robert Sapolsky

November 12, 2008

Wonderfest-Festival of Science 2008

November 1 - 2, 2008

The Make-Believe World of Real-World Physics

October 30, 2008

Confessions of a Converted Lecturer

October 30, 2008

Sidney Drell

October 21, 2008

Powering the Future with Sustainable Energy

August 21, 2008

Wired for Speech: How Voice Activates Interactions with People and Computers

August 7, 2008

Global Warming: Is the Science Settled Enough for Policy?

July 24, 2008

Why is Earthquake Prediction so Difficult?

July 10, 2008

California Water Resources: Looking to the Future

May 8, 2008

How People Learn

April 29, 2008

Materials to Heal & Rebuild the Human Body

February 28, 2008

Computing and the Problem of Evil

November 7, 2007

"Life in Motion" Symposium

October 25, 2007

Public Roundtable, "The Fight for Oil, Water & a Healthy Planet

October 13, 2007

Drugs: One Size Does Not Fit All

August 9, 2007

Cool Hands, Better Performance

July 26, 2007

Recent Advances in Heart Surgery

July 12, 2007

Regenerative Medicine: What is it? Where do we stand? Where are we going?

June 28, 2007

Making Pictures of What We See Every Day

April 26, 2007

From Dust to Dust: Examining Cometary Particles

February 28, 2007

Embryonic Stem Cells: Science, Ethics, and Politics

August 31, 2006

Archmides: Ancient Text Revealed with X-ray Vision

August 3, 2006

100 Years After 1906: A Century of Progress in Understanding Earthquakes and Their Effects

July 20, 2006

Using Evolution to Understand Human Growth and Disease

July 6, 2006

Back to Life: The Rebirth of the Monterey Coast

June 22, 2006