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International News from Stanford University - 2016

News Item Faculty grants fund globally minded research

Stanford's Office for International Affairs awarded faculty funds for international research on development economics, water and sanitation issues, innovation, health care and migration.

News Item Sexual assault prevention program reduces pregnancy-related school dropouts in Kenya

Girls and young women in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, are very vulnerable to sexual assault. Fortunately, as I’ve reported before, the nonprofit No Means No Worldwide is changing that. The organization, founded by San Francisco activist Lee Paiva, has developed curricula for girls and boys aimed at preventing sexual assaults.

News Item Rosenkranz Prize winner to launch microbiome research project in Africa

Ami Bhatt, MD, PhD, has a gut feeling about many medical maladies.

That is, she believes that we can fight some diseases by learning more about the trillions of microbes living in our guts and on our bodies.

“Humans are not only made up of human cells, but are a complex mixture of human cells and the microbes that live within us and among us — and these microorganisms are as critical to our well-being as we are to theirs,” says Bhatt, who is an assistant professor of medicine and of genetics.

News Item DHAsia: Building and Empowering the Digital Humanities Community at Stanford

Digital Humanities is an emerging methodology that applies computational tools and platforms to humanistic research. With advanced mapping technologies and visualization techniques, for instance, one can show how the U.S. Postal Service operated in the 19th century using an interactive map. Geocoding, metadata and network analysis are no longer technical jargon for historians who have been utilizing such emerging methods.

News Item 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit panel to explore the future of artificial intelligence

The Stanford campus has been buzzing this week over the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which kicked off here yesterday. This three-day event unites an estimated 1,500 entrepreneurs, academics and investors from around the world in a series of talks and panels designed to spark new ideas and partnerships.

News Item Guatemala project inspires and motivates Stanford medical student

“Vic-TOR-ia!” Fátima cried, a grin lighting up her face. The 5-year-old had become fast friends with Stanford medical student Tori Bawel almost instantly after Bawel arrived in San Lucas Tolimán. After giving piggy-back rides to Fátima, a career in global pediatrics changed from a distant wish to a developing reality for Bawel.