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Examining the accuracy of Medicare payments to physicians

News / April 17, 2019

Medicare made $70 billion in payments to physicians in 2017 for care they provided to the 44 million Americans. But who decides how much a physician should be reimbursed from Medicare for their services?

 

 
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China Scholars Program online course now accepting applications for Fall 2019

News / April 16, 2019

Applications opened yesterday for the China Scholars Program, an intensive, college-level online course on contemporary China for U.S. high school students. The China Scholars Program is offered by the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE), Stanford University, and is open to rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. The Fall 2019 online course will run from late August through December. Applications are due June 15, 2019.

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An unintended consequence of Open Payments database, which reveals physician payments from drug companies

News / April 15, 2019

Drug companies and medical device manufacturers have long cultivated ties with physicians and hospitals in an effort to promote their wares. This has led to some suspicion that patients may end up with prescriptions for drugs they don’t need or devices they don’t want.

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Five key things to know about Ukraine’s presidential election

News / April 15, 2019

Ukraine is halfway through a presidential election: The first round took place on March 31, and the run-off is coming up on April 21. At the annual Kyiv Security Forum and in other conversations in Kyiv last week, I had the opportunity to catch up on the latest developments in Ukraine, and came away with five key observations.

UKRAINE AGAIN SCORES A DEMOCRATIC ELECTION

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Understanding 'Putin's Playbook'

News / April 15, 2019

To thwart the effects of ‘Putinism,’ the American people must first understand the nature of the threat, Michael McFaul told the House Intelligence Committee.

What is “Putinism,” and what threat does it pose to U.S. national security? What steps can the U.S. take to confront it? These are the questions that former U.S. Ambassador to Russia and Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI) Director Michael McFaul sought to answer in his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on March 28, 2019.

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Between Hope and Caution: One American’s View of Indonesia’s Election

Commentary / April 15, 2019

On April 17, Indonesia, the world’s fourth largest country and the third largest democracy after India and America, goes to the polls. APARC’s Don Emmerson reflects on what the fifth national election means for the twenty year old democracy.

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MIP Feature Friday: Zuha Shaikh

Q&A / April 12, 2019

Healthcare and The Entrepreneurial Spirit: How is Zuha Shaikh pursuing her passion for solving global issues here at Stanford? Find out on our FSI blog! #MIPFeatureFriday

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Tsinghua University News: Scott Rozelle Presents on Human Capital in Rural China at Tsinghua University

News / April 11, 2019

罗思高主讲“清华三农讲坛” 解析中国农村人力资本问题

4月11日晚,清华大学中国农村研究院主办的“清华三农讲坛”第二十五讲在清华大学公共管理学院报告厅举行。美国斯坦福大学教授、清华大学中国农村研究院学术委员会委员罗思高(Scott Rozelle)作了题为“农村人力资本:一个中国中长期发展的挑战”的演讲。北京大学国家发展研究院院长、教授姚洋进行点评。农研院副院长、研究员何宇鹏主持讲坛。

Read the full article here.

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Marcella Alsan wins Arrow Award for research on medical legacy of Tuskegee Study

News / April 11, 2019

Marcella Alsan and Marianne Wanamaker are recipients of this year’s prestigious Arrow Award from the International Health Economics Associationfor research that shows the health of African-American men was adversely impacted by the Tuskegee syphilis study of the early 20thcentury.

 

 
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Application open for 2019 Summer Institute for High School Teachers

News / April 8, 2019

SPICE is now accepting applications for the 2019 East Asia Summer Institute for High School Teachers. This free three-day institute is SPICE’s premier professional development opportunity for teachers, combining Stanford’s deep content expertise with SPICE’s award-winning lesson plans.

SPICE/NCTA East Asia Summer Institute for High School Teachers
July 8–10, 2019
Stanford University
Application deadline: May 6, 2019

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CISAC names 2019-20 pre- and postdoctoral fellows

News / April 8, 2019

The Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) is pleased to announce the selection of its pre-and postdoctoral fellows for the 2019-20 academic year. They will begin their appointments at Stanford in the coming Autumn quarter.

CISAC fellows spend the academic year engaged in research and writing and are expected to participate in seminars and to interact and collaborate with leading faculty and researchers.

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Video Interview with Postdoctoral Fellow Ketian Zhang

Q&A / April 8, 2019

We sat down with our 2018-19 Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary Asia Ketian Zhang to discuss China's use of coercion in foreign policy; her research on  South China Sea disputes; her forthcoming articles; and the fellowship experience in general.

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MIP Feature Friday: Abuzar Royesh

Q&A / April 5, 2019

Leader, Data Scientist, Aspiring Social Entrepreneur, Stanford Student... Learn about the many different hats that our current MIP student and Knight-Hennessy Scholar, Abuzar Royesh, wears on our FSI blog. #MIPFeatureFriday

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ESA Honors Rosamond Naylor

News / April 5, 2019

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) has named William Wrigley Professor and FSE Founding Director ROSAMOND NAYLOR as one of its 2019 Fellows. The lifetime appointment recognizes Naylor for “designing ecologically and economically sound practices that protect native species and enhance global food security in marine and terrestrial ecosystems,” according to the ESA’s April 4th  announcement.  

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10 years after Obama’s nuclear-free vision, the US and Russia head in the opposite direction

Commentary / April 4, 2019

April 5 marks the 10th anniversary of the speech in which Barack Obama laid out his vision for a world without nuclear weapons. It did not gain traction. Instead, the United States and Russia are developing new nuclear capabilities, while the nuclear arms control regime is on course to expire in 2021. The result will be a world that is less stable, less secure, and less predictable.

A WORTHWHILE VISION

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In Seattle Talk, Former Ambassador to Afghanistan Explains Strategy to Combat Extremism in ‘Fragile States’

Commentary / April 2, 2019

Karl Eikenberry is a retired Army officer whose two tours of Afghanistan duty — and later service as ambassador to that nation — left him keenly aware of the limits of U.S. military power.

As a soldier, Eikenberry launched the still-ongoing effort to build an Afghan military force capable of fending off the Taliban. As a diplomat, he was stationed at the Kabul embassy during President Barack Obama’s surge that would eventually push American troop strength in Afghanistan to more than 100,000 service members in an attempt to improve security.

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Secretary Norman Mineta and SPICE’s Rylan Sekiguchi highlight National Council of History Education conference in Washington, DC

Blog / April 2, 2019

As a high school student in San Jose in the late 1960s and early 1970s, I used to see Norman Mineta on occasion in San Jose’s Japantown. Once at Fukuda Barber in Japantown, Mineta was on the barber chair. After he left, barbers Takeo and Atsuo Fukuda asked me if I knew who he was. I didn’t, and Takeo told me that he was Norman Mineta, vice mayor of San Jose. Since that day, I recognized Mineta whenever I saw him in Japantown, in the San Jose Mercury News, and on television. In 1971, Mineta became mayor of San Jose, and in 1974, he ran successfully for the U.S.

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Yanai Tadashi Foundation and SPICE/Stanford University

News / April 1, 2019

Stanford e-Japan Instructor Waka Brown and I recently met in Tokyo with Mr. Tadashi Yanai, President of the Yanai Tadashi Foundation. The Yanai Tadashi Foundation is the current supporter of Stanford e-Japan, an online course about U.S. society and culture and U.S.–Japan relations that SPICE offers in English to high school students from throughout Japan.

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Students in the Field: Q&A with Laura Jonsson

Q&A / April 1, 2019
Laura Jonsson is a Stanford undergraduate student, Class of 2020, majoring in human biology and hoping to minor in education and Middle Eastern literature, languages, and cultural.  
 
As a REAP student intern in 2017 Laura traveled to Xi’an, China where she spent three weeks working with families and babies supporting our Parenting the Future project. During her time in the field it became evident that Laura was passionate about early childhood development.
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Effects of Climate Change on Suicide Rates

News / March 29, 2019

As global temperatures rise, climate change’s impacts on mental health are becoming increasingly evident. Recent research has linked elevated temperatures to an increase in violence, stress and decreased cognitive function leading to impacts such as reduced test scores, lowered worker productivity and impaired decision-making.

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Academic Prize Awarded to Korea Program Deputy Director

News / March 29, 2019

We are happy to share that FSI’s SK Center Fellow and APARC's Korea Program Deputy Director Yong Suk Lee is the recipient of the 2018 Urban Land Institute United Kingdom Academic Prize for his paper “Entrepreneurship, small business and economic growth in cities.”

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8th annual writing prize in Korean studies

News / March 29, 2019

The Korea Program Prize for Writing in Korean Studies recognizes and rewards outstanding examples of writing in an essay, term paper, or thesis produced during the current academic year in any discipline within the area of Korean studies, broadly defined. This competition is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. The prize will be awarded at a special ceremony in the fall, and the first place winner will receive a certificate and $1,000; Honorable mention winner(s) will receive a certificate.

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Evidence suggests paid family leave yields long-term child and maternal health benefits

News / March 29, 2019

Maya Rossin-Slater lays out the evidence that suggests the introduction of paid family leave for up to one year in duration may yield significant child and maternal health benefits, both in the short and long term. 

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