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CDDRL honor student recognized for contributions to undergraduate education

News / June 7, 2013
Holly Fetter, an undergraduate senior honors student at the CDDRL received the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for her outstanding contributions to undergraduate education at Stanford University. Fetter will be presented with the Dinkelspiel Award on Sunday, June 16 at the Stanford Commencement ceremony.
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Seeds of Sustainability wins 2013 ESA Sustainability Science Award

News / June 6, 2013
The Sustainability Science Award Subcommittee was unanimous in its recommendation that the Seeds of Sustainability team of authors (which included seven FSE affiliates) receive this year's award. The award recognizes a single scholarly contribution published in the last 5 years that represents the greatest contribution to the emerging science of ecosystem and regional sustainability through the integration of ecological and social sciences.
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Stanford economist discusses Japan's economy

News / June 6, 2013
In an interview with Nikkei Business Online, Stanford economist Takeo Hoshi spoke about challenges for Japan's economy.
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Stanford expert discusses Pyongyang special envoy to Beijing

News / June 6, 2013
China is North Korea's most important ally, but relations between the two countries have appeared strained in recent months. David Straub spoke to Radio Free Asia about Pyongyang's decision to send a special envoy to Beijing in May.
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Stanford study draws attention to childhood obesity screening

News / June 6, 2013
Analyzing data stretching over four decades, Stanford researchers suggest early intervention treatments of obese children will have a surprisingly meager impact on reducing obesity-related illness in adulthood.
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U.S.-China summit in California

News / June 3, 2013
Barack Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping met in California recently for a two-day summit -- their first since Xi took office as president. Shorenstein APARC experts weigh in on key issues surrounding the visit.
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Towards more active monetary easing

Commentary / May 30, 2013

Policies seeking to end deflation, the most pressing issue for the Japanese economy, have been put into effect.  In this issue of the NIRA Policy Review, Takeo Hoshi points out that deflation is a monetary phenomenon, and as such is a problem which can be solved by monetary policy.

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Bringing a green and blue revolution to Africa

News / May 30, 2013
Food and water security in sub-Saharan Africa remain a challenge despite the region’s abundance of arable land and untapped water resources. In FSE’s final global food policy and food security symposium, water expert John Briscoe delivered a personal assessment of the issues facing Africa and suggestions for the way forward.
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How would China remake the global order?

News / May 30, 2013
How would China reshape the U.S.-led international order, and would it attempt to? Speaking during the annual Oksenberg Lecture, Thomas Fingar addressed these and other questions related to China's impressive economic, political, and military "rise" of the past three decades.
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Political scientist to direct The Europe Center

News / May 30, 2013

Kenneth Scheve plans to build on the center’s success by increasing its support of research with significant policy implications for contemporary European public policy challenges while offering new opportunities for Stanford students.

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Stanford scientists urge action on global climate change

News / May 23, 2013
California Gov. Jerry Brown accepted a consensus statement signed by 520 scientists, including 48 from Stanford, that sounds the alarm on climate change and offers recommendations for solving global environmental challenges.
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2nd Annual Korean Studies Program Prize for Writing in Korean Studies

News / May 23, 2013
The Korean Studies 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 spring, and the winning essays will be published in the Stanford Journal of East Asian Affairs. The first place winner will receive a certificate, a copy of the Stanford Journal of East Asian Affairs, and $1,000; Honorable mention winner(s) will receive a certificate and a copy of the Stanford Journal of East Asian Affairs.
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国务院:进一步提高重点高校招收农村学生比例

News / May 21, 2013
国务院:进一步提高重点高校招收农村学生比例。国务院总理李克强15日主持召开国务院常务会议。会议决定,提高重点高校招收农村学生比例,将去年面向集中连片特困地区的1万名重点高校招生计划增至3万名。农村教育行动项目(REAP)已经向中国国务院递交有关此政策的政策简报和其他一系列有关于贫困农村学生教育的政策简报,继续和有国内关机构合作,实现城市农村教育平等。
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天下杂志:REAP联合主任罗斯高讨论《中国:下一个墨西哥?》

News / May 21, 2013
农村教育行动项目(REAP)联合主任罗斯高(Scott Rozelle)近来在龙应台文化基金会邀请下以《中国能不能摆脱中等收入国家陷阱》为题发言。以韩国和墨西哥的经济发展为例,罗柴尔分析中国贫富差距增长对未来经济发展的影响。
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REAP Continues Collaboration with Policymakers as State Council Moves to Narrow Rural-Urban Education Gap

News / May 21, 2013
Universities in China have been urged to enroll more students from rural areas in a major effort to close the gap between rural and urban higher education. The Chinese government announced at a State Council Standing Committee meeting on May 15th, the decision to increase the quota of students from poor rural areas attending key universities from 10,000 to 30,000 this year.
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Scott Rozelle, Co-Director of REAP in Commonwealth Magazine Talks China: The Next Mexico?

News / May 21, 2013
REAP Co-Director Scott Rozelle recently spoke at a Lung Yingtai Cultural Foundation event about China and the middle income trap. Using the contrasting experiences of South Korea and Mexico as a guide, Rozelle provided a glimpse into the economic ramifications of allowing the gap between rural and urban education in China to grow wider.
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Earth scientist and nuclear waste expert Rod Ewing joins Stanford

News / May 20, 2013
Rod Ewing, a mineralogist and materials scientist who is an expert on nuclear waste management, will join Stanford University to focus on sustainable energy, security and environmental research at the intersection of physical science and public policy.
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Stanton bestows $5 million gift on CISAC for professor in nuclear studies

News / May 20, 2013
The Stanton Foundation has given CISAC a $5 million gift to establish an endowed professorship in nuclear security and reinforce our mission to build a safer world.
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Firewood becomes central to student research in Ethiopia

News / May 17, 2013
A Stanford student working on a project to bring together refugees and their host communities learns that firewood is often at the heart of rifts between the Ethiopians and the thousands of Sudanese seeking refuge in their back yards.
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FSE Fulbright scholar leads climate adaptation workshops in Colombia

News / May 17, 2013
Sharon Gourdji spent three months this winter down in Colombia at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) as a Fulbright Scholar studying climate impacts on bean production in Central America and adaptation options. During her stay she led a series of Decision and Policy Analysis workshops focused on climate data sources and crop statistical models.
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Water and agriculture in a changing Africa: What might be done?

News / May 16, 2013
Join us for our final Global Food Policy and Food Security symposium Thursday, May 23. John Briscoe, Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Environmental Engineering at Harvard University will lead a lecture on water and agriculture in a changing Africa. FSE fellow Jennifer Burney will provide commentary.
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