CASBS Fellow Sarah Freedman is in South Africa working on her field research with youth in divided societies of the United States, Northern Ireland, and South Africa. She sends this reflection on the death of Nelson Mandela.
I want to share some thoughts from South Africa today--when everyone here woke to news of the death of Nelson Mandela, lovingly called Madiba.
What explains JFK’s enduring hold on the national imagination? Why does Kennedy figure so largely in American memory when his presidency was so short, his accomplishments so few (particularly in the domestic arena where he cannot compare with his successor) and his legacy transient? Is our collective fascination with Kennedy just superficial — a product of the remarkably attractive, compellingly visual nature of his presidency?
Of this article published by The Guardian, anthropology Fellow Ilana Gershon writes, “I am fascinated by what happens when people use technology designed to connect people and use it instead to disconnect. What do you do with the traces of a romantic relationship left on Facebook after you have broken up? Do you remove the pictures of the two of you together? Do you delete their wallposts? And you still have their phone number in your cell phone – do you delete that to prevent the possibility of calling them when you are vulnerable or drunk?
Morris (Mo) Collen was a Fellow in Medicine in 1986, where he worked his book, A History of Medical Informatics in the United States, 1950-1990, part of the Center’s Tyler Collection. The Tyler Collection consists of books conceived, written or completed by Fellows during their time of Fellowship. Collen is working on an updated edition.
He was, according to Bob Scott, one of the Center’s former associate directors, “largely responsible for developing the computer-based system for medical care for which Kaiser is renowned.” Even today, Collen is called on as a consultant whenever Kaiser rolls out a new application of computer science with regard to medical information.
And he just renewed his driver’s license last week.
What can history tell Americans about the controversial rollout of Obamacare?
The tortuous, often controversial implementation of both Medicare and Social Security makes clear that the Implementation of massive public programs on a national scale takes time — especially in the United States, when responsibility for administering them is divided not only among local, state and national governments, but between public agencies and private actors like insurance companies, hospitals and doctors.
Philosophy Fellow Sam Fleischacker offers this article in TheTorah.com on Hearing God's Voice: Two Models for Accepting the Torah.
Religious believers would like clear evidence that their religious scripture is God’s word — if God has spoken to us, we would like to know that God has spoken. But mature, reflective religious belief needs to be based on the recognition that we cannot have such evidence. Sam contrasts here, within a Jewish framework, the model of revelation we yearn for with the model of revelation we should accept on reflection.
We are saddened to report the deaths of two of our Fellows: Nalini Ambady (Psychology, 2010) and Cliff Nass (Sociology, 2012). Ambady was well known for her research that showed that people can form accurate first impressions about others based only on seconds-long observations of their nonverbal behavior. Nass, a professor of communication, garnered national attention with his recent research on multitasking.
Nalini Ambady, a CASBS Fellow (Psychology, 2010) and Stanford professor of psychology, died Oct. 28 after a long battle with leukemia. Her passing followed a yearlong, worldwide effort by family, friends and students to find a bone marrow donor match. She was 54.
The evidence is typically unavailable to the public.
But a new working paper co-authored by CASBS Fellow and Stanford economist Petra Moser and Megan MacGarvie of Boston University examines historical evidence to test whether an 1814 law that strengthened copyright terms led to an increase in payments to Romantic Period authors, such as Jane Austen and Sir Walter Scott.
Behavioral economist Colin Camerer, who was a Fellow studying decision theory in the class of 1997-1998 and a speaker at last year’s Behavioral Science Summit (“Social Meets Science”), has been named a MacArthur Fellow. His book, Behavioral Game Theory: Experiments in Strategic Interaction (2003, Princeton University Press), is part of the Center’s Tyler Collection. Read his profile on the MacArthur Foundation website, and hear him speak about his research.
In this Op-Ed piece in the San Francisco Chronicle, Catherine Albiston, CASBS Fellow (2012-2103) addresses the city's proposed new family-friendly ordinance. She discusses research that shows workplace flexibility benefits families, employers, and the community.