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Ologies with Alie Ward Podcast, 07/08/2020

-- Agnotology (Ignorance) with Dr. Robert Proctor

Yes, there is an -ology for that. Dr. Robert Proctor, professor of the History of Science and co-edited the book “Agnotology: The Making & Unmaking of Ignorance,” having coined the word 30 years ago. Alie and Dr. Proctor chat about everything from the true evils of tobacco marketing, to the sugar lobby, to racial injustice, horse vision, the psychology of the Flat Earther movement, which countries have the highest rates of climate denial, empathy, how to navigate difficult conversations and why it's critical to dismantle the systems of willful ignorance, starting locally.

Forbes, 07/07/2020

-- What A Stanford Researcher's Fight Against COVID-19 Can Tell Us About the Future of Drug Discovery

As Covid-19 continues to spread around the world, a great emphasis has been put on preventing and treating the disease. Could one of the over 7,800 human drugs already approved by the FDA could treat Covid-19? The current global health situation places a spotlight on a significant trend in artificial intelligence—AI drug discovery, which might be helpful in the fight against Covid-19. Professor of bioengineering and Director of the Institute of Human-Centered AI, Russ Altman, is interviewed about his lab's approach to using AI to take a "shot-on-goal" in the global fight against Covid-19.

Stanford Scope Blog, 07/06/2020

-- Black medical workers write, reflect on racism

This post highlights a recent segment on KQED’s Forum that featured health care works discussing the new awareness of racism and how writing helps them process their emotions. Laurel Braitman, Stanford Medicine writer-in-residence, and other are quoted.  You can listen to the original Forum episode here.

Politico, 07/01/2020

-- How California went from model student to pandemic problem child

California was long the nation's shining star on the coronavirus, heralded by national media and White House advisers as an example of how other states could beat the disease. The state was so confident in April that it sent hundreds of ventilators to the East Coast. Now, the Democratic state joins Republican-dominated Florida, Texas and Arizona as America's problem children, with new cases skyrocketing and leaders seemingly caught flat-footed as the spread grows beyond their control. Steven Goodman, professor of epidemiology and medicine, provides comment.  

Stanford Innovation Lab, Entreprensureship & Ethics Podcast, 07/01/2020

-- The Ethics of Emerging Technologies

In the third episode of his “Entrepreneurship and Ethics” miniseries, Stanford professor Tom Byers speaks with fellow professors John Mitchell, chair of Stanford’s Computer Science department, and Mildred Cho, associate director of Stanford’s Center for Biomedical Ethics. Mitchell and Cho discuss emerging ethical questions posed by advances in computer science and biomedical research, and explore how efforts in their respective fields can inform ethics training for entrepreneurs and innovators of all stripes.


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Advanced Health Care Directive

California law give you the ability to ensure that your health care wishes are known and considered if you become unable to make these decisions yourself. Completing a form called an “Advance Health Care Directive” allows you to do a number of things:

Appoint another person to be your health care “agent”

Delineate your health care wishes, such as:

  • Health care instructions, including life support, organ and tissue donation
  • Revoke prior directives

A sample form is attached for reference. Acknowledgment before a notary public is not required if two qualified witnesses have signed this Directive in Part 5. In other words this is a free legally binding document.

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