Yinfeng Qin is an M.S. student in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. He worked at The Bill Lane Center for the American West as a research assistant in building software for data collection, data processing and designing visualizations. Before Stanford, Yinfeng received B.S. in Electronics Engineering from Tsinghua University with an emphasis on pattern recognition and machine learning. He also has relevant experiences with NetEase, Microsoft Research Asia and Amazon.com, and will start as an engineer at Google in summer 2011.
Talk by the Author and Former Federal Official Daniel P. Beard
Daniel P. Beard served as commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, as Chief of Staff to Senator Max Baucus, as a White House adviser, and in many other senior government and corporate positions. A passionate advocate for water policy reform, he is also the author of Deadbeat Dams, a new book that calls for the abolition of his former agency and the removal of the Glen Canyon dam on the Colorado River. Mr. Beard will talk about his career, his book, and his thoughts on the future of western water. This event is co-sponsored by Water in the West.
Conference by Program on Poverty and Governance (PovGov)
Young individuals from poor communities throughout Latin American and U.S. cities are exposed to a violent environment full of gateways into the world of criminality. Along with partners, the Program on Poverty and Governance (PovGov) at Stanford Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) will hold a two-day conference to discuss the dimensions of youth and criminal violence in Latin American and U.S. cities and share pathways to hope.
Lunchtime Talk with the Author and Cultural Scholar Joel Dinerstein
Joel Dinerstein was the curator of American Cool, a photography, popular culture, and American Studies exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery that ran for seven months, as well as the primary author of its catalogue. The James H. Clark Endowed Chair in American Civilization at Tulane University, Dinerstein will talk about the exhibit and his research into the origins of "cool" as a concept and potent cultural export.