There’s so little we understand about how birds fly. Through incredible photography and observations in his lab’s wind tunnel, engineering professor David Lentink highlights rarely detected bird behavior. By studying nature, his lab seeks to build better drones.

Where is the best place to study car safety? The racetrack! Professor Gerdes discusses how Stanford students work with racecar drivers to build safe self-driving cars.

Can someone identify you from your phone number? How much information can they access? Computer science graduate student Jonathan Mayer shares data from a recent Stanford study which reveals surprising results about your phone privacy.

Scientists created a bionic man by pulling together prosthetics and other materials we can replace in the human body. Why can’t we replace all of our organs and body parts? In this talk, Professor Sarah Heilshorn shows us the potential the field of materials science offers for the future of medicine.

Wouldn’t it be amazing to create new synapses in our brains as we age? Professor Shatz shares some of her research advances at the neural level around a novel receptor, PirB. Advances in this work has implications for improving brain plasticity, learning, memory and neurological disorders.

What shapes the education of a Stanford undergraduate? In this talk, graduate student Derek Ouyang shares his experience as the project manager for the Stanford Solar Decathlon in 2013. Students across disciplines built something amazing, and he's now focused on creating similar experiences in a new project-based course.

Can experiences in virtual reality impact human behavior? Professor Bailenson shares several studies from the Virtual Human Interaction Lab that demonstrate these changes, impacting the way we conserve resources, save for retirement, train for sports, learn and understand diversity.

With the decline in reading and the closing of bookstores, we might wonder: is the book dead? Elaine Treharne, medieval scholar and English professor takes us on a journey into the history of the book, sharing surprising forms of these text technologies.

Sharing some of the exciting work happening at Stanford around self-driving cars, Professor Chris Gerdes highlights the student-built P1 vehicle and Shelley, an Audi TTS. He emphasizes the importance of safety and the role of the "big red button" as well as issues around ethics -- are self driving vehicles cars, or robots?


About Stanford+Connects

Stanford+Connects was a 16-city event tour that helped alumni re-experience Stanford (minus the midterms), multiply their networks and stretch their brain in infinite ways.