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Thursday, January 14, 2016
Flyer for the 11th Annual Kieve Distinguished Speaker Lecture on Just Mercy: Race and the Criminal Justice System
SPARQ Faculty Director Jennifer Eberhardt discussed her research on racial bias in policing at a Stanford roundtable conversation on Wednesday, January 14, 2016. The roundtable was part of the event "Just Mercy: Race and the Criminal Justice System." OpenXChange, the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, the Office of Public Affairs, and the Stanford Alumni Association hosted the event. It opened with public interest lawyer Bryan Stevenson's delivery of the 2016 Anne and Loren Kieve Distinguished Speaker Lecture. He is also the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and the author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption....
Friday, December 11, 2015
Logo for the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
In response to the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, SPARQ Research Scientist Sarah Lyons-Padilla and University of Maryland Professor of Psychology Michele Gelfand co-authored a fact sheet for the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues on strategies for preventing homegrown radicalization...
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Seal for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
SPARQ hosted the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy at Stanford University to discuss how to leverage police body-worn camera data.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Flyer for The 2016 Annual Meeting for the Society of Personality and Social Psychology in San Diego
Congratulations on unlocking the mysteries of the human mind! Now what? In this panel and workshop session sponsored by Stanford SPARQ, attendees will learn not only how to get more psychological science into the real world, but also how to get more real world into psychological science...
Friday, December 4, 2015
Anti-immigration march in Riesa, Germany, September 9 2015. Fabrizio Bensch/REUTERS

SPARQ Research Scientist Sarah Lyons-Padilla set out to study why some Muslims in the United States are drawn to radical movements. Her findings, published in The Conversation and reprinted in The Washington Post and Quartz, reveal why homeland security policies that exclude Muslims are counterproductive. The discovery that several of the Paris attackers were European nationals has fueled concern about Muslim immigrants becoming radicalized in the West. Some politicians have expressed views that the best way to avoid homegrown terrorists is to shut the door. The refugee migration debate turned even more contentious after authorities found a Syrian passport...

Friday, September 25, 2015
Two police officers in front of a projection of the american flag
Do the police need to adopt a "warrior mentality" in order to be effective? Or might developing social understanding help officers better connect with their communities? SPARQ Affiliate Jamil Zaki profiled Sue Rahr, the executive director of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, about her non-traditional, empathy-focused training program...
Monday, September 21, 2015
Person texting on a cell phone
SPARQ worked with a non-profit organization, Citizen Insights, to survey low-income Californians about their experiences with the state's health benefit exchange. The survey tool? Text messages.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Jennifer Eberhardt Photo

SPARQ just learned that Faculty Co-Director Jennifer Eberhardt has won a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, also known as a "Genius Award," for her groundbreaking research on race, crime, and inequality, and her application of that research to criminal justice practice and policy.

"It was just such an amazing honor" to get the phone call announcing the award, Jennifer said in an interview. "I was just blown away, actually."

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
A mother helping her daughter learn to write

In her book The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Yale Law professor Amy Chua described the high-pressure parenting style common in much of East Asia and ignited an international debate: Do Tiger Moms really push their kids to excellence, or do they crush them with expectations?

Tuesday, January 5, 2016
old oakland bay bridge being torn down

Like many fields, social psychology struggles with a last-mile problem: Researchers do a great job of stocking academic warehouses (journals and conferences) with their wisdom, but fall short of covering the “last mile” to reach policymakers, educators, nonprofit leaders, and other practitioners. SPARQ aims to bridge the gap.