Archive of John McIntosh

John has written 14 article(s) for InMenlo.


Mariono-Florentino Cuellar, JD, PhD will speak on the topic “Governing Security: Implications for U.S. Science Policy, Risk Regulation, and Homeland Security” at the next Café Scientifique on Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 6:00 to 7:30 at SRI (Middlefield Road at Ringwood Ave.) in Menlo Park.

Cuéllar takes up complex and timely questions at the intersection of law and society. Who has the power to design federal agencies, and who sets priorities when deciding on the most urgent security problems facing our country? What are the implications for U.S. science policy? He explores how these questions are connected by investigating the hidden origins of two of the most powerful agencies in the federal government.

Even after Franklin Roosevelt failed in his drive to reorganize federal courts during his second term and faced the prospect of a costly war, he kept on pressing for authority to reorganize the executive branch and created a vast agency called the Federal Security Agency, which evolved into the Department of Health and Human Services. Six decades later, the Bush Administration pursued one of the largest reorganizations in modern history after initially opposing the creation of a Department of Homeland Security in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

Cuéllar investigates the story of these two agencies in order to illuminate the complex relationship between public law, executive organization, and the contested meaning of national security. Cuéllar will discuss how the impact of public law ultimately depends on how politicians go about security control of the vast agencies that implement statutes and regulations, and on how those agencies are in turn used to define the contested concept of security.

Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar works at the intersection of law, public policy, and political science. A member of the Stanford Law School faculty since 2001, he is currently the Stanley Morrison Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, Professor (by courtesy) of Political Science, and the Co-Director of Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. His research and teaching focus on administrative law, executive power, and how organizations implement regulatory responsibilities involving public health and safety, migration, and international security in a changing world.

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On Oct. 9, Café Scientifique looks at how climate change also alters nature

“Changing Climate – Changing Nature” is the topic of the next Café Scientifique on Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at SRI in Menlo Park. Leading the discussion will be Terry L. Root, is a Senior Fellow/University Faculty at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University, and a fellow at the California Academy […]

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Bioinformatics is Café Scientifique topic on Sept. 11

Dr. Peter Karp, Director of the Bioinformatics Research Group and Artificial Intelligence Center, is the featured speaker at Café Scientifique on Tuesday, Sept. 11, starting at 6:00 pm. His topic is “A Holy Grail of Bioinformatics: Automatic Construction of Metabolic Models from Sequenced Genomes”. In the early days of the Human Genome Project, there was significant skepticism […]

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Sleep expert is Café Scientifique speaker on Aug. 14

“Hot Topics: Raging Hormones and Their Effects on a Woman’s Sleep Over Her Lifetime” is the topic of the next Café Scientifique on Tuesday, Aug. 14 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at SRI (333 Ravenswood) in Menlo Park. Sleep physiologist Fiona Baker will discuss differences in sleep between men and women. She will also discuss […]

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Café Scientifique focuses on autism research on June 4

Recently published research on autism genetics has implicated a range of genetic causes, but genetic differences explain only a minority of cases.  At Stanford, Ricardo Dolmetsch is taking a different approach to autism research, focusing on uncovering the biologic differences in the neurons of autistic patients. To achieve these research goals, Ricardo is pushing the […]

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“Language, Style and the Adolescent Social Order” is topic at April 10 Café Scientifique

Adolescents and pre-adolescents provide the linguistic primordial soup from which most vocal trends and popular slang emerge. A prime example is the conversation filler “like.” Use of “like” is now widely adopted, moving from the Valley Girls of the 1980s, across the gender boundary and all the way up the age range. To commemorate this, […]

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Astrophysicist looks at strategies to mitigate worst effects of climate change on March 13

Astrophysicist Frank H. Shu who will lead a discussion focused on nuclear energy at Café Scientifique on March 13 beginning at 6:00 pm. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, takes place at the SRI Conference Center (333 Ravenswood Ave.) in Menlo Park. Shu will survey current energy sources and argue that […]

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Legacy of hazardous waste is topic at Feb. 14 Café Scientifique

Superfund is EPA’s program to identify, investigate and clean up uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites in the United States. In the Silicon Valley alone there are 25 Superfund sites, each with a long history of soil and groundwater contamination and ongoing remedial activity. At Café Scientifique on Feb. 14, Alana Lee and Katherine Baylor […]

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Café Scientifique shares journeys to two pristine coral reefs on Jan. 10

On January 10, Café Scientifique will feature the research of Nicole Crane and Giacomo Bernadi, which has taken them to some of the last pristine coral reef systems on the planet. Their talk will include both an underwater photographic journey of their recent expeditions to two very remote and unique locations — Clipperton Atoll (pictured) […]

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Oct. 11 Café Scientifique takes a look at cold fusion

Cold fusion was hot about 20 years ago, and then it faded almost into oblivion after being discredited as unrealistic. Today, it may be time to re-evaluate its potential. On March 23, 1989, two scientists in Salt Lake City, Utah, Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons, presented evidence of nuclear-level heat production from an electrochemical process. […]

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Café Scientifique looks at emergence of personal robots on Sept. 13

Rich Mahoney, Ph.D. will discuss the emergence of personal robots and the drivers that may lead to their evolution and wider adoption by society in a talk titled “Robots and the Democratization of Quality” at Café Scientifique on Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Robots play a fascinating and increasingly vital role in […]

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