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Director Michael Frank helps the world analyze how children acquire language differently—and just how much they have in common.

STANFORD, CA, FEB. 3, 2020 - Affiliates of the Symbolic Systems Program at Stanford University have chosen the phrase "quid pro quo" as the Symbol of the Year from 2019, in their eighth annual vote for notable symbols.

The winning symbol was nominated by Parke Bostrom (B.S., 1997), who

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has recognized Michael Frank with a 2020 Troland Research Award for early language learning research. 

Anat is currently studying history with a minor in symbolic systems, a special Stanford major that combines linguistics and technology. She is currently writing an honors thesis about Labor Zionism and the kibbutz.

Stanford scholar Jeremy Bailenson and other researchers found that people’s interactions with a virtual person in augmented reality, or AR, influenced how they behaved and acted in the physical world.

Stanford’s Symbolic Systems Program (SymSys) is “a prototype for what a 21st-century liberal arts education ought to be,” according to program director Kenneth Taylor.

Nadav Lidor, who graduated from Stanford last year with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and symbolic systems, has been named a 2017 Rhodes Scholar.

Symbolic Systems is one of the most popular majors at Stanford. It's also one of the toughest programs to get through as it combines courses in psychology, computer science, and linguistics.

Crowdsourcing enables a group to join together quickly to complete a task in much less time than it would take any one person to get it done. But how do members of the group find each other and organize their work?