The Jun Group, in partnership with the Association of National Advertisers, interviewed marketing chiefs from Clorox, Target, Combe and Village Farms about how their companies are improving diversity in the workforce and in their marketing. "What we want is a team that's as diverse as the consumers we're trying to serve," says Clorox's Eric Reynolds.
Companies should focus on making inclusion, not diversity, their overall goal, because organizations that are inclusive often have the added benefit of being better performing and more diverse, writes Aleria founder Paolo Gaudiano. "[A]n inclusive culture and inclusive workplace policies can benefit anyone whose personal traits differ from the majority," he says.
It's necessary to know how and why an audience feels about an issue before you try to persuade them of your viewpoint, writes Ken Sterling. "If you can tap into the psychology behind the crowd at your next public speaking gig, you'll be more effective at tugging their heartstrings and making your arguments," he writes.
Take any opportunity to practice speaking to groups even if it makes you uncomfortable, because it will improve your credibility and give you more leverage to move into a leadership role, writes Minda Harts. Engage your audience by focusing on effective delivery of key messages.
A swarm of bee-inspired autonomous robots may one day spread out through Mars' thin atmosphere to learn more about that planet now that the project is one of 25 chosen to receive funding from NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts program. The bees' proponents used calculations to show that insectlike wings could work in Martian air with the right power source and weight.
Manufacturers are increasing safety and reducing defects by using robotics to perform deburring, grinding and other labor-intensive material removal. "It's a dull, dangerous job, and because of that, we're seeing a boon in the marketplace for automation in this area," said Dan Merritt of ATI Industrial Automation.
Educator Megan Kelly describes how she integrates fiction based on science, technology, engineering and math into language-arts classes. Among her suggestions are collaborating with science and math teachers on a selected novel, doing book talks and organizing literature circles.
After repeatedly seeing girls intimidated to be the only female in a technical class, high-school technology teacher Jessica Perfetto developed a course specifically designed to make girls feel more comfortable in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and girls now make up 24% of enrollees in applied engineering/technology education at the school. The program is among many in suburban Philadelphia school districts aimed at encouraging girls to pursue STEM education and careers.
Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, is surrounded by at least 12 smaller black holes, according to findings published in Nature. Each black hole is paired with an orbiting star, creating binary systems that give off detectable X-ray bursts, researchers say.
Microplastic material has been found in recycled biological waste used to make organic plant fertilizer, a study published in Science Advances suggests. "[M]ost household and municipal biowaste is contaminated by plastic material," researchers write.
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