Diverse labs win at science | How cross-training programs can keep employees engaged | CBS' Nancy Giles breaks down public speaking
June 12, 2018
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Diverse labs win at science
Studies have demonstrated the benefits of ethnic, gender, national and scientific diversity in research groups, although there are challenges and sacrifices. Interviews with three diverse research groups revealed that success may depend on having engaged leaders who have high expectations and believe diverse teams produce better results.
Nature (free content) (6/6) 
How cross-training programs can keep employees engaged
A perceived lack of opportunity is a key driver of employee turnover, per the Work Institute's 2018 Retention Report. Training employees to take on different roles within the company can improve engagement while helping the company develop a more flexible workforce.
Fast Company online (6/7) 
Communications and Marketing
CBS' Nancy Giles breaks down public speaking
CBS' Nancy Giles breaks down public speaking
Giles (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
Actress, comedian and "CBS Sunday Morning" contributor Nancy Giles says using humor in communication helps speakers connect with their audience. Giles, who will host PRSA's Silver Anvil Ceremony, also encourages public speakers to embrace nervous energy, as it is a sign that they care about their message.
PRSAY (6/5) 
Use LinkedIn to acknowledge those who have helped you
Make the effort to write LinkedIn recommendations for contacts who have helped you, even if you're not asked to, writes Bruce Weinstein. Be specific and talk about how the person's actions have benefited you or your company.
Forbes (5/31) 
Technology Spotlight
Pharma firms improve productivity with automation
Pharmaceutical firms such as Eli Lilly & Co. and GlaxoSmithKline are using automation to expedite the research and development process, as well as manufacturing. At GSK, robots are helping screen candidates and run tests that have more consistently reliable data, says executive Philip Dell'Orco.
Morningstar/Dow Jones Newswires (6/6) 
Emirates proposes robot technology at airports
Emirates has the technology to allow robots to handle airport check-in, security and boarding gates operations, according to the president of the world's largest long-haul carrier. Tim Clark said arrival at the airport, check-in, security and passage through boarding gates could become seamless and uninterrupted.
Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (6/4) 
Career Focus
Program supports students with autism in STEM
Program supports students with autism in STEM
The University of Illinois is using a $200,000 grant from Microsoft for a newly created program to train students with autism for careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The Accessibility Lighthouse Program focuses on teaching students how to apply and interview for jobs, and the school also plans to build a digitally accessible classroom.
The News-Gazette (Champaign-Urbana, Ill.) (6/5) 
Study: STEM careers an option for all students
Students do not need to have straight A's to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math, according to a study from STEMconnector based on federal data. Danika LeDuc, associate dean of the College of Science and a chemistry professor at California State University East Bay, says failure plays a role in STEM and that sometimes you need to "fail to move forward."
EdSource (6/6) 
Global Watch
Bees seem to know what zero means
Bees appear to understand the meaning of zero, according to findings published in Science. Researchers used papers with varying numbers of dots on them to train bees to recognize those with the least amount of dots, including a paper with no dots.
The Scientist online (6/7) 
Curiosity identifies organic molecules, seasonal methane cycles on Mars
The Curiosity rover has found organic molecules in 3.5-billion-year-old rocks on Mars and has detected that the levels of methane in the red planet's atmosphere change with the seasons, according to a pair of papers published in Science. Researchers say the discovery of organic material is not clear evidence that life once existed on Mars, but it is a possibility.
The Verge (6/7),  Space (6/7) 
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BEC 2018 Partner Spotlight -- Calgary
CESSE Premier Partner Business Events Canada is proud to spotlight Calgary Meetings + Conventions as one of its strategic partners. Find out more about Calgary -- a science, technology and energy hub here.
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