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January 3, 2013
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  • Honeywell, DuPont CEOs: Congress has work to do after "fiscal cliff"
    Honeywell CEO David Cote and DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman are among U.S. business leaders saying that the "fiscal cliff" deal reached by Congress and President Barack Obama will not prove sufficient. "The compromise to avert the 'fiscal cliff' outlined by our leaders in Washington is a small step in the right direction, but overall it's a missed opportunity to revive our economy and show U.S. citizens, financial markets, the world and the business community that the U.S. can still govern effectively," Cote said. Reuters (1/2), Bloomberg (1/2), The Wall Street Journal/Corporate Intelligence blog (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Policy Watch 
  • N.Y. health officials considered fracking safe, document shows
    New York state's Health Department concluded in early 2012 that hydraulic fracturing operations could be done safely in the state, according to a leaked document. "By implementing the proposed mitigation measures, the Department expects that human chemical exposures during normal [fracking] operations will be prevented or reduced below levels of significant health concern," according to the document. State Department of Environmental Conservation spokeswoman Emily DeSantis said the analysis is old and will be updated. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • House subcommittee is tasked with investigating energy policies
    The House will create a subcommittee of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee that will address issues such as energy, including natural gas. "The focus I'm going to have is: What are we doing on energy that is not consistent with statute or that is incorrect in application?" said subcommittee Chairman Rep. James Lankford, R-Okla. "There's a requirement that any decision on energy policy also has the good backing of science. Do we have a good backing of science?" Politico Pro (subscription required) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Research & Innovation 
  • Survey: Safety of lab workers needs to be addressed
    Scientists working in research laboratories are not as safe as they feel, according to the findings of an international lab-safety survey. About 86% of respondents believe they have safe workplaces, but almost half have experienced lab accidents. "Understanding this disparity will be key to positively changing safety culture," said James Gibson, head of environmental health and safety at the University of California, Los Angeles. Nature (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Leadership & Management 
  • Job titles aren't retention tools
    You may not be as clever as you think if you're giving employees catchy job titles such as "chief people mover," experts say. "People may be temporarily pleased, but after speaking with contacts in similar roles at other organizations or checking online salary resources, they may feel they're being taken advantage of," says Lauren Friese, founder of Talent Egg. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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--Benjamin Franklin,
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