Fourth-graders at an Arizona school are collecting and sorting data from outdoor cameras on wildlife migration patterns to assist the Arizona Game and Fish Department with planning wildlife bridges. The program stems from a research project by a group of sixth-graders who received a grant for the cameras and helped train the younger students.
Organizations can improve the retention of millennial employees by offering them a robust training program that provides recognition, feedback and flexibility, writes David Osborne, CEO of Virgin Pulse. Millennials also want to know their jobs are part of a larger purpose and they tend to value jobs that offer a good work-life balance, Osborne notes.
More than 70% of IT professionals say the need for employees with soft skills such as good communication and analytical thinking has grown over the past two years, according to a survey for Tripwire. Those surveyed also note that other areas, such as HR and marketing, need to be more involved in cybersecurity in the coming years.
To help bring more women into top management, HR should set up unconscious bias training and mentoring and sponsorship programs, and senior leaders should set goals for hiring and promoting women, executives and HR leaders say. "At the management level we have a really critical need to upscale managers, women and men, to really be advocates of diversity and inclusion," says Alexis Krivkovich, a partner at McKinsey & Co.
College and university leaders can improve student success by implementing programs and initiatives that offer intentional mentoring opportunities, writes Nido Qubein, president of High Point University in North Carolina. In this commentary, he outlines the programs his institution has implemented to improve student mentoring.
Teen behavior can be influenced by the online behavior of their peers, according to a study by cognitive neuroscientists at Temple University in Philadelphia. The researchers found that teens were more likely to like a photo on Instagram if they were told more of their peers liked the image as well.
West Virginia middle-school principal Yahon Smith says he wants to be seen as a source of support for students, not just as a disciplinarian. Smith also says he believes in instilling confidence and leadership in students.
Professionals can boost their career and build a safety net of colleagues by embracing networking both within and outside of their industry, writes leadership coach Michael Zaytsev. In this commentary, Zaytsev offers tips on how to connect with other professionals and build a solid network.
Eight percent of 7,590 head impacts among youth football athletes were considered high-magnitude, or impacts more than 40 times greater than the force of gravity, according to a study in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. The findings, based on data involving 45 fourth- to seventh-grade players ages 9 to 13, also showed the highest likelihood of high-magnitude head impacts among those who played as quarterback, running back and linebacker.