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5 trends driving workplace diversity in 2015
Often criticized in the past as well-intentioned but stagnant, corporate diversity departments at major organizations have never been so visible. With Google recently pledging a substantial sum to Code2040, a nonprofit fostering diversity in technology, and several key players in Silicon Valley, California, publishing their lackluster diversity data in 2014, those in charge of workforce mix are in the hot seat.
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Obama budget priorities focus on teacher support, STEM, free college
THE Journal
The White House has released President Barack Obama's 2016 budget proposal, a 150-page document that lays out his administration's priorities for the federal budget in the coming year. Even at $70.7 billion, education is dwarfed by the outlays for Social Security, Medicare and national defense. The amount for education reflects an increase of $3.6 billion over the 2015 enacted level, which makes it equivalent to the total the White House proposed last year, which ran $70.6 billion. The extra funds are intended to support the administration's favorite education projects — STEM, evidence-based innovations, teacher support, free community college and more early childhood education.
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Poll reveals rift between scientists, regular folks
National Geographic
What do the International Space Station and bioengineered fuels have in common? They're about the only technological advances that both scientists and the American public actually like. On most other scientific matters, a widespread "opinion gap" splits the experts from everyday folks, pollsters at the Pew Research Center recently reported. The rift persists in long-running issues such as the causes of climate change and the safety of nuclear power. And it crops up in the news today in battles over outbreaks of measles tied to children who haven't been vaccinated.
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Scientists under the microscope
Science and scientists are under constant scrutiny. Most of that scrutiny is healthy. It's good when scientists challenge each other and discuss issues as they work together — sometimes taking opposite sides — to disentangle the true and enduring from the fleeting and flawed. Governments must guarantee that resources are used wisely, experiments are done ethically and the benefits of research are transferred to society. The public has a right to question how science may impact their lives and whether scientists can be trusted. Accepting fair criticism, then, is an essential professional duty.
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The comfort zone is really the danger zone
By Betty Boyd
A leader doesn't just wake up one day and become one. Leaders must work on and practice their leadership skills. Quite simply, that means leading others. However, over time, leaders can become complacent in how they lead. These types of leaders end up in their own comfort zone, and this is really a danger zone. How do leaders end up in the comfort zone, and how can they be turned around?
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For some startups, tech's lack of diversity is a goldmine
San Francisco Chronicle
As criticisms of Silicon Valley's largely white male ranks came to a boil last spring, Nicole Sanchez was in the midst of launching a company of her own — a consultancy to help companies' diversity. The timing couldn't have been better. The month Vaya Consulting opened, Google released its lackluster employee diversity data to the public. At Vaya, the calls came pouring in. One company's public relations nightmare, it turns out, is another woman's startup. In tech, diversity is now for sale.
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7 key etiquette tips for your job search
U.S. News & World Report
Behavior, attitude and manners are all components of your personal brand and the impression you make. No matter how qualified you might be for the role you seek, if you act in a discourteous fashion, you will diminish your chances of being hired. Even though you'll never see a rejection letter that says, "We didn't hire you because you were rude," you can be certain that hiring managers routinely cast aside candidates who don't show appropriate respect and common courtesy.
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