Parents and Families
“Use your words,” a common piece of parenting advice, is just as useful for adults in the workplace. Have you ever told someone to “calm down,” just to find them angrier than they were before? The key, says Harvard Business Review, is using language to focus on resolving the conflict, rather than telling someone what to do or feel, or why you’re right and they’re wrong. Phrases like, “If I understand you correctly…”, “Why did that upset you?” and “I want to discuss this to see how we can move forward” shift the focus of the discussion from blame to progress — and that’s something everyone can agree on.
Eighty-seven Bowdoin College students were recognized as Academic All-NESCAC selections for the spring season in awards announced by the conference office this week. In addition, eight students were honored as All-Sportsmanship honorees by the league. Read more about these honorees.
Neuroengineer Miguel Nicolelis has “a surprise for a billion people.” His team will be demonstrating new technology that uses a paralyzed wearer’s brain waves to control a robotic body suit at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The device uses external sensors to convert electrical signals from the brain into digital commands, which in turn translate into movement. The robotic suit then provides feedback to limbs where the wearer still has sensation to create the feeling of actually walking, rather than controlling a robotic device. It is an early prototype, but Nicolelis envisions that this technology will one day be available to paralyzed people all over the world.
Anyone who lives in the suburbs has most likely cringed at the thought of trying to find parking in their respective downtowns. But this hardship might be for the better — large surface parking lots do not benefit cities economically, as some proponents would purport. Instead, they create environments unfriendly to pedestrians and can even negatively impact the number of people and jobs in an urban area. Recently, cities such as Cambridge, Mass., and Washington, D.C., have begun an effort to keep massive parking lots out of their future plans.
The interview game is changing. Many interviewees have been taught strategies and common questions to help them prepare for business oriented questions, but interviewers are using new tactics to analyze something intrinsic: personality. Your “soft skills,” or “emotional intelligence,” often reveal to an employer whether he or she believes you would work well with their team. But the abstract nature of the discussion of these skills often makes it hard to identify when employers are directly probing for interpersonal skills, initiative, optimism, and more. There are also the “think fast” questions: “A penguin walks in through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?” Fast Company identifies some of these strategies for interviewers and interviewees alike.
NBC News chief legal investigative correspondent Cynthia McFadden ’78 sat down for a one-on-one interview with Hillary Clinton, with topics ranging from Benghazi and the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap, to her relationship with President Obama and being a grandmother. Watch excerpts from the interview.
Private collector Jean Paul Michaud, a Maine native and resident of Brooklyn, New York, has donated his library of bookbindings designed by Sarah Whitman to Bowdoin College.
Numbering 328 volumes, this collection is among the larger and more complete collections of Whitman bindings anywhere, comprising 85 percent of her known designs. Read more about the Sarah Whitman bookbindings.
At first glance, the New York Times‘ chart of industries that have bounced back or continued to decline after the 2009 recession looks like a tangled mess. But with a couple of quick scrolls, the graph clarifies how certain industries — whether in fast food, consulting, or health care — have recovered and even grown while others, such as home building and manufacturing, have not. Trace over individual industry-representative lines to see an industry’s progression in number of jobs, average salary, and recovery status.
Nutrition can be confusing, since often we can’t see an immediate positive or negative effect from what we consume. To complicate matters further, health trends keep changing (for example, new research shows that fats like butter and cheese might not be as evil as we thought). Panera is the latest in a series of restaurants to introduce and promote a “clean ingredients” policy, a more recent trend in healthy eating.
What does “clean ingredients” mean? No artificial sweeteners, flavoring, and preservatives — in Panera’s case, you should actually be able to read and pronounce the names of all ingredients in the restaurant’s products by 2016. This signals a change in what people value in their diets: instead of flocking to “low calorie” and “low fat” claims, Millenials and Generation-X-ers especially love to hear that their food is all-natural. Read more about the implications of this change from Fortune.
NBC News senior legal investigative correspondent Cynthia McFadden ’78 sat down with former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for an interview that is to air tonight on The NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.
The interview is part of a media blitz Clinton is undertaking in support of her latest book, Hard Choices, which hits store shelves today. Some have said the book tour serves as a dry run for a 2016 presidential campaign.
McFadden reportedly will interview Clinton about her new book, focusing on her accomplishments, future plans and her record as a world diplomat.