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30 Under 30 in Science Exploring New Worlds in the Stars and in Our Cells

30under30-scienceBy Alex Knapp

When he first started working on space engineering, Jeroen Cappaert, 27, probably didn’t expect to fight pirates one day. But that’s just one of the applications the satellites he’s designed are being put to use for by the company he cofounded, Spire Global. The company was founded in 2012 and has launched eight satellites so far which focus data collection on the oceans – “The three quarters of the world that almost nobody looks at,” says Cappaert.

Cappaert is just one of the standouts on this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 in Science list, which features a group of people across an astonishing array of different sciences, from astronomy to marine biology to psychology to artificial intelligence and more.

Other standouts include Lujendra Ojha, 25, whose studies of geological formations on Mars have provided the best evidence yet that liquid water may flow on the surface of the Red Planet. The Nepalese-born Ojha is currently a grad student at Georgia Tech and when he’s not busy studying Mars, he’s a guitarist in a heavy metal band.

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Corporate Kindergarten: How a Montessori Mindset Can Transform Your Business

business-tipsBy Kotter International

I’ll spare you the perfunctory context setting about how our globalized economy is moving at a rate of change unimaginable even a decade ago. It’s a given. Business models, product cycle times and even the Fortune 500 had a much longer shelf life in the 20th century than they do today.

To remain competitive – or, dare I say, relevant – organizations must achieve vastly higher levels of strategic agility, or face the foul risk of becoming “Blockbustered.” And by strategic agility I mean the ability to tactically pivot at the drop of a hat, to launch novel initiatives and kill off those that are no longer serving you.

At its apex in 2004, Blockbuster Video had nearly 60,000 employees and over 9,000 stores worldwide. Its market value and annual revenues each exceeded $billion, and it boasted a #1 position in the space by a long shot. In fact, CEO John Antioco was doing such a stellar job that his compensation that year totaled $51.6 million.

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How To Thrive After College: 3 Obvious but Underrated Skills

survive-after-collegeBy George Anders

If you want to thrive after college — and who doesn’t? — what are the most important intellectual and practical skills for success? Some timely research highlights three crucial factors in employers’ checklists, both of which appear to be underrated in educators’ own list of priorities.

The data was presented yesterday by Carol Geary Schneider, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. She spoke at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, which has convened a committee to look into non-traditional ways that students’ success is shaped. That means exploring the realm of  what the National Academy calls “intrapersonal and interpersonal capabilities.”

Schneider said she’s concerned that on a broad scale, “higher education is under-performing.” Employers are expressing a growing interest in students’ mastery of personal and social responsibility, with 96% of them saying they want college to develop problem-solving skills in diverse settings. Such inter-cultural skills are prized by only 79% of  university respondents.

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Bill and Melinda Gates Brilliantly Explain Complex Stuff in Simple Words

bill-melinda-gatesBy Carmine Gallo

“If you can’t explain something simply you don’t really understand it,” Bill Gates recently said. Philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates are exceptional educators because they’re passionate about saving lives, solving complex problems, and explaining possible solutions in everyday language.

“Terminology is an occupational hazard of philanthropy,” Bill Gates recently wrote on his blog. “I’ve found this is especially true if you work in an area like health. It is not unusual to be discussing the latest disease research and hear someone throw around words like serum and in vitro (and more complicated ones). Over the years I’ve gotten comfortable with all the terms, but at first I had to keep reminding myself: Serum just means blood without the red and white cells. In vitro just means “in the glass”—as in test tubes. I still go through that process today with different subjects.”

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Get Scrooged: Reflection Ideas for Your Education

scrooge-your-education-careerfieldBy J. Mason
Online Learning Tips Editor

One of the more influential holiday classics, in my book, is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Through the course of a night Ebenezer Scrooge is forced to visit the ghosts of his past, present, and future life. It is a great lesson for everyone, and timely when you consider that the New Year is seven days later. Focus on your field of study in the same way Scrooge was forced to look at his own life. This is not a time for reflection, but a time for perspective and understanding.

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ClearPath Mentoring is Here: Explore and Expand Your Network

mentoring-APUS-ClearPathBy Ryan Parks and Kimberly Smith
Student Affairs Liaisons, American Public University

ClearPath Mentoring Launches for Students

When you are debating a date night outfit or seeking consolation after your team loses the big game, you turn to a friend. Who do you turn to when you need guidance and motivation in your academic and professional life? A mentor. The right mentor can challenge and coach you to the next level as you move towards your educational goals. At American Public University and American Military University, we encourage students to expand their networks and become involved in mentoring. With quite an impressive community at your fingertips, the potential for a meaningful mentoring relationship is an opportunity worth exploring.

The Office of Student Affairs is excited to announce the launch of ClearPath Mentoring! ClearPath Mentoring provides tools for students seeking professional and academic insight from their peers. Using the virtual ClearPath forum, students may search for mentors and mentees, start mentoring relationships, and explore group mentoring options for mentoring resources and group networking based on various areas of interest.

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How to Pick and Stick to Career Goals

career-goals-online-studentsBy Susan Adams

It’s not easy to become a medical school professor, especially if you’re a woman. Only 38% of full-time faculty members at accredited med schools are female, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). That daunting statistic is one of the reasons Nadine Katz, a professor of clinical ob-gyn and women’s health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and vice president and medical director at  Montefiore Medical Center’s Einstein campus, got interested in helping aspiring female med school professors achieve their goals.

Katz taught a leadership course at AAMC for  ten years. One of the themes she covered: how to pick and stick to career goals. Her strategy has proved effective in the medical realm, but she has also found that it applies to any profession and to men and women alike.

The first step, according to Katz: Take full responsibility for your career. You may be sailing along with tons of support from your colleagues, your family and your boss. But you need to take hold of your future. “Your success and your promotion should be your focus,” she says. “When you choose projects and you get involved in service work or committees, there should be a strategy to that,” she adds. Too many of us get swept up entirely in day-to-day matters, she observes.

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Why Being Good at Language Arts Means That You Can Do Math

language-arts-math-literateBy Grammarly
Special to Online Learning Tips

“Math class is tough!” said Mattel’s controversial and later recalled Teen Talk Barbie in the early 1990s. Appalled, women’s organizations criticized Teen Talk Barbie for delivering a message that math should be difficult for young girls. This oversight by Mattel was a symptom of what would become a national conversation, which led to a platform for education reform in the 2000s. Our current national educational policy aims to increase the number of qualified candidates for highly technical positions and shrink the educational gaps of college graduates entering the workforce. Educational reformers, ed-tech startups, and nonprofits have focused on educating the population in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). But there’s a simple answer to the question ‘How do I become better at math?’ which might surprise you: become better at reading.

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