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Pittsburgh looks for ways to preserve and repair its more than 45,000 city steps

2017-04-28

The Incline This week, Pittsburgh City Council approved a nearly $100,000 agreement to allow a planning and engineering firm to assess city-owned steps in the public right-of-way. That includes more than 700 stairways — with more than 45,000 steps — that dot the city’s many hills. That the city’s steps aren’t in great condition isn’t news to Pittsburgh. To figure out how to finance needed repairs, Pittsburgh last year applied for the Citi Foundation and Living Cities’ City Accelerator program, which seeks to help municipalities design and adopt innovative policies to close infrastructure funding gaps.

15 college majors where men go on to earn significantly more than women

2017-04-25

CNBC The conditions that create the pay gap between men and women may start before they even enter the workforce. According to the economics research team at Glassdoor, male and female college graduates who hold the same degree will "self-sort" into different occupations due to societal pressure and norms. Male graduates will gravitate toward high-earning jobs, whereas women will gravitate towards lower-earning jobs.

Ending the shame and stigma around Huntington’s Disease

2017-04-25

Virgin Blog HDdennomore’s Charles Sabine pens an open letter to Sir Richard Branson, thanking him for his support of the HDdennomore event with Pope Francis. Sabine reflects on his experience being diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease and meeting with South American families afflicted by the disease.

New Zillow commercials tug at the heart strings by playing off emotion that goes into ‘Finding Home’

2017-04-24

GeekWire If you think looking for or attempting to buy a home is already an emotional experience, new ads from Zillow are only going to add fuel to that fire. The Seattle-based real estate media company released several commercials Monday as part of a national campaign called “Finding Home.” The five ads feature different stories showcasing the search for a new place to live. A father and son need fresh start; a multi-generational family needs space for mom; a dad soothes a baby with tales of what’s to come; a wannabe chef looks for his first home; and a woman on her own is encouraged by a co-worker to invest rather than rent.

Just Change: How to Collaborate for Lasting Impact

2017-04-21

Philanthropy News Digest How can the social sector create lasting impact? By changing the way it thinks about and approaches social change, writes Tynesia Boyea-Robinson in Just Change: How to Collaborate for Lasting Impact. Drawing on her experience in both the private and social sectors, Boyea-Robinson shares lessons she's learned and strategies she's found to be effective for changing how we think about and create change, how our organizations work, and how we collaborate. It's an approach well worth considering; as chief impact officer at Living Cities, a partnership of foundations, financial institutions, nonprofit organizations, and the federal government that's committed to improving the vitality of cities and urban neighborhoods, Boyea-Robinson is tasked with ensuring that the organization's investments lead to measurable impact.

The Go-To Gene Sequencing Machine With Very Strange Results

2017-04-20

WIRED As part of his work to find a true blood stem cell, Ludwig Stanford’s Rahul Sinha needed to sequence the RNA of thousands of seemingly identical stem cells from a collection Ludwig Stanford Director Irv Weissman had built. The machine he turned to was from Illumina: the San Diego-based company whose products sequence 90 percent of all genetic data. Inconsistent results led him to identify an issue with the underlying operations of Illumina’s newer sequencers—an issue that could have contaminated the results of similar high-sensitivity data produced on the machines in the last two years. Weissman’s lab says it lost nearly $1 million to the problem, including salaries and supplies for studies that piggybacked off the faulty sequencing data.