Education Dive Literacy is a potentially powerful tool for unlocking the possibilities of critical thinking and engaging in political action against institutions and systems fashioned to promote and sustain inequities, but systemic inequities could be harming students, according to several panelists during a recent discussion at the International Literacy Association Convention in Orlando, FL. The panel was moderated by The New York Times' Nikole Hannah-Jones, who, in a keynote delivered before the panel discussion, spoke about how segregation and racial disparities are apparent in schools, districts and in literacy education.
The Boston Herald Many diseases, including cirrhosis and hepatitis, can lead to liver failure. More than 17,000 Americans suffering from these diseases are now waiting for liver transplants, but significantly fewer livers are available. Now, in a recent Science Translational Medicine study led in part by Ludwig MIT’s Sangeeta Bhatia, researchers have successfully developed a new way to engineer liver tissue. In mice with damaged livers, the researchers found that after being implanted in the abdomen, the tiny structures expanded 50-fold and could perform normal liver tissue functions. The research builds off previous work by Bhatia’s lab.
Fortune Dawn Lyon, chief reputation officer for employer ratings firm Glassdoor, says a series of leadership attributes drive a company’s “employer brand” while three specific policies overwhelmingly influence employee sentiment. She says employees pay attention to a company’s culture and values, want to know they have opportunities for advancement, and, critically have high demands on the behavior of senior leadership. The specific policies that drive sentiment, says Lyon, are having some sort of paid time off policy; funding some type of retirement program; and providing for parental leave for the birth of a child.
Forbes Dan Spaulding, Zillow Group Vice President and Head of People & Culture, shares how rewarding staff with a job-protected break can provide both a tool for companies to retain top talent and also a rare window for mid-career employees to take an extended breather from corporate culture. In this Forbes interview, Dan explains Zillow’s decision to offer employees that have stayed with the company for six years or more a six-week sabbatical (three weeks paid and three weeks unpaid) to recharge, whether that means traveling abroad, reconnecting with family or community volunteering.
Forbes Austin Allison, founder and general manager of dotloop, argues that it’s not just the availability of streamlined services that guarantees brand success. Companies must also offer a compelling narrative for people to bring these products into their lives. After all, while the creation phase is important, it’s pointless if no one uses it or sees the benefits of the technology. Brands need to create a movement that inspires audience participation.
The Wall Street Journal Career websites like Glassdoor have become regular reading for job seekers. Now chief executives are increasingly perusing their online reviews to find out what employees think of them—to evaluate policies and even to talk back. The public-yet-personal critiques are prompting more company bosses to track and respond to reviews. In the process, they have come to treat them as a necessary evil or a useful management tool, and a performance measure akin to using stock prices to gauge investor confidence.
Drug Development & Delivery Lonza announced that following the receipt of all required regulatory approvals, it has completed the acquisition of Capsugel S.A. from KKR for $5.5 billion in cash, including refinancing of existing Capsugel debt of approximately $2 billion. The acquisition of Capsugel, a world leader in advanced oral dosage delivery technologies with a leading position in hard capsules, is expected to be accretive to Lonza’s core earnings per share in the first full year post closing.