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COVID-19: As offices reopen, here are your options if you’re worried about getting sick on the job company culture

Jul. 8, 2020 8:30 am

COVID-19: As offices reopen, here are your options if you’re worried about getting sick on the job

If you're not comfortable going back to an office, believe you're being asked to work in unsafe conditions or have kids at home and no childcare lined up, consider these legal options.
High-tech surveillance amplifies police bias and overreach software development

Jun. 12, 2020 11:42 am

High-tech surveillance amplifies police bias and overreach

The promise of objective, unbiased technology didn’t pan out. Instead the technology created new problems, including highlighting the lack of accountability for high-profile instances of police violence.
Viral videos of racism: How an old civil rights strategy is being used in a new digital age access

Jun. 5, 2020 11:37 am

Viral videos of racism: How an old civil rights strategy is being used in a new digital age

Over half a century of shining lights on racism has not eradicated the darkness of inequality, though the methods of shining those lights have evolved.
What is hazard pay, and why are Amazon and other companies ending it for essential workers? growth

May 29, 2020 10:40 am

What is hazard pay, and why are Amazon and other companies ending it for essential workers?

The risk to these workers remains the same, and the pandemic continues to rage. A University of Chicago law professor explains what's going on.
How to score an internship during the COVID-19 pandemic growth

May 7, 2020 12:21 pm

How to score an internship during the COVID-19 pandemic

The director of the career center at Brandeis University offers five tips for students who are searching for internships or haven’t yet started internships that they’ve secured.
Striking Amazon, Instacart employees reveal how a basic economic principle could derail our ability to combat the coronavirus growth

Apr. 16, 2020 9:25 am

Striking Amazon, Instacart employees reveal how a basic economic principle could derail our ability to combat the coronavirus

"The free market isn’t very good at dealing with positive externalities" that come when some workers enable the rest of us to stay at home, writes this law professor — "or compensating those who bear the cost."
Telemedicine is essential to flattening the curve. Here’s a look at the fight to go digital software development

Apr. 9, 2020 1:26 pm

Telemedicine is essential to flattening the curve. Here’s a look at the fight to go digital

As health care providers have moved en masse to virtual medicine, regulators and government officials are showing unheard of support for this tool that will almost certainly save lives.
Coronavirus: Social distancing is delaying vital scientific research growth

Mar. 25, 2020 8:36 am

Coronavirus: Social distancing is delaying vital scientific research

Labs are closed and conferences canceled, to the detriment of young scientists' professional development and information sharing. What will that mean for future innovations?
Online learning will be hard for kids whose schools close — and the digital divide will make it even harder for some of them access

Mar. 18, 2020 7:29 am

Online learning will be hard for kids whose schools close — and the digital divide will make it even harder for some of them

Low-income families might also have trouble keeping their children learning because they can’t afford the necessary technology, writes this sociology professor.
US successfully planned for the ‘endless frontier’ of science research in 1945 — now it’s time to plan the next 75 years growth

Mar. 11, 2020 11:21 am

US successfully planned for the ‘endless frontier’ of science research in 1945 — now it’s time to plan the next 75 years

Today’s level of federal funding and emphasis on market-driven research are imperfect, writes Connecticut College professor Marc Zimmer. Here are four ideas to fix that.

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