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This Week in Jobs DMV: Panda-monium (and a dozen open tech roles)

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Editor’s note: Every week we ship an email newsletter featuring the region’s most exciting career opportunities. We’ve lovingly called it This Week in Jobs (aka TWIJ — “twidge.”). Below is this week’s edition. Here’s the last one we published; it’s meant to live in your inbox. Sign up for the newsletter here.

Mei Xiang I’m Amazed

For those of you living under a rock (or simply on vacation — good for you), Mei Xiang the great panda (in both senses of the term) gave birth to a cub on Friday.

The pair’s first few nights together have apparently gone well, with the National Zoo’s panda team reporting that “Mei Xiang is being an excellent and attentive mother.” You can judge for yourself via the Panda Cam, where you can watch “Mei Xiang nurse her cub while sitting at the back of the den — often with her knee propped up on the wall — and sleep with it tucked in between her arms.”

I mean, you try writing a cover letter (heck, a newsletter) with this kind of adorable content out there.

The News

Black and brown women entrepreneurs: Black Girl Ventures and social impact incubator SEED SPOT are teaming up to host a virtual two-day Launch Camp. Participants will get training on how to formulate pitches, go through SEED SPOT’s proprietary social impact curriculum, get one-on-one mentorship and receive guidance from content experts on topics from legal to accounting. The Launch Camp is taking place this Thursday and Friday, and applications are still open.

What was it like growing up as a biracial kid in Baltimore — and what’s it like continuing to fight for change now? How can parents best talk with their kids about race and equity?’s own Alex Galiani shared his personal reflections on all these topics — and joined our interview series On the Record to talk about this some more.

College science labs are going virtual: The University System of Maryland’s Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation is partnering with Copenhagen-based Labster to create virtual versions of experiments that, pre-COVID, were normally conducted in-person. Administrators hope the lessons will allow science professors to still teach the “techniques, skills, processes, protocols and underlying theory” — without having to ask students to do their best Jesse Pinkman impression (and perhaps attract the attention of local law enforcement) with at-home chemicals and cookware. We’d still technically consider Dexter’s Laboratory a virtual lab, but good luck convincing a dean to grant it credit.

The Jobs





The End

After Mei Xiang’s cub was born at 6:35 p.m., mom “picked the cub up immediately and began cradling and caring for it.” You bosses out there, between these overwhelmingly heartwarming developments and it being mid-August, how about we all agree we just take a break until Labor Day?

Applicants, good luck out there on the job hunt!


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