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Mental Health: Coping With the Coronavirus

I’ve always been a “worrier.” I’m not a pessimist, but when I’m worried about something, I lean toward catastrophic thinking. As the coronavirus crisis spirals out of control, it’s easy to imagine the worst is happening – or yet to come. But there are healthy ways to deal with anxiety in these unprecedented times. An article from The Guardian provides mental health tips for coping with the coronavirus worries. Among them are physical activity, [...]

March 30th, 2020|Tags: , , |

Tech Talk: Building Some Really Long STEM ‘Branches’

There has been no shortage of efforts to define exactly what is a technology or STEM job. We can add another entry to the mix with STEM and the American Workforce, a new report from a coalition of primarily science associations. Its key findings: STEM jobs are one-third of direct employment, two-thirds of total employment, 69% of the country’s gross domestic product and contribute $2.3 trillion in annual federal tax revenue. Those are some [...]

March 26th, 2020|

Working From Home? Show Your Face and Over-Communicate

There’s no question that the workforce setting is changing, with a growing number of employees working at home (especially amid the coronavirus). What is up for debate? How to maximize communication when your colleague is miles – versus steps – away. A Forbes story – How You Can Still Communicate Effectively With Staff And Coworkers While Working From Home – offers several strategies: The Ides of March has historically been connected with the death [...]

March 24th, 2020|Tags: , |

Distance Learning Amid COVID-19: Google Helping to ‘Navigate the Transition’

With many school buildings likely to remain closed throughout the rest of the academic year in the wake of the coronavirus, educators are turning to distance learning. Google has unveiled a variety of resources to assist in this effort. Google CEO Sundar Pichai says: “For educators around the globe, we’ve created new distance learning resources, including a collection of training materials, a new YouTube Learning Hub, and a series of blog posts and webinars. [...]

March 19th, 2020|Tags: , , , , |

Tech Talk: Taking the Lead in a Time of Need

As of Tuesday, 30 people in Indiana had been diagnosed with COVID-19 and there had been two deaths. However, a mere scroll of your social media timelines will reveal that someone within two degrees of separation likely has the virus or knows someone who is being directly impacted. Last week, President Trump and Governor Holcomb declared national and state public health emergencies. While the national and state "shutdown" terms have not been issued yet, [...]

March 18th, 2020|