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U.S. News Reveals Best STEM High Schools

June 18, 2013

This morning at the U.S. News STEM Solutions conference in Austin, Texas, actress, neuroscientist, and keynote speaker Mayim Bialik presented awards for the publication's Best STEM High Schools in 2013. Read More

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Conditions Are Ripe for Manufacturing Entrepreneurs

June 18, 2013

Early-stage entrepreneurship is at its highest level in more than a decade. More interestingly, Americans believe there are good opportunities for starting manufacturing businesses. Read More

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Social Media Policies Present Challenges to Business

June 18, 2013

There’s no question whether manufacturers should establish rules governing if and how employees may use social media. Of course they should. The bigger issue is understanding what is and is not legal to regulate, and what kinds of restrictions are good for business. Read More

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Behavioral and Culture Change Is a Must for Energy Management

June 18, 2013

A recent report reveals that good management practices in energy-intense environments have a spillover effect to that positively impacts energy efficiency. However, the authors also state that good management practices with non-energy specific targets are correlated with energy inefficiencies. The important takeaway is that an organization can be operating very efficiently from a management perspective, but at the same time be very energy inefficient. We are seeing this in variety of industries across the U.S. The culture of “cheap energy” or “it’s just overhead” is persistent in the mindset of upper management. These mental models will take time to reshape, and no one should expect it to happen overnight. Read More

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Are Corporate Wellness Programs a Boon or Boondoggle?

June 18, 2013

The U.S. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or ACA), popularly known as Obamacare, includes greater support for employers who offer wellness and prevention programs to employees. However, some critics argue that such programs do not improve employee health or reduce health care costs. Read More