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Career - Environment - 15.10.2020
Keeling Curve Receives Continuation Funding from Eric and Wendy Schmidt
The Keeling Curve carbon dioxide measurement—he long-term atmospheric measurement that alerted the world to human-induced climate change—will receive $1 million in continuation funding from philanthropists Eric and Wendy Schmidt, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego announced today.

Career - Innovation - 07.10.2020
Job satisfaction decreases with digitisation
Job satisfaction decreases with digitisation
This year's Swiss HR Barometer combines two major trends: digitisation, and an aging society. Almost 40 percent of those surveyed can imagine working beyond retirement age. Job satisfaction decreases as digitisation of an employee's tasks increases. Digitisation and electronic monitoring The respondents believed that employers in Switzerland are relatively open to new technologies: more than 74 percent of employees indicated that their employer is willing to use digital solutions.

Career - Life Sciences - 06.10.2020
Four Caltech Faculty Receive High-Risk, High-Reward Grants
Four Caltech faculty members have been named as recipients of grants from the High-Risk, High-Reward Research (HRHR) Program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The program aims to fund "highly innovative and unusually impactful biomedical or behavioral research proposed by extraordinarily creative scientists," according to the program's press release.

Career - Psychology - 05.10.2020
Reactions to perceived broken promises lead to workplace stress for police officers
Negative feelings resulting from perceived broken promises from employers within UK police forces are a major cause of workplace stress, according to new research at the University of Birmingham. In a study of police officers, researchers from the University's School of Psychology found that employees who perceive a violation of their psychological contract - the negative emotional reactions in response to perceived broken promises at work - are at greater risk of job-related stress, anxiety and depression.

Career - 14.09.2020
’Evidence is crucial’ for philanthropists to determine charity donations says new research
Research from the University of Birmingham has concluded that the process of giving to charity has to be grounded in evidence rather than reaction.

Career - 28.08.2020
UK productivity could be improved by a permanent shift towards remote working
Nine out of ten employees who have worked at home during lockdown would like to continue doing so in some capacity, research suggests. The report, by academics at Cardiff University and the University of Southampton, presents the first analysis of employee survey data focusing on homeworking, which was gathered for the Understanding Society Covid-19 Study.

Career - Economics / Business - 19.08.2020
How a simple nudge can motivate workers to save for retirement
Motivating people to save for retirement isn-t easy. Fraught decisions around when to start a nest egg, how much to set aside, and where to invest can be so overwhelming that inertia often sets in. Increasingly, economists who study this paralysis have shown that minimizing the complexity surrounding retirement choices inspires workers to start saving - and at higher rates.

Career - 17.08.2020
Language May Undermine Women in Science and Tech
Researchers examined gender stereotypes baked into 25 languages to explore why fewer women enter science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Despite decades of positive messaging to encourage women and girls to pursue education tracks and careers in STEM, women continue to fall far below their male counterparts in these fields.

Career - Environment - 17.08.2020

Career - 30.07.2020
Does the Queen Bee phenomenon still exist in Academia?
Successful women in male-dominated contexts don't always support women in early career stages. An international team of scientists show that this phenomenon is linked to the difficulties they encounter in the workplace. Fifteen years ago, a set of studies documented that female professors were more likely than their male counterparts to express stereotyped views of female PhD candidates and to describe themselves in stereotypically masculine terms.

Pedagogy - Career - 29.07.2020
The future of work is flexible - says new study
Lockdown has also had a disproportionately negative impact on parents, especially mothers, with a majority noting that they have been carrying out more housework and care New research from the University of Kent and the University of Birmingham has found that mass homeworking during the COVID-19 lockdown has presented significant challenges for parents, particularly mothers, but has also changed the way that many people intend to work in the future.

Career - 29.07.2020
Researchers Urge the Scientific Community to #StopPandemicBias
While there is little doubt that COVID-19 will have lasting impacts on health and the economy, a group of researchers is bringing attention to the effects the pandemic could have on the careers of scientific researchers. Carnegie Mellon University and Max Planck Institute physicist Ulrike Endesfelder , University of Stuttgart's Dirk Pflüger and Technische Universität Braunschweig's Timo de Wolff launched a Twitter campaign #StopPandemicBias, which aims to bring broader understanding to how COVID-19 will impact scientists.

Health - Career - 27.07.2020
Earlier lockdown would have saved lives of London bus drivers, suggests review
An independent review into the deaths of London bus drivers from COVID-19, led by the UCL Institute of Health Equity suggests an earlier lockdown would have saved lives. The review also shows that many of the drivers who died had underlying health conditions that put them at greater risk during the pandemic.  The independent review was commissioned by Transport for London (TfL) as an urgent response to understand more about the factors relating to the tragic deaths of colleagues in the bus industry.

Health - Career - 27.07.2020
Review into deaths of London bus drivers suggests earlier lockdown would have saved lives
An independent review into the deaths of London bus drivers from COVID-19, led by the UCL Institute of Health Equity suggests an earlier lockdown would have saved lives The review also shows that many of the drivers who died had underlying health conditions that put them at greater risk  greater risk during the pandemic.

Economics / Business - Career - 27.07.2020
Expanded jobless benefits did not reduce employment
A new report by Yale economists finds no evidence that the enhanced jobless benefits Congress authorized in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic reduced employment.  The report  addresses concerns that the more generous unemployment benefits, which provide $600 per week above state unemployment insurance payments, would disincentivize work.

Health - Career - 24.07.2020
New Programme Helps Frontline Healthcare Workers at Risk from PTSD and Depression
Researchers from the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford have developed a new mental health treatment programme to provide frontline healthcare workers with 1-to-1 support, including fast-track access to PTSD or depression treatment. This evidence-based programme, called SHAPE Recovery , builds on an outreach programme shown to reduce rates of PTSD and depression.

Astronomy / Space Science - Career - 20.07.2020
Gamma-ray Scientists "Dust Off" Intensity Interferometry, Upgrade Technology with Digital Electronics, Larger Telescopes, and Improved Sensitivity
Scientists in the VERITAS Collaboration have measured the angular diameter of stars using Stellar Intensity Interferometry for the first time in nearly 50 years, and demonstrated both improvements to the sensitivity of the technique and its scalability using digital electronics.

Health - Career - 08.07.2020
Numerous jobs linked to increased risk of knee osteoarthritis
Numerous jobs linked to increased risk of knee osteoarthritis
A major review of knee osteoarthritis (OA) - which is a leading cause of job loss and disability - reveals widespread risk of OA, demonstrating the need for a systemic approach to prevention outside of traditional workplaces. Knee replacements are a huge burden on society and individuals and can lead to surgery, pain and loss of mobility.

Career - 07.07.2020
Number of Aussies not actively looking for work on the rise
Number of Aussies not actively looking for work on the rise
New data shows there are signs of improvement in labour market outcomes between May and late June, though hours worked are still below pre-COVID levels. But the number of Australians actively looking for work has declined, according to the researchers. The analysis builds on a first-of-its kind longitudinal study of people's activities and wellbeing before and after the COVID-19 crisis.

Career - Economics / Business - 03.07.2020
Unequal paths to recovery as economy reopens
Low-income workers are almost twice as likely to be laid-off or furloughed as high-income workers, according to a new UCL study examining income and consumption effects of Covid-19. The working paper, published by Puey Ungphakorn Institute for Economic Research , highlights that a significant proportion of those low-income workers - 70 percent from the bottom fifth of the income distribution - have struggled to afford living costs.

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