“The only unknown is what the FDA [Food and Drug Administration] and other regulatory agencies would say,” Weissman says. Regulators might say that it’s similar to the flu vaccine, which has to change each year but doesn’t need to go through large trials again. At a recent healthcare conference, Tal Zaks, Moderna’s chief medical officer, said that he would expect a reformulated vaccine to work without needing trials. Still, it’s also possible that regulators might require additional months of testing. … [Read more...] about How easy will it be to update the COVID vaccine if the virus mutates too much?
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Signal Boosting Like South by Soutwest, its distant relative in Austin, Upstream isn’t just about seeing shows but bolstering the region’s music economy—think of what places like New York, Nashville, and Los Angeles mean to the music business, but with a tech twist. During the festival’s two days, an event space at the stadium hosted Seattle-linked keynote speakers—Macklemore, Quincy Jones, Kill Rock Stars president Portia Sabin, film composer Ron Jones, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam—while a slew of panels featured entrepreneurs, technologists, and musicians talking about everything from data analytics to video game composition. Part of the aim was to underscore existing untapped networking opportunities for Seattle’s artists and techies. “Hopefully we can start creating those relationships and really start building our music economy,” says Vetting. … [Read more...] about A Tech Billionaire Tries to Reboot The “Best Music Scene In The World”
Milian also recommends reviewing overall job performance for anyone believed to have participated in the attack on the Capitol or expressed support of this behavior in the workplace. “Specifically check if they’ve engaged in any form of harassment, discrimination, or other potentially unethical or illegal behavior. This is especially important if the employee is or were in a leadership role [where they] make employment decisions such as hiring, terminations, promotions, salary changes, etc.” It is possible this person’s views have shown up in their work, through other complaints and microaggressive behaviors. If that is determined to be the case after an investigation, separation may also be warranted. … [Read more...] about 4 steps companies should take in the aftermath of January 6
3. Build DEI strategies that transcend all levels and roles We all have seen top-down DEI initiatives regularly fail; often because individual employees don’t understand how to incorporate big diversity goals into their day-to-day decision-making, or don’t see a clear connection between their organization’s DEI goals and their own role. Decades worth of data suggests that companies must engage decision-makers at all levels in solving the problem, ensuring that diverse talent is not siloed within an organization, but built into the fabric of a team at all levels. That’s key to broadening everyone’s view of what an engineer or technologist “looks like.” … [Read more...] about Tech’s attempts to diversify are failing. Here’s what to do instead
“Instead of lobbying for corporations to come build a skyscraper to bring jobs and tax dollars, a much more sustainable approach is ‘Let’s build the most livable town we can, and people will bring their own jobs,'” Murph says. “At the same time these major cities that are straining to handle the populations that they have, it will benefit them too if some of the people who don’t really want to be there move to places that are more aligned with who they are, and the people who have been displaced from these cities can actually afford to live there.” … [Read more...] about The office as we know it is over—and that’s a good thing