There are a vast array of other free and affordable resources at your fingertips to help you acquire skills in data science, crisis leadership, and economics. And many U.S. employers offer free training and career development, partly supported by government funding. New pending legislation, the U.S. Upskilling and Retraining Assistance Act, which seems to have bipartisan support in both the House and Senate, would increase to $12,000 the amount companies could deduct for tax purposes when paying for employee training. So be sure to check with your employer about what resources are available. … [Read more...] about These are the 3 skills you need to succeed in 2021
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These plans are to be applauded, and we’re already seeing the growth in active travel as a result. Crucially, however, we must ensure that the funds invested are going into the right place—and that’s where smart data comes in. Urban planners need details of the exact locations where cycling lanes should be added, redesigned, extended, or shortened. … [Read more...] about The pandemic created a biking explosion. How can cities make it permanent?
When my students, colleagues, and I build exosuits in our biomechanics lab using elastomers, textiles, and alloys, we’re essentially designing real-life vibranium supersuits that generate, alter, and absorb kinetic energy. For instance, we invented a 3-pound exosuit that takes 50 pounds of strain off back muscles each time the wearer bends or lifts, which amounts to tens of thousands of pounds of back relief each day for people in strenuous jobs such as construction, logistics, and agriculture. … [Read more...] about How Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther inspired this Black engineer
For me, 2020 was spent on the relationships worth defending. My most challenging relationships this year have also been my most rewarding. As a parent of a teenage son, “defending” has meant not ignoring internal alarms or dismissing distress signals for the sake of “busyness.” It has meant inserting myself into his world, at moments when I was least welcome, pit in my stomach, loving him through accountability. At times, parenting took the form of sitting and staying in his room, usually as he screamed for me to leave, waiting for an opening to real answers. Other times, it took the form of putting everything else aside—work meetings, my attention on my two other kids—to support him without excusing him. … [Read more...] about After a string of life setbacks, here’s how I learned to rethink happiness