So far, new variants of the virus have shown relatively few mutations, so the original vaccines should continue to work. “The spike protein is very big—it’s like 350 amino acids, so that’s big for a protein, and what that means is that there are many, many different sites that antibodies can recognize,” Weissman says. The variant in the U.K. had only a handful of mutations. … [Read more...] about How easy will it be to update the COVID vaccine if the virus mutates too much?
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Pleasant also recommends a poignant question for self-reflection: What can I do to take care of myself that doesn’t require anyone to do or be anything different? “This question shifts our perspective from looking to our external environment to take care of us to tapping into our own personal knowledge and power to make the best decisions based on what works for them.” Examining our own answer to this question creates space for us to see the resources and options that are available to us. This helps us to focus on healing and moving forward rather than staying stuck in the negativity and endless news cycle. … [Read more...] about 4 steps companies should take in the aftermath of January 6
Last night, as Harris attended a memorial for those who have died from COVID-19, she wore a camel coat with an asymmetrical drape on the back, designed by New York-based Kerby Jean-Raymond, who was quick to turn his office into a PPE donation center at the beginning of the pandemic and has spoken out about how frequently Black designers are marginalized by the fashion industry. … [Read more...] about Decoding the fashion at Biden’s inauguration
Historically, tech hiring managers tend to focus on candidates from an exclusive shortlist of colleges and universities. While there have been some attempts in the past from big tech companies to extend their pipelines and diversify through partnerships with historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), these efforts appear to have been deprioritized rather than supported as drivers of systemic change. For example, one diversity recruiter at Google recently shared that before she joined, the company had not “hired a single HBCU student into a tech role.” In her tenure at Google, she was able to bring in more than 300 Black and Brown students from HBCUs—however, she says that her work was cut short because she was fired. That leaves a lingering question: Is diversity truly a priority for big tech when it comes to broadening the recruiting pool? … [Read more...] about Tech’s attempts to diversify are failing. Here’s what to do instead
To understand the potential of remote work, look no further than GitLab, the open-source software developer that has operated on a fully remote basis for years, and currently employs more than 1,200 people in 65 countries. Years ago, GitLab’s model was an outlier, requiring the company to develop new tools and protocols to allow employees to communicate and collaborate effectively across time zones. New hires receive a sprawling employee handbook that details best practices for everything from Slack bots and watercooler chats to guidelines for throwing a virtual pizza party. … [Read more...] about The office as we know it is over—and that’s a good thing