“In a context where turnover is high and workers do not typically have many opportunities to communicate their concerns to management, providing workers with voice can be a simple yet powerful way to keep workers from quitting,” co-wrote Achyuta Adhvaryu, assistant professor of business economics and public policy at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.
Harvard Business Review
Naomi André, associate professor of women’s studies, Afroamerican and African studies, and the Residential College, wrote a commentary about Beyoncé’s “Homecoming” live album and documentary, and its implications for the operatic world.
“By removing the GRE from our admissions form, we will be able to focus more on the qualitative assessments that better identify the most promising applicants: writing samples, personal statements, recommendations and the student’s complete record of course work and grades,” said Brian Porter-Szűcs, professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of History.
Inside Higher Ed
Self-driving cars could prove so cheap to fuel and convenient to use that their owners end up riding in them more, causing them to use more energy, according to research led by Morteza Taiebat, doctoral student in environment and sustainability: “If autonomous cars are 20 percent more efficient, the outcome isn’t going to be that we use 20 percent less energy. In fact, we probably need more energy than before because of the travel-behavior change.”
Comments by Kelly Cha, assistant professor of dermatology, were featured in an article about the role environmental factors play in developing skin cancer, as well as how genetics can raise the risk: “In general, other than in the context of specific cancer predisposition genetic syndromes, it is a person’s individual risk factors rather than family history that are most important in informing our recommendations about how often to get checked.”
U.S. News & World Report
Jerry Davis, professor of management and organizations, discussed social entrepreneurship, whereby employees change their workplace inside out to be more aligned with their values: “Leading change in an organization is a lot like leading a social movement. You want to find allies. You want to understand what the culture’s like. You want to frame your initiative in a way that works well.”
Stephanie Preston, professor of psychology, was quoted in a story about the psychological benefits of “fatalistic phrases”— phrases used in common situations that are generally negative but leave you no alternative but to get over it, such as “What’s done is done,” “It can’t be helped,” “It is what it is” and “Let it go and move on.”
Shobita Parthasarathy, professor of public policy and women’s studies, says bias against poor people and people of color are still baked into pretrial risk assessment tools that use algorithms to help judges decide bail or jail for a defendant: “As with all areas of society, we in the criminal justice system are always trying to reach toward scientific explanations because somehow we see that as objective, as standardizable, and that that can somehow take out human judgment in the system.”
“Smartphone apps can be a great way to track health data, but there are many inconsistencies, flaws and shortcomings that need to be worked out. There is tremendous variability in available apps, and there is minimal regulatory control to ensure content is accurate or efficacious,” said Kevin Platt, chief medical resident in internal medicine.
“More than half our states produce some amount of oil and gas. All states use oil and gas. And notice I haven’t even used the ‘C word’ of coal. One of the reasons we’ve accomplished so little in the United States on climate policy is that it’s really hard,” said Barry Rabe, professor of public policy, environment and political science, on how fossil fuels influence the political conversation about climate change.
The New York Times