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Making the Case for Science
Businesses demand science literacy from management students. Here's why.

On March 14 in Washington, D.C., a group of business school educators and administrators gathered at the National Academy of Sciences to meet with leaders from the private and public sectors and have a conversation on an unlikely topic: climate change education for future business leaders.  (Read more)
 

Learning in unexpected places

I only remember two of the courses I took in college, and neither was in my major.
 
I went to college in the 1970s as a pre-medical student, and my college curriculum was dominated by courses that were pre-requisite for medical school. None of those courses matter now. By the time I began my professional career, everything I learned in those courses was obsolete, and the textbooks I used are now yellowed museum pieces in my library.  (Read more)
 

Why Innovation is Stuck in Slow Motion
The Changing World of Business
Creating economic growth from the third industrial revolution

Business innovation has a problem. A recent working paper by Robert Gorden titled “Is US Economic Growth Over? Faltering Innovation Confronts the Six Headwinds” suggests that “innovation does not have the same potential to create growth in the future as in the past.”

Want a good example? Consider the most talked-about advertisement “teaser” leading up to this year’s Super Bowl titled “Kate Upton Washes the All-New Mercedes-Benz CLA in Slow Motion.” It is impossible to watch this advertisement without asking: “what’s new?”  (Read more)

 

Biotech: Not Just for Geeks
The Changing World of Business
Business students get high marks for scientific literacy

In a down economy, biotechnology jobs are growing faster than the overall Massachusetts state economy. The numbers don’t lie, says a recent industry study:

  • More than 53,000 people in the Bay State are employed in the biopharmaceutical industry
  • More than 28,000 people in biotechnology collectively earn more than $6 billion per year

These are big numbers. They reflect the state’s leading role in an industry that comprises more than 70,000 establishments, employs more than 1.5 million people nationwide, and continues to grow, according to the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council.  (Read more)