Educational Technology Tackles Scholarship Problems 15:44, February 22, 2017

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Author: Jayinee Basu

The instigating role of tech in accelerating income and housing inequality has been a hot button topic for quite a while. Two companies are challenging that perception by making it easier for low-income students to access funds for higher education. Scholly and Raise.me are startups that believe in the capacity for tech to shrink the […]

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In response to findings by federal researchers, investigative journalists, and government watchdogs, California has passed two new laws designed to protect vulnerable workers from workplace violence. On the healthcare side, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) unanimously passed a new General Industry Safety Order (Order) that requires employers of healthcare facilities to […]

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Social media behemoth Facebook is facing a lawsuit alleging that its targeted advertising feature allows advertisers to illegally exclude individuals based on race for housing and employment ads. The Fair Housing Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibit discrimination in employment and housing, respectively, on the basis of sex, age, religion, and other characteristics. […]

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A new California bill will phase in standard overtime pay for agricultural workers by 2025. Currently, farm workers in the state receive overtime if they work more than 10 hours a day or 60 hours a week. The new law will require time and a half pay for over 8 hours of work a day […]

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Engagement is necessary for online learning that goes beyond the computer screen. Engaged learners are attentive, curious, interested, optimistic, and passionate while learning, indicating a high level of motivation for internalizing the material. Millennials make up over a third of the workforce, making them the biggest proportion of the national workforce. At LawRoom, we think […]

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The development of vaccines has all but eradicated infectious diseases such as polio, measles, and tetanus, and by 1979 completely eradicated smallpox, which killed 300-500 million people in the 20th century alone. Herd immunity generated by vaccines is second only to clean water as the most effective way to prevent the spread of infectious disease, […]

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For many of us who work in compliance, the crucial role of training in creating and maintaining diverse workplaces that are free of discrimination is abundantly clear. Since the enactment of Title VII that protects individuals from unfair discrimination in the workplace, the employment landscape of our nation has changed rapidly to more adequately reflect […]

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In our previous post in our Ethics and Aesthetics series we examined affordance theory and the ways that potential actions shape the way we view the world. In 1943 psychologist Abraham Maslow published a paper entitled “A Theory of Human Motivation” containing a now-famous paradigm: the hierarchy of needs. The pyramidal hierarchy outlines basic human needs and […]

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Starbucks recently announced that they are relaxing dress code standards and allowing employees, or “partners,” to have a wider range of options regarding their appearance. Partners can now have whichever hair color they choose, provided the dye is permanent or semi-permanent for food safety reasons. The tops worn under their iconic green aprons are no […]

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To kick off our Ethics and Aesthetics series we discussed the aesthetic-usability effect, and offered some theories on why beautiful things tend to work better. In our second post, we will examine J. J. Gibson’s theory of affordances, and how the animal propensity for action shapes our perception of objects and their function. J.J. Gibson […]

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