Since Michael Lewis published Moneyball in 2003, which recounted the story of Billy Beane’s transformation of the Oakland A’s using mathematical models instead of traditional scouts, the idea of using big data as a way to assess employees has become much more popular among companies. However while the application of predictive analytics to people’s careers is a very new and very challenging process, many predict it will bring about a sort of revolution to the working world.
Our memories serve as archives of our past, and testimony to our experience. NPR and TED have collaborated to create a full episode devoted to memory, with three experts who discuss everything there is to know about memory, including the distinction between memory and experience, fallibility of an eyewitness’s memory in crime testimony, and the way to become a memory virtuoso.
Dozens of students hit the road for the third-annual BizTech Trek. Led by Bowdoin Career Planning and organized by Sean Marsh ’95, the traveling group was hosted along the way by alums eager to help fellow Polar Bears. Jordan Fliegel ‘08 showed students around CoachUp, a company he started recently. Kevin Petrie ‘95 hosted the visitors at EMC, as did Mike Volpe ‘97 at Hubspot. A trip to Eze Software was made possible by Peter Adams ’95. Marsh hosted the end-of-day panel discussion, which brought together the day’s hosts, as well as Robby Bitting ’11, at MassChallenge. View a slideshow.
You’re having trouble locating your interest in the work at hand; simply stated, you are bored, yes, but what kind of boredom are you experiencing? Fast Company breaks down the five types, which researchers say correspond with your personality type. If you’re still with me, click to learn more.
With Bitcoins attracting the imagination of venture capitalists and commanding the attention of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs in a Congressional hearing this week, curiosity about this new online currency is growing. The Washington Post provides answers to 12 frequently asked questions about Bitcoins.
Memory is an elusive, curious phenomenon that scientists have spent centuries studying and have yet to scratch the surface.
Recently, researchers have found that the unique handful of people with hyperthymesia, a highly superior autobiographical memory (HSAM), who can remember the tiniest details about everyday back to their childhood, can still be deceived into recalling memories they never experienced.
While sudoku, crossword puzzles, and other brain teasers of the sort are useful for keeping your mind sharp; neurologist, neuropsychiatrist and brain author Richard Restak offers different tactics for maintaining an accurate memory. Interestingly, many of his tactics involve emotional recall from your childhood as a way to maintain your memories. Read more about his memory tips.
A skyscraper that appears to be invisible, glasses that help the blind see again and the cronut — croissant-style pastries fried like donuts. These are among TIME’s 25 best inventions of the year. Watch the video highlighting five of them, or check out all of them in a slideshow.
Bowdoin professors and alumni present a panel conversation on careers in science
Scientists are used to following rigorous procedures and predicting specific outcomes — and yet even in the most controlled environment, in science and in life, an element of uncertainty always remains. That uncertainty is something to embrace, according to participants in the Nov. 11 panel conversation “What Can I Do With a Degree in Science?” in Main Lounge, Moulton Union.
Co-sponsored by Bowdoin Career Planning, the Office of Health Professions Advising, and several academic departments, the six-person panel comprised professors and alumni representing a variety of science-related pursuits in academia, industry, biotechnology, finance, and more. The theme of the night, said Director of Health Professions Advising Seth Ramus in his introduction, was “happy accidents.”