Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Do you have a piece of Post history?

The final event of Post University’s 125th Anniversary celebration takes place in November 2015 at The Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT, when Post presents a History Exhibit chronicling the University’s growth through memorabilia, news clippings, photos, videos, and more.

And we need your help!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Post in the Media: Baby Boomers, soft skills and more

Post University and its faculty and staff have been in the news several times recently, offering up professional advice and contributing expertise to print and online publications across the nation.

Here’s a recap of the latest headlines to hit the news:

Implementing phased retirement
The effects of Baby Boomers working past the traditional retirement age was discussed in an article written by Chris Szpryngel, Acting Dean of the Malcolm Baldrige School of Business, in the Hartford Business Journal. Szpryngel explained how companies can implement a phased retirement concept, which matches retirement-eligible executives with younger employees in a mentor-to-apprentice relationship. Succession planning and the development of mid- and entry-level employees were key to a phased retirement, according to Szpryngel.  

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Social vulnerability to disaster: who’s at risk and why

Socioeconomic factors contribute to vulnerability
The study of past disasters has shown that not all people are affected equally by the impacts of a disaster.  Research indicates there are a number of socioeconomic factors that adversely affect a community’s ability to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from a disaster. Vulnerability – or the potential for harm – to disaster seems to depend a lot on place and on the demographics of the population where the disaster strikes.  The idea of “differential vulnerability” is at play here and assumes that different populations face different vulnerability to disaster.  Factors such as population density, level of urbanization, home ownership, employment, income range and access to services all matter greatly when it comes to one’s risk of harm from disaster.  The bottom line though is there is a greater risk of harm among underprivileged populations

Friday, July 10, 2015

5 Questions with Steve Paulone: Jobs, people on the move in the U.S.

1. Many businesses are leaving Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states for other locations throughout the U.S. Why are some sections of the country so much more businesses-friendly than others?
There are a variety of reasons that companies would move from one particular state; quality of life, affordability and availability of workforce, infrastructure and overall cost of doing business in the state. Connecticut has recently been focused on increasing the amount of spending by the government and increasing taxes to pay for expanded governmental programs. The spending could benefit companies within the state by improving infrastructure for transportation, quality of life as in supporting sport arenas and parks and high quality workforce, however Connecticut has been increasing spending to the point that these companies feel the cost outweighs the benefits they are receiving. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The science of Disney/Pixar's Inside Out: On the ins and outs of emotions and memory

Disney/Pixar’s latest summer smash, Inside Out is a wonderfully entertaining look at the emotional development of an 11-year old girl coping with a family move. In a fun twist, the movie personifies five emotions within her head: Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness. It’s a terrific visual to help children cope with emotions.  When my kids have a breakdown, I’ll now ask, “Who is in charge?  Anger? Can I speak to Joy please?” But are these imaginative metaphors based on science or fiction?

Are there only five emotions? In the 1960s, psychologist Paul Ekman proposed that the full spectrum of our emotions is due to the combination of a few universal emotions.  How many depends on who you ask (four, five, six, seven or more) but the five emotions in this movie are amongst the ones normally included and are associated with certain brain regions.  These regions are not usually vying for direct control as in the film; they are more often like counselors persuading the king: central cognition. 

How well does the movie depict memory? It’s not perfect, but it does a good job. Let me break this down into useful take-homes for students.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Using social media to advance a cause

In a world where it seems everyone has something to say, how do you get your cause at the top of the list? Social media is one viable way to do this! Social media is a great tool that enables people and organizations to have a voice and connect with others who also share similar interests. 

Several years ago, I was lucky enough to find a social cause worth getting behind. The cause is congenital heart defects (CHDs). I have a daughter who was born with a very rare form of CHD in 2012. Lucky for me, I had the proper training (and education) to conduct sound research to prepare myself, and my family, for the arrival of our heart warrior. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Post in the media: MLB, fourth year free and more

Check out a recap of the latest headlines to hit the news:

Post pitcher drafted by Orioles
Post student-athlete Mike Costello was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles with the 1,213th pick in the 40th round of the Major League Baseball draft. Costello is the first student-athlete in Post history to be taken in the MLB Draft. An article on SportzEdge.com, part of WTNH-CT, documented Costello’s success at Post and previously at Division I Radford University and in the Cape Cod Baseball League.