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Monthly Archives: December 2011

Problem Solving Lessons From Econometrics

Economists use Econometric Modeling to help explain market phenomena, to investigate causation between variables, and to potentially forecast where we are headed.  Predicting the future is tough!  The best forecasters utilize complex statistical software and mind numbing probability theory to generate the most accurate guesses possible – don’t feel sorry for forecasters, the 7-figure salaries…

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Playing to Your Strengths at Work

Do you get to play to your best strengths at work?  For two-thirds of us, the answer is “no” (see the last few paragraphs of the Gallup webpage). But imagine what innovation and energy we could unleash if most of us could answer “yes”.  Now that’s exciting.  So, what can we do to move toward using…

The Real ACL Cause

Despite some great efforts by sports scientists and coaches, knee injuries like ACL tears are NOT decreasing! In fact, 2011 research conducted by orthopedic surgeons from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia shows that anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus tears among adolescent athletes have increased dramatically over the past 12 years. One of the trends…

Hey, where are we going anyway?

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One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. Which road do I take? she asked. Where do you want to go? was his response. I don’t know, Alice answered. Then, said the cat, it doesn’t matter. (Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) How many people would…

MATH MATTERS

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Before leaving for school in the morning, I usually glance over the daily headlines in The Arizona Republic.  On December 9, 2011, the front page featured an article titled “Games help Arizona kids master math skills, score well on AIMS.”  Naturally, as someone interested in studying mathematics in college, I was drawn to the article. …

Bring 21st Century Training to Improve Outdated Education Techniques

I have been thinking about ways to expand on Dr. Ram Nayar’s excellent article, “Climbing the Ladder in Education” and how to change the teaching/learning process to be more effective.  In particular the items 5 and 6 in his prescription ( 5. Stop teaching the students for “tests”, and start teaching them how to “think”. …

Major Agribusinesses Competing with Organics on the Cheap, “Natural” Food Products with Toxic Chemicals and GMOs Deceiving Consumers

Become an expert in 4 minutes (YouTube video):http://www.youtube.com/user/CornucopiaInstitute CORNUCOPIA, WIS: A revelatory report released by The Cornucopia Institute, an organic industry watchdog, has stirred controversy in the natural foods marketing arena by highlighting abusive marketing practices by some of the nation’s largest breakfast cereal manufacturers. In some cases, companies such as Kellogg’s, Quaker Oats (PepsiCo),…

Are we creating unhappy women?

A friend of mine is terribly worried that our next generation of high-achieving women may be destined for unhappiness because they will have difficulty in finding husbands.  Are our self-affirming messages to today’s smart, capable young women setting them up for future misery? This well-intentioned concern raises some interesting points.  First, it assumes that a…

Why Are You Tired?

Being tired is the most common complaint of human kind. This should be no surprise, since an entire industry of “energy drinks” has spawned over the past decade to combat this feeling of fatigue. Fatigue, more specifically, can be defined as a decreased capacity to produce force, reversible by rest. So fatigue really sets in…