Simulated Blindness Restores Hearing in Mice
Latarsha Gatlin, Johns Hopkins Univ.
minimising a person’s sight for as little as a week may help improve the brain’s ability
to process hearing, neuroscientists have found.
Hey-Kyoung Lee, an associate professor of neuroscience and researcher at the mind/Brain Institute at Johns Hopkins Univ.,
along with biologist Patrick Kanold at the University of maryland, college Park, examined the relationship between vision and
hearing in the brain. Their findings were published in the journal Neuron.
In experiments using mice, the researchers were able to uncover how the neural connections in the area of the brain
that manages vision and hearing work together to support each sense. These findings could help those experiencing hearing loss regain more use of that sense. In the next phase of their five-year study, the researchers plan to look for ways to
make the sensory improvements permanent. The pair also said they will look beyond individual neurons to study broader
changes in the way the brain processes sounds. - http://bit.ly/1cPdEu6
m ANAGemeNT TIP:
A Bestiary of Difficult Employees and How to Deal With Them
Today, managers have to deal with any number of “beastly” employees. Like it or not, there will always be some difficult
employees in the work force. Our goal must be to manage them effectively, change their behaviour and minimise their negative impacts. For the next few weeks, we’ll present you with a list of commonly found “beastly” employees, with descriptions of their behaviour and suggested strategies for coping with them. - http://bit.ly/1g1CEOM
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Preparing for Disasters
This is perhaps what is traditionally thought of as emergency planning. This includes development of written plans and
procedures to ensure critical operations are maintained. One recognised approach is to develop an emergency management structure with elements that would be common to all emergencies (e.g. command structure, critical operations, etc.)
and then develop specific annexes to deal with unique problems. Preparedness includes identification of essential supplies
and actions, critical positions, specific roles, responsibilities, orders of succession and delegation of specific authorities,
communication and safety for staff. - http://bit.ly/1ndoG6h
2014 TurnKey Conference:
These days it can be harder to justify attending conferences. Here are a few suggestions that might help make the
case to go that directly impact ROI.
• you are an asset to your company. your company should
be investing the same percentage of budget toward maintaining and upgrading your skills as they do for the rest of
the corporate assets.
you can pitch your trip to a conference as a way to bring
back skills and knowledge to the rest of the organization.
•;Trip report. The trip report is a write up of the sessions
you attended, written for others in your group. The best
trip reports are a 2–3 page summary which will trigger
If product knowledge or industry trends are company or
division goals, you can claim that sending folks to confer-
ences on those subjects will help pull in more expertise and
knowledge toward helping the business. This argument
puts less of the focus on your professional goals, and more
on the company.
•;Recruiting. One of the reasons to send people to conferences is to recruit for open positions. If your team has had
trouble filling certain jobs, or know that new openings are
coming for your group, you can offer to do recruiting work
while you’re there.
•;Professional development. If you have career discussions
with you manager, tie your career goals and future development to specific kinds of training or growth opportunities that you need that are available during the TurnKey
How to Justify Going to the
2014 TurnKey Conference
For more information, or to register for the 2014 TurnKey Conference, held May 13–14, 2014, in National Harbor,
MD USA, go to www.turnkeyconference.com.