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Published
November 18, 2020

Mitigating Stress

What Neuroscience Teaches Us About Work and Collaboration

Backed by neuroscience research from the NBBJ Fellowship Program with New York Times best-selling author Dr. John Medina—an initiative by the global design and planning firm NBBJ—this session presents research and ideas to create more uplifting experiences at work and how to mitigate stress for frontline workers, both immense challenges in light of an ongoing pandemic and the associated economic uncertainty.
Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic is a major disruption and yet a distinct opportunity to reimagine a better way to live. Backed by neuroscience research from the NBBJ Fellowship Program with New York Times best-selling author Dr. John Medina—an initiative by the global design and planning firm NBBJ—this session presents research and ideas to create more uplifting experiences at work and how to mitigate stress for frontline workers, both immense challenges in light of an ongoing pandemic and the associated economic uncertainty.

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Published
October 12, 2020

Safe, Smart Campuses for the Pandemic and Beyond

To examine how colleges are continuing to function during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Chronicle gathered a group of design experts, architects, public-health officials, college leaders, and student affairs officers for this virtual forum. Panelists discussed the lessons learned and how they are applying them to help everyone on campus thrive in spite of the present challenges:
Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic continues to define and redefine the college experience. To ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff, colleges must rethink their campus spaces and design. To examine how colleges are continuing to function during this extremely challenging situation, The Chronicle gathered a group of design experts, architects, public-health officials, college leaders, and student affairs officers for this virtual forum. Panelists discussed the lessons learned and how they are applying them to help everyone on campus thrive in spite of the present challenges.

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Webinar Recordings

Published
June 26, 2020

Voices from the Field: Episode #16

Helping Vulnerable Students Meet Basic Needs

From The Hope Center at Temple University, Paula Umaña discusses caring and communication: the need to identify your most vulnerable students, then ensure that available assistance is visible and easy for them to access.
Abstract: Students need more than hand sanitizing stations and plexiglass. They need their basic needs addressed. Many college students are part of a vulnerable population with a fragile hold on basic needs like housing, food, and transportation. Temple University’s Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice compiled an extensive set of resources for institutions to use to assist students in locating and applying for necessary aid.

In this episode, The Hope Center’s Paula Umaña discusses caring and communication: the need to identify your most vulnerable students, then ensure that available assistance is visible and easy for them to access..

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Webinar Recordings

Published
June 23, 2020

Who Guarantees That Your Campus is Safe for Return?

In this webinar, Harvard’s Joseph Allen and John Macomber discussed their new book, Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity, and in particular, what are best practices today as organizations think about prudent return.

This is part of the series “Less Talk, More Action: Tactical Topics to Return to Campus.”

Abstract: As we reopen campuses, offices, and stores, to whom do we listen for assurance that the physical environments are indeed reasonably safe? There is guidance, but there are no guarantees. However, it is possible to use objective measures—health performance indicators—to gain and publish a level of confidence in the preparation of spaces and the activities of staff, students, and faculty. In this webinar, Harvard’s Joseph Allen and John Macomber discussed their new book, Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity, and in particular, what are best practices today as organizations think about prudent return.

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Webinar Recordings

Published
June 18, 2020

How to Transform Your Learning Environments for COVID-19

Space Planning for Healthy Classrooms

While it’s daunting to have to reconfigure classrooms and reexamine pedagogy and campus operations, in the best light this pandemic offers an opportunity for rapid experimentation and innovation. Panelists from leading planning and design firm Sasaki and Smith College discussed how institutions can dig into their existing classroom data to engage in scenario modeling and clearly understand how classroom capacities and scheduling will shift this fall.
Abstract: COVID-19 has turned the world of higher education upside down. After years of wondering if online learning would ever replace place-based learning, it suddenly did . . . literally overnight. Yet, for all the creativity and engagement we’ve managed to squeeze out of Zoom and other online platforms, many students and faculty long for a return to the physical classroom. Will anyone ever complain about an 8:00 AM or Friday class again?

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Webinar Recordings

Published
June 17, 2020

Coffee Chat: Emotional Intelligence

Time for a Check In

Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify and harness your emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and problem solving, to regulate your own emotions when necessary, and to help others do the same. The coronavirus pandemic is proving to be the greatest test of emotional intelligence in a generation. It’s time for a check-in.
Abstract: Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify and harness your emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and problem solving, to regulate your own emotions when necessary, and to help others do the same. The coronavirus pandemic is proving to be the greatest test of emotional intelligence in a generation. Like all crises, the coronavirus pandemic has pressurized personal and professional life.

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Webinar Recordings

Published
June 10, 2020

Coffee Chat: COVID-19 Physical Distancing in Classrooms

We are all trying to figure out how to safely bring students back to classrooms for the fall semester. A discussion about 6-foot physical distancing layout modifications in existing classrooms, reduced occupancy yields when dealing with fixed seating versus movable seating, creating instructor zones, creating alternate instruction spaces.
Abstract: We are all trying to figure out how to safely bring students back to classrooms for the fall semester. A discussion about 6-foot physical distancing layout modifications in existing classrooms, reduced occupancy yields when dealing with fixed seating versus movable seating, creating instructor zones, creating alternate instruction spaces.

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