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The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the defining business opportunities for leaders today. Closely associated with it: the challenge of creating an organization that can rise to that opportunity and exploit the potential of AI at scale. Meeting this challenge requires organizations to prepare their leaders, business staff, analytics teams, and end users to work and think in new ways--not only by helping these cohorts understand how to tap into AI effectively, but also by teaching them to embrace data exploration, agile development, and interdisciplinary teamwork. Often, companies use an ad hoc approach to their talent-building efforts. They hire new workers equipped with these skills in spurts and rely on online-learning platforms, universities, and executive-level programs to train existing employees.
Years of sociopolitical unrest in Nicaragua and Venezuela have given rise to a human rights and humanitarian crisis in Latin America. Last week, the situation in both countries took a serious turn. In Nicaragua, the government began negotiations with the opposition to end the political crisis, while continuing to repress and harass university students and independent media. In Venezuela, the escalating crisis resulted in the blocking and burning of humanitarian aid at the border--a development that was widely condemned by the rest of the world. Political instability and insecurity in both countries have had a disastrous economic impact on many sectors.
As Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) professors, teachers, and mentors, we are acutely aware of the harm that can be done by sexual harassment and other discriminatory behaviors, which negatively affect the careers of young scientists and hamper our efforts to diversify the scientific workforce and professoriate. We applaud the recent report on sexual harassment of women, climate, and culture from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and the recommendations therein (1). Scientific societies can play an important role in changing discriminatory culture. A number of societies have recently implemented or improved codes of conduct. The American Geophysical Union includes harassment as a form of scientific misconduct under its new ethics policy (2, 3).