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Loyola Prof Gets Up Close and Personal With Workplace Podcast

By Yunfei Zhao

If being a boss is hard enough, the presence of social media can make it even harder, according to a Loyola University podcast that aims to coach leaders in workplace collaboration and conflict resolution.

Communication style changes by the influence of advanced technology. Loyola University Chicago’s educator produced podcast to offer advice of leadership skills. (Yunfei Zhao / MEDILL; Podcast recording footage provided by Jill Geisler)

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H-1B Lottery: Foreign Workers’ Strategic Path to Immigration

By Yunfei Zhao

International college students fully expect to go back home when they graduate — that’s the deal — except when it’s not.

That’s when things get interesting for federal immigration officials running the H-1B visa program that allows international workers to take jobs at U.S. companies. Then, the deal is those jobs can only be filled by workers who have special skills American workers cannot provide.

With a looming April 1 deadline to apply for the H-1B visa program, that line is getting long and antsy. In 2015, among about 233,000 H-1B visa applicants, 65,000 of the foreign workers were permitted to continue working in the U.S.

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Museum of Science and Industry lets Kids Get Touchy-Feely — For Free — in February

By Yunfei Zhao

Where in Chicago are kids actually encouraged to touch things?

The Museum of Science and Industry is inviting Chicago-area children ages 3-11 to do just that with free admission till the end of February.

“We play a large role in the community,” said spokeswoman Renee Mailhiot, noting that a Legos exhibit is coming in March. Mailhiot said they aimed to make sure more hands-on science knowledge is accessible to everyone.

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College Students Weigh Pros and Cons of Majoring for Passion vs Pay

By Yunfei Zhao

Anup Patel had a dilemma: Follow his passion — or the money.

Like many college students looking to make the most of the investment in time and money, Patel agonized over getting it right. The Illinois Institute of Technology graduate ended up giving up his passion, chemistry, for business.

“Our society rewards the people who can lead,” said Patel, noting that business and marketing can provide soft skills that are more widely used than the technical skills he would have honed as a chemistry major.

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