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Front Psychol ; 13: 906108, 2022.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-2080250

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At the 2019 and 2021 International Conference on Environmental Psychology, discussions were held on the future of conferences in light of the enormous greenhouse gas emissions and inequities associated with conference travel. In this manuscript, we provide an early career researcher (ECR) perspective on this discussion. We argue that travel-intensive conference practices damage both the environment and our credibility as a discipline, conflict with the intrinsic values and motivations of our discipline, and are inequitable. As such, they must change. This change can be achieved by moving toward virtual and hybrid conferences, which can reduce researchers' carbon footprints and promote equity, if employed carefully and with informal exchange as a priority. By acting collectively and with the support of institutional change, we can adapt conference travel norms in our field. To investigate whether our arguments correspond to views in the wider community of ECRs within environmental psychology, we conducted a community case study. By leveraging our professional networks and directly contacting researchers in countries underrepresented in those networks, we recruited 117 ECRs in 32 countries for an online survey in February 2022. The surveyed ECRs supported a change in conference travel practices, including flying less, and perceived the number of researchers wanting to reduce their travel emissions to be growing. Thirteen percent of respondents had even considered leaving academia due to travel requirements. Concerning alternative conference formats, a mixed picture emerged. Overall, participants had slightly negative evaluations of virtual conferences, but expected them to improve within the next 5 years. However, ECRs with health issues, facing visa challenges, on low funding, living in remote areas, with caretaking obligations or facing travel restrictions due to COVID-19 expected a switch toward virtual or hybrid conferences to positively affect their groups. Participants were divided about their ability to build professional relationships in virtual settings, but believed that maintaining relationships virtually is possible. We conclude by arguing that the concerns of ECRs in environmental psychology about current and alternative conference practices must be taken seriously. We call on our community to work on collective solutions and less travel-intensive conference designs using participatory methods.

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The American Biology Teacher ; 84(8):459-466, 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-2065200

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Assessment of student learning is crucial to capture accurately student understanding of core concepts and competencies as well as to provide relevant feedback for informing teaching and learning. Yet, many instructors in two-year and four-year undergraduate institutions rarely have pedagogical training to design fair instruction and assessments. This qualitative study describes changes occurring in the perspectives and practices of two postsecondary educators teaching introductory biology courses after participating in a one-day workshop on assessments and applying their new knowledge during course implementations. The assessment workshop emphasized the use of “backward design” for course planning and alignment. Learnings particularly focused on using Bloom’s taxonomy and best practices in assessment design. Data from educators’ interviews and samples of their course documents revealed encouraging findings. Even after a short intervention, the educators took initiatives to align course objectives, learning activities, and assessments. And notwithstanding the challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, they also made some changes in formulating and communicating objectives with students, introduced relevant learning activities, and revised assessment questions to reflect best practices. The article discusses these findings and offers the next steps for research on supporting educators to design fair assessments and courses for undergraduate instruction.

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Nature Astronomy ; 6(10):1105-1109, 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-2062218

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In-person and online conferences each have their benefits, with hybrid conferences intended to blend the best of both worlds. But do hybrid conferences fulfil the promise? Fifteen attendees across three global conferences share their collective experiences.

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Journal of Environmental Health ; 85(3):6-7, 2022.
Article in English | Academic Search Complete | ID: covidwho-2057612

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The article highlights the success of the National Environmental Health Association's 85th Annual Educational Conference and Exhibition held in Spokane, Washington from June 28, 2022 to July 1, 2022. Topics mentioned include a list of pre-conference offerings to members of the association, the acquisition of skills and knowledge to help solve the daily challenges, and the contribution of sponsors to the success of the event.

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Event Management ; 26(7):1653-1662, 2022.
Article in English | CAB Abstracts | ID: covidwho-2055457

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The aim of this article is to examine how tourism conference organizers react to the restricted mobility incurred by the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Do they cancel, change format, or change date for the event? This study contributes to an initial analysis of how organizers of international academic conferences in the tourism and hospitality industry deal with whole groups of participants who are no longer mobile and therefore cannot actively network personally. This uniquely compiled data covers a large representative number of conferences in this field. A Multinomial Logit model is used to estimate the options available. Data are based on unique information on almost 100 conferences, meetings, and congresses in the tourism and hospitality sector, including related fields such as leisure and recreation, planned to be held during the period of March to November 2020. Descriptive evidence shows that approximately one out of five conferences changes to a virtual format, somewhat more than half moves the date (mainly to the year 2021), and the remaining 25% cancel the event without alternative offers. Estimation results reveal that the decision to change to an online format increases nonlinearly over time in the form of an inverse U-shaped curve. This indicates a certain resistance to virtual conferences, although with more time for planning, a gradual adaptation to the actual situation appears to be possible. Longer conferences are less likely to change format. The probability of cancellations is lower for association conferences, which are held regularly.

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Interactions ; 27(4):22, 2020.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-2053336

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Brumby et al describe what was done to run a virtual Doctoral Consortium at Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) 2020. The event was originally planned as an in-person, two-day event to take place in Honolulu, Hawaii, on April 25, 2020. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the decision was taken in March 3 that the CHI conference would not go ahead as a physical event. Most events were canceled;however, the Doctoral Consortium continued as a self-contained track and was swiftly reorganized to successfully run as a virtual event on April 28. Here, they describe the key steps involved in organizing the Doctoral Consortium as a virtual event, from the technology involved to how to schedule activities. Given the expected long-term impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on conferences for the coming year, they hope to provide useful information for the organizers of similar events.

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European Journal of Cancer ; 173:S32-S33, 2022.
Article in English | Academic Search Complete | ID: covidwho-2050115
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JOM ; 74(10):3666-3670, 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-2048538

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The first word that comes to mind is POWERFUL. The messages from the speakers and the discussions were moving, powerful, and motivating." Shared as a written comment in the follow up survey to the Fourth Summit on Diversity in the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Professions (DMMM4), this perspective reflected a common theme expressed throughout the two-day summit, co-located with the TMS 2022 Annual Meeting & Exhibition (TMS2022). Building on the work accomplished in the previous three DMMM Summits, the 2022 iteration gave attendees the opportunity to engage in important discussions with speakers, panelists, and each other on achieving true inclusion in the workplace. Holding a DMMM Summit concurrent with a TMS annual meeting was a new twist on this signature TMS program, which had been previously organized as a standalone specialty conference. Originally slated to take place in conjunction with TMS2021, DMMM4 was included as part of annual meeting registration to provide access to members who would not typically be funded to travel to a non-technical meeting. As with everything in life, these plans changed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Journal of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics ; 122(10):A109-A109, 2022.
Article in English | Academic Search Complete | ID: covidwho-2047212
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Espaces, Tourisme & Loisirs ; 358:106-108, 2021.
Article in French | CAB Abstracts | ID: covidwho-2045039

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The events sector has suffered an unprecedented halt to its activity since March 2020. More than 300,000 jobs have been threatened since trade fairs, seminars, meetings and team building were brought to a halt by the Covid-19 epidemic. Far from being discouraged, the profession quickly thought about new models of encounters by imagining remote devices. The idea has been germinating for some time, but the health crisis has accelerated the trend towards the digitization of events without completely setting aside real encounters, but promoting a new form of hybrid encounters.

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Revista de Management Comparat International ; 23(3):439-453, 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-2040616

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The future of work is discussed in academic literature and reports starting with 2014. Various studies have identified artificial intelligence, robots, big data, globalization, population pressures, and changed demographic profiles as the main drivers for change in the future of jobs. Also, international organizations did comprehensive analyses of the professions' rapid technology changes. In contrast to the number of consultancy documents, there are not numerous scientific articles on the topic of the future of work. Research performed on the reputable scientific databases return a much larger number of scientific articles on the broader topic of Industry 4.0 (I4.0), including several systematic literature reviews, with 31 scientific articles on the topic. Still, the specific goal of this review is to explore the impact of job automation on the IT professions in Romania's IT industry. Consequently, the present paper is designed as a semi-systematic literature review, building on over one hundred papers written on the topic of Industry 4.0, studies that were done on the particular subject of the future of work, research papers done on the IT industry, and available studies on the IT industry in Romania. The findings are analyzed via various criteria which are meant to provide an accurate image of the state-of-the-art on the topic of interest.

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The Journal of Gemmology ; 38(3):284-287, 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-2040464

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First he examined the interactions between the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and current economic and social transformations. In light of the session in his honour, Dr George Harlow (American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA) chronicled the history of his career, in which he built collections, organised exhibitions and performed geological fieldwork around the world while researching jade, ruby, etc. Pamir rubies formed at unusually low pressures (minimum of 1–1.2 kbar) and a temperature of approximately 760°C. Wim Vertriest (Gemological Institute of America [GIA], Bangkok, Thailand) and co-authors reviewed the identification of low-temperature heat treatment of gem corundum (i.e. up to about 1200°C, which starts causing damage to rutile ‘silk’ inclusions). In another presentation, Dr Dutrow and co-authors investigated the origin determination of Cu-bearing tourmaline using statistical analyses of LIBS and electron microprobe data.

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IT Professional Magazine ; 24(4):4-7, 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-2037836

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Welcome to my annual retrospective on COMPSAC, which, unfortunately, was virtual again. Despite that, or maybe because of it, the last few months before the conference were very busy for our volunteers. Complicating matters was the difficulty, early this year, trying to forecast the movement of the Coronavirus and its likely effect on COMPSAC's attendance in a “real” environment. In April, our Standing Committee decided to take a very conservative approach and go virtual again rather than opt for an in-person, or even a hybrid version of the conference. With surges from evolving virus variants constantly reported worldwide, there was no reason to regret that decision.

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Plant Health Progress ; 22:4, 2021.
Article in English | CAB Abstracts | ID: covidwho-2037540

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The I. E. Melhus Symposium is a prestigious event that takes place as part of the annual meeting of the American Phytopathology Society. The 19th symposium highlights some of the best and brightest graduate students in epidemiology on the theme Data Driven Plant Health. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire meeting was online. Despite the challenges, the awardees successfully presented their research to a live online audience of more than 150 attendees. The five research projects are collected in this issue of Plant Health Progress.

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IOP Conference Series. Earth and Environmental Science ; 1039(1):011001, 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-2037318

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Landscape is very dynamic [1,2,3]. In line with the development of an increasingly climate change [4] and high population, the dynamics of the landscape have also changed due to an increase in the intensity of the population in utilizing land. The condition of the corona virus pandemic since the beginning of 2020 has resulted in two impacts to the environment. On the one hand it has provided a positive impact in the form of improving environmental conditions due to reduction on population mobility and natural resources exploitation, but on the other hand it has also increased the number of dangerous waste, e.g. increasing mask waste accumulation.The Faculty of Geography Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta-Indonesia, notably the Department of Environmental Geography has been working for a long time on environmental issues. In order to highlight the topic of environmental resource management in the global region and to broaden perspectives on this subject, the Faculty will organize the 4th International Conference on Environmental Resources Management in Global Region (ICERM).List of ICERM 2021 Committee are available in this pdf.

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Journal of Chemical Education ; 99(9):3087, 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-2036739

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After a four year hiatus, caused by the challenges of the pandemic, the ACS Division of Chemical Education held the 27th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education at Purdue University as an in-person conference. With all the complexity of the ongoing presence of SARS-CoV-2, there were many possible ways to think about and process the experiences associated with this conference. Capturing the moment and pondering its impact may allow chemistry educators to think about how scientific conferences can best meet the needs of the communities they serve, today and into the future.

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IOP Conference Series : Earth and Environmental Science ; 2022.
Article in English | CAB Abstracts | ID: covidwho-2033649

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These proceedings contain 67 articles that discuss fish ecology and biology, aquaculture, capture fisheries, marine conservation, management, biology, debris, ecology, bioprospecting, biotechnology, and postharvest.

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The International Journal of Environmental Sustainability ; 17(2):1-7, 2021.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-2030462

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The COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing rules have impacted on the academic community. Air travel to national and international conferences ceased and virtual conferences and meetings are increasing in momentum. This article seeks to discuss two models of academic conferences in relation to their main benefits to participants and the broader implications to the environment and SDG 13 “Climate Action.” While many participants recognize the benefits of virtual conferences, it is questionable whether this new wave of online (virtual/ video) conferences will continue post pandemic. Thus, universities should actively encourage academic and research communities to take a greater part in SDG 13 and to travel CO2-neutral or convert to virtual conferences and meetings moving forward.

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31st ACM Web Conference, WWW 2022 ; : 660-662, 2022.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-2029543

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The eighth edition of the workshop on Mining Actionable Insights from Social Networks (MAISoN 2022) took place virtually on April 26th, 2022, co-located with the ACM Web Conference 2022 (WWW 2022). This year, we organized a special edition with focus on mental health and social media. The aim of this edition was to bring together researchers from different disciplines to discuss research that goes beyond descriptive analysis of social media data and instead investigate different techniques that use social media data for building diagnostic, predictive and prescriptive analysis models for mental health applications. This topic attracted a lot of interest from the community especially because of all the considerations surrounding the impact of social media during the COVID-19 pandemic which has impacted on people's mental health issues. © 2022 Owner/Author.

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