Passionate pursuits

first_img Read Full Story Pedro Lamothe-Molina, Ph.D. ’17, hopes to continue researching infectious diseases while taking care of patients and racing the occasional triathlonIn 1996, Pedro Lamothe-Molina applied to medical school in his hometown of Mexico City. He easily met all the academic requirements. But when school officials met him for an interview in person, they decided they couldn’t accept him—because he was 12.“I did include my birthday on the application, but I guess they didn’t notice it,” said Lamothe-Molina.He did eventually get his medical degree from Facultad Mexicana de Medicina, Universidad La Salle and this month, Lamothe-Molina will receive a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences in Public Health from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. His focus at Harvard Chan has been on understanding the immune response to HIV — in particular, why some people are better than others at fending off the virus.Home-schooled by his father and several tutors, Lamothe-Molina wanted to study medicine so he could become a doctor like his father and grandfather before him. When that didn’t pan out, Lamothe-Molina decided that engineering would be a good alternative, since he’d always loved math and its applications. Undeterred by his medical school rejection, Lamothe-Molina applied to and was accepted at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.While in school, Lamothe-Molina focused on engineering projects related to biology. For one project, he designed an electronic device that could measure and record patients’ vital signs. His invention was selected as one of the top 20 in a worldwide competition.last_img read more

Cosby, Comcast, and credit unions: The biggest brand debacles of 2015

first_img 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr There was no shortage of brand debacles in 2015, and the year isn’t even over yet! From McDonalds, to Bill Cosby there are brand lessons abound for Credit Unions to follow the age old advice of “learn from someone else’s mistakes.”For example, with the reboot of the creepy Hamburglar and abrupt cancellation of the “Lovin’ Beats Hatin” campaign McDonalds is learning that you can’t fix a product problem with polished marketing. Often credit unions have turned to my team for marketing assistance, only to be disappointed to find that they don’t have a marketing problem, they have much larger issues that range from unmotivated and untrained loan officers to dysfunction and confusion in the C-Suite. There’s no amount of marketing that can fix those problems, and our team isn’t willing to accept money to do the impossible.Bill Cosby’s personal brand was among the most valuable in Hollywood, landing him in 2011 a spot in the Advertising Hall of Fame. We all know what happened to the former “Amercia’s Dad” this year. Cosby learned that just because you think you got away with it doesn’t mean it won’t come back to bite you at some point. Sometimes we think our credit union can get away with skimping on member service or pulling a fast one with banking porn (attractive offers that lure people in, only to disappoint.) While neither instance is as serious as the stunts that Cosby pulled, they can be and at some point will be fatal to your brand. continue reading »last_img read more

SCOTUS: LGBTQ Workers Protected Against Workplace Discrimination

first_img(Washington, DC) — The Supreme Court is handing LGBTQ workers a big win by extending the federal civil rights protection in workplace to all LGBTQ employees.The Supreme Court declared Monday that the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects LGBTQ employees from workplace discrimination. BREAKING: #SCOTUS just ruled in favor of 3 LGBTQ employees who were wrongfully fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This decision is historic, and it affirms the rights of LGBTQ employees in the workplace. This is some much needed good news— National Women’s Law Center (@nwlc) June 15, 2020 That means people can’t be fired due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.The ruling was split, 6-3. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Neil Gorsuch ruled with the high court’s four liberals.Gorsuch is a Trump appointee.last_img read more