How I find career motivation in my father’s diabetes –


Natalie Brown explains how her father’s childhood diagnosis has inspired her to research the condition as an undergraduate.
Natalie Brown is an undergraduate studying at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.


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For Nature’s younger readers, 1974 probably brings the era of disco and Star Wars to mind. Our history textbooks tell us that was when Richard Nixon resigned as US president, and when the newly constructed 443-metre Sears Tower in Chicago, Illinois, became the world’s tallest building. We might even imagine people blasting ‘Band on the Run’ by Wings on cassette tapes in their Corvettes. It was also the year that my father — then a nine-year-old in rural Illinois — began rapidly shedding weight after experiencing flu-like symptoms. A hospital trip confirmed the sudden onset of type 1 diabetes, and marked the beginning of his life of juggling the roles of nutritionist, maths whizz and exercise fanatic — all required to manage his disease. Until his diagnosis, he had never heard of this strange ‘pancreas’ organ, yet now a nurse was passing him an orange and a syringe to practise for his future daily insulin injections. The haemoglobin A1C test, which monitors how well a person is managing the condition, would not be developed by researchers at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, Massachusetts, for three more years. His diagnosis came as a surprise, given that the disease is associated with genetic risk factors but was nowhere in his family history. Thankfully, type 1 would not be passed on to any of his children. I, his daughter, instead developed a desire to study diabetes and would go on to begin my scientific training at Joslin as an undergraduate researcher. What started as a seemingly long-shot application turned into an acceptance to a premedical summer internship that catalysed my consuming excitement. Research connected the science I’d learnt in my courses with the potential to alleviate the challenges of a disease I knew all too well. As expected, entering my final year of university has sparked some reminiscing on how I ended up discovering this missing link between my interests, as well as appreciation for the encouraging and patient mentors who have made it all possible.

A number of people I have met over the past three years in the field of diabetes research have a personal connection to the disease. This deeply rooted motivation makes sense to me: it’s what keeps a lot of us going. In times of frustration (often accompanying bubbles in my western blot, or my realization that, after finally finishing the cell counting for a set of images, there are five more sets to go), I must cling to personal reasons that help me to push the field further. It’s been 16 years since, at age 5, I told my school class that when I grew up I wanted to “cure dya-meetes” — but the essence of my scientific curiosity is the same. Thanks to research advancements, my dad was able to be my first soccer coach, and he got to twirl me around at father–daughter dances.

This is why I have a picture of my family stuck to my bench with autoclave tape, which I look at as I snap on my latex-free gloves and wrestle into the sleeves of my laboratory coat. My work is for my dad, and for the other 425 million people with diabetes across the world. I realize how lucky I am: being involved with projects and publications while completing my undergraduate studies gives me the opportunity to make a difference while forging my career path. During the summers, while working at Joslin, I’ve been able to learn from leading scientists in the field while focusing on unravelling disease mechanisms and genetic causes. It’s easy to see why I’ve been counting down the days until I return as a research assistant after my graduation. And, when Boston’s thick summer heat turns to bone-chilling wind, I retreat to a different diabetes lab in New York that is affiliated with my university. Outside of my coursework at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, I work on developing devices made of biomaterials that can encapsulate and deliver heathy insulin-secreting cells to recipients who have diabetes. Encapsulation might just be a quick fix while we continue working to develop a catch-all cure, but after 45 years of his constant checking, adjusting and stressing over blood glucose levels, being able to reward my dad with even one year of glycaemic-free troubles would be fulfilling beyond words. Knowing that we are easing the burden to any degree is equally comforting and motivating.

Diving head first into the world of research as an undergraduate has been overwhelming — sometimes with excitement, but at other times with stress. Being a student means learning to stop being afraid of asking questions, because adding the wrong amount or type of chemical to a stock solution will affect everyone’s experiments for the next month. It means spinning around in my chair every half an hour to re-activate the motion-sensor lights in the lab because I’m there after hours, analysing data from an experiment I finished just before running to an afternoon class. It means looking around while giving a data presentation during group meetings and realizing that I’m the only woman there. It means missing lunch because my cells need new medium and the culture hood is booked solid by the graduate students and postdoctoral fellows for the rest of the day. And, every once in a while, it means gasping after seeing the glucometer reading come up as 400 milligrams per decilitre, confirming that, after weeks of uncertainty, the mice have become diabetic and the experiment is working. It means finally understanding complicated pathways and graphs, coming to realize that science doesn’t have to be an inaccessible foreign language and helping younger students to figure that out, too. Although my enthusiasm is often an enemy to the patience that science demands, I am inspired by Charles Best, who was just a student when he and Frederick Banting discovered insulin in 1921. While I strive towards making a revolutionary discovery such as his, being able to widen the path for others with my data is equally exciting. My daily discoveries are adding more grains of rice (or perhaps a low-carb, diabetic-friendly alternative) to the pile.

On the theme of optimism, thinking of how far the field has come fuels my anticipation for the revelations that await. Looking at the data coming out on a weekly basis, I am more encouraged than ever that we are approaching a new era in which a diabetes diagnosis will no longer be a life-changing event. A cure is coming. And if it cannot be in my dad’s lifetime, I am working towards it being in mine.

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3 Ways To Build Coaching Into Your Career And Why It Matters – Forbes

Many people are aware of the benefits of coaching, having had the opportunity to be coached themselves, or have friends or colleagues who have. What’s discussed less is the benefits of coaching for the coach. Here, we have a look at why it’s worth building coaching others into your career—particularly if you lead others, or aspire to – and three practical ways to go about it.

“Power stress” is a term that resonates with many of my clients. Fascinating research from eminent professor Richard Boyatzis and his colleagues from Case Western Reserve University suggest that leaders experience “power stress”—the potentially chronic stress that comes with working on things that are personally important, risky, and having others watching or critiquing as you seek to influence others. So this isn’t limited to those in official positions with a leadership title, but broader forms of leadership. This may include being a thought leader in introducing innovation or new ways of working. It may be in the context of teamwork or collaborative ventures and seeking to influence peers. Leaders can experience psychological and physiological effects from chronic power stress, and it can make it difficult to sustain the mental, emotional and behavioral processes that enabled him/her to be effective. Interestingly, they argue that coaching with compassion—focusing on others and helping them with their desired, intentional changes, can mitigate the psychological and physiological effects of chronic power stress. [I]

Coaching can be not only hugely beneficial for the person being coached; it can have powerful, positive effects on the person coaching. As a leader, building coaching into your career will not only help develop the people in your team, it is likely to help you sustain your leadership effectiveness.

You can build coaching into your career in many different ways. Here are three practical ideas that clients have found useful.

1.     Don’t think of coaching as all or nothing. The concept of “coaching conversations” is applied widely. It may feel strange for people you work with on a regular basis to suddenly have a coaching “session,” where you put on a coaching hat, have a 30-90 minute conversation one-to-one where you follow pure coaching methods and ask questions and facilitate but don’t offer advice or give your opinion. Being wary of suddenly going into full coaching mode can make leaders reluctant to coach their teams at all. You can start to apply coaching as a style in your toolkit and build it into conversations, rather than feeling you need to introduce formal sessions. This works well for some leaders, but not everyone. You may find that coaching conversations are a step towards more formal coaching sessions with your team members and colleagues down the track as you upskill and gain confidence in coaching. 

2.     Fight against taking open questions for granted. When running executive education programs or in-house client leadership programs, teaching “open questions” is my least favorite topic. It’s something we all think is so easy and obvious. My nine-year old could tell me the difference between an open or closed question. This instinct that we just “know it” can lead us to be apathetic about them. But asking well-crafted open questions in a manner that is authentic, grounded in genuine interest, and without judgment requires skill and intention. Powerful, open questions are one of the key foundations of coaching along with active listening. Despite the sigh that may follow my reluctant suggestion to practice open questions during a leadership program, this session is typically the most powerful of them all. Both those people asking and those being asked find that a few, well-phrased open questions can lead to meaningful reflection, new insights and a way forward that is both profound and practical.

3.     Use coaching to shift culture. Years ago I was asked to teach the 70 leaders of one of India’s largest banks to coach. The day on coaching was added onto a four-day leadership program covering topics such as strategy, globalization and market analysis. My concluding day to the program with these leaders—each responsible for literally thousands of employees—didn’t seem a natural fit, so I asked what inspired this addition. The CEO said, “We need to shift the culture. It’s time to change how we lead.” People were always waiting for their leaders’ ideas and decisions, and they wanted to shift the culture to be more proactive. They wanted their people coming to leaders not just with problems but with ideas and solutions. He recognized the change didn’t need to just be made with employees themselves – telling them to speak up more and come with solutions. They believed good ideas could come from anywhere, but saw that leadership behaviors could unintentionally stifle the extent to which these ideas came to light. To genuinely shift the culture, leaders would need to change the dynamic; to engage in a different way with the people in their teams. He wanted them all to be able to coach. And so I spend a day teaching dozens of leaders, with decades worth of business experience, the foundations of coaching. This is one of my most positive memories of facilitating a leadership development program—starting the day with a fear the participants would find the topic menial, when the reality was that they embraced it, found it positively challenging and ended keen to introduce it into their leadership practices with a belief it would shape the culture in the direction they needed the organization to go. 

There are significant benefits of coaching not only for the person being coached, but for the person coaching and for the wider teams. Coaching is a skill anyone can choose to build in to their leadership and team dynamics, rather than a personality-based style. A senior professional in consulting who I’ve known for a decade shared his interest in becoming a coach. But his starting point was, “Rebecca, I couldn’t do this… could I?” If you’re interested in the idea of coaching, don’t let the negative self-talk of, “I’m just not like that” hold you back. It’s a powerful tool available to all leaders and professionals who seek to positively impact others at work.

Valley native coaching in Super Bowl – WFMJ

A Valley native and former Campbell Memorial High School standout is heading to the Super Bowl. Deland McCullough is currently Kansas City’s running backs coach. 21 News spoke with his adoptive mother about his journey to the Big Game.

“My excitement is beyond the word excitement,” said Adelle Comer, Deland’s adoptive mother.

Adelle is a diehard Cleveland Browns fan, but Monday, she was a proud mother decked out in Kansas City Chiefs gear— as her adopted son Deland prepares for the Super Bowl.

“He’s a running backs coach with the Kansas City Chiefs, but God got something bigger for him, and I knew that when he was three years old OK. So I’m excited. I’m happy,” she said.

Long before he helped the Chiefs win the AFC Championship game, Deland started in pee wee football in the valley and became a standout athlete at Campbell Memorial High School.

“I knew he was a special child when God gave him to me, but I knew he was a special person and human being when he showed love and compassion for me and his brother, his neighbors, the children he grew up, the sensitivity that I saw in that child,” Adelle explained.

Adelle adopted him as a baby and raised her two sons to prioritize their faith, education, family, and finances. Academics always came first.

After graduation in 1991, Deland went on to Miami of Ohio, where he graduated in 1996 as the all-time leading rusher for the Redhawks and the Mid-American Conference.

Then he was off to the NFL to play for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Philadelphia Eagles. He started coaching and eventually went to the college level at Indiana University and USC.

“He is a man of integrity, a good husband, a fantabulous father, an inspiration to everybody he touches.”

An inspiration who was in the national spotlight recently as the focus of an ESPN E:60 feature about his journey to find his birth parents. It leads him to his biological father, who he had known as his coach and mentor— Sherman Smith.

“Now he’s out there speaking like his dad Sherman, and we’re just so proud — that the man and the character, the characteristics and the person that he is. I didn’t make him; God made him, God just gave me to mold him; that’s what he does all parents.”

It’s one of Adelle’s other proud moments— she had prayed that he would someday find his biological parents, and she was able to see it come to fruition.

“I called his birth mother Carol after Kansas City won, and I told her this— next to my son finding his birth parents, this is my most proudest moment,” Adelle said.

Now Deland’s son Deland McCullough II is also following his father and grandfather’s footsteps as a football player at Miami of Ohio and sporting the same number as his dad— 25.

Deland and his wife Darnell have four sons— Deland II, Dasan, Daeh, and Diem.

Adelle isn’t sure yet if she’ll be at the Super Bowl game yet—that’s still up in the air—but no matter what, she’ll still be watching it closely and cheering him on.

Global mattress market is forecasted to attain the value of $38,976 Million by 2023 – Yahoo Finance

Mattress Market by Product (Innerspring, Memory Foam, Latex), by Size (Single Size Mattress, Double Size Mattress, Queen Size Mattress, King Size Mattress) by End-Use (Residential, Commercial), by Geography (U.

New York, Jan. 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — announces the release of the report “Mattress Market by Product, by Size by End-Use, by Geography – Global Market Size, Share, Development, Growth and Demand Forecast, 2013-2023” –
S., Canada, U.K., Germany, France, Italy, China, Japan, India, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Saudi Arabia) – Global Market Size, Share, Development, Growth and Demand Forecast, 2013-2023

Global mattress market is forecasted to attain the value of $38,976 Million by 2023, the market has been witnessing robust growth, mainly due to the factors, such as growing disposable income, increasing population and rising migration from rural to urban areas.

Based on product, the market has been categorized into innerspring, memory foam, latex and others, wherein ‘others’ include hybrid, gel-type, water-type, air-type mattresses. The innerspring mattress is the most popular mattress type globally, accounting for over 33% of volume sales in the mattress market. Furthermore, with growing awareness among consumers regarding health, mattresses such as memory foam, which conforms to the user’s body and helps in relieving body stress and muscle pains, the demand for memory foam mattress is expected to grow significantly, during the forecast period.

Based on end use, the mattress market has been classified into commercial users and residential users, out of which, commercial segment accounted for over 50% of revenue share in the global market in 2017. In the commercial segment, hotels are the main end users of mattresses as they change the mattresses more frequently than the residential users. On an average, a residential user changes their mattresses in 9-10 years, while the hotels change mattresses in around 5-6 years.

During the forecast period, the mattress market is projected to record the fastest growth in Europe. The growth can be accounted to increasing purchasing power of people leading to increasing spend on home furnishing. Moreover, with increasing awareness among people about the harmful effects of chemical-based mattress, the demand for eco-friendly mattresses is on the rise, further leading to high growth in demand for latex mattresses.

The growing disposable income coupled with various government policies related to real estate has resulted in rise in home ownership rate, which in turn is supporting mattress market growth. According to Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the average annual growth rate of disposable income has been over 2% globally and various government policies have led to affordable housing, a basic need for human being according to Maslow’s theory for hierarchy of needs.

Furthermore, governments in several countries have considered home ownership as an important policy goal, and consequently have incentivized it by creating mortgage interest payments (a deductible expense for the purposes of income tax). For instance, ‘Housing for All’ scheme by Indian government, joint ownership housing scheme by Chinese government, affordable home ownership scheme by the U.K. government, and similar other schemes in several other countries are driving the housing demand, globally. Marginal propensity to consume drives tourism industry, thereby positively impacting the hospitality sector spending for mattresses, where generally replacement rate of mattresses is around 5-6 years.

The growing health awareness among consumers has been propelling the demand for daily-use products like mattresses. With increasing disposable income, consumers are willing to pay extra amount for health-enhancing products. The sleep quality is becoming significant in the developed countries, thus leading to increasing adoption of premium mattresses. On the other hand, their Asian counterparts are increasing their mattress budget to use technologically advanced mattresses, as compared to traditional cotton-filler mattresses. These factors are posing lucrative opportunities for market players in mattress market.

Mattress market is fragmented with regional players having greater dominance in their respective regions. Global players such as Tempur Sealy International Inc, Serta Inc, Sleep Number Corporation, are set to enhance their footprint by expanding the manufacturing facilities, franchises and joint ventures in order to compete with regional players.
Some of the key players operating in the mattress market are Spring Air International, Kingsdown Inc, Sleep Number Corporation, Simmons Bedding Company LLC, Tempur Sealy International Inc, Serta Inc, Relyon Limited, Southerland Inc, Corsicana Mattress Company, and McRoskey Mattress Company.
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FareStart Will Close Its South Lake Union Restaurant Maslow’s This Month – Eater Seattle

Seattle-based nonprofit FareStart — which offers food service job training to people struggling with poverty, addiction, homelessness, or a criminal record — announced that it will close its South Lake Union restaurant Maslow’s at the end of service January 31. The group will retain the kitchen for catering services, along with the cafe Rise on Amazon’s campus, the flagship FareStart Restaurant Downtown on Virginia Street, and the FareStart Café in Beacon Hill (all of which serve as classrooms for its job training programs).

In a time of ambitious expansion for FareStart, Maslow’s opened three years ago as a full-service casual restaurant and bar at 380 Boren Ave N named after Abraham Maslow, who developed the well-known theory of motivation called the hierarchy of needs. The restaurant — housed in a former radiator factory — served lunch, happy hour, and dinner, with dishes that included pastas, house-smoked trout on crostini, and fried chicken. It even received some praise from the Seattle Times.

When reached for comment, FareStart said in a statement that closing Maslow’s will help shift resources to other parts of the organization: “By focusing on catering in our SLU kitchen, we can provide stronger job training opportunities, use our donor dollars most efficiently, and continue to operate thriving social enterprise businesses such as the FareStart Restaurant, our cafes and our school and community meals program.”