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Hi from Stacey

I'm Stacey Edwards, the newest member of the Viridis Drinking Water team. I graduated from a Chemical and Environmental Engineering degree at UQ at the end of last year. During my studies I found a passion for all things water treatment and management. I've had the opportunity to explore this for the past year in a hands on role at a PFAS removal pilot plant. Getting to operate an innovative new water treatment system and see the potential impact of water management on public health inspired me to enter a career in water consulting. I'm passionate about science and the environment so I love learning about new green solutions for modern issues. I've lived in Brisbane for most of my life, othe

Unconscious Bias: Recognise it and Improve Productivity

If you missed last month's newsletter I posted a riddle in the introduction, which goes as follows: a blind beggar had a brother who died. What relation was the blind beggar to the brother who died? “Brother” is not the answer. This is a straight forward riddle, but is only difficult because of our unconscious bias. The majority of people initially assume that the beggar is a man. Obviously, the answer has to be sister, but our bias prevents us from considering this as an answer. There has been much in the media recently on diversity in the workplace and especially gender equality. Although, many may consciously agree with having a diverse equitable workplace, however, are unconscious biases

The Forgetting Curve!

These days we are doing a lot of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities, including training. Training is a vital part of learning new skills (or getting refreshers). I myself attended a training course earlier this year. I picked up on a very interesting (interesting to me at least) thing which the trainer mentioned, which was, to use or apply what you have learnt within a few days or you may forget it. He referred to the Forgetting Curve. In the late 19th century, German psychologist, Hermann Ebbinghaus tested his memory over different periods of time. Once he’d gathered all the data from his spaced learning studies, he plotted it on a graph, see Figure 1. Figure 1: The Forget

 

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