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A peer-reviewed article in one of the world's most prestigious medical research journals recommends Knack for discovering and matching aspiring students' potential for success with Science education and career paths
Circulation Research, the official journal of the American Heart Association, published in its new issue this peer-reviewed article: 
 
The article focuses on the need to transform recruiting, matching, and training of science talent in order to meet 21st century workforce demands and career preferences and aspirations of Millennials and Generation Z talent.

Technology, as you might expect, is key.


"The fate of biomedical research lies in the hands of future generations of scientists. In recent decades, the diversity of scientific career opportunities has exploded multidimensionally. However, the educational system for maintaining a pipeline of talented biomedical trainees remains unidimensional and has become outdated. This Viewpoint identifies [] implementation strategies [] to better align individualized training pathways with career opportunities (precision training) [to] support the ultimate goal of attracting the best possible future leaders in biomedical science."

"Over the past 100 years, science and society have experienced unprecedented, dramatic change as a result of globalization, the Internet, advances in scientific capability, and an increasingly diverse and expanding scientific workforce. Such a large shift in the fabric of society has necessitated a corresponding shift in the environment in which we as scientists operate. However, scientific education lingers behind, using principles and processes that have not changed for many decades."

"The educational system responsible for training a new generation of scientists equipped to successfully navigate this altered environment is not tooled to maintain the pipeline of new talent. [] The ultimate impact of this inadequate response is a disappointing and evident reality—budding scientists are leaving science or getting stuck in the pipeline at all stages."

"It is imperative to ensure that those we mentor and recruit are likely to succeed as they pursue the PhD training path. Newer methods exist for assessment and selection. The traditional trial-and-error method results in high rates of failure. Recent advances in mobile technology and machine learning help identify high potential latent talent with the right set of attributes for academic and professional success. One clever example, Knack (www.Knack.it), is a set of internally validated mobile video games designed to measure an individual’s traits including cognitive skills, social and emotional skills, work skills, and other high-impact traits. The instrument was validated using a sample of subjects whose game data were evaluated against standard psychological tests (eg, Big 5 personality, cognitive battery from Educational Testing Service). Results are compared with a reference data set from >24,000 people from >110 countries worldwide. Corporate employers including Fortune 100 companies are using the technology platform to successfully identify high potential candidates best suited for specific employment opportunities; schools and training providers are using the platform to support their learners and students in selecting a course of study and launching their careers. Such tools may have the potential to match a candidate’s scientific interest with their science career aptitude."

"The current training paradigm, which attempts to force a heterogeneous cadre of trainee scientific pegs through the same round hole, risks losing promising talent and does not support the diverse needs of today’s trainee."
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