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ACS 241st National Meeting & Exhibition in Anaheim, Calif., March 27-31
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Register now for the 241st Annual ACS National Meeting & Exhibition in Anaheim, Cailf. You can register by telephone at 800.251.8629 or online here.

Learn about ACS' Diversity & Inclusion programs
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ACS supports and caters to the needs of a diverse membership. From aspiring scientists at the high school level to veteran chemists, ACS is here to support its members and enhance their professional development. Visit the Diversity & Inclusion section of our website for more information.

ACS Diversity Reception March 27 in Anaheim, Calif.
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The ACS Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board and the ACS Department of Diversity Programs cordially invite you to the ACS Diversity Reception on March 27. The reception will take place at the Hyatt Regency from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. PDT in the Orange County Room (Ballroom E/F). Please join for us networking and cocktails. We hope to see you there. More

Women Chemists of Color: Feedback and networking forum in Anaheim, Calif.
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This event is for women of color and those in support of the initiative to provide their input on future activities, network and enjoy light refreshments. This event will be held 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. PDT March 27 at the Hyatt Regency, Valencia Room. More

Diversity critical in planning for natural disasters
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Footage of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan illustrates just how devastating natural disasters can be. And while many countries have developed elaborate response plans, a good number have failed to take the needs of people with disabilities into consideration. "We will never be truly prepared and resilient as a country if we only plan for the easy parts of the population," says Craig Fugate, a Federal Emergency Management Administration administrator. Increasing the diversity of those involved in the planning process will ensure that all groups and their needs are accounted for. More

Have you registered for the upcoming ACS Career Fair that will be held in conjunction with the ACS National Meeting?
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Finding the right job is challenging, but even more so in the current job market. That's why the ACS Career Fair offers so much value if you're searching for a job. At the fair you'll be able to interview and network with employers, as well as meet with a personal career consultant who will help you plan your job search, improve your resume, practice interview skills and more. Free workshops also will be available, providing valuable tips and direction on finding the right job for you. (If you are a recruiter or employer, please visit Register now. More

International Year of Chemistry Rap: Chemists CAN Dance
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VideoBrief Join us as ACS hits the dance floor in Anaheim, Calif., to film an International Year of Chemistry YouTube video we hope goes viral. Young, old, chemists, engineers — we need hundreds jiving.

The steps are simple, the tune catchy (written by 2010 Chemistry Olympians Richard Li and Utsarga Sikder):
  • "Chemistry's international year – two thousand eleven
  • "We're representing science – 24/7
  • "We've got antimatter, fuel cells and a couple Nobel Prizes
  • "Sustainable energy solves the problem as it arises."
Don a costume, or just have fun! Sunday practice: TBA. Real deal: Monday, March 28, 7:30 p.m. PDT, Hall B in the Anaheim Convention Center.

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Join ACS for the CMA Luncheon featuring Marigold Linton
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Event: Committee on Minority Affairs Luncheon, "Bridging the Synapse to higher education in Native American Communities"
Presenter: Dr. Marigold Linton
at the ACS National Meeting
Date: March 28
Time: 11:30 a.m. PDT
Location: ACS National Convention in Anaheim, Calif. (Garden 3, Hyatt Regency Orange County)

Ticketed event — Please purchase tickets through the online registration system, or by calling 800.251.8629 or 508.743.0192.

The Society for Advancing Chicanos and Native Americans in Science is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to increasing the presence of minorities in the scientific community. Native Americans continue to remain the most underrepresented population of people within the sciences. As a result SACNAS developed several Native American Initiatives to better serve and strengthen Native communities throughout the United States. One such program called Supporting Young Native Americans to Pursue Science Education (Synapse) focuses on mentoring undergraduate and graduate students to provide long-term support that results in both college and career success. The pilot program for Synapse was established in Salt Lake City in 2009 and has been a tremendous success. The overall impact of academic and career support will ensure the sustainability of these programs for years to come.

The featured speaker for the luncheon will be Dr. Marigold Linton. Dr. Marigold Linton is a cognitive psychologist and member of the Morongo Band of Cahuilla Mission Indians. She was professor of experimental psychology for 22 years at San Diego State University and University of Utah. Since then, she has worked at Arizona State University and University of Kansas, to increase the opportunities for minorities, particularly American Indians, in the sciences. She was funded first through National Science Foundation's Rural Systemic Initiative to serve Arizona tribes. She has served as president of the SACNAS board of directors and now serves as senior adviser to the board and acts as the lead on SACNAS' successful leadership program. In these varied roles she mentors individuals at all stages of the pipeline.

In 1974, Dr. Linton co–founded the National Indian Education Association, and, in January, President Barack Obama presented her with a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. She was recognized for her outstanding contributions and effort in enhancing opportunities for participation by typically underrepresented individuals in STEM disciplines. This is the second time Dr. Linton has received a President's Award. In 2004, President Bush honored her for mentoring excellence as a co-founder of SACNAS.

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ACS Fellows Program 2011
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The ACS Fellows Program, one component of the broader ACS Awards Program, is to recognize members of the American Chemical Society for their outstanding achievements in and contributions to the science and the profession, and for service to the society. ACS needs your help in identifying those members who should be recognized with this esteemed honor. Nominations are now being accepted for 2011 Fellows. See the Program Guidelines for eligibility criteria and the nomination process, and see the list of 2009 and 2010 Fellows. For additional inquiries, send an e-mail to More

'A Day Without Chemistry'
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VideoBrief Imagine a day without cars, electric lights, TV, telephones, safe food, and water, medicine, clothing, your house and thousands of other familiar objects that make up modern society. Do it and you are imagining a day in a world without chemistry. ACS explores that thought-provoking premise in a new video. More

March Chemist of the Month: Dr. Henry Aaron Hill
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Born in St. Joseph, Missouri, Henry Aaron Hill graduated with a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Johnson C. Smith University in North Carolina. After a year of graduate study at the University of Chicago, Hill went on to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received a doctorate in organic chemistry in 1942. From early in his career Hill was active in the American Chemical Society — most memorably in establishing standards for employer-employee relationships in the chemical profession and as the society's first African-American president in 1977. More

Victor McCrary receives 2011 Scientist of the Year Award
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Victor McCrary, president of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists & Chemical Engineers and the business executive for science and technology at Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory, is the recipient of the 2011 Scientist of the Year Award from the Black Engineer of the Year Awards conference.

At APL, McCrary supports research projects in sensor networks, autonomous systems, cognitive engineering, advanced materials and nanostructures, and concepts for natural systems exploitation. Prior to joining APL, McCrary was chief of the Convergent Information Systems Division at the National Institute of Standards & Technology. He also worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories, in Murray Hill, N.J., where he conducted research in crystal growth for semiconductor lasers.

The BEYA conference helps corporate America identify, nurture and promote the careers of its black achievers. McCrary received the award during the 2011 BEYA STEM Global Competitiveness Conference, held Feb. 17–19 in Washington, D.C.

Call for applications — Overcoming Challenges Award
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The Women Chemists Committee of the American Chemical Society is pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2011 Overcoming Challenges Award. This award is designed to recognize a woman undergraduate from a two- or four-year institution for her efforts in overcoming hardship to achieve success in chemistry. The recipient of the Overcoming Challenges Award will receive a plaque, a monetary award of $250 and a $1,000 travel stipend for expenses to attend the Fall 2011 ACS National Meeting where she will be recognized at the WCC Luncheon. Visit for more details. Submission deadline is April 1. More

Register today: NOBCChE 38th Annual Conference
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NOBCChE invites you to the 2011 Annual Conference in Houston. Mark your calendars. Registration is now open. The National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, NOBCChE, will hold its 38th Annual Technology Conference in Houston from April 19 to 22. More

ACS sponsors Science Bowl/Science Fair Competition at the NOBCChE 2011 National Conference April 19-22 in Houston
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The National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Engineers is committed to providing opportunities to broaden the pipeline to STEM careers and opportunities. Each year during their National Conference, the organization sponsors a Science Fair and Science Bowl Competition. The American Chemical Society, in support of the sustainability of the STEM pipeline, is sponsoring the NOBCChE 2011 Science Fair and Science Bowl Competition. More

Engineering program awarded for efforts in student diversity
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A program at The University of Texas at Austin's Cockrell School of Engineering has been recognized by ExxonMobil Corporation and the National Society of Black Engineers for its efforts to increase the school's diversity and to retain underrepresented minority students in four-year engineering degree programs. The Equal Opportunity in Engineering Program was selected for the inaugural ExxonMobil–NSBE Engineering Impact Award, a competitive $10,000 grant that will be awarded annually to one program nationwide. More

Listening is critical in today's multicultural workplace
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Communicating well across different cultures requires listening closely enough to not only hear the words but to grasp true meaning. By doing so, you enhance productivity and add to your ability to communicate without conflict or misunderstanding. Some call this sort of multicultural interaction "listening with empathy." More

Mentoring goes global
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The expansion into a global marketplace has revealed a weakness when it comes to filling leadership gaps and cultivating top talent: Organizations can't grow enculturated leaders quickly enough to keep up with the demands of these emerging markets. Locally based employees possess an intuitive understanding of culture, local issues and the nuances of effective business practices needed for success in these markets, but they often lack the experiential depth and leadership qualities that would allow them to flourish as high potentials on the organizational level. Many multinational organizations have begun using a revolutionary approach to mentoring to address the issue. More

Communicating recognition can close the workplace generational gap
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Even in an uncertain economy, people want more from their employer: career development opportunities, work/life balance and the chance to be part of an innovative company culture. Most of all they want to work for a firm that appreciates who they are and what they bring to the table — one that shares their "personal mission statement." Often, the context of those goals is driven by their age. More

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