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Revenge of the nerds: Job opportunities abound for black engineers
St. Louis Post-Dispatch via The Kansas City Star    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Though the African-American unemployment rate nationwide continues to run far higher than for the general population — 15.7 percent compared with 8.9 percent — highly qualified minority candidates remain in demand among white-collar professions conscious of diversity. Hampton University electrical engineering major Taylor Armstead is fully aware of the advantage of being a highly educated black candidate: "We're a hot commodity right now," he said. Nationally, 2 million people earn a living as professional engineers. Of those, the National Society of Black Engineers estimates 70,000 are African-Americans. More



April Chemist of the Month: Dr. Judith Summers-Gates
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As a little girl growing up, Dr. Judy Summers-Gates always wanted to be a chemist. She received a bachelor's of science in unified science (chemistry/ biology/ physics) from Drexel University. Her tenacity was key to achieving this goal because people with disabilities often are not encouraged to pursue careers in science. Summers-Gates has worked in several different fields, always innovating and pushing boundaries. She has worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service, the Department of Defense and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Currently, she serves as chair of the American Chemical Society's Committee on Chemists With Disabilities. 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

ACS Fellows Program 2011 nominations due May 2
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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 for 2011 Fellows are due May 2. 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 email to fellows@acs.org.



Most powerful moms in STEM
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Despite the myth that women aren't interested in a career in science or engineering, working mothers are running huge technology companies, building robots and teaching the next generation of women engineers. Meet the women workingmother.com calls the Most Powerful Moms in STEM. More

Program gives minorities peek at science careers
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University of Iowa officials hope a program that exposes middle school students to health care studies inspires them to consider going into health care or other sciences. Saba Ali, a University of Iowa College of Education associate professor, created and directs Project HOPE. He said students begin forming their career expectations early in life, and it often is based on ethnicity, social and economic status, and how the students see themselves. For example, they might limit possibilities because they think they are not good at math, he said. More

Tick tock: Advanced pricing ends April 20 for Philadelphia short courses
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High-quality, practical knowledge that can be applied immediately in the lab is the benchmark of an ACS Short Course. In conjunction with the inaugural Chemspec USA convention in Philadelphia, ACS Professional Education will showcase a suite of courses designed to keep you up-to-date on the latest advancements in all things associated with chemistry. We've even arranged to have the courses before the conference so you won't miss anything. Don't miss taking a short course in Philadelphia. Advanced registration is still available. Save $100 off the standard price if you register by April 20. Register now for one of our short courses in Philadelphia.

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Boy Scouts to add merit badge for robotics
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Can a robot pitch a tent? If so, a Boy Scout who builds one might be able to earn two merit badges at once. The Boy Scouts of America, which offers more than 120 badges ranging from archery to wilderness survival, unveiled a robotics merit badge meant to promote science, technology, engineering and math. In doing so, the 101-year-old, Texas-based organization is trying to remain relevant and better reflect boys' interests, said Matt Myers, who oversees the Boy Scouts' STEM initiative. More

Barbie: The changing face of computer engineering
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For Barbie's 126th career, the U.S. toy company, Mattel Inc., created an online voting poll for the public to choose from five trendy and obligatorily pink "I Can Be" Barbies; half a million voters chose Computer Engineer Barbie over her counterparts News Anchor Barbie, Environmentalist Barbie, Surgeon Barbie and Architect Barbie. For $12.99, Computer Science Barbie comes with a hip binary code t-shirt, sparkly black leggings, hot pink glasses and a laptop. Her trademark blonde hair is pulled back to show off her hands free headset paired with a touch screen cell phone. More

AAPD applauds EEOC on final regulations under ADA Amendments Act
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The American Association of People with Disabilities commends the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for issuing bipartisan regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act. The regulations will greatly simplify the determination of whether a person has a disability and allow courts and other decision makers to turn quickly to determining whether unlawful discrimination has occurred in the workplace. "In this difficult economy, it is critical that people with disabilities enjoy equal employment opportunity, and I thank the EEOC for making clear that people with a broad range of disabilities are protected by the ADA," said Tony Coelho, AAPD's board chair. "I am especially pleased that the regulations were issued on a bipartisan basis, reflecting the spirit in which the ADA Amendments Act and the ADA were passed." More

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Secrets to closing generation gaps at work
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Have you ever been in the middle of a project and felt like banging your head against a wall because your co-worker just didn't get it? If you thought your partner was just too old and out of touch to understand the process or maybe too young and inexperienced to fully grasp a concept, you were dealing with the issue of generational diversity — a major topic in today's office settings. More

Pew Research shows generational employment gap
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According to the Pew Research Center, 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 everyday — a trend that will continue for the next 19 years. The exit of those 79 million workers from the work force will take its toll on employers, who will be losing knowledge and leadership when the boomers call it quits. "Generation X simply isn't large enough to fill the looming gap. In addition, many Generation Xers don't want the management positions that the baby boomer exits will create," said Evan Abbott of Mountain States Employers Council. "A great solution: Create a work culture that supports the growth, development, and mentoring that the Millennials say they want and look to grow that generation into leadership roles." More

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Bullying at work draws attention
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About 35 percent of workers believe they have been bullied in their places of employment, according to a Zogby International poll that was commissioned by the Workplace Bullying Institute. The institute defines bullying as "repeated verbal abuse, threatening conduct, intimidation or humiliation" by a boss or co-worker. The survey found 62 percent of bullies were men and 58 percent of targets were women. While bullying is not against the law, the issue is drawing attention. More

'Coffee Hour' — top 5 takeaways from 'the job interview'
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Kristin Plessel and Karla Welch, recent Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning graduates shared their job interview experiences in a recent "Coffee Hour" — The Interview Process: What to Expect, How to Prepare. It was filled with great tips, interesting anecdotes and helpful advice from Karla and Kristin as well as others on the call. Here are the top five takeaways from the discussion. 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 19-22.
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