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Why diversity professionals struggle to make the business case for diversity
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As a challenging economic climate forces companies to closely scrutinize their business activities, diversity practitioners are being challenged to show how their work is impacting their companies' top and bottom lines. This issue was explored at Diversity Best Practices' Sept. 27 Best Practice Session at Freddie Mac headquarters in McLean, Va. More

ACS announces new journals: ACS Macro Letters and ACS Synthetic Biology
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Publishing first articles online in fall, with first full issues appearing in January.

ACS Synthetic Biology will define the field of synthetic biology by publishing original results in cutting-edge molecular, systems and synthetic research. Led by Editor-in-Chief Christopher A. Voigt of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the journal will publish research that demonstrates integrative, molecular approaches enabling us to better understand the organization and function of cells, tissues and organisms in systems. Moreover, articles will demonstrate the application of synthetic biology to manipulate these systems. For more information visit the ACS Synthetic Biology website.

Offering the fastest time to publication in polymer science, ACS Macro Letters will report major advances in all areas of contemporary soft matter science in which macromolecules play a key role, including nanotechnology, self-assembly, supramolecular chemistry, biomaterials, energy generation and storage, and renewable/sustainable materials. Complementing the comprehensive full articles published in Macromolecules, ACS Macro Letters will be led by Editor Timothy P. Lodge of the University of Minnesota, who will is also editor of Macromolecules. Stuart J. Rowan of Case Western Reserve University will serve as deputy editor for the new journal. For more information visit the ACS Macro Letters website.

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Call for nominations for ACS national awards
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Nominations for the national awards administered by ACS to be presented in 2013 are being solicited. Nominations are now accepted online at Information about nomination submission and detailed description of ACS national awards are available online at Any individual may submit a nomination for an award, unless that individual is a member of the selection committee for the same award or a current member of the ACS Board of Directors. However, selection committee members may submit nominations for other awards. Inquiries concerning awards should be directed to the Office of the Awards Programs at The deadline for submission of all nominating material for 2013 ACS national awards is Nov. 1, 2011.

October Chemist of the Month — Guang Cao
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Guang Cao is currently an advanced research associate with ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company. He received his B.S. degree from Jilin University in Changchun, China, and Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Cao served as the president of the Tri-State (New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania) Chinese American Chemical Society in 2006. He is a member of the ACS International Activities Committee and a voting member on the U.S. National Committee for the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. He was the initiator and chief organizer for the first Beijing International Chemical and Pharmaceutical Intellectual Property Forum. More

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President Obama names top US early career scientists and engineers
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President Barack Obama announced the names of 94 women and men who will receive the United States government's highest honor for scientists and engineers in the early stages of their independent research careers — the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. The awardees come from universities around the country and excel in research in a variety of scientific disciplines: biological sciences; computer and information science and engineering; education and human resources; engineering; geosciences; mathematical and physical sciences; and social, behavioral and economic sciences. More

Younger Chemist Leadership Development Award
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Each year ACS' Younger Chemists Committee organizes a Leadership Development Workshop that is geared toward younger chemists and is held in conjunction with the ACS Annual Leaders' Conference as part of the ACS Leadership Development system. The Leadership Development Workshop is designed to help young chemists develop into highly skilled leaders in the Society and in their chosen profession. ACS members who are under 35 years of age may apply for an award that covers the registration fee, transportation, lodging and meals associated with attending the Young Chemist Leadership Development Workshop. Applications are due Nov. 5. More

67th Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society to be held Nov. 9-12
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Mark your calendars for the 67th ACS Southwest Regional Meeting hosted by the Central Texas Section of the ACS. This will be held in Austin, Texas, Nov. 9-12 at the Doubletree Hotel Austin. You're invited to attend presentations about the latest cutting-edge research, or present a paper or poster describing your research. Programming will include undergraduate and high school events as well as employment and career-based activities. More

Food for Thought — AISES National Conference to be held Nov. 10-12
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The American Indian Science & Engineering Society National Conference is a one-of-a-kind, three-day event convening high school juniors and seniors, college and graduate students, teachers, workforce professionals, corporate partners and other members of the AISES family. The 2011 National Conference takes place Nov. 10-12 in Minneapolis. The conference theme centers around issues of food, agriculture, plant science and technology. With STEM as the unifier, the important roles these issues play in American Indian and Alaska Native tradition, health and the 21st century workforce will be explored. More

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2011 SACNAS National Conference to be held Oct. 27-30
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The 2011 SACNAS National Conference, Empowering Innovation & Synergy Through Diversity, will take place Oct. 27-30 in the heart of Silicon Valley — San Jose, Calif. — the birthplace of the world's high-tech industry. Join SACNAS for four days of scientific research presentations, professional development, networking, exhibits, culture and community. More

Study: Most US companies face language barriers
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In a global economy where companies are setting their sights on even more international expansion, it's quickly becoming essential for businesses to communicate in foreign languages. But, does the U.S. workforce have the skills necessary to meet this kind of challenge? More than half (65 percent) of companies surveyed in a new report face language barriers that contribute to inefficiency, ineffective collaboration and low productivity, among other factors. More

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STEM-ing the tide: Men still dominate science, technology, engineering and math faculty positions at Iowa State
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Women continue to be underrepresented in faculty positions in the science, technology, engineering and math at Iowa State University, according to 2011 data from ISU's ADVANCE project. The nationally funded project, aimed at increasing the number of women in faculty and leadership positions at universities across the country, is in its final year of funding at ISU and has been considered a success among many faculty and leaders at the university. More

'Sesame Street' tackles math and science
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Some familiar, fun and fuzzy teachers who've been in our homes for decades are back with serious new lessons for this generation. "Sesame Street" has a new mission this season — to help American children catch up to rest of world in math, science, technology and engineering. But are two-year-olds really ready for all that? The show's executive producer definitely thinks so. More

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Jane Goodall talks women in science
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When an 11-year-old Jane Goodall first began telling people in 1945 that she wanted to go to Africa, her declaration was often met with laughter. Goodall was rebuked for many reasons, "but mostly because I was a girl — I was the wrong sex," she said. Now 77, Goodall has become the world's leading expert on chimpanzees. She travels 300 days out of the year, and holds five professorships, 24 degrees and more than 60 awards. And she doesn't think being a woman kept her from "doing this kind of thing" at all. "In fact," said Goodall, "my gender, I think it helped me." More

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College board explores new AP exams in STEM subjects
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The College Board is exploring the possibility of offering new advanced placement courses in STEM-related subjects, according to the nonprofit's president, former West Virginia Gov. Gaston Caperton. Caperton said the organization was "exploring the potential of more AP courses in engineering, energy, environment and anatomy." Development of a new AP course can take up to six years as teachers and professors develop class curricula and the AP exam before smaller groups pilot the new course. More

Want to show everyone how smart you are?
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The American Chemical Society is launching a new program based in two topic areas: Toxicology for the Scientist and Separation Science, and we need your content. We are looking for the best and brightest as well as the new and hypothetical. If you have authored an impressive paper, article or lecture slide set or created a high-quality image, graphic, animation, illustration or video in either of these topic areas, we want to see it. Contact us at with your ideas.

Girls' engineering dreams begin at MIT
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Discovering the delights of hands-on science and engineering, 24 rising seventh-graders from Lynn, Mass., spent a week in July at the MIT Edgerton Center, soldering electrical connections, creating lip balm, sewing wearable circuits, inventing ice cream makers and programming their own computer games. The GE Girls at MIT summer program, funded by General Electric and developed by members of the GE Women's Network, the MIT Edgerton Center and the Lemelson-MIT Program, aimed to interest girls in science and technology, and ultimately increase the number of woman engineers. More

Disabled workers face barriers getting rehired
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Employment for people with disabilities is down, and the number of people receiving disability benefits is increasing steadily. That's alarming, says Cornell University professor Richard Burkhauser, who sees a loosening in eligibility standards and a decline in incentives for companies to accommodate, rehabilitate and hire those with disabilities. More

New research busts myths about the gender gap
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The glass ceiling has been invoked for years as the barrier keeping women from reaching the executive ranks in numbers paralleling men. It makes for a compelling image, especially given the stagnation in the representation of women in the executive suites of the largest companies despite their growing presence in the lower ranks. But does it really tell the whole story? More

Prevent your Asian talent from walking out the door
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Why aren't more Asians getting to the top at U.S. companies? They ought to be: They're highly educated, graduating from top universities and graduate programs at rates exceeding those of their peers. They're also extremely ambitious, with 64 percent of Asians aspiring to top jobs, compared to only 52 percent of Caucasians, according to recent research report. More

Zuckerman: US heading toward 'worst time' without STEM education
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U.S. News & World Report editor-in-chief Mortimer Zuckerman told Yahoo's Daily Ticker that the United States may be "heading for the worst time in our lifetimes" if the nation does not begin graduating more students who are competent in STEM subjects. He said that much of the job crisis in the United States can be attributed to the lack of skilled workers. Many corporations are shipping jobs overseas because they cannot fill them with U.S. citizens. More

Older unemployed workers struggle as age bias claims rise    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The ranks of older workers among the long-term unemployed have swelled of late. Many of them have lost their jobs in this economy, while others are finding it difficult to find new ones; and the harsh reality is their age is part of the reason. Age discrimination is often viewed as an acceptable bias in many of the nation's workplaces and it has only worsened in this tough economy. More

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