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As 2014 comes to a close, NOBCChE would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of NOBCChE eBrief a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 8.


11. Black diversity in higher ed? We are not there yet
Diverse
From Sept. 11: Yearly, the U.S. becomes more culturally diverse than ever before. We are not just a nation of immigrants; we are the nation of immigrants. More than any other nation in the world, the U.S. can and does boast of its diverse citizenry. Not only are we a nation of immigrants, we are also the most diverse country in the world due to slavery, specifically the enslavement of Africans, now known as Blacks or African-Americans. The history of the U.S. as a nation and its educational system is unique, and such contextual nuances play out in higher education.
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12. Are STEM graduates really having trouble finding jobs?
Governing
From July 31: Policymakers have focused much attention in recent years on increasing the number of workers with training in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. While this group makes up a relatively small share of the nation’s workforce, many policy analysts view them as a key component to improving the economy. In 2005 a coalition of groups issued a study stating U.S. higher education institutions needed to double the number of STEM graduates.
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13. Too few universities for America's young scientists
NPR
From Sept. 25: Imagine a job where about half of all the work is being done by people who are in training. That's, in fact, what happens in the world of biological and medical research. In the United States, more than 40,000 temporary employees known as postdoctoral research fellows are doing science at a bargain price. And most postdocs are being trained for jobs that don't actually exist.
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14. New forms of racism arise in science research
Medical Xpress
From Feb. 20: Advances in genetic sequencing are giving rise to a new era of scientific racism, despite decades of efforts to reverse attitudes used to justify the slave trade and Nazi theology, experts said. New forms of discrimination, known as neoracism, are taking hold in scientific research, spreading the belief that races exist and are different in terms of biology, behavior and culture, according to anthropologists who spoke at the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Chicago.
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15. Google HR exec: How to correct the biggest mistakes seen on resumes
TIME
From Dec. 4: Laszlo Bock, Senior Vice President of People Operations at Google, has sent out hundreds of resumes over his career, applying for just about every kind of job. He's personally reviewed more than 20,000 resumes. And at Google he sometimes gets more than 50,000 resumes in a single week. Bock has seen A LOT of resumes.
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16. 6 words to remove from your vocabulary
Business Insider
From June 5: Words are powerful things. Consider the various ways they can influence your personal or company brand: A blog people actually want to read, content marketing that lures thousands of new users to your products or services, an authentic voice that gets people interacting with you on social media, succinct business writing that saves time and eliminates uncertainty. Wield them skillfully and words can be some of your most powerful assets.
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17. If affirmative action is doomed, what's next?
The New York Times
From June 20: Affirmative action as we know it is probably doomed. When you ask top Obama administration officials and people in the federal court system about the issue, you often hear a version of that prediction. Five of the Supreme Court’s nine justices have never voted in favor of a race-based affirmative action program. Already, the court has ruled that such programs have the burden of first showing “that available, workable race-neutral alternatives do not suffice.”
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18. When it comes to diversity grants, NIH hopes bigger is better
Science
From Nov. 13: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has funded scores of programs over the last four decades aimed at increasing the number of minorities who apply for its bread-and-butter investigator grants. But NIH Director Francis Collins is not satisfied with the progress to date in correcting the serious underrepresentation of African-Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans in the applicant pool.
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19. A global model for STEM education
The Huffington Post
From Oct. 16: The United States has long been a global leader in innovation and entrepreneurship. But a 2012 report from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) highlighted a growing problem — we are not on track to maintain this historical preeminence. The reason: Our country's workforce skills gap.
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20. Is 'leaning in' the only formula for women's success in science?
WPSU-FM
From Oct. 30: Don't wait to be invited or encouraged to make a career in science, engineering or technology, Frances Arnold advises the young women she teaches at the California Institute of Technology. If you're a scientist, she says, you should know how to solve a problem. "Bemoaning your fate is not going to solve the problem," she says. "One has to move forward."
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