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NOBCChE call for applications: National Student Representative — deadline extended to Jan. 31
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The National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) is inviting applications for a creative, committed and energetic student into the NOBCChE board of directors as the National Student Representative. Click here to learn more and apply.
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Members in the news: Dorothy J. Phillips elected to the board of the ACS
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Dorothy J. Phillips, Ph.D., who recently retired from the Waters Corporation in Milford, Mass., was elected to serve a three-year term as director-at-large of the American Chemical Society (ACS). After a successful 40-year industrial career, Phillips will make ACS her priority; she is committed to using her expertise and skills to help ACS achieve its strategic vision. Congratulations Dr. Phillips on this great achievement!
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Chapter news: Cincinnati chapter hosts joint December meeting at Xavier University
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On Dec. 11, ACS and NOBCChE held their eighth annual December Joint Meeting at Xavier University. The featured speaker for the evening was Dr. Stefan France from Georgia Tech University. Dr. France was the 2012 NOBCChE Lloyd Ferguson Award Recipient and lectured about his research on method development, natural product synthesis and medicinal chemistry. There were more than 100 professionals and students in attendance, including three presidents of technical societies — Dr. Judson Haynes — president of NOBCChE (center left), Dr. Diane Grob Schmidt — president-elect of ACS for 2014 (center) and Dr. Diane Parry — president-elect for 2014 of Society for Applied Spectroscopy (center right). The meeting had its largest attendance in the eight years.

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Book of the month: 'Our Black Year' by Maggie Anderson
NOBCChE
On Jan. 1, 2009, the Andersons embarked on a year-long public pledge to "buy black." They thought that by taking a stand, the black community would be mobilized to exert its economic might. They thought that by exposing the issues, Americans of all races would see that economically empowering black neighborhoods benefits society as a whole. Instead, blacks refused to support their own, and others condemned their experiment. Drawing on economic research and social history as well as her personal story, Maggie Anderson shows why the black economy continues to suffer and issues a call to action to all of us to do our part to reverse this trend. Anderson was the featured speaker for the third annual Winifred Burks-Houck Women's Leadership Symposium during AM39. At AM39, Anderson charged the attendees with focusing on entrepreneurship, not just corporate jobs.

It was as honor to exchange books with one of the founding woman members of NOBCChE. This wonderful organization represents the outstanding black chemists and chemical engineers that make us proud. These unsung scientists invent vital products that save lives and advance society. – Maggie Anderson

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Businesses harness the power of diversity for growth
Forbes
Ideas about diversity in the workforce are ever-evolving. Back when the company that would later become IBM hired its first black and female employees in 1899, the concept was an anomaly. Fifty years later, cites a Deloitte report, workplace diversity started to become a matter of compliance. In the 1990s, it began to be regarded as simply the right thing to do. Now, companies are realizing that the right thing to do is also the smart thing do.
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How we can improve women's chances of success in science
LiveScience
One simple fix could improve the visibility and opportunities of women in science, a new study finds — possibly combating the "leaky pipeline" that moves female Ph.D.s out of academia. When a woman is part of the organizing team that invites speakers to scientific conferences, the number of female speakers in the session shoots up by 72 percent, according to the new research.
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Want to get published?
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of the NOBCChE eBrief, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of NOBCChE, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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5 steps to becoming a more empowered you in the new year
Entrepreneur
Each year, people start off the new year with a resolution that's probably similar to one made in previous years. And every January, there's a new commitment to making it really work this year. Here's the problem: People who make these "renewed" resolutions aren't really committed to changing who they are on the inside. So these resolutions — whether it's getting in shape or growing a network or improving productivity — become simply a test of willpower.
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What's behind the lack of ethnic diversity in science education?
MindShift
There is a widespread narrative in higher education that goes something like this: Colleges and universities have always accepted the best and brightest students; then, due to pressure from outside forces (some of them named "John F. Kennedy"), diversity was thrust upon the academy. In turn, schools meted out race-based scholarships, relaxed standards for certain students in order to fulfill quotas and — poof! — diversity.
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Top 10 mistakes interviewers make
By Mel Kleiman
Recruiting and hiring new employees is both an art and a skill. Unfortunately, too few business owners and hiring managers have ever had any training in the proven, best-practice techniques used by employers-of-choice like Disney and Southwest Airlines. Without training, most interviewers just "wing it" — ad-libbing their way through interviews and making decisions based more on instinct and impressions rather than logic. No wonder costly employee turnover is such a constant headache. Here's a list of the most common mistakes interviewers make.
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6 fundamentals that can make you a better manager in 2014
Forbes
When it comes to management, I've always been a bigger believer in fundamentals than fancy, Victor Lipman writes. When it comes to operational effectiveness, chances are that will be determined by how well you execute fundamentals day in and day out. In that spirit, here are six fundamentals that can make you a better manager in 2014.
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STEM initiative introduces high-tech careers to minority students
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Zuliesuivie Ball was a senior at Central High School with excellent grades, a strong feminist attitude and a passion for writing. One thing the 18-year-old Olney, Pa., student didn't have was an interest in computer science. That changed, however, when a classmate invited her to a Saturday workshop on Java programming. "I actually ended up growing to like it and what they were teaching, and became a part of it," said the soft-spoken, bubbly teen, now a freshman at Temple University.
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