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NOBCChE call for applications: National Student Representative — deadline extended to Jan. 31
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.
NOBCChE encourages a 'day of service' — Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday Jan. 20
What is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service?
After a long struggle, legislation was signed in 1983 creating a federal holiday marking the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service. Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, it is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service — a "day on, not a day off." The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the president's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "beloved community."*
How Can You Serve?
Find a community service project to participate in, volunteer with your local NOBCChE chapter or create a project of your own. Service opportunities include beautifying school classrooms, volunteering at career or health fairs and engaging with disenfranchised veterans, children and seniors. You can also donate gently used coats to Burlington Coat Factories across the nation or donate to local or national charities. Connect with us via Facebook and Twitter to share how you plan to serve on MLK Day! #MLKday #NOBCChE
To find an opportunity to serve in your community this Monday, Jan. 21, please use the following links and enter your ZIP code for information on service projects near you.
Corporation for National & Community Service
Points of Light
*Courtesy of the Corporation for National & Community Service: mlkday.gov
Countdown to the Regional Meetings! NOBCChE West Regional Meeting
The NOBCChE West meeting is a three-day educational and technical event consisting of different multidisciplinary workshops and symposiums focusing on chemistry, chemical engineering and professional development opportunities for students, STEM educators and industry professionals.
Keynote speakers include Dr. Kimberly Prather (UCSD, SIO, CAICE Director) and Dr. Joseph Francisco (Purdue University, former national ACS and NOBCChE president, member of the National Academy of Sciences).
We are looking for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and industry representatives for oral and poster presentations in chemistry, chemical engineering, sustainable energy and related fields. Non-presenters are strongly encouraged to register as well. Limited registration and lodging support is available to students and postdocs on the first come basis. All conference information can be found at https://ucsd.academia.edu/NOBCChEUCSD. NOBCChE welcomes ALL who are dedicated to the pursuit of science to participate!
Column: STEM jobs key to better economy
From Taunton, Mass., to Buffalo, N.Y., the innovation economy is redefining our nation's story of recovery and growth. Middle-class industrial towns and working-class urban epicenters alike are experiencing transformative shifts toward advanced manufacturing, life sciences, information technology and big data. We see this trend amplified across our national job market. Over the past decade, STEM jobs have grown at a rate three times faster than non-STEM jobs.
Want to get published?
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.
You're going to be a better boss this year — here's how
When it comes to leaving a job, most workers are really quitting a boss, not their position. Losing an employee is never good for an employer: it can disrupt productivity, dent office morale and cost money. But bosses face a tall challenge in the current economic climate. Office disenchantment often stems from people being in the wrong role.
In today's workplace, non-engineers are expected to work with chemical engineers on projects, scale-ups and process evaluations. Take AIChE's Essentials of Chemical Engineering for Non Chemical Engineers and get the fundamentals you need to understand and communicate with engineers. Register for classes this February 10 -12 in New Orleans, LA.
Apple's plan to improve its diversity
Facing criticism from two major shareholders, Apple recently added language to its Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Charter pledging to "actively" pursue women and members of underrepresented groups for its board of directors, according to a report on Bloomberg.com. The exact language reads: "The Committee is committed to actively seeking out highly qualified women and individuals from minority groups to include in the pool from which Board nominees are chosen."
City kids: Growing next generation of medical professionals
Ask any kid what they want to do when they grow up, and the answers can be predictable — a firefighter, a dancer or an astronaut, maybe. That's where career preparation programs come in. Through a combination of mentoring, job shadowing and actually taking kids inside the classrooms and labs used to train tomorrow's scientists, doctors and coders, professionals in these fields show promising young people exactly what it's like to work in those jobs and what it takes to get there.
New Energy.gov video series highlights women in STEM fields
The White House Blog
Meet Carter Wall. She's the director of the performance solar division at a Boston-area electrical construction company and the first profile in our new #WomeninSTEM video series. Carter developed an interest in science at an early age, yet struggled to find examples of women scientists and engineers beyond historical figures, like Marie Curie.
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Why company culture is so important
By Erica Cohen
Unless you've spent the last decade or so living under a rock, you've definitely heard the phrase "company culture" being bandied about. And while it's become the center of attention in many discussions about how to build a successful company, I have to wonder if everyone who talks about company culture actually understands what it means and how to create and maintain an authentic one. Let's consider the definition of company or organizational culture and why it matters.
Fewer black, Latino students taking AP computer science exam
US News & World Report
A new analysis of test-taking data finds that no female, African-American or Hispanic students took the Advanced Placement exam in computer science in Mississippi or Montana. Education Week reports that in 11 states no black students took the exam at all, and in eight states no Hispanic students registered for the test.
STEM needs a new letter
In order to bridge the chasm between abstract idea and utility, some educators are advocating for an expansion of the popular STEM acronym — science, technology, engineering and math, the list of skills many experts believe more students need. They believe STEM should include the letter "A" for "art and design."
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