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5 black chemists who changed the world
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To mark the start of Black History Month, NOBCChE and ACS are proud to release a commemorative video looking back at the careers of five scientists who changed the world

These scientists include Percy Julian, Mae Jemison, Patricia Bath, Betty Harris and George Washington Carver. Each week, the NOBCChE e-brief will look at the careers of the five scientists honored in the film.

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5 black chemists who changed the world: George Washington Carver 1864-1943
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George Washington Carver is believed to have been born a slave in Missouri in 1864. He went on to change the lives of many poor farmers through his research and inventions. In 1941, TIME Magazine dubbed him "Black Leonardo."

He and his brother were kidnapped as babies but were returned as orphans to their owners Moses and Susan Carver. Carver was frail and sickly, so spent most days helping Susan around the house, during which time she taught him to read and write.

He spent years travelling around the country attending different schools, eventually ending up at the State Agricultural College at Ames, Iowa, to study agriculture. Carver pioneered the use of peanuts in agriculture and his methods became instrumental during the Great Depression, where his advice allowed for better food production.

Over the years, he managed to manufacture hundreds of products from peanuts, including cheese, soap and milk, while inventing around 100 products from sweet potatoes.

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STEM program gives New York elementary students a leg up with Lego
New York Daily News
A Coney Island elementary school is creating opportunity for disadvantaged students, with innovative academic programs that have kids fired up about science, technology, engineering and math. Nine out of 10 students at Public School 188 live below the poverty line, and a quarter have special needs, but the dedicated educators there have rolled out innovative programs in robotics, forensics and rocketry that give kids a place to thrive.
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Utah's business community launches STEM education campaign
Deseret News
Utah business leaders recently gathered at the Neil Armstrong Academy to kick off a media campaign aimed at encouraging students to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The campaign, "STEM Utah: Curiosity Unleashed," consists of a series of television commercials and advertisements for newspaper, radio and Internet platforms and so far has raised more than $2 million from the private sector.
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Tech industry's diversity problem is apparent as early as high school
The New York Times
In three states, not a single girl took the Advanced Placement exam in computer science last year. In eight states, no Hispanic students took it. And in 11 states, no black students took the test. The data — compiled by Barbara Ericson, director of computing outreach at Georgia Tech's College of Computing — illustrates just how deeply the tech industry’s lack of diversity reaches.
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To spur entrepreneurship, STEM education in the spotlight
Inc.
Entrepreneurs often gripe that America is behind the times in its ability to train the technology workers and founders of tomorrow. Meet 16-year-old Joey Hudy (a.k.a. "Joey Marshmallow"). In 2012, when he was just 14, he created the marshmallow launcher that President Obama used to catapult a marshmallow across the East Room at a White House Science Fair. A self-described "Maker," Hudy, who is from Anthem, Ariz., is part of a growing community of tinkerers, inventors and entrepreneurs who are building things that could one day become household products.
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Guidelines for appearance policies in the professional workplace
By D. Albert Brannen
For good business reasons, many professional employers adopt policies regulating dress and appearance in their workplace. These policies can help enhance an office's public image, promote a productive work environment, comply with health and safety standards and even prevent claims of unlawful harassment and discrimination. While no law requires an employer to maintain a dress/appearance policy, some laws are relevant to such policies.
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How to lead as a servant
Entrepreneur
We live in a world where the chase for power is increasing. Someone is always getting thrown under the bus so another person can get ahead. The "top of the food chain" philosophy that has infected our workforce and leadership has thrived on the accumulation of power and practices to get ahead. Yet when all is said and done, have we really gotten ahead by this change?
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Social entrepreneur mixes Minecraft, YouTube and STEM education
Forbes
This is the story of one of the wilder social enterprises out there trying to address the crisis in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, especially in underserved communities. So here goes. The social enterprise, Mine-O-Rama, was recently formed to run conventions for devotees of the video game Minecraft and YouTube videos about the game.
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6 ways to avoid the resume black hole
Forbes
Many job seekers spend countless hours writing, polishing and blasting their resumes to dozens of companies. Then they wait, and wait and never hear a thing. That's because human resources people and hiring managers receive heaps of resumes for any given job opening, and they end up missing, skipping or tossing a lot of them. However, it turns out there are things you can do to help ensure your resume is seen.
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