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In honor of Black History Month, NOBCChE will feature the stories of past, present and future eminient African American chemists and chemical engineers.
SciGirls via YouTube
Bridgette's formula for success is using her love of chemistry to develop groundbreaking products at work and create natural remedies for her family at home. Check out this video in which she discusses the barriers she's had to face as an African-American woman in chemistry, as well as how she ended up on this career path.
Chemical & Engineering News
This week C&EN News featured NIST Director, Dr. Willie May as he told his story of how of becoming the Nation’s top chemist.
View that story here.
Dr. May’s story is one of perseverance and determination. Born in the then segregated south, Dr. May discovered his passion for chemistry during high school. Stating that the rigor and challenge of his high school experience prepared him for college, Dr. May attests that he was not “intimidated” by college chemistry as he matriculated at Knoxville College. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in 1967, Dr. May briefly worked for the Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant before accepting an internship at the then, National Bureau of Standards in Maryland. While working in the analytical division, he acquired a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Maryland. Since that initial internship in 1971, Dr. May has worked his way up through the ranks of NIST; acting as the deputy director of the Material Management Laboratory prior to becoming NIST director.
Both a leader and mentor, Dr. May has been crucial to the development of both the American Chemical Society Scholars Program and the NIST-University of Maryland Scholarship. In addition, he has close ties to NOBBChE. In the C&EN article former NOBCChE President, NIST Manager and current Morgan State University professor, Victor R. McCrary states that he first met May at a NOBCChE conference as a graduate student and was impressed with his charge for scientists to take risks in research.
In September, Dr. May was honored at the 2015 Annual NOBCChE Conference during the NIST sponsored symposia Setting the Standards for Research and Innovation. Below he is photographed with NOBCChE President Talitha Hampton and Vice President Kemal Catalan.
NOBCChE salutes Dr. May as a trailblazer
in chemistry and a mentor to many!
Please join President Talitha Hampton for a town hall as she discusses the NOBCChE strategic plan and how we are progressing on our journey to transform the organization. The virtual town hall will stream live on the NOBCChE YouTube page Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 7:30 p.m. EST to 8:30 p.m. EST.
Click here to register for the town hall event!
If you would like to submit a question ahead of time, send an email to answers@NOBCChE.org.
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- Progress on our journey
- Living our core values and delivering our strategy
- Transforming while performing: 2016 Goals and Beyond
- Question and answer session
Important Election Dates for 2016
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- Feb. 26: Nominations, biographical information, and statements due. Information received after this date will not be considered.
- March 15: Voters must be regular members in good financial standing by 11:59 p.m. PST.
- April 15: National Elections open and ballots are sent electronically.
- May 15: National Elections Close.
- May 18: Results of the National Elections are communicated to the NOBCChE membership.
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With less than a year before he leaves office, U.S. President Barack Obama is making a strong push to increase spending on scientific research. His fiscal year 2017 budget plan, released on Feb. 9, calls for a 4 percent bump in research and development funding across the federal government.
But science advocates and lawmakers alike say that they're unhappy with Obama's decision to boost science by relying on "mandatory" spending. Normally, research funding is "discretionary," meaning that Congress decides how much money each agency will receive.
At STEM3 Academy, sticking to the norm doesn't work.
In fact, the school was launched to do just the opposite.
"Our emphasis is on learning versus teaching," said Dr. Ellis Crasnow, the school's director. "Our students learn by doing, experiencing and constructing rather than just sitting in a classroom listening to a teacher."
STEM3 Academy largely focuses on "STEM" subjects: science, technology, engineering and math. Teachers there use a "flipped classroom" model. This means that time in class is used to complete projects and homework assignments, while time at home is spent reviewing the next day's lessons.
Body language is just as important as your skills, and it's crucial to make a good impression on your recruiter or hiring manager in the interview. Recently, Careerbuilder conducted a survey of over 2,100 hiring and human resource managers to find the most unbelievable interview stories and to discover what body language mistakes candidates make in the interview process.
Research shows that the good jobs (secure, high-paying, non-manual labor) are going to people with a bachelor's degree. It's clear that the job market values college graduates. But some degrees pay off in career success more than others, and that's hurting black college-educated Americans, research shows.
Black students major less frequently in the lucrative fields of engineering and pharmaceutical sciences than in such lower-earning areas as social work and psychology, according to a report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
By David G. Jensen via Science
I remember coming out of college and thinking how easy my job search would be. I had an "interesting" blend of training in communications and science, and it was my belief that I could apply this in a journalism career or any science-centered business that would have me. But no one appeared interested! After weeks of applying, the entire stack of job search responses I had received could slip into my shirt pocket.
Perhaps you’ve experienced a modern e-version of this and you're feeling the same way. In today's column, I'm going to address the mental side of the job search by focusing on three fears that can get in the way if you let them.
The Associated Press via ABC News
James Wanda, a senior at Pennsylvania's Lafayette College and one of two black computer science majors in his class, says at times he has felt pressure to succeed not just for himself, but for his entire race.
"I realized if I fail, in some ways, it means that people might take that as either confirmation that other black students will fail, or as a sign that they might fail," said the 21-year-old from Arlington, Virginia.
For black students — especially men — at many mainstream colleges, these pressures, racial slights and other negative interactions can push them to transfer or even drop out. A new study in the Harvard Educational Review is highlighting how some black male college students are overcoming those challenges, and the reasons for their success
U.S. News & World Report
More than 1 in 4 15-year-olds living in economically developed countries – some 13 million students – do not have a basic level of knowledge in at least 1 of the 3 core subjects: math, reading and science.
In some countries, the statistic is worse, with more than 1 in 2 students lacking such baseline proficiency. And that poor performance holds ramifications that reach far beyond just a report card.
Those are just some of the top-line findings tucked inside a 212-page report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, or OECD, which analyzed data from the 64 countries that participated in the latest international education assessment, known as the Programme for International Student Assessment, or PISA.
So, you found a job you're excited about applying for and took your best whack at tailoring your resume to it. Great! It's important to go the extra mile for something you care about.
But, it's even more important to make sure that extra mile is worth it. When you're at this stage of the process, the changes are not usually drastic. You might be wondering if they're even noticeable, which they probably are. The easier you make it for the hiring manager to see you're a fit, the more likely you'll get through to the next round.
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