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Join us for the NOBCChE NExM Regional Conference in Pittsburgh, PA from March 16-18! This event brings together the Northeast and Midwest Regions of NOBCChE and is co-sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh, University of Iowa, and Carnegie Mellon University. Some of the highlights and benefits of attending are listed below:
Registration is free for all student NOBCChE members that submit abstracts (students include undergraduates, graduate, and post-doctoral students). There is also limited funding available to cover student lodging costs for those presenting.
- Concurrent career and professional development sessions for students and professionals with sessions such as "Innovate a Career You Love" and "Personal Branding"
- Laboratory facility tours of both University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University
- Technical and Poster Sessions for students and professionals
- Opportunities to share your resumes with corporate sponsors
- Plenary Lectures by Victor McCrary and Dorothy Phillips
- Dinner cruise/Dress Your Decade Party on the Allegheny River
- Outreach activities
More information can be found at the conference website along with links to register and submit abstracts. The deadline to register is Feb. 28. Spread the word and we hope to see you there!
If you are interested in contributing to help more students attend the conference at no cost to them, please send an email to email@example.com.
National Science Foundation
The NSF Division of Chemistry is seeking new program rotators. At this time, we are particularly interested in individuals with broad knowledge and demonstrated experience in inorganic and organic synthesis; catalysis (especially surface catalysis and/or heterogeneous catalysis); and nanochemistry with experience in surface analysis and reactivity. A starting date of fall 2017 is of interest, through earlier starts may be possible.
Applications by the end of November are encouraged, but later applications may be considered as well (until the positions are filled). Nominations are also welcomed.
More information about this opportunity can be found here.
We look forward to the addition of new, talented rotators to the division. More information and applications should be submitted to CHEfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations are now being solicited for the 2017 national elections for President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and three At-Large members of the Executive Board. In addition, elections for Chairs of the West, Southwest, Midwest, Southeast and Northeast Regions will take place. Upon election, all of these officers become members of the Executive Board on July 1. The two-year terms of President Talitha Hampton-Mayo, Vice President Kemal Catalan, Secretary Sharon Barnes and Interim Treasurer Kemal Catalan, the three-year terms of At-Large Executive Board members Isom Harrison, Melvin Poulson and Victor Atiemo-Obeng and the two-year terms of Regional Chairs Thomas Dill (West), Marsha Cole (Southwest), Michelle Williams-Harry (Midwest), Murrell Godfrey (Southeast) and Racquel Jemison (Northeast) expire on June 30, 2017. Nominations may be submitted by email to NOBCChE.Elections@gmail.com and must include a recent curriculum vitae of the nominee. (Note that software for the upload of nominations on the NOBCChE website is inoperative.)
The following is a checklist for a valid candidacy:
- A person is eligible to run for a National Office only if he or she is a Regular Member in good financial standing. National dues for candidates must be paid and received by the National Treasurer by 11:59 p.m. PST, Dec. 31, 2016. Each candidate is required to submit: a) a biographical sketch that describes his or her qualifications, b) a brief statement outlining his or her views on NOBCChE-related issues, and c) a recent, color, head-and-shoulder photograph in JPEG format. A candidate's biographical sketch and statement must not exceed 350 words in total. Please submit the latter documentation in an MS Word file (no PDF files, please) and a statement of consent agreeing to accept the position if elected via the NOBCChE website to NOBCChE.Elections@gmail.com. (Note that software for the upload of documentation on the NOBCChE website is inoperative.)
- The following describes voter eligibility: An eligible voter must be a Regular Member in good financial standing. National dues must be paid and received by the National Treasurer by 11:59 p.m. PST, Dec. 31, 2016.
Nominations, biographical information, and statements must be received no later than March 10, 2017. (Note this extension of the deadline from Feb. 24, 2017.)
The White House just gave women in STEM a boost.
President Donald Trump signed two laws on Tuesday, Feb. 28, that authorize NASA and the National Science Foundation to encourage women and girls to get into STEM fields. Those are science, technology, engineering and math.
The INSPIRE Act directs NASA to promote STEM fields to women and girls, and encourage women to pursue careers in aerospace. The law gives NASA three months to present two Congressional committees with its plans for getting staff — think astronauts, scientists and engineers — in front of K-12 girls studying STEM.
The Washington Post
We're in a very strange place for the science world right now.
There was a time in recent memory when scientists were very afraid of something called "advocacy." While the term was variously interpreted, the general fear was easy to characterize: taking a stand perceived as political would undermine the credibility and objectivity of the research community in the eyes of the public. Accordingly, scientists tended to support the stance that they should simply lay their knowledge out there (often in very technical language) and let politicians decide what to do with it — drawing a firm line between "science" and "policy."
The first day of Women's History Month kicked off with an inspiring new toy for kids: Lego's Women of NASA set.
The set — which turns historic NASA employees Margaret Hamilton, Katherine Johnson, Sally Ride, Nancy Grace Roman, and Mae Jemison into the figurines Lego fans call "minifigs" — was a winner of the Lego Ideas contest, which considers batches of fan-designed submissions three times each year.
The working world has changed dramatically, and no one knows that better than job-seekers do.
You never know what you're walking into when you go on a job interview. It could be a warm and wonderful conversation with thoughtful, interesting people.
It could be a half-day in hell being grilled, insulted or left to languish in a windowless conference room (without a snack, a cup of coffee or even a glass of water).
Keep in mind that you always have the option to get up and leave a job interview that doesn't feel right. Whether you are working right now or not, you are a free and independent person. You don't get paid to go on job interviews.
Scientists around the U.S. are getting ready to do an unprecedented experiment: They plan to march en masse in Washington, D.C., and other cities on April 22, to take a stand for the importance of public policies based on science.
Some researchers predict that this March for Science will release much needed energy and enthusiasm at a time when science is under threat; others worry it will damage science's reputation as an unbiased seeker of truth.
We have been reminded that we can't assume that everyone just gets that science is an important endeavor; we need to reach out, build relationships, communicate our science and demonstrate why it is so vitally important.
Figuring out exactly how to do this can seem like a daunting task, especially for early-career researchers. Our day job — doing science — doesn't leave much room for advocacy efforts. It also doesn't help that many of us lack formal training on how to engage with the public or communicate our science. Starting advocacy efforts from scratch can seem overwhelming, making it difficult to know where or how to begin.
The New York Times
Calvin Coffey, a professor of surgery at the University of Limerick in Ireland, has a world of gadgetry, scientific equipment and medical tests at his disposal.
Recently, he added another tool: social media.
During a monthslong project to prove that the mesentery — folded tissue that connects the intestines to the wall of the abdomen — was in fact a human organ, Professor Coffey regularly turned to his followers on ResearchGate, a free Facebook-style social network aimed solely at scientists worldwide, for tips and suggestions on where his four-person team should focus their research.
Interviewing for a new job can be a truly nerve-racking experience. You put a lot of effort into preparing for the conversation, partially to ease the worry, but also because you know what an important step this is in the hiring process. You might be more than a little ready to stop thinking about it altogether once the interview is over. But, that would be a mistake. There are a few things you should do after an interview that could help you land the job.
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