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NOBCChE heads to New Orleans!
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NOBCChE introduces students to the properties of polymers at the USA Science and Engineering Festival
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Pictured left: NOBCChE member Albert Paul makes "slime" with a USA Science Festival attendee.





The nation's largest celebration of science and engineering, the USA Science & Engineering Festival was held April 26-27 Washington, D.C. The event was hosted by Lockheed Martin and focused on encouraging the next generation of engineers, scientists and technologists, and increasing public awareness of the importance of science and math education. NOBCChE participated along with more than 500 of the nation's leading science and engineering organizations, including colleges and universities, corporations, federal agencies, museums and science centers and professional engineering and science societies. Students at the NOBCChE booth learned about the properties of polymers by making slime/silly putty using Elmer's Glue and Borax.

Pictured left: NOBCChE vice president Talitha Hampton and retired member Albert Paul with USA Science Festival attendee


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Former NOBCChE President Dr. Joseph Francisco named dean of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Arts & Sciences
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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is pleased to announce the appointment of physical chemist Joseph Francisco, a distinguished professor at Purdue University, as dean of UNL's College of Arts & Sciences. Dr. Francisco is a leading national scientist. His research has revolutionized our understanding of chemical processes in the atmosphere, exploring such topics as how acid rain breaks down, the effect of chlorofluorocarbons on the ozone and global warming molecules.

Francisco served as president of the National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers from 2005 to 2007. He served as president of the American Chemical Society in 2010, the second African-American elected to this position. He became a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2013. Since 2010, Francisco has been one of 12 members of the President's Committee on the National Medal of Science.

Francisco has a compelling personal story. He was a first-generation college student, having been reared by his grandparents in the shadow of oil refineries and chemical processing plants in Beaumont, Texas.

Congratulations, Dr. Francisco! We are very proud of you!

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Have you been promoted, had an article recently published, won awards or made other strides in your career that you would like us to know about and want to share the good news? Send them to us at communications@nobcche.org and we will feature your success.
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Developing new STEM teaching methods
U.S. News & World Report
As universities continue a national push toward investing in STEM education, administrators and faculty are witnessing firsthand the challenge for teachers. At the recent U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference in Washington, D.C., academic leaders agreed that traditional approaches to science and math education, such as large lectures with little attention to hands-on work, have not proven successful in recruiting and training students for a future in STEM fields.
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Researchers discover race, gender bias among college professors
MadameNoire
Even before women and minorities set foot into the "real world," opportunities are obliterated right before their eyes as college professors seem to have a penchant for responding to white male students — and not their underrepresented counterparts, ScientificAmerican reports. Lead investigators Katherine Milkman and Modupe Akinolaof discovered — overwhelmingly — that professors were more likely to send off email responses to white men compared to women, black, Hispanic, Indian or Chinese students.
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7 lies we have to stop telling about African-American girls
PolicyMic
There is a myth that African-American girls generally fare better than African-American boys — that they somehow have it easier. This creates a potentially damaging narrative that may ultimately prevent society from truly empowering these young women. Here are seven myths that we need to stop repeating when it comes to African-American women and the achievement gap.
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How to make better hiring decisions
By Mel Kleiman
The best applicant and the best employee are rarely one in the same, so I recommend following a "hire tough, manage easy" philosophy. Even if you occasionally miss the mark, you will still be hiring to a higher standard. The following "best practices" will help you build an excellent team. First, remember there are two parts to every interview: gathering information and evaluating that information. To the best of your ability, keep them separate. Most interviewers have a tendency to let one good or bad answer skew their take on subsequent responses.
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University of Iowa to launch center to boost Ph.D. diversity
The Gazette
If enough universities fail to take action, predicts University of Iowa mathematics professor Philip Kutzko, "We are going to lose the battle." The global race toward innovation and industry encompasses the STEM disciplines and requires the involvement of populations underrepresented in those fields — women and minorities. Research universities that ignore those truths could lose in the area of student enrollment and funding, Kutzko said. And the United States could fall behind other industrialized nations.
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5 habits effective team members should never outgrow
Forbes
The term "habit" generally has a negative connotation, but if you form the right habits and shed the bad ones your team will be that much stronger. This usually requires letting selfishness fall by the wayside. If you are planning on making some behavioral changes in order to be a more effective member of your team, be sure to retain or develop these habits.
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Why aren't more women choosing to become scientists?
PayScale Career News
Nearly 15 years have passed since the dawn of the 21st century and still the field of science represents the dark ages in terms of gender equality. According to the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, in 2010, only 19.4 percent of doctoral degrees awarded in physics went to women and females who represented a scant 17.6 percent of scientists employed as a physicist or astronomer. Why is it that women are so underrepresented in the science equation?
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Best way to be fabulous in a job interview
Forbes
Most of us know how to behave in a way that is considered fine but very few know how to truly be fabulous. Employers, however, seek out and regularly hire those who have the "it" factor. It's the subtle, understated nuances that separate the fabulous job candidates from ones who are simply fine. Anything you can do to stand apart can help make you fabulous at your next job interview. Here are ways to do it.
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