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STEMulating economic growth through innovation and entrepreneurship
NOBCChE

At the 2013 NOBCChE conference, we challenged ourselves to think outside of the box. This year for 2014 we are doing just that. Our focus is driving innovation and entrepreneurship. Science Technology, Engineering and Math are (STEM) are the fundamental building blocks that allow us to create the future today. Innovation encompasses more than just scientific or technological breakthroughs. Join us as we discuss how to use STEM to develop businesses and entrepreneurial mindsets that drive our economy and propel us into the future.
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Members in the news: NOBCChE Board Chair is a part of Texas Southern University team that receives patent approval
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A Texas Southern University team of researchers consisting of Dr. Xin Wei, Dr. Yuanjian Deng, Dr. Renard L. Thomas, and Dr. Bobby Wilson recently received a patent entitled “Instantaneous Electro Deposition of Metal Nanostructures on Carbon Nanotubes.” The patent provides an effective approach to fabricate metalized carbon nanotubes, which may be easily scaled up for mass production and widely used in industry as multifunctional nanomaterials. Congratulations Dr. Wilson!

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Introducing the NOBCChE New Chems on the Block Professional Development Committee
NOBCChE

NOBCChE is pleased to announce the launch of the New Chems on the Block professional committee. The mission of the New Chems on the Block (NCB) committee is to advocate for and provide resources to early-career professionals in the chemical sciences and related fields.

Our objectives are to address specific issues facing younger scientists within NOBCChE while helping to facilitate a voice to the organization on behalf of early career professionals.


To learn more about
the NCB, contact the
new NCB chair Wanida Lewis
at wanida.lewis@gmail.com
Some of the topics and issues that will be addressed will be:

  1. Obtaining employment after school
  2. Advancing your career
  3. Unwritten rules of the workplace
  4. Networking
  5. Personal branding
  6. Building and sustaining the future of NOBCChE
Register today for the 41st Annual Conference for the first annual NCB Science Cafe: New Chems on the Block.

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Don't miss our NOBCChE 41st Annual Conference NCB events: Science Café
NOBCChE
This year, the New Chemists on the Block committee (NCB) will be hosting its first Science Café at this year’s annual conference on Thursday, Sept., 25. The café will be focusing on up and coming young minority scientists making contributions to the world of science and technology. Speakers are asked to give a dynamic and interactive 30-45 minute talk to discuss their research as well as cover popular topics that affect young professionals and minorities in society. Their talk may include media and hands-on activities. The focus of the talk should be on their research or work but geared towards a public audience. The goal of the Science Café is to provide a platform for young scientists who are making an impact in society as well as expose young professionals in NOBCChE to alternative career choices. The Science Café will be recorded as a podcast and uploaded to the NCB website
.

Featured Science Café speakers:

  • Drs. Tashni Dubroy and Tiffani Bailey Lash, owner of Tea and Honey Hair Blends


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Entrepreneurship 101 — The Inside Scoop panel
NOBCChE
The NCB will be hosting a panel discussion on Entrepreneurship 101 — The Inside Scoop at the annual conference. The panel will fall under the professional development umbrella .The panel discussion will be focusing on the ins and outs of entrepreneurship, and providing the audience with resources to gain success in the world of science and technology. Panelists are asked to give a brief synopsis of their experiences on the state of running a business with considerable insight on initiative, risks, and resources, as well as cover popular topics that affect young professionals and minorities in society. We would like for your contributions to include starting a business, business law & regulation, and financing a small business. Our moderator will guide the panelists through a series of questions, as well as take questions from the audience. The goal of the entrepreneurship panel is to provide insight for young scientists who are making an impact in society as well as expose young professionals in NOBCChE to alternative career choices.

Featured panelists:


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Call for abstracts: Submit papers online by July 25
NOBCChE
NOBCChE is pleased to call for abstracts for the 2014 NOBCChE Annual Conference. Building on last year’s success, the 2014 technical program is designed to further enrich the conference experience for all—potential presenters have an opportunity to showcase and share relevant research, programs or best practices and conference attendees have an additional learning channel to enhance their career, leadership and business/industry knowledge.

Visit the NOBCChE abstract site to download the Technical Program Guidebook with all of the information you will need to submit your abstract.

The planning team is developing a top-notch technical program that will include a mix of invited professional and student speakers and submitted abstracts covering the latest developments in STEM.

Technical Sessions:
  • Biochemistry
  • Microfluidics and MEMS Based Chemistry
  • Spectroscopic Analysis
  • Organic Chemistry: Synthesis and Characterization
  • Educational Outreach and Mentoring
  • Engineering — Process and Chemical
  • Inorganic Synthesis
  • Pharmaceutical and Natural Product
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Special Sessions:
  • Computational Chemistry
  • BioInspired Materials
  • Analytical: Chemical Separation
  • Research Entrepreneurship & Commercialization
  • Analytical Chemistry: Characterization
  • polymers


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    INDUSTRY NEWS


    Study finds top male scientists tilt toward hiring men
    The Boston Globe
    A provocative study provides a crucial clue to the obstacles women face in reaching the top echelons of science: Academic laboratories run by the nation’s elite male life-sciences researchers more often hire other men for coveted training positions. Overall at the top U.S. research institutions, male professors employed 11 percent fewer female graduate students and 22 percent fewer female postdoctoral researchers than do women professors.
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    Coast to coast, STEM jobs take longest to fill
    USA Today
    Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs take more than twice as long to fill as other openings, according to a new Brookings Institution study that provides the most detailed evidence yet of a skills gap that's slowing payroll growth. Even more surprising, a high school graduate with a STEM background is in higher demand than a college grad without such skills, the report says.
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    Leadership is about to get more uncomfortable
    Bloomberg
    Employees used to know just your name, your face, your business reputation. Now they know your salary, your hometown, your connections on LinkedIn, how much your house is worth. They know more than ever, and you’re under pressure to share more than ever, too — 76 percent of global executives think it’s a good idea for their CEO to be on social media. And along with this increased transparency, you’re held accountable for areas you know less about: New technologies, new markets, new cultures and geographies representing new stakeholders. It’s no wonder CEO tenure is declining.
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    Why STEM? Success starts with critical thinking, problem-solving skills
    Wired
    Our educational system is tasked with preparing the next-generation to succeed in life. That’s a tall order and it will substantially fail if it doesn’t teach children how to think critically and solve problems. In a post entitled “STEM Education: Why All the Fuss?,” Stephen Deangelis wrote, “Educating students in STEM subjects (if taught correctly) prepares students for life, regardless of the profession they choose to follow. Those subjects teach students how to think critically and how to solve problems — skills that can be used throughout life to help them get through tough times and take advantage of opportunities whenever they appear.”
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    Lack of diversity could undercut Silicon Valley
    USA Today
    The technology industry's predominantly white and Asian male workforce is in danger of losing touch with the diverse nation — and world — that forms its customer base. Recently released numbers from some of the largest and most powerful companies confirm what many had suspected: Opportunity here is not created equal. Blacks and Hispanics are largely absent, and women are underrepresented in Silicon Valley — from giant companies to start-ups to venture capital firms.
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    Diversity can boost the bottom line
    NWI Times
    Corporate executives and business leaders are most likely to listen to numbers. The numbers don't lie: Greater diversity in the workplace boost productivity and the bottom line, said Purdue North Central Professor Anne Christo-Baker at The Times 7th Annual Diversity Job Fair and Business Symposium. Christo-Baker, an assistant professor in organizational behavioral and leadership who hails from Sierra Leone, said diversity boosts profits by 36 percent and customer satisfaction by 39 percent on average.
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    STEM education growing, but still has room for improvement
    By Suzanne Mason
    The revival of interest in STEM education started with the national Educate to Innovate campaign in 2009. The campaign is designed to bring American students to competitive ranks with their international counterpart when it comes to the subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Educators, organizations and the federal government have all taken steps to spark interest in both STEM education and careers. Five years later, the revival of STEM education is still in its infant steps, and it still has room to grow in both diversity and innovation.
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    Encourage your employees to talk about other job offers
    Harvard Business Review
    Why can’t employees speak honestly about their career goals with their managers? It’s because of the reasonable belief that doing so is risky and career-limiting if the employee’s aspirations do not perfectly match up with the manager’s existing views and time horizons. It seems safer to wait until another job offer is in hand, so that if one’s manager reacts badly to one’s ideas, there’s no danger of being passed over for on-going professional development, or worse, left unemployed.
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    Google's helping young girls, but how can we get women in college to code?
    Forbes
    This month, Google pledged $50 million to Made with Code, an initiative aimed at getting a million girls exposed to computer science by 2020. As a 21-year-old rising college junior who only started formally learning to code this past year, Yunita Ong hopes we don’t lose sight of helping the females who missed out on exposure at a young age but want to get into the coding game later in their lives.
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    How to cope with job search frustration
    Parade
    Searching for a job can become extremely frustrating. In fact, this frustration can get the best of your job search. Whether it’s employers ignoring your application or securing interviews but not landing jobs, there are a number of things that contribute to a job seeker’s frustration. The problem many job seekers face is they allow their job search frustration to build and don’t do anything to reduce it. When this happens, they tend to not put enough effort into their search or even worse, give up completely on finding a job.
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