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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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Nominate a colleague for a NOBCChE Professional Award: Deadline extended to July 25
NOBCChE
Create role models for tomorrow’s work force by nominating a colleague for a NOBCChE professional award. NOBCChE recognizes STEM professionals who have made significant contributions to science, engineering research and/or teaching with awards for deserving candidates. The following awards will be presented at the Awards Ceremony during the NOBCChE Annual Meeting on Sept. 26.


Nominate online at https://www.nobcche.org/conference/nobcche-awards/professional-awards. Self-nominations are encouraged.


Percy L. Julian Award
Award granted for outstanding research in Pure and Applied Science and/or Engineering

Henry C. McBay Outstanding Teacher Award
Award granted for demonstrating outstanding contributions to education and the mentoring of young scientists

The Lloyd N. Ferguson Young Scientist Award
Award granted to a young scientist who has demonstrated excellence in scientific research and documented contributions to his/her field

The NOBCChE — Joseph N. Cannon Award in Chemical Engineering
Award granted to a Chemical Engineering Professional who has demonstrated excellence in the field

Winifred Burks-Houck Professional Leadership Award
Award granted to a professional woman who has upheld Dr. Burks-Houck legacy by demonstrating leadership in a corporate environment and have made significant contributions to science in their community

NOBCChE Program & Project Management Excellence Award
This award recognizes an Industrial Black Chemist, Biochemist, Polymer Scientist, Material Scientist, Biochemical Engineer, Biomedical and Chemical Engineer and is based on the leadership and management provided either on programs (many projects are under their management) or projects that the nominee provided to their company.

Individual Contributor Industrial Award
This prestigious award recognizes an Industrial Black Chemist, Biochemist, Polymer Scientist, Material Scientist, Biochemical Engineer, Biomedical Engineer and Chemical Engineer based on their lifetime achievements to the industry. Selection criteria include major technical contributions arising from research work, and/or development or engineering that the nominee has provided to a past and present company of employment. The nominee must be a NOBCChE member in good standing.


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NOBCChE 2014 STEM Festival: New Orleans Marriott Downtown, Sept. 27-29
NOBCChE

Fore more information contact
Dr. Iris Wagstaff
irwagsta@ncsu.edu
SomeNOBCChE STEM-fest is a fun-filled celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), as well as demonstrations and presentations to engage students, parents and the general public. Presentations are invited by scientists, science centers, planetariums, science museums, and any individual or organization that does STEM outreach. Middle school and high school students, parents, and the general public are invited to explore science and learn about local STEM resources in the community.


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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 Cafe
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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INDUSTRY NEWS


New Obama initiative stresses equal access to good teachers
The Huffington Post
The Obama administration will announce plans to enforce a long-ignored federal mandate: a decade-old requirement that states give students of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds equal access to good teachers. The new initiative, called "Excellent Educators for All," aims to bring states into compliance with a teacher equity mandate in the No Child Left Behind Act, the George W. Bush-era law that requires states to reward and punish schools based on standardized test scores.
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Get LinkedIn to recruiters for your job search
The Huffington Post
Although under-used by average LinkedIn members, LinkedIn Groups can be critical to a successful job search because they enable you to communicate directly with recruiters. And vice versa. You can leverage Groups for both visibility and credibility, demonstrating your knowledge and communications skills — when you use Groups with care.
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AAU launches STEM education initiative website, announces STEM network conference
Phys.org
The Association of American Universities (AAU), an association of leading public and private research universities, recently launched the AAU STEM Initiative Hub, a website that will both support and widen the impact of the association's initiative to improve the quality of undergraduate teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields at its member institutions.
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Mind the gap: Socioeconomic status may influence understanding of science
University of Wisconsin-Madison
When it comes to science, socioeconomic status may widen confidence gaps among the least and most educated groups in society, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Science, Media and the Public research group. The findings, published in June in the journal Science Communication, show that similar levels of attention to science in newspapers and on blogs can lead to vastly different levels of factual and perceived knowledge between the two groups.
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How to answer the question 'what was your last salary?'
Forbes
You have to be prepared to talk about salary on a job interview, even before you talk to people in person. There’s a good chance they’ll ask you about your salary history in the very first piece of correspondence you receive once you’ve submitted a resume in response to a job posting. A lot of job ads tell you to send your salary history along with a resume and cover letter. Don’t do that — your salary history is nobody’s business but your own.
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Building a more diverse workforce through software
Re/code
Tech companies have a diversity problem, especially when it comes to hiring software engineers. Software may be eating the world, but for the most part that software is created by white males, despite the fact that there are many qualified engineers in the marketplace who are neither. A series of self-reinforcing cycles reinforces the status quo. Companies tend to hire alumnae from certain universities and workers from particular companies; they also rely heavily on referrals from existing employees. The result is a workforce with a lot of faces that look similar.
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3 workplace issues where the US trails the rest of the globe
U.S. News & World Report
When it comes to family-friendly work policies, the U.S. lags far behind other nations. President Obama highlighted this fact at the White House Summit on Working Families on June 23. Here are some of the top issues raised that affect how American workers and families experience life on and off the job.
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How to hook up tech sector with talent
CNN
Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn and Facebook have all released their workforce diversity reports in the past few weeks. These reports have sparked much hand-wringing about the low number of African-Americans and Latinos who are working in Silicon Valley tech companies. We expect to see a tide of more reports, illustrating a dismal situation needing attention. But, too often, stunned commentators overlook a simple fact: This problem is fixable.
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