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STEMulating economic growth through innovation and entrepreneurship
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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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Long-time NOBCChE Member and Percy Julian Awardee Dr. Willie May appointed Acting Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
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On June 16, Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker appointed Dr. Willie E. May to serve as Acting Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He also serves as Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology, a new position created in the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010.

Dr. May is a long-time NOBCChE Member and a Percy Julian Awardee.
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NOBCChE Past President and Percy Julian Awardee Victor McCrary selected to the 2014 Class of ACS Fellows
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Victor McCrary selected to the Class of 2014 Fellows for the American Chemical Society. The American Chemical Society has named 99 members as ACS Fellows. The new fellows will be inducted at the society’s national meeting in San Francisco this August at a ceremony hosted by ACS Immediate Past-President Marinda Li Wu.

Dr McCrary is a long-time member of NOBCChE, the immediate past president, and a Percy Julian Awardee. Congrats Dr. McCrary!
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Call for abstracts: Submit papers online by July 25
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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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    Calling all young and early career professionals! Share your professional experience by presenting an abstract at the 41st Annual Meeting in New Orleans.
    NOBCChE
    Don't miss your opportunity for great discounts.
    • NCBs who present an abstract will receive a discount on registration (contact Wanida Lewis for more details)
    • Early career first time attendees can register at a discounted rate
    • New Professors can register at the student rate if they bring student to the conference.


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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.


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


    We known physics is largely white and male, but exactly how white and male is still striking
    Smithsonian
    In the entire United States, of the thousands and thousands of college physics and astronomy faculty, only 75 are African American or Hispanic women, says the American Institute of Physics. According to a new survey by the AIP, female racial minorities make up less than 1 percent of the 9,050 physics faculty members in the country. According to the new survey data, just 2.1 percent of physics faculty in the country are African American and 3.2 percent Hispanic.
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    Colleges work to engage women, minorities in STEM fields
    U.S. News & World Report
    When an African-American​ man became head of the the department ​for Kelly Mack's degree program​ at University of Maryland—Eastern Shore, his presence had a profound effect on her. "It was like the second coming of Christ," ​says Mack, an African-American​ woman who is now the vice president for undergraduate STEM education at the Association for American Colleges and Universities. She is also the association's executive director for Project Kaleidoscope, which assists ​faculty working in science, technology, engineering or math and helps them support students in STEM.
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    Finding the perfect job: 5 questions millennials should ask
    Parade
    Are you fed up with working a job that doesn’t align with your values, help you accomplish your career goals, or meet your personal needs? Finding the perfect job doesn’t happen overnight, but there are some questions Millennials can ask themselves to find more rewarding opportunities. Implementing this process in your job search can bring you closer to a more fulfilling career.
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    Women: Want to advance? Take on a challenge
    Talent Management
    When Meredith Stevens, currently chief supply chain officer at Newell Rubbermaid, came out of school, she had multiple degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering as well as a master’s in industrial management. She said there were clear opportunities for anyone with a technical degree. She went to work for GE right after graduation at a time when the company was pushing diversity in the workplace, which gave her an advantage. But she said her biggest challenge as she’s climbed the career ladder has not necessarily been being female, it’s been finding points of connection in a workplace where people like to work with others who are similar to themselves.
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    Every child left behind
    Diversity Inc.
    The No Child Left Behind Act, signed by President George W. Bush in 2001, was meant as a way to close the educational-achievement gap that left low-income students — who are largely Black and Latino — struggling in failing schools. Thirteen years later, President Barack Obama has introduced Excellent Educators for All, a new initiative aimed at picking up the pieces of an increasingly failing No Child Left Behind. Under the new initiative, which is structured so that it can be implemented without congressional approval, includes three components.
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    The US neglects its best science students
    Scientific American
    The U.S. education policy world — the entire country, for that matter — is on a quest to increase the ranks of future innovators in science and technology. Yet the programs that get funded in K–12 education do not support students who are already good at and in love with science. These students have potential for outstanding contributions, but without public investment they will not be prepared for the rigors of a scientific career. This is especially true for those without highly educated and resource-rich parents.
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    Manage your leadership agenda through the agendas of others
    Forbes
    Today’s brave new workplace is being fueled by a myriad of leadership agendas. It’s a difficult situation for employees as they grow more and more confused about which agenda to follow and buy into for their future. To eliminate the confusion, leaders must become more active and deliberate about sharing their agendas (goals, desires and aspirations for themselves and the department and/or functional areas they serve). If not, their lack of communication and seeming unwillingness to share their agenda with others may unknowingly, over time, be interpreted as a hidden agenda that potentially puts a strain on the organization and its people.
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    A shortage of scientists and techies? Think again
    CBS News
    A common refrain among corporate and political leaders is that the U.S. needs more engineers, scientists and other workers with the kind of specialized expertise needed to boost economic growth. And that assessment plays a part in a range of public policy debates, from how to change the nation's immigration laws to how to energize job-creation. But new federal data suggests that idea is largely a myth, and it raises questions for students who are planning their careers.
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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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