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NOBCChE call for applications: National Student Representative
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The National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) is inviting applications for a creative, committed and energetic student into the NOBCChE board of directors as the National Student Representative. Click here to learn more and apply.
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Georgia Tech student chapter hosts male middle school outreach program
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One hundred and thirty-five local middle school (sixth-eighth grade) boys participated in hands-on demonstrations and other activities. Some of the demonstrations included engineering concepts, robotics, chemical techniques ranging from DNA extractions, solar powered cars and "exploring the slimy world of polymers." The demonstrations were conducted by GT college students, faculty and industry professionals. The event was hosted by The School of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the GT student chapter of NOBCChE on Nov. 9 at Georgia Tech's Molecular Science and Engineering building.

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  FACULTY POSITIONS IN CHEMISTRY
The Department of Chemistry of the University of Kentucky invites applications for two tenure-track positions at the assistant professor level. The first position combines computational chemistry with other areas of research. The research area for the second position is open, but we are specifically interested in candidates whose research activities will complement and strengthen existing strengths at UK, such as materials, energy, or biological/pharmaceutical chemistry. For more information, please visit http://chem.as.uky.edu/chem-faculty-positions.
 


Celebrating success: Spotlight on Karen Kennedy, Ph.D.
NOBCChE
NOBCChE member Dr. Karen Kennedy was selected as one of 81 engineers to participate in the National Academy of Engineering's 19th Annual Frontiers of Engineering symposium in September in Wilmington, Del. Engineers ages 30 to 45 who are performing exceptional engineering research and technical work in a variety of disciplines came together for the two-and-a-half day event. The participants — from industry, academia and government — were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations and chosen from 310 applicants.

"The well-being of society will rely on engineering ideas developed by our nation's leading technological thinkers," said NAE President Charles M. Vest. "The Frontiers of Engineering program gives some of our most talented early career innovators the opportunity to create interdisciplinary relationships that are critical to shaping and advancing the future."

Karen is a senior principal engineer at Air Products and Chemicals Inc. and is responsible for identification and exploratory development of new technology opportunities. She collaborates on cross-organizational and cross-functional teams, providing process technology leadership for initiatives that provide emergent business growth. Congratulations Karen on this prestigious recognition!

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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NOBCChE book of the month: "African American Women Chemists" by Jeannette Brown
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Dr. Marie Maynard Daly received her Ph.D. in chemistry from Columbia University in 1947. Although she was hardly the first of her race and gender to engage in the field, she was the first African-American woman to receive a Ph.D. in chemistry in the United States. In this book, Jeannette Brown, an African-American woman chemist herself, will present a wide-ranging historical introduction to the relatively new presence of African-American women in the field of chemistry. It will detail their struggles to obtain an education and their efforts to succeed in a field in which there were few African-American men, much less African-American women. Jeannette Brown is a longtime member of NOBCChE and the 2013 Lifetime Achievement awardee.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Study: Black women falling behind in STEM fields
New Pittsburgh Courier
Women of color — particularly black women — are being left behind in the increasingly important fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, according a new study by the Institute for Women's Policy Research. President Obama in 2008 announced his administration's goal of making the United States a world leader in STEM fields.
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5 ways to refresh your leadership style
Forbes
Most leaders in today's workplace could use a fresh start. They are struggling with the new demands that are being placed upon them; these include: how to lead the changing demographic shift, how to keep doing more with less and how to execute with the required speed as the marketplace continues to evolve and reinvent itself.
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Iowa leads in STEM education
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
Iowa has rapidly become a national leader in STEM education. Across the state, hundreds of educators are introducing thousands of learners to the thrill of STEM. Middle schoolers at St. Theresa in Des Moines, for example, are applying mathematics to make scale models of home furnishings. "My parents…can't believe we're doing engineering in eighth grade," said a budding architect.
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How one college boosted female STEM graduates
The Wall Street Journal
Executives of science and tech companies often resort to finger-pointing when pressed to explain the shortage of women in the executive suite. Employers blame colleges for turning out too few women grads with science, technology, engineering and math degrees. Colleges say high schools don't produce enough female applicants interested in STEM. High schools say parents fail to spark little girls' interest in science and math. Parents say girls have too few adult-female role models in STEM.
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How social is changing business — and your job search
Forbes
A decade ago, businesses didn't have company Facebook profiles, Twitter accounts or Instagram feeds. In fact, Facebook didn't exist. When you start thinking about how much social media has changed the way that businesses operate in the past few years, you can't help but wonder how much more — and how — it will change in the coming decade.
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How diversity delivers on ROI, employee engagement
CIO Insight
CIOs and other executives who shrug off diversity are missing out on both business and employee-engagement opportunities, according to a recent survey from Korn Ferry. In the past, some naysayers might have dismissed diversity initiatives as "politically correct nonsense," but corporations are expanding into new global markets every day, and an eclectic range of employee backgrounds and interests are needed to make a successful transition.
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Food for thought: Got goals?
By Karen Childress
Each new year brings with it the opportunity for a fresh start, a clean slate, and giving thought to what might unfold over the next 12 months. Whether you're setting goals for your business or yourself, it's important to have a plan. There is a well-worn but still useful acronym — SMART — that's designed to help with setting goals. Here's a quick recap of SMART, followed by three additional ideas to consider when setting goals for 2014.
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Arts could help create a better STEM student
Phys.Org
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics have become part of educational vernacular, as colleges, universities and other institutions strive to raise the profile of the areas of study and the number of graduates in each field. Now a project from the University of Houston College of Education Urban Talent Research Institute encourages the incorporation of creative endeavors to attract more and better STEM students.
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