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NOBCChE Board Chair Bobby Wilson reflects on the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela
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Nelson Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, inspired and continues to inspire millions of people around the world. Mandela was elected South Africa's first black president after spending nearly three decades in prison. NOBCChE board chair, Dr. Bobby Wilson, reflects on the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, meeting him in person, the impact it all had on his life and lessons that NOBCChE can learn from his life. Mandela died on Dec. 5 in Johannesburg at age 95.
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Members in the news: NOBCChE member Dr. Emanuel Waddell receives the National Role Model Faculty Mentor Award from Minority Access Inc.
The University of Alabama in Huntsville
In his recent receipt of the National Role Model Faculty Mentor Award from Minority Access Inc., Dr. Emanuel Waddell sees a steady line of continuity and responsibility that spans high and low points in the campus history of The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). "If you have been mentored, then you should mentor someone else."
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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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Holiday gifts that encourage STEM education
CNNMoney
Society is leaving a huge talent pool on the table. Women can bring diversity and a different viewpoint to STEM fields, and this resource is extremely underutilized today. As girls are as equipped as boys to enjoy and excel in STEM careers, how can we turn the tide and help undo some of this early conditioning? One way is to interest them with toys that fit their frames of reference, while bringing in some element of technology for a soft landing.
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Test scores show girls lag behind boys in STEM subjects
GreatSchools
If you've come to worry endlessly about the fate of boys in school, well, you're not alone. According to recent tomes with titles like "The Trouble with Boys" (2008) and "Why Boys Fail" (2010), boys are falling precipitously behind girls in school.  But test scores reveal another gender gap — in STEM — and in this case, it's girls who need to catch up.
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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.
 


NASA fellowships, scholarships bring diversity to future STEM workforce
RedOrbit
NASA's Minority University Research and Education Project has awarded fellowships and scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year to 40 graduate and undergraduate students from across the United States to increase diversity in STEM disciplines. Thirty graduate students from 16 states and the District of Columbia were selected to receive the competitive Harriett G. Jenkins Graduate Fellowship.
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Editorial: New York school system needs to prioritize STEM educion
New York Daily News
More often than not, the jobs of today and tomorrow require advanced knowledge in science and technology. In fact, by 2020, the U.S. economy will demand 123 million high-skilled workers with strong backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and math — a set of skills commonly called STEM. The problem is, only 50 million Americans will qualify for those jobs.
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Santa Claus should not be a white man anymore — he should be a penguin!
Slate
America is less and less white, but a melanin-deficient Santa remains the default in commercials, mall casting calls and movies. Isn't it time that our image of Santa better serve all the children he delights each Christmas? Yes, it is. And so I propose that America abandon Santa-as-fat-old-white-man and create a new symbol of Christmas cheer. From here on out, Santa Claus should be a penguin.
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What workers want in a job
By Mel Kleiman
When an employee quits, most managers take it personally — and for good reason. For more than 20 years, employee exit interview research has been telling us the No. 1 reason the best people leave is because they feel they are being poorly managed. Whether you're recruiting managers or hourly employees, there are five specific things everyone wants from a job. If you can provide most or all of them, you'll be able to attract and retain the employees you deserve — the best.
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Leadership is about emotion
Forbes
Make a list of the five leaders you most admire. They can be from business, social media, politics, technology, the sciences, any field. Now ask yourself why you admire them. The chances are high that your admiration is based on more than their accomplishments, impressive as those may be. And there's a good chance that everyone on your list reaches you on an emotional level. This ability to reach people in a way that transcends the intellectual and rational is the mark of a great leader.
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Holiday job hunting myths
Business 2 Community
Tell someone that you're job searching during this time of year and you'll probably hear any number of opinions about what a holiday job hunt is like. While your friends, neighbors, parents and hairstylist mean well as they give you advice about holiday job hunting, they may also be perpetuating myths that simply aren't true. Here are some common myths about job hunting during this time of year that you just have to stop believing.
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