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As 2014 comes to a close, NOBCChE would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of NOBCChE eBrief a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 8.


1. 5 black chemists who changed the world
NOBCChE
From Feb. 2: To celebrate Black History Month, NOBCChE and ACS are proud to release a commemorative video looking back at the careers of five scientists who changed the world These scientists include Percy Julian, Mae Jemison, Patricia Bath, Betty Harris and George Washington Carver. Each week, the NOBCChE e-brief will look at the careers of the five scientists honored in the film.
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2. Why the scientist who unraveled DNA is selling his Nobel Prize
Yahoo! News
From Dec. 4: James Watson, the famed molecular biologist and co-discoverer of DNA, is putting his Nobel Prize up for auction. This sad final chapter to his career traces back to racist remarks he made in 2007, which led to his fall from scientific grace. Watson is best known for his work deciphering the DNA double helix alongside Francis Crick in 1953. The discovery revolutionized biochemistry and earned the pair and their colleague, molecular biologist Maurice Wilkins, the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. But in 2007 Watson made an incendiary remark regarding the intelligence of black people that lost him the admiration of the scientific community.
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3. Radical authenticity: A gay, black, female CEO on why it pays to be an open book
Fast Company
From Nov. 6: Tanisha Robinson is not your average CEO. “I’m 5 foot 11, I have a fro, and I’m black; there’s no hiding that,” she says. “Then, it becomes clear very quickly that I’m gay because I like to mention that I have a wife just to see how people react.” As a black, gay woman, any one of her three identities might be perceived as an extra challenge in the business world. Tanisha Robinson But Robinson doesn’t feel that being open about who she is has been a problem, an experience shared by Apple CEO Tim Cook, who came out this week in a Businessweek op-ed, saying "plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me."
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4. President Obama honors America's top scientists
The White House
From Nov. 27: On Nov. 20, in the East Room of the White House, President Obama awarded National Medals of Science and National Medals of Technology and Innovation to 19 of our nation’s top thinkers, discoverers, and innovators — marveling both at the amount of brainpower packed into the room and the magnitude of the laureates' achievements. “The results of the work of the people we honor today have transformed our world,” President Obama said.
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5. 6 career missteps to avoid in 2014
U.S. News & World Report
From Jan. 23: New year, new you in the office? Well, maybe — if you can avoid key career killers that derail many professionals. As January draws to a close, you're probably clear about what resolutions you hope to achieve this year. But it's just as important to know what to dodge if you want to have the best chance for success.
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6. Howard University awards record 105 doctoral degrees
Diverse
From May 15: Howard University has maintained it lead as the top producer of on-campus doctoral degrees awarded by Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The HBCU recently announced that it plans to graduate 105 Ph.D.s from a variety of academic departments — the largest number of doctoral degrees to be conferred in the school’s 147-year history.
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7. Women fleeing science, tech fields
Nextgov
From Feb. 20: The talent pipeline of female workers in science, engineering and technology fields is on the rise, yet many women — faced with hostile work environments, extreme work pressures and isolation — are fleeing these in-demand fields in droves. That's according to Athena 2.0, a new report by the Center for Talent Innovation, which surveyed women in science, engineering and technology fields in the U.S., Brazil, China and India.
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8. NIH to probe racial disparity in grant awards
Nature
From Aug. 21: Richard Nakamura, director of the Center for Scientific Review at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), does not consider himself to be racially biased. Yet a test of his speed at associating certain words with faces of different races revealed a slight unconscious prejudice against minorities. If the director of the institute that oversees the NIH’s grant process harbors these inclinations, he wonders, are grant reviewers affected as well?
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9. 5 things you don't need to include on your resume
Forbes
From Nov. 6: Liz Ryan's daughter is a senior in college. Not long ago she had coffee with a friend of hers who’s hunting for a part-time job. “Get six or seven applications out there fast, and one or two of the companies will call you,” advised Ryan's daughter. “It would be great if you had a few different options to choose from.” The friend’s eyes opened wide. “Wait a second,” she said. “You’re allowed to apply for more than one job at a time?”
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10. 8 things recruiters notice about your resume at first glance (and 4 things that don't matter)
Mashable
From Oct. 23: When recruiters look through a stack of resumes for candidate screening, what is the vital information they focus upon? According to Ambra Benjamin, engineering recuriter at Facebook, it varies from recruiter to recruiter. However, for Benjamin, who recruits for senior-level individuals for major corporations, there are several things that immediately stand out.
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