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As 2013 comes to a close, NOBCChE would like to wish our members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. Check out the top 10 most read articles from 2013 and stay tuned for more great articles in 2014!


10) Accolades to African-American women faculty
NOBCChE
From Nov. 7: NOBCChE is proud to salute the powerful women who are helping to ensure the next generation of engineers through academic leadership. Thank you for blazing the trail!



On Sept. 1, Dr. Gilda Barabino became the new dean of engineering at City College of New York.



Dr. Paula Hammond, MIT, received the Charles A. Stine Award from the AIChE Materials Engineering and Science Division. The Charles M.A. Stine Award is bestowed annually to a leading researcher in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of materials science and engineering.



Dr. Tonya Peeples has been appointed to the new position of associate dean for diversity and outreach for the College of Engineering, which became effective June 1.



Dr. Kristala Jones Prather, the Theodore T. Miller Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT, has been awarded permanent tenure.



Dr. Christine Grant, the 2011 NOBCChE Winifred Burks-Houck Leadership awardee and associate dean of faculty development and special initiatives and professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering in the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University, has been named a 2013 Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

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9) Minorities, women vastly underrepresented in STEM fields
The Baltimore Sun
From Aug. 28: The number of women in science, technology, engineering and math careers is dismal. As is the number of minorities pursuing STEM careers; consider that African-Americans, Hispanics and American Indians earn just 18 percent of bachelor's degrees in science and engineering. This despite the fact that STEM occupations are estimated to grow at a rate 1.7 times faster than non-STEM jobs between 2008 and 2018.
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8) 7 things keeping women out of science careers
Business Insider
From Oct. 24: Ada Lovelace Day, a day meant to honor female scientists as a way to remember Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer, was Oct. 15. In 1842, Lovelace wrote a computer program for a machine that didn't even exist yet. More than 150 years later, women are still lacking in science fields. Nationally, women now earn close to 60 percent of bachelor's degrees overall, but only 20 percent of the degrees in computer science, 20 percent of those in physics and 18 percent of those in engineering according to The New York Times.
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7) STEM funding in danger, but does anyone care?
The Huffington Post
From Sept. 4: Under proposed budget changes for the 2014 fiscal year, many STEM educational initiatives may no longer exist. Though overall funding for STEM programs is actually slated to rise by $3 billion, or 6 percent, consolidation of STEM education may leave specific programs out in the cold. The annual $15 million in funding for the Science Education Partnership Awards that are funded by the National Institutes of Health, for example, are not included in the proposed budget changes.
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6) Why so few women and minorities at the top? Here's the real reason
Forbes
From Sept. 4: Only 1 percent of the nation's Fortune 500 CEOs are black. Only 4 percent are women. And not a single one is openly gay. After decades of diversity initiatives and inclusion programs, what's the problem? That was the question Christie Smith of Deloitte Consulting and NYU Law professor Kenji Yoshino asked in their new white paper, Uncovering Talent: A New Model of Inclusion.
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5) Drought of STEM graduates may spell doom for the American economy
Mint Press News
From Sept. 25: Due to increasing international competition and a hostile immigration problem, some fear that America is in the midst of a "brain drain," in which there are not enough science, technology, engineering and mathematics proficient professionals to meet the current and future demands. There are 1.9 STEM job postings facing every STEM-capable unemployed individual. The need is even more acute for healthcare jobs requiring STEM skills: 3.2 job postings are available to every STEM-capable unemployed job seeker.
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4) 3 core principals of great leadership
Inc.
From Sept. 25: A good leader makes inspiring speeches and has exciting ideas. But a great leader takes action. Joel Peterson, chairman of JetBlue Airways and founder of Peterson Partners and Peterson Ventures, wrote a post on LinkedIn outlining the importance of a leader's deeds, not words. Here are three of the management principles he lives by as a leader.
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3) Column: Obama metrics would hurt historically black colleges
USA Today
From Sept. 18: Last month, President Obama proposed plans to rate colleges based on metrics such as tuition, graduation rates, student loan debt and subsequent earnings. The ratings would then be tied to financial aid. The president's goal is to make college education more affordable and accountable. Historically black colleges and universities would suffer from each metric proposed, mostly because using general measurements for these institutions compared with other universities is like comparing apples with broccoli.
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2) The 10 skills employers want most in 20-something employees
Forbes
From Oct. 16: Despite all the emphasis in the news about the need for computer software and programming skills, the most important qualities employers seek are basic teamwork, problem-solving and the ability to plan and prioritize. Here are the 10 skills employers say they seek, in order of importance.
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1) Do black women need to relax their natural hair to get promoted in corporate America?
DiversityInc
From Nov. 21: I am a Black woman from continental Africa who chooses to have natural Black hair, not relaxed or chemically altered in any way. I wear my natural hair not as some political statement but because it is the hair that God gave me and intended me to have, just as it was intended for some Caucasians to have blue eyes or blond hair. I have heard about women and men of African descent being overlooked for promotions or outright being fired because they choose to wear their natural hair, braids, twists, mini Afros, locs and so forth.
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