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Closing the achievement gap without widening a racial one
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There is no more pressing topic in education today than closing the achievement gap, and there is no one in America who knows more about the gap than Ronald Ferguson. His research indicates that half the gap can be predicted by economics: even in a typical wealthy suburb, blacks are not as well-to-do. The other half of the gap, he has calculated, is that black parents on average are not as academically oriented in raising their children as whites. More



Do women shun science?
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The absence of women — particularly mothers — in the sciences is making news again. Even before Lawrence H. Summers sparked debate at Harvard over whether women were not as capable in math and science as men, researchers were trying to parse nature versus nurture, discrimination versus choice. A study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests it is essentially a separate category entirely — call it preemptive resignation, or institutional realism. More
Related story: Why women don't stay in science and mathematics (PBS)


People with disabilities are the nation's largest minority, and the only one that any person can join at any time
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If you do not currently have a disability, you have about a 20 percent chance of becoming disabled at some point during your work life. People with disabilities cross all racial, gender, educational, socioeconomic and organizational lines. Discussion regarding diversity has often focused on gender and race. In contrast, there has been limited attention given to people with disabilities as the world's largest minority group. More

'Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited: Rapidly Approaching Category 5'
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In the face of so many daunting near-term challenges, U.S. government and industry are letting the crucial strategic issues of U.S. competitiveness slip below the surface. Five years ago, the National Academies prepared "Rising Above the Gathering Storm," a book that cautioned: "Without a renewed effort to bolster the foundations of our competitiveness, we can expect to lose our privileged position." Since that time we find ourselves in a country where much has changed — and a great deal has not changed. More

ACS 241st National Meeting & Exhibition, Anaheim, Calif., March 27-31
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Register now for the 241st Annual ACS National Meeting & Exhibition in Anaheim, Cailf. You can register by telephone at 800.251.8629 or online here.




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Colleges embrace older students, part timers
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It is no longer unusual to see nontraditional students on college campuses around the country. About half of students are financially independent, 49 percent are enrolled part time, 38 percent work full time and 27 percent have dependents of their own, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Some economists believe that due to structural changes in the economy, thousands of jobs in manufacturing and other sectors that typically didn't require a college degree will never come back. More

Why do I need to know about diversity and people with disabilities?
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According to recent studies, America's workforce is changing and rapidly growing more diverse. Over the next few decades, the largest percentage of new growth will be composed of women, ethnic minorities and immigrants. The number of employees with disabilities will also increase. The current generation of Americans with disabilities is well prepared to be tapped for the job market and able to provide an added solution for the labor shortages facing American business. More

ACS honors African-Americans in the chemical sciences
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Black History Month celebrates the achievements and contributions of African-Americans to American culture and society. Learn about scientists who overcame great odds to pioneer some of the most important discoveries and developments in our history, including George Washington Carver (pictured). Carver was a scientist, botanist, educator and inventor. Known for his work with peanuts and sweet potatoes, Carver discovered new processes for farming and developed new uses for important crops. More

Increasing multicultural population complicates diversity tracking
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Federal standards for collecting race and ethnicity have been in place for more than a decade, however as the country's population has become more multiracial and multiethnic, some agencies have developed their own means of tracking this data. Take the U.S. Department of Education and the National Center for Health Statistics as examples. Each assesses race and ethnicity differently. More



Call for applications — Overcoming Challenges Award
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The Women Chemists Committee (WCC) of the American Chemical Society is pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2011 Overcoming Challenges Award. This award is designed to recognize a woman undergraduate from a two-year or four-year institution for her efforts in overcoming hardship to achieve success in chemistry. The recipient of the Overcoming Challenges Award will receive a plaque, a monetary award of $250 and a $1,000 travel stipend for expenses to attend the Fall 2011 ACS National Meeting where she will be recognized at the WCC Luncheon. Visit www.acs.org/diversity for more details. Submission deadline is April 1.

When junior's in charge
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Deborah Russell knows all too well how pervasive and explosive conflicts between older workers and younger supervisors can be. As the director of work force issues for AARP's Education and Outreach Department, she often hears from disgruntled older workers directly. She sees, up close and personal, the nation's shifting workplace demographics, with baby boomers staying in the work force and Gen Xers and Yers, "coming in and really mixing things up," she says, with their bent for technology and direct, sometimes irreverent, communication. More

International Year of Chemistry 2011
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The International Year of Chemistry 2011 is a worldwide celebration of the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind. Under the unifying theme "Chemistry — our life, our future," ACS will be celebrating the year with a range of interactive, entertaining and educational activities for all ages. For more information or if you would like to share celebration ideas, e-mail iyc2011@acs.org. More

The tough job of getting disabled veterans back to work
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Though the nation's unemployment rate dropped unexpectedly in January to 9 percent, the jobless rate remains by historic standards stubbornly high. That's especially true among certain populations, including adults without high school diplomas, teenagers and military veterans. Among veterans, the overall unemployment rate of working-age veterans, ages 21 to 64, was nearly 30 percent. However, veterans with disabilities have a much higher unemployment rate — 41 percent. More

What's on Gen Y's mind?: Positive reinforcement
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Everyone needs positive reinforcement here and there. For Gen Yers — a group of individuals that have parents who served as their own personal cheerleaders from the beginning — the need for professional positive reinforcement is even more important. While not emotionally fragile, Gen Yers, in particular, need to hear that they are valued and viable assets to the organization. More

SMART program targets more than racial minorities, seeks all forms of student diversity
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Through the Student Mentors Advising Rising Talent, or S.M.A.R.T. program, freshmen minority students at Elon University in North Carolina have the opportunity to transition into college with the support of an upperclassman mentor. But contrary to what Melissa Jordan, assistant director of the Multicultural Center, said is the common misconception, the S.M.A.R.T. program targets more than just racial diversity. More

Diversity Programs Showcase 'Chemist of the Month' profiles of outstanding chemists in STEM
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February Chemist of the Month: Dr. Angela W. Peters, Claflin University

Dr. Angela W. Peters is professor and chairperson of the chemistry department at Claflin University. It was a high school teacher who sparked her interest in science, which created a passion in her for promoting chemistry to youth, particularly girls. She has a dedicated record of service to ACS, her students and K-12 outreach. For this service, she was awarded the ACS Stanley C. Israel Regional Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences.
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