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Nominations have been solicited and received for the 2016 National Elections of three Executive Board at-Large members. The Executive Board vacancies are created by the expiring three-year terms of Mr. Perry L. Catchings, Sr., Dr. Malinda Gilmore and Dr. Alvin Kennedy.
You can learn more about the candidates and voting process here.
To vote in the NOBCChE National Election, you must be a Regular Member in good financial standing. Click here to login and verify your membership status. Voting will open April 15 at 12 a.m. EST and close May 15 at 11:49 p.m. PST.
The Southeast and Southwest Regions of NOBCChE are excited to announce the 2016 Joint Annual Southeast and Southwest Regional Meeting, April 21-23 at Louisiana State University.
The meeting will feature a keynote address from the 2014 Percy Julian Awardee and 2015 National Medalist in Science and Technology, Dr. Cato Laurencin of the University of Connecticut. In addition to student technical presentations, career development and tours of a local brewery, the regional meeting will feature a Chemistry Block Party: Community Service Event and Crawfish Boil.
Registration for the conference is free for students and $150 for non-LSU professionals. Click here for more information on registration and housing.
If you are still not convinced you should attend #JARM2016 check out the following video from the LSU-NOBCChE Chapter!
JARM 2016 Announcement from LSU.
By Naomi Coggs, Oakwood NOBCChE student writer
Oakwood's student chapter of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers held its second annual community science event on April 1, at the Northwood Community Center in Huntsville.
During the two-hour event, science, engineering, nursing, biology and psychology clubs showcased careers in their fields to elementary school students and their parents. Interactive booths were also presented for the elementary school students to enjoy.
The goal of the program is to instill in minority children with a desire for a career in the sciences. It also serves as an opportunity for clubs on campus to be involved in the community. NOBCChE members promoted the event by going door-to-door, hoping to reach as many people in the community as possible.
NOBCChE plans for the Community Science Event to take place annually. They hope to encourage clubs around campus to also get involved with the event.
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American Association for the Advancement of Science
The American Association for the Advancement of Science needs scientists, engineers, mathematicians and physicians to assist K-12 STEM teachers in the Washington DC Metro Area, during the 2016-17 school year.
Details of the collaboration are worked out between the teacher and the volunteer, and may involve giving demonstrations, assisting in lab experiments, lecturing on special topics, assisting with homework, etc. The hours are flexible, and volunteers attend a one-day training in September before being assigned to schools. To see how volunteers are assisting their teachers, view the video clips at www.seniorscientist.org.
A brief presentation about the program can be found here.
If you care about K-12 STEM education and have time to share your knowledge with students and teachers, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important Election Dates for 2016
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- April 15: National Elections open and ballots are sent electronically.
- May 15: National Elections Close.
- May 18: Results of the National Elections are communicated to the NOBCChE membership.
University of Delaware
University of Pittsburgh
The University of Pittsburgh Department of Chemistry is hosting a summer undergraduate research fellowship for summer 2016. The 10-week program includes a $3,500 stipend and housing on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh.
The program is holding five positions for students from underrepresented groups in chemistry.
For more information click HERE.
To access the application click HERE.
Rochester Institute of Technology
The Future Faculty Career Exploration Program is a cornerstone of our faculty recruitment strategy. It is designed to increase the diversity of faculty at Rochester Institute of Technology. This innovative program is key to RIT's strategic plan and its diversity goals, as it attracts scholars nearing the end of their doctoral MFA or post-doc studies, as well as junior faculty, to visit RIT for a prospective look.
For more information and to apply, click here.
The production of science and engineering Ph.D.s in the U.S. has reached a record high, according to the 2014 annual report on the Survey of Earned Doctorates, which the National Science Foundation issued recently. The 40,588 S&E doctorates awarded in 2014 represent a 47 percent increase over the 27,680 awarded a decade earlier. Despite this growth, the report notes that "the proportion of 2014 doctorate recipients who reported definite commitments for employment or a postdoc position was at or near the lowest level of the past 15 years."
These days, it takes more than a resume to stand out in a competitive job market. A profile that grabs attention on professional network site LinkedIn could make a difference.
One way to attract interest is by earning endorsements for the skills you've listed, according to an infographic produced by analytics and feedback application company TruConversion. In general, filling out all possible information areas will increase your profile's visibility. Just listing your skills makes your profile 13 times more likely to be viewed.
It's an ambitious goal. The White House aims to "break down gender stereotypes in media and toys so that our children can explore, learn and dream without limits," as stated in a recent press release. From retail to media, organizations like Netflix and Discovery Communications are coming on board, pledging to take new action to break down gender stereotyping in toys and media. The audacious aim is to get more girls interested in science, technology, engineering and math careers, and more boys interested in fields like nursing and teaching.
Diversity, once primarily measured by ethnicity and gender, is today taking on a richer meaning at institutions across the nation as even the word "diverse" is being redefined by the emerging generation of college students and graduates, not just administrators and gatekeepers.
History is being erased and sanitized, as historic names with relations to negative chapters of the nation's past are being removed from campus facilities and literature. Cafeteria menus and dormitory restroom uses are changing as are days of the year that honor historic milestones not noted in past decades.
Posing an ongoing challenge for California educators trying to tackle a critical teacher shortage area, the number of credentials issued to new math and science teachers in California continues to decline, according to new figures released recently by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
In the 2014-15 school year, a total of 1,119 math credentials were issued, down 8.4 percent from the 1,221 in the previous school year. For that same year, there were 1,347 science credentials issued, down 6 percent from the 1,434 issued the year before.
The school you choose can be as important as what you study, even for STEM majors.
Think it doesn't matter where you study engineering or computer science since all STEM majors make big bucks?
You may have gotten at impression from recent studies and advice suggesting that techies do well no matter where they attend college.
The Washington Post
For a brief moment, those watching would have seen a hunk of space rock the size of a city hurtling Earthward at inconceivable speed. Then there was a flash of light and a release of energy like a billion atomic bombs. The force of the impact sent towering mega-tsunamis raging across the Gulf of Mexico and blew a superheated cloud of dirt, rock and dust sky high. When the cloud descended, it coated everything from the Yucatan to the Caribbean in hundreds of feet of debris. Meanwhile, the shock waves set off devastating earthquakes and volcanic eruptions around the globe — perhaps worsening a massive flood of lava that was already bubbling up from a hotspot beneath India.
U.S. News & World Report
Listening to all the advice that's given to job seekers can leave your mind numbed. Everyone has words of wisdom for you, but much of it is conflicting. Parents, your spouse or partner, friends, colleagues and neighbors – everyone has an opinion based on their own experiences. "You should do such-and-such because that's what worked for me the last time I was searching for a new employer," they say.
Moreover, there is no lack of online experts. A recent Google search for "job search tips" yielded a whopping 246 million results.
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