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This month we have heard from some previous COACh participants. Now we want to hear from you!

As part of the upcoming COACh workshops being held at the 2014 NOBCChE Conference in New Orleans, we are requesting your opinions/comments on what workshops/skills you would be interested in learning. Please take a moment to complete our survey by May 15.

COACh (Committee on the Advancement of Women Chemistsis a grass-roots organization working to increase the number and career success of women scientists and engineers through innovative programs and strategies.

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Oakwood University launches a new NOBCChE chapter!

Chapter officers and members with NOBCChE vice
president Talitha Hampton. Amal Taylor (center holding
the certificate) is the NOBCChE chapter president.
On March 30, 2014 the Oakwood department of chemistry celebrated the recognition of an official chapter of NOBCChE at Oakwood University. The kickoff event included remarks from Dr. Garland Duland on behalf of university President Leslie Pollard, as well as Dr. Kenneth LaiHing, chair of the Oakwood Chemistry department, and featured special guest Talitha Hampton, executive vice president of NOBCChE and alumnae of the Oakwood University Chemistry department.

The Oakwood Chapter was started by Amal Taylor a student at Oakwood who was energized after attending the 2013 NOBCChE conference for the first time. Amal worked with the NOBCChE vice president and his chemistry department to organize members and officers and host the kick off event. According to department chair Dr. Kenneth LaiHing, "Starting a NOBCChE student chapter has been a goal of ours for quite some time. We are glad that Amal had the initiative to get this off the ground. We are proud of Talitha and thankful for her support of Amal in helping him see this through."

"As vice president of NOBCChE, I was truly proud to help make this a reality because Oakwood is my alma mater," Hampton said. "I treasure my experience that I had in the Oakwood chemistry department and I believe that NOBCChE can help to increase opportunities and broaden experiences of the students involved."

Click here to visit their Facebook page and view more pictures of the event.

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A message from the new NOBCChE social media team!
We are happy and excited to introduce the Social Media Committee for NOBCChE! As our society becomes more technology driven, so shall we. In line with NOBCChE's mission "to build an eminent cadre of people of color in science and technology," we see social media as a new opportunity to recruit and expand our network. Our goal is to be visible and connected to members via professional pages such as and LinkedIn, and more casual pages such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Our ultimate vision is that every member of NOBCChE is actively engaged in at least one aspect of social media, and browses the others. All platforms will disseminate the same information, which is tailored to that audience.

For example, an Instagram photo would show a picture of a chapter doing science outreach with a few highlights in the caption, the Twitter "tweet" would link to the article and the Facebook page would display the entire article. Another goal of the social media division is that members involved with one page are interested in browsing the other pages. For example, an image of our NOBCChE Facebook page posted on Instagram with the caption "Make sure you check us out and Like us on Facebook!" This way, we spark an interest for potentially new members as well as existing members to be connected as many ways as possible.

By implementing and maintaining our social media pages, we have the amazing opportunity to bring together minority scientists as never before! We really hope that you take a few moments to check out all of our social media pages, and send any interesting articles/links/pictures revolving around NOBCChE interests to

Finally, please feel free to have your chapter participate in our Chapter of the Year contest on Instagram. We want to engage and connect with our chapters and honor them for the work the do in STEM on behalf of NOBCChE. This contest will highlight the work of these chapters and the institution with the most posts and likes of STEM outreach events will be recognized as Chapter of the Year at AM41 in New Orleans. Check out our Instagram page @nobcche_official for more contest details. We are looking forward to the new Social Media Division of NOBCChE, and we hope you are too!

Eric Coleman, Brittany Allison, and Nyote' J. Calixte
Your NOBCChE Social Media Team

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Alliance of universities seeks to improve diversity in STEM fields
A multi-million-dollar initiative with Kentucky and West Virginia universities has been established to increase the number of underrepresented undergraduates studying in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, University of Kentucky officials announced. The five-year, $2.5 million National Science Foundation grant establishes the Kentucky-West Virginia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in the STEM disciplines.
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Failing to live up to diversity, inclusion goals
Despite efforts over the years to take diversity and inclusion in the workplace seriously, evidence continues to surface that suggests neither are organizational priorities. The Society for Human Resource Management recently reported that, when asked if diversity was a goal included in their vision statement, just over a quarter of respondents answered "yes." Now comes a study in which the research firm Bersin by Deloitte performed in-depth interviews with 50 D&I professionals and followed that up with a survey that gleaned feedback from 245 large companies.
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How to solve tech's 'man problem'
U.S. News & World Report
According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, women represented a mere 24 percent of the STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — labor force in 2009. Women consistently make up roughly 60 percent of the college degree holding population, yet less than a quarter choose STEM majors. Looking at the history of technology and its impact today, it's impossible to imagine a future where our society's need for technology decreases.
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The 10 commandments of hiring and employee retention
By Mel Kleiman
Recruiting and hiring the right employees is essential to the success of your business. If you are going to succeed, you cannot settle for run-of-the-mill employees. Mediocre employees breed mediocrity, so make sure you recruit and select only the best employees. If you will follow these commandments and remain focused, dedicated and committed to hiring the best, you will soon see that your organization becomes just that — the best.
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8 ways neuroscience can improve your presentations
Over the past few decades, enormous amounts of effort (and dollars) have gone into understanding how the mind works. This is good news for you, especially when it comes to public speaking, which requires getting into the minds (and hearts) of an audience. Neuroscience research offers loads of insights that every business person ought to apply to presentations.
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How to ace that job interview
The secret of successful interviewing is to focus on accomplishing two tasks — conveying something relevant to the interviewer about yourself and creating a bond — the beginning of trust—between you and the interviewer. How do you manage those two objectives in what is admittedly a high-stakes, high-stress, artificial situation? Here, audience-centered speaking will get you the job almost every time, as long as you remember that the audience is the interviewer in front of you, and not yourself.
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STEM gets a boost from pharmaceutical company
The Journal News
As educational movements go, the focus these days on science, technology, engineering and math — STEM — appeals to educators and businesspeople. Futurists insist the U.S. is falling behind other countries in educating kids in the STEM fields, to the country's eventual detriment. People interested in equality point out that the STEM professions, which include many high-paying jobs, don't encourage nonwhite people or women to join the job pool.
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Museums step up as resource for new science standards
Education Week
As a small but growing number of states adopt the Next Generation Science Standards, science museums and centers are positioning themselves as a key resource for helping teachers adapt to the vision for instruction reflected in the new guidelines. Some educators say that professional-development sessions held at museums — unlike those at conference centers, universities or districts — give teachers immediate access to the kinds of hands-on activities that the common science standards call for.
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