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Looking for ways to get more involved with NOBCChE as a volunteer? You might be new or returning, engineer or artist, member or not, seeking community and ways to cultivate your skills. Check out our postings for volunteer positions with the NOBCChE National Communications Team. The Communications team will be small and independent, and meet as needed, usually online or on a conference call. If you're interested in a position, please fill out the volunteer application form.
NOBCChE: Working together for C.H.A.N.G.E.S.
NOBCChE is one of 14 organizations that represents the Coalition of Hispanic, African and Native Americans for the Next Generation of Engineers and Scientists (CHANGES). CHANGES met with The White House Office of Science, Technology and Policy (OSTP) representatives to share its priority STEM initiatives. Priorities include development of more minorities in STEM and improvement of their work environment. CHANGES member organizations agree to work together to strengthen their influence on STEM development and to help one another more effectively reach mutual goals and objectives. Dr. Victor McCrary (NOBCCHE immediate past president) represented NOBCChE and serves on the Advocacy Sub-committee.
Speed dating at the NOBCChE meeting
For some, a 40th birthday can be a harbinger of a midlife crisis. Not so for NOBCChE. Last week, the organization held its 40th annual meeting, and just like NOBCChE's first meeting in New Orleans in 1973, this year's meeting in Indianapolis provided minority chemists and chemical engineers with an opportunity to present research, reconnect with old friends and meet new ones. Below are a sampling of the fun and interesting people that Newscripts stumbled upon in between visits to local steakhouses and rides on Formula 1 race cars.
Define the job before defining the person — a common sense idea for hiring
Hiring a more diverse and talented workforce starts by defining the work required for success, not the skills, experiences and academics needed to do the work. This is not rocket science, just common sense, but apparently common sense is not one of the skills required for hiring people.
Blogger incident symbolizes familiar struggle for women of color in science
The Chronicle of Higher Education
A controversy over a blogger for Scientific American who was called an "urban whore" in an email exchange has set off a firestorm of comments on social media and struck a nerve with science bloggers, who say the fracas points to the continuing difficulties facing women who make careers in the sciences, especially women of color.
'Very anxious:' Is America scared of diversity?
"Diversity" is on the rise in America and people are "very anxious" about it, according to a sweeping new Esquire-NBC News survey.
The large-scale, bipartisan study — co-created by leading Republican and Democratic pollsters — mapped "the new American center," as well as the ideological wings, and the data are a rich, complex portrait of the issues that unite voters today, regardless of party or ideology.
The Department of Chemistry of the University of Kentucky invites applications for two tenure-track positions at the assistant professor level. The first position combines computational chemistry with other areas of research. The research area for the second position is open, but we are specifically interested in candidates whose research activities will complement and strengthen existing strengths at UK, such as materials, energy, or biological/pharmaceutical chemistry. For more information, please visit http://chem.as.uky.edu/chem-faculty-positions.
Looking to share your expertise? Want to get published? Call for contributors
In an effort to enhance the overall content of the NOBCChE eBrief, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of NOBCChE, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
How to nail your entry-level job search
You've got a 4.0, created the perfect resume and established a flawless network of connections, but it takes a lot more than these things to gain the attention of employers. Today, more than ever before, competition is fierce in the entry-level job market. As an entry-level job seeker, you've got to go above and beyond to outshine other job applicants.
5 reasons every employer should have job descriptions
By D. Albert Brannen
No state or federal law requires job descriptions. However, job descriptions can be helpful tools for employers for both practical and legal reasons. If you do not have accurate and up-to-date job descriptions in place for all of your employees, you should get them as soon as practical. This article will outline five of the many ways in which job descriptions can benefit employers.
The 10 skills employers want most in 20-something employees
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.
Education in motion: Hands-on experiments teach STEM concepts
In Maya Heissenbuttel's science of technology class, seventh-grade students were making videos demonstrating Isaac Newton's laws of motion. The team of Kaleb Sabota, Jaymon Manzie and Elizabeth Tyler set up ramps and rolled balls of different masses down the ramps and timed how long they took. The assignment at the school in Spokane Valley, Wash., is one Heissenbuttel came up with after participating in a STEM fellowship this summer.
Florida school gets grants to support after-school STEM, STEAM
The Tampa Tribune
About eight years ago, Elaine Gibbs left her career as a chemist to teach high school science.
She was on a mission to empower girls by showing them men aren't the only ones who can thrive as scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.
Today, 75 percent of the nation's STEM professionals are men, according to Building Engineering and Science Talent. The breakdown is about the same in Gibbs' chemistry class.
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