NOBCChE eBrief
Feb. 27, 2014

5 ways to encourage workplace diversity
Business 2 Community
Lately, workplace diversity has been generating a lot of buzz. Every week, the blogosphere generates a ton of thought-provoking discussion about this topic. And it is all happening for good reason: Diversity could be the key to business success. To attract and retain the best of what the world has to offer, leadership teams need to become more understanding and sensitive on what it means for an employee to feel not only valued and appreciated, but also respected.More

Things every courageous leader knows
Are you a courageous leader? Do you boldly share new ideas and drive plans to completion? Do you give your team the confidence it needs to accomplish your goals? These and many other positive leadership traits result from harnessed courage. To be sure you're practicing the most courageous leadership style you can, look over this list of the top things that courageous leaders know.More

What government can do about the shortage of science and tech skills
Experts from both the public and private sector are coming together to develop new products and prototypes to help address the shortages of workers in science, technology, engineering and math fields. Entrepreneurs, data manipulators, human resource experts, federal data owners and government leaders met in late January to brainstorm ways of using open data to measure and improve the quality, skills, diversity and career paths of employees in STEM fields.More

How can we address racial disparities in science and medicine?
By Dr. Chloe Poston
STEM — the acronym used to describe science, technology, engineering and math — is used by policymakers, universities and private foundations to allocate funding to support the sciences. If we consider medicine to fall under "science" in the STEM categories, then why aren't the racial disparities in medical school enrollment and completion a part of the regular STEM discussion? STEM diversity is a problem for the medical community as much as it is the scientific community.More

How to keep your best employees from walking out the door
No matter how carefully you hire, inevitably your employees will differ in important ways. Some will be good-humored, intelligent, have a strong work ethic and always be eager for new challenges. Others will be less so, or worse. You want to do everything you can to keep the first group, because they are critically important to the company's success. Here are five things you should do to retain your top performers.More

Top California universities aim to advance underrepresented Ph.D. students
With a $2.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation, a newly formed alliance plans to change the demographics of students in STEM-related graduate programs. The University of California, Berkeley, the California Institute of Technology, Stanford University and UCLA are creating the California Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate, a large-scale project to increase diversity within the field.More

The missed opportunity in STEM education
The Huffington Post
Most adults seem to have an instinctive aversion to mathematics. But when federal agencies suppress their mathematical competencies in order to support STEM education, you have to start worrying. The latest educational fad term is "STEM," which stands for a curriculum in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. GOOGLE reports over 174 million pages on "STEM education" alone. The problem is that adults, including some educators, still haven't figured out how to make peace with the "mathematics" in STEM. More

Computer science: Not just an elective anymore
Education Week
Computer science education is getting something of a fresh look from state and local policymakers, with many starting to push new measures to broaden K-12 students' access to the subject. Seventeen states and the District of Columbia now have policies in place that allow computer science to count as a mathematics or science credit, rather than as an elective, in high schools — and that number is on the rise. More