NOBCChE eBrief
Apr. 16, 2015

The myth about women in science
CNN
The prevailing wisdom is that sexist hiring in academic science roadblocks women's careers before they even start. The American Association of University Professors and blue-ribbon commissions attest to this. An influential report by the National Academy of Sciences in 2006 concluded that "on the average, people are less likely to hire a woman than a man with identical qualifications," and noted that scientists and engineers "are not exempt." Many female graduate students worry that hiring bias is inevitable. A walk through the science departments of any college or university could convince us that the scarcity of female faculty (20 percent or less) in fields like engineering, computer science, physics, economics and mathematics must reflect sexism in hiring. But the facts tell a different story.More

Chemistry departments try to attract more students by retooling the major
The Wall Street Journal
Forget economics. Chemistry might be the real dismal science. Undergraduate programs have been characterized for decades by rigid, yearlong sequences of organic, physical and biochemistry classes that emphasized rote memorization and taught about reactions in isolation. They left little room to pursue side passions — and attracted few students, policy makers say. As business and biology majors get a reboot, chemistry professors find themselves waging a fierce battle to appeal to undergraduates who might want a scientific grounding to pursue careers in forensics, molecular gastronomy or politics, but who are turned off by the degree's onerous demands.More

Here's why Tuesday is the best day for job seekers
TIME
If you're looking for a new job, you might just find yourself saying, T.G.I.T — thank goodness it's Tuesday. A new study of more than 270,000 job listings by the site SmartRecruiters.com finds that Tuesday is the most popular day of the week for companies to post jobs, and it's also the day when companies extend the most job offers to prospective employees.More

The importance of mentoring to increase diversity in STEM
Inside Higher Ed
Complex and layered reasons explain the lack of diversity in STEM, particularly in the more disparate fields such as physics. The reason for fewer women in these roles range from gender biases pruning females from this path early on, to the lack of accommodating work/life balance leading women to choose alternate paths later in their careers. The percentage of female faculty has been increasing; however, even for women who do pursue these positions, reports show that they still face barriers to gaining equal pay, and fewer end up in tenured positions. While there won't be any easy fix to this perennial issue, there is strong evidence to suggest that improving the environment in STEM fields can have a huge impact. More

5 steps to prep for that tough job interview
By Catherine Iste
You made it past the thousands of others jockeying to get an interview for your dream job, and the big day is approaching. Odds are what got you in the door is not enough to get you the offer. Fortunately, preparing is easy if you remember that interviewers really just want to hear three things: you are impressed by the organization, you would be honored to join their organization, and you are taking this opportunity seriously. To do that, just take these simple steps to ensure you rise to the top of the list. More

Science, math and art valued more than technology in education poll
Los Angeles Times
Providing computers to public school students is important to California voters, but not as crucial as other factors affecting education, including a more intense focus on math, science and the arts, according to a new poll. In the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times survey, voters were given a list of options and asked to select the top two that would have the most positive impact on improving public education in California.More

Are you taking these key steps to land a job?
AOL Jobs
You think you're doing everything you can to land a job, but it's probably not true. Most likely, you're falling into typical traps that prevent many job seekers from advancing their career plans. Evaluate this list and decide if you need to make some changes to push your plans ahead.More