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People on the move: Lola Eniola-Adefeso, NOBCChE Lloyd Ferguson Awardee, promoted to associate professor

Her research has exposed new challenges in the hot field of drug delivery using micro- and nanoparticles. By exploring how these particles behave in experimentally simulated blood vessels, her group hopes to discover how cells and molecules in the bloodstream affect how well the particles deliver drugs.

Lola was the 2012 recipient of the NOBCChE Lloyd Ferguson Young Scientist Award. Other recent honors and awards include the Miller Faculty Scholar title at U-M (2013), the National Science Foundation CAREER award (2011) and the American Heart Association’s Innovator award (2010). Dr. Eniola-Adefeso is currently a visiting associate professor in the newly founded Institute of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago.

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Remembering one of our own: Dr. Fred M. Macon
Fred was a lifelong learner, having earned his bachelor's degree from Central State University, master's degrees from Adelphi University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his doctorate from the University of Delaware, in addition to his several personal educational endeavors. Fred worked for more than 30 years as a research chemist and held multiple scientific patents. In his free time Fred enjoyed tennis, global travel, good food and wine, but most of all, his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Hall; sons, Drew and Lance Macon; stepdaughter, Elizabeth Hall (David Baty); grandsons, Carter Macon, Brandon Macon and Spencer Baty; and sister, Anita Elcock.

A celebration of Fred's life will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the funeral chapel (2305 Monroe Ave.). Contributions in his memory may be made to National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, PO Box 77040, Washington, D.C., 20013 ( To share a memory of Fred or send a condolence to the family, visit

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Countdown to the Regional Meetings! NOBCChE West Regional Meeting
The NOBCChE West meeting is a three-day educational and technical event consisting of different multidisciplinary workshops and symposiums focusing on chemistry, chemical engineering and professional development opportunities for students, STEM educators and industry professionals.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Kimberly Prather (UCSD, SIO, CAICE Director) and Dr. Joseph Francisco (Purdue University, former national ACS and NOBCChE president, member of the National Academy of Sciences).

We are looking for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and industry representatives for oral and poster presentations in chemistry, chemical engineering, sustainable energy and related fields. Non-presenters are strongly encouraged to register as well. Limited registration and lodging support is available to students and postdocs on the first come basis. All conference information can be found at NOBCChE welcomes ALL who are dedicated to the pursuit of science to participate!

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Minority women report downsizing ambitions because of bias
Harvard Business Review
It should be simple: Go to work, work hard, get noticed and get promoted. But is it ever really that straightforward? New research from Catalyst reveals that women who identify as racially or ethnically different from the majority of their coworkers are less likely to be at a senior executive levels, receive fewer promotions and are less likely to have high-level mentors.
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Alaska STEM advocate helps women, minorities succeed
US News and World Report
Historically, Native American students in Alaska have been among the lowest-performing in the nation. But one group in the state is seeking to better prepare students for careers in STEM fields through a consistent instruction from middle school through college.
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5 strategies for giving difficult feedback
As an employee, how well do you receive corrective or positive feedback? Conversely, are you the boss who fears saying anything negative? These are extremely different conversations. There are some things you can do to ensure that each of these feedback conversations has a positive outcome, while at the same time minimizing the amount of stress or needless angst that is felt by the person on the receiving end of the news.
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3 ways leaders can listen with more empathy
Harvard Business Review
Study after study has shown that listening is critical to leadership effectiveness. So, why are so few leaders good at it? Too often, leaders seek to take command, direct conversations, talk too much or worry about what they will say next in defense or rebuttal. Additionally, leaders can react quickly, get distracted during a conversation or fail to make the time to listen to others. Instead, leaders need to start by really caring about what other people have to say about an issue.
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The business benefits of gender diversity
Gallup Business Journal
Gender diversity is vital to any workplace. Not just because it's a laudable goal; it simply makes bottom line business sense. If you need proof, look no further than a recent Gallup study, which finds that hiring a demographically diverse workforce can improve a company's financial performance.
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6 career missteps to avoid in 2014
US News & World Report
New year, new you in the office? Well, maybe — if you can avoid key career killers that derail many professionals. As January draws to a close, you're probably clear about what resolutions you hope to achieve this year. But it's just as important to know what to dodge if you want to have the best chance for success.
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Building tomorrow's STEM workforce
On Jan. 13, NASA and the U.S. Department of Education marked the completion of a pilot program designed to engage more students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Attendees at the half-day event, held at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., included senior officials from both agencies as well as invited guests. The group reviewed the pilot activity and associated evaluation approach, identified best practices and discussed potential follow-on efforts.
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