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See what's knocking this week on the NOBCChE Opportunities Blog
The Office of Science / Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists WDTS), is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications to its 2014 Fall Term Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program, with all required application materials, including recommendations, due by 5 p.m. ET on May 30. More opportunities at

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NOBCChE Book of the Month: 'Quantum Mechanics in Everyday Life' by Dr. Wilton Virgo
Quantum mechanics is the mathematical foundation for chemistry and physics on the microscopic scale. The energies and interactions between atoms and molecules can be described using the mathematics of matrices and quantized angular momentum. The seemingly esoteric mathematical language and quantum behavior of atoms and molecules have directly led to modern technology such as compact fluorescent bulbs, lasers, global positioning system (GPS) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). "Quantum Mechanics in Everyday Life" provides an introduction to the language of quantum and leads the reader to a deeper understanding of familiar, widely-used technology at the atomic and molecular level.

Click here to order the book. Follow the author and get your daily dose of quantum mechanics at @quantumeveryday.

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Catching up with the ladies of COACh: Spotlight on Roderquita Moore
In 2008, a group of six young women at various stages of their academic programs came together during the COACh (Committee on the Advancement of Women Chemists) workshop held at the 37th annual conference in Philadelphia seeking personal growth and professional development opportunities. During this workshop, they uncovered some common challenges encountered to advance their careers, and worked together to develop a specific set of skills necessary to break through those roadblocks.

Now these women have a shared sisterhood and are doing great things in their career and in NOBCChE. NOBCChE caught up with Dr. Roderquita Moore to see what she is doing now in her careers and how the COACh workshop at NOBCChE helped her get there.

NOBCChE E-Brief: How did you first get involved with NOBCChE?

Dr. Roderquita Moore: A chemistry graduate student told me about NOBCChE and invited me to a meeting.

[NEB]: What was your first impression of the COACh workshop? What aspects of the workshop do you remember the most? How did the COACh workshop help you move forward in your career?
[RM]: This was a safe place to get answers to questions I could not ask anyone in my surrounding. The workshops taught me how to strategically develop my path of success by asking and responding to the right questions.

[NEB]: What have you done in your career since the workshop? What have you been doing with NOBCChE since the workshop?
[RM]: I graduated with a Ph.D. in chemistry from Clark Atlanta University. I currently work as a Research Chemist for the USDA-Forest Service. I have served on the NOBCChE National Planning Committee since 2013 as the co-chair for technical programming.

[NEB]: What would you tell someone who is thinking about attending a COACh workshop? What would you tell someone who is thinking about joining NOBCChE?

[RM]: COACh is the time to network, learn and develop into an extraordinary Young Professional Leader. The questions and different scenarios helped me to be strategic and conscious [about] how I navigated my matriculation into my professional career as a Research Scientist. NOBCChE is the organization where you will get a chance to see people of color who are thriving and making a difference in the 21 century.

[NEB]: What advice would you share with aspiring female leaders in NOBCChE and in STEM in general?
[RM]: It is so important to surround yourself with people who can encourage and assist you through different phases of your professional career. A STEM career is not easy however you have what it take to make through. Get connected to COACh workshops and stay connected to the NOBCChE Power Supply.

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Wilton Virgo Hosts a chemistry show produced by Harvard-Smithsonian and the Annenberg Foundation
Since ancient times, we have been using chemistry to enhance our daily lives. From cooking, to metallurgy, to art and ceramics, our knowledge of what we now call chemistry evolved and improved. Chemistry Show produced by Harvard-Smithsonian and the Annenberg Foundation trace the story of how humans have always practiced chemistry, and how, over time, it developed from a practical discipline into a science. Wilton Virgo hosted the shows on Kinetics and Nuclear Chemistry — Rates of Reaction and Equilibrium and Advanced Thermodynamics—Balance in Chemical Reactions.

From an instantaneous explosion to the slow rusting of iron, the rates at which different chemical reactions proceed can vary tremendously depending on several factors, including temperature and concentration. Sometimes, like with the rotting of food, chemists want to slow down reaction rates. But often, the goal is to speed them up — and one way to do this is to use a catalyst.

In this video, we will learn about catalysts and how using them can lead to cheaper, more effective, and more sustainable drug production processes. We will also discover how the rates of some reactions, like nuclear decay, are unchangeable, and how scientists take advantage of this, using PET scans to reveal the presence of disease.

Light a match and chemical change happens in a one-way process: Reactants are transformed into products. But there are many chemical reactions called "equilibrium reactions" that operate in both directions: with reactants and products always present. The Unit 9 video will show how chemical equilibrium works, the essential role it plays in the function of the human body and how it is exploited in chemical processes such as ammonia synthesis, a process that provides food for up to half the world's population.

Dr. Wilton L. Virgo is a quantum physical chemist with more than 10 years of expertise in performing state-of-the-art research in laser spectroscopy and publishing cutting-edge scientific articles. Check out his recent book entitled "Quantum Mechanics in Everyday Life" and his recent publication in the American Journal of Physics.

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Checking in with the Tox Doc: Toxic chemicals banned in other countries, yet still in use in US
NOBCChE member Dr. Noreen Khan-Mayberry, also known as "The Tox Doc," is a toxicologist specializing in environmental, space, food and nutritional toxicology. She reviewed chemicals that have been banned in several countries throughout the world because of their toxic effects with the audience of "Great Day Houston". All of these chemicals are still in use in the USA and are not considered toxic and are not considered toxic according to U.S. regulations. There is much controversy and debate surrounding all of these ingredients. Long term or chronic toxicity studies are not available for many of these chemicals! Stay informed and pass this information along.
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Dr. Noreen's latest book "Talking Toxicology" explains how to recognize and reduce personal exposures to toxic chemicals. You can watch her latest video broadcasts on her YouTube Channel and follow her on Twitter @DrNoreen.

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Females lack role models in science, according to poll
HR Magazine
Most adults in are unable to name one living female role model in science or other STEM subjects, according to research carried out by YouGov for lobbying group ScienceGrrl. More than two thirds of the 2,986 adults asked quoted Marie Curie as the most recognizable female role model in science. The Polish scientist has been dead for more than 80 years. Twelve percent quoted male British engineer Isambard Brunel as the most prominent female scientist.
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Programs across the nation boosting interest in STEM fields
By Archita Datta Majumdar
There seems to a dichotomy between the STEM crisis and STEM demand in recent years. Conflicting reports claim that there are more STEM graduates than jobs available, while others claim that a lack of STEM graduates is a major factor in a surge of foreign students and more H1-B visas. Which one is true and which one should we believe? Perhaps a bit of both, but the underlying fact between the two is that we need a solid and indigenous population of graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
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African-American students inadequately prepared for college, study shows
Education Week
Most African-American students aren't receiving the education they need to succeed in college, according to a new report. Only 10 percent of African-Americans who graduated high school in 2013 met at least three of the ACT's four College Readiness Benchmarks, compared to 39 percent of all graduates who took the test. According to the study, released by ACT, the Iowa City, Iowa-based test-maker, students who meet these benchmarks are more likely to persist in college.
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STEM program embraces the real world at Maryland school
Wicked Local
The Maynard Public Schools have embraced 21st-century learning wholeheartedly with the STEM program. The program is directed by John Mollica, the engineering teacher at Maynard High School. Mollica has spent 25 years working in the engineering field, including 12 at former local technology powerhouse Digital.
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STEM hiring managers often favor male candidates, study shows
The Mary Sue
These findings aren't groundbreaking, but they shine more light on a very real problem: Hiring managers, both men and women, often perceive male candidates to be better qualified for science and tech jobs, even when their actual on-paper qualifications say otherwise. Fixing the STEM gender gap isn't just about encouraging interested students — it's about making sure those students can get jobs one day.
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Keep your company's reputation solid with these tips for rejecting candidates
By Karen Rehn
Rejection. At one point or another in our lives, we all face it. Some of us simply deal with rejection and move on. Others take steps to learn and improve so it doesn't happen again. In the case of job candidates, however, the majority don't like to go down quietly. This might not have been that big of a deal 20 years ago. In today's social media-driven world, however, the result can impact your brand, your reputation and even your bottom line.
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Early STEM education will lead more women into IT
If the tech sector is to increase the number of women in its workforce, schools must develop robust, mandatory computer science programs in the K-12 education stage, according to a prominent advocate for women in tech. "You make it an option, the girl is not going to take it. You have to make it mandatory and start it at a young age," says Ashley Gavin, curriculum director at Girls Who Code.
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10 job search rules to break
We're not advised to tell the truth when we're job-hunting — just the opposite. We're coached to contort ourselves into pretzel shapes, to be whoever we think the employer wants us to be. We're encouraged to play a role on a job search, to fawn and grovel and hope the hiring manager falls in love with us. What horrible advice! If you wanted to go into the theater, you'd be in Hollywood by now.
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