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STEMulating economic growth through innovation and entrepreneurship

At the 2013 NOBCChE conference, we challenged ourselves to think outside of the box. This year for 2014 we are doing just that. Our focus is driving innovation and entrepreneurship. Science Technology, Engineering and Math are (STEM) are the fundamental building blocks that allow us to create the future today. Innovation encompasses more than just scientific or technological breakthroughs. Join us as we discuss how to use STEM to develop businesses and entrepreneurial mindsets that drive our economy and propel us into the future.
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June 30 is the last chance for early-bird registration and NOBCChE advancing science travel grants!!!!!!!!
We encourage you to register early to take advantage of these great rates. Early-bird registration deadline: June 30, 2014

Visit our 2014 NOBCChE Conference website and learn about our innovative technical sessions, interactive workshops and multiple social/networking events and receptions all designed to help you learn, grow and connect

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Deadline nears for the NOBCChE Advancing Science Travel Grants
The deadline for submitting an abstract and for applying for student travel grants is June 30. Student travel awards include free registration and hotel accommodations for the conference. Click here for instructions on How to Apply for an Advancing Science Travel Grant
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Call for abstracts: Submit papers online by July 25
NOBCChE is pleased to call for abstracts for the 2014 NOBCChE Annual Conference. Building on last year’s success, the 2014 technical program is designed to further enrich the conference experience for all—potential presenters have an opportunity to showcase and share relevant research, programs or best practices and conference attendees have an additional learning channel to enhance their career, leadership and business/industry knowledge.

Visit the NOBCChE abstract site to download the Technical Program Guidebook with all of the information you will need to submit your abstract.

The planning team is developing a top-notch technical program that will include a mix of invited professional and student speakers and submitted abstracts covering the latest developments in STEM.

Technical Sessions:
  • Biochemistry
  • Microfluidics and MEMS Based Chemistry
  • Spectroscopic Analysis
  • Organic Chemistry: Synthesis and Characterization
  • Educational Outreach and Mentoring
  • Engineering — Process and Chemical
  • Inorganic Synthesis
  • Pharmaceutical and Natural Product
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Special Sessions:
  • Computational Chemistry
  • BioInspired Materials
  • Analytical: Chemical Separation
  • Research Entrepreneurship & Commercialization
  • Analytical Chemistry: Characterization
  • polymers

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    Mentor or risk rejection
    Inside Higher Ed
    Grant applicants to the National Science Foundation lately might have noticed a new bit of commentary from reviewers: Requests for more hard data on how they’re going to mentor their students, and improve as mentors going forward. The possible trend — so far anecdotal — was recently noted on the popular blog Female Science Professor.
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      Spreadsheet Problem-Solving & VBA Programming Course

    Spreadsheets are a powerful problem-solving tool for chemical engineers. Take advantage of a three-day immersion into Spreadsheet Problem Solving and Excel VBA Programming. This course is a combination of two popular AIChE courses: Spreadsheet Problem Solving and Excel VBA Programming Register for this class September 8 - 9, 2014 Houston, TX.

    How to network for a job — without losing your current one
    Ah, the age old conundrum: How do you get out of that job you sort of hate, without losing that job you sort of hate? OK, maybe you don’t hate it. But if you’re looking to exit stage left (ASAP) from your current job, how do you network with other professionals — the very people who may be instrumental to your forward progress — without tipping off your colleagues (or, worse, your boss)? Carefully, that’s how. Very carefully. Here are just a few ideas to help you pull it off.
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    What works to increase diversity
    Increasing gender and racial diversity in science departments is a stated goal of universities across the nation. Progress, however, has been uneven, with some departments making significant advances while others lag far behind, according to a study in the Journal of Chemical Education by Sandra Laursen and Timothy Weston of the University of Colorado, Boulder.
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    School improvement requires more than just a plan
    By Thomas Van Soelen
    As educational leaders, we spend considerable time building plans for a variety of stakeholders. After that first, often arduous writing of the initial draft, many leaders struggle with how to revise the plan in meaningful, engaging ways. Chuck Bell, a second-year superintendent in Elbert County, Georgia, created his system's first-ever improvement plan then ran his summer leadership retreat and was stumped with what to do next. He chose to model a process that school leaders could immediately lift and use in their schools.
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    Outreach key to increasing STEM student population
    The Huffington Post
    Despite efforts to raise interest, the number of high school students wanting to enter the STEM fields has declined from 2009 to 2013, according to U.S. News and World Report. The magazine also reported that women comprised just 28 percent of the science and engineering workforce in 2010, while African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians and Alaska Natives represented just 10 percent.
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    5 counterintuitive habits of truly authentic leaders
    We live in an era in which increasingly, leaders who are authentic, and who translate this into shared value for their people, whether shareholders or stakeholders, employees, customers or constituents, are the ones who have true and lasting impact — ultimately making the world a better place to live in. Striving for authenticity in leadership is the new kind of success to aspire to, and may well one day be the measure by which some aspects of performance are evaluated.
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    Google puts $50 million toward getting girls into coding
    Education Week
    Google announced on June 19 it was putting $50 million into an initiative aimed at closing the gender gap in computer coding. As Education Week has reported, females are underrepresented in computer-science courses and careers. Just 20 percent of students who took the Advanced Placement computer-science exam in 2013 were female, and no girls took the test in Mississippi or Montana. Less than 1 percent of girls in high school anticipate going into computer science, reports the Associated Press.
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    Wisconsin grants for STEM education fall short of $1.2 million requested
    Journal Sentinel
    The Department of Public Instruction has announced it will award $250,000 in one-time grants to schools to fund a rising demand for programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics — better known as STEM. But the allocation doesn’t come anywhere near the total $1.2 million that Wisconsin districts had requested. Rich Merkel, executive director for STEM Forward — which advocates for improving STEM education in Wisconsin — said the DPI's announcement was positive news, but that he had hoped for more funding.
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