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Experts: Minority talent available for Silicon Valley
With Silicon Valley firms under scrutiny as recent employment disclosures show little racial and gender diversity at top firms, a new analysis finds that the nation’s leading research universities produce African-American and Latino graduates with computer science or computer engineering degrees at twice the rate leading companies hire them. The finding, documented in an analysis conducted by the USA Today newspaper, reveals that on average seven leading Silicon Valley firms had just 2 percent Black and 3 percent Latino employees in technology jobs.
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Baylor chemists receive grant, research cancer-killing drug
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Chemists at Baylor received a $900,000 grant to support research on drugs that kill cancer cells but leave healthy cells unhurt. Dr. Kevin Pinney, professor of chemistry specializing in chemical synthesis, and Dr. Mary Lynn Trawick, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, lead the team developing and studying compounds that target cancer tissues. The three-year grant they received this fall was from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
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  Junior Faculty Positions in Chemistry
Texas A&M University invites applications for junior faculty in all areas of chemistry. Review of applications will commence on October 15, 2014 and continue until positions are filled. Applications may be completed at:

More of America's foreign college students should come from Mexico
Andres Martinez's Mexican father applied to colleges in the United States in the late 1940s, and was offered scholarships by the University of Arizona and Western Reserve (now Case Western Reserve) in Cleveland. His father sat him down and drew a line from west to east across a map of the United States and said: “Below this line, they don’t like Mexicans.” It was a fateful moment, all but ensuring Dad would return to Mexico upon graduation. He did not like the cold. He would have loved Tucson.
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8 things recruiters notice about your resume at first glance (and 4 things that don't matter)
When recruiters look through a stack of resumes for candidate screening, what is the vital information they focus upon? According to Ambra Benjamin, engineering recuriter at Facebook, it varies from recruiter to recruiter. However, for Benjamin, who recruits for senior-level individuals for major corporations, there are several things that immediately stand out.
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Missouri community colleges receive $19.7 million grant to train workers for STEM careers
The St. Louis American
Missouri’s community colleges and the State Technical College of Missouri have received a $19.7 million grant to train an estimated 1,900 workers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields and to expand the state’s ability to collect data about students enrolled in workforce programs. The grant, awarded through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant program, will bring the state’s public two-year institutions together to improve the way they educate adult learners — especially those who have lost jobs because of the impact of foreign trade and other negative economic trends.
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12 surprising job interview tips
You’re almost there. Your resume landed you an interview and now it’s time to seal the deal. So what’s the best way to prepare? To find the answer, Jon Youshaei looked back on his interviews, sifted through research, and most importantly, asked employees from today’s most coveted companies. He tried to find deep insights beyond the typical “sit up straight!” and “dress to impress!” tips we hear too much.
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Chevron donating $20 million to build STEM-ready workforce in tri-state region
Pittsburgh Business Times
Chevron Corp. is giving $20 million to the tri-state region to boost workforce development and science, technology and math education. The Appalachia Partnership Institute is a project of Chevron, Allegheny Conference on Community Development, the Rand Corp. and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. The 27 counties, which include Allegheny County, are in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio.
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Data is driving STEM recruitment
Government Executive
The Indian Treaty Room at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building recently became a showcase for the Office of Personnel Management’s initiative to attract the best talent in science, technology engineering and math to federal service. This “Datapalooza” was part of a celebration of the incredible work Federal STEM employees do now, and it was also a look to the future as we work to fulfill the president’s vision of growing a diverse, engaged and talented STEM workforce for the future.
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