NOBCChE eBrief
Feb. 20, 2014

How construction toys can help build STEM education
International Business Times
Brightly colored blocks were the toast of the box office recently, thanks to "LEGO: The Movie." But our fond memories of the plastic blocks are from the playroom, not the cinema. LEGOs are also a fun way to help kids — and adults — get excited about science. In Brooklyn's Coney Island neighborhood, the elementary school students at Public School 188 are learning about science and technology with the help of LEGO blocks.More

New forms of racism arise in science research
Medical Xpress
Advances in genetic sequencing are giving rise to a new era of scientific racism, despite decades of efforts to reverse attitudes used to justify the slave trade and Nazi theology, experts said. New forms of discrimination, known as neoracism, are taking hold in scientific research, spreading the belief that races exist and are different in terms of biology, behavior and culture, according to anthropologists who spoke at the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Chicago.More

What it takes to be the boss
By Michael J. Berens
Who wouldn't want to be the boss? You get to call the shots and tell everyone what to do. You get a nice office, an even nicer paycheck and all those perks. What's not to like? It turns out, though, not as many employees as you might think aspire to being the boss. Fewer than 1 in 4, according to a Pew Research Center report. That figure is all the more surprising since bosses express higher levels of job satisfaction than do workers, are as likely to maintain work/life balance and are more satisfied with their home life as well. Are bosses just lucky, or is there something different that sets them apart from their co-workers?More

Women fleeing science, tech fields
The talent pipeline of female workers in science, engineering and technology fields is on the rise, yet many women — faced with hostile work environments, extreme work pressures and isolation — are fleeing these in-demand fields in droves. That's according to Athena 2.0, a new report by the Center for Talent Innovation, which surveyed women in science, engineering and technology fields in the U.S., Brazil, China and India.More

Harvard Business School methodology to hit elementary classrooms
Soapbox Cincinnati
New case-based learning curricula and classroom technology are set to enter 18 Cincinnati Public and Milford Exempted Village Schools this year. The case-based learning pilot program is designed not only to promote more effective kindergarten through eighth-grade learning, but also to foster student interest in STEM fields. The program is made possible by a $1.1 million grant from Ohio's Straight A Fund. More

Column: Does affirmative action work?
Given the immediate positive impact that affirmative action had, it was perfectly reasonable for liberals to want to believe that it could be, at long last, an answer to economic discrimination and structural inequality. But it wasn't. Not remotely. For starters, the quotas and mandates put in place were almost comically easy to evade. The skilled labor unions required to admit blacks engaged in practices known as checkerboarding and motorcycling. More

Job searchers' secret weapon: Mobile devices, not the Web
U.S. News & World Report
What's the one thing that has changed the hiring process more than any other factor? Technology. And if you think tech means Web, you're already behind the eight ball. According to Alex Douzet, CEO and co-founder at TheLadders, the proliferation of mobile technology is dramatically changing the hiring landscape. Just how dramatic? "The job-search evolution from the Web to mobile devices could be as significant as the transition from print classifieds to online job postings," Douzet suggests.More

9 things great leaders say every day
Your words are among your greatest tools. They're a window into your vision, your values and your abilities. So, whether you're running a giant organization or just trying to herd a group toward a certain outcome, there are messages you need to communicate constantly in order to lead effectively. Start every day planning to say each of these things to at least one person, and watch the results.More