NOBCChE eBrief
Mar. 13, 2014

Celebrating women's history in NOBCChE


Opportunity is knocking — answer the door!
Announcing the relaunch of the NOBCChE Opportunities Blog

NOBCChE is pleased to announce the relaunch of the NOBCChE Opportunities Blog! It is our roll up of internships, research experiences, development and enrichment workshops, co-ops, post-docs, enrichment events, award nomination opportunities and more. Check it out at More

See what's knocking this week on the NOBCChE Opportunities Blog

If you have an opportunity that you would like us to share on the NOBCChE Opportunities Blog, post it to our NOBCChE Facebook Page, mention @NOBCChE and the opportunity Twitter, post it to our LinkedIn site or send us an email at*

*This blog is for non-full time employment opportunities and other no-cost opportunities. If you are interested in advertising a full time employment opportunity or an opportunity for which a participation cost is associated, please contact us.More

Digital thinker Tokiwa Smith tweets a day in her life for NPR's 'Tell Me More'

On March 28, NOBCChE member Tokiwa Smith will be the featured "tweeter" for National Public Radio's "Tell Me More" show hosted by Michel Martin. Throughout the month of March, "Tell Me More" host Michel Martin will explore why so few women are leaders in the burgeoning technology industries. The latest research suggests that close to 90 percent of tech startups in Silicon Valley are launched by men. She'll host on-air discussions with women who are tech innovators; and on Twitter, Martin and the show's senior producer, Davar Ardalan, will moderate a digital conversation with more game-changing tech leaders around #NPRWIT. Tokiwa Smith, founder and executive director of Science, Engineering and Mathematics, Link Inc. will share her story in 140 characters or less for the entire day. Be sure to follow Tokiwa @tokiwana and @semlink and join the conversation using the hashtag #NPRWIT.

Tokiwa says of the experience, "I am excited to share in real time the essence of what my work as a science educator and social entrepreneur is all about — engaging urban youth in hands on STEM activities which hopefully will inspire them as professionals in fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics." More

Morgan State hosts President Obama's science and technology adviser
Morgan State University added a notable first to its distinguished history in the sciences on Feb. 28, when the campus hosted Dr. John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), in its Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies (CBEIS). This trip was part of OSTP's "week of action" in honor of Black History Month, to help accelerate, support and raise awareness of STEM opportunities for African-American students, schools and communities.

"One of the smartest things we can do to keep our nation globally competitive is ensure that our science, technology, engineering and math workforce taps into America's extraordinarily diverse talent pool," Dr. Holdren said. "Morgan State is helping to cultivate the next generation of discoverers, builders, inventors and thinkers that will keep America innovating on the cutting edge." More

Women of Congress promote STEM education, careers
Roll Call
"All I could visualize, to be perfectly honest, was being a teacher, a social worker and a secretary," said Rep. Susan A. Davis, D-Calif. The women of Congress are working to change that dynamic and empower young women to see themselves in STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — careers.More

Women of color nurture minority girls' interest in STEM
Long Island Newsday
Despite decades of advancement in various careers, women represent only a small fraction of those in STEM fields, and women of color an even smaller fraction. Amid a growing national effort to bring more women and minorities into STEM careers, women of color on Long Island are taking it upon themselves to educate and mentor young girls of color to pursue these subjects. The uneven divide along racial and gender lines runs through all STEM areas but is most acute in engineering, statistics show.More

Georgia school receives $25,000 to add 6 AP STEM courses
Cedar Shoals High School in Athens, Ga., is one of 230 schools across the country invited to participate in the Advanced Placement Opportunity Program. Cedar Shoals will receive $25,300 to add six science and math AP courses, made possible from a $1.2 million AP grant from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. Cedar Shoals was chosen because of the number of students who were academically prepared for an AP STEM course not currently offered at the school.More

How do you define success?
By C. Fredrick Crum
When I ask leaders, "How do you define success?" I often get asked, "Are you referring to my professional life, personal life or for this organization?" I often respond by asking this rhetorical question, "How many lives do you have?" Many leaders have simply not thought deeply enough about what their personal success really looks like.More

There's a case against diversity in the workplace
Companies promote diversity in the workplace as a moral imperative with "bottom line benefits." But research on the value of diversity is mixed. Some studies have found diverse teams — meaning workgroups comprised of employees of different races, genders and backgrounds — promote creativity, nurture critical thinking and tend to make better, more thoughtful decisions because they consider a wider range of perspectives. Other studies indicate diverse teams fuel interpersonal conflicts, reduce cohesion and slow the pace of learning. More

Women should embrace the B's in college to make more later
The Washington Post
A message to the nation's women: Stop trying to be straight-A students. The college majors that tend to lead to the most profitable professions are also the stingiest about awarding A's. Science departments grade, on a four-point scale, an average of 0.4 points lower than humanities departments, according to a 2010 analysis of national grading data. And two new research studies suggest that women might be abandoning these lucrative disciplines precisely because they're terrified of getting B's.More

2015 budget would boost investments in STEM education
President Obama's fiscal 2015 budget blueprint proposes a number of changes to improving and strengthening the quality and quantity of workers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. One proposed change is a government-wide reorganization of STEM education programs that have traditionally been fragmented across various agencies.More

6 solid reasons the best leaders are also the best managers
Beyond the more obvious leadership attributes, beyond the strategic thinking, the vision, the ability to spellbind an audience and inspire, the most effective leaders tend to share some more prosaic qualities. They have an unspectacular but solid foundation that informs all aspects of their working lives and makes others want to follow them. Let's consider six qualities they share that make them not only outstanding executives but also individuals who are well liked and highly respected.More