NOBCChE eBrief
Aug. 28, 2013

Warren Washington to receive Percy Julian Award
National Medal Award Winner Dr. Warren Washington will receive NOBCChE's prestigious Percy Julian Award at this year’s conference on Thursday, Oct. 3. Warren M. Washington is an American atmospheric scientist, a former chair of the National Science Board and currently senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. More

Student opportunities at NOBCChE
Are you an undergrad considering graduate school? A grad looking for job opportunities in STEM? Don't miss the NOBCCHE Conference. Our one-day Career Fair features top employers and graduate schools. The conference also features student sessions to help with interviewing, resume writing and navigating grad school. Multiple networking and mentoring opportunities await. More

NOBCChE Conference hotel/registration deadlines loom
Don't miss out on our 40th Annual Conference. The deadline to book a room at the JW Marriott is Aug. 30 and the deadline for advance registration rate is Aug. 31. Technical sessions, symposiums, professional development workshops, career fair and networking. Be there! More

Gender gap persists in STEM education participation
Chicago Daily Herald
Figures from an Illinois school district reflect a national trend of girls lagging behind boys when it comes to interest and participation in STEM education. According to a report released earlier this year by STEMConnector, nearly 40 percent of high school boys express an interest in STEM education, compared to just 14.5 percent of girls. More

Diversity: It's not just an HR function anymore
Business Management Daily
Many organizations are experiencing "diversity fatigue." To a great extent, this is due to disappointing results from all of those diversity initiatives HR managers have put in place over the years. At the same time, some employers enjoy great success with diversity. The difference often lies in basic assumptions about what diversity means and what it can achieveMore

Help new employees succeed from day 1
The first day at a new job is filled with great emotion and excitement for anyone. If the interview process was grueling, the day starts with a mood of triumph and hope. Everyone sees potential and opportunity in that first day. The company is banking on the investment, and the employee is ready for the adventure. And yet, all the upward emotion seems to wear off quickly as confusion and reality set in. More

Minorities, women vastly underrepresented in STEM fields
The Baltimore Sun
The number of women in science, technology, engineering and math careers is dismal. As is the number of minorities pursuing STEM careers; consider that African-Americans, Hispanics and American Indians earn just 18 percent of bachelor's degrees in science and engineering. This despite the fact that STEM occupations are estimated to grow at a rate 1.7 times faster than non-STEM jobs between 2008 and 2018. More

The gender pay gap: It affects us all
The Huffington Post
Gender discrimination tarnishes us all. If you're a woman, whether in the public or private sector, you are likely to be paid less than your male counterpart. Women's access to higher education has eased this pay disparity somewhat, but the Center for American Progress insists that women would need a doctoral degree to earn the same as men with a bachelor's degree. More

Opinion: As STEM graduate rates decline, funding is crucial
The Huffington Post
With a new school year just around the corner, the future for students considering a career in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics is full of bright possibilities. STEM jobs are projected to grow by 17 percent by 2018, and the Commerce Department reports that STEM workers now command 26 percent higher wages than their non-STEM counterparts. More

Marie Curie was never my role model
By Heather Claxton-Douglas
In the latest attempt to get young girls interested in science, the European Union, as part of their Science: It's a Girl Thing! campaign, produced a commercial peppered with long-legged models, fashion runways, makeup, a hip-hop dance background, and not a single girl doing actual science. Not surprisingly, the commercial was deemed sexist and banned with calls to "show real women scientists, like Marie Curie." This response made me pause. I didn't pursue a career in science simply because "other women were doing it" — or did I?More

Diversity fades as you move up the corporate ladder
Chicago Tribune
People in the working world love to pat themselves on the back for a job well done, even if it turns out the job isn't finished. It's a part of the workplace mindset — we see a problem, we address the problem, we say "hooray!" and we move on, often prematurely. That's what has happened with diversity in America.More