Nelson Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, inspired and continues to inspire millions of people around the world. Mandela was elected South Africa's first black president after spending nearly three decades in prison. NOBCChE board chair, Dr. Bobby Wilson, reflects on the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, meeting him in person, the impact it all had on his life, and lessons that NOBCChE can learn from his life. Mandela died in Johannesburg on December 5, 2013 at age 95.
The School of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the GT student chapter of NOBCChE (National Organization for the Professional Development of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers) hosted “Hands-On Future Tech 2013” on November 9, 2013 at Georgia Tech’s Molecular Science and Engineering (MoSE) building. One hundred and thirty-five local middle school (6th-8th grade) boys participated in “hands-on” demonstrations and other activities. Some of the demonstrations included engineering concepts, robotics, chemical techniques ranging from DNA extractions, solar powered cars, and “Exploring the slimy world of Polymers”. The demonstrations were conducted by GT college students, faculty, and industry professionals.
The National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) is inviting applications for a creative, committed and energetic student into the NOBCChE board of directors as the National Student Representative (NSR).
Experience in fundraising, leadership, and policy advocacy are particularly appealing. Service on the Board is an excellent opportunity to refine your skills, share your vision, and affect real change in NOBCChE.
Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (AAMU) students went where only few have gone before when they experienced zero gravity as part of NASA’s Microgravity Research Flight Program during the week of November 8 – 15, 2013.
AAMU was one of 14 institutions selected for NASA’s week-long program. The program is a collaborative effort between NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Program (MUREP) and the Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program.
Renewable scholarships from $1,000 to $5,000 per year are available for minority students entering chemistry-related fields. The American Chemical Society (ACS) Scholars Program awards scholarships to qualified African American, Hispanic and American Indian students entering or already in community colleges and four-year institutions. ACS accepts applications from graduating high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores and juniors.
Keiron Durant, a University of Arkansas honors chemical engineering senior and NOBCChE 2013 Advancing Science Award recipient, has won two national awards for his research on alternative fuels.