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   FEBRUARY 2020 ISSUE  

 
 
    I: Community Updates
            Black History Month
            Diversity and Climate Updates
                  
    II: Community News           
            Nine black chemists you should know
            Chemistry at Illinois no longer requires GREs
                   
    III: Upcoming Events
            Inclusive Lab Leaders
            St. Elmo Lecture
               
    IV: Resources 
           Diversity in STEM; What It Is and Why It Matters
           The Power of Diversity
           Delivering Through Diversity
      
 
 


COMMUNITY updates

 
 

February is Black History Month

Carter G. Woodson, an African American historian is given credit for Black History Month, a federally recognized, nationwide celebration that invites all Americans to contemplate the contributions of African Americans in shaping this beautiful America. Carter G. Woodson was disheartened by history textbooks' deliberate omission of African American contributions in American history so he took it upon himself to write black Americans into the country’s history. Please read the article on Nine Black Chemists You Should know below. 

 
 

Diversity & Climate Updates

(a) In the spirit of celebrating Black History Month, please check out the St. Elmo Brady documentary "Twenty Whites & One Other." Thanks to the School of Chemical Sciences and the Department of Chemistry for funding this initiative. The documentary premiered at the University of Illinois Celebration of Diversity Breakfast on November 8, 2019, at which St. Elmo posthumously received the Sankofa Award.  

(b) Please stop by the Department of Chemistry Administration Office (Noyes 109) and pick up your "You are Welcome Here Stickers." Let's show that our community is welcoming and inclusive. 

(c) Diversity & Social Justice Education Presents Social Justice Awards 2020 DiversityEd is looking for nominations of undergraduate and graduate students, staff or faculty, alumni, or student organizations that are trying to address marginalization, oppression and/or privilege. Nominations close March 8, 2020. To submit a nomination, follow the link above.

 
 


COMMUNITY news

 
 

Nine black chemists you should know

When transplant surgeon Clive O. Callender of Howard University was going to college in the 1950s, it was common to major in chemistry as a path to medical school. And Callender was no different. At Hunter College, he toiled through general and organic chemistry courses with the goal of one day becoming a medical missionary. At the time, Callender says the achievements of black scientists were rarely celebrated. He learned about only one chemist who looked like him: George Washington Carver Read More

 
 
 

Chemistry at Illinois no longer requires the GRE

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign no longer requires Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for admission, a decision finalized in the summer of 2019. The current cycle of applicants is the first to have the option of foregoing GRE score submission.

Department head Martin Gruebele made the decision in early 2019 and finalized the change to submissions after collecting feedback from the admissions committee and from department faculty. The decision came after a year of studying the issue, Prof. Gruebele says. “We were considering it for the last year, including attending workshops where the issue was discussed,” he says. “We’re now putting the general GRE at the same level we currently have for the subject test – 'encouraged but not required.’” Read More

 
 


UPCOMING events

 
 

FOR FACULTY: Inclusive Lab Leaders

The Inclusive Lab Leaders workshops are a new program by the 21st Century Scientists Initiative at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science & Technology. The goal of this program is to help PIs, new and veteran, become more effective at managing their research groups. Learn More

(i) Transforming conflict into collaboration
Friday, March 6, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Room 1005, Beckman

(ii) Recognizing and navigating power dynamics in research
Friday, April 10, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Room 1005, Beckman

(iII) Creating sustainable systems to support our work
Friday, May 8, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Room 1005, Beckman

St. Elmo Brady Lecture
Seminar Speaker: Prof. Steven Townsend (Vanderbilt University)
April 8th, 2020

The National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) will host its first Lecture Series in honor of the first black Ph.D. chemist, Dr. St. Elmo Brady. More details to follow. 

Black History Month Speaker
Dr. David Stovall  (University of Illinois at Chicago)
February 27th, 2020, 7 p.m. - Illini Union Room B

David Stovall, Ph.D., is Professor of African American Studies and Criminology, Law & Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). His scholarship investigates three areas 1) critical race theory, 2) the relationship between housing and education, and 3) the intersection of race, place, and school. In the attempt to bring theory to action, he works with community organizations and schools to address issues of equity, justice and abolishing the school/prison nexus.

 
 


INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE resources

 
 

Diversity in STEM: What It Is and Why It Matters

Innovations resulting from science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields have positively touched nearly every aspect of human life. Scientific innovations do not arise on their own; each is brought forth through the hard work and ingenuity of scientists. Therefore, the quality of the scientific research enterprise, and its ability to meet the needs of, and positively impact the lives of individuals, communities, nations and the world is inextricably linked to the individual “STEMists” involved Read More

The Power of Diversity

Ethnic diversity correlates more strongly with citation counts than do diversity in age, gender or affiliation, according to an analysis of more than 1 million papers in 24 academic subfields Read More

Delivering Through Diversity

Awareness of the business case for inclusion and diversity is on the rise. While social justice typically is the initial impetus behind these efforts, companies have increasingly begun to regard inclusion and diversity as a source of competitive advantage, and specifically as a key enabler of growth. Yet progress on diversification initiatives has been slow. And companies are still uncertain about how they can most effectively use diversity and inclusion to support their growth and value-creation goals. Read More

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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