Black History Month 2014: A Peek Into The Work Of Black Chemists And Engineers [VIDEO]
In honor Black History Month, the American Chemical Society spotlighted and celebrated black chemists and chemical engineers who have contributed to the advancement and research for renewable fuels, medical devices, and safer home products. A video montage was created by the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) in an effort to promote more African- Americans receiving STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering, and medicine).It features a number of African-American's working in different fields such as biofuels, exploration on flexible polymers for smartphones and a researching nutritional supplements.
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The number of African-Americans in these fields of study is declining and it might be attributed to economics, stereotypes, and discouragement from pursuing these degrees. In 2009 it was recorded that, African Americans make up "just 7 percent of all STEM bachelor's degrees, 4 percent of master's degrees, and 2 percent of PhDs" the Huffington Post reported.
Since the United States, like rest of the world, will become more science and technology dependent, having people from all different background has become increasingly important. With attention given toward African-Americans in these fields, hopefully more youth will pursue the STEM degrees. Watch the inspiring video below:
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