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The Scripps Research Institute Hosts NOBCChE Regional Meeting


The National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) West Regional meeting, featuring scientific presentations, a tour of Scripps Research laboratories, student poster session, science teacher workshop, and participant networking. 

The NOBCChE (pronounced No-be-shay) mission is to support and build a cadre of people of color in science and technology. The national organization promotes careers in science and technology as an achievable goal for elementary, middle, and high school students. In addition, NOBCChE encourages college students to pursue graduate degrees in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.


  • Friday, March 23, 9 AM to 4 PM
  • Saturday, March 24, 8 AM to 6 PM
  • Sunday, March 25, 8 AM to 4 PM


  • Friday and Sunday: Grande Colonial Hotel, 910 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA 92037
  • Saturday: The Scripps Research Institute, Arnold & Mabel Beckman Center, 10650 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037


Saturday keynote speakers:

  • K.C. Nicolaou, Chair, Department of Chemistry, The Scripps Research Institute
  • Victor McCrary, President, NOBCChE

Conference session speakers include:

  • John Harkless, Howard University
  • Adriana Beltran, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Kim Janda, Scripps Research
  • José Manuel Cornejo Bravo, Autonomous University of Baja California
  • Katherine Kantardjieff, California State University San Marcos
  • William Jackson- Department of Chemistry, University of California, Davis
  • Alison Bruzek, ScienceMakers, Project Director, The HistoryMakers
  • William Roush, Scripps Research, Florida campus

Additional program information at


Marisela Chevez, 858- 784-2172 (office) or 619-850-3170 (cell),

Mika Ono, 858-784-2505,

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