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Register Today for ACS Short Courses in Boston
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The Department of Professional Education is holding two- and three-day courses in Boston, Mass., April 30-May 3. These cutting-edge courses, taught by experts in their field, are designed to improve your job performance during these tough economic times. Five courses are being offered, including the very popular "Laboratory Safety and Health." For a full list of courses offered and information on group discounts, visit More


The Chemistry Magic Behind Popcorn
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Joy of Science Channel: Culinary Chemistry Series
Time/date: 2 to 3 p.m. ET April 19

Discoveries in Mexico and Peru suggest the earliest popcorn parties date back to cave people thousands of years ago. Undoubtedly, in roasting corn over an open fire and quickly collecting the popped kernels, the 3-second rule was born. Legend has it that popped corn was first shared with the pilgrims during the first Thanksgiving. In modern times, popcorn has exploded as a favorite snack in the United States and is fast bursting into international fame. Americans consume an estimated 17 billion quarts of the white fluffy stuff every year. How has chemistry aided in making popcorn a favorite treat?

Meet Your Experts
Sara Risch
is the director of research and development and quality assurance for Popz Europe, a microwave popcorn company. Prior to joining Popz, she had her own consulting business, working with food, flavor and packaging companies. She received her both her bachelor's degree and doctorate in food science from the University of Minnesota. She has master's in food science from the University of Georgia. Her work has focused primarily on microwave foods and food-package interactions.

Bill Courtney is the chef/owner of Cheese-ology Macaroni & Cheese, located in the University City Loop, west of St. Louis. Following completion of his undergraduate degree in chemistry at the University of Missouri–Columbia, Courtney worked a short time as a Q.C. chemist for ConvaTec. A shift in interest eventually took him to the The Genome Institute at Washington University, where he spent nine years working with the leading genetic and genomic research scientists in the United States. In a radical move, Courtney struck out on his own to open Cheese-ology, the culmination of years of a self-described "unnatural obsession" with macaroni and cheese. Open since June 2010, Cheese-ology Macaroni & Cheese features more than 15 varieties of its namesake dish to satisfy any mac 'n cheese craving.

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Job Hunters Should Demonstrate Flexibility and Creativity
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Employers are expected to add more new jobs in 2012 than they did in 2011, according to CareerBuilder's annual job forecast based on a Harris Interactive nationwide survey. However, competition for jobs still will be fierce. Job hunters can gain an advantage if they can demonstrate flexibility, adaptability and creativity. More

Want the Job? Be a Narcissist
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You know that guy who sucks all the air out of the room at family gatherings? Or the woman who's often wrong but never in doubt about just how right she is? Turns out they — the narcissists among us — may have fewer friends but better job opportunities than the rest of us. More

Distinguish Yourself from the Market, Not Just Other Applicants
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There's a shift occurring in the way work is accomplished, moving from a craft to a knowledge production system. These days, you can't merely sharpen your skills to stay competitive. You need to do something to distinguish your skills from "everyday" professional services. More

Expand Your Mentoring Network
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As your career develops you probably will need to branch out to find additional, industry-specific mentors — and those who can help you reach that next step, says Harvard Business Review. More

Evaluating Income in Your Career Strategy
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The purpose of career strategy is to generate greater and greater income — or is it? While work is a financial necessity for almost everyone, the role of money in career decisions is complicated. More

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