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The Chemical Biology of the Genome
Shankar Balasubramanian
The chemistry, structure and function of nucleic acids are of fundamental importance to our understanding of life. In this lecture, I will describe three projects from my lab that have employed chemistry to provide new insights into nucleic acids and in particular, our genome. The first is the invention of a method to accurately decode the sequence of genomic DNA at high speed and low cost on a population scale. The second topic will be on the DNA quadruple helix: G-quadruplex, its existence in the genome and prospects for targeting this DNA structure with small molecules for therapeutics. The third and final topic will be on clinical methods for decoding epigenetic modifications in DNA.
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Ramblings of a Chimeric Researcher/Administrator
B. Mario Pinto, Shankar Balasubramanian
Strategies and intentions in the research and administrative areas will be described. Activities as an independent researcher will illustrate the concepts of conception, misconception, and accident in the discovery and inventive process. Examples from the author's own research career will be presented to illustrate this philosophy originally advanced by Sir D.H.R. Barton. The transition to the "dark side" of administration will then be illustrated as a means to "infiltrate the system" and to make a difference. Finally, a model for education of the next generations of students, the life-blood of the research endeavor, in a rapidly changing global economic climate will be presented.
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CIC/SCI Canada Event Registration Open
CIC
Registration for the CIC/SCI Canada Seminar and Awards Dinner, on March 26 in Calgary, is now open. Award winners and preliminary program will be posted in early February.
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SNC Lavalin Plant Design Competition Deadline May 15
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The Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering offers the SNC-LAVALIN Undergraduate Plant Design Competition for students enrolled in undergraduate chemical engineering programs at Canadian Universities. All entries must be submitted by May 15, 2015.
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Nearly 23,000 jobs linked to oil drilling industry to be slashed this year
Financial Post
Plunging oil prices will cost Canada's drilling industry close to 23,000 direct and indirect jobs this year, more than were lost during the 2009 downturn, according to updated forecast by the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors. The association, which represents the Canadian drilling and service rig industry, said there will be an average of 167 fewer rigs active in 2015 compared with 2014, resulting in 22,579 fewer jobs.
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15 job titles getting big salary boosts in 2015
Network World
Competition for technical talent is on the rise — and so are salaries. Companies in hiring mode say there's a shortage of tech talent, and IT pros are upping their expectations for pay and benefits. Overall, the jobs outlook is positive for IT pros as the new year gets underway. When asked about hiring plans for the next six months, 19 per cent of CIOs said they plan to expand their teams in the first half of 2015, according to Robert Half Technology (RHT).
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5 reasons why you should do an engineering work placement
The Engineer
Engineering firms always say they want graduates with work experience yet huge numbers of students don't bother. And at this time of year, after many of the big companies' schemes have closed, finding a placement or internship can involve a lot more work. But getting such experience is a hugely valuable career move, even if you're not sure what you want to do. Here's why.
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Engineering company creates 20 new jobs, invests $3 million
AJC
Validation and Engineering Group, an engineering company providing regulatory compliance services to Food and Drug Administration regulated companies, will open its U.S. operations at 2180 Satellite Boulevard in Duluth. The location represents a close to $3 million capital investment and 20 new jobs to be added over the next two years.
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9 mistakes job hunters make
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You have a killer resumé. You send out thank you notes after every interview. You attend career fairs whenever they come to town. But somehow you're still unemployed. It's frustrating. It's stressful. You feel like you're doing all the right things, yet there's this nagging suspicion that maybe you're doing something wrong.

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Facebook claims it created 4.5 million jobs
CNN
A Facebook-sponsored study found that the social network has created 4.5 million jobs around the world and added $227 billion to the global economy in 2014. The study, conducted by Deloitte, suggests that the jobs Facebook (FB, Tech30) added are widespread, reaching countries such as India, Brazil and Australia.

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8 ways to encourage more students to study engineering
The Guardian
There have been numerous warnings over recent years that the U.K. faces a shortage of engineers. But despite reports on the problem, it is far from solved. Many universities have struggled to drive up the number of students starting undergraduate engineering courses — in 2012-13, the most recent year for which data is available, the enrollment rate actually fell by just under 1 per cent.

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