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Hydrogels and Biomedical Polymers
Brian Amsden
Approximately 200,000 anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)-related injuries occur annually in North America, and of these, approximately half involve ACL rupture. The ACL has a low capacity for self-healing, and an ACL compromised knee leads to an increased likelihood of early onset osteoarthritis. For these reasons, approximately 100,000 ACL reconstructions are performed annually. This talk will describe our work on the development of a scaffold that provides microarchitectural similarity to the native ACL and the benefits such a design provides in terms of tissue formation.
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Mabnet Symposium on Manufacturing of Monoclonal Antibodies
Michael Butler
Cellular glycosylation of proteins occurs post-translationally and is affected by a network of competing enzymes in the Golgi of mammalian cells. Unlike the synthesis of proteins or nucleic acids the process is not governed by a pre-formed template. The glycan profile of a glycoprotein depends upon the producer cell line, the growth media, the culture conditions as well as the protein structure. This presentation will review some of the major achievements of the MabNet program that allow bioprocess parameters to be controlled in order to minimize batch to batch variation of antibody glycosylation. Strategies will also be discussed to produce proteins with pre-defined glycan structures.
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Top Chemical Industry Contributors Honoured by CIC/SCI Canada
CIC
CIC/SCI Canada, the business forum of the Chemical Institute of Canada(CIC)/Society for Chemical Industry (SCI), will host its annual Awards Dinner in Calgary on March 26, 2015. The event recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the chemical industry. Award winners include: Esteban Chornet, Enerkem/Université de Sherbrooke, winner of the Kalev Pugi Award; Duke Du Plessis, Alberta Innovates — Energy and Environment Solutions (AI-EES), winner of the Purvis Memorial Award; Dave Emerson, CCC Group, Canada Colors and Chemicals, winner of the International Award; Alan Fair, retired (formerly from COSIA and Syncrude Canada), winner of the LeSueur Memorial Award and; Kim Sturgess, Alberta WaterSMART, winner of the Canada Medal.
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Canada pumps out 35,400 jobs in January, mostly part-time work
BNN
Canada added more jobs in January than economists forecast, with gains in part-time work taking the unemployment rate close to a six-year low. Employment rose by 35,400 and the jobless rate fell to 6.6 per cent from 6.7 per cent, Statistics Canada said in Ottawa. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg News expected no change in the unemployment rate and 5,000 new jobs. The actual employment gain exceeded all 21 forecasts.
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Canadians want work. Why have so many stopped looking?
Global News
The percentage of working-age Canadians who aren't working — who aren't even looking for a job — is at a historic high years after the economy supposedly bounced back from the recession. The labour participation rate for Canadian men in their working prime — ages 25 through 54 — is the lowest it's been since Statistics Canada started collecting that data. Women's participation rate, rising since the 1950s, has been largely stagnant since 2006.
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Nevada eyes ways to attract new science, engineering jobs
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Local business leaders said when it comes to creating jobs, the state of Nevada needs to put more effort in attracting higher valued and growth positions. According to a new report by the Las Vegas Global Economics Alliance, industries like aerospace, business, technology and manufacturing make up less than 5 percent of the job shares in Clark County. Experts say this trend is driving some of the brightest graduates of Nevada colleges to other states.

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Is there money to be made in oil? New grads don't think so
Bloomberg
Six months ago, a degree in petroleum engineering was a ticket to a job with a six-figure salary. Now it's looking like a path to the unemployment office. The oil crash that's forcing companies to slash billions from their budgets and cut tens of thousands of workers is derailing an industry campaign to attract top college graduates. It comes at a time when the future of drilling is increasingly tied to new technology that lets companies pull more oil and natural gas from the ground, faster and cheaper.

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U of T Engineering celebrates record number of female first-year students
U of T Engineering News
Women now account for 30.6 per cent of first-year students in U of T Engineering programs: a record for the Faculty and a number that surpasses all other Ontario universities. It is the only engineering school in Ontario with female first-year enrollment of more than 30 per cent. National figures are expected later this year from Engineers Canada. "U of T Engineering is a rich environment for talented, bright women to become engineering leaders," said Dean Cristina Amon.

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Marketing, engineering careers top best jobs list
WKU Herald
Glassdoor, the online job-hunting service, recently compiled a list entitled "25 Best Jobs in America for 2015." Several of the career paths on the list are rooted in majors found at WKU and other universities. Glassdoor composed the list on three primary factors that included, "earning potential based on average annual base salary, career opportunities rating and number of job openings," according to the website. While there were some medical careers included, the majority of the list remained concentrated in the marketing and engineering departments.
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Alberta employment growth best in the country
Calgary Herald
Despite all the talk about job losses in the oilpatch, Alberta was the shining star on the Canadian labour front in January. But dark clouds may be looming on the horizon warn a number of economists. Employment in the province rose by 14,000 in January, bringing gains over the past 12 months to 67,000 or three per cent, the fastest growth rate among the provinces, Statistics Canada reported.
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