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Membrane Separation Processes — Gas Applications
David Carter
In order to mitigate the effects of global warming, technologies to capture greenhouse gases such as CH4 and CO2 must be further developed and optimized. Silicalite-1 is a type of zeolite, and so has a large internal surface area as well as relatively small pores; properties which allow effective separation of the gases of interest in this study by surface diffusion. This research has therefore been conducted to characterize silicalite-1 membranes which are well suited to this application.
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Modeling and Simulation with Applications
Hector Budman (D.G. Fisher Award)
The quantification of model uncertainties and their propagation into desired outputs is a key step in robust control and optimization applications. Over the past two decades, Polynomial Chaos Expansions (PCE) have emerged as a powerful tool to propagate any form of parametric uncertainty with the least computational efforts. In this talk, I will review our recent contributions in the applications of these expansions to address some key challenges in the area of process systems engineering.
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Registration for CSC2015 Now Open
CIC
Registration for the 98th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition is now open. Remember, members of the CSC save a significant amount on conference registration fees. If you are not currently a member, take advantage of this discount by renewing your membership.
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Professional Development Courses Offered in Ottawa
CIC
Continue to develop your career with the Chemical Institute of Canada's Professional Development Courses, June 17-18, 2015 in Ottawa, ON. Two-day courses include Process Safety and Laboratory Safety.
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Dalhousie chemist awarded top Canadian science prize
The Globe and Mail
For Axel Becke, a professor of chemistry at Dalhousie University, the turning point that would vault his career into the scientific stratosphere did not come in a campus laboratory but during a three-hour lunch on the French Riviera. It was 1991 and Dr. Becke was sitting across the table from John Pople, a U.S.-based theoretical chemist and future Nobel Prize winner who was one of the titans of the field.
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Researchers score $5.3 million to advance science and tech in Canada
Tech Vibes
Eleven University of Waterloo researchers are receiving a combined $5.3 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) to partner with industry on strategic research. One project will be vital for Canada in developing innovations for environmentally friendly water treatment technologies. William Wong, associate professor in electrical and computer engineering, is working with MW Canada to create electronic fabric, where UV lights are integrated directly into fabric, to be used in water filtration systems.
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Education will open doors to engineering, energy future
Chron
Engineering careers are exceptionally varied throughout energy-related industries, with opportunities to work in very different environments. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, a few of the job possibilities available include geothermal and solar energy, solar power, nuclear technicians, nuclear engineers, energy management and sustainability. Walter G. Chapman, associate dean of engineering for energy research at Rice University, said considerable overlap exists in job responsibilities within the energy industry.
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Canada pumps out 35,400 jobs in January, mostly part-time work
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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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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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Saskatchewan unemployment rate tied for lowest in Canada
The Grenfell Sun
Saskatchewan has maintained the lowest unemployment rate in the country for 26 consecutive months. Saskatchewan's unemployment rate was 4.5 per cent for the month of January, tied with Alberta for the lowest in Canada, and still well below the national average of 6.6 percent, according to a Statistics Canada report.
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Canadian economy to slow, Alberta unemployment to rise due to oil-price drop
Mississauga.com
The collapse in the world price of crude oil will put $1,000 in the average Canadian consumer's pocket this year thanks to lower gasoline prices at the pumps, a new report notes. But it won't be enough to boost the overall economy, the Conference Board of Canada said in its quarterly outlook. Economic growth in Canada will slow by a "substantial" 0.5 percentage points to 1.9 per cent in 2015, the board said, down from its previous forecast of 2.4 per cent in November.
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