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Keynote Lecture: Nonconvex Generalized Benders Decomposition and Piecewise Convex Relaxations for Optimal Process Design and Operation Under Uncertainty
Xiang Li
A global optimization method called nonconvex generalized Benders decomposition (NGBD) has been developed to solve a class of stochastic nonconvex mixed-integer nonlinear programming (MINLP) to global optimality efficiently.
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R.S. Jane Memorial Award Lecture: Blood, Guts and Chemical Engineering 2.0
Michael Sefton
The introduction of bioengineering and biomedical engineering in chemical engineering programs and how they provide new interest in chemical engineering studies.
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Keynote Lecture: PET/Clay Nanocomposites: Effect of Chain Extender on the Morphology and Properties
Pierre Carreau
Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) undergoes chain scission due to thermo-mechanical degredation. A multifunctional epoxy-based chain extender was employed to rebuild the molecular weight, increase the shear force, and consequently improving the silicate layers dispersion.
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Building public understanding with 'molecular lego'
CIC

John Purdy, chair of the CIC Toronto Local Section, introduces Hanadi Sleiman, this year's E. Gordon Young Lecturer. The lectureship is designed to both recognize excellence in research and engage the general public. Her talk on the structural applications of DNA was delivered last fall at Ryerson University.

Deoxyribonucleic acid, the blueprint of evolution, is arguably the world’s most famous molecule. But as McGill University’s Hanadi Sleiman explained to Toronto audiences last fall, the possible applications of DNA range far beyond merely encoding and decoding genetic information.

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CSC President responds to NSERC President stepping down
CIC
Suzanne Fortier is stepping down as President of NSERC and stepping up to the role of Principal and Vice-chancellor of McGill University in Montreal. There is no doubt the move to McGill will bring new challenges and opportunities her way, and we at the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC) wish her the best in the coming years.
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Job hunters: Just how hard is it to find work these days?
The Globe and Mail
We've all heard the stories of educated, hard-working Canadians who just can't get a break in a tough economy. Last year, a letter from a frustrated 29-year-old who could not find a long-term job with benefits struck a chord with readers, who shared his story widely and, in some cases, even offered to help him out. Nearly a year later, however, he is still looking.
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Job seekers face stiff scrutiny
SF Bay
Of all the demands placed on job seekers today, the most difficult hoop to jump through may be the interview process itself. Being vetted for a cabinet position may be easier.
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Throw out your resume: Everything you've been taught is wrong
Tech Vibes
Toss your resume into the nearest recycling bin. Everything you've been taught at school about applying for jobs is wrong. So says Shopify, an Ottawa-based e-commerce platform. The Canadian company, which is hiring like crazy, argues that the resume is as good as dead.
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Unpaid internships: The most precarious work of all
The Toronto Star
Unpaid internships that last months or even years make up the most unstable part of an increasingly precarious workforce, which accounts for almost half of employment in the GTA and Hamilton, according to a recent report. Very few facts are known about unpaid internships. The Ministry of Labour doesn't regulate or keep statistics on them. Yet, for young people, they seem to be everywhere.
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'Is your job killing you?' Tough health questions about workaholism
National Post
One of my patients is in his seventies. He's a successful real estate consultant with his own company. He's got cancer — chronic lymphocytic leukemia. His flagging immune system has allowed an old case of tuberculosis to act up. Then, about a month ago, one of his co-workers took a look at him. My patient looked terrible — he was shuffling around, all hunched over, with a grey pallor. His friend took him to an emergency room, where they diagnosed him with walking pneumonia and admitted him to hospital. He’ll go on a course of anti-tuberculosis therapy, and after that he'll get some chemo to fight the leukemia.
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Post-doc wins Polanyi prize
CIC
Tao (Toby) Zeng, a post-doctoral student in the University of Waterloo's chemistry department was the recipient of the 2012 Polanyi Prize in chemistry, worth $20,000.

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SCI Canada winner also honoured by ACS
CIC
With a stated goal of becoming the "world's greenest city" by 2020, Vancouver was the perfect locale for a conference with the theme of "Energy, Environment and Sustainability." The 62nd Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, held from Oct. 14-17, 2012, brought together over 1,000 delegates from around the world to discuss the latest research in a variety of process-related disciplines.

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Top 3 tips for phone interviews
Careerealism
More and more companies are relying on phone screens, or phone interviews, as a preliminary gauge of whether or not a candidate should be invited for an in-person interview. Phone interviews are generally less expensive and time-intensive for the company, so don't be surprised if you are contacted for this type of interview.

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Bad reasons to change careers
AOL
You know what they say: "The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence." If you've been coveting the greener grass of a different career, be sure to stop and reflect before you plan a major shift. While transitioning careers sometimes makes sense, many people mistakenly believe a career change will solve all of their problems.
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Sir Richard Branson disagrees with Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer: 'One day offices will be a thing of the past'
Toronto Star
Sir Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Group and regarded by many to be a business visionary, does not support Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's position in banning employees from working from home . Other cutting-edge companies like Telus and Google do not have such an edict against telecommuting.
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Education Ticker: Good jobs depend on experience, not education
The Globe and Mail
Earlier this month, Statistics Canada released a study that looked at the concept of "employment instability" among younger workers. What it found was that the younger the worker the more likely she is to experience instability. A quarter of employees under 23 had unstable jobs while only 20 per cent of those over 24 had similarly insecure employment. Education did not cushion workers from unstable jobs, but experience did. The more experience a worker had, the less likely he was to have a temporary job, "suggesting that it is experience, and not education, that offers the strongest negative association with higher levels of employment instability."
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Conference Board says index points to 29,000 jobs boost in February
Ottawa Citizen
The Conference Board says it is looking for a rebound in job creation for February when the new employment statistics are published recently. The think-tank says its national help-wanted index jumped by the largest margin in almost two years in January with every province except Newfoundland trending up.
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