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Chitosan — The Biomaterials Promise
Amyl Ghanem
Chitosan is a natural biopolymer derived from chitin, found in the exoskeleton of crab, lobster, and shrimp, as well as in the cell wall of fungi. The chemical structure of chitosan is similar to the natural extracellular matrix component glycosaminoglycan. This talk will review the application of chitosan as a biomedical material, its limitations and highlight future directions.
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What the Nuclear Industry has to Teach Us about Successfully Implementing Change in Chemical Industries and Chemical Engineering University Programs
Robert Crawford
Change in our industrial workplace is ever-present and relentless. When implementing change it is essential for our teams to be technically proficient and to effectively apply sound engineering economics. There is however a third element "the human element" which often is the difference maker when it comes to complete project objectives realization. This presentation will address the strategies used to effectively integrate human factors into industrial projects and the design course curriculum.
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It's time to plan your trip for CSC2014
CIC
Register for the 97th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition before April 28, 2014 to take advantage of the early registration discount and save up to 15%. Discount conference rates at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver end April 29, 2014.
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CSCT to vote on new by-laws at AGM
CIC
The Canadian Society for Chemical Technology (CSCT) members will have the opportunity to vote on new by-laws at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held on Thursday, May 8, 2013, 14:00 EDT, in Ottawa.
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Forget the flashy office, millennials want jobs with security
Huffington Post
While millenials are known for being the generation of "job-hoppers," switching jobs year-to-year, data from our most recent study shows that the threat posed by high unemployment rates is starting to impact our career goals. While a good salary remains a top priority for this generation, results show they are prioritizing job security.

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Program aims to keep Nova Scotia job seekers in the province
Global News
A new program in Halifax wants to keep job seeking Nova Scotians in the province by teaching them how to find the hidden job market. The Launch program at Job Junction equips job applicants with tools such as how to better network, improve their resume and make cold calls to prospective employers.

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Waiting times for background checks frustrate some job-seekers
CBC News
Waiting times are getting longer for criminal background checks as more companies and groups require them from prospective employees and volunteers. A Saint John man complains the waits are now such that they are causing people to lose out on job offers and other opportunities. Brian Marr says he nearly lost his maintenance jobs because it's taking so long to get his criminal background clearance.

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Chemical industry expansion plans to create new, high-paying American jobs
The Wall Street Journal
The United States can help meet rising global chemical demand and, in the process, create new, high-paying American jobs, Steve Pryor, president of ExxonMobil Chemical Company, said in a keynote speech at the IHS World Petrochemical Conference. ExxonMobil forecasts that global demand for ethylene, the largest petrochemical building block, will grow by 150 percent from 2010 to 2040, driven by rising prosperity and an expanding middle class in the developing world.
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Unreliable jobs data cloud labour picture
The Globe and Mail
Much mockery was made over revelations the federal government relies, in part, on Kijiji ads to help calculate job vacancies. But the debate over the degree to which Canada is experiencing labour shortages — and just how many job openings are going unfilled — highlights a serious issue: This country's jobs picture is still very fuzzy.
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Canadian economy expected to rebound after harsh winter disrupted output, sales and hiring
Financial Post
Canadians could soon be warming up to an improving economy — and we'll have our southern neighbours to thank for turning up the heat. Both Canada and the United States are coming out of severe winter storms that disrupted output, sales and hiring.
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MSU receiving $2.5 million to support chemical engineering scholarships, research
Delaware Online
Michigan State University is receiving a gift of $2.5 million, to advance scholarships and research in chemical engineering. The Michigan State University College of Engineering received the gift from Dave and Denise Lamp of Dallas.
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The unpaid internship: Doorway to employment or unfair exploitation?
The Globe and Mail
For decades, magazines have relied on unpaid interns to staff their offices, edit and fact-check their copy. These interns are usually aspiring journalists or students seeking entry to the industry. Recently, the Ontario Ministry of Labour ruled that these internships, as practiced by the magazines Toronto Life and The Walrus, are in violation of labour laws which forbid full-time work without pay. It appears that unpaid internships have become a thing of the past.
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