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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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Prominent chemist named first Canadian honorary member of Chemical Society of Japan
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Howard Alper was made an honorary member of the Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ) at their annual meeting in Shiga prefecture in late March. Left to right: Kohei Tamao, CSJ President; Shinji Murai, Nara Institute of Science and Technology Vice President and CSJ Past President; Howard Alper; Cathleen Crudden, CSC President.

Howard Alper, Distinguished University Professor at the University of Ottawa and an Honorary Fellow of the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC), has been made an Honorary Foreign Member of the Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ). He is the first Canadian to receive this major recognition, which is the highest honour that can be bestowed on a foreigner by the CSJ.

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EnviroAnalysis call for papers opening soon
CIC
The call for papers for EnviroAnalysis 2013 will open next week, on April 8 and run until June 6, 2013. The EnviroAnalysis Conference focuses on environmental and analytical chemistry, providing a technical program of plenary speakers and both oral and poster presentations. Topics range from novel sampling methods to detection by the most sophisticated spectrometers, and will cover applications involving the analysis of air, drinking water, wastewater, soils, sediments, and many other sample types. The conference will also offer short courses, an exhibition and awards program.
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5 reasons employee stress is killing office productivity
Ridiculously Efficient
We know that employee stress has a direct effect on individual productivity, but a new survey by ComPsych Corporation provides some hard statistics on stress and work. Previous studies have shown that 71 per cent of U.S. workers say their office is a "significant source" of stress, so it's well worth monitoring and managing. How can leaders decrease stress in the workplace? I suggest fostering an office culture that values exercise and meditation, or enabling workers to telecommute, even if it's just one day a week.
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5 job search mistakes show you're not paying attention
Business 2 Community
Applying for jobs is one of the most burdensome aspects of the job search process. Cover letters, résumés, applications — lots of paper work requiring sharp attention to detail. With so many things to pay attention to, people are bound to make mistakes. But as we all know, every little thing counts when it comes to getting through the screening process.
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Spring clean your career with these 5 tips
Daily News
Your home shouldn't be the only thing in your life to undergo the ritual of spring cleaning. This is also a perfect time to spruce up your career. Here's how. Reignite passion. Spring cleaning can be a useful tool for employees who are feeling complacent. Dale Carnegie Training's recent study on employee engagement found that one of the driving factors in creating high levels of engagement is employees feeling pride in working for their company.
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A little black book can boost your work life
The Globe and Mail
Want to be efficient? Want to be the person in your workplace who remembers exactly what was decided three weeks ago at that mid-morning meeting? Want to quickly find the phone number of the person who left a message recently — and what was said in the follow-up phone conversation? Want to encourage your creativity? Want to look really cool at the coffee shop? Then get a black book. The book keeps you focused. Instead of your mind wandering in meetings, you are intent, listening and taking notes.
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Career boot camp: 5 steps to become a better presenter
Forbes
Understand your audience: I once sat in the audience where a presenter was obviously delivering a "canned" presentation he had previously used. How did I know? He was giving a "retail sales 101" speech to an audience of highly skilled and experienced medical equipment sales professionals. And, oops, he also forgot to change the company name listed on several of his slides. Now that's how to lose audience attention quickly!

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Budget engages companies in retraining unemployed but offers little new grant money
Canada.com
The federal government wants the private sector to play a bigger role in retraining unemployed workers and matching them with in-demand jobs. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty unveiled the latest budget recently, announcing a new Canada Jobs Grant that, when fully implemented, will provide up to 130,000 low-skilled workers and Canadians ineligible for Employment Insurance each year with $15,000 or more to retrain.

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Mobile job search app 'Proven' now allows users to create résumés using only their smartphone
TechCrunch
Proven, an Andreessen Horowitz-backed mobile app that allows users to apply to jobs from their smartphones, has now rolled out an update to its Android version (iOS to follow) that introduces a way for users to build résumés from scratch directly within the app. That résumé can then be used to apply for jobs on sites like Indeed.com or Craigslist, the company says, with more to come.

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Canada's labour pain: 1.3 million jobless, but not enough skills
The Globe and Mail
The number of job vacancies, at last count, are at the same level as a year ago and so is the ratio of unemployed people to job openings. The Bank of Canada's business outlook survey shows shortages are far less acute than before the recession. And while the jobless rate has fallen in recent months, 1.33 million Canadians are out of work, a higher number than before the downturn.
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Job site lets employees rate bosses, companies anonymously
The Globe and Mail
What's it like to work at struggling smartphone maker Research in Motion, one of Canada's big banks or scandal-ridden engineering firm SNC-Lavalin Group? So far in this year, RIM staff have given their CEO Thorsten Heins an 84 per cent approval rating and the company's rating stands at 3.6 out of five on the website Glassdoor, a job and career site where employees anonymously dish on the pros and cons of their companies and bosses.
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