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Using Synthetic Polymer Principles to Redesign Biobased Materials for Performance
Steven Bloembergen
At EcoSynthetix we thrive on lessons from both synthetic polymer chemistry and Nature. We have developed a Biopolymer Nanoparticle Platform and a Reactive Biobased Macromer Platform, among others.The EcoSphere® biopolymer nanoparticle platform provides a path to biobased latex emulsion polymers, also referred to as biolatex® binders.
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PHYTOSPHERIXTM: Bringing Nature's Nanotechnology to the Marketplace
John Dutcher
Increasing consumer pressure is driving the industrial adoption of sustainable biopolymers for a wide range of established and new applications. I will describe the unique properties of the nanoparticles and how we are using them in personal care and bioactive delivery applications.
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CSC 2015 Early Registration Ends April 30

Early registration for the 98th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition ends April 30, 2015. Register by the early deadline to save up to 15%.
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Chemistry departments try to attract more students by retooling the major
The Wall Street Journal
Forget economics. Chemistry might be the real dismal science. Undergraduate programs have been characterized for decades by rigid, yearlong sequences of organic, physical and biochemistry classes that emphasized rote memorization and taught about reactions in isolation. They left little room to pursue side passions — and attracted worrisomely few students, policy makers say.

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Canada's economy gains 28,700 jobs in March
CBC News
Canada's economy added 28,700 new jobs in March, far more than economists had been expecting. Statistics Canada reported that most of the job gains were in part-time work. The jobless rate was unchanged at 6.8 per cent. Canada's economy lost 28,000 full-time jobs during the month, but that was offset by an increase in 57,000 part-time positions.

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Top Canadian scientists resign over lack of female nominees
Maclean's
Two top Canadian scientists have resigned from the selection committee of the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame over concerns that, for the second year in a row, there are no female candidates among the finalists. Judy Illes, a professor of neurology and the Canada Research Chair in neuroethics at the University of British Columbia, has been trying to fix the nomination process for the past two years.

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Explore resources for women undergrads interested in science, engineering
Yahoo! News
The lack of women in science and engineering has long been a sore spot within the U.S. education system, and it's not getting any better. From 2004 to 2014, the share of bachelor's degrees earned by women decreased in engineering; computer sciences; Earth, atmospheric and ocean sciences; physical sciences, mathematics, biological and agricultural sciences; and social sciences and psychology, according to a recent report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.
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16 U of T Engineering students receive Cressy Awards
U of T Engineering News
Sixteen U of T Engineering students were celebrated at the 2015 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards. A ceremony to honour the recipients was held at Convocation Hall. The prestigious award was established in 1994 and is named after Gordon Cressy, former U of T Vice President of development and university relations. It recognizes students who have made outstanding extracurricular contributions to their college, faculty or school, or to the university as a whole.
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Budget 2015: Canadians pick jobs, social services over balanced books
Global News
While balancing the budget may be Finance Minister Joe Oliver's top priority, a new poll shows Canadians put jobs and the economy first. The poll of 1,005 Canadians conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Global News found 59 per cent of respondents prefers a budget that invests in jobs, the economy and social programs even if it runs a deficit, while 41 per cent prefer a balanced budget.
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Report points to job opportunities, and the necessary training
The Observer
A new Sarnia Lambton Workforce Development Board report aimed at students and employment seekers outlines jobs in several local industries, and the level of education and training they require. Research associate Catherine Gordon said the information comes from a recent employer survey, the board's recent Local Labour Market Plan, and Statistics Canada.
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Canada's economy adds more jobs in March
International Business Times
Canada's economy defied many conventional forecast of a job squeeze in March and even sprang a surprise on the Central Bank. The economy added close to 30,000 jobs in March, though bulk of these jobs were part-time positions. But, it certainly saved the central bank from going in for another bout of cut in interest rates in order to stimulate growth. Statistics Canada, in its report said the unemployment rate stood steady at 6.8 percent in March.
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