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Diffusion of Light Hydrocarbons
Douglas Ruthven
CO2 is a common impurity in natural gas and in some large and potentially valuable gas fields the CO2 content is as high as 50 per cent. The separation of CO2 from methane, and other light hydrocarbons is therefore of considerable economic importance. This presentation summarizes the results of a detailed kinetic study aimed at establishing reliable equilibrium constants and diffusivities for methane and other light hydrocarbons in large crystals of DDR.
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Functional-modified Water-soluble Polymers and Polymeric Absorbents for Water Clarification
Huining Xiao
Growing environmental and health concerns have motivated research activities toward developing more-efficient polymeric flocculants and adsorbents for water clarification. The polymers that are reviewed in this work cover both water-soluble polymers and polymer-based absorbents, as well as a range of water-soluble antimicrobial polymers which effectively deactivate the pathogens in water systems and render cellulose-fibre antimicrobial, thus leading to green-based hygiene products or environmental friendly packaging materials.
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CSC2014 early registration ends April 28
CIC
Be sure to register for the 97th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition before April 28 to take advantage of the early registration discount and save up to 15 per cent.
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Professional Development Day
CIC
CSC will hold its second annual Professional Development Day during CSC2014 in Vancouver where professionals will share experiences from their career development and provide helpful advice on how to develop a career as an Entre/Intrapreneur.
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Canada needs more immigrant future citizens, fewer guest workers
The Globe and Mail
The evidence is mounting that, whatever the Temporary Foreign Worker Program may be accomplishing, it is not the alleviation of temporary labour shortages, its ostensible purpose. There are no widespread labour shortages in Canada. But since the 21st century began, the number of workers in the program has nearly tripled to around half a million.

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Inspiring a pipeline of engineering talent: Perspective from DuPont's Chief Engineer
Huffington Post
Investment in the nation's talent pipeline must be a collaborative effort that includes academia, government, industry and professional societies, among others. Engineers themselves must lead the charge in helping society understand how engineers make a difference and why their profession is rewarding; acknowledging the skills that are required for success; and fostering a sense of community that attracts and retains the talent they need for the future.

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Why are engineering firms struggling to recruit graduates?
The Engineer
To explore what's really going on in graduate recruitment and to try to identify some possible solutions, The Engineer convened a roundtable panel from across the engineering community. The discussion covered the reasons behind the skills mismatch what can be done to address it, but began with an examination of how widespread the problem actually is. Geoff McFarland, group engineering director of Renishaw, explained how the company was forced to divest its acquired MRI equipment division after failing to find people with the right expertise to take it forward.

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More than 83 per cent of college graduates find employment within 6 months
Canadian NewsWire
New data recently confirmed that a large majority of college graduates continue to find jobs shortly after they graduate. "The benefits of a college education continue to be clear," said Linda Franklin, the president and CEO of Colleges Ontario. "Even in this challenging economy, college graduates are finding work and their work is praised by employers."
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The best jobs In Canada, 2014
Huffington Post
Canadian Business magazine has come out with its rankings of Canada's best jobs. And unlike last year, when oil industry jobs ranked first and third, this time the legal profession emerged as the most lucrative. Lawyers topped the magazine's list of 100 jobs, while government positions also figured prominently. The health profession also proved a hot one on this year's list. Health care manager, head nurse, and psychologist positions all ranked well.
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Island prosperity strategy: Where the jobs are
CBC News
A five-year plan to create a new, more prosperous economy on P.E.I. does not appear to have created jobs where government had hoped. The Island Prosperity Strategy, announced in 2008, launched in 2009, aimed to improve average wages on the Island, with one of the architects of the plan predicting they would be the highest in the country by 2014. With 2014 here, the government has removed references to the strategy from its Innovation Act. There has been no analysis of what jobs were created by the Island Prosperity Strategy, or of how much money was spent on it.
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Ballard: East Carolina University's 'engineering' future
Reflector
East Carolina University moved forward in a major way when the UNC Board of Governors approved a new name for the College of Technology and Computer Science. It is now "The College of Engineering and Technology." At the same time, ECU was granted approval to offer a master's degree in biomedical engineering. Enrollment in the undergraduate engineering program has grown from 37 students since it began in 2004 to 521 students in 2013. Engineering is now the largest department in the college.
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Where are jobs without people in Canada's labour market?
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Statistics Canada recently released their latest job vacancy data, giving us the three-month average ending in January 2014. There were 6.7 unemployed workers for every job vacancy, higher than the past two Januaries. The higher ratio is mostly because of a fall in the number of job vacancies reported by businesses.
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New program uses art to teach science
The Sacramento Bee
Thanks to a partnership with NASA, students in Florida will be designing prototypes in engineering classes, deconstructing space garments used in fashion design courses, testing material in chemistry labs, and writing about the project for English assignments. Across the nation, many schools are taking steps to integrate different academic disciplines, part of a growing effort to better connect science and technology with innovative thinking.
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Robot counsellor? What are the jobs of the future?
Metro News
There's no shortage of career-ranking articles and websites out there, but what if the best jobs are actually ones that don't exist yet. Our current emphasis on skilled trades and the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) may need to broaden. Karl Schroeder, a foresight strategist at Idea Couture, believes successful employees will augment the latter with skills from the arts and humanities — an acronym he calls "STEAM."
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