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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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Bridging the science-society gap
CIC

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The University of Toronto's Geoffrey Ozin traces his journey from discovery to commercialization in the field of photonically active materials.


In October, the CIC Vancouver Local Section hosted the 2012 Chemistry in Society Lectureship, which aims to bridge the distance between chemistry, business and the general public.

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Financial statements now online
CIC
The 2012 audited financial statements for the CIC, CSC, CSChE, CSCT, Chemical Education Fund and Gendron Fund are now online.
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Universities doing little to solve Canada's "jobs without skills" problem
Troy Media
Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is doing it. Canadian Council of Chief Executives President John Manley is doing it. CIBC Deputy Chief Economist Benjamin Tal is doing it. What are they doing? They are talking about the need for a comprehensive strategy in Canada to better align education and training to the skills employers need. But what would the components of a "comprehensive strategy" be?
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For real picture on unemployment, pay heed to job vacancy rate
The Globe and Mail
For the past 50 years, the king of economic statistics, the one awaited each month with bated breath by finance ministers, central bank governors, pundits and the general public alike, was the unemployment rate. A rising rate was political poison, a falling one grounds for governmental preening. But those still focused on the unemployment rate as the prime barometer of the health of the Canadian economy and the prospects of individual workers probably still call recorded music "tapes" and are stubbornly waiting for the slide-rule industry to recover from its slump.
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Students seek more fulfilling jobs in green fields
The Globe and Mail
Most universities now offer four-year environmental science programs at the undergraduate level and there are a wide range of two- and three-year environmental technology diploma programs offered through colleges and technical institutes. And increasingly, graduates with generalist degrees in science, economics and engineering are enrolling in one- or two-year postgraduate programs being offered in energy supply and sustainability, conservation, engineering and green architecture.
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Job search a struggle in many rural B.C. communities
CBC News
While the view may be gorgeous, the job prospects are not in rural B.C. There's just not a lot of work in this area. B.C.'s unemployment rate hovers around seven per cent. No one knows exactly what the rate is in Nakusp, but more than 13 per cent of working-age adults receive some kind of employment benefits. "There's been a lot of families that leave because there is not enough work and it is easier to go somewhere else," laments Kate Tupper-England. Tupper-England worked as a welder for a forestry company, but it went broke.
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CNC-IUPAC travel awards help young researchers
CIC
Three promising young chemists have received funding to travel to international conferences as part of the Canadian National Committee of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (CNC-IUPAC) travel awards program.

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The new résumé: It's 140 characters
The Wall Street Journal
Twitter is becoming the new job board. It is also becoming the new résumé. Fed up with traditional recruiting sites and floods of irrelevant résumés, some recruiters are turning to the social network to post jobs, hunt for candidates and research applicants. Job seekers, in turn, are trying to summarize their CVs in 140 characters or six-second videos.

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Oshawa teens work hard to find work
Durham Region
It's a tough job market for Durham teens, but perseverance and commitment can pay off, at least for some. Seventeen-year-old Haley Breach has spent a considerable amount of time seeking part-time employment, but so far hasn't been successful. She, and others like her, might benefit from the services of Community Employment Services, which last year helped approximately 500 students find summer jobs.

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7 keys to a successful job search
Forbes
Here's what the experts said are seven keys to a successful job search in today's competitive environment: 1. Keep your resumé short and succinct. Despite reports of its impending demise, the experts said a resumé is still very much an essential tool of the job search. But hiring managers (and the computers they use to sort through resumés) are in a rush. So you need to format your resumé to be read quickly and in small bites.
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Aligning the elements of your work life
LinkedIn
Would you consider the core elements of your work life to be in complete alignment? Do they combine to allow you to excel? I'd like to think that we could confidently answer "yes" to this question. However, I suspect that many of us would hesitate to respond in the affirmative. We might clearly recognize that something is "off" in our work lives. But we fail to approach potential change in an orderly manner — forgetting to carve out "negative space" to pause and formulate an effective plan.
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5 ways to 'up' your profile
LinkedIn
At one point in your career, you've likely been told to "be more visible" if you want to advance your career. I have been on the receiving end of that very advice — and have delivered that advice to more than a few of my team members over the years. But what exactly should we be doing?
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