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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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After 40 years, ChemEd comes home
CIC


This summer, ChemEd 2013 — North America's largest gathering of chemistry educators — will return to its roots. Hundreds of teachers are expected to attend ChemEd 2013, which is sponsored by the CIC's Chemical Education Fund. The event takes place at the University of Waterloo from July 28 to August 1, 2013.

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CSC's Annual General Meeting
CIC
The CSC's Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday, May 27 from 12:20pm to 2:00pm at the Quebec City Convention Centre during the 96th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition. All CSC members are encouraged to attend.
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For young Canadians, labour market as bad as during the recession
CTV News
Whether jobs are created or lost on any given month, the one constant in Canada's post-recession employment record has been that for young people, the news has always bad. And the lack of progress in job creation for young Canadians is becoming a political liability for the Harper government that continues to boast of having the best employment record in the G7. Opposition Liberal MPs took turns hammering the government on the issue after Statistics Canada released the latest labour market report showing a net gain of 12,500 jobs for the month of April, but a loss of 18,800 jobs for the 15-24 age group.
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Canada adds 12,500 jobs, unemployment rate holds steady
Toronto Star
After wild swings in the employment numbers in previous months, April saw 12,500 new jobs added to the Canadian economy, a number that matched economists' expectations. "The pace of job growth makes more sense than what we have been seeing in the past," said Francis Fong, an economist with TD Bank Group, in an interview.
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5 notable jobs trends
The Globe and Mail
Employment levels in Canada were little changed last month and the unemployment rate held at 7.2 per cent. But behind the static-sounding headline lies plenty of churn. Here are five trends in Canada's labour market. Virtually all of Canada's job gains over the past year have been in the public sector and among the self-employed, while employment at private companies has been flat. Recently, the private sector shed 20,000 positions, reflecting shaky business confidence. The private-sector job decline over the past two months is the steepest drop since early 2009 when the economy was in recession.
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Hitting the road with Attraction chimique
CIC
For the second year in a row, Attraction chimique has received a grant of $5,000 from the CIC's Chemical Education Fund (CEF). The Québec city-based organization, founded in 2011 by Université Laval chemistry professors Normand Voyer and Michèle Auger, works against the often negative public perception of chemistry by providing dynamic, entertaining and interactive chemistry workshops for participants aged 7 to 77.

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How powerful is your personal brand?
C. Fredrick Crum
As we hear of challenges from around the world and as markets shift, we can no longer rely on job security. Climbing up the corporate ladder in a singular firm is no longer the norm. In fact, looking into the crystal ball, we all may be self-employed private contractors working for, but not attached to, any particular firm or organization. Knowing these trends, there is only one realistic advantage that's certain to outshine the others: your personal brand.

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WorkWise: Job hunt where others don't
The Modesto Bee
Many job hunters think that the perfect job lies outside of them; so they rush into searches without deciding what they truly want to do. Tracy O'Brien, CEO of the family-business O'Brien Prosperity System Inc. in Manitoba, Canada, says she guides people to "tap what would give them life, energy and joy and develop that." She modeled the process on her own experience managing businesses, which severely compromised her health, then finding her way.

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Execs share their favorite job interview questions
Birmingham Business Journal
"What three words best describe you?" That's a question former Birmingham Business Journal Publisher Melanie Dickinson, who is now with our sister paper in South Florida, always use to ask candidates during job interviews, and it's a question we've continued to ask candidates over the years. I like the question because you can learn a lot just from the way a candidate answers the question — in addition to the words they choose.
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6 tips for forcing yourself to tackle a dreaded task
LinkedIn
It's a Secret of Adulthood: Happiness doesn't always make me feel happy. Often, I know I'd be happier if I do something I really don't feel like doing. Making that phone call. Dealing with tech support. Writing that email. Those dreaded tasks hang over my head, though; they make me feel drained and uneasy. I've learned that I'm much happier, in the long run, if I try to tackle them as soon as possible, rather than allowing myself to push them off.
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Classic interview flubs you should avoid
CNN Money
When Sarah Lynn Brown is interviewing job candidates, she dreads hearing them say, "I want to use my skills and grow and learn." The partner at New York-based Oceanic Partners looks for new employees who can add value to the health care consulting business. Candidates seeking a rich learning environment are in the wrong place — go back to school, she says. "I don't know who in their college placement office is telling them to say this, but it sends the wrong message that it's all about you," Brown says.
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