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Chemical and Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Lignocellulosic Biomass
Zhen Fang
In this presentation, first, fast hydrolysis process is introduced Secondly, acidic/basic solid catalysts with nano- or micro-sized particles were synthesized by co-precipitation for the hydrolysis of biomass at low temperatures.
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Design Rules for Cellulose Adhesive Microgels
Robert Pelton
Nanostructured adhesive layers were prepared by adsorbing and/or grafting polyvinylamine (PVAm) onto carboxylated poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) ( PNIPAM) microgels 1 that were then assembled between layers of wet oxidized cellulose. The experimental results and simulations from a model have led to 4 design rules which are discussed in this presentation.
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CIC Annual General Meeting on June 3
CIC
The Chemical Institute of Canada members will vote on new By-laws for the Institute at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) June 3, 2014 in Vancouver. Members are encouraged to read the draft By-laws along with the FAQs to familiarize themselves with the content and then to attend the AGM.
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CSC 2014 begins at 5pm on June 1
CIC
All conference participants are invited to attend the official conference opening of the 97th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition. The conference opening will feature two plenary lectures, one given by Shankar Balasubramanian of the University of Cambridge and the second given by the 2014 Montréal Medal recipient B. Mario Pinto, FCIC, of Simon Fraser University.
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Is a university education still worth the price?
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This generation is facing a different world of work and education than before. University tuition fees are higher (though a lot more aid is available), there are a lot more people getting degrees, and the workforce is more competitive. Do they have it worse than previous generations?

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Jason Kenney defends online job bank despite outdated postings
CBC News
The federal government will soon make enhancements to its online job bank amid revelations that hundreds of positions posted on the site have long since been filled, Employment Minister Jason Kenney said. "We are making improvements to the Canada Job Bank... we will be using new technological developments in the near future to ensure an even better matching of unemployed Canadians with available jobs," Kenney said in the House of Commons.

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The 10 things Canadian employers want most
Huffington Post
Canadian employers are a practical bunch, and — unlike employers in other countries — they value effectiveness over experience, according to research from job search index Adzuna. The company scoured job postings in Canada and 10 other countries to see which buzzwords appeared most often. "Experience" came out on top in many countries, but not in Canada, where "effectiveness" led the list.

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Can universities and colleges keep up with the skills demanded by the 'new manufacturing'?
Financial Post
Game-changing advancements in robotics, 3D printing, data analysis, vision systems, sensors and the Internet of Things are creating seismic changes in manufacturing systems and processes. But where does the human resources factor fit into this transition? Those graduating from manufacturing-relate technology programs today are leaving their alma maters with a completely different skill set from a decade ago; and the same is expected to happen over the next 10 years.
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As growth in full-time work stalls, 'lower quality' jobs on the rise
Global News
With the exception of Alberta, job creation in Canada has been lacklustre at best in recent months. In April, roughly 29,000 jobs were lost across the country, according to Statistics Canada — a dismal reading on employment that seems to confirm what many experts have had a hunch about: job growth is stalling.
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Canada vs. U.S. unemployment: Look how the tables have turned
Huffington Post
Canadians, get ready to be jealous of America's job market once again. After a half-decade of lower unemployment rates and greater job growth in Canada than in the U.S., the tables are beginning to turn. Initial applications for Employment Insurance in Canada shot up to their highest level in three years in March, according to StatsCan data.
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Poll: 39 per cent of unemployed have given up job search
CBC News
Almost four out of 10 Canadians who don't have a job have completely given up hope of ever finding one, a new survey suggests. In a poll carried out by Harris Poll and published by employment agency Express Employment Professionals, the company surveyed 1,502 unemployed Canadians. None of them had a job, and not all of them were receiving EI benefits. The results were eye-opening.
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Water, waste services offer variety of positions
Chron
Water is the one necessary ingredient in the world that keeps all areas of life going, and it takes a host of people and facilities to produce the most valuable liquid on earth. "Providing water to all of the needed outlets takes a significant amount of science, starting with the chemist in the lab to the chemical engineers working on the treatment process to the business manager," said Alvin Wright, senior staff analyst and spokesperson for the City of Houston Public Works and Engineering Department, office of the director.
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