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Electrospray Mass Spectrometry as a Readout of Protein Structure and Function
Lars Konermann
This presentation will discuss time-resolved investigations that provide detailed insights into the mechanisms of protein folding. We will also discuss the area of membrane protein structure and function, as well as the use of ESI-MS for probing biological self-assembly processes. In addition, we will highlight recent advances in understanding the physical processes that allow the formation of gaseous biomolecular ions during ESI.
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Towards the DNA Code of the Periodic Table
Juewen Liu
Detecting metal cations as well as anions is important for environmental monitoring and biomedical diagnosis. My lab is interested in achieving this goal using DNA as the target recognition element. Using the in vitro selection method, we have generated new DNAzymes that can selectively recognize a broad range of metal ions. These DNAzymes have been engineered into biosensors using the molecular beacon signaling strategy, where excellent detection limit is achieved.
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See 5 outstanding speakers at CSChE 2014
The 64th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference will feature five plenary speakers from industry and academia: Dr. Mark Verbrugge from General Motors Research & Development Center, Robert B. Magee from The Woodbridge Group, Carrie Majeske from Ford Motor Company, Prof. Dionisios G. Vlachos from University of Delaware and Prof. David P. Wilkinson from University of British Columbia.
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ACCN for high school teachers
The Canadian Chemical News (ACCN) is now available to Canadian high school science teachers for free. The magazine complements high school science curricula, providing the latest in research and innovation in the chemical sciences and chemical engineering sectors. The magazine is highly readable, beautifully illustrated and inspiring to those students considering a career in the sciences.
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Industry raids academia for oil engineering talent
Houston Chronicle
Companies eager to sustain the energy boom are exploring for oil engineers in college classrooms and discovering them in the desk up front. The result: A growing shortage of professors to train the next generation in the specialty. "We've seen it's very hard to compete with lucrative careers in the oil and gas industry," said Ramanan Krishnamoorti, a University of Houston petroleum engineering professor who leads the school's energy initiatives.

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The top paying STEM jobs for recent grads
STEM jobs — those requiring a science, technology, engineering, or math-related degree — not only account for more than 10 per cent of jobs in the United States, many of them pay wages close to double the U.S. average, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. What can newly-minted professionals embarked on STEM careers expect to earn?

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Why millennials may be out of the office but not far away from work
Fast Company
According to a recent study by HR consulting firm Randstad, 52 per cent of millennial employees reported feeling compelled to respond to emails outside of working hours. Despite their ability to connect with the office while away, 40 per cent of generation Y employees reported feeling guilty about using all of their vacation time, compared to only 18 per cent of baby boomers.

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Study: Grads with math or science education find better-paying jobs
Canadian Manufacturing
It seems to matter less whether you attended public or private college than what you studied when it comes to finding a high-paying job after college, according to a report released by the U.S. Education Department. The survey by the National Center for Education Statistics of the class of 2008 in the United States provides a snapshot of the nation's educated elite following a crushing economic recession.
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Canada lost 9,400 jobs in June, jobless rate ticks up to 7.1 per cent
CBC News
Canada's economy shed 9,400 jobs in June, enough to inch the unemployment rate up slightly to 7.1 per cent. Statistics Canada said there were actually more than 33,00 new full-time jobs created during the month. But that was offset by a larger drop of 43,000 part-time positions.
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5 of the worst cities to find employment
USA Today
The job market impacts your ability to find a job in your field. During the recession, people across the country had to accept lower-paying positions in areas outside of their niche when unemployment reached a high of 10 per cent in 2009. Unemployment rates are constantly changing. From January to June of this year, the rate improved by a half of a percentage point.
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Chemical engineering student chosen for prestigious research fellowship
ASU News
Miranda Ngan, a junior in chemical engineering at Arizona State University, has been selected for a prestigious Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado. Ngan is a student at the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, one of ASU's Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.
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Clothes that work for new grads hitting the job market
News Observer
You've earned the degree, nailed the interview and scored that first job. Now, it's time to look the part. Navigating out of the casual college wardrobe and into workplace-appropriate outfits can be a pricey puzzle, but it doesn't have to be. Every workplace has its own style — from buttoned-up banks to the colorful creative environments. The trick is to quickly figure out what's appropriate and practical for your line of work.
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Business reviews now available on the Chemical and Chemical Engineering Resource Guide
Nearly seven out of 10 people read online reviews before making a purchase, and in the business-to-business world, reviews are even more important in the decision-making process. To help in your purchasing decisions, we are pleased to announce that we've now incorporated business reviews into our Chemical and Chemical Engineering Resource Guide. Now you have the opportunity to share your experiences with a company's products or services with your fellow colleagues, or read what others have to say about a potential future vendor. We are building a valuable resource for the chemical industry, but need your help to get it started. Visit the Chemical and Chemical Engineering Resource Guide to search for qualified product and service providers and write a review.

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