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Unusual Behavior of DNA in a Uniform Electric Field
Sergey Krylov
Identical molecules move with identical velocities in a uniform electric field. Here we report on finding that homogeneous DNA does not obey this fundamental rule. While most DNA moves with similar velocities, a fraction of DNA moves with velocities that vary multiple folds. The size of this irregular fraction increases several orders of magnitude when exogenous counterions are added to the negatively charged DNA. The explanation of the new phenomenon still needs to be developed. Our findings help to better understand a fundamental property of DNA: its interaction with counterions. In addition, these findings suggest a practical way of making electromigration of DNA more uniform: removal of strongly-bound DNA counterions by electro-dialysis.
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O-GlcNAc as a Potential Target for Disease Modifying Therapy in Alzheimer Disease
David Vocadlo
The development of disease modifying therapies targeting Alzheimer disease (AD) is a topic of intense current interest. The two pathological hallmarks of AD are proteinaceous aggregates deposited in the brain that are known as tangles and plaques. We recently proposed a new potential approach to block progression of AD by reducing both tau and Ab toxicity. In this presentation I introduce O-GlcNAc and discuss our research efforts that have focused on validation of OGA as a target for AD. Studies ranging from the rational design of various transition state analogues through to animal studies of efficacy will be described.
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Registration for the Industrial Chemistry Conference now open
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Join us in Edmonton Nov. 12-14, 2014 for the Industrial Chemistry Conference. Participants can register for the Conference (Nov. 12-13) and/or the Full Day Courses (Nov. 14).
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Recordings for CSC 2014 now online
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Canada lost 9,400 jobs in June, jobless rate ticks up to 7.1 per cent
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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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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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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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Almost 6 years later, Canadian employment 'very weak' and wages 'subdued'
The Globe and Mail
Almost six years after the collapse of Lehman Bros., the Canadian economy remains a troubled place. And so, economists say, the Bank of Canada spent more time than normal in talking about jobs and wages. Canada's unemployment rate now stands at 7.1 per cent, though the country did rebound faster on the jobs front than others did after the recession.
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Many science graduates end up not working in science
Digital Journal
A new report finds that most science, technology, engineering, and math degree-holders seek jobs unrelated to their academic disciplines. However, students of these subjects have a higher chance of securing employment that other disciplines. The findings apply to the U.S., and the report into careers and degree subjects comes from the U.S. Census Bureau.
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When virtual job interviews go horribly wrong
Bloomberg Businessweek
Business school career centers have long prepared students for job interviews, but now they have a new platform to contend with. Enough companies now interview for jobs and internships over Skype (MSFT) that career offices have started to train business students in the art of conversing on video chat.
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Alberta jobs: 31 occupations that are in high demand
Huffington Post
Alberta released its short-term employment forecast recently, highlighting in-demand jobs as well as the occupations which could face a labour shortage over the next 10 years. Jobs Minister Kyle Fawcett says that during the next 10 years, 407,000 jobs will be created but only 311,000 will be filled.
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Youth finding more jobs, but earning less money
The Chronicle Herald
Millennials may be facing a tough job market, but they are the age group spending the least amount of time between jobs, according to an online jobs site. Monster Canada says recent numbers from Statistics Canada show that the average length of unemployment for youth has levelled off since last year, with those between 15 and 24 spending only 13 weeks between jobs compared with 25 weeks for those between 45 and 64.
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Innovation challenges open doors for B.C. cleantech companies
Business in Vancouver
The resource industry is a tough nut to crack, according to Neil Huff. The managing director of the Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre works with nearly 20 early stage companies to help them build their businesses in the green industry. Just one of those companies is involved in the resource sector.
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