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Serendipity and Nature's Guide to Therapeutic Interventions
Mario Pinto
This lecture focuses on the synthesis of new classes of sulfonium and selenonium ions, guided by nature's design, that function as glycosidase enzyme inhibitors.
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Discovery and Study of Biologically Active Peptides Towards Drug Discovery
William Lubell
Key for peptide-based drug discovery is identification of the secondary structure responsible for activity. Novel chemistry is presented for producing peptide mimics to study structure-biology activity relationships.
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Application of SPME and Related Technologies in Environmental Investigations
Janusz Pawliszyn
This talk focuses on applications of solvent-free technologies currently being developed: Solid Phase Microextraction (SPME) and Needle Trap Device (NTD). In particular, simultaneous deployment of these sampling/sample preparation tools will be highlighted.
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Canadian chemistry in Kuwait
CIC

This past April, the Kuwait University Department of Chemistry awarded their graduates certificates of accreditation based upon standards set by the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC).

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CSChE board nominations
CIC
The Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the candidates for the 2013-2014 election. Additional nominations for candidates may be submitted by members no later than Friday, July 26, 2013.
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Slim pickings for young job-seekers
The Chronicle Herald
It's summer, when many a young student's fancy turns to jobs. But with fewer opportunities opening up, fewer hours in part-time work and increased competition for many of those spots, some people may wonder whether there are summer jobs out there for students or young people in general. There were recently only 20 listings for jobs across the province on the federal government's student job bank website, and only four of those were posted in July.
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Baton Rouge ranks top 10 in 'Best Cities for Chemical Engineers'
The Times-Picayune
Baton Rouge is the place to be for chemical engineers, as the city ranks top 10 in ValuePenguin's report on the "Best Cities for Chemical Engineers" to work. The report ranked U.S. cities based on salary, cost of living and concentration of chemical engineers in the city as a proportion of all occupations relative to the national average.
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Training or work? Unpaid interns want companies to pay up
Toronto Star
Unpaid interns agree to work free in exchange for training and job prospects, but a growing number of them say employers aren't living up to their side of the bargain. In recent months, former interns in the U.S. have won several high-profile lawsuits for back wages, spurring a growing backlash here in Canada.
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Gauging success of Jobs Grant will require paying close attention to program's details
Financial Post
In the last federal budget, the Federal Government announced it would shift $300 million a year from direct funding to the provinces to deliver training programs to a new, targeted grant. The Canada Job Grant will offer up to $5,000 of federal money towards "short-duration training, and will include eligible training institutions, including community colleges, career colleges and trade union training centres."
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Grapevine: Honours, awards and appointments
CIC
Bernard West, MCIC, and David Beckmann, MCIC, have both recently been honoured for their contributions to the work of the Society for Chemical Industry. Find out what other CIC members are up to in our Grapevine section.

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Issue of work visas for high-tech jobs hits home in Massachusetts
The Republican
As Congress debates passing comprehensive immigration reform, one area has particular resonance for Massachusetts: A focus on increasing the number of high-skilled foreign workers allowed to work and live in the U.S. The state's concentration of top universities and technology and scientific companies make Massachusetts the second most dependent state, after New Jersey, on H-1B visas.

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PhDs face tough job market
CBC News
Doctoral students are considering their options as they graduate into a sparse job market. In the last couple years the federal government has slashed research budgets and jobs. University budgets are also tight, leading many to cut the short-term teaching positions PhDs can try to leverage into a full-time faculty position.

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Young Science Explorers Program a catalyst for learning
The Washington Post
About 20 kids wearing lab coats, booties and goggles recently entered a laboratory through a door marked with a bright-red "BIOHAZARD" sign. Filling the small room, they gathered around lab coordinator and microbiologist Cindy Reichelderfer, who held up several petri dishes in which scientists had tested for the presence of anthrax. The middle-schoolers were touring Emergent BioSolutions' facility in Gaithersburg as part of the Young Science Explorers Program.
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Unpaid internships: Free labour or future liability?
Benefits Canada
With each summer comes a wave of students on break and new graduates all looking for a way to gain career experience. This summer, graduation time has coincided with the media spotlight being focused on the nature of unpaid internships in the U.S. and Canada. It is therefore probably a good time for employers with some sort of internship program to reassess whether what seems like free labour is actually a liability in disguise.
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