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Fresh Water Mussels as Bioindicators: Speciation Changes in Anodonta Kennerlyi Exposed to Mine Impacted Sediments within the Quinsam Watershed, Vancouver Island
William R. Cullen
Over 50 organoarsenicals have now been identified from a wide range of biological compartments. The toxicity of these species is very dependent on their structure and oxidation state. Some are more toxic than their inorganic precursors, especially methylarsonous acid which is implicated as a cause of human disease, especially cancer. The principal arsenic species in methanol/water extracts of the fresh water mussel Anodonta kennerlyi that is found in most Lakes in the Quinsam Watershed, Vancouver Island, are two dimethyl-oxoarsenosugars along with smaller amounts of their thio-analogues.
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A Quantitative Assessment of Back Donation and its Electronic Effects on Metal Complexes
A.B.P. Lever
Back donation is an important concept in inorganic and organometallic chemistry. Despite its long history, it tends to be used in a very qualitative fashion with comments such as "carbon monoxide is a better p-acceptor than pyridine." True, but how much better? We will discuss a systematic quantitative assessment of this idea, applicable to a wide range of complexes. Related topics such as changes in bond orders and distances, binding energies, Natural Population Analysis charges etc, associated with back donation, are also included.
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CSChE 2014 student keynote announced
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This year's student keynote lecture will be presented Emily Moore of Hatch Ltd. Emily's talk will compare the career pathways of the three women and share some insights about what has kept them in the Chem Eng field for so many years.
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CSChE offers Professional Development Courses
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Participate in Risk Assessment or Process Safety courses this fall, taking place in Niagara Falls and Edmonton.
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Innovation challenges open doors for B.C. cleantech companies
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Tech sector struggling with gender diversity says key is to involve girls
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Tech companies — whether they be established firms with thousands of employees or five-person start-ups only months in the making — have long been criticized for their lack of female employees, especially in management and engineering roles. In the last few years, however, the industry has taken note of the gender disparity and it is slowly changing. "It's a problem. It's a real problem," said Sandra Wear, an entrepreneur and CEO with the national organization, Canadian Women in Technology.
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The right combination for winning engineering employment
Thomas Net
Pairing competitive compensation with worker preferences to attract and retain the best engineers will be a growing requirement for employers in the coming years. With a tight labor pool, going beyond compensation includes an engaging and fulfilling work environment. It's no secret that engineers across the world are in high demand.
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Takeover battle pushes Allergan to cut R&D jobs
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Despite a quarterly sales increase it describes as its strongest ever, Botox maker Allergan is laying off 1,500 staff as it seeks to fend off a hostile takeover. The U.S. firm is striving to provide earnings-per-share (EPS) growth of over 20 per cent per year to evade a $53 billion bid from Canada's Valeant Pharmaceuticals. Allergan will eliminate 13 per cent of its global workforce, plus a further 250 vacant posts, and shut three sites as it seeks to save $475 million in 2015.
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Report: Canadians quite happy with their jobs
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Most Canadian workers really like their jobs, and they're proud to say so. According to a new Capital One survey, Canadians are very satisfied employees indeed — so much so that 69 per cent say they are not only proud to work for their current employer but enjoy telling people what they do for a living and would like to stick around for few years.
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5 tips for finding and obtaining a job abroad
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The best way to dive into the search for a job abroad is to start researching what it is like living and working abroad, and which jobs are available. The U.S. Department of State has a website devoted to working overseas, which has many helpful links, including sites that allow you to search for jobs and inform you about living abroad.
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Graduate scheme wins award for training engineers of the future
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U.K. Power Networks' popular training program for young engineers has been given a prestigious accolade for its continuing success. Since 2010, more than 50 graduates have taken part in the two-year training scheme which is accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET). Now the IET has given the Graduate Engineering Program their long-running scheme award.
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