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Concepts of SPR Instrumentation, Surface Chemistry and Materials for Protein and Drug Monitoring in Biofluids
Jean-Francois Masson
This presentation focuses on the development of a small and integrated SPR instrument with 4 channels for monitoring biomolecules in crude serum. This system exploits the high sensitivity of microhole arrays for SPR sensing in comparison to classical thin Au films.
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Synthetic Studies on Heterocyclic Natural Products
Marco Ciufolini
This presentation highlights recent efforts centering on the total synthesis of biologically relevant nitrogenous natural products. Each target molecule poses chemical problems that serve as ideal vehicles for the development and application of new synthetic technology.
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Supramolecular Inorganic Chemistry: Constructing Molecules and Materials with Interesting Structures and Properties
Mark MacLachlan
Supramolecular chemistry has emerged as an important concept for the construction of complex inorganic molecules and materials that can have unique structure and function. This talk discusses some recent efforts in the construction of porous materials through molecular assembly and template synthesis.
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Spruce up your resume with professional development courses
CIC
This fall, the CIC has partnered with the Leading Edge Group to offer a new professional development course on Lean Sigma, which combines principles of lean manufacturing with those of Six Sigma. Also offered are our popular courses on Laboratory Safety (run by the CSCT) and Process Safety (run by the CSChE.) For more information, visit http://www.cheminst.ca/career/courses.
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Canadian chemistry contest winners
CIC
Nearly 600 chemistry students from across Canada — the nation’s top 15 per cent — participated in the April 16 exam, sponsored by the Chemical Education Division of the Chemical Institute of Canada. To see the list of winners, click here.
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Sciences face an image problem
Ottawa Citizen
Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are not only under-represented in our education system, as revealed by the latest National Household Survey data, they're also saddled with what the Conference Board of Canada calls "an important image problem." And these negative stereotypes, which begin as early as grade school, are resulting in major competitive shortcomings.
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Young workers face 'crisis' of scarce good jobs
The Tyee
Statistics Canada researchers compared three key labour force statistics for two groups of young workers, ages 15 to 24 and 25 to 34, in 1981 and in 2012. Looking at unemployment, full-time employment and wages, the researchers found that in 2012, women between 25 and 34 had lower unemployment, more full-time employment and higher wages (in inflation-adjusted dollars) than women their age in 1981.
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Premiers reject Prime Minister's job training plan
Calgary Herald
Canada's 13 provincial and territorial premiers unanimously rejected Prime Minister Stephen Harper's new job training plan, arguing that its design flaws could damage their existing efforts to help people find jobs. Speaking during a break from talks at an annual retreat of the premiers, Ontario's Kathleen Wynne, who is chairing the meeting, said the Canada Job Grant program would remove some existing federal transfers and require $600 million in new provincial and territorial government spending.
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Engineering futures are always bright
Houston Chronicle
Seven of the top 10 highest-paid college degrees are in engineering, this according to a 2013 data report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Topping the list of highest-paid engineering degrees is petroleum engineering, with an average starting salary of $93,500. Other top engineering degrees include computer engineering, chemical engineering and aerospace engineering, which offer starting salaries ranging from $64,400 to $71,700.
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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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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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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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The resource boom's biggest winners: Engineers
Calculator.co.uk
While some of the world's largest economies weather the effects of the worldwide financial crisis, one profession is growing increasingly wealthy. Engineers have an access to high-paying jobs that's unparalleled in other industries, the president of Texas-based recruitment firm Piper-Morgan Associates claims.
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Students learn more about engineering at camp
The Times News
To get them started on the path 16 students from Alamance County middle schools attended a one-week Renewable Energy Summer Camp held at the Career and Technical Education Center, the one-year old high school facility where local students can take courses in technical and science subjects from computers to cooking, but it is not where they have home room or from which they graduate.
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Premiers urge Ottawa to consult them on jobs training, energy
CBC News
Canada's premiers and territorial leaders urged the federal government to consult the provinces and territories on changes to programs or policy that affect them, including jobs training and energy, as they wrapped-up their summer gathering at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. "There are over-arching issues and policies that need to be addressed at a federal level," Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale told reporters during a news conference.
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