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Applications of Organoboron-based Reactions toward the Synthesis of Macrocyclic Depsipeptides and Related Natural Products
Robert A. Batey, Robert A. Batey, Hélène Lebel
Macrocyclic depsipeptides constitute an important class of natural products that display a range of interesting biological activities. Recent progress from our group on the development and applications of synthetic methods using organoboron chemistry and their application toward the synthesis of depsipeptides will be outlined. The total synthesis of targets such as antimycin, kitastatin and the ADEP family of antibiotics will be described.
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Transition Metal-catalyzed Amination Processes
Hélène Lebel
Nitrogen-containing molecules are an important class of compounds to study, as they are ubiquitous components of biologically active molecules. Recently, the use of metal nitrenes to functionalize hydrocarbon chains and other heteroatoms, has emerged as a new tool to streamline the synthesis of nitrogen-containing molecules. A few years ago, my group has introduced N-sulfonyoxycarbamates as a novel class of reagents to access metal nitrene species. The details, the scope and mechanistic studies of these transition metal catalyzed amination processes will be discussed.
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Chemical Institute of Canada makes recommendations for federal budget
CIC
As part of its ongoing commitment to advocacy, the Chemical Institute of Canada Board of Directors, under Chair Bruce Lennox's leadership, has submitted a Brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance (FINA).
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Beaumier Award for High School/CÉGEP Chemistry Teachers
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Nominations for the Beaumier Award for High School/CÉGEP Chemistry Teachers are now being accepted. This award is presented in recognition of excellence in teaching chemistry at the high school or CÉGEP level and to encourage and promote chemistry at the high school and Cégep level in Canada.
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Economic recovery marked by lower-paying jobs
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The U.S. economy this year recovered all of the jobs lost during the recession, but the new jobs pay an average of 23 per cent less than the ones lost in the downturn, according to a new analysis. Job losses in the higher-paying manufacturing and construction sectors largely have been replaced by jobs in lower-wage industries, including hospitality and healthcare, according to a report.

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The fastest-growing states for tech jobs
Forbes
What state is adding technology jobs at the greatest rate? One might guess Washington, where Seattle has become a center for cloud computing. Giant enterprise software maker Oracle announced recently that it would base its new cloud technology center there. Mammoth online retailer Amazon, of course, has its headquarters in Seattle, and its web services are based there.

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Employment growth looks stronger in second half of 2014
Toronto Star
Employment growth actually looks brighter for the second half of the year despite disappointing job numbers in July, according to a new BMO Economics report. Both a rebound in the economy in the second quarter and expectations for solid growth bode well for Canada's employment prospects — despite the fact that just 200 net new jobs were created last month.

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Here's where Statistics Canada found 42,000 new jobs
Maclean's
The country actually added 42,000 jobs last month, which is 41,800 more than we thought. Statistics Canada said the errors were related to a broader redesign of the Labour Force Survey (LFS) that happens every 10 years. As part of that update, StatsCan says it was undergoing a scheduled upgrade to its processing systems in July, and that one program was left out of the update. That meant a number of people (roughly 60,000, judging by the change in its data) were counted as not being in the labour force, when, in fact, they were all employed.
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Majors that can lead to the highest-paying jobs
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Most of the educational training for high-paying careers starts in college. Note that many of these careers, including the top-paying job of surgeon, can often come with a six-figure graduate school debt load, said Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast. ABC News asked CareerCast to compile the a list of college degrees that pay off and the average salaries of related fields.
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Plan launched to recruit more people to engineering industry
BBC News
A plan to encourage more people to work in the engineering industry in Scotland has been launched. It is estimated up to 2,500 jobs are currently available each year but companies can find it hard to recruit staff. One of the aims is to get more young people and women to consider engineering as a career.
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Survey: Highest salary increases in Canada found in oilpatch
CBC News
For the biggest pay hikes in Canada, look no further than the oilpatch. The energy sector continues to lead the country in both actual and projected salary increases, according to survey released by global consulting firm Mercer. The average base salary increase across the country is expected to be three per cent next year, the same as in 2014.
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How to get noticed by job recruiters
Forbes
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) estimated that 1.6 million students graduated with a bachelor's degree this past spring. The newly minted college graduates of the Class of 2014 have rightly celebrated with their friends and families the important accomplishment of obtaining a college degree. This achievement should not be taken for granted.
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