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The Chemical Biology of the Genome
Shankar Balasubramanian
The chemistry, structure and function of nucleic acids are of fundamental importance to our understanding of life. In this lecture, I will describe three projects from my lab that have employed chemistry to provide new insights into nucleic acids and in particular, our genome. The first is the invention of a method to accurately decode the sequence of genomic DNA at high speed and low cost on a population scale. The second topic will be on the DNA quadruple helix: G-quadruplex, its existence in the genome and prospects for targeting this DNA structure with small molecules for therapeutics. The third and final topic will be on clinical methods for decoding epigenetic modifications in DNA.
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Ramblings of a Chimeric Researcher/Administrator
B. Mario Pinto
Strategies and intentions in the research and administrative areas will be described. Activities as an independent researcher will illustrate the concepts of conception, misconception, and accident in the discovery and inventive process. Examples from the author's own research career will be presented to illustrate this philosophy originally advanced by Sir D.H.R. Barton. The transition to the "dark side" of administration will then be illustrated as a means to "infiltrate the system" and to make a difference. Finally, a model for education of the next generations of students, the life-blood of the research endeavor, in a rapidly changing global economic climate will be presented.
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CSChE 2014 Technical Program posted
CIC
The technical program for the 64th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference is now online. Presenting authors must register by September 15, 2014.
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Industrial Chemistry Conference offers courses
CIC
Professional Development courses are being offering on November 13th and 14th in Edmonton. Courses include: Laboratory Safety, Root Cause Analysis, Chemistry of Flow Assurance, and Inline Process Measurement: Sampling, Instrumentation, and Data Analysis. Register for the Industrial Chemistry Conference and courses online.
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Here's why job growth in Canada will likely remain sluggish
Business in Canada
Despite the massive revision to July's employment figures, which showed that a net 41,700 jobs were created over the course of the month, it cannot be said that the labour market trends in Canada are encouraging. The six and 12-month moving averages for monthly net job growth are sitting at 10,850 and 13,100, respectively, and these new positions have largely failed to keep pace with the increase in the adult population since the end of 2013.
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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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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
News 92 FM
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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Study: Half of all available jobs are never advertised
Forbes
Hunting job search sites for open positions can seem like the problem of "water everywhere and not a drop to drink " — seekers scroll through page after page of supposedly available jobs, spotting repeats between different sites and frequently viewing jobs that have already been filled. Meanwhile, an equally-sized job pool goes totally unannounced.
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STEM students explore engineering in everyday life
PSU
Now in its fifth year, the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program at Penn State Greater Allegheny came to a close as five incoming freshman presented their engineering design work. The students have been honing their academic skills before officially starting their college courses. In engineering design, students were given an assignment to make a Clue game featuring STEM skills. The game's goal is to teach STEM skills to kids.
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TD report: Canada not a nation of part-time workers
Toronto Star
Is Canada becoming a nation of part-time workers? The answer is no — at least not yet, according to a report published by TD Economics. "We don't believe Canada is becoming a nation of part-timers," wrote senior economist Randall Bartlett and deputy chief economist Derek Burleton. However, as Canada's population gets older and more women enter the workplace, "part-time employment may continue to experience a gradual increase in its share of total employment over the next several years."
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What is the best time of year for job hunting?
Boston.com
As the owner of a staffing and recruiting firm, I am often asked whether one month or season is better than another to look for a job. For instance, many people assume that hiring slows way down in the summer months and ask if it's better to wait until after Labor Day to resume their job search. My short answer to this question is that "the best time to look for a job is whenever you need one."
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