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Rolling out Fuel Cell Cars: Small Science on a Big Scale
Steven Holdcroft
Proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC) are being aggressively developed as clean energy conversion devices. Promising near-term market applications include materials handling (e.g., fork lifts), backup power, residential co-generation, fleet vehicles (e.g., buses, taxis), and portable electronics, but the more impactful application of fuel cells lies in the consumer automotive sector, which has a great potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. This talk will speak to selected nanotechnological advances in materials chemistry being pursued on the path towards commercialization.
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Electrospray Mass Spectrometry as a Readout of Protein Structure and Function
Lars Konermann
This presentation will discuss time-resolved investigations that provide detailed insights into the mechanisms of protein folding. We will also discuss the area of membrane protein structure and function, as well as the use of ESI-MS for probing biological self-assembly processes. In addition, we will highlight recent advances in understanding the physical processes that allow the formation of gaseous biomolecular ions during ESI.
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CSChE 2014 early registration ends Monday
CIC
The early registration deadline for the 64th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference is Sept. 15. At least one presenting author must be registered for CSChE 2014 by Sept. 15 to have your abstract included in the Technical Program.
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CIC 2014 call for papers closes Sept. 15
CIC
If you are interested in participating in the Industrial Chemistry Conference as an oral or poster presenter, be sure to submit your abstract by Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.
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Canada's unemployment rate unchanged as country loses 11,000 jobs
Huffington Post
Canada turned in another disappointing performance on the jobs front in August, with StatsCan reporting a net loss of 11,000 jobs for the month. That wasn't enough to budge the unemployment rate, which remained at 7 per cent. But perhaps the most surprising number in the recent jobs report was the net loss of 111,800 private-sector jobs, the largest single-month loss on records going back a long time, according to BMO chief economist Doug Porter.
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Canada's battered jobs data back in the spotlight as August report set for release
Financial Post
It was not a marquee month for our national number cruncher. As Statistics Canada readies its latest employment report, a cloud still lingers over the data agency's jobs tally for the previous month. That's because Statistics Canada goofed up in compiling its Labour Force Survey, unarguably one of the most important chunks of data used by policymakers, business leaders and investors.

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5 secrets to landing the job you really want
TIME Magazine
Reach out to people doing the work you want to do, and ask them all you can about their jobs. How did they get started? What do you need to succeed? And what can you expect to earn, both at first and later on? Because you aren't asking for a job, the discussion should be relaxed. "Be an inquisitive child," advises Jayne Mattson of Keystone Associates, a career-management firm in Boston.

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Young and looking for a job at a small business? Build up those niche skills
Financial Post
Submitting hundreds of resumés, going out to several interviews and facing rejection is an increasingly prevalent reality for many young Canadians, even in the traditionally "safe" job sectors such as engineering and law. For engineering graduate Jeff Light, 23, there was no guaranteed job at the end of the road. Fresh out of the University of Western Ontario, he set out to apply for one job a day, but it took nearly five months before he landed one as a junior civil engineer. (He studied chemical engineering.)

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Extra 1,300 defence engineering jobs in U.K. a 'double-edged sword'
Recruiter
More than 1,300 engineering jobs are up for grabs across the U.K. after the Ministry of Defense signed a contract for 589 new armoured fighting vehicles — the biggest order placed by the ministry in 30 years. Karen Silk, managing director of engineering recruitment firm Capital International Staffing, said while the creation of so many jobs was good news, it was a "two-edged sword."
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Study: Construction and resource labour demands grow
Daily Commercial News
While there may be some debate about the reality of a labour shortage in Canada, it is clear that gains in the construction and resource sectors are changing the need for skilled trades and employers have undertaken innovative methods to combat shortages, finds a study from the Fraser Institute. The study Do Labour Shortages Exist in Canada? identifies that many university graduates lack the necessary skills for available jobs in construction or the trades and employers are asking workers to work longer hours and delay retirements to help fill the gap.
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The unexpected skill that job seekers need to get hired
Forbes
When it comes to finding a job, meeting the minimum requirements isn't enough to get you hired. There are many other qualified candidates who can check all the boxes too. So how can you gain a competitive edge? Get ready for your close-up because video has become as essential as the resume — (even if you aren't currently looking for a job). Whether you're pounding the pavement, angling for a promotion, or building your client base, there are three types of videos you need to master.
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Finding a job that hasn't been invented yet
UBC News
The public discourse around the value of a humanities degree grows louder in times of economic uncertainty, and Gage Averill, dean of UBCs Faculty of Arts, says it is no surprise the conversation has intensified. "As the economy has deteriorated, insecurities have risen, and along with that has come a focus on instrumental education," he says. "People want more certainty and security, and want to know there's something of value in their degrees."
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