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Towards the DNA Code of the Periodic Table
Juewen Liu
Detecting metal cations as well as anions is important for environmental monitoring and biomedical diagnosis. My lab is interested in achieving this goal using DNA as the target recognition element. Using the in vitro selection method, we have generated new DNAzymes that can selectively recognize a broad range of metal ions. These DNAzymes have been engineered into biosensors using the molecular beacon signaling strategy, where excellent detection limit is achieved.
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Unusual Behavior of DNA in a Uniform Electric Field
Sergey Krylov
Identical molecules move with identical velocities in a uniform electric field. Here we report on finding that homogeneous DNA does not obey this fundamental rule. While most DNA moves with similar velocities, a fraction of DNA moves with velocities that vary multiple folds. The size of this irregular fraction increases several orders of magnitude when exogenous counterions are added to the negatively charged DNA. The explanation of the new phenomenon still needs to be developed. Our findings help to better understand a fundamental property of DNA: its interaction with counterions. In addition, these findings suggest a practical way of making electromigration of DNA more uniform: removal of strongly-bound DNA counterions by electro-dialysis.
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SCI Canada Award nominations due Sept. 30
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SCI Canada, the business forum of the CIC, rewards excellence in chemistry and the chemical industry by presenting awards to industry and academic leaders for outstanding achievements they have made. In addition, SCI Canada recognizes the highest performing graduating undergraduate students each year in biochemistry, chemical engineering and chemistry from universities across Canada.
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The most in-demand (and aging) engineering jobs
Forbes
Not pre-med. Not business. Not computer science. The most popular college major choice for high school seniors surveyed by CareerBuilder — the majority of whom already have a career in mind — is engineering. We can debate how many of these students will stick with engineering when they get their first homework assignments in college. But let's assume most of them don't move to less rigorous majors. Which engineering field should they choose?
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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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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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40 per cent of all new jobs in Canada last year generated in Edmonton
Global News
Alberta's Capital City continues to be Canada's employment powerhouse. There are more jobs being created here than any other Canadian city. The City of Edmonton's chief economist says 80 per cent of new net jobs in Canada in the last year came from Alberta. "Over the past 12 months, Alberta has generated more new jobs than any other province in Canada and that includes Ontario, which is five times as large as we are," said John Rose.
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Too few university jobs for America's young scientists
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Imagine a job where about half of all the work is being done by people who are in training. That's, in fact, what happens in the world of biological and medical research. In the United States, more than 40,000 temporary employees known as postdoctoral research fellows are doing science at a bargain price. And most postdocs are being trained for jobs that don't actually exist. Academic institutions graduate an overabundance of biomedical Ph.D.s — and this imbalance is only getting worse, as research funding from the National Institutes of Health continues to wither.
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Faculty jobs are rare, but Canada still needs its PhDs
The Globe and Mail
As the number of graduate students across North America skyrocketed over the past decade — with Ontario graduate enrollments alone doubling from about 10,000 to 20,000 — competition for the increasingly scarce full-time, tenure-stream faculty positions has become fierce. For example, in 2007 Canadian universities granted nearly 5,000 PhDs and another 6,000 recent PhDs were conducting postdoctoral research; but that year, only about 2,600 new full-time faculty members were hired at Canadian universities.
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