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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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New by-laws for the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE)
CIC
The Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) members will vote on new by-laws for the society at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) Oct. 22, 2013 in Fredericton during the 63rd Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference.
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CSChE registration still open
CIC
Registration for the 63rd Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, the largest event devoted to the science of chemical engineering in Canada, is still open. The main themes of this year's conference are Resources, Environment and Energy, which are critical issues faced by chemical engineers both in Canada and around the world.
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Waterloo mayor touts strength of region's tech sector in wake of BlackBerry layoff announcement
Toronto Star
The mayor of Waterloo, ON is expressing hope that her city can weather the loss of jobs at BlackBerry. Brenda Halloran says there has been a trend where those affected by past layoffs have been absorbed by the more than 800 tech companies within the region. She says there are more than 1,000 job opportunities in the region's tech sector alone.
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The college degrees with the highest starting salaries
Forbes
A new salary survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has some good news for the graduates of the class of 2013. Though many grads are still struggling to find work — an analysis commissioned by the Associated Press in April showed that more than half (53.6 per cent) of new grads were jobless or underemployed — those who are working in their chosen fields are enjoying a 2.4 per cent uptick in salaries from the previous year.
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Ford invests $700 million in Oakville plant, secures 2,800 jobs
Toronto Star
Ford’s $700 million investment in retooling its Oakville factory to make "several new global models" buoys hopes of more jobs for the GTA, parts makers and the company's engine lines in Windsor. The cash infusion, including $142 million from taxpayers through the federal and Ontario governments, will secure 2,800 positions at the company's last remaining auto assembly plant in Canada.
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For younger workers, perks trump pay
The Globe and Mail
A recent smattering of data analyzing salary trends appears to reinforce this perspective that we aren't — broadly speaking — taking home a significantly higher salary. Yet, if you read between the lines, we are better off for it. In Canada, the average salary is expected to increase only 3.1 per cent in 2014, a slight dip over the past few years, according to human resources firm Mercer.

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A newshound's lament: The best and worst jobs in Canada
The Globe and Mail
The new study, set for release by job-search engine Adzuna.ca, identifies "miner" as the worst job in the country — despite the occupation's relatively high pay (roughly double, on average, that of the next-four-worst jobs). Courier was ranked second-worst, followed by construction labourer, journalist and sous chef.

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Study: Energy East pipeline may create 10,000 jobs
CBC News
TransCanada Corp.'s proposed west-east pipeline could create 10,000 jobs and generate $10 billion in additional GDP during the development and construction phase, according to an economic analysis. The project could generate an additional $25.3 billion in GDP during its estimated 40 years of operation and sustain 1,000 direct full-time jobs, the independent report prepared by Deloitte & Touche found.

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Machines on the march threaten almost half of modern jobs
Phys.org
Computers have been an important part of many industries for decades already and have replaced humans in many jobs. But a new wave of technological development means that even positions that we once saw as immune to computerization are now under threat.
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Kewaskum High School launches all-female engineering class
JS Online
Seventeen female students are enrolled in Wisconsin's first high school class aimed at women in engineering. The class, at Kewaskum High School, is in its third week and was developed by teachers Patrick Moerchen and Bryan Puls. Department of Public Instruction officials say it's the first gender-specific class of its type in a Wisconsin high school.
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