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A Quantitative Assessment of Back Donation and its Electronic Effects on Metal Complexes
A.B.P. Lever
Back donation is an important concept in inorganic and organometallic chemistry. Despite its long history, it tends to be used in a very qualitative fashion with comments such as "carbon monoxide is a better p-acceptor than pyridine". True, but how much better ? We will discuss a systematic quantitative assessment of this idea, applicable to a wide range of complexes. Related topics such as changes in bond orders and distances, binding energies, Natural Population Analysis charges etc, associated with back donation, are also included.
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Fun with Main Group Chemistry: From Fundamental Discoveries to Interesting Applications
Paul Ragogna, A.B.P. Lever, Martin Stillman
Over the last 20 years main group chemistry has moved from high oxidation state, high valent centres to low oxidation state low valent bonding modes, which has led to the discovery of unprecedented structure bonding and reactivity for the s- and p-block elements. Some of the highlights of our discoveries will be presented along with a view on where we hope to go in the future. Without the clear dedication, skill and tenacity of the many undergraduate and graduate students and PDFs that have passed through the Ragogna group labs, none of our discoveries would have come to fruition.
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Industrial Chemistry Conference preliminary program
CIC
The preliminary program for the Industrial Chemistry Conference is now available. For an overview of the presentations, please see the PDF version of the program.
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Role of Chemical Sciences and Engineering to Address Global Grand Challenges
CIC
Attending CSChE 2014? Be sure to join us for a special presentation on the many grand challenges that face our global society. This event takes place on Tuesday Oct. 21 from 1 PM to 3 PM.
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Retention, not recruitment, driving Canada's workforce
Durham Region
A focus by employers on retention, rather than recruitment, is skewing Canada's labour force like never before. Instead of waving goodbye as their employees reach retirement-age years, employers in Canada are seemingly doing whatever they can to keep their experienced workers. It's a trend that's beneficial for those already entrenched in the workforce, but a barrier for those looking to get their foot in the door.
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How to choose the engineering job that's right for you
The Engineer
Engineering is a very broad church. Some engineers spend their days in an office designing aircraft or writing code for innovative software startups. Others work on the building sites of skyscrapers or on oilrigs in the middle of the sea. Others toil away in labs building robots that could help change the way we live forever. Unless your degree is in a very specific discipline, it's likely your education will have given you a huge range of options to consider. Even if you've trained in something like civil or aerospace engineering, your skills will be in demand by a wide variety of companies, big and small, in different sectors.
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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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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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Canadians' sense of job security rises to the highest level in three years
Financial Post
Rising optimism among Canadians about job security, real-estate prices and personal finances pushed a gauge of consumer confidence to the highest in more than two months, survey data show. The share of Canadian consumers who say their jobs are at least somewhat secure rose to 70.7 per cent, the highest since September 2011, according to the Bloomberg Nanos Canadian Confidence Index.
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Colleges team to offer degrees in engineering
Chron
Maybe you've always wanted to be an engineer, but haven't acted on it and are trying to figure out how to cover the costs of an engineering degree. If you've exhausted your options, a new program may be just the answer that fits your situation. Susan Thompson, program director for engineering internships and STEM initiatives at Houston Community College, said a partnership developed in 2012 offers pre-engineering courses at the community college that leads to an associate in science and engineering science degree (ASES).
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A challenge to doubters: University degree is worth more than a college diploma
CBC News
Recently, an editorial aired on CBC Radio One questioning the value of a university degree compared with that of a college education. The author of the editorial, Ken Coates, is an alumnus of the University of Manitoba, founding vice-president of the University of Northern British Columbia and currently Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the University of Saskatchewan. He argued that there is a "mismatch between a university education and the contemporary job market."
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