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Main Group Goes Mainstream: New Adventures in Small Molecule Activation Using P/Al Frustrated Lewis Pairs
Gabriel Ménard
Recently, many have showcased the reactions of main group compounds with small molecules in ways reminiscent of transition metals. Frustrated Lewis pairs (FLPs), wherein sterically encumbered Lewis acids and bases become reactive, have further pushed these boundaries to include classical transition metal-type reaction pathways, such as hydrogenation and polymerization. While most FLPs comprise B-based Lewis acids (ex. B(C6F5)3) in conjunction with bulky phosphines, here we explore Al Lewis acids and present different reaction outcomes with a variety of small molecules.
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Nature's Shrink-wrapped Metal Thiolate Clusters: Mechanistic Complexity Vies with Structural Simplicity in the Metallothioneins
Martin Stillman
Metallothionein (MT), a small cysteine rich metal binding protein, has been implicated in a number of physiological functions, including metal ion homeostasis, toxic metal detoxification and protection against oxidative stress. ESI-MS equilibrium and kinetic data provide new insight into the actual stepwise metallation of metallothioneins. This mechanism appears to be general based on our analysis of three key metals.
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Continue to learn with Professional Development Courses
CIC
Continue to learn with these professional development courses: Risk Assessment, Process Safety, Laboratory Safety, and Root Cause Analysis. Risk Assessment takes place Oct. 22-23 in Niagara Falls and all four courses take place Nov. 13-14 in Edmonton.
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CIC Fellowships deadline extended
CIC
The nomination deadline for the CIC Fellowships has been extended to Nov. 3, 2014. If you know a deserving chemist, chemical engineer or chemical technologist, submit your nomination now.
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How to choose the engineering job that's right for you
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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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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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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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Chemical engineering majors top list of lifetime earners
Birmingham Business Journal
Chemical engineering majors will make the most money of all undergraduate majors over their lifetime according to a recent report from Business Insider. People who graduate with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering will earn over $2 million on average during their life. Data for the rankings came from a study by the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution. The engineering field is the most prominent for lifetime earnings, with the top nine earners holding bachelor's degrees in the field.
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If engineering is hot, will it expand to meet demand for new recruits?
The Independent
Bring out the wet towels and sit down if you can't cope with the heat, but being an engineer may be about to go from being one of the geekiest jobs on earth to one of the coolest. Each year there are about 21,000 engineering graduates, meaning there will be some 170,000 engineering graduates by 2020.
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Bioscience program produces jobs
The Guardian
Gaining a unique competitive advantage in today's complex employment market is crucial to students seeking meaningful, well-paying jobs. And for many young Islanders, the ideal outcome is to secure that job in Prince Edward Island. With that in mind, Ellen Crane, Josh Jarvis, Kate Publicover and others interested in bioscience careers have gravitated toward the Bioscience Technology program at Holland College.
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The 15-hour workweek: Canada's part-time problem
The Globe and Mail
For years, Eileen Hasselhoff enjoyed her steady job as a cashier at a Toronto fast-food restaurant. She didn't earn a lot, typically minimum wage, but at least she had regular hours that let her plan her life and save a little for retirement. That all changed a few years ago. Suddenly her hours were cut, her schedule thrown into turmoil and her income slashed. Now sometimes, she gets 15 hours a week.
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Programs that aim to close the skills gap for grads
The Globe and Mail
Brooklyn Baleja's first day of college came earlier than for most students. The 18-year-old, who began studying to be a support teacher at Camosun College this fall, didn't have to wait until the September after high-school graduation to get started. Last year, while still a Grade 12 student at Claremont Secondary School in Victoria, she took a college-level intro psychology class taught by a professor. Ms. Baleja says the experience helped her prepare for the real world.
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