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Transition Metal-catalyzed Amination Processes
CIC
Nitrogen-containing molecules are an important class of compounds to study, as they are ubiquitous components of biologically active molecules. Recently, the use of metal nitrenes to functionalize hydrocarbon chains and other heteroatoms, has emerged as a new tool to streamline the synthesis of nitrogen-containing molecules. A few years ago, my group has introduced N-sulfonyoxycarbamates as a novel class of reagents to access metal nitrene species. The details, the scope and mechanistic studies of these transition metal catalyzed amination processes will be discussed.
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The Chemical Biology of the Genome
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The chemistry, structure and function of nucleic acids are of fundamental importance to our understanding of life. In this lecture, I will describe three projects from my lab that have employed chemistry to provide new insights into nucleic acids and in particular, our genome. The first is the invention of a method to accurately decode the sequence of genomic DNA at high speed and low cost on a population scale. The second topic will be on the DNA quadruple helix: G-quadruplex, its existence in the genome and prospects for targeting this DNA structure with small molecules for therapeutics. The third and final topic will be on clinical methods for decoding epigenetic modifications in DNA.
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YouTube contest for high school students
CIC
High school science students are encouraged to submit a video for the It's Chemistry, Eh?! YouTube Contest. Videos must be submitted by Nov. 29, 2014 for a chance to win! Suggested topics include the benefits of chemistry in everyday life, contributions of a recognized chemist and busting a commonly held myth about chemistry.
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Edmonton professional development courses
CIC
Continue to learn with these professional development courses: Risk Assessment, Process Safety, Laboratory Safety, and Root Cause Analysis. All four courses take place Nov. 13-14 in Edmonton.
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University of Waterloo's 'Go Eng Girl' workshop hopes to inspires future engineers
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Girls and young women in grades 7 to 10 and their relatives recently attended UW's "Go Eng Girl" engineering workshop on campus. They poured into the William G. Davis Computer Research Centre to hear from female engineers and engineering students about what it's like to be an engineer today.

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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.

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Alberta jobs: 31 occupations that are in high demand
The Huffington Post
Alberta released its short-term employment forecast recently, highlighting in-demand jobs as well as the occupations which could face a labour shortage over the next 10 years.

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Call for entries: 2014 Ontario Consulting Engineering Awards
HPAC
As it prepares to mark its 40th anniversary, the Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO) plans to recognize engineering excellence in projects that have enhanced the economic, social and environmental well-being of Ontario and locations around the globe. CEO members may submit entries to the 2015 Ontario Consulting Engineering Awards, which will be presented during a gala dinner on Saturday April 18, 2015, at the International Centre in Toronto.
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The expectation gap: Students' and universities' roles in preparing for life after grad
The Globe and Mail
If some politicians and employers are to be believed, Canada is facing a severe shortage of skilled labour. Last year, a Canadian Chamber of Commerce report estimated that skilled job vacancies would hit 1.5 million by 2016. Those most in demand are said to be in the STEM fields: scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.
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Light shines on careers in renewable energy
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The transition to a cleaner-energy future is inevitable — the key is getting there in a way that allows us to lead while providing sustainable long-term jobs, says Andrew McLellan, a registered professional forester and partner with Clean Energy Consulting (CEC) in British Columbia. CEC helps industry and communities convert waste, such as wood chips and bark from large saw mills, into energy to run operations and supply the grid.
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How chemical engineering is like calculus
Chapelboro
If you are not familiar with chemical engineering, you may have the impression that it is a narrowly-focused degree intended to train you to design and operate equipment that you might find in chemical plants, such as pumps, reactors, and distillation towers. While chemical engineers are certainly taught these things, the foundation of the degree is a much broader study of the application of chemistry and physics to real world phenomena.
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