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Are Polymers Nothing But the Residue in the Bottom of Organic Chemists' Flasks?
Robert Prud'homme
This lecture illustrates the evolution of the study of polymers through work on polymer blends, stereocomplexes (polyesters), polymer orientation and, more recently, crystallization in ultrathin films.
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Molecular Dynamics at Ultracold Temperatures
Roman Krems
This talk discusses the unique features of molecular interactions at ultracold temperatures (lower than 1 degree Kelvin). It will also show that ultracold molecules can be used to study novel many-body physics phenomena.
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Teaching Chemistry in Small, Medium and Large Classes
Stan Skonieczny
This lecture presents experiences from teaching numerous chemistry courses for over 25 years. It will also review the Canadian Chemistry Olympiad program which is designed to promote interest in chemistry amongst high school students.
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It's National Chemistry Week!
CIC
National Chemistry Week (NCW) is an annual, week-long celebration of the chemical sciences in all provinces and territories in Canada. It's a great opportunity for youth to get connected with the wonders of chemistry and for the not-so-young to appreciate the positive aspects of chemistry through hands-on experiments, games, demonstrations, lectures, exhibitions and more.
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It's Chemistry, Eh?! YouTube contest closes Oct. 28
CIC
The It's Chemistry, Eh?! YouTube Contest challenges students in high schools across the country to communicate chemistry concepts in a fun and creative way. Suggested topics include the benefits of chemistry in everyday life, contributions of a recognized chemist and busting a commonly held myth about chemistry. The winners receive prize money to put toward further education.
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Engineers see demand, competitive salaries
Chron
In general, engineers are in high demand. From a regional perspective, Victor Zaloom, interim dean of the College of Engineering at Lamar University in Beaumont, anticipated the largest demand will be for mechanical and chemical engineers due to the current boom in the oil and gas industry's exploration and production.
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Skills mismatch hurts firms
The Vancouver Sun
Skills held by new graduates and workers hitting the job market often don't match the skills employers need and that is exacerbating labour shortages across 14 critical sectors that rely on highly-skilled technology workers, according to the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists.
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Kenney urges companies to 'double, triple,' their efforts to hire Canadians
Calgary Herald
Federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney urged business owners to work harder to hire Canadians first, warning that the Temporary Foreign Worker program they may be depending on will not be allowed to keep growing at its current rate. "I don't want to hear any employers coming to me now or in the future saying they want access to the Temporary Foreign Worker program — unless or until they tell me first of all what they're doing to recruit underemployed or unemployed Canadians," Kenney said.
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Canadians pursuing retraining to meet skills shortages in other industries
Financial Post
It may have taken some time, but Canadian workers are beginning to respond to Canada’s well-known and continually growing talent shortage and skills mismatch by retraining themselves for in-demands jobs. So says a report released by international recruiting firm Hays Canada, which showed 88 per cent of respondents in a recent survey are planning or considering to acquire new skills to "capitalize on skills shortages in other industries."
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Learning association has concerns over Canada Jobs Grant
Cape Breton Post
Federal government plans for a proposed new Canada Jobs Grant program are raising concerns for a Cape Breton adult learning association. The Conservative government plans to divert $300 million from provincial labour market training programs to help pay for its proposed $900 million Canada Jobs Grant.
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U.S. shutdown expected to slow hiring in Canada
The Globe and Mail
Canada is creating jobs at a slow-but-steady pace, but the U.S. government shutdown and its impact on business confidence are likely to dent hiring in the coming months. Canadian employers created 11,900 jobs last month, in line with the average pace this year. The jobless rate fell to 6.9 per cent, its lowest level in nearly five years though the drop stemmed more from fewer young people looking for work than a hiring binge.

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Grant Career Center opens new biotechnology program
The Clermont Sun
This fall, Grant Career Center branched off campus with a new Biotechnology program at Bethel-Tate High School. This career training program is a partnership of the two schools allowing students to receive the benefits of career and technical training without leaving their high school campus.

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Young, educated and making it on less than $35,000
Financial Post
According to a recent BMO survey, university and college students expect to earn an annual salary of more than $50,000 on average when they start a job after graduation. But Statistics Canada reports that students with a bachelor's degree earned $45,000. That's not too shabby considering that 74 per cent of Canadians who filed a tax return in 2009 earned less than $50,000.

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Which field of engineering is right for you?
Huffington Post
Conduct your research as broadly as possible. The more traditional areas of engineering are certainly electrical or electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, chemical engineering and industrial engineering. Computer engineering and engineering technology are fairly new additions to the stable. There are also other types, which are sometimes classified as sub sets of the more traditional types, or fields of study on their own.
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Study: Youth unemployment: 15 per cent of American youth out of school and work
Huffington Post
Almost 6 million young people are neither in school nor working, according to a recent study. That's almost 15 per cent of those aged 16 to 24 who have neither desk nor job, according to The Opportunity Nation coalition, which wrote the report. Other studies have shown that idle young adults are missing out on a window to build skills they will need later in life or use the knowledge they acquired in college.
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