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Electrospray Mass Spectrometry as a Readout of Protein Structure and Function
Lars Konermann
This presentation will discuss time-resolved investigations that provide detailed insights into the mechanisms of protein folding. We will also discuss the area of membrane protein structure and function, as well as the use of ESI-MS for probing biological self-assembly processes. In addition, we will highlight recent advances in understanding the physical processes that allow the formation of gaseous biomolecular ions during ESI.
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Towards the DNA Code of the Periodic Table
Juewen Liu
Detecting metal cations as well as anions is important for environmental monitoring and biomedical diagnosis. My lab is interested in achieving this goal using DNA as the target recognition element. Using the in vitro selection method, we have generated new DNAzymes that can selectively recognize a broad range of metal ions. These DNAzymes have been engineered into biosensors using the molecular beacon signaling strategy, where excellent detection limit is achieved.
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Renew your membership
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It's that time of year again! Renew your membership for 2015 to continue taking advantage of the many benefits membership has to offer. Current members can renew by visiting the Member Login Site and new or lapsed members can join by completing the Application for Membership.
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CEF Grant Applications due December 15
CIC
The CIC Chemical Education Fund (CEF) is a registered charity set up to promote education in the fields of chemical sciences, chemical engineering, chemical technology and related disciplines. Each year the CEF provides funding for a number of chemical science related projects. Applications for 2015 funding are due December 15, 2014.
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Common career paths for engineers
Talent Egg
Engineering is an incredibly broad profession, as demonstrated by the fact that engineers are found in such diverse fields as agriculture, telecommunications, and robotics. Given the sheer amount of choice available in engineering, it can sometimes be difficult for students and new graduates to decide how to plan their careers.
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Canada adds 43,100 jobs, unemployment drops to 6.5 per cent
Global News
Canada's latest labour-market survey says the economy generated 43,100 net new jobs in October and dropped the unemployment rate to 6.5 per cent, its lowest level since November 2008. The Statistics Canada report found the jobless rate fell 0.3 percentage points in October, compared with the previous month.
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Poloz's prescription for unemployed youth: Work for free
The Globe and Mail
Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz has sparked controversy by suggesting young people ought to consider unpaid work as a way to gain job experience. "When I bump into youths, they ask me, you know, 'What am I supposed to do in a situation?' I say, look, having something unpaid on your CV is very worth it because that's the one thing you can do to counteract this scarring effect. Get some real-life experience even though you're discouraged, even if it's for free," Mr. Poloz told reporters Monday in Ottawa.
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Here's what to say when you're asked about salary in a job interview
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It's generally considered a bad idea to ask about salary during your first job interview with a company, but that doesn't mean the person interviewing you won't bring it up themselves. If they do, it's important not to let any questions about money distract you from your goals — highlighting your skillset, communicating your values, and establishing how your personal goals align with those of the company.

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Engineering and business administration grads top earners
CBC News
It pays to get a college or university degree, and it really pays to get that degree in engineering, business administration, health or the physical sciences. That's the conclusion of a Statistics Canada study that followed the lives of 15,166 Canadians over a 20-year period. The study, based on material from the census, looked at employment earnings of college and university graduates from 1991 through until 2010.

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Report: Canadian wages to get 'moderate' hike in 2015
The Globe and Mail
Most workers can expect pay hikes next year that will be just above the anticipated rate of inflation. The Conference Board of Canada’s annual compensation outlook shows employers see "moderate" base salary increases of 2.9 per cent for non-unionized staff next year and 2 per cent for unionized staff.

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What's missing from the labour market
The Globe and Mail
Temporary foreign workers. Unpaid interns. Current jobless rates on aboriginal reserves. These are just a few examples of the known unknowns in Canada's labour market — statistical gaps in our knowledge about how people are faring in the jobs market. Statistics Canada is in the midst of a redesign of its labour force survey (LFS), the first phase of which will be completed next year, that aims at ensuring its "relevance and quality."
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Top 20 degrees with the highest starting salaries
Detroit Free Press
For University of Michigan industrial operations engineering student Julie Hahn, her decision to seek a degree in a highly sought STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — field was an easy choice since it fused her love for math and science. But her choice also could prove to be a lucrative one when she graduates nearly two years from now, according to a recent study by Michigan State University's College Employment Research Institute.
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Canada's Top 100 Employers make their workplaces exceptional
The Globe and Mail
Each of the 100 winners of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2015) has a story to tell. It's about how these industry leaders have made their companies exceptional places to work with some of the best HR practices and most innovative initiatives, all valued by their employees. In fact, many initiatives come from the employees themselves, empowering them in the workplace.
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