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Sustainable Development: The technical challenges
Richard Darton
The human population faces a huge challenge in satisfying its need for development in a way that is sustainable in the long term. Chemistry and Chemical engineering expertise will be vital to finding and deploying technical solutions to this challenge, but there will be a need for significant social adaptation as well. The move towards greater sustainability will be a major driver of change in the course of this century.
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Lignocellulosic Biorefinery Research: A Personal View
Adriaan van Heiningen
Lignocellulosics are considered as feed stock for transportation fuels, commodity chemicals, and biomaterials because they are abundant, can be grown on relatively poor soil using low energy and nutrient inputs, and do not compete with food production. Different past and present biorefinery research efforts by the author and his collaborators will be presented, and the opportunities and challenges for industrial implementation reviewed.
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Aspects of Changing the Safety Culture in Today's Universities
Graeme Norval
This presentation provides a historical perspective on the conflict engineering programs face between the desire to impart knowledge and the need to introduce students to industrially relevant aspects of the profession, reviews the attempts to improve the situation and proposes improvements to address it.
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CJChE December Issue now online
CIC
The December 2013 issue highlights "The recent progress in non-precious metal catalysts for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell applications" which is reviewed by Higgins and Chen and is a new article in the CJChE special series on Catalysis. The development of these materials is predicted to provide large economic advantages in the commercialization of these devices.
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ISHC-XIX abstract submission opens Dec. 1
CIC
The leading conference in homogeneous catalysis, the ISHC returns to North America for the 1st time in 18 years. A stellar list of Invited Speakers spans the most exciting areas of contemporary catalysis research, from olefin metathesis to organocatalysis, flow chemistry, cross-coupling, and more.
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Undergraduate female engineering enrolment at Memorial University highest in Canada
The Telegram
Memorial University's percentage of female first-year undergraduate engineering students is the highest of any major Canadian engineering school, MUN said. Currently at 29 per cent, increasing female enrolment has been a priority of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, a news release states.
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Is the STEM job advantage a myth?
CBS News
Politicians, policy makers, parents and students assume that the straightest path to a great job is by majoring in what is often called a STEM discipline — science, technology, engineering or math. Indeed, President Barack Obama has set a goal of creating a million new STEM college graduates in the next 10 years, along with 100,000 new teachers in those fields. Meanwhile some politicians are urging state universities to ditch unpopular liberal arts and embrace more STEM education instead.
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Engaged employees are better for business
Benefits Canada
Employee engagement is a key driver of better business results for small and mid-size employers. That's according to Queen's University's School of Business, which released its annual list of the 50 Best Small & Medium Employers in Canada and was conducted in partnership with Aon Hewitt. The average engagement score for this year's 50 best employers was 84 per cent, the same as last year. Other participants in the study had an average score of 62 per cent.
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Engineering workers upbeat about jobs and the economy
Market Watch
The Randstad Engineering Employee Confidence Index, a measure of overall confidence among U.S. engineers, continued to rise in the third quarter of 2013, reaching a high of 64.0, according to a survey among 114 engineering employees conducted online by Harris Interactive. The figure was the highest of all industries examined by Randstad, including finance and accounting, IT, healthcare, office and administrative and manufacturing.
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Top money-making career takes spotlight at Engineering Day
Deer Park Broadcaster
Engineering falls within the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering, and math. Approximately one-third of jobs in Houston are in STEM-related fields, with engineering making up more than a quarter, 29 per cent, of those jobs, according to a recent Brookings analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data. Nationally, engineers with four-year degrees bring home anywhere from $54,000 to over $100,000 a year, according to the BLS.

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The employment mismatch
The Vancouver Sun
Over the next decade, there will be more than one million job openings in British Columbia, the province estimates. And 43 per cent of those are expected to be in trades or technical occupations. At the same time, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce cites a report that estimates that by 2016 there will be almost 550,000 unskilled workers who will not be qualified for the skilled job vacancies and that could rise to more than one million by 2021.

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Which industries are creating jobs?
Huffington Post
Nearly half of the jobs created in Canada since the Great Recession were in just two sectors of the economy, a fact that highlights some economists' fears Canada's economy is becoming "unbalanced." According to a new report from the Conference Board of Canada, health care and construction jobs accounted for 45 per cent of net job growth in Canada since July 2009, which the report pegs as the end of the last recession.

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Canada's jobs recovery tilts toward the low earners
The Globe and Mail
In an ideal world, there would be lots of jobs for workers with all kinds of skills — but not much about today's global economy is ideal. In the U.S., for example, a recent analysis in The Wall Street Journal shows a kind of two-track recovery in that country's job market. Employment is rising nicely in occupations that pay the most (senior manager, doctor, lawyer) but not rising much in the lowest-paid occupations (fast-food worker, retail sales clerk, unskilled construction labourer).
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Canadians more satisfied with their jobs than workers in any other country
The Hamilton Spectator
Canada tops the list as the most satisfied workforce in the world, a new survey shows. The Monster.ca survey shows nearly two-thirds (64 per cent) of Canadian workers either love or like their jobs a lot. And almost one quarter, or 24 per cent, love their jobs so much they would do them for free, says the survey done by the popular job-seeking website along with independent global research company GfK.
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