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Chitosan — The Biomaterials Promise
Amyl Ghanem
Chitosan is a natural biopolymer derived from chitin, found in the exoskeleton of crab, lobster, and shrimp, as well as in the cell wall of fungi. The chemical structure of chitosan is similar to the natural extracellular matrix component glycosaminoglycan. This talk will review the application of chitosan as a biomedical material, its limitations and highlight future directions.
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What the Nuclear Industry has to Teach Us about Successfully Implementing Change in Chemical Industries and Chemical Engineering University Programs
Robert Crawford
Change in our industrial workplace is ever-present and relentless. When implementing change it is essential for our teams to be technically proficient and to effectively apply sound engineering economics. There is however a third element "the human element" which often is the difference maker when it comes to complete project objectives realization. This presentation will address the strategies used to effectively integrate human factors into industrial projects and the design course curriculum.
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Time to renew your membership
CIC
If you have not done so already, it is time to renew your CIC membership for 2014. Current members are asked to log in to the member site to complete their renewal. Lapsed and new members are asked to complete the online form.
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Dec. 16: Chemical Education Fund call for proposals deadline
CIC
The CIC Chemical Education Fund (CEF) is looking to support original and innovative chemical-related educational projects. The CEF has sponsored student conference, science fairs, chemical outreach programs, Northern outreach, and more.
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BMO: Canadians migrating for work at highest level in almost 25 years
Financial Post
The number of Canadian workers migrating between provinces in search of jobs has hit its highest level in almost 25 years, according to a Bank of Montreal analysis. Most are heading to Alberta and Saskatchewan, and leaving from British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada, the study shows. The movement belies industry and federal government complaints about the lack of flexibility in the labour market.
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U.S. science and engineering degrees increase
Science Magazine
The number of students receiving bachelor's degrees in science and engineering fields is growing faster than in other fields, reports the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Since 2009, science and engineering degrees have increased by 19 per cent, a little more than double the 9 per cent growth rate for other fields.
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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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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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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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What's wrong with gen Y?
Benefits Canada
Generation Y is coming into the workforce with a lot of advantages, but it's also under a lot of stress, explained Dr. David Posen, MD and bestselling author on stress management, at a recent Desjardins Insurance luncheon. "These kids are growing up with a lot of uncertainty and a lot of confusion, and we need to understand where they're coming from," he said. "Because we haven't prepared them very well for the world of work."
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Report: Science and Technology careers 'impermeable'
The HR Director
Careers in science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM) are becoming increasingly difficult to move in and out of. A report "Supply of and Demand for High Level STEM skills" suggests that technology is accelerating so quickly that employees' skills can swiftly atrophy if they change career or fail to find a relevant job soon after leaving education.
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Teen girls solve engineering problems at WSU camp
Standard Examiner
In a field dominated by men, engineering can seem like an intimidating career path for women, but a few professionals want to encourage an interest in the subject as early as possible. Professional women in engineering along with volunteers conducted several activities and presentations for junior high school girls and their parents to foster an interest in math and science at a time when children begin thinking about their futures.
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