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Diffusion of Light Hydrocarbons
Douglas Ruthven
CO2 is a common impurity in natural gas and in some large and potentially valuable gas fields the CO2 content is as high as 50 per cent. The separation of CO2 from methane, and other light hydrocarbons is therefore of considerable economic importance. This presentation summarizes the results of a detailed kinetic study aimed at establishing reliable equilibrium constants and diffusivities for methane and other light hydrocarbons in large crystals of DDR.
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Functional-modified Water-soluble Polymers and Polymeric Absorbents for Water Clarification
Huining Xiao
Growing environmental and health concerns have motivated research activities toward developing more-efficient polymeric flocculants and adsorbents for water clarification. The polymers that are reviewed in this work cover both water-soluble polymers and polymer-based absorbents, as well as a range of water-soluble antimicrobial polymers which effectively deactivate the pathogens in water systems and render cellulose-fibre antimicrobial, thus leading to green-based hygiene products or environmental friendly packaging materials.
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Time to renew your membership
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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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CIC discount for 2014 CALA Catalyst Conference
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The Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) is a proud Community Partner of the 2014 CALA C³ Conference. CIC members can register for this conference at a 10% discount using the Promo Code CALACIC2014. We encourage you to view the conference website and consider submitting an abstract.
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U.S. science and engineering degrees increase
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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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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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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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Ontario graduate degree survey shows where money, jobs are
Huffington Post
Many undergraduate degrees — including some that are considered a surefire bet — aren't quite the job magnets they used to be, according to a new survey of Ontario graduates. The Council of Ontario Universities' 2012 Grad Survey shows that employment rates six months and two years after 2010 graduates earned their degrees fell for a number of programs, even as Canada's economy recovered from the financial crisis of 2008-2009.
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Workers go after in-demand jobs
St. Albert Leader
As Canada's skills gap continues to widen, companies continue to struggle to find the high-end niche skills needed to fill jobs. But according to a recent survey, Canadians refuse to rest on their laurels and are pursuing retraining to fill in-demand jobs. That's according to Hays Canada's survey What People Want 2013.
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Nearly seven out of 10 people read online reviews before making a purchase, and in the business-to-business world, reviews are even more important in the decision-making process. To help in your purchasing decisions, we are pleased to announce that we've now incorporated business reviews into our Chemical and Chemical Engineering Resource Guide. Now you have the opportunity to share your experiences with a company's products or services with your fellow colleagues, or read what others have to say about a potential future vendor. We are building a valuable resource for the chemical industry, but need your help to get it started. Visit the Chemical and Chemical Engineering Resource Guide to search for qualified product and service providers and write a review.



Steady but subdued growth expected for Canada job market
The Globe and Mail
Jobs data have painted a mixed picture of the labour market this fall, with hiring in some sectors (education and utilities) offsetting weakness in others (construction and manufacturing). As a result, net employment hasn't changed much in recent months. Wage growth, though muted, continues to outpace inflation.
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Canada's fall in math-education ranking sets off alarm bells
The Globe and Mail
Canada has dropped out of the top 10 in international math education standings, a decline that is raising alarms about the country's future prosperity. Canada placed 13th overall in mathematics, down three spots from 2009 and six spots from 2006, in the latest results from the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment, the highly anticipated survey conducted every three years and which measures how 15-year-olds around the world are doing in math, reading and science.
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Chemical and plastics industries love fracking
Marketplace
Fracking is fueling a manufacturing renaissance in some parts of the country. The chemical industry is spending billions to expand its business in the United States. And it's all because of fracking. It is estimated the industry will expand in the U.S. by a whopping 38 per cent in the next few years. Most of the jobs from this boom will be created outside the chemical plants.
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