MUGS's Final "Fall" Listserv

 

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Hello, Geographers!

So it may not look it with all the snow outside, though this listserv marks the end of fall (- your finals, you're not off the hook yet)! There's a lot of things to think about as the semester comes to an end, so here's a hefty listserv to inform you of some of them!

 

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  1. New Guatemala Field Course!!
  2. Course Evaluations (Do them)
  3. SUS Awards & Funding Opportunity   
  4. U.S. GIS/RS Summer Job Opportunity
  5. Mildy Interesting Map of the Week
  6. Cool Thing of the Week

 

 

1. Guatemala Field Study Course


If you're a geography major (or just like to travel and get credit for it) We have a new field course Next Semester!! Here's a blurb highlighting all the fun you'll be having should you sign up :)

"This is a 2-week intensive field course that will give you an overview of tropical cropping systems, their sustainability, and how they impact food security. We will visit banana, coffee, tea and cardamom plantations, traditional Mayan and non-indigenous farms, among other activities. Discover the diversity of Guatemala's climate, geography and cultures, and how they influence agricultural activities!"
 
Dates: April 30th to May 12th 2017 (exact dates to be confirmed by Dec. 31st), with due dates for course work in June
Location: Guatemala City, Zacapa region, Izabal and Alta Verapaz provinces
Cost: approx. 1,750$ (exact cost to be confirmed by Dec. 31st), including meals, accommodation and domestic travel. Excluded from the cost are tuition, flight, travel health insurance, immunizations and personal expenses.
 

 

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2. Course Evaluations

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Do them! It means a lot to the profs and TA's involved in teaching your courses as to better themselves and take your (hopefully) constructive feedback. If you find yourself pressed for time, take my non-biased advice and just do your GEOG course evaluations. This makes for a great way to procrastinate and feel productive at the same time, as well as better the course you're reviewing for future students taking it.

Access the evaluations here, and don't forget to fill them out before Dec. 22nd!

 

 

3. SUS Awards and Funding

Did you know the Science Undergraduate Society (SUS) Ambassador Fund provides funding for students hosting or attending conferences or competitions of an academic nature? Well now you do. If there's a science conference/competition you would love to attend though is too far away, or costs too much to go to, apply for funding from SUS and you could be sponsored to go!
visit http://sus.mcgill.ca/resources/funding/ for more information. The next deadline is January 21st, 2017!

 

 

4. U.S GIS/Remote Sensing Summer Job Opportunity

So I was very conflicted posting this, as i'm definitely applying, though thought the American Geog community deserved to know (sorry hosers).
NEON (based in Boulder Colorado) is accepting university students with GIS and ENVI experience for a paid summer job, which you can read up more on at this link! Applications are due Feb. 10th so keep that in mind if you're planning on applying!

 

 

5. Mildly Interesting Map of the Week

In the U.S after the election geographers have been coming out of the woodworks to remap the U.S. based on different attributes of the states. Here's a pretty funky one done by the New York Times splitting the U.S. into 7 "mega regions". click it to read more about it!

 

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6. Cool Thing of the Week

Despite not finding a really cool thing of the week, the coolest thing of all (asides the weather) is that we're nearing the end of the semester! Don't forget to destress a little before finals, and remember YOU CAN DO IT! if I'm not convincing you, let these Motivational Sharks remind you about how fin-tastic you are :)

 

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And there you have it, 


We just wanted to say how great it was to have you all attend our events, whether it be on a journey through Canada, or painting along with Bob Ross. We love to see you guys engaged with the department, and hope to host many more events for you all next semester! 

Signing off for the semsester, 
Noé Schultz
VP Communications
McGill Undergraduate Geography Society 

 





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MUGS Listserv (last week of Fall!!)

 

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Hello, Geographers!

The FINAL stretch is here! So don't FALL behind, as fall semester comes to a halt. Here's what we have to offer as you all prep for finals and no doubt camp it out in our Burnside bunker :)

 

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  1. Happy Trees with MUGS feat. Bob Ross 
  2. MSEG is Hiring!  
  3. Geogrpahy Fieldnotes Submissions
  4. Sustainability Student Research Grant
  5. maptime MTL
  6. New Quebec Courses
  7. Mildy Interesting Map of the Week
  8. Cool Thing of the Week

 

 

1. Happy Trees Painting MUGS feat. Bob Ross

This is happening THIS Thursday at 4pm in the MUGS Lounge!!

So come on down and paint along with us and Bob with painting supplies paid for by the Advising Support Fund, and snacks on us! A free painting event with Bob Ross, snacks, happy trees and herbal tea :)

Check out our Facebook Event and fill out the googledoc to confirm your attendance! 

 

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2. Geography Fieldnotes Needed!

Field Notes, The McGill Undergraduate Journal of Geography is currently accepting submissions for publication in 2017. Field Notes is a student-run, peer-reviewed academic journal based at McGill University's Department of Geography. As an interdisciplinary publication, we encourage submissions from artists, researchers, academics, practitioners and students in a range of fields. We aim to provide a forum for critical analysis of the economic, societal, and environmental issues surrounding geography. Please submit work to journal.fieldnotes@gmail.com by February 17th.

 

 

3. MSEG Hiring

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/c1711d5c3a8fc69343847d69b/images/da34ab56-f1a6-4056-a0e4-3262b6900cab.jpgYou don't know what to do this summer?
You love nature and challenges and you believe in a sustainable and ecological food system?

You want to learn more about agriculture, market gardening and the management of a small scale farm?
We want you in our team!

Don't miss the opportunity to participate in a ONE OF A KIND experience!
Check out our Facebook hiring event or our Facebook page
And send your CV and cover letter to jobs.mseg@gmail.com

 

 

4. Sustainability Applied Student Research Grant

Calling McGill students from all disciplines! Did you know you can get funding to conduct your own research on sustainability at McGill? It's called Sustainability Applied Student Research—an opportunity for students to address the needs of the McGill community for academic credit in a hands-on way; bridging the gap between theories taught in the classroom and their practical application. For this round of funding, we're looking for research projects that would explore waste management at McGill. Learn more about the ASR process and apply by December 2nd! (AKA this friday)

 

 

5. Maptime MTL: Humanitarian Mapathon!!

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This event is taking place Dec. 1st at 700 rue Lusignan Apt. 3 from 6pm-8pm. 

RSVP at maptimemtl@gmail.com or @MaptimeMTL on twitter!

 

 

6. New Quebec Studies courses Winter '17

Did you know we had a Quebec Studies program at McGill? I personally didn't and find it could be a great way to learn about our beloved island, and earn credit for it! So have a look out for these courses coming to you this winter with the course code QCST!

 

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7. Mildly Interesting Map of the Week

The map for this week is a map where all the text are song references! Click on it to see one of the slickest online zooms i've seen as well as procrastinate on a little and feel relieved Canada didn't get filled with Nickel-back and Bieber references.

 

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8. Cool Thing of the Week

This cool thing of the week doesn't date back to this week, though is pretty rad. marvel at this gorgeous impossible looking lake in the Faroe islands. Yes this lake is balanced on a cliff. No I don't know how it works... Any Geomorphologists care to answer my oh so many questions??

 

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That's a wrap,

With another week of classes/examinable material ahead of us, I end with an inspirational quote from ya boy Bobby Ross himself. Have a great week y'all.

"The secret to doing anything is believing that you can do it. Anything that you believe you can do strong enough, you can do. Anything. As long as you believe." - Bob Ross. circa when the fro was still hip. 

Noé Schultz
VP Communications
McGill Undergraduate Geography Society 

 





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Hello, Geographers!

This is a heads up to remind those who haven't left Burnside in a couple days that it's snowing!! And for those who've just joined us in Montréal, enjoy the snow because it's here to stay!
Here's what's coming up in the department :) 

 

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  1. Happy Trees with MUGS feat. Bob Ross 
  2. Crunch Time Writing Workshop
  3. GIS day Survey
  4. Justice for Indigenous Women of Val d'Or
  5. Nourish Team 2017 Applications
  6. Mildy Interesting Map of the Week
  7. Cool Thing of the Week

 

 

1. Happy Trees Painting MUGS feat. Bob Ross

It's a stressful time of year, so why not take a breather and paint an ideal world without pollution, course work, and overcrowding in the GIC.

Come on down to the MUGS Lounge on Dec. 1st at 4pm, and paint along with us and Bob with painting supplies paid for by the Advising Support Fund, and snacks on us! A free painting event with Bob Ross and MUGS, what's not to like?

Check out our Facebook Event and fill out the googledoc to confirm your attendance! 

 

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2. Crunch Time Writing Workshop

So you're realizing the plight of being an arts student and having 5 papers between you and your winter break? If you're a Science geog student (bless you unicorns of the department) then also recomend this workshop to learn to write your papers like a pro!

The McGill Writing Centre is once again offering a few "crunch-time" workshops to help get students through the stressful end-of-semester weeks.  All information can be found at this link:  https://www.mcgill.ca/mwc/tutorial-service/workshops 
Check it out!

 

 

3. GIS day survey

So, already sent out a little reminder about this earlier, though the folks at the GIC would greatly appreciate you to take a moment out of your day to let them know how much you loved/didn't love (no hate here) their event.
Fill it out here if you already haven't!

 

 

4. Justice for Indigenous Women of Val d'Or

Last week, it was announced that several Sûreté du Québec police officers in Val d'Or that were facing allegations of violence and sexual assault against Indigenous women will NOT be prosecuted. How is our provincial government allowing this unacceptable behaviour to exist? By ignoring this, we are ignoring the systemic racism and sexism that exists in our society.

A group of McGill students put together a petition, intended for Quebec's Premier Philippe Couillard, to demand justice and stand in solidarity with the Indigenous women of Val d'Or. The petition is asking for Premier Couillard to mandate an independent and public investigation into the relations between police officers and Indigenous people. Please, show your support by signing and sharing the petition.

 

 

5. McGill Nourish Team Application 2017

Interested in sustainable agriculture? Interested in practicing your Spanish? Interested in travelling to Ecuador for an internship? McGill Nourish, a student-group on campus, is looking for interns to travel to Ecuador this summer to participate in a community-based sustainable agriculture project in partnership with conservation organization, Third Millennium Alliance. This 6-8 week project will work with the community of Camarones on the northwestern coast of Ecuador to establish community subsistence agriculture plots, increasing food security in this region. For more information and the application, visit: the online form. The application deadline is November 30th.

 

 

6. Mildly Interesting Map of the Week

A spanish voyage along the west coast in 1533 started a rumour that California was a paradise island separate from mainland North American mainland. Despite contradictory reports from explorers of the region, California continued to be depicted as an island on maps until 1747, when King Ferdinand VI of Spain was forced to issue a decree that 'California is not an island'... Just a reminder of how powerful maps are for pranking your friends/people from 1533!

 

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7. Cool Thing of the Week


NOAA has launched a new satellite in space! But not just any, the GOES-R satellite broadcasts weather updates every 30 seconds, and can even detect lightning form in clouds before it strikes (!!). To all those remote sensing enthusiasts out there, this is a real game changer for weather forecasting and disaster management. Check out the GIF for the difference below! (if my gif works this time, if not... click here).
If you're like me and can't wait until it's operational, read more about it here!

 

 

 

That's a wrap,

Enjoy the rest of your week, check out the events we're promoting and don't slip on the snow/ice out there! *smooth Segue to a Bob Ross quote*
"The only thing worse than yellow snow, is green snow"
...profound words to live by

Noé Schultz
VP Communications
McGill Undergraduate Geography Society 

 






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