Monday, February 23, 2015

Happy Monday

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1.       Sustainability Professor Candidates Final meet and greet

2.       MUGS Events

3.       GeoSpectives: Whitening spaces: Military-led Colonization of Northern Guatemala During the Cold War

4.       AUS/SUS Grad Ball

5.       AUS Teaching Excellence Award

6.       Becoming an Active Bystander

7.       PIZZA NOT PIPELINES: Energy East Application Party

8.       Undergraduate Research Award Competition

9.       Information Sessions for McGill's 2016 Field Study in East Africa

10.   Cool thing of the week

 

Happy Monday!

There are days that I have a lot of great information and interesting, witty comments to write for this part here but lately, all I can think of is: I'm so over winter. Reading Week is only a week away and midterms are currently rolling so make sure to arrive at the GIC on time to claim your spot for the day. In case you are done with midterms (lucky you), we have some events coming that will keep you warm. Also, I just learned it's National Banana Bread Day so make sure to share one with your geobuddy.

 

 

Sustainability Professor Candidates meet and greet

The last candidate for the Sustainability Professor position will be at the geography lounge (Burnside 305) on Monday Feb. 23rd at 5 pm for an informal meet and greet.
His name is Dr. Graham Macdonald and his current work fuses national food supply and bilateral trade statistics from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to map the sources of national diets as well as the land and water resources embodied in imported calories. Global demand for specific commodities has contributed to the emergence of key export-oriented agricultural systems, now comprising one-fifth of the calories produced worldwide.

 

MUGS Events

For those participating in the #mugsassassins2015, the targets will be sent out shortly. If you didn't get an email confirming your participation, make sure to email mugs.assassings.2015@gmail.com. Stay classy and stay alive.
We are organizing a Sugar Shack outing when we come back from Reading Week so make sure to keep an eye out for the FB event and announcement in future listserv!
Lastly, clothing orders are coming soon so make sure to look for the MUGS office hours after Reading Week to get your MUGS apparel and show your geography pride.

 

GeoSpectives: Whitening spaces: Military-led Colonization of Northern Guatemala During the Cold War

The next GeoSpectives talk will be on February 23, 2015, 4-5 pm in Burnside 426.
Whitening spaces: Military-led Colonization of Northern Guatemala During the Cold War
Prof. Kevin Gould
Department of Geography, Planning and Environment. Concordia University
Scholars have shown that during the Cold War, the United Stated sought to install new economic and cultural arrangements throughout the Global South.  This paper explores how US-sponsored development, in the form of infrastructure-building in northern Guatemala, also reinforced ongoing local projects of race and nation.  Specifically, spaces of infrastructure construction are demonstrated to have been key sites where Guatemalan military planners imagined and elaborated a whitened national population during the 1960s.

 

AUS/SUS Grad Ball

Better than your high school prom, AUS and SUS have combined forces to bring you the 2015 Graduation Ball, which will be held on Saturday, March 21st, 2015 in the Windsor Ballrooms at Le Windsor Hotel. Doors will open at 7:00 PM with an all-you-can-drink cocktail bar, followed by a dinner, and then we will dance the night away with an open bar! Tickets are sold at http://gradball.sus.mcgill.ca/ and for more information, you can email the organizing committee at mcgillgradball2015@gmail.com or go on their FB event page.

 

AUS Teaching Excellence Award

Do you know an outstanding Professor, Advisor or Teaching Assistant in the Faculty of Arts? Nominate them for an AUS Teaching Excellence Award! Please fill out the nomination form attached and submit it to the AUS VP Academic at academic.aus@mail.mcgill.ca by Thursday, February 26th, 2015. Winners will be announced at the Awards Reception in early April because we all know the geography staff is the best!

 

Becoming an Active Bystander

As part of the ongoing dialogue that began with the #ConsentMcGill campaign, the Office of the Dean of Students, Healthy McGill and the Residence Life Office have developed a McGill specific bystander program. On March 9, 2015 we are officially launching the Becoming an Active Bystander: A Sexual Violence Prevention Workshop
This free, peer-facilitated workshop is designed to empower students to identify and interrupt potentially harmful situations, and to respond compassionately to individuals affected by sexual violence. By working through scenarios and role-plays, participants will be provided with the knowledge and tools to interrupt safely, and become active members of change. This workshop strives to foster a community of responsibility, with the goal of reducing the incidents of sexual violence. To learn more and for workshop registration, visit: www.involvement.mcgill.ca/organization/bystander

 

PIZZA NOT PIPELINES: Energy East Application Party

Energy East would be the longest and highest-volume tarsands pipeline in North America, causing the emissions equivalent of an additional 7 million cars on the road and crossing from Alberta's tarsands, through Montreal, to Nova Scotia. Come learn about the pipeline, eat free pizza, and apply to be an intervenor to help stop Energy East in the SSMU lobby on Tues Feb 24th from 5-6:30pm. Facebook event here. By applying en masse to be intervenors on the basis of climate impacts (a criterion not included in the government's assessment), we can highlight how broken the review process is as a step in stopping this pipeline from becoming a reality. If you can't make it but want to apply, you can do so online here: http://350.org/step-by-step-ee/

 

Undergraduate Research Award Competition

Our fantastic department advisor Michelle sent us a tip on two opportunities for undergraduate research award competitions coming to McGill very shortly for both SUS and AUS so you can check both links here: for Arts Research Internship Award and Science Undergraduate Research Awards or contact Michelle for more information.

 

Information Sessions for McGill's 2016 Field Study in East Africa

Gain a full semester's worth of credits while studying and researching in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda next winter. This program intends to introduce students to East Africa specifically by increasing their understanding of the goals, circumstances, challenges and opportunities of people living in the areas visited. Through an increased understanding of Canada's linkage with this area, graduates of the program should be better equipped to become active and effective contributors to sustainable development in Africa, whether by following academic or professional paths, or simply by being more informed citizens. This 15-credit program is open to students of all academic backgrounds, U1 and above. 
Upcoming information sessions will be held in Burnside RM 426 from 17h-18h on February 18, March 18, March 24, April 9 and at Mac Campus (MS2-084) on February 23 at 14h30.
For more information visit http://www.mcgill.ca/africa/ website orhttps://www.facebook.com/cfsia.mcgill. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2015.

 

Cool Thing of the Week

Don't forget to keep up with the latest GICrushes! You don't need great GIS skills to know that biggest clusters of love in the McGill campus are in the GIC!
Some maps are so bad they are good but these are plain bad; these are also good examples of what not to do for your GIS assignments.

 

Have an awe-inspiring week! Don't be late for class.

Phil Perez Aranguren

VP Communications


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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Roses are red. Violets are NOT blue

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1.       Sustainability Professor Candidates meet and greet

2.       MUGS Assassins 2015

3.       Tutors Wanted for R and Python workshops

4.       The Cities We Need

5.       Renewable Energes Panel by MUS Sustainability

6.       Graduation Photos

7.       GEOG 303 Tutor wanted

8.       Cool thing of the week

 

Roses are red. Violets are NOT blue

It's that time again when we are reminded of love and friendship; when we put our differences aside and spend some time together. Oh yes, midterms are just around the corner so come cuddle in one of the GIC booths, bring your books, coffee and perhaps a box of Timbits to share with your fellow geographers because it's all downhill from here. Not really but things are going to get interesting.

 

 

Sustainability Professor Candidates meet and greet

We are looking for a new sustainability professor and the department has asked for YOUR input! On Friday February 13th at 11 am in the MUGS lounge, we will meet another candidate for the Sustainability Professor position. H.
His name is Joseph Bennett and he completed his PhD in 2012 at the University of British Columbia, working on the conservation biogeography of fragmented ecosystems. Dr. Bennett has worked on environmental assessment and conservation for national and provincial government agencies in Canada, and for non-governmental organizations in South Africa and Laos. His current projects include optimizing management programs for threatened species, determining the long-term impacts of invasive species, improving statistical models for environmental assessment, and comparing environmental threats and potential responses in Arctic and Antarctic ecosystems.
Also, he will be giving a talk on Thursday February 12th at 12:30 pm in Burnside 426 on his research in understanding and responding to human impacts on biodiversity.

 

MUGS Assassins 2015

What are MUGS Assassins? Simply it's a live-action game where players try to eliminate each other in order to be the last (here's a Wikipedia entry for more info). We are looking for people interested in playing for the big prize!
Do you have what it takes to survive in the desolate lands we call Burnside? Are you tough enough to eliminate all obstacles in your way? Then show us what you've got!
We have set up an email account (mugs.assassins.2015@gmail.com) for this so send us an email with your name and we will email you your target! Open to undergrads in the geography department and the deadline is this Sunday February 15th. For more information, RSVP our event on FB here.

 

Tutors wanted for R and Python workshops

MUGS is looking to hire two to three tutors for our Python and R tutorials this semester! Tutorials are weekly, drop-in style 2 hour sessions. Tutors must be able to help install necessary software for all operating systems, be comfortable assisting students with basic programming questions, and be able to recommend small-scale projects for students to pursue. Tutors will be financially compensated. Please send your CV highlighting relevant experience, and a short cover letter to mcgillgeography@gmail.com by February 20th. Preference will be given to students in the geography program, but we encourage all candidates to apply!

 

The Cities We Need

In case you haven't heard there is an upcoming conference called The Cities We Need//Les Villes qu'il nous faut being put on by the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. There are some pretty interesting speakers there from a wide variety of disciplines, including mayors from 5 Canadian cities who will be speaking on a panel together!
It's taking place next week on Thursday the 19th & Friday the 20th, it's only $25 bucks for students for both days. The event will be at the swanky Phi Centre, which is only about 20 minutes from campus near Old Montreal.
For more information on the different speakers and to register, visit their site here.

 

Renewable Energies Panel by MUS Sustainability

There are so many facets to the topic of renewable energies- come hear about some from professionals in the field!  MUS Sustainability Network is organizing a renewable energy themed panel that you won't want to miss out on! Representatives from Valero Energy and Brookfield, among others, will be coming to McGill to talk about renewables in their company and touch upon topics of investment, regulation and energy efficiency.  Panelists will be taking questions throughout the evening.
This panel will take place on Tuesday, February 17th from 6-7 pm in Bronfman 423.  Don't miss out on learning more about an increasingly important topic, and to network with professionals in the field!  Check MUS Sustainability Network on Facebook for information on confirmed speakers.

 

Graduation Photos

To all you graduating Geographers.
Don't miss this great opportunity for Professional Graduation Portraits!
You must have your GRADUATION PHOTO taken by March 13th if you would like to appear in the OLD McGill Yearbook and your respective graduating class mosaic
For more information visit the Grad Photos site in the SSMU website by clicking here

 

GEOG 303 Tutor wanted

McGill Tutorial Services is in need of a tutor for GEOG 303. Preference will be given to students who have obtained an A or A- in the course. Previous tutoring experience is an asset but not required. Tutors are paid at a rate of $15 per hour
Please contact the Coordinator, Lorraine Bush, at the following address for further information: tutoring.service@mcgill.ca

 

Cool Thing of the Week

Valentine's Day is Saturday and since the GIC is closed on Saturdays, you can get your fill of cuties in GICrushes!
How about this for a bargain: Google Earth Pro used to cost $399 per year but now it's free! That's right, it's $399 off! You can learn a bit more about it here or download it here.

 

Have a monumental week! Can you feel the love?

Phil Perez Aranguren

VP Communications


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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Geo-talks, drinks, curling, assassins and future professors?

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1.       MUGS welcomes you back!

2.       5th Annual Ecospiel—Geography vs. MSE

3.       Sustainability Professor Candidates meet and greet

4.       MUGS Assassins 2015

5.       Field Notes Submissions

6.       "Geography in Action!" on Jan 30th

7.       Kanata Journal Submissions

8.       The Global Development Forum 2015: "The Future is Green"

9.       Cool thing of the week

 

Geo-talks, drinks, curling, assassins and future professors?

Now that we are back in the swing of things, it's time to get down to business! We have great events coming your way and this frigid weather won't keep us down. The sun is out, the tuques are on sale and we are ready to get to geo-business. Also, we made quite the impression at science games to big shout out to those involved in the planning! #geodudes

 

MUGS Welcomes you back!

Miss your geobuddies or the GICuties? Come join us at a Gert's night on Tuesday January 27th! We have rented it for your enjoyment so show up at 5 pm, tell them you're with us and we'll get you the first round. (We only have reserved officially from 5-8 so if you show really late, we might not be there)
Just look for the geography tuques!

 

5th Annual Ecospiel – MSE vs. Geography

Last year, Geography beat the MSE in curling and this year, we need your help to keep the cup. On Saturday January 31st, the game will take place in the Baie d'Urfe Curling Club from 2-6 pm. It costs $15 per person and it includes pizza and all the equipment. No experience is required but losers buy drinks for the winners.
In order to get a spot, you need to pay before the event; we have set up a Google doc here and on the FB group so you can send us your information and we will email you the details. Also, tomorrow at Gert's, we will be collecting payment for those that are ready to pay.
If you'd like more information, you can contact us through Facebook or by email. The poster for the event is attached to this listserv

 

Sustainability Professor Candidates meet and greet

We are looking for a new sustainability professor and the department has asked for YOUR input! On Monday February 2nd at 5 pm in the MUGS lounge, we will meet one of the candidates for the position and you will have the opportunity to talk to them and ask them whatever is in your mind.
The first one is Graham Macdonald and he is a global environmental scientist. His research links environmental dimensions of food production with socioeconomic dimensions of food consumption, focusing particularly on international agricultural trade. He is the first of many candidates and we will keep you updated on future meet and greet opportunities so make sure to keep an eye for the coming listservs!

 

MUGS Assassins 2015

You read that right! MUGS Assassins are coming for the winter semester! What are MUGS Assassins? Simply it's a live-action game where players try to eliminate each other in order to be the last (here's a Wikipedia entry for more info). We are looking for people interested in playing for the big prize!
Do you have what it takes to survive in the desolate lands we call Burnside? Are you tough enough to eliminate all obstacles in your way? Then show us what you've got!
We have set up an email account (mugs.assassins.2015@gmail.com) for this so send us an email with your name and we will email you your target! Open to undergrads in the geography department.

 

Field Notes Submissions

Call for submissions! Field Notes, the undergraduate geography journal, is accepting submissions for the 2014-2015 issue. Please submit academic work with geographic relevance to journal.fieldnotes@gmail.com by January 31st.

Please only submit class work with a grade of A- or higher.

 

"Geography in Action!" on Jan 30th

This Friday Jan 30th, Lorna Harris, a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography, will be sharing with us highlights from her research at noon in Burnside 426 as part of the "Geography in Action!" brown bag seminar series. Her talk is titled "Diamonds, Dragonflies, and Dirt: Peatland research in the Hudson Bay Lowlands." Mark it down in your calendars! Light refreshments will be provided.
"Geography in Action!" talks are fun and informal. It is a great way to learn what graduate research and fieldwork is all about. (see poster attached for more information)

Kanata Journal Submissions

KANATA, the Undergraduate Journal of McGill's Indigenous Studies Community is accepting submissions for its eighth volume! KANATA is an interdisciplinary student-published journal with content (art, academic writing, poetry) that focuses on topics relating to Indigenous Peoples. We are also looking for editors to help out with editing the journal.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested! We can be reached by email at kanata.mcgill@gmail.com

 

The Global Development Forum 2015: "The Future is Green"

Interested in Sustainability? Join us at: 
The Global Development Forum 2015: "The Future is Green": Sustainability and Development 
The Global Development Forum is a conference held annually in which expert speakers from McGill University and other institutions are invited to speak with students. This is a great networking opportunity to speak with professionals and fellow classmates in the field of development. 
This year's panel of speakers include: 
  -Jorin Mamen - Executive Director, BioFuelNet Canada
  -Dr. Caroline Begg - Plant Science, McGill University 
  -Salima Visram - Founder, The Soular Backpack
The conference will be held on February 4th in the Redpath Hall from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Tickets are $10 and dinner will be included. Early bird tickets will be available for $8 starting from January 19th – 25th.  All proceeds are being donated to a local NGO, Borderless World Volunteers. To RSVP please visit the FB event page

 

Cool Thing of the Week

Is it just me or the GIC feels really hot and steamy at times? Make sure to check out GICrushes for all your global crushes!

How about a year in review in political geography changes? Political Geography Now created a review of the different political changes that happened around the world.

 

Have a smashing week! See you at 5 pm at Gert's!

Phil Perez Aranguren

VP Communications


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