Monday, November 17, 2014

The Last Stretch

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1.       GIS Day 2015

2.       Branches Fall Launch Party

3.       Geog/Envi Science Games team

4.       GeoSpectives: Youth Spatial Stories in Montreal and Paris

5.       Artic Field Semester

6.       Barbados Field Course

7.       Get Involved in Research (Info Session)

8.       Engineering Without Borders volunteering opportunity

9.       Grad Photos

10.   Cool thing of the week

 

The last stretch

Привет!! I promise this is the last time I mention the apartment crawl. Or not, since it was pretty awesome! I was really happy to get to know some of my faithful readers; it was great to see you all have fun and make new bonds. If you have any commentaries or suggestions for future events, let us know! We're open to ideas on how to make events more memorable. Feel free to upload pictures from the evening! #MUGSCrawl2014.

 

1.      GIS Day 2014

The GIC, in collaboration with the Department of Geography, is organizing GIS day at McGill for 2014. We would like to invite the McGill community to our GIS Day/Geospectives event on November 19, 2014!

Come join us in Burnside Hall 5th floor for the worldwide celebration of "GIS Day", the annual salute to geospatial technology and its power to transform and better our lives. Click here to see the schedule of speakers in BH426, and take note that it will all be followed by a poster competition with Wine and Cheese!

As we are planning our Symposium (5 talks - 15 minutes each) and Poster session (16 posters), we would like to invite you and/or your students to present GIS and Remote Sensing research related topics. In order participate in the events please send an email to gicsupport@mcgill.ca with the subject GIS Day Oral Presentation or GIS Day Poster. In the body of the email please write the name of the contributors, title of the project and a 50 word abstract. For those interested in presenting a poster, we will print your poster for free at a maximum size of 3 x 4 feet.

We are looking forward to seeing our McGill community actively taking part in this important event.

 

2.      Branches Fall Launch Party

Branches, the McGill Undergraduate Environment Journal, is celebrating the launch of its second ever printed publication on November 25th, 2014!

Students, professors, and faculty from all disciplines are invited to join us for food and refreshments from 6pm to 8pm in Burnside 426 in celebration of environmental research and consciousness.

For more information, check out the Facebook group.

 

3.      Geog/Envi Science Games team

The McGill Science Games are back! Taking place January 22, 23, and 24, 2015, this is a weekend you won't' want to miss! You can check out last year event's here.

The cost of the event is $70, which includes drinks, lunches, events, t-shirt, and lab coat to decorate in the most geographical/environmental way you can think of plus the some of the best memories from your time in McGill!

There are limited spots and registrations are still open so contact David (david.blair3@mail.mcgill.ca) or Laura (laura.lyon@mail.mcgill.ca)

You don't have to be in science to participate!

 

4.      GeoSpectives: Youth Spatial Stories in Montreal and Paris

Date: November 19, 2014, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Burnside 426

Youth Spatial Stories in Montreal and Paris:

A Participatory Multimedia Research Project

Prof. Julie-Anne Boudreau

Centre Urbanisation Culture Société

INRS (Institut national de la recherche scientifique)

Too often we speak negatively of youth in immigrant neighborhoods; we emphasize the process of impoverishment that affect these areas. This participatory research aims to provide a different perspective. Instead of looking at decay, we ask what is being (re)constructed, which allows the production of identities and youthful spaces of action. We do this by (1) highlighting the counter-discourses constructed by young people to face the dominant discourse on their "anomie," (2) analyzing the collective spatial histories they build for themselves and between them, (3) exploring power relations, the conditions that constrain or favor youth citizenship and political participation. In Montreal (in the neighborhoods of St-Michel and Little Burgundy) and in Paris (in the suburbs of Aubervilliers and Pantin), youth are producing multimedia guides of their neighborhood which can be uploaded on a telephone. Walking these neighborhoods immersed in the sound and visual scapes proposed by youth provides an entirely different experienced of these "stigmatized" places.

 

5.      *NEW* Artic Field Semester

There is a new field semester for next year - the Arctic Field Semester - and they are looking for students! The Arctic field semester was tentatively planned for last year but it never got off the ground, and they are hoping to actually make it happen this year. The field course will take place at MARS (McGill Arctic Research Station) in the high Arctic for 3 weeks, with coursework beginning before the fieldwork and continuing for 2-3 weeks after. They are only accepting SIX students.

4 courses at 3 credits each:

ATOC 373 | Arctic Climate and Climate Change

EPSC 373 | Arctic Geology

GEOG 373 | Arctic Geomorphology
and a 3-credit independent research project.

As with the other field semesters, the cost is pricey but also as with other field semesters, grants are available to offset the costs.

Attached is the syllabus and basic information. If you're interested, email Hans Larsson (hans.ce.larsson@mcgill.ca) ASAP.

6.      Barbados Field Course

GEOG 496 is a field based course located on the island of Barbados, that will be run during the Winter Reading Week of 2015. Bringing together a synthesis of human and physical geography, this course provides an excellent opportunity for students to undertake fieldwork in a Caribbean island state while learning about such diverse topics as the local environment and geological formation, tourism impacts, cultural diversity and the island's unique history. At the same time students gain first hand experience in cross-cultural research, including interviewing, project design, data interpretation and analysis.

There are three documents attached to the listserv with more information on the field course. There will be an information session held in Burnside 308 on Tuesday Nov. 25th at 5 pm with Prof. Meredith. You can also email him at tom.meredith@mcgill.ca for more information

 

7.      Get involved in research (Information sessions)

Science students: Want to know how to get involved in research?

Tuesday, Nov. 18th, 2014, 17:00-18:25. Leacock 232

This seminar presents strategies to get involved in research, introduces related resources and services, and features testimonials by McGill students about their own undergraduate research experiences. The target audience is undergraduate science students (B.Sc., B.A. & Sc.). Presented by the (OURS). 

More information: Students who cannot attend are invited to consult http://www.mcgill.ca/science/research/ours/how  and then contact the Office for Undergraduate Research in Science if they have questions (see contact info online).

 

Funding for B.Sc. / B.A. & Sc. students to attend or host conferences

The 21st Century Ambassador Fund is a source of a financial assistance to students in the Faculty of Science (including Arts and Science) for the purpose of attending or hosting conferences/competitions of an academic nature, representing McGill science at all levels. This round targets conferences from December 2014 to April 2015, although we will also consider recent conference travel that occurred. (There will be another call for applications in the winter term, to target summer conferences) Applicants are encouraged to fill out the form and submit it to finance@sus.mcgill.ca by December 1, 2014.

For more information, please contact us or visit our website at http://sus.mcgill.ca/resources/funding

 

8.      Engineers Without Border volunteering opportunity

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Canada hosts the largest International Development conference in Canada and this year it's happening in Montreal! EWB's National Conference Unite to Unlock is an inspiring gathering of diverse people (not just engineers! Don't be fooled by the name) that are passionate, critical, and hopeful about the world of International Development.

We are looking for volunteers!! Jan 15th-18th 2015

This conference is a great place to learn and think critically about international development, network for jobs with NGO's, and see what's happening in the real world of international development.

As a volunteer you also get to attend a number of workshops for free (in ratio to the amount of hours you volunteer).  A ticket to this conference costs $900 but volunteers come for free!

Interested? Contact Us at gaelenmartin-timms@ewb.ca to sign up as a volunteer and receive more information about the training session.

For more info on the conference check out http://conference2015.ewb.ca/en/  

 

9.      Grad Photos

Are you leaving us at the end of the school year? Do you like being photographed? Then this is probably for you:

Capture your great achievement for a lifetime of memories with Lassman Studios Photography. Included in your sitting are a minimum of 10 unique online poses from which you can view/order online and an 11x14 copy of your graduating class mosiac.

You must have your photo taken to appear in your respective graduating class mosaic!

Both traditional grad portraits as well as some fun style shots (if desired) will be taken. Gowns, roses, mortorboard, graduating hoods, etc. will be provided on the day of your shoot. You can also choose from over 25 different backgrounds. You can even upload your own background!

Don't miss this great opportunity for Professional Graduation Portraits!

To sign up:

1. Visit http://lassmanstudios.com/dcs_sched/

2. Enter mcg15 in the School ID

3. Click on a location/date/time that works best for you and book it!

 

10.  Cool thing of the week:

I finally got a submission for the cool thing of the week and the sender told me how easy it was to send it: she opened a browser, then went into her email account, typed mcgillgeography@gmail.com in the sender line then type in the email with the subject "cool thing of the week" along with the link and why it was 'cool-thing'-worthy.

Have you been spending a lot of time in the GIC but yet don't know the name of that really cute person? Well, wonder no more! A couple of pioneering students interested in helping others find connections in this messy world we call "Burnside 5th floor" have created the space for you: GICrushes.

 

Have a remarkable week! Don't doubt the power of midday naps.

Phil Perez Aranguren

VP Communications


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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Extra! Apartment Crawl 2014

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Hello MUGS-sters! 

As you have probably have heard from the last couple of listservs, along with the constant Facebook reminders or perhaps with personal reminders as I see you in Burnside, The A-MUGS-zing race is ready to start! Our apartment crawl is less than 24 hours away and I thought it'd be good to send a reminder so you can get ready for the party of the year:
  • Get your tickets! We will have office hours tomorrow from 11:30 to 12:30! If you can't make it before the start of the crawl but will be attending, send us a message to mcgillgeography@gmail.com to save a spot. For those that reserve a spot, you can pay tomorrow at the start of the crawl.
  • Bring your own mug/cup/glass/tumbler/beaker/goblet/chalice/bowl/canteen/jug/Mason jar/sippy cup/bottle! We have drinks in bottles/cans but we have limited cups so bring your own drinking receptacle! 
  • We will start in the geography lounge (Burnside Hall 305) at 7 pm. We will wait for 15 minutes and then head as a big happy family to the first pit stop. If possible, arrive 5 minutes in advance to get your bracelet; this is your proof of payment
  • If you get lost between stops or will take a detour, make sure to contact one of the executives to get the next location as we will not give out the address.
  • We, all of the MUGS executives, strive to create an environment that is safe, welcoming and accepting of all identities. As such, all our events are in a safer space so we expect respect from all our attendees. 
  • Be safe when going back home so in case you need them, SSMU has Walksafe (514-398-2498) and Drivesafe (514-398-8040) and even Nightline (514-398-6246). 
If we miss anything else or you have any questions, don't hesitate to email us! I'll make sure to check the email tomorrow! 

In the meantime, study hard and tomorrow, you can tell me how sick you are of my emails!

Hasta Mañana

Phil
VP Communications

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McGill University
Burnside Hall, Rm 305
805 Sherbrooke West
Montreal, QC



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Monday, November 10, 2014

The A-MUGS-zing Race!

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1.       MUGS apartment crawl 2014

2.       Geog/Envi Science Games team

3.       MUGS composting

4.       GeoSpectives: Canada's Climate History

5.       Artic Field Semester

6.       Relay For Life on Nov. 15th

7.       MUGS lounge update

8.       Cool thing of the week

 

The A-MUGS-zing Race!

'ahlan wasahlan! In case you have been living under a rock or simply ignoring the last couple of listserv along with the Facebook announcements in the MUGS page or not seen the FB event that you were invited to, the MUGS apartment crawl is coming! Tickets are currently on sale and you can get them in the MUGS lounge but if you can't come to those hours, email us so you don't feel left out!

 

1.      MUGS Apartment Crawl 2014

It's here! The MUGS apartment crawl is happening in less than two weeks and we have all you need to know to party like a true geographer
As some of you have already experience in previous years, the apartment crawl is the best party of the year and this year will be even better as it'll be The A-MUGS-zing Race! (but this is NOT an actual race; there are no teams required!)
It'll take place on November 14th in the evening and it'll include 4 stops in places in Mile End and the Plateau. We have great stuff planned for you to get to know your fellow geographers, enjoy a few drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic equally available), play some games, dance if you want, talk and overall make great memories.
We will be selling tickets during our office hours between 11:30-12:30 starting on every day this week. For geographers, it's $10 and for non-geographers, it's $15. We have limited spaces so make sure to get your ticket soon. If you can't come during those hours, you can email us and we can figure out a way! Everyone is welcomed, even if they are not in geography or even in McGill!
For more information, check out the Facebook event page.

 

2.      Geog/Envi Science Games team

The McGill Science Games are back! Taking place January 22, 23, and 24, 2015, this is a weekend you won't' want to miss! You can check out last year event's here.

This year we are making a geography/environment joint team to compete in the 3-day event between science departments to determine who is number one by sparring in events and games such as: beer Olympics, power hour, iron chef, scavenger hunt, and much more so let's make sure they all know that geography and environment rule the world!

The cost of the event is $70, which includes drinks, lunches, events, t-shirt, and lab coat to decorate in the most geographical/environmental way you can think of plus the some of the best memories from your time in McGill!
There are limited spots, therefore registration must be done before Nov. 12. Registration will be open to Geography (B.A/B.Sc/B.A.Sc in the major or minor) and Environment (B.A./B.Sc/B.A.Sc int he major or minor) first, then open to all after 15 people have registered.

To get ready for Science Games, SUS is holding a power hour HYPE NIGHT at Cafe Campus on Nov. 12. This event is open to ALL. Pick up your hype night braclets at the SUS office during office hours, $20.

For more information or to register, contact David Blair (david.blair3@mail.mcgill.ca) or Laura Lyon (laura.lyon@mail.mcgill.ca)
You don't have to be in science to participate!

 

3.      MUGS Composting

As you have probably seen in the MUGS lounge, there's a little black bin next to the large garbage bin; this black bin is for composting only and we have unfortunately see non-composting materials in the bin and we would like you to be aware of what can be composted and what cannot and use the other bins that are in literally next to the composting bin according to what you are throwing away.
This list has the indications according to compostmontreal.com. We are very glad to have this opportunity in McGill has not all buildings nor all department lounges have access to a composting bin so help us use it wisely.

4.      GeoSpectives: Canada's Climate History

Date: November 10, 2014, 3-4 p.m. in Burnside Hall 426

Canada's Climate History:

Weather Observations from the St-Lawrence Valley, 1742-2010

Dr. Victoria Slonosky

Co-sponsored by the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science & the McGill Centre for Digital Humanities

Systematic climatic and daily instrumental weather observations in Montreal and Québec City were kept from the mid-1700s until the end of the 19th century.  These weather registers have been digitized by a crowd-source citizen science data rescue project.  Daily temperature readings have been assessed for quality and regression models used to reconstruct minimum and maximum temperatures. Climatic indicators such as heat wave and cold spell counts suggest considerable decadal scale variability over the past 200 years. Many of these observers were part of Montreal's 19th century scientific establishment and several had connections to McGill.  Their motivations for collecting records include attempts to evaluate human-induced climate change and an interest in the relationship between climate and disease.
More information on future GeoSpective talks on their website

 

5.      *NEW* Artic Field Semester

There is a new field semester for next year - the Arctic Field Semester - and they are looking for students! The Arctic field semester was tentatively planned for last year but it never got off the ground, and they are hoping to actually make it happen this year. The field course will take place at MARS (McGill Arctic Research Station) in the high Arctic for 3 weeks, with coursework beginning before the fieldwork and continuing for 2-3 weeks after. They are only accepting SIX students.

4 courses at 3 credits each:

ATOC 373 | Arctic Climate and Climate Change

EPSC 373 | Arctic Geology

GEOG 373 | Arctic Geomorphology
and a 3-credit independent research project.

As with the other field semesters, the cost is pricey but also as with other field semesters, grants are available to offset the costs.

Attached is the syllabus and basic information. If you're interested, email Hans Larsson (hans.ce.larsson@mcgill.ca) ASAP.

6.      Relay For Life on Nov. 15th

Relay for Life is a 12 hour, overnight event aimed to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. Fundraising teams come together for a fun-filled night of activities and entertainment, while sharing time walking the Tomlinson Fieldhouse track.

It will be held from 9pm on Saturday Nov. 15th until 9am on Sunday Nov. 16th in the Tomlinson Fieldhouse (in the McGill gym).
Individuals participate in teams of about 10 people, and take turns walking around a track for the duration of the event, demonstrating their solidarity with cancer patients battling this terrible disease. Participants and teams are sponsored by friends and relatives and/or do fundraising prior to the event, to raise money, which goes to the Canadian Cancer Society

For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1544376362445026/

7.      MUGS lounge

As you know we have a fantastic lounge in the 3rd floor of Burnside (room 305 to be exact) and compared to other departments, we have it pretty good: we have comfy, clean couches, tables with chairs, a brand-new microwave, a kettle, a toaster, a coffee maker and even a TV. We have been pretty lucky to have such a great spaces with windows as most lounges are in windowless rooms. It's open most of the time and all geography students can have access to it for hanging out, studying, eating, napping, whatever you need to do. Also, we are planning to have smaller events like game nights or tea-and-cookie time in the future so keep an eye on the listserv/FB page for more info.

The door is very often open and as such, it's not a super safe place to leave your valuables there and unfortunately, we have experienced a loss as we had a Nintendo 64 hooked to our TV but it has gone missing. Not that we think that a geography student took it but this is a good medium to get this to your attention. We are working hard to create a better space for geography students can spend their free time and are planning improvements to the lounge in the coming months as this is your space as much as ours as our funds come from student fees. If you have any information on the whereabouts of the Nintendo 64, we ask you to please help us or if you happen to have it, please return it without any questions asked. We want to share all we have with the entire undergrad geography student body.
We would like to keep this space accessible to all and in the coming future, we are planning to have an open forum where you can share your ideas and in the meantime, there's a suggestions box next to the door.

8.      Cool thing of the week:

You know that great article you found only while you were supposed to be working on your GIS lab? Yeah, the one that you thought "oh if only people knew about this!"? That's the kind of stuff that people like our readers enjoy so email me at mcgillgeography@gmail.com and I'll add it on the listserv instead of the random stuff I find.

Did you know that the US isn't the only 'United States' in North America? There's a second one. There's this really cool map that shows the endonym of all countries in their official language or national language most used by its population. (Hint, the one United States country in North America isn't Canada as its endonym is… Canada).

 

Have a phenomenal week! Who says you can't relax on Mondays?

Phil Perez Aranguren

VP Communications


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