Sunday, April 13, 2014

Some last minute updates

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Hey people! Here are a few last minute listserv items that need to be sent out before everyone goes off into exam mode!

There are STILL POSITIONS AVAILABLE ON MUGS!! If people would like to apply for the positions of AUS or  SUS rep, please submit to mcgillgeography@gmail.com a 1 page blurb on why they'd like the position, what skill etc they'd bring to MUGS and any relevent experience. For Field Notes Editor-in-Chief, they need to submit a 1-page blurb of the same criteria, as well as a CV. Please send in applications by Tuesday April 15th at 11:59PM!

Here are the position blurbs again:
AUS Representative
Represents MUGS to the Arts Undergraduate Society meetings, and relays information back to the council. Heads up interdepartmental communication and coordination efforts with other Arts departments.

SUS Representative
Represents MUGS to the Science Undergraduate Society meetings, and relays information back to the council. Heads up interdepartmental communication and coordination efforts with other Science departments.

Editor-in-Chief 
Oversees all functions of the production of Field Notes. This will include assembling an editorial team within the first three weeks of September; scheduling production to ensure the release of the printed publication will occur before April 1st; maintaining the journal’s budget and fundraising appropriately; actively soliciting research submissions from the undergraduate student body; coordinating events related to the fundraising and launch of the journal; coordinating the peer-review process with undergraduate and graduate editors; and liaising with faculty and staff within the Department of Geography and other organizations as required, in addition to the general duties and responsibilities of a MUGS officer.

Also…

Applications are still being accepted for the Panama Field Study Semester. The deadline is now Friday April 25th, 2014.    Details at www.mcgill.ca/pfss.

Application deadline for the Africa program is Wednesday April 30th, 2014. Details at  www.mcgill.ca/africa.

Note that selected students would receive $3000 in mobility funds!

Good luck on exams!

Julia


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Thursday, April 03, 2014

END OF YEAR PARTY TOMORROWWWWWW

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Photo contest and Prof of the year WINNER

MUGS END OF YEAR PARTY

Meet your new exec pizza party

GeoSpectives

Info Session on the Africa Field Study Semester

Research assistants needed for urban climate change adaptation project

Fieldwork in Photos – LAST SESSION

Documentaries at Redpath Museum

Masters and Certification Programs Available

Hey Geographers!

Wow, I guess time flies when you’re having fun. This whole year, my final year at McGill, it hasn’t really hit me that I will be leaving this place. Until now: one day before the end of year party, one week before the last day of classes, three weeks before my last exam, I realize that I will never again have the pleasure of writing these listservs. I loved getting feedback from you all about my writing, things I may have missed or left out, and what you enjoyed about the listserv.

If you enjoyed my writing and want to continue reading it, you can follow my blog! (Wow, shameless plug much?) I will soon include other things such as product reviews and experimental prose. If you have something you want me to write about on the blog, feel free to get in touch! The blog link will be at the end of the listserv.

Have a wonderful exam period, everyone!


Photo contest and Prof of the year WINNERS

Congratulations to Claire Heggie for her winning photograph! It is so beautiful!

Also, congratulations to Brian Robinson for winning Prof of the Year! How fantastic that as a new prof you are already given this prestigious award. Well done.




MUGS END OF YEAR PARTY

This Friday, April 4th, come to 6000 Hutchison to attend our annual END OF YEAR PARTY!! The theme is prom, so put on your poofy dresses and gel your hair and come have a really good time. We will be providing MODERATE amounts of alcohol! For free!!


These people look like they are having a really good time


Meet your new exec pizza party

Come to the geography lounge (BH 305) to enjoy some pizza at noon next Friday, April 11th and meet your new exec at the same time! This will be their first time hosting an event, so come and be supportive and tell them what you want to see happen in the geography department next year!


GeoSpectives

The government was kind enough to cancel classes in honour of our FINAL GeoSpectives of the year on Monday, April 7 at 4 PM. Hope to see you there!

Date: April 7, 2014, 4 PM
Burnside 426
Image processing for visual cultural heritage preservation
Dr. Rachid Hedjam 
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Department of Geography
McGill University

Recently, significant human efforts have been focused on the preservation and restoration of visual cultural heritage using signal processing and imaging technologies. Advanced progresses in this area allow us to dig into the memory of our heritage by computer-based techniques to understand its evolution over the years. Historical geographic maps and manuscripts are among the very important visual elements of our cultural heritage that need to be digitized in the form of digital images and then analyzed using image processing tools in order to automatically explore, recognize and understand their contents. Our aim is to develop advanced techniques of image processing to help scholars in their investigation of historical maps and manuscripts images.


Info Session on the Africa Field Study Semester

Travel to East Africa and earn 15 credits. Discover what the Canadian Field Studies in Africa is all about. Come to the information session!
Tuesday April 8th, 2014
Burnside Hall Room 426
1:00PM


Research assistants needed for urban climate change adaptation project

We are looking for speakers of Mandarin (90 hours of work), Arabic (15), Portuguese (15), Russian (10), and Korean (8) to assist in a project tracking climate change adaptation in global urban areas. Tasks involve recording and translating urban adaptation initiatives into an excel document. Except for the Mandarin speaker, interested people should be able to start in April and complete the work within a few weeks. $12/hr. Please contact Malcolm at <malcolm.araosegan@mail.mcgill.ca> for details.


Fieldwork in Photos – LAST SESSION

Come see the LAST Fieldwork in Photos series by Victoria Kyeyune on: Yielding to high yields and fieldwork firsts in northern upland Vietnam

Hope to see you there: Friday 12pm BH 426 - lunch in hand!


Documentaries at Redpath Museum

Don’t you love primates? Come to Redpath this Sunday, April 6 at 3pm to watch Chimpanzee (Disney Nature, 2011). Journey deep into the African rainforest and meet Oscar, an adorable young chimp with an entertaining approach to life, and a remarkable story of individual triumph and family bonds. The world is a playground for little Oscar and his fellow young chimps who love creating mayhem. Full of curiosity, a zest for discovery, joy and a love for mimicking others, Oscar -- and his family -- navigate navigate the complex territory of the forest. It's an inspiring and life-changing adventure, narrated by Tim Allen, that overflows with courage and charm that will capture your heart.

Totally suitable for families and young children. I know I will be looking for a small child to bring!


Masters and Certification Programs Available

The Department of Bioresource Engineering at McGill University offers two unique programs in environmental/water management:

A 1-year Master of Science in Integrated Water Resources Management (Non-Thesis):

Providing a unique opportunity to study the biophysical, environmental, legal, institutional, and socio-economic aspects of water use and management in an integrated context. This program promotes a holistic perspective and awareness of water resources management issues through a wide range of courses offered by collaborating departments and faculties at McGill University. Candidates may have undergraduate degrees in a wide variety of related areas, including: geography, international development studies, sociology, anthropology, mathematics, environmental studies, biology, natural resources management, and engineering amongst others.

An 8-week online certification program in Integrated and Adaptive Water Resources Planning, Management & Governance:

Taking a holistic look at water resources management with a specific focus on integrated water resources management (IWRM) and adaptive water management. It is designed specifically for professionals who want to upgrade their skills in water management concepts and practices, and aims to provide tools and training for watershed planning techniques, adaptive management strategies, capacity building approaches, water governance, and water risk assessment to strengthen IWRM capacities globally. Participants with diverse disciplinary backgrounds (e.g., geography, engineering, social sciences, business, etc.) are welcomed and encouraged to apply.

For more info visit: www.mcgill.ca/iwrm

If you have any interest or questions regarding this program or the online certification course, please contact us: Prof. Jan Adamowski - Director IWRM Program (jan.adamowski@mcgill.ca) and Dr. Wietske Medema - Associate Director IWRM program (wietske.medema@mcgill.ca)


Cool thing of the week

Here is a company that makes human-powered water pumps for farmers in Myanmar. The simple, durable designs and the gorgeous photography are worth a look!

http://proximitydesigns.org/

Julia’s blog: http://sweetkoshersalt.tumblr.com (I will be getting my own domain in the summer)



Good luck on finals!


Julia

VP Communications

MUGS

 


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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Voting link and Poster Session

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Hey geographers! 
In case you haven't gotten the SimplyVoting email already, please submit your vote at:

Also, tomorrow (March 28th) come to Burnside 308 from 12-3 to see the Honours Thesis Poster Session. There will be free food, and probably people you know! 

All the best,
Julia
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Don't forget to vote in MUGS Elections!

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  1. MUGS End of year party
  2. Photo and Prof of the Year!
  3. GeoSpectives
  4. GIS Job Available for McKinsey and Company
  5. KANATA Vol. 7 Journal Launch: April 3, 2014
  6. Fossil Fools Day!
  7. Rock Stars at Redpath Museum
  8. March 30 Family Discovery Workshop: Volcanoes (in English)
  9. Redpath Museum Documentaries

Hey Geographers! Don't forget to vote for your new candidates for MUGS council! I will send an online voting link along soon. Also the photo contest and prof of the year! Read on!



MUGS End of year party

The MUGS end of year party is soon! At a TBA location, come on April 4th at 9:30pm. The theme is PROM!!! For more info, keep up with the facebook event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/260532017462040/?notif_t=plan_admin_added

 

Photo and Prof of the Year!

Vote for your favourite photo and professor at the same time! Choose your favourite photo from the album in the facebook group, and then send an email to mcgillgeography@gmail.com to submit the number of your favourite photo and the name of your favourite prof from the following options:

Prof of the Year Nominations

  •          Bernard Lehner
  •          Brian Robinson
  •          Lea Berrang-Ford
  •          Raja Sengupta
  •          Sarah Moser
  •          Sebastien Breau
  •        Tom Meredith

Who will win??


GeoSpectives

The next Geospectives is at a special time and place! It will be at 5:30 pm in Redpatch auditorium.

Changing Nature: Human Ambition, Rapid Change and the Search for Appropriate Intervention
Dr. Eric Higgs
Professor of Restoration Ecology
University of Victoria
Co-Sponsored with the Beatty Memorial Lectures Committee, the McGill School of Environment, and the Faculty of Science.

The reality on which our views of nature are built is dissolving in the face of rapid climate change, globalization of species, and shifting cultural views in an advanced technological society. We have entered a new era, the Anthropocene, which requires transformative approaches to understanding the social, cultural, economic and intellectual dimensions of rapidly changing ecosystems. New or novel ecosystems are emerging that have no historical precedent. The pace of socio-ecological change is threatening long-held and ingrained connections that people have with places. In this lecture I focus  on strategies for responsible intervention in novel ecosystems, and especially on retrieving a critical role for historical knowledge and finding appropriate ways of valuing changing natures.

This is in accordance with the Beatty Memorial talks. Sounds cool!


GIS Job Available for McKinsey and Company

The ideal candidate will enjoy the challenges and rewards of a professional, dynamic, team oriented environment.  The candidate must be a strong communicator with an entrepreneurial spirit and results-oriented mindset; a flexible, resourceful person who takes initiative; a conceptual thinker with strong analytic skills; and a team-oriented individual with a strong sense of responsibility toward team members and project objectives.

We believe that the following are essential to succeed in this role:

A Bachelor degree in a field such as Geographic Information System, Geography, Planning, or a related discipline.

Alternatively, a degree in Business, Finance, Computer Science, or another relevant field accompanied by demonstrable spatial analysis abilities.

Strong English communications skills – both oral and written.

The ability to transition easily from theory to application, and vice versa.

An entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to get things done, often under time constraints.

Strong interpersonal and analytic skills.

For more information and to apply:

https://mckinsey.secure.force.com/EP/job_details?jid=a0xA000000823MZIAY

 

KANATA Vol. 7 Journal Launch: April 3, 2014

3:00-5:00pm on April 3, 2014 @ SSMU: Madeleine Parent Room

Snacks, Live Music, Spoken Word, and Journals! Come celebrate the launch of Volume 7 of KANATA, our annual journal publication and the hard work of individuals involved in this year’s publication, as well as to celebrate the creation of the new Indigenous Studies minor at McGill . The launch will be a fundraiser for the Montreal Native Women’s Shelter.


Fossil Fools Day!

On Tuesday April 1st, FOSSIL FOOLS DAY, grassroots climate justice organizers will be coordinating actions across the country. Divest ConcordiaDivest McGill and friends are planning a collaborative action to denounce continued institutional investments in fossil fuel companies! We plan to show our schools and our city that the fossil fuel industry's current actions and plans for rapid expansion are at odds with a safe and livable planet. We're meeting at 3:00 at Concordia (on the Hall Building's 2nd floor Mezzanine) for speeches, music, alliance-building, & FREE FOOD and at 4:30 at McGill (at the y-intersection in front of the Arts building) for a fun rally with collective speeches. Silly costumes are encouraged! Find out more at the facebook event here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1420574514861712/
We'll keep you updated with details!


Rock Stars at Redpath Museum

On March 29th at 7pm, Join the student members of both the McGill Students Astronomy Club and the Redpath Museum Club for an evening of geology and star gazing. Event starts in the Museum Auditorium with an introduction to the fascinating science of the earth and the heavens. Followed by a walk up Mont Royal for star gazing (weather permitting). Visit at the Belvedere of Mont Royal includes hot chocolate. Please respect the earth, bring your own cup.


March 30 Family Discovery Workshop: Volcanoes (in English)

3 sessions for ALL ages- 11h30 – 12h30    OR 13h - 14h OR  14h30 - 15h30

$7 child / FREE for parents

Reservations necessary. Call 514-398-4092 or write toredpath.museum@mcgill.ca 


Redpath Museum Documentaries

As usual, there is a FREE documentary being shown at Redpath Museum! Come at 3pm this Sunday, March 30, to watch Encounters at the End of the World (2007): A documentary trip to visit the scientists at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, looking to capture the continent's beauty and investigate the characters living there. Sounds fun!


Cool Thing of the Week!

There's a new three-wheeled bike that can ride over sand and snow!

http://inhabitat.com/rungus-three-wheeled-juggernaut-bike-floats-over-sand-and-snow/

Cool!

 

Have a wonderful week, everyone

Julia Schertzer

VP Communications


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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Reporting Live from the Mentorship Panel

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  1. Photo Contest
  2. Prof of the Year
  3. Summer Geography Field Courses
  4. Mentorship Panel
  5. Field Notes Wine and Cheese
  6. Summer Job Available!
  7. Undecided about going abroad? Join us to discover Africa or Panama!
  8. Advanced Learning Techniques
  9. Call for Award Nominations
  10. Beatty Memorial Lectures
  11. Redpath Museum Lecture
  12. Documentaries at Redpath Museum
  13. Freaky Friday at Redpath Museum
  14. Institute for Health and Social Policy Internship and Research Fellowship Available

 Hey Geographers! I am reporting live from the Mentorship Panel right now and boy is it a blast! We have some cool things coming up so stay tuned!


Photo Contest

It's not too late to submit your photo to the Geography photo contest! The theme is wanderlust. Submit your photo to mcgillgeography@gmail.com by the deadline March 25th, that's next Tuesday!!


Prof of the Year

We all love our profs! If you think there is a prof that deserves some recognition this year, send their name to mcgillgeography@gmail.com. Submission deadline March 25th, that's next Tuesday!!


Summer Geography Field Courses

Please see the attached documents for info about Geography summer courses in May and August! Prof. Pollard is holding an information meeting on Wednesday, March 26th at 4:00 p.m. in Burnside 426.


Mentorship Panel

The Finding Your Coordinates mentorship panel is TONIGHT!!! Come to Burnside 426 at 4pm to hear people who graduated with geography undergraduate degrees and how they made it in the world, and then enjoy lots of gourmet food after. If you don't really know what careers you can get with a geography undergrad, this panel will be your saviour.


Field Notes Wine and Cheese

The geography undergraduate journal will be released TOMORROW. Come to a fabulous launch party complete with wine and cheese and professors to mingle with on Thursday, March 20th from 4-6pm in Burnside, room 426.


Summer Job Available!

Job Description: The Center for Economic and Policy Research is currently looking for a full-time International Program Intern for Summer 2014 (June 1st-August 31st).  

Responsibilities include assisting staff with research on upcoming papers and opinion pieces; organizing events with Latin American delegations, CEPR staff, and visiting academics; assisting in tracking and logging press mentions; as well as working on outreach to press, advocacy organizations, and Congress.

The responsibilities vary based on their interests and experience, as well as the particular issues that CEPR is working on at the time. Interns will be able to attend relevant events around Washington, DC.

Qualifications: We are looking for applicants with a general understanding of economics, international relations, and democracy issues, and an interest in economic justice. Previous research, data and/or outreach experience is extremely helpful; interns with strong economics or foreign policy experience (including Master’s degrees) will have the opportunity to engage in serious research, and those with strong organizing or outreach experience will have event management opportunities. The intern will need to be fluent in Spanish, including the ability to perform accurate written translations; able to work in a fast-paced environment with limited management; and be a self-starter and independent learner. Should have excellent writing and communications skills. 

Stipend: $1,588.41 per month, plus up to $250 for health insurance reimbursement per month.

Closing Date of Position: April 4, 2014. 
To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and a brief (2 page) answer to the question “How can the US improve its foreign policy toward Latin America?” via email to internationalintern[at]cepr.net No calls or faxes please.


Undecided about going abroad? Join us to discover Africa or Panama!

It is your last chance to hear all about the Canadian Field Studies in Africa or the Panama Field Study Semester. Come to the information sessions:

Panama Field Study Semester Downtown Campus Burnside Hall Room 426 Monday March 24th 5:30pm

Canadian Field Study in Africa Downtown Campus Burnside Hall Room 426 Tuesday March 25th 5:30pm

Mobility funds are available to selected candidates.


Advanced Learning Techniques

 

Do you wish you knew how to use your study time more efficiently? 
Are you finding that the way you studied before isn’t enough now that you’re in university?

 

Then have we got the workshop for you!

 

Come to T-PULSE’s “Advanced Learning Techniques” workshop.  At the workshop you’ll learn some cool facts about the science of how we learn.  You will learn how to combine these facts with some thinking about your own thinking in order to come up with concrete ways to study more effectively and learn for the long term.

 

Advanced Learning Techniques is a workshop dedicated to showing Science undergraduate students techniques and tips to make their studying more efficient and their learning happen at a deeper level. Studying longer is often good but studying smarter is better!

When:
 Thursday March 20th, 5:00-7:00pm
Where:
 Redpath Museum , room 106B

Call for Award Nominations

The Institute for the Study of International Development is proud to announce the second call for nominations for our annual award, the Albert O. Hirschman Prize for the best research paper written by an undergraduate in a course recognized as part of the International Development Studies Program. Named after the distinguished development economist, submissions for the prize must be essays of significant length and can include term papers written for seminars, internship papers, and honors theses. Submissions are by nomination from a professor. Professors may nominate only one paper each year. A committee made up of ISID faculty members will adjudicate and award the prize at the end of the academic year. The prize will appear on student transcripts and will come with a $500.00 award. The recipient's name will also be inscribed on a plaque in Peterson Hall.

Submission Deadline: May 1.  Electronic copies should be sent to kirsty.mckinnon@mcgill.ca by the professor making the nomination, along with a brief recommendation statement. The latter does not have to be long, but it is important given that  papers will reflect from a wide range of topics and academic approaches.

Beatty Memorial Lectures

Please join us for a special lecture co-sponsored by the Dept. of Geography, the McGill School of Environment, the Faculty of Science, and made possible by a grant from the Beatty Memorial Lectures Committee:

 

 

Dr. Eric Higgs

Professor of Restoration Ecology

University of Victoria

 

Changing Nature: Human ambition, rapid change and the search for appropriate intervention

 

Monday, March 31st

5:30 pm

Redpath Museum Auditorium

reception with light refreshments to follow

 

 

Abstract: The reality on which our views of nature are built is dissolving in the face of rapid climate change, globalization of species, and shifting cultural views in an advanced technological society. We have entered a new era, the Anthropocene, which requires transformative approaches to understanding the social, cultural, economic and intellectual dimensions of rapidly changing ecosystems. New or novel ecosystems are emerging that have no historical precedent. The pace of socio-ecological change is threatening long-held and ingrained connections that people have with places. In this lecture I focus  on strategies for responsible intervention in novel ecosystems, and especially on retrieving a critical role for historical knowledge and finding appropriate ways of valuing changing natures.

 

Biographical sketch: Eric Higgs focuses his scholarship, teaching and service work on ecological restoration, historical ecology and novel ecosystems. His work spans conceptual issues in restoration and conservation (e.g., recent co-edited book, Novel Ecosystems), field studies  (e.g., the Mountain Legacy Project), and environmental policy. From 2001 to 2003 he served as chair of the Society for Ecological Restoration International. Amongst the first to receive an interdisciplinary PhD from the University of Waterloo (1988), he has held regular and visiting academic appointments at Waterloo, Oberlin, Alberta, MIT, and British Columbia. At UVic since 2002, and Director of the School of Environmental Studies (2002-2010), he is also a Professor-at-Large in the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Western Australia.

 

Redpath Museum,  859, rue Sherbrooke St. ouest/West,  Metro: McGill    Bus: 24

Join the student members of both the McGill Astronomy Club and the Redpath Museum Club for an evening of geology and star gazing. Event starts in the Redpath Museum Auditorium with an introduction to the fascinating science of the earth and the heavens. Followed by a walk up Mount Royal for star gazing (weather permitting). Visit at the Belvedere of Mount Royal includes hot chocolate. Please respect the earth, bring your own cups.

Duration: 7 - 7:25 PM at Museum, 8:30 - 9:30 PM at summit Mount Royal

Meet: 7 PM, Musée Redpath  Museum, Université McGill, 859 rue Sherbrooke ouest  Metro: McGill Bus: Contribution at the door :    $4 regular adult OR $2 student/child/senior, maximum for family = $10 (includes hot chocolate at the summit, please bring your own cups)


Documentaries at Redpath Museum

Come to Redpath Museum this Sunday, March 23rd at 3pm to watch the documentary Grizzly Man, A devastating and heartrending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzlies in Alaska. Not suitable for young children.


Freaky Friday at Redpath Museum

The Night of the comet – How Meteors can Kill you. By Robert Rutledge (Physics, McGill)

Maybe the next big meteor is on its way to planet earth. . . or not. McGill University Physics Professor Robert Rutledge gives us the full impact of what could happen if a meteor hits. This presentation will be followed by the film Deep Impact (1998). Listen to the CBC radio preview with Robert Rutledge here.

Free, everyone welcome. No reservation necessary. In English.


Institute for Health and Social Policy Internship and Research Fellowship Available

The Institute for Health and Social Policy is currently recruiting for the Fall 2014 cohort, and is looking for both graduate and undergraduate students for the Internship Program, and graduate students for the Research Fellowship Program.  Both programs focus on translating research into practice, and the internship program in particular offers training to students who want to bridge the gap between academia and policy. Applications are due in early April, and the award amounts are $2000 and $5000 respectively. Detailed information is available on the IHSP website (www.mcgill.ca/ihsp).


Cool Thing of the Week

Here is a picture of firewood stacked to look like a tree

http://imgur.com/Tv48w7Z

Here's an interview on the construction of the high line park in NYC. It's one of the coolest parks I have been to and I loved learning more about it!

http://inhabitat.com/interview-architect-james-corner-on-the-design-of-high-line/

 


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