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Hello Geographers!

Sorry for the belated listserv, though as you all know it's midterm season. And what a better way that to destress with... *smooth segue to the first event*

 

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  1. Research Assistant Position
  2. Tutor for GEOG 205 needed!
  3. Sustainability Research Symposium
  4. Barbados Interdisciplinary Tropical Studies (BITS) 
  5. Redpath Museum Cutting Edge Lecture
  6. Farmers Market Vegetable Baskets
  7. Mildy Interesting Map of the Week
  8. Cool Thing of the Week

 

 

1. Therapeutic Painting with MUGS


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We also, by courtesy the one and only Michelle (your academic advisor on 3rd for those who may not know), will have an urban planning colouring book where you can colour street grids, and make those sad empty city pages beautiful! (City beautiful movement anyone?)

Be sure to check out the event, and hang out for a bit :)

 

 

2. Drop-in Advising Hours Change  

Speaking of Michelle (just nailing it with the transitions today), her drop in advising hours for next Tuesday (the 21st), will be cancelled and moved to Thursday 23rd from 1-4!

There will also be a sign on Michelle's office door for those of you who don't read the listserv... in which case this sentence doesn't address anyone :)

 

 

3. South American Agricultural Frontiers Talk

Interested in how consuming certain imported products leads to deforestation in South America? If not, you should as it's a facinating albeit depressing geographic phenomena we should all be aware of. 

Dr. Yann Le Polain de Waroux from Stanford University will be giving a talk about his research tomorrow (Feb 17th) from 10:30am-12pm in BURN426. Here's a blurb of what his talk will be about:
Anticipation, regulation and adaptation in South American agricultural frontiers
 
Global demand for agricultural commodities is driving rapid deforestation in various parts of the world, creating agricultural frontiers in previously forested areas. In South America, over the last decades, these deforestation frontiers have increasingly been driven by large-scale commercial operations, rather than by smallholder colonization. This shift in the actors driving frontier expansion poses a threefold challenge. First, it makes it harder to anticipate frontier development, because existing theories and models are primarily based on smallholder frontiers. Second, the greater mobility of large-scale commercial farming weakens our ability to regulate frontier expansion, by creating opportunities for leakage of deforestation from one region to another. Third, rapid expansion of commercial farming may lead to land degradation and the disruption of smallholder communities. In this talk, I will explore these three challenges using a perspective centered on the land-use and livelihood strategies of frontier actors, and propose ways forward.

 

 

4. Permaculture Design Course


Have you ever dreamed of taking a permaculture design course? P3 is offering a part-time Permaculture Design Certification over the course of 7 weekends in Montreal, from March 4th to May 14th, 2017, held at 10am-6pm on Saturdays and Sundays Through taking this internationally recognized course, you will learn to read landscapes, analyse problems, and design ecological solutions for the home, garden, farm, and city. Students taking this course will have the opportunity to plan, design and install the new Permaculture Showcase Garden right here on McGill University's MacDonald Campus! It doesn't end there, participants will also be eligible for a full time Garden Coordinator position this summer. 

With 6-10 people in our group, the discounted rate is $665 +tax, and with 11 or more students, the price drops to $570 +tax per person. Spots are limited! Email the McGill Permaculture Club to get a spot, and for more info www.p3permaculture.ca

 

 

 

7. Mildly Interesting Map of the Week


Check out the ultimate projection to show that special cartographer that they're the one for you (sorry for the post coming in late!). Nothing's quite so romantic as projecting Greenland proportionally to the African continent... maybe don't send this to an Australian love interest though.
Read more about the projection here, if you're curious about it.

 

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8. Cool Thing of the Week

Ever contemplate how you would imagine political boundaries if you had never even seen a map? ...Just me, cool. Well, here's a tactile war map of Europe! Despite not being the most... accurate map, found it an interesting share! 

 

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And there you have it, 

For those of you still battling with midterms, assignments, or just being snowed in, remember... Reading week is just around the corner! So stay strong, come paint with us next Monday and have a great end of the week :)

Noé Schultz
VP Communications
McGill Undergraduate Geography Society 

 






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Listserv pt.2 (what a treat!)

 

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Hello Geographers!

It's a big week, and you lucky geographically-aware audience get not One.... though TWO Listservs this week! :o 

 

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  1. New Professor Job Talk
  2. Thanks folks 

 

 

1. Job Talks

If the rumours haven't found you yet, we are currently in the midst of interviewing new possible ISID-geog professors! You are all invited to participating in these tentative profs presentations on their research, which next monday (Feb.13th) from 10:30am-12pm in lovely room 426.

The speaker is Dr. Eric Chu, who is an assistant professor of Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam. His talk will have the fascinating title/topic of:

"Climatopia: Urban Development in an Era of Security, Smartness, and Resilience"

Check out the poster here, which includes Dr.Chu's bio, as well as a blurb on what the talk will be about (without divulging all the good bits, you need to show up for those).

So come one, come all, and stay tuned for additional Job talks coming up!

 

 

2. Thank you

Just wanted to thank you folks for being a cool group of people, keep it up and sorry about the extra email. What's a geog email without a map though, so in commemoration of Dr.Chu's current university, here's a nifty minimalist map of the beautiful city of Amsterdam
Have a nice day!

 

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VP Communications
McGill Undergraduate Geography Society 

 






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Hello Geographers!

Insert Listserv here:
*this isn't a typo, just feeling a little uncreative at the moment*

 

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  1. Research Assistant Position
  2. Tutor for GEOG 205 needed!
  3. Sustainability Research Symposium
  4. Barbados Interdisciplinary Tropical Studies (BITS) 
  5. Redpath Museum Cutting Edge Lecture
  6. Farmers Market Vegetable Baskets
  7. Mildy Interesting Map of the Week
  8. Cool Thing of the Week

 

 

1. RA Position Opening! 

Are you looking for experience being a research assistant and are passionate/interested/could-be-interested in Health Geography and Indigenous Health? 
If so, there is an opportunity to work with Dr. Berrang Ford on the Indigenous Health Adaptation to Climate Change Project (IHACC).

Applications are due Feb.9th
(This Thursday people) and work starts Feb. 20th! 

Click here for more info, on this amazing opportunity.

 

 

2. Tutor for GEOG 205 Needed 

If you have taken GEOG 205, and feel the urge to teach a lost Engineer what's what, while getting paid for it: Look no further.

Marvell upon this modest poster below (no doubt disguised this way to avoid everyone applying at once) to become a tutor for GEOG205! 
Think about it. at $15/hour, you'd only need to teach 466 hours to afford an ArcMap license.

 

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3. Sustainability Research Symposium

Please join us for the 7th annual Sustainability Research Symposium
at McGill on March 9th-10th, 2017. This year's theme:
 
The Theme is: Resilience
 
This student-led symposium brings together students and researchers to share ideas. Join us for keynote lectures, grad talks, a poster and networking session, and a new applied sustainability workshop for students!
 
Sustainability research is, by design and necessity, interdisciplinary.

We invite abstracts from grads and undergrads across all faculties who are carrying out research related to sustainability and resilience. Come share ideas with us!
 
Registration is free. Register by February 22nd and
lunch is included!
Abstract submission open until February 22nd.
 
For more information and to register, please visit our website:
http://mcgillsustainabilitysymposium.wordpress.com/
 

 

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4. Summer Field Study in Barbados

Barbados Interdisciplinary Tropical Studies (BITS) provides one semester of integrated course and project work in Barbados with a focus on agriculture, food, environment and development issues. The 13-week field study semester program includes three intensive 3-credit courses and a 6-credit interdisciplinary group project. You can even have a Field Study Minor! ( A complementary course is required for the minor)
 
Dates: Summer 2017 - May 22 to August 17
Location: McGill's Bellairs Research Institute, Holetown, Barbados
Cost: $9100 Program Fee + Tuition
Funding (available for all accepted students): $3000 Mobility Award + $760 Science Lab Without Borders Award
Application deadline (extended): February 20, 2017
 
For more information, visit the website www.mcgill.ca/bits or contact julie.major@mcgill.ca
 

 

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5. Redpath Museum Cutting Edge Lecture

Thurs. Feb. 9, 18h: Cutting Edge Lecture in Science:
 
Canada can be the World's economic superpower in the non-fossil fuel world and Green Chemistry can get us there
 
By Robin D. Rogers (Dept. of Chemistry, McGill). The worldwide concern of finding alternatives to non-renewable petroleum-based resources has resulted in increased attention to the recovery of biopolymers and other compounds from natural, renewable reserves including from Canada's trees, grasses, and marine animals. This presentation will consider how innovation, rather than regulation, is the gateway to a sustainable bio-based economy. In Auditorium. FREE, everyone welcome. No reservation necessary.

For more info, email Redpath.museum@mcgill.ca

 

 

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Is supporting local farmers important to you? Are you interested in the geography of your food? Consider signing up for a weekly vegetable basket through the McGill Farmers' Market. Details on our website!

 

 

7. Mildly Interesting Map of the Week


As midterms are approaching quickly, we've all probably found new TV shows to binge watch (please don't tell me i'm the only one). Well, the New York Times have used TV shows as a proxy to assess the cultural divide in the U.S. (wonder where Degrassi and Trailer Park Boys would fall on a Canadian version...). Check it out for many shows by clicking on the map below!

 

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8. Cool Thing of the Week

Another site you could spend hours on (oh boy your GPA's gonna love this if you're even a little bit of a map enthusiast). The site oldmapsonline.org does exactly what you think it would do. It shows old maps... online! Though not only that, it's very interactive in search parameters so you get to browse for old maps with efficiency. Here's a quick example with a 'Montreal' search.
Check it out!

 

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And there you have it, 

Good luck on your midterms folks, and try not to spend too much time watching duck dynasty or searching up old maps, as geog undergrads do.

Noé Schultz
VP Communications
McGill Undergraduate Geography Society 

 





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