Happy New Year! The first Listserv of the semester

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  1. Geography Toques Now Available
  2. Welcome back winter fondue party
  3. Field notes call for submissions
  4. Geography vs. Environment Curling game
  5. A new professor is being hired!
  6. McGill Global Food Security Club Launch Party
  7. MSURJ call for submissions
  8. Equity and Space  – An Undergraduate Conference
  9. Student Field Technicians for Hire for the Summer
  10. Junior Peacemakers Volunteer Opportunity


Happy New Year Everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous break, filled with rest and relaxation to recharge for the coming semester. There are some exciting things coming up soon, so read on!

Geography toques!

MUGS has purchased custom made toques that say GEOGRAPHY on them! What's more, they're very stylish and cheaper than IglooFest toques. We will be selling the hats for $17 in the MUGS lounge during these hours:

Thursday January 10th 10-11:30

Monday January 14th 11:30-1

Wednesday January 16th 10-11:30

If you are not able to make these times, you will probably find a member of MUGS exec in the lounge at any given time and they can sell you a toque.

Welcome back winter fondue party

You read right, we will be having a fondue party to kick off the New Year! On Thursday, January 17th, come to the lounge (BH305) at 1pm to celebrate the start of the semester with your geography friends.

Field notes call for submissions

Field notes is putting out another journal this semester! They are looking for original research papers with a grade of an A- or an A. Freestanding maps will be accepted. To submit your paper or for more information, email Miriam and Jeremy at journal.fieldnotes@gmail.com

Geography vs. Environment Curling game

On Saturday, February 9th the MSE is challenging MUGS to a curling game! The cost is $15, which includes the use of the curling rink and pizza. To sign up, contact Nigel Roulet at nigel.roulet@mcgill.ca . There is more information on the attached poster.

A new professor is being hired!

The Geography department of McGill is hiring a new Assistant Professor, and they're letting undergraduate students have a say in the process, how cool! They will be hosting five candidates for two-day interviews for a position in Urban Sustainability over the coming five weeks. There will be seminars that will take place on Thursdays from 11:30pm - 12:50pm in BH 426, where undergraduates can attend and meet the potential new professor

McGill Global Food Security Club Launch Party

The McGill Global Food Security Club will be officially launched January 16th, and to celebrate they are having a potluck at the Ceilidh at Macdonald Campus at 6pm. Come by to hear about what's in store for the club, and how you can join in on the fun. Dr. Hugo Melgar-Quiñonez, the new director of the McGill Institute for Global Food Security who is working closely with the club, will also be there. He will give a short talk on food security and the role McGill students can play in promoting food security on both local and international scales.

For more information, here is the link to the facebook event. You are encouraged to bring food because it is a potluck after all, though cutlery and plates will be provided.


MSURJ call for submissions

McGill Science Undergraduate Research Journal is looking for original research submission for their journal as well. If you are an undergraduate student who has participated in original research, please submit your paper by Janurary 14th, 2013! For detailed submission guidelines, visit http://msurj.mcgill.ca . Email at mcgillsurj@gmail.com for any questions or inquiries.

Equity and Space  – An Undergraduate Conference 

February 15 – 16, 2013 Call for Submission!
The SSMU Equity Committee is proud to announce a call for papers open to all undergraduate students interested in participating in a student-run conference on the subject Equity and Space. Next February we will hold a conference in which undergraduate students from all faculties will have the opportunity to present their own research, answer questions and discuss issues related to spaces (geographical, communities and similar topics) and equity. 
Deadline: January 10 2012

Guidelines: Undergraduate research papers (min. 10 pages) from all academic disciplines in either English or French.
Topics relating to space can include, but are not limited to race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender, ability and class.
Contemporary or historical context
Include course name and number and a short synopsis.


Library Session Schedule

If you want to attend a library orientation session at McLennan, follow this link:  http://apps.library.mcgill.ca/workshops-and-tours/view-by-branch/8

If you want to attend a library orientation session at Schulich, follow this one:



Note that Library tours take place 30 minutes before the "Getting Started" workshops. There is no need to register. In addition, if you attend a tour, a "Getting Started" workshop and a "Finding the Right Stuff" workshop, you will receive a USB memory bracelet.


Student Field Technicians for Hire for the Summer

The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute will be hiring at least 78 field technicians this summer. What a cool opportunity! Please refer to the PDF attached for more information.

Junior Peacemakers Volunteer Opportunity

Are you interested in global issues like human rights, poverty, conflict, and environmental sustainability? Do you enjoy spending time with children? Do you love that feeling you get when you can teach someone else about something you're passionate about? If so, Jr. Peacemakers is for you!  As part of IRSAM's external portfolio, Jr. Peacemakers volunteers visit local fifth and sixth grade classrooms to present an interactive curriculum discussing globalization, poverty, peaceful conflict resolution, environmental conservation, and community activism.  We are looking for volunteers interested in visiting classrooms this semester. You can volunteer in English or French. No formal qualifications necessary, just an interest in our mission!
You must attend two upcoming training sessions during January (dates and times TBA, will include pizza!) Email us with questions, interest, or for all the latest updates, at 
jr.peacemakers@gmail.com or architectesdelapaix@gmail.com (French). Hope to see you at the training sessions!

Cool Thing of the Week

Oh man, you missed these, didn't you? I've got something that leans a bit more towards the Urban Geography side of things, especially my personal favourite aspect; urban decay. Here is the photo project of 100 abandoned houses in Detroit, MI, and I must say that some of these photos are really cool.



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