Pre-Palentine's Day!

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  1. Raise your MUGS at Gert’s!
  2. MUSE Summer Program
  3. The Colour Of Science
  4. SSMU Sustainability Case Competition – NEW Format!
  5. Young Professionals in International Development Forum
  6. Special Seminar on Teaching Science!
  7. Join ECOLE’s Student Working Group, or Apply to be an ECOLE Facilitator
  8. Valentines' Day Science of Love competition
  9. Arctic Photo Series
  10. Ph.D. position available in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University – Fall 2014

Happy pre-Palentine’s day Geographers! What’s Palentine’s day, you ask? It’s when you appreciate the best people in your life; your pals! Remember to tell your buds how much you appreciate them this Friday, and a little chocolate can go a long way. ;) Did I just do a winky face? That’s unusual.

Raise your MUGS at Gert’s!

Yes, the Gert’s event is finally happening! This Tuesday, February 18th, at 7pm, meet at the MUGS lounge (Burnside 305) so we can all go to Gert’s together! MUGS will buy pitchers for all the early birds! If you can’t meet us at & feel free to just come to Gert’s and we’ll be there.

MUSE Summer Program

Interested in a summer field semester right here in Montreal? McGill’s School of Environment is offering the Montreal Urban Sustainability Experience (MUSE) from May 1st to June 3rd. The two (three credit) courses are open to U2/U3/U4 students and seek to balance theoretical and applied knowledge of both Montreal’s natural history and contemporary urban sustainability challenges. MUSE students will help create a hands-on, integrated, and interdisciplinary learning experiences by exploring an engaging Montreal’s communities. Applications are due February 15th 2014 and require a one-page letter of interest and a copy of your unofficial transcripts, sent to MUSE Coordinator Dr. Julia Freeman ( Join us!

The Colour Of Science

This special Black History Month lecture by Frederic Bertley (Vice- President, Franklin Institute, Philadelphia) includes an introduction to the importance of Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM).    Q & A follows the presentation. Come to Redpath Museum on February 23rd, at 3pm, to learn about people of colour in science! How interesting.

SSMU Sustainability Case Competition – NEW Format!

The SSMU Sustainability Case Competition 2014 would like to announce some exciting changes! This year’s topic will still be sustainable investments, but the competition will take place over one weekend: Friday, March 14 to Saturday, March 15. For those of you who were wary of the 2-month commitment, now is your chance to get involved! Applications are being accepted until March 1. For full contest details and to apply, go to

Young Professionals in International Development Forum

Attention IDS Undergraduates! - Where Can International Development Studies Lead You?

ISID and IDSSA will be hosting its 4th Annual 'Young Professionals in Development Forum' on Thursday, February 13, 2014.

Come listen to Young Professionals working in the Development Sector. Learn what educational, volunteer and work opportunities they encountered and see where these experiences have led them in their career. At the end of the panel presentations, you will have the chance to speak with them in an informal Q & A.

WHEN: Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 1:30  - 3 p.m. followed by a Q & A session.

WHERE: Leacock 232

RECEPTION: Wine & Snacks Reception in Leacock 232 mezzanine immediately following the Q & A session  3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Check the website for full information

Special Seminar on Teaching Science!

The Tomlinson Project for University-Level Education (T-PULSE)  is pleased to host a special seminar on February 17, focusing on new strategies for teaching in science education. Please join us! Learning about learning, so meta!

Location: Redpath Auditorium (1st floor, Redpath Museum)

Date: February 17, 2014

Time: 4:30 (tea, coffee and cookies will be served at 4:00)

Join ECOLE’s Student Working Group, or Apply to be an ECOLE Facilitator

ECOLE, which strives to be a hub for the sustainability community and model for sustainable living, learning and community building, is excited to announce that it has received funding! Hence, ECOLE has now opened the application for ECOLE Facilitators! These ECOLE Facilitators will be the students living, researching, and working in the ECOLE House; there is additional information about the role in the following link. Applications must be completed, and resumes/CVs submitted to before February 19th, 2014 at midnight.

ECOLE is also looking for more Student Working Group members, anyone interested in joining the Student Working Group for meetings can come to the SSMU Office on Mondays 6-7 PM and/or Thursdays 4-5 PM.

More information about ECOLE is available on Facebook and the website.

McGill Mini Science course – The science of music

Register now!   for McGill Mini-Science 2014:

WHEN: Wednesday evenings from February 26th to April 9th, 6 - 8 pm, lectures begin at 6:30 pm.

WHERE: Room 151, Bronfman Building, 1001 Sherbrooke Street West.

FEES: Adults: $114.97. Students and seniors: $68.98. (Includes all taxes.)

Advance registration and payment are required. 

REGISTER ONLINE and pay by credit card:  OR by telephone and pay by credit card: 514-398-7684 OR by mail and pay by cheque made out to McGill University: McGill Mini-Science, 1430 Peel Street, Montreal, Quebec H3A 3T3


Valentines' Day Science of Love competition

Ever wondered what biochemistry and love have in common?  Or how the first sparks of love are created by a combination of three neurochemicals?

This Freaky Friday showcases three student presentations on the quirks and quarks of love: 4 minutes and 4 slides ONLY- to give the scientific evidence and state their case. 

Judges panel and audience will interact and question each presenter. Final winner will take home the coveted McLovin’ Science Prize.

FREE, suitable for all ages. No reservation necessary. February 14, 5 PM

Arctic Photo Series

Greetings Everyone! Think winter is bad here? well that's nothing compare to summer in Arctic! Join us for this week's team installment of Fieldwork in Photos with a tag-team presented by Joanna Petrasek MacDonald, Knut Kitchin and Kaitlyn Finner's talk from Artic: "For the Love of It: Getting up close and personal with Boil ups, Ice pans and Tuktu" Bring your lunch and get ready for an adventure!!!

When: Friday Feb 14th - 12pm

Where: BH 426 + Arctic

Hope to see you there!

Ph.D. position available in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University – Fall 2014

I am recruiting a talented Ph.D. student for a graduate research assistantship beginning in August 2014 within the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. The student will be working with Dr. Rebecca Gruby on a collaborative project among Colorado State University, University of Guelph (Dr. Noella Gray), and Duke University (Dr. Lisa Campbell).  The project will examine the human dimensions of very large marine protected areas, and will require intensive fieldwork in international, possibly remote, field sites. The ideal candidate will have: an outstanding academic record; a background in the social sciences/policy studies; experience and interest in working in international settings; experience applying qualitative social science research methods; and excellent writing skills.  Candidates with a Master’s degree are preferred, but all highly qualified candidates will be considered.

Colorado State University is a Carnegie Research 1 (research extensive) university that is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top universities in a variety of categories and disciplines – from teaching and learning to research and student achievement. The Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources is an interdisciplinary social science department with a mission to contribute to the conservation, stewardship and enjoyment of natural and cultural resources and the management of those resources in a way that produces environmental health and sustainable human benefits. For more information about the department, see:

Serious candidates may send a letter of interest and CV to:

Cool Thing of the Week

Here’s a new software that allows us to map the disability accessibility of different public transportation systems!

And here’s the Geography of European surnames.


All the best!


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