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Photo contest and Prof of the year WINNER


Meet your new exec pizza party


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.


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!


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

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!


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

Good luck on finals!


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