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1.       Branches Fall Launch Party
2.       Geography in Action! Brown Bag Seminar Series
3.       GeoSpectives: No Free Rides: Landscapes of Child Safety in the Urban Environment
4.       Artic Field Semester
5.       Barbados Field Course
6.       Job Opportunities postings
7.       AKFC's International Youth Fellowship Program
8.       ALL UP IN YO' SPACE - MSP Indoor Campus Walk 
9.       Cool thing of the week

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Howdy partner!! Did you enjoy the snow we had this last few days? It was nice to look at but I'm honestly not looking forward for what will come in the next months; my thoughts are with the people in the Buffalo area and their six feet of snow. I'd like to take a moment to remind everyone of the Winter Coat Project by the McGill Office of Religious and Spiritual Life where you can donate your lightly-used winter clothes for international students or anyone who needs them. Also, #MUGSCrawl2014.

1.      Branches Fall Launch Party
Branches, the McGill Undergraduate Environment Journal, is celebrating the launch of its second ever printed publication on November 25th, 2014!
Students, professors, and faculty from all disciplines are invited to join us for food and refreshments from 6pm to 8pm in Burnside 426 in celebration of environmental research and consciousness.
For more information, check out the Facebook group.

2.      Geography in Action! Brown Bag Seminar Series
On Friday Nov 28th Audrey Limoges (PhD candidate, UQAM) and Andrea Price (PhD candidate, McGill, Dept. of Geography) will be sharing highlights from their research at noon in Burnside 308. Their talk is titled "Red tides and the Gulf of Mexico 'dead zone': dinoflagellate cysts as indicators of cultural eutrophication."
Mark it down in your calendars! Cookies will be provided! See the attached poster for more details

3.      GeoSpectives: No Free Rides: Landscapes of Child Safety in the Urban Environment
Date: December 1st, 2014, 4-5 p.m. Burnside 426
No Free Rides: Landscapes of Child Safety in the Urban Environment
School of Geography and Earth Sciences
McMaster University
The motor-vehicle transformed the urban street from a shared and dynamic public space to an environment particularly hostile to children.  This change, along with increases in the sentimental value of children, resulted in a shift away from independent outdoor play, particularly in urban street spaces, towards a culture of safety and risk reduction.  This has replaced the immediate risks of motorized traffic with the less immediate risks of reduced physical activity and independence.  There are unresolved questions about whether or not these direct and indirect harms represent a moral burden on society, and the degree to which they are internalized by the decisions that parents make.

4.      *NEW* Artic Field Semester
There is a new field semester for next year - the Arctic Field Semester - and they are looking for students! The Arctic field semester was tentatively planned for last year but it never got off the ground, and they are hoping to actually make it happen this year. The field course will take place at MARS (McGill Arctic Research Station) in the high Arctic for 3 weeks, with coursework beginning before the fieldwork and continuing for 2-3 weeks after. They are only accepting SIX students.
4 courses at 3 credits each:
ATOC 373 | Arctic Climate and Climate Change
EPSC 373 | Arctic Geology
GEOG 373 | Arctic Geomorphology
and a 3-credit independent research project.
As with the other field semesters, the cost is pricey but also as with other field semesters, grants are available to offset the costs.
Attached is the syllabus and basic information. If you're interested, email Hans Larsson ( ASAP.

5.      Barbados Field Course
GEOG 496 is a field based course located on the island of Barbados, that will be run during the Winter Reading Week of 2015. Bringing together a synthesis of human and physical geography, this course provides an excellent opportunity for students to undertake fieldwork in a Caribbean island state while learning about such diverse topics as the local environment and geological formation, tourism impacts, cultural diversity and the island's unique history. At the same time students gain first hand experience in cross-cultural research, including interviewing, project design, data interpretation and analysis.
There are three documents attached to the listserv with more information on the field course. There will be an information session held in Burnside 308 on Tuesday Nov. 25th at 5 pm with Prof. Meredith. You can also email him at for more information

6.      Job Opportunities postings
One of the wonderful advisors over at CaPS sent me two job opportunities that might interest some of you. One is in the field of Environment while the other is in Geology. She also reminded us that there are many opportunities in mentoring and new job openings so make sure to constantly check out their website over at or visit them in the Brown building Room 2200
Information on these opportunities are attached to the listserv

7.      AKFC's International Youth Fellowship Program
Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) is a non-profit international development agency, working in Asia and Africa to find sustainable solutions to the complex problems causing global poverty.
AKFC is now accepting applications for its 2015-16 International Youth Fellowship Program.
The International Youth Fellowship Program, sponsored by AKFC in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), is designed to develop leadership and management skills and promote learning for outstanding young Canadians who have a desire and an aptitude to work effectively in a global environment.
Each Fellow will attend a one month management seminar in Ottawa, followed by an eight month placement (August 2015 to March 2016) in a country in Africa or Asia working with agencies and partners of the Aga Khan Development Network, one of the world's largest and most respected international development agencies. Participants will work on various aspects of development, such as health, education, livelihoods and civil society enhancement. Potential host countries include Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Egypt, India, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, Tajikistan, Tanzania, and Uganda. 
To apply to the International Youth Fellowship Program, please visit:
Deadline for receipt of applications is February 1, 2015 at 11:59 PM PST.

8.      ALL UP IN YO' SPACE - MSP Indoor Campus Walk
(MSP) wants to get 'All Up in Yo' Space' on November 27th with a campus walk through INDOOR* building spaces! We invite you to join us on our walking tour and share your stories and ideas about the spaces within campus buildings that you feel are under-used and unloved. We're crowdsourcing our stops on this walking tour from campus stakeholders (that's you!), so use your voice and send us specific indoor space suggestions (to that you want to bring attention to along our proposed route (see our route map attached to the listserv)
We would love for you to join us in reimagining how our campus spaces can better connect and shape the daily experiences of our community at McGill. All students, staff, and faculty are welcome! Check out the Facebook  event for more info.
(As winter approaches, cold temperatures and snowy conditions prevent us from comfortably enjoying the outdoors. For this semester, we're keeping warm by sticking to indoor spaces!)
(We'll be walking from Burnside through to McConnell Engineering, over to Leacock and ending in the Redpath cafeteria space

9.      Cool thing of the week:
By now, you should know what I ask for in this space
Any train aficionados? You can now take a continuous train from Madrid to Yiwu in China, making it the longest train journey in the world!
Also, don't forget to check out the cuties over at GICrushes.
And lastly, I'd like to also give a shout-out the McGill Counselling Services. In the coming weeks, everyone will get into panic mode with exams coming quick and the holiday stress will affect some. Don't forget to take care of yourself and the folks over at the Counselling Services are there to help you. There are really good tools in their website so when you take your next study break, instead of looking at cat video on YouTube, check them out as they will coming in real handy.

Have a outlandish week! Don't forget exams are coming!
Phil Perez Aranguren
VP Communications

Dept. of Geography
McGill University
Burnside Hall, Rm 305
805 Sherbrooke West
Montreal, QC
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