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From B to 12, Love is in the Building, 

and GICrushes has never had so many hits. 

Q: What did the mapmaker send his sweetheart on Valentine's Day? 
A: A dozen compass roses. 

With Love From MUGS: 


Outta the Department: 

Opportunities 4U: 

Interesting Goings-On:

1. Cookies & Tea 

Join us again tomorrow, Tuesday, February 9th – and every Tuesday – for cookies and tea in the Lounge! 

2. MUGS Presents: A Romantic Skating Experience 

See the above **official** event map for all things wayfinding. We've Leslie Beedell and ESRI v1.1 to thank for this beaut.

Come one, come all to 
MUGS' cutest event of the year: A Romantic Skating Experience in Parc Lafontaine. The event begins this Thursday, February 11th at 8 p.m. at the park's rink and is free and open to all! Skates are available at the rink, and there will be treats/surprises/magic in the air. Please RSVP on our Facebook event – we hope to see many of your smiling faces and rosy cheeks out there! 

3. MUGS Toques

Burgundy, Teal, and Tan "Geography" toques are back! Stay warm and rep your dep't. Toques cost $15. Email Will Gleckner or MUGS to pre-order today!

Shout out to our model, Amelia -->

4. Python & Java Tutorials

Python and Java Tutorials are back! Come by the MUGS Lounge Thursdays from 1 – 3 p.m. to ask Ruth Berkow – our enormously knowledgeable tutor – questions about python, java, and life. If you've got an ongoing project, or have questions from classes – bring them by and find a helping hand. 

5. Field Notes Submissions  

Field Notes submissions are due February 15th! Preferred topics of papers pertain to areas of critical geography such as feminist geography, subaltern geography, colonial geographies, and queer geographies. Nevertheless, feel free to submit papers on environment, health, GIS, urban, and human geography. We are also accepting photo submissions for the cover, so send over your geo-pics!

6. Panama Field Study Semester 

Facebook blowing up with friends gallivanting around South America? Don't fear the FOMO – fight it! The Panama Field Study Semester will be back next year, and you're invited. Come to an info session  – stacked with organizers and alum – on Tuesday, February 23rd at 5:30 pm in BURN 426. The jungle is your classroom. 

7. Geospectives 

Monday, February 15th is another amaaahzing Geospectives lecture hosted by our very own department. From 1-2 pm in BURN 426, Prof. Rosemary Collard – of Concordia's Department of Geography, Planning, & Environment – is presenting "Zoo-Fetishism and the Double Lives of Exotic Pet Commodities."
"Exotic pets [such as pythons lol] are curious commodities. Like all commodities, through their exchange in markets, the uneven social relations of labour that produce them disappear from view so that they appear to have a "life of their own," as Marx says – a reification known as commodity fetishism. Yet unlike many commodities, exotic pets do have lives of their own – lives produced through complex socio-ecological networks usually located far from sites of exchange. The severing of animals from these relations is another kind of fetishism, what I call zoo-fetishism, which couples potently and violently with commodity fetishism in the global exotic pet trade."

8. ESRI Scholarship 

What is the shortest path to some financial assistance for your research and a sick rep? ESRI Canada is offering a GIS Scholarship to undergraduate students. The winner is awarded $2000, a permanent ArcGIS license and several ESRI book materials. To apply for the award, you must submit the following by February 16th, 2016:
  • Resume. Include all course work and research conducted using ESRI technology.
  • Academic Transcript with a minimum 3.3 CGPA.
  • A one-page proposal of how you will use ArcGIS for your research. Projects that have clear objectives and could be finished by May 15th, 2016 will be favoured. Once finished, you must submit a report poster to ESRI Canada.
  • A letter of support from a faculty advisor willing to supervise your project.
To submit the application, send the above information as a single PDF – titled lastname_esriaward – to Pablo Arroyo with the subject "ESRI Award." The advisor can send their recommendation directly to Pablo. For questions, see the award website or email Pablo. 

9. CCARG Summer Internships 

The Climate Change Adaptation Research Group (@ccadapt) of McGill is offering paid summer internships. The group is working at the forefront of research that seeks to understand the risks posed by climate change, identify opportunities for adaptation, and track adaptation progress at regional to global scales. Internships are available in the following areas:
  • Evaluating current policies and programs in northern Canada (or Uganda or Peru) from the perspective of reducing vulnerability to the health effects of climate change
  • Examining how health adaptation is being addressed in global climate policy
  • Examining specific UN-funded adaptation projects
  • Tracking adaptation in the private sector
  • Conducting content analysis of the presentation of indigenous issues in the media
  • Examining adaptation projects that target Indigenous communities. 
What a smorgasbord of opportunities! Two interns will join the cutting-edge team from mid-April until the end of August and be compensated $6,000. Successful candidates will be highly motivated, have strong writing skills, have proven academic excellence, and be dedicated to furthering understanding of the human dimensions of climate change. Interns will be expected to complete a publishable quality report on their project.
To apply, please send Michelle Maillet: your CV, a copy of your transcripts, and a cover letter outlining which of the internship topics appeals to you and why you are qualified to address it – ASAP. 

10. Financière Agricole du Québec Internships 

GIS-ers, there are jobs for you! The Financière Agricole du Québec, in Québec City, has internships on offer, with applications due February 12th. You must be able to work in French for these. Apply via MyFuture with the following codes:
  • GIS for orchard mapping: MyFuture ID: 84057
  • GIS to cross-check farmer reporting: MyFuture ID: 84055 

11. Sustainability Research Symposium 

The 6th annual Sustainability Research Symposium will be held on March 9th, 2016. This year's theme is "Technology for Sustainability" and will feature several guest speakers, a poster session, talks showcasing student research, and a networking session. They are inviting abstract submissions from graduate and undergraduate students across all faculties that are carrying out research related to sustainability. To register to attend, to submit an abstract, or for more info, check out their site

12. Faculty of Arts Awards 

The Faculty of Arts offers internship (deadline March 14th) and research (deadline March 30th) awards to students undertaking work and projects. If this is you and you could use some cash-dolla, check them out! 

13. #SelfCareChallenge 

Healthy McGill is back for a third year of the Self Care Challenge! Every day from February 8th – 19th, there are five daily challenges. The goal is to get students thinking about self care and well-being when they might not otherwise, especially during middies. Do one, two, all five, or create your own, then share it with them on Facebook, Twitter, or Insta using the hashtag #SelfCareChallenge. Prizes will be awarded at the end for those extra-caring GICuties. 

14. Cutting Edge Lecture Series 

This Thursday, February 11th at 6 pm, the Redpath Auditorium is hosting a lecture by Natalya Gomez, Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences. The talk, titled "Sea level change, ice sheets and the solid earth" explores climate science and the geology behind melting sea levels (read her thoughts on the topic here). 

15. Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change Screening 

Wednesday, February 17th, the McGill Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry and the Global Mental Health Film Series will be screening the film 'Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change.'  This, the world's first Inuktitut language film on the topic, takes the viewer "on the land" with elders and hunters to explore the social and ecological impacts of a warming Arctic, and helps them appreciate Inuit culture and environmental expertise. The showing will be followed by a discussion with scholars from McGill's Climate Adaptation Research Group, among others. The event – free and open to everyone – will be held at the Institute of Community & Family Psychiatry Amphitheatre from 7 to 9 pm

16. EduTOX Video Challenge 

EduTOX is an organization aiming to give young people a voice to promote awareness and action on environmental health. They're looking for creative short videos that will get people thinking about the toxins that we all encounter in our day-to-day lives. Videos can be submitted by individual or by group in any language (with English or French subtitles). There will be 8 winners who will receive generous scholarships or merchandise. The deadline to participate is March 21st. For more info, visit their website, Facebook, or shoot them an email

17. Peer Support Centre Recruitment

The Peer Support Centre is recruiting students for its 2k16-2k17 exec team. The PSC is a student-led service offering drop-in, confidential, non-judgmental one-on-one support. Open positions are Promotions & Outreach Coordinator, Training Coordinator, and Logistics & Evaluation Coordinator. If you'd care to join them, applications – a CV and cover letter - are due by email February 14th.  For more info, check out the application guide and Facebook page

18. Learning Techniques Workshop

Learn how to learn in this workshop on studying smarter, not harder, designed for undergraduate science students. The workshop will be held Monday, February 15th from 4:30 – 6:30 in the Redpath Auditorium. For more info and to register, check out the website, or email in your Qs. 

19. Cool Thing of the Week

This Valentine's Day CTotW features heart-shaped topography courtesy of the GIS Lounge
Galešnjak Island, Croatia
Tupai Island, French Polynesia
Tavarua Island, Fiji
Heart in Voh, New Caledonia
Heart Shaped Lake, Brampton, Canada
Guandu Nature Park, Taipei, Taiwan
Heart Reef, Whitsundays, Australia
Heart Shaped Lake, Spitsbergen Island, Norway

That's all, folks. 

Don't you just LOVE geography!?!

Katie Keyes 
VP Communications
McGill Undergraduate Geography Society 

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