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And we're back

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 19:21
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1.       MUGS welcomes you back!

2.       5th Annual Ecospiel—Geography vs. MSE

3.       Field Notes Submissions

4.       Geography Mentor Program Open for New Mentees

5.       Kanata Journal Submissions

6.       Office Hours

7.       Cool thing of the week

 

And we're back!

Happy New Year everyone!! Even though I'm a little late on this, I still wish you great stuff for this coming year; may you accomplish all your goals. This year, we hope to continue to provide a great environment for you to enjoy your time in geography.

 

MUGS Welcomes you back!

You barely made it through the holiday break without the GIS, the geography lounge, GICrushes and MUGS? Well, we have a great event planned to kick off this semester and it's better late than never! We have a Gert's night planned for Tuesday January 27th! We have rented it for your enjoyment so show up at 5 pm, tell them you're with us and we'll get you the first round. (We only have reserved officially from 5-8 so if you show really late, we might not be there)

 

5th Annual Ecospiel – MSE vs. Geography

Last year, Geography beat the MSE in curling and this year, we need your help to keep the cup. On Saturday January 31st, the game will take place in the Baie d'Urfe Curling Club from 2-6 pm. It costs $15 per person and it includes pizza and all the equipment. No experience is required but losers buy drinks for the winners.

If you'd like more information, you can contact us through Facebook or by email.

 

Field Notes Submissions

Call for submissions! Field Notes, the undergraduate geography journal, is accepting submissions for the 2014-2015 issue. Please submit academic work with geographic relevance to journal.fieldnotes@gmail.com by January 31st.

Please only submit class work with a grade of A- or higher.

 

Geography Mentor Program Open for New Mentees!

Did you miss out on getting a mentor last semester through the Geography graduate-undergraduate mentor program? Want to learn from a graduate student's experiences post-undergrad? You can apply for a graduate student mentor for winter semester until January 26th  

For more info on the mentor program and for the application form visit: http://mcgillgeography.blogspot.ca/p/mentor-program.html.

 

Kanata Journal Submissions

KANATA, the Undergraduate Journal of McGill's Indigenous Studies Community is accepting submissions for its eighth volume! KANATA is an interdisciplinary student-published journal with content (art, academic writing, poetry) that focuses on topics relating to Indigenous Peoples. We are also looking for editors to help out with editing the journal.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested! We can be reached by email at kanata.mcgill@gmail.com

 

Office Hours

Have you seen people rocking our fantastic geography tuques? Or perhaps wearing hoodies with Burnside coordinates in the back? We are the ones who sell those! If you want to get some, come by our office hours. For now, we only have tuques for $15 a piece but soon, we will have the orders for clothing.

Our Office Hours for this week only are Wednesday 21st until Friday 23rd from 12 pm to 1 pm at the geography lounge.

 

Cool Thing of the Week

Missed all the geography cuties? Haven't been featured in it yet? Make sure to check out GICrushes for all your around-the-world crushes!

In case you find yourself in a sticky situation, this site provides you with aerial views of all carceral systems in the US put together by a grad student in NYU to understand the geography of incarceration in the US.

 

Have a majestic week! Don't forget to smile!

Phil Perez Aranguren

VP Communications


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Sat, 12/06/2014 - 13:56
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1.       MUGS end-of-the-year survey

2.       Honours Program

3.       GeoSpectives: What Can a City do for Immigrants? A Canadian-French Comparison

4.       Field Notes: looking for editors

5.       GIS Job opportunity in Montreal

6.       Geography writing work opportunity for students

7.       Compost suspended until January

8.       Course Evaluations

9.       Cool thing of the week

10.   Managing stress during exams

 

The End isn't near, it's here.

This is it: the last listserv of 2014 so take a break from studying and enjoy this listserv. Exam season is in full swing and the smell of caffeine and desperation is in the air. We have enjoyed our semester hanging out with you and planning great events but get ready, as the Winter semester will be even better!

 

1.      MUGS end-of-the-year survey

Did you enjoy your events in the Fall? Do you wish you have more saying in what will be planned? Are you sick of my listserv? Do you like answering questions?

If you answered yes or no to any of these questions, then this is your time to speak your mind! We are conducting a short end-of-the-year survey so we make your MUGS experience even better. You can fill it out here and we'll read all your answers.

 

2.      Honours Pogram

Are you a U2 student majoring in Geography with good grades (minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) and a program GPA of 3.3 (B+))? Do you want to gain research experience as an undergrad? Thinking about going to Grad school?

Then consider upgrading your major to an honours!

For more information see our website here, and make an appointment with our undergraduate advisor, Michelle Maillet to begin the process by emailing her at advisor.geog@mcgill.ca. Her office is in Burnside Hall 323.

 

3.      GeoSpectives: What Can a City do for Immigrants? A Canadian-French Comparison

Date: December 8th, 2014, 3:30-5 p.m. Leacock 738

What Can a City do for Immigrants? A Canadian-French Comparison

Markéta Seidlová, Ph.D.

Geography Migration Centre—GEOMIGRACE

Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

Co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology

The social integration of immigrants into their host society has a strong local (and especially urban) dimension, and the attitudes and practices of local councils significantly affect this process and its results. Our research has shown that in Paris (France) the policy of city districts was both influenced by policy at the city level, and on the leaders of local districts. In the case of Montreal (Quebec, Canada), the absence of centralized policy means that local actions are more significant. The approach of the leaders of Montreal is more pragmatic than in Paris, although many statements of philosophical principles exist.

 

4.      Field Notes: looking for editors

Field Notes is our own undergraduate geography journal! Any research that has been done by any affiliated department is eligible to submit articles that have received a grade of A or A-.

We want work from all aspects of geography – from physical geography to human geography to freestanding maps. Currently, we are looking for assistant directors for our annual edition! So you can send us your CV and a short letter of intent (why you want the position) to journal.fieldnotes@gmail.com or mcgillgeography@gmail.com

 

5.      GIS Job opportunity in Montreal

One of the wonderful advisors over at CaPS sent me a job opportunity that might interest some of you. Here's one for a position in GIS here in Montreal; the information is attached.

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 www.mcgill.ca/caps or visit them in the Brown building Room 2200

 

6.      Geography writing work opportunity for students

We are working to redesign and revamp our site which has been solely a reference style site for 17 years. We are looking to 1) update our geography/atlas content and 2) create a complimentary geography magazine, where we provide a home for well written, well considered, geography type articles, with the overall goal of explaining the world at large to a broad audience.

This is the type of position that is complimentary to a student's studies, and pays well as compared to most campus positions. We're offering between $75-125 per article with a regular demand for content.

If you have questions, I'd be more than happy to answer by emailing myles.c@valnetinc.com

 

7.      Compost suspended until January

Because of the holiday season, we will not be collecting compost after Sunday Dec. 7th. If you want to drop off you compost before then, we will take care of it. After that date, the bin will be removed and we will only start it up again in the Winter semester. Thank you for taking advantage of this opportunity.

 

8.      Course Evaluations

Course Evaluations for the Fall 2014 semester are open now until December 21, or until December 7 for academic units following the condensed period. Course evaluations are available on Minerva 24/7 during this period.

Course Evaluations are the primary way for instructors and TAs to receive feedback on their teaching. This feedback is used to improve courses and teaching, and is a vital component of the tenure and promotion process. In addition, if minimum response thresholds are met and instructors do not object to access, course evaluation results are available to students through Minerva (direct link here), which helps them with course selection.

 

9.      Cool thing of the week:

If you find something amazing during the holidays, you can still email me and I'll add it to the listserv in the New Year! Also, don't forget to check out the cuties over at GICrushes.

Since we are an island the easiest way to get out is by bridge but luckily, ours aren't as scary as these ones. And if you are a map-aficionado, you'd probably enjoy this article on unmapped places.

 

10.  Managing Stress during exams

The Exam period tends to be a very stressful time for all and it gets particularly hard during this period because many services are in high demand or not fully available so the folks over at McGill Counselling Services have a few initiatives to help out including therapy dogs, yoga and guided relaxation. Here's their website with information on the times.

Also, if you find yourself awake and stressed late at night, McGill Nightline are great at just striking up a conversation to help you during this time. They like to talk about anything and know all the great resources for you so don't hesitate to give them a call at (514) 398-6246

 

From all of you in MUGS, we wish you a fabulous time with your loved ones during the break and have a Merry Happy!

See you in the new year!

Phil Perez Aranguren

VP Communications


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Mon, 11/24/2014 - 17:02

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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

Prof. Niko Yiannakoulias

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 (hans.ce.larsson@mcgill.ca) 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 tom.meredith@mcgill.ca 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 www.mcgill.ca/caps 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: www.akfc.ca/youthfellows

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 mcgillspacesproject@gmail.com) 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


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The Last Stretch

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 15:52
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1.       GIS Day 2015

2.       Branches Fall Launch Party

3.       Geog/Envi Science Games team

4.       GeoSpectives: Youth Spatial Stories in Montreal and Paris

5.       Artic Field Semester

6.       Barbados Field Course

7.       Get Involved in Research (Info Session)

8.       Engineering Without Borders volunteering opportunity

9.       Grad Photos

10.   Cool thing of the week

 

The last stretch

Привет!! I promise this is the last time I mention the apartment crawl. Or not, since it was pretty awesome! I was really happy to get to know some of my faithful readers; it was great to see you all have fun and make new bonds. If you have any commentaries or suggestions for future events, let us know! We're open to ideas on how to make events more memorable. Feel free to upload pictures from the evening! #MUGSCrawl2014.

 

1.      GIS Day 2014

The GIC, in collaboration with the Department of Geography, is organizing GIS day at McGill for 2014. We would like to invite the McGill community to our GIS Day/Geospectives event on November 19, 2014!

Come join us in Burnside Hall 5th floor for the worldwide celebration of "GIS Day", the annual salute to geospatial technology and its power to transform and better our lives. Click here to see the schedule of speakers in BH426, and take note that it will all be followed by a poster competition with Wine and Cheese!

As we are planning our Symposium (5 talks - 15 minutes each) and Poster session (16 posters), we would like to invite you and/or your students to present GIS and Remote Sensing research related topics. In order participate in the events please send an email to gicsupport@mcgill.ca with the subject GIS Day Oral Presentation or GIS Day Poster. In the body of the email please write the name of the contributors, title of the project and a 50 word abstract. For those interested in presenting a poster, we will print your poster for free at a maximum size of 3 x 4 feet.

We are looking forward to seeing our McGill community actively taking part in this important event.

 

2.      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.

 

3.      Geog/Envi Science Games team

The McGill Science Games are back! Taking place January 22, 23, and 24, 2015, this is a weekend you won't' want to miss! You can check out last year event's here.

The cost of the event is $70, which includes drinks, lunches, events, t-shirt, and lab coat to decorate in the most geographical/environmental way you can think of plus the some of the best memories from your time in McGill!

There are limited spots and registrations are still open so contact David (david.blair3@mail.mcgill.ca) or Laura (laura.lyon@mail.mcgill.ca)

You don't have to be in science to participate!

 

4.      GeoSpectives: Youth Spatial Stories in Montreal and Paris

Date: November 19, 2014, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Burnside 426

Youth Spatial Stories in Montreal and Paris:

A Participatory Multimedia Research Project

Prof. Julie-Anne Boudreau

Centre Urbanisation Culture Société

INRS (Institut national de la recherche scientifique)

Too often we speak negatively of youth in immigrant neighborhoods; we emphasize the process of impoverishment that affect these areas. This participatory research aims to provide a different perspective. Instead of looking at decay, we ask what is being (re)constructed, which allows the production of identities and youthful spaces of action. We do this by (1) highlighting the counter-discourses constructed by young people to face the dominant discourse on their "anomie," (2) analyzing the collective spatial histories they build for themselves and between them, (3) exploring power relations, the conditions that constrain or favor youth citizenship and political participation. In Montreal (in the neighborhoods of St-Michel and Little Burgundy) and in Paris (in the suburbs of Aubervilliers and Pantin), youth are producing multimedia guides of their neighborhood which can be uploaded on a telephone. Walking these neighborhoods immersed in the sound and visual scapes proposed by youth provides an entirely different experienced of these "stigmatized" places.

 

5.      *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 (hans.ce.larsson@mcgill.ca) ASAP.

6.      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 tom.meredith@mcgill.ca for more information

 

7.      Get involved in research (Information sessions)

Science students: Want to know how to get involved in research?

Tuesday, Nov. 18th, 2014, 17:00-18:25. Leacock 232

This seminar presents strategies to get involved in research, introduces related resources and services, and features testimonials by McGill students about their own undergraduate research experiences. The target audience is undergraduate science students (B.Sc., B.A. & Sc.). Presented by the (OURS). 

More information: Students who cannot attend are invited to consult http://www.mcgill.ca/science/research/ours/how  and then contact the Office for Undergraduate Research in Science if they have questions (see contact info online).

 

Funding for B.Sc. / B.A. & Sc. students to attend or host conferences

The 21st Century Ambassador Fund is a source of a financial assistance to students in the Faculty of Science (including Arts and Science) for the purpose of attending or hosting conferences/competitions of an academic nature, representing McGill science at all levels. This round targets conferences from December 2014 to April 2015, although we will also consider recent conference travel that occurred. (There will be another call for applications in the winter term, to target summer conferences) Applicants are encouraged to fill out the form and submit it to finance@sus.mcgill.ca by December 1, 2014.

For more information, please contact us or visit our website at http://sus.mcgill.ca/resources/funding

 

8.      Engineers Without Border volunteering opportunity

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Canada hosts the largest International Development conference in Canada and this year it's happening in Montreal! EWB's National Conference Unite to Unlock is an inspiring gathering of diverse people (not just engineers! Don't be fooled by the name) that are passionate, critical, and hopeful about the world of International Development.

We are looking for volunteers!! Jan 15th-18th 2015

This conference is a great place to learn and think critically about international development, network for jobs with NGO's, and see what's happening in the real world of international development.

As a volunteer you also get to attend a number of workshops for free (in ratio to the amount of hours you volunteer).  A ticket to this conference costs $900 but volunteers come for free!

Interested? Contact Us at gaelenmartin-timms@ewb.ca to sign up as a volunteer and receive more information about the training session.

For more info on the conference check out http://conference2015.ewb.ca/en/  

 

9.      Grad Photos

Are you leaving us at the end of the school year? Do you like being photographed? Then this is probably for you:

Capture your great achievement for a lifetime of memories with Lassman Studios Photography. Included in your sitting are a minimum of 10 unique online poses from which you can view/order online and an 11x14 copy of your graduating class mosiac.

You must have your photo taken to appear in your respective graduating class mosaic!

Both traditional grad portraits as well as some fun style shots (if desired) will be taken. Gowns, roses, mortorboard, graduating hoods, etc. will be provided on the day of your shoot. You can also choose from over 25 different backgrounds. You can even upload your own background!

Don't miss this great opportunity for Professional Graduation Portraits!

To sign up:

1. Visit http://lassmanstudios.com/dcs_sched/

2. Enter mcg15 in the School ID

3. Click on a location/date/time that works best for you and book it!

 

10.  Cool thing of the week:

I finally got a submission for the cool thing of the week and the sender told me how easy it was to send it: she opened a browser, then went into her email account, typed mcgillgeography@gmail.com in the sender line then type in the email with the subject "cool thing of the week" along with the link and why it was 'cool-thing'-worthy.

Have you been spending a lot of time in the GIC but yet don't know the name of that really cute person? Well, wonder no more! A couple of pioneering students interested in helping others find connections in this messy world we call "Burnside 5th floor" have created the space for you: GICrushes.

 

Have a remarkable week! Don't doubt the power of midday naps.

Phil Perez Aranguren

VP Communications


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Extra! Apartment Crawl 2014

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 22:52
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Hello MUGS-sters! 
As you have probably have heard from the last couple of listservs, along with the constant Facebook reminders or perhaps with personal reminders as I see you in Burnside, The A-MUGS-zing race is ready to start! Our apartment crawl is less than 24 hours away and I thought it'd be good to send a reminder so you can get ready for the party of the year:

  • Get your tickets! We will have office hours tomorrow from 11:30 to 12:30! If you can't make it before the start of the crawl but will be attending, send us a message to mcgillgeography@gmail.com to save a spot. For those that reserve a spot, you can pay tomorrow at the start of the crawl.
  • Bring your own mug/cup/glass/tumbler/beaker/goblet/chalice/bowl/canteen/jug/Mason jar/sippy cup/bottle! We have drinks in bottles/cans but we have limited cups so bring your own drinking receptacle! 
  • We will start in the geography lounge (Burnside Hall 305) at 7 pm. We will wait for 15 minutes and then head as a big happy family to the first pit stop. If possible, arrive 5 minutes in advance to get your bracelet; this is your proof of payment
  • If you get lost between stops or will take a detour, make sure to contact one of the executives to get the next location as we will not give out the address.
  • We, all of the MUGS executives, strive to create an environment that is safe, welcoming and accepting of all identities. As such, all our events are in a safer space so we expect respect from all our attendees. 
  • Be safe when going back home so in case you need them, SSMU has Walksafe (514-398-2498) and Drivesafe (514-398-8040) and even Nightline (514-398-6246). 
If we miss anything else or you have any questions, don't hesitate to email us! I'll make sure to check the email tomorrow! 
In the meantime, study hard and tomorrow, you can tell me how sick you are of my emails!
Hasta Mañana
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The A-MUGS-zing Race!

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 06:30
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1.       MUGS apartment crawl 2014

2.       Geog/Envi Science Games team

3.       MUGS composting

4.       GeoSpectives: Canada's Climate History

5.       Artic Field Semester

6.       Relay For Life on Nov. 15th

7.       MUGS lounge update

8.       Cool thing of the week

 

The A-MUGS-zing Race!

'ahlan wasahlan! In case you have been living under a rock or simply ignoring the last couple of listserv along with the Facebook announcements in the MUGS page or not seen the FB event that you were invited to, the MUGS apartment crawl is coming! Tickets are currently on sale and you can get them in the MUGS lounge but if you can't come to those hours, email us so you don't feel left out!

 

1.      MUGS Apartment Crawl 2014

It's here! The MUGS apartment crawl is happening in less than two weeks and we have all you need to know to party like a true geographer
As some of you have already experience in previous years, the apartment crawl is the best party of the year and this year will be even better as it'll be The A-MUGS-zing Race! (but this is NOT an actual race; there are no teams required!)
It'll take place on November 14th in the evening and it'll include 4 stops in places in Mile End and the Plateau. We have great stuff planned for you to get to know your fellow geographers, enjoy a few drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic equally available), play some games, dance if you want, talk and overall make great memories.
We will be selling tickets during our office hours between 11:30-12:30 starting on every day this week. For geographers, it's $10 and for non-geographers, it's $15. We have limited spaces so make sure to get your ticket soon. If you can't come during those hours, you can email us and we can figure out a way! Everyone is welcomed, even if they are not in geography or even in McGill!
For more information, check out the Facebook event page.

 

2.      Geog/Envi Science Games team

The McGill Science Games are back! Taking place January 22, 23, and 24, 2015, this is a weekend you won't' want to miss! You can check out last year event's here.

This year we are making a geography/environment joint team to compete in the 3-day event between science departments to determine who is number one by sparring in events and games such as: beer Olympics, power hour, iron chef, scavenger hunt, and much more so let's make sure they all know that geography and environment rule the world!

The cost of the event is $70, which includes drinks, lunches, events, t-shirt, and lab coat to decorate in the most geographical/environmental way you can think of plus the some of the best memories from your time in McGill!
There are limited spots, therefore registration must be done before Nov. 12. Registration will be open to Geography (B.A/B.Sc/B.A.Sc in the major or minor) and Environment (B.A./B.Sc/B.A.Sc int he major or minor) first, then open to all after 15 people have registered.

To get ready for Science Games, SUS is holding a power hour HYPE NIGHT at Cafe Campus on Nov. 12. This event is open to ALL. Pick up your hype night braclets at the SUS office during office hours, $20.

For more information or to register, contact David Blair (david.blair3@mail.mcgill.ca) or Laura Lyon (laura.lyon@mail.mcgill.ca)
You don't have to be in science to participate!

 

3.      MUGS Composting

As you have probably seen in the MUGS lounge, there's a little black bin next to the large garbage bin; this black bin is for composting only and we have unfortunately see non-composting materials in the bin and we would like you to be aware of what can be composted and what cannot and use the other bins that are in literally next to the composting bin according to what you are throwing away.
This list has the indications according to compostmontreal.com. We are very glad to have this opportunity in McGill has not all buildings nor all department lounges have access to a composting bin so help us use it wisely.

4.      GeoSpectives: Canada's Climate History

Date: November 10, 2014, 3-4 p.m. in Burnside Hall 426

Canada's Climate History:

Weather Observations from the St-Lawrence Valley, 1742-2010

Dr. Victoria Slonosky

Co-sponsored by the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science & the McGill Centre for Digital Humanities

Systematic climatic and daily instrumental weather observations in Montreal and Québec City were kept from the mid-1700s until the end of the 19th century.  These weather registers have been digitized by a crowd-source citizen science data rescue project.  Daily temperature readings have been assessed for quality and regression models used to reconstruct minimum and maximum temperatures. Climatic indicators such as heat wave and cold spell counts suggest considerable decadal scale variability over the past 200 years. Many of these observers were part of Montreal's 19th century scientific establishment and several had connections to McGill.  Their motivations for collecting records include attempts to evaluate human-induced climate change and an interest in the relationship between climate and disease.
More information on future GeoSpective talks on their website

 

5.      *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 (hans.ce.larsson@mcgill.ca) ASAP.

6.      Relay For Life on Nov. 15th

Relay for Life is a 12 hour, overnight event aimed to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. Fundraising teams come together for a fun-filled night of activities and entertainment, while sharing time walking the Tomlinson Fieldhouse track.

It will be held from 9pm on Saturday Nov. 15th until 9am on Sunday Nov. 16th in the Tomlinson Fieldhouse (in the McGill gym).
Individuals participate in teams of about 10 people, and take turns walking around a track for the duration of the event, demonstrating their solidarity with cancer patients battling this terrible disease. Participants and teams are sponsored by friends and relatives and/or do fundraising prior to the event, to raise money, which goes to the Canadian Cancer Society

For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1544376362445026/

7.      MUGS lounge

As you know we have a fantastic lounge in the 3rd floor of Burnside (room 305 to be exact) and compared to other departments, we have it pretty good: we have comfy, clean couches, tables with chairs, a brand-new microwave, a kettle, a toaster, a coffee maker and even a TV. We have been pretty lucky to have such a great spaces with windows as most lounges are in windowless rooms. It's open most of the time and all geography students can have access to it for hanging out, studying, eating, napping, whatever you need to do. Also, we are planning to have smaller events like game nights or tea-and-cookie time in the future so keep an eye on the listserv/FB page for more info.

The door is very often open and as such, it's not a super safe place to leave your valuables there and unfortunately, we have experienced a loss as we had a Nintendo 64 hooked to our TV but it has gone missing. Not that we think that a geography student took it but this is a good medium to get this to your attention. We are working hard to create a better space for geography students can spend their free time and are planning improvements to the lounge in the coming months as this is your space as much as ours as our funds come from student fees. If you have any information on the whereabouts of the Nintendo 64, we ask you to please help us or if you happen to have it, please return it without any questions asked. We want to share all we have with the entire undergrad geography student body.
We would like to keep this space accessible to all and in the coming future, we are planning to have an open forum where you can share your ideas and in the meantime, there's a suggestions box next to the door.

8.      Cool thing of the week:

You know that great article you found only while you were supposed to be working on your GIS lab? Yeah, the one that you thought "oh if only people knew about this!"? That's the kind of stuff that people like our readers enjoy so email me at mcgillgeography@gmail.com and I'll add it on the listserv instead of the random stuff I find.

Did you know that the US isn't the only 'United States' in North America? There's a second one. There's this really cool map that shows the endonym of all countries in their official language or national language most used by its population. (Hint, the one United States country in North America isn't Canada as its endonym is… Canada).

 

Have a phenomenal week! Who says you can't relax on Mondays?

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Dipping into negatives

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 23:53
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1.       MUGS apartment crawl 2014

2.       Geog/Envi Science Games team

3.       Study Abroad Fair by the Faculty of Science

4.       AUS Graduate School Fair 2014

5.       "Culture Shock" Event Series

6.       Historical GIS short-term contract opportunity

7.       Engineers Without Borders internship opportunity

8.       Relay For Life on Nov. 15th

9.       Cool thing of the week

 

Dipping into negatives

Anyoung haseyo! That time of year is here: the weather forecast calls for negative temperatures in the evening and even some stuff in the near future but this listserv should give you something to look forward to that isn't too cold: We have our apartment crawl coming up and we are forming a joint geography/environment team for the science games for January next year plus there are study abroad, internship and even job opportunities ahead.

 

1.      MUGS Apartment Crawl 2014

It's here! The MUGS apartment crawl is happening in less than two weeks and we have all you need to know to party like a true geographer
As some of you have already experience in previous years, the apartment crawl is the best party of the year and this year will be even better as it'll be The A-MUGS-zing Race!
It'll take place on November 14th in the evening and it'll include 4 stops in places in Mile End and the Plateau. We have great stuff planned for you to get to know your fellow geographers, enjoy a few drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic equally available), play some games, dance if you want, talk and overall make great memories.
We will be selling tickets during our office hours between 11:30-12:30 starting on Thursday Nov. 6th. For geographers, it's $10 and for non-geographers, it's $15. We have limited spaces so make sure to get your ticket soon! Everyone is welcomed, even if they are not in geography or even in McGill!
For more information, check out the Facebook event page.

 

2.      Geog/Envi Science Games team

The McGill Science Games are back! Taking place January 22, 23, and 24, 2015, this is a weekend you won't' want to miss! You can check out last year event's here.

This year we are making a geography/environment joint team to compete in the 3-day event between science departments to determine who is number one by sparring in events and games such as: beer Olympics, power hour, iron chef, scavenger hunt, and much more so let's make sure they all know that geography and environment rule the world!

The cost of the event is $70, which includes drinks, lunches, events, t-shirt, and lab coat to decorate in the most geographical/environmental way you can think of plus the some of the best memories from your time in McGill!
There are limited spots, therefore registration must be done before Nov. 12. Registration will be open to Geography (B.A/B.Sc/B.A.Sc in the major or minor) and Environment (B.A./B.Sc/B.A.Sc int he major or minor) first, then open to all after 15 people have registered.

To get ready for Science Games, SUS is holding a power hour HYPE NIGHT at Cafe Campus on Nov. 12. This event is open to ALL. Pick up your hype night braclets at the SUS office during office hours, $20.

For more information or to register, contact David Blair (david.blair3@mail.mcgill.ca) or Laura Lyon (laura.lyon@mail.mcgill.ca)
You don't have to be in science to participate!

 

3.      Study Abroad Fair by the Faculty of Science

Your Passport to Discovery: Science (including B.A. & Sc. student) Study Abroad and Field Studies Fair

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from 10:00am - 4:00pm

Trottier Building, 2nd floor

Explore the many opportunities to travel abroad and earn credits. Meet exchange students and students from the McGill Africa, Barbados and Panama Field Study Semesters.  Snacks will be provided.

Information Sessions for Science Students (including B.A. & Sc. students)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from 10:30 - 11:30am or 2:30 - 3:30pm

Trottier Building, Room 3120

How to apply to an exchange or a field study semester. For further information: http://internationalweek.sll.mcgill.ca/events.php

4.      AUS Graduate School Fair 2014

Gearing up for life after your undergrad? Considering graduate or professional studies in Canada or abroad? It's never too early to start thinking! (open to all students whether you are graduating this year or not)

More than 50 universities from across North America and beyond, representing a broad spectrum of graduate and professional programs, including accounting, art history, business, communication, economics, journalism, law, and political science, will be present to promote and educate their students abut their respective institutions. It will take place on Tuesday Nov. 4th between 11 am and 3 pm in the SSMU ballroom (3rd floor).

If you have any questions, or wish to volunteer at the event, please e-mail AUS VP External Lola Baraldi at external.aus@mail.mcgill.ca or check out the Facebook event page

5.      "Culture Short" Event Series

Culture Shock is an annual event series dedicated to exploring the myths surrounding immigrants, refugees, indigenous people and communities of colour. Culture Shock seeks to bring together members of these communities to engage in dialogue about issues relevant to their lives, as well as to educate non-members around some of the issues faced by communities of colour in Canada and beyond. This year, Culture Shock will take place from November 6-9. The full schedule is on our website, at www.qpirgmcgill.org/culture-shock

 

6.      Historical GIS short-term contract opportunity

Professor Daviken Studnicki-Gizbert at the Department of History is looking to hire a student with strong GIS and cartography skills to produce a series of maps relating to heavy metal emissions from 18th century silver mining in Mexico. The datasets have already been georeferenced.
The contract is for 50 hours of work at $15/hr, with possibilities of extension. Please send a short CV, a cover-letter describing your relevant skills and experience and an example of your best work (PDF) to: daviken.studnicki-gizbert@mcgill.ca by Nov. 5th. The decision will be taken on Nov. 7th with a view to beginning the project shortly thereafter.

7.      Engineers Without Borders internship opportunity

Engineers Without Borders McGill (not just for engineers!) is looking for a student to participate in a free, four-month internship in Canada or one of five African countries (Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Malawi and Ghana) this coming summer.
If you're interested in development geography and looking for a new challenge, this program is a great opportunity. All costs are entirely covered by the organization and applications are currently being accepted from students in all faculties.
There will be an info session at 5:30pm November 4th in the Engineering Common Room (basement of McConnell Building, FB event link). If you have any questions, contact mariamnaguib@ewb.ca or learn more here.

8.      Relay For Life on Nov. 15th

Relay for Life is a 12 hour, overnight event aimed to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. Fundraising teams come together for a fun-filled night of activities and entertainment, while sharing time walking the Tomlinson Fieldhouse track.

It will be held from 9pm on Saturday Nov. 15th until 9am on Sunday Nov. 16th in the Tomlinson Fieldhouse (in the McGill gym).
Individuals participate in teams of about 10 people, and take turns walking around a track for the duration of the event, demonstrating their solidarity with cancer patients battling this terrible disease. Participants and teams are sponsored by friends and relatives and/or do fundraising prior to the event, to raise money, which goes to the Canadian Cancer Society

For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1544376362445026/

9.      Cool thing of the week:

Cannot get enough of listserv and wish you were part of it? You can! Send me any interesting link or even something you think it's worthy of being in the listserv and chances are, I'll add it to the next. Simply email me at mcgillgeography@gmail.com

Here's fascinating look at divided Germany even after 25 years since the Berlin Wall came down (there are some maps for you cartophiles!)

 

Have a marvelous week! They are always watching.

Phil Perez Aranguren

VP Communications


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Spooky Road Ahead

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 01:23
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1.       Halloween pumpkin carving

2.       Looking for apartments!

3.       GeoSpectives talk: Post-Communist Memory and the Soviet Legacy in Central Asia

4.       Relay For Life on Nov. 15th

5.       Cool thing of the week

 

Spooky Road Ahead:

Dà jiā hǎo! I'm trying to come up with something interesting to say here and catch your attention so you can read the listserv to the end but my brain isn't really working at this time so I'll just go ahead and tell you what is coming up and throw an extra gif:

 

1.      Halloween Pumpkin carving

It's that time of the year when it's normal to show up at some random person's home and get free stuff but since we are not kids anymore, we can't really get away with doing that.
In that case, we will actually having Halloween in the MUGS lounge. On Thursday October 30th, we will be carving pumpkins and giving out candy between 12-1 pm. You don't need to dress up for that but it'd be great if you do!

Also, the weather is getting colder by the day so make sure your head is protected with our wonderful tuques.

2.      Looking for apartments

The time is fast approaching for our biggest event of the year: the MUGS Apartment Crawl. We are aiming for the weekend of November 14th.
As some of you have experienced in the past, this is the event you won't want to miss and the best way to be part of the party is to hosting it! We are looking for apartments to host one of the stops during the crawl so if you are interested, send us an email or talk to any of the executives and we will give you more information.

3.      GeoSpectives Talk: Post-Communist Memory and the Soviet Legacy in Central Asia

GeoSpectives is a series of talk hosted by the Department of Geography that take place in Burnside Hall 426. Here's the next one on Monday Oct. 27th from 12-1pm. You can also find more information on future talks on their website.
Post-Communist Memory and the Soviet Legacy in Central Asia
Prof. Natalie Koch
Department of Geography, Syracuse University
Monuments are frequently targeted for replacement with new icons when societies undergo rapid political change. This process was evident in the collapse of communist regimes in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union from 1989-1991. The Soviet successor states in Central Asia – often treated as exceptional in the literature on post-communism – also experienced a process of "de-Sovietization," with dramatic changes to their symbolic landscapes in nearly 25 years of independence. The process, however, is arguably more complex than in Eastern Europe or even in Russia. I examine the general pattern of these changes, but focus on Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, where certain Soviet-era monuments remain, while some new post-Soviet monuments have already been torn down and replaced with yet another layer of memorials.

4.      Relay For Life on Nov. 15th

Relay for Life is a 12 hour, overnight event aimed to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society. Fundraising teams come together for a fun-filled night of activities and entertainment, while sharing time walking the Tomlinson Fieldhouse track.

It will be held from 9pm on Saturday Nov. 15th until 9am on Sunday Nov. 16th in the Tomlinson Fieldhouse (in the McGill gym).
Individuals participate in teams of about 10 people, and take turns walking around a track for the duration of the event, demonstrating their solidarity with cancer patients battling this terrible disease. Participants and teams are sponsored by friends and relatives and/or do fundraising prior to the event, to raise money, which goes to the Canadian Cancer Society

For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1544376362445026/

5.      Cool thing of the week:

Tired of the random links I post here, which I confess, come mostly from the r/geography subreddit? Then send the ones you find to mcgillgeography@gmail.com and I'll share them with anyone who reads this section of the listserv.

Here's an interesting article about crowdsourcing maps and the Ebola epidemic coming from fastcolabs.com.

 

Have an incredible week! If you're out of ideas for Halloween, just throw in a hat and call.

Phil Perez Aranguren

VP Communications


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Halway there!

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 01:00
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1.       Q&A with a McGill Geography alumnus

2.       Halloween pumpkin carving

3.       Looking for apartments!

4.       GEOG 202 tutors needed

5.       Free screening and Q&A: Lament for the Land

6.       Cool thing of the week

 

Half way there:

Buongiorno! I hope you are surviving your midterms and if you are still dealing with them, here's a little perspective: the 'mid' in 'midterms' stand for 'middle' which indicates we are half way there! You never thought about that, did you? Okay, fine. I'll just get on with the listserv for this week…

 

1.      Q&A with a McGill Geography alumnus

As homecoming is happening this weekend, we have been contacted by a McGill geography alumnus who is interested in having an informal Q&A this Monday October 20th at 12:00 pm in the MUGS lounge. He is Seismic Data Processing Analyst for Chevron, the oil company, in Calgary. He is interested in talking about job prospective, career possibilities, and how GIS analysts function within a company like this one.

2.      Halloween Pumpkin carving

It's that time of the year when it's normal to show up at some random person's home and get free stuff but since we are not kids anymore, we can't really get away with doing that.
In that case, we will actually having Halloween in the MUGS lounge. On Thursday October 30th, we will be carving pumpkins and giving out candy between 12-1 pm. You don't need to dress up for that but it'd be great if you do!

3.      Looking for apartments

The time is fast approaching for our biggest event of the year: the MUGS Apartment Crawl. We are aiming for the weekend of November 14th.
As some of you have experienced in the past, this is the event you won't want to miss and the best way to be part of the party is to hosting it! We are looking for apartments to host one of the stops during the crawl so if you are interested, send us an email or talk to any of the executives and we will give you more information.

4.      GEOG 202 Tutors needed

McGill Tutorial Service is looking for tutors for GEOG 202: Statistics and Spatial Analysis. If you had an A or A- in the course, you can apply for this position even if you don't have experience. Tutors are paid a rate of $15 per hour.
For more information, contact the Administrative Coordinator, Lorraine Bush, at tutoring.service@mcgill.ca

5.      Volunteers for Elimu, a research NGO

Professor Matthieu Chemin's research NGO, Elimu, is launching a cross-continental Skype "exchange" between students of McGill and students of Kianyaga, Kenya. McGill students will Skype weekly with Kenyan students, helping them with English (or other subjects)--and picking up some Swahili or Kikuyu in return! There are two ways to be part of this exciting new cross-cultural learning experience:

                                                   i.      Become a volunteer when the project launches in January. You will receive training from former Elimu interns on cultural sensitivity and cross-cultural communication in the context of Kianyaga. Then, you will be paired with a Kenyan student and will arrange with them a weekly time to Skype with them. Email jessye.kilburn@mail.mcgill.ca if you are interested in receiving more information when the project gets off the ground.

                                                 ii.      Help us fundraise for laptops and internet connection by donating at the link below, and/or sharing it with others whom you think might be interested. 100% of what you donate goes straight to the project, and even small donations help!

Find out more and donate here -- thank you in advance for supporting this important project!

6.      Cool thing of the week:

If you find something really interesting, let me know by emailing mcgillgeography@gmail.com and you could be feature in the 'Cool Thing of the Week' (well, not you but your link and a quick shout-out to your searching abilities)

Ever wondering how old you would be if you were in Mercury? Or how far have you travelled through the Milky Way? You need not to wonder anymore! The BBC has this cool interactive feature that will calculate it for you. Hey, I don't look that bad for a 103 guy from Mercury!

 

Have a fantastic week! When in doubt, just dance it out.

Phil Perez Aranguren

VP Communications


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Crazy Weather Ahead

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 13:16

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1.       Urban Symposium

2.       Compost bin in the MUGS lounge

3.       Free screening and Q&A: Lament for the Land

4.       GEOG 202 tutors needed

5.       Cool thing of the week

 

Crazy weather ahead:

Guten Tag! Happy belated thanksgiving! Hope everyone had a good time home with the family, friends, loved ones or cats; I personally could not move last Sunday after eating so much. Once again, thanks for joining us last Thursday in our little pre-Thanksgiving lunch and I hope you enjoyed it! (Shout-out to the chefs for a delicious chili)

 

1.      Urban Symposium

We have 13 Urban Studies undergrads presenting (6 from Tufts, 7 from McGill) their research on a variety of topics including transportation (Montreal, New York, Boston), social housing and the 'right to the city' movement in Argentina, queer urban spaces, sustainability, the informal economy in urban Vietnam, and a new master-planned city in Ecuador. Most of the presenters have been engaged in research over the past summer, either for professors and/or for their own honours theses.
It will take place on Saturday October 18th from 10 am to 3 pm in Burnside Hall 426.

2.      Compost bin in the MUGS lounge

As announced before, we have a compost bin in the MUGS lounge so you can bring your waster. It's a little black bin next to the big garbage bit. If you want more information about it, you can contact us or talk to Mayumi, our sustainability officer

3.       Free screening: Lament for the Land

The Climate Change Adaptation Research Group (CCARG) is happy to be hosting a free screening of "Lament for the Land" Thursday October 16th at 6:15pm in the Thomson House basement lounge. There will be a Q&A session after the film with director and CCARG collaborator Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo Willox. The event is open to the public. You can see the trailer and learn more about it on their website
About the film: Told through the voices of 24 people from Nunatsiavut, Labrador, Lament for the Land weaves together the voices and wisdom of Labrador Inuit with stunning visual scenery to tell a powerful story of change, loss, and hope in the context of rapid climate change in the North. A collaboration between researcher Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo Willox and the five communities of Nunatsiavut, this film brings attention to some of the most pressing climatic and environmental issues of our time, and the resulting mental, emotional, and cultural impacts on one of Canada's oldest and most enduring cultures.

4.      GEOG 202 Tutors needed

McGill Tutorial Service is looking for tutors for GEOG 202: Statistics and Spatial Analysis. If you had an A or A- in the course, you can apply for this position even if you don't have experience. Tutors are paid a rate of $15 per hour (enough for you to get a wonderful Geography tuque!).
For more information, contact the Administrative Coordinator, Lorraine Bush, at tutoring.service@mcgill.ca

5.      Cool thing of the week:

If you find something really interesting, let me know by emailing mcgillgeography@gmail.com and you could be feature in the 'Cool Thing of the Week' (well, not you but your link and a quick shout-out to your searching abilities)

A US-European team has discovered thousands of new mountains on Earth but they are in the bottom of the ocean. The BBC article contains the details on how they used radar satellites to discern their presence under water.

 

Have a wonderful week! Maybe go for one last splash in the pool?

Phil Perez Aranguren

VP Communications


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1.       MUGS presents: early Thanksgiving!

2.       Compost bin in the MUGS lounge

3.       Field notes: looking for editors

4.       Last call for lockers

5.       Urban Symposium

6.       The Feast Worldwide

7.       Cool thing of the week

 

Fall is here!

Hola a todos! Did you get to enjoy this last few gorgeous days we had of summer? I will miss laying in the lower fields basking under the sun instead of spending my days in the GIC studying for midterms. However here at MUGS we will do our best to keep your spirits up in the midst of all the coursework!

 

1.      MUGS presents: early Thanksgiving!

With Thanksgiving coming up, we decided to give you an early treat. This coming Thursday Oct. 9th, we will be having vegetarian chili, pumpkin pie and other surprises in the MUGS lounge (Burnside 305) between 12-1. You only need to bring your own bowl to enjoy some delicious food!

Also, we will be selling our famous geography tuques for $15 so get ready for the chilly weather ahead

2.      Compost bin in the MUGS lounge

As announced before, we will have a compost bin in the MUGS lounge so you can bring your waster. If you want more information about it, you can contact us or talk to Mayumi, our sustainability officer

3.      Field notes: looking for editors

Field Notes is our own undergraduate geography journal! Any research that has been done by any affiliated department is eligible to submit articles that have received a grade of A or A-. We want work from all aspects of geography – from physical geography to human geography to freestanding maps. Currently, we are looking for assistant directors for our annual edition! So you can write your inquiries to journal.fieldnotes@gmail.com.

4.      Last call for lockers

For those that had lockers last year and left their locks in the lockers without renewing them, we have cut all locks and unclaimed possessions are in the MUGS lounge. If you signed up for a locker for this year but had a lock on it, it should be free now. For any other inquiries, email us

5.      Urban Symposium

On Oct. 18th, the department will be hosting an Urban Symposium between McGill and Tufts University from Boston. There will be discussion on different urban topics and different students from both universities talking about their research. Prof. Sarah Moser is helping organize the event but we still need some students to help with the promotion and to volunteer the day of the event. For more information, you can contact Prof. Moser by email.

6.      The Feast Worldwide

The Feast Worldwide is a global dinner movement focused around collaborating for social impact. On October 11th, thousands of people in 40+ cities will come together over dinner to explore this year's theme: Progress - a world where everyone can be their healthiest selves.

Students are encouraged to attend and participate in developing ideas for concrete change in Montreal. There will be a wide range of speakers and guests present. Guests will be eligible for mentorship as their ideas are seen through the development process. You can check the FB event here: The Feast Worldwide, Montreal 2014

7.      Sharing Thanksgiving

Share Thanksgiving is a community initiative that connects newcomer individuals and families with Canadian individuals and families over Thanksgiving weekend to share a meal. Families sign up at www.sharethanksgiving.ca, a match is made, and the two families share in this tradition together, in the host family's home. Last year, over 4000 people were connected through this program in 10 different Canadian cities. If you're interested in sharing Thanksgiving as either a host or a newcomer, please visit the website for more information.

8.      Cool thing of the week:

As always, you're welcomed to send anything cool or interesting you've found online and we'll share it with everyone. Simply send it over to mcgillgeography@gmail.com

Using satellite imagery, the University of California San Diego created the most detailed map of the ocean floor ever seen. You can go to theguardian.com to check out the interactive map.

 

Have an excellent week! Thanksgiving is coming soon!

Phil Perez Aranguren

VP Communications


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Dept. of Geography
McGill University
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805 Sherbrooke West
Montreal, QC
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