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The Final MUGS listserv (this year)

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 11:17

 

Hello Geographers!

If you're reading this, you've made it this far! So here's a little procrastination before finals are upon us, and also the last listserv of the 2016-17 year! So here we go:

 

 

 

  1. Arctic Field Studies
  2. Jacques Cartier Open Brainstorming
  3. For those Sticking Around...
  4. Mildy Interesting Map of the Week
  5. Cool Thing of the Week

 

 

1. Arcrtic Field Studies

Is all this sun in Montréal seeming like a little much too soon? Well, there's always cooler! The Arctic Field Studies deadline has been extended to April 26th, and still has spots open! So if the great beyond of the Arctic is calling you, this is your chance! ...I'll just be enjoying the sun for a little B)

 

 

 

2. Jacques Cartier Brain Storming

The City of Montreal is leading a series of public consultations about the future of the Jacques Cartier Bridge and its surrounding neighbourhood. They've reached out to us, really keen for input from Geography and Urban Planning students from McGill. It's a chance for you to brainstorm about urban-inspired ideas and make a difference in planning decisions, but also an amazing opportunity to network and meet city-planning groups and decision makers. The meeting is on the 20th of April; check out the poster for more information! 
 

 

 

 

3. For Those of Us Sticking Around

So I have found myself privileged enough to stick around burnside for the summer doing research (it's more stockholm syndrome than anything else at this point), and heard that a couple of you will be around as well!

Thought i'd just post this to let the people who're sticking around know, there'll a 'Burnside crew/cohort' so that when you're getting your Ice Cap from accross the street, to bring back timbits for the rest of us. Only slightly joking, though yes. We should organize for what's looking like a fun summer ahead of us :)

 

 

4. Mildly Interesting Map of the Week

Wondering what to do this summer out of touch from learning geography all year? Well, take the chance to learn first hand how geomorphological processes formed the place we call home and visit some of Canada's beautiful national parks! If you do go (or anywhere cool really) do send us a pic or post it to our instagram @mcgillgeography. Hover over the points in the interactive map to get more info on your next summer destination :)

 

 

 

5. Cool Thing of the Week

Pretty cool, and relevant to those of you from Toronto, though this is an awesome old map of the city in 1834! I really love this map as it's so humbling to what Toronto is today (i.e. the 6/Movie-set New York). 

 

 

 

And there you have it, 

So that was my last listserv. Just wanted to say thank you everyone for reading and making this such a great year for the department. I've had a great time scouring the internet for cool/mildly-interesting/meh maps of the week, though i'm also glad to be handing over the position to your new VP Comms Charlie, who I'm sure will do an amazing job and find only the most rad maps for us. 

Have a great summer all, and to those who're graduating don't lose touch! We need you for alumni pannels and surprise visits in the GIC :)

Signing off, 

Noé Schultz
VP Communications
McGill Undergraduate Geography Society 






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MUGS Election Results

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 11:37

 

MUGS Election Results 2017-18

The ballots have been counted (online), and we are proud to announce our new MUGS council for the 2017-2018 Academic year! So here they are:

 

 

(Co)President(s) :
Brian Toy
Noé Schultz (that's me)

VP Finance
Nicole Sharma
 
VP Communications: 
Charlotte Zaininger
 
VP Academic:
Hannah Kerr

VP External – AUS:
Jesse Bartsoff
 

VP External – SUS: 
Robyn Lane
 
U2 Representative: 
Siena Vallee

U3 Representative:
Dorothy Heinrich

 

 

So congratulations to the new MUGS council (yes this is awkward for me to type for myself), and thank you all for the great voter turnout, because when it comes to McGill Elections 24% is cause for celebration.

And celebrate is just what we'll do! Come by the construction themed party to see your future MUGS council and friends in a setting beyond the GIC fluorescent lights. Check out the event here, and hope to see you guys there :)

 

 

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Weekly MUGS Listserv

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 12:37

 

Hello Geographers!

ELECTIONS HAVE BEGUN! Also check out our end of year party, and much more!

 

 

 

  1. MUGS Elections!
  2. End of Year Party (CONFIRMED)!
  3. MUGS Sweater pick up!
  4. African Field Studies Info Session
  5. Compost in the MUGS Lounge
  6. Mildy Interesting Map of the Week
  7. Cool Thing of the Week

 

 

1. MUGS Elections!

Elections have now begun! Check out our very legitimate online election link which is miles ahead the French government (which this year opted for non-electronic voting... however that's a rant for another time). 

The link is here.

So once you click on that link, you'll be prompted to sign in to confirm your identity as a true and current undergraduate geographer. From there on pick your desired MUGS representatives or the (slightly brutal) 'no' option, which I can only imagine counts as negative votes...? I'm not a politician, we'll see how this works. 

Please vote though, and we look forward to seeing the results soon :) 
P.S. for president there are two options, you can vote for both. they'll both be elected unless you vote no on one or both, which would result in anarchy and general chaos. Please don't do this.
 

 

 

2. Points, Lines, and Pylons: A Raster Disaster Brought to you by MUGS & the City of Montréal


It might be a bit of a mouthful, though it's our end of year party!! 
So check out the event description below and check out our Facebook event page :)
 

                           ~~~~CHERS PIETONS!~~~~

As the year winds to an end and some of our geographers are graduating, we can only really appreciate the permanence in knowledge, and Montreal Construction *badum-tss*

Anyways, come join us for some beverages, 'zza, and more (though not much more) this FRIDAY (9PM--> etc. AM) at 3668 DuRocher. 

No tickets required, though bonus points if you come in your finest construction attire (meaning pink camo pants and cowboy hats in this beautiful though odd city). 

Don't fall in a pothole on the way, and hope to see you there :)
 

 

 

 

3. Sweater pickup

There are some fine MUGS Sweaters in the lounge for those who have ordered/paid for them! We'll be tabling in the lounge Wednesday from 3-4pm to bestow them upon the (soon-to-be) most fashionable people in the GIC :) 
*If you can't make this time, let me know through email and we can find another time to meet.

 

 

4. African Fieldstudies Info Session

Unfortunately don't have anymore information on this, though this Thursday (April 6th) at 5:30pm in BURN426, is the Canadian Field Studies in Africa (CFSIA) info session! If this interests you, be sure to attend! 

 

 

5. Compost in the MUGS Lounge

The compost bin is finally back the MUGS lounge (!!!) thanks to a pilot-project in conjunction with the Environmental Residence Council. You'll find the bin on the counter next to the sink and we'll put a sign to remind you what you can and cannot compost (apparently hair's ok, if anybody was planning on opening a barbershop in the lounge). It's really important to keep the compost free of those non-compostable materials so the compost can actually be used! 

We'll be emptying the bins every 2-3 days. Don't hesitate to ask us if you have any questions. Happy composting! - MUGS 

 

 

6. Mildly Interesting Map of the Week

More Hydrology (yes I just registered for 322 and am trying to get in the hydro-mood). 
Though what a mildly interesting map on Australia's principal river basin! Really puts across the point of the center of Australia being an extremely dry ecosystem. Click on the image for an HD version.

 

 

 

7. Cool Thing of the Week

Below is the result of 30 people drawing the world map by memory, and overlaying them. Pretty cool idea, and would be cool to see if we could do better in our Geography cohort! R.I.P New Zealand who's oddly left out of a lot of these kinds of maps :'(

 

 

 

And there you have it, 


Don't forget to vote in our MUGS elections, and to register for another great year with some geography courses! See you guys at the party this friday :)

Noé Schultz
VP Communications
McGill Undergraduate Geography Society 






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Thu, 03/30/2017 - 11:11

 

Hello Geographers!

The field notes launch party and honours poster session are tomorrow.
Apart from that, some other information bellow:
*yes, we're keen for you to go. and enjoy free food and knowledge*

 

 

 

  1. MUGS Elections!
  2. Fieldnotes Journal Launch Party &
    Honours Poster Session
  3. End of Year Party!
  4. Fair Trade Party
  5. Mercury Evaluations
  6. Mildy Interesting Map of the Week
  7. Cool Thing of the Week

 

 

1. MUGS Elections!

We have received your nominations! 
Thank you so much to those who have applied, and best of luck for the elections which will be held on the most public forum: The internet (*yikes*) from the 4th to the 7th of April.

Also an important note:
We still need a U2 rep. because on one is currently running for that position for next year. If you're in U1 and looking to be more involved in your department, we'll extend the voting period for you until the 3rd of April (a day before we go live on the internet). 

So go for it, it'll be a great time, and good luck to all those running!
 

 

 

2. Field Notes Journal Launch Party & Honours Poster Session (Tomorrow)


The fieldnotes journal launch party is tomorrow! And what's more, is the honours poster session before it from 1-4pm in room 308. This is where our honourable honours students present their wide array of research topics in poster form (duh) and can answer your questions on their now specialist field. And get this... more snacks! You'll be fed for the day! 

Though don't fill up too much as remember that from 4:30-6pm we'll have our fieldnotes launch party!

In addition to supporting your fellow geog cohort or basking in the glory of your own submitted paper, there will also be Indian food!!
(*Important to mention this implies more variety than Samosas for you foodies out there*)

Be sure to check it out, and look at the facebook event for more info!

 

 

3. End of Year Party

The MUGS infamous end of year party is just around the (TBD) corner people! I personally can't think of a better time than a night out in a cozy apartment with my best and soon to be best geographer buds. Did I say cozy apartment?

*insert smooth segue*

We actually still need a venue for the event, and would love it if someone in the department (preferably with an apartment that can fit a horde of geographers in it) could volunteer their apartment for the night. They will be forever recognized as the saviour of the end of year party, and be rewarded in good vibes and an enthusiastic (though probably tired) MUGS house cleaning service. 

Please email us, send us a message on facebook, or casually slide into our dms on instagram. Whatever floats your goat. 
Thank you!

 

 

4. Fair Trade Week

Party Party Party this week eh?
McGill has been awarded Canada's Fair Trade Campus of the Year! To celebrate this incredible accomplishment, Fair Trade week is kicking off with a ~PaRtY~ on April 4th in the RVC Lobby from 12-2pm. There's gonna be free coffee, tea, chocolate, and ice cream! There will also be information booths to learn more about fair trade at McGill, and opportunities to enter a raffle for a basket with more fair trade goodies! If that's not enough, students will be tabling around campus from April 5th-7th with more free samples, information, and chances to win a raffle basket. See you there!
Check out the facebook event here!

 

 

 

5. Mercury Evaluations

Do them. I've said it before, your profs definitely have too, though in the wise words of Labeouf a et al 2015, Just do it! It helps proffs advance in their careers, understand why they might have seen you drooling in the back row of class, and generally how to better themselves and subsequently the future generations of students that come out of McGill. 

So if you don't know how to do them, you:

  1. Go to Mnerva (down the rabbit hole you go)
  2. Attempt to log-in, only to remember you had to change your password.
  3. Go to the 'student menu' tab
  4. Scroll down to 'Mercury Online Course Evaluation Window'
  5. Just do it.

Lets make geography courses the ones with the most complete Mercury Evals!
 

 

 

6. Mildly Interesting Map of the Week

I never really understood states with right angles (lookin' at you Colorado...) though what makes more sense to me is this map of what the western states of the U.S. would look like if watersheds and the ecosystem were taken into account! Pretty nifty interpretation.

 

 

 

 

7. Cool Thing of the Week

As elections are coming up, and my remaining listservs are shrinking thought i'd be a little conceited and post one of my own creations for the cool thing of the week this week. If anyone wants to make more started packs for other intro level courses, I feel it'd be a fun thing to distribute to first years to let them know what they're getting into haha, just a thought. Email them to me, I live for this kinda stuff.

 

 

 

And there you have it, 


We'll be posting more about elections soon, though if you're a vaguely interested U1 currently... run for office! Otherwise, hope everyone goes to fieldnotes tomorrow as it's going to be a great time with some yummy food.

Noé Schultz
VP Communications
McGill Undergraduate Geography Society 






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MUGS Weekly Listserv

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 10:41

 

Hello Geographers!

A listserv... on a saturday!? You betcha, enjoy your weekend and have some light, slightly haphazardly worded geography related reading over your cereal.

 

 

 

  1. MUGS Elections!
  2. Fieldnotes Journal Launch Party!!
  3. End of Year Party!
  4. GEOG495 Info Session
  5. Mercury Evaluations
  6. Office for Sexual Violence Response Open House
  7. McGill International Review Journal hiring
  8. Mildy Interesting Map of the Week
  9. Cool Thing of the Week

 

 

1. MUGS Elections!


Deadline's coming up future MUGS representatives! 
If you are interested in running for any of our MUGS positions for next school year, please download the form and do the following:

  1. Write a short personal statement about your qualifications and why you'd make the best VP ___. for MUGS.
  2.  Get 10 valid geographers (majors or minors) to endorse you / sign your printed nomination form.
  3. Submit the nomination form to the submission box (London tube map one) in the MUGS lounge, and email us your blurb along with a photo of yourself (optional for your campaign) to mcgillgeography@gmail.com by the 28th of March. (This Tuesday folks).

Voting periods will then be from the 4th - 7th of April, which is when we'll tally up the votes and announce our 2017-2018 MUGS execs!

So be sure to get your nomination forms in by the 28th, and wishing all you nominees the best of luck!
 

 

 

2. Field Notes Journal Launch Party!!!


It's that exciting time of year where we get to see YOUR research in our very own Geography Field notes (almost brings a tear to my eye :') ). 

In addition to supporting your fellow geog cohort or basking in the glory of your own submitted paper, there will also be Indian food!!
(*Important to mention this implies more variety than Samosas for you foodies out there*)

Be sure to check it out, and look at the facebook event for more info! Though below are the where and whens of this event:

  • Where: BURN 308
  • When: March 31st 4:30-6pm (following the honours poster presentation.

 

 

3. End of Year Party

The MUGS infamous end of year party is just around the (TBD) corner people! I personally can't think of a better time than a night out in a cozy apartment with my best and soon to be best geographer buds. Did I say cozy apartment?

*insert smooth segue*

We actually still need a venue for the event, and would love it if someone in the department (preferably with an apartment that can fit a horde of geographers in it) could volunteer their apartment for the night. They will be forever recognized as the saviour of the end of year party, and be rewarded in good vibes and an enthusiastic (though probably tired) MUGS house cleaning service. 

Please email us, send us a message on facebook, or casually slide into our dms on instagram. Whatever floats your goat. 
Thank you!

 

 

4. GEOG 495 Info Session

GEOG 495 info session on Tuesday, March 28th at 5:30 pm in room 308. The course run from May 4th to 23rd inclusively, in Mont-St-Hilaire and Montreal, Qc. Please, contact course instructor, Melissa Ward (melissa.ward@mcgill.ca) for any specific questions or information. Applications are to be submitted to June Connolly (undergrad.geog@mcgill.ca) in room 705 by Friday, March 31st. Notifications for course acceptance will be sent out by Friday, April 7th, 2017. 

Here's the goody bag of documents you may be interested in:

  1. Application form
  2. Course Outline
  3. Course Itinerary

 

 

 

5. Mercury Evaluations

Do them. I've said it before, your profs definitely have too, though in the wise words of Labeouf a et al 2015, Just do it! It helps proffs advance in their careers, understand why they might have seen you drooling in the back row of class, and generally how to better themselves and subsequently the future generations of students that come out of McGill. 

So if you don't know how to do them, you:

  1. Go to Mnerva (down the rabbit hole you go)
  2. Attempt to log-in, only to remember you had to change your password.
  3. Go to the 'student menu' tab
  4. Scroll down to 'Mercury Online Course Evaluation Window'
  5. Just do it.

Lets make geography courses the ones with the most complete Mercury Evals!
 

 

 

6. Consent McGill: Office for Sexual Violence Response Open House

Committed to fostering a culture of consent at McGill, the new office provides confidential, non-judgmental and non-directional support and education to students, staff and faculty of all genders who have been impacted by sexual and gender-based violence. It will also act as McGill's main point of entry and contact for anyone wishing to report, or to enter into a formal disciplinary process. We have an event coming up that we think may be of interest to the students in your faculty! 
 
We are holding an Open House on March 27 from 11:30-2:30 p.m. and 4:30-6 p.m. in our new space, located at 550 Sherbrooke Street West, suite 585. We are inviting students and staff to come and meet the team, become familiar with our services, and find out how you can get involved in creating change on campus! Light refreshments will be served. 
 
This is the link to the Facebook event, and attached please find our promo posters. We would be very grateful if you could share this event with your students.

 

 

7. McGill International Review Journal Hiring

The McGill International Review Online is hiring for its 2017-18 publication year! MIR is a student-run, bilingual journal that publishes daily articles, videos, and interviews relating to international affairs. You can check out our website at http://mironline.ca. The feature team is seeking staff writers, bloggers, and editors. We are also looking for video editors, camera people, podcasters, and a leader for our media team. Applicants should have strong writing and research skills, though previous formal writing experience is not required. Applicants should send a writing sample (no more than 1500 words) to mironline@irsam.ca, and fill out the appropriate form below. If you wish to be considered for the Summer 2017 publishing cycle, applications are due by April 3 at 11:59 pm.
 
Staff Writers (including bloggers): https://docs.google.com/a/irsam.ca/forms/d/1G9mD9MWNp_R1QBMCoBrkZ7MtQXDsvL1NrXSPgHZupBg/edit
 
Editors: https://docs.google.com/a/irsam.ca/forms/d/1eYsGb8xlVgzVxEhsl4pAYigZA0FL9DJfy0w5VJ0EOmU/edit
 
Media Team: https://docs.google.com/a/irsam.ca/forms/d/1Pg9-s5k1B-br55EDXV2Wg29eW5whqtlUIjV2NsyN-aU/edit

 

 

8. Mildly Interesting Map of the Week

This is a beyond mildly interesting map of the moon, showing its gravity fields, which has never been seen in such detail until now!
This map's able to show: Tectonic structures, volcanic land forms, basin rings, and craters! now that's some cool remote sensing.

 

 

 

9. Cool Thing of the Week

I'm sure many of you have seen this one as it circulated the neogeo web / the single best thing on your news feed after that gif of a corgi race. This amazingly interactive web map shows the building age of most buildings in Montreal using Open Street Map building footprints, building records, from McGill and elsewhere, and Python and QGIS (wooh open source!).
Click the map, or here to check it out!
*The map info is in french, though i'm sure you'll be able to see the trends in urban expansion over the years through the nicely coloured polygons :)

 

 

 

And there you have it, 

Enjoy the weekend, and I hope you're not still eating your cereal as this took me longer than I anticipated it would to write haha. Have a good one :)

Noé Schultz
VP Communications
McGill Undergraduate Geography Society 






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Fwd: MUGS Weekly Listserv

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 13:21

Hello Geographers!

Historic snow levels, MUGS elections, Field notes, read all about it! *except the snow, you can experience that outside...

  1. MUGS Elections!
  2. Fieldnotes Journal Launch Party!!
  3. McGill Tribune Journalism & Media Conference
  4. Mildy Interesting Map of the Week
  5. Cool Thing of the Week
1. MUGS Elections! More info on elections!! If you are interested in running for any of our MUGS positions for next school year, please download the form and follow the instructions on it! ...Or follow these clif notes:
  1. Write a short personal statement about your qualifications and why you'd make the best VP ___. for MUGS.
  2.  Get 10 valid geographers (majors or minors) to endorse you / sign your printed nomination form.
  3. Submit the nomination form to the submission box (London tube map one) in the MUGS lounge, and email us your blurb along with a photo of yourself (optional for your campaign) to mcgillgeography@gmail.com by the 28th of March.
Voting periods will then be from the 4th - 7th of April, which is when we'll tally up the votes and announce our 2017-2018 MUGS execs!

And there you have it, it's as easy as 1,2,3! 
This year in the spirit of more equitable voting, we'll also be implementing digital voting through myInvolvement, so no more questionable paper ballots in the G.I.C! What a digital age we live in...
  2. Field Notes Journal Launch Party!!!
It's that exciting time of year where we get to see YOUR research in our very own Geography Field notes (almost brings a tear to my eye :') ). 

In addition to supporting your fellow geog cohort or basking in the glory of your own submitted paper, there will also be Indian food!!
(*Important to mention this implies more variety than Samosas for you foodies out there*)

Be sure to check it out, and look at the facebook event for more info! Though below are the where and whens of this event:
  • Where: BURN 308
  • When: March 31st 4:30-6pm (following the honours poster presentation.
3. McGill Tribune Journalism & Media Conference

The McGill Tribune is pleased to announce its third annual Journalism and Media Conference! Join us for this free 3-day event from March 21-23 for talks, panels, and interactive workshops with professionals from the world of journalism, media, and communications. The Tribune's conference provides students with a unique opportunity to learn about these fields from speakers who have first-hand experience. Free food will be provided at every event!

Several speakers in attendance this year include:
-Scaachi Koul (Buzzfeed)
-Devin Slater (The Globe & Mail)
-Alex Johnston (CBC/Radio-Canada)
-Ed Greenspon (Public Policy Forum)
-Andrew Potter (McGill Institute for the Study of Canada)"

Check out the facebook event for more info!

4. Mildly Interesting Map of the Week Here's a map showing chicken consumption per person in kilograms. That is all. 5. Cool Thing of the Week With International Women's day being a week(ish) ago, thought I would share this interesting article highlighting some of the important contributions to cartography and GIS by women in recent times! So give it a read over. Give it a read by clicking on the image below! ...or here! And there you have it, 
Big week for MUGS coming up, so be sure to run for a position if you're interested/encourage a friend who you think would fit the bill, and be sure to check out the fieldnotes launch party!! 
Happy sledding/St.Paddying/studying this weekend folks :)

Noé Schultz
VP Communications
McGill Undergraduate Geography Society 





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Tue, 03/14/2017 - 09:39

 

Finding Your Coordinates Alumni Panel

Are you feeling lost about jobs after graduation? Ever wonder why you never meet someone with the job description "Geographer", and feel you may be unemployable? ...Just me, cool. well, make sure to clear your calendars for the Geography Alumni Panel!

Next Wednesday on March 22 at 5:30PM in Burnside 426, we will have five McGill Geography Alumni come speak to us about their career paths. Our panelists come from various backgrounds and expertise from GIS, consulting, research, academia, technology and beyond! 

Come join us to  learn of their infinite wisdom (of being employed geographers), the endless possibilities of the field of geography, food, and more (well, not really, those are the highlights of the event)!

 

 

There you have it, 
Hope to see many of you there (hopefully prepared with some questions), and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about the event. :)

Noé Schultz
VP Communications
McGill Undergraduate Geography Society 

 

 

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MUGS Welcome Back Listserv

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 16:05

 

Hello Geographers!

Hope you all had an amazing "reading" week, and if you traveled somewhere warm that your sunburns are all the envy of the GIC. Some exciting things to look forward to for the end of the semester, so check em out!

 

 

 

  1. MUGS Elections!
  2. G.I.S Prof Talk
  3. IHSP Fellowship Opportunity
  4. Mildy Interesting Map of the Week
  5. Cool Thing of the Week

 

 

1. MUGS Elections!

Elections for MUGS Exec council are coming up soon!! If you feel you can best represent your amazing undergraduate student body, run for one of our Exec positions highlighted below! I can attest as being on MUGS for a year that it's a blast and a great way to get involved with your favorite department. So check out the positions listed below, and await further instructions on nomination procedures in the coming weeks :) 

(Co)President(s) : Responsible for the general organization and administration of all MUGS activities and shall reside as the chair (or co-chairs) at executive meetings.

VP Finance: Responsible for all cash flow into and out of the MUGS account and for keeping a record of financial transactions in a ledger.
 
VP Communications: Responsible for website maintenance, as well as promotion of all MUNGS events and projects.
 
VP Academic: Responsible for educational and curricular concerns of MUGS as well as representing MUGS at Faculty and Academic Committees. Oversees the Geography Undergrad‐Grad Mentorship Program.
 
VP External – AUS: Responsible for representing MUGS to the Arts Undergraduate Society and aiding in the running of MUGS events and projects.
 
VP External – SUS: Responsible for representing MUGS to the Science Undergraduate Society and aiding in the running of MUGS events and projects.
 
U1, U2, and U3 Representatives: Responsible for representing the members of their respective years and informing them of all MUGS activities. They are responsible for aiding in the running of said events. The U2 Rep is also responsible for representing MUGS at the McGill Students Environmental Council (MESC) meetings.

 

 

2. G.I.S Prof Talk

Great news, the department's hiring ANOTHER prof (this time for a GIS/computational position) and they want our feedback.

The first candidate will be Song Gao from the University of California, Santa Barbara. *Fun fact, apparently he's held the olympic torch... go see his talk.*

He'll be giving his talk on Monday, March 13th from 10:30am – 12pm in BH426. Check out Song Gao's abstract below:

Abstract:
Song Gao is a Ph.D. candidate in GIScience in the Department of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Originally from China, he earned a M.S. degree at the Institute of Remote Sensing and GIS, Peking University, and an honors B.S. degree at the School of Geography, Beijing Normal University. His main research interests include Big Geo-Data Analytics and Place-Based GIS. In his research, a combination of data-driven and theory-informed methodology has been adopted in large-scale geocomputation and social sensing applications. Currently, he is the author of 43 peer-reviewed scientific publications with over 500 citations, a reviewer for 18 scientific journals, and the recipient for various fellowships, scholarships and grants at the university, state, and national/international levels.

 

 

3. IHSP Fellowship Opportunity


The McBurney Fellowship program, which supports students travelling to Latin America for service-based projects in marginalized communities, has opened its recruitment call for travel beginning May 2017 through Winter 2018!
Note that IHSP has brand new partner organizations in Latin America for applicants who don't already have ties with a partner (IHSP's got you covered!). 
Available stipends range from $3500-4500, depending on the length of the Fellowship. Smaller stipends may be available for larger group requiring additional funding for an established project.
So keep the Deadline of April 9th in your calendars if this sounds like an opportunity you'd be interested in, it sounds like an amazing time.
Check out the link for more info! www.mcgill.ca/ihsp/studentprograms/mcburney

 

 

 

4. Mildly Infuriating Map of the Week

Next time an uninformed friend says "Hey, why's making maps important? How're you going to get a job with that?", just show them this map which got published in a textbook(?!?). By far the worst map i've ever seen, though at least it gives comfort that there still is a need for cartographers out there! 

 

 

 

5. Cool Thing of the Week

Pretty nifty map representing areas in the U.S. with census blocks with no population in green (Also a version of this map for Canada). So if after graduation you feel like you need some space, try making one of these census blocks white! 

 

 

 

And there you have it, 

Hope you're all settling well back into reality and have enjoyed meeting back up with your G-I-Compatriots. Have a great weekend gang :)

Noé Schultz
VP Communications
McGill Undergraduate Geography Society 





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Thu, 02/16/2017 - 11:32

 

Hello Geographers!

Sorry for the belated listserv, though as you all know it's midterm season. And what a better way that to destress with... *smooth segue to the first event*

 

 

 

  1. Research Assistant Position
  2. Tutor for GEOG 205 needed!
  3. Sustainability Research Symposium
  4. Barbados Interdisciplinary Tropical Studies (BITS) 
  5. Redpath Museum Cutting Edge Lecture
  6. Farmers Market Vegetable Baskets
  7. Mildy Interesting Map of the Week
  8. Cool Thing of the Week

 

 

1. Therapeutic Painting with MUGS


Some therapeutic painting with your best buds! Come by the MUGS lounge at 5pm next Monday (the 20th) to paint, draw, make a macaroni replica of your favourite projection, you name it!

We also, by courtesy the one and only Michelle (your academic advisor on 3rd for those who may not know), will have an urban planning colouring book where you can colour street grids, and make those sad empty city pages beautiful! (City beautiful movement anyone?)

Be sure to check out the event, and hang out for a bit :)

 

 

2. Drop-in Advising Hours Change  

Speaking of Michelle (just nailing it with the transitions today), her drop in advising hours for next Tuesday (the 21st), will be cancelled and moved to Thursday 23rd from 1-4!

There will also be a sign on Michelle's office door for those of you who don't read the listserv... in which case this sentence doesn't address anyone :)

 

 

3. South American Agricultural Frontiers Talk

Interested in how consuming certain imported products leads to deforestation in South America? If not, you should as it's a facinating albeit depressing geographic phenomena we should all be aware of. 

Dr. Yann Le Polain de Waroux from Stanford University will be giving a talk about his research tomorrow (Feb 17th) from 10:30am-12pm in BURN426. Here's a blurb of what his talk will be about:
Anticipation, regulation and adaptation in South American agricultural frontiers
 
Global demand for agricultural commodities is driving rapid deforestation in various parts of the world, creating agricultural frontiers in previously forested areas. In South America, over the last decades, these deforestation frontiers have increasingly been driven by large-scale commercial operations, rather than by smallholder colonization. This shift in the actors driving frontier expansion poses a threefold challenge. First, it makes it harder to anticipate frontier development, because existing theories and models are primarily based on smallholder frontiers. Second, the greater mobility of large-scale commercial farming weakens our ability to regulate frontier expansion, by creating opportunities for leakage of deforestation from one region to another. Third, rapid expansion of commercial farming may lead to land degradation and the disruption of smallholder communities. In this talk, I will explore these three challenges using a perspective centered on the land-use and livelihood strategies of frontier actors, and propose ways forward.

 

 

4. Permaculture Design Course


Have you ever dreamed of taking a permaculture design course? P3 is offering a part-time Permaculture Design Certification over the course of 7 weekends in Montreal, from March 4th to May 14th, 2017, held at 10am-6pm on Saturdays and Sundays Through taking this internationally recognized course, you will learn to read landscapes, analyse problems, and design ecological solutions for the home, garden, farm, and city. Students taking this course will have the opportunity to plan, design and install the new Permaculture Showcase Garden right here on McGill University's MacDonald Campus! It doesn't end there, participants will also be eligible for a full time Garden Coordinator position this summer. 

With 6-10 people in our group, the discounted rate is $665 +tax, and with 11 or more students, the price drops to $570 +tax per person. Spots are limited! Email the McGill Permaculture Club to get a spot, and for more info www.p3permaculture.ca

 

 

 

7. Mildly Interesting Map of the Week


Check out the ultimate projection to show that special cartographer that they're the one for you (sorry for the post coming in late!). Nothing's quite so romantic as projecting Greenland proportionally to the African continent... maybe don't send this to an Australian love interest though.
Read more about the projection here, if you're curious about it.

 

 

 

8. Cool Thing of the Week

Ever contemplate how you would imagine political boundaries if you had never even seen a map? ...Just me, cool. Well, here's a tactile war map of Europe! Despite not being the most... accurate map, found it an interesting share! 

 

 

 

And there you have it, 

For those of you still battling with midterms, assignments, or just being snowed in, remember... Reading week is just around the corner! So stay strong, come paint with us next Monday and have a great end of the week :)

Noé Schultz
VP Communications
McGill Undergraduate Geography Society 

 






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Listserv pt.2 (what a treat!)

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 14:56

 

Hello Geographers!

It's a big week, and you lucky geographically-aware audience get not One.... though TWO Listservs this week! :o 

 

 

 

  1. New Professor Job Talk
  2. Thanks folks 

 

 

1. Job Talks

If the rumours haven't found you yet, we are currently in the midst of interviewing new possible ISID-geog professors! You are all invited to participating in these tentative profs presentations on their research, which next monday (Feb.13th) from 10:30am-12pm in lovely room 426.

The speaker is Dr. Eric Chu, who is an assistant professor of Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam. His talk will have the fascinating title/topic of:

"Climatopia: Urban Development in an Era of Security, Smartness, and Resilience"

Check out the poster here, which includes Dr.Chu's bio, as well as a blurb on what the talk will be about (without divulging all the good bits, you need to show up for those).

So come one, come all, and stay tuned for additional Job talks coming up!

 

 

2. Thank you

Just wanted to thank you folks for being a cool group of people, keep it up and sorry about the extra email. What's a geog email without a map though, so in commemoration of Dr.Chu's current university, here's a nifty minimalist map of the beautiful city of Amsterdam
Have a nice day!

 

 

 

 

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McGill Undergraduate Geography Society 

 






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Tue, 02/07/2017 - 17:36

 

Hello Geographers!

Insert Listserv here:
*this isn't a typo, just feeling a little uncreative at the moment*

 

 

 

  1. Research Assistant Position
  2. Tutor for GEOG 205 needed!
  3. Sustainability Research Symposium
  4. Barbados Interdisciplinary Tropical Studies (BITS) 
  5. Redpath Museum Cutting Edge Lecture
  6. Farmers Market Vegetable Baskets
  7. Mildy Interesting Map of the Week
  8. Cool Thing of the Week

 

 

1. RA Position Opening! 

Are you looking for experience being a research assistant and are passionate/interested/could-be-interested in Health Geography and Indigenous Health? 
If so, there is an opportunity to work with Dr. Berrang Ford on the Indigenous Health Adaptation to Climate Change Project (IHACC).

Applications are due Feb.9th
(This Thursday people) and work starts Feb. 20th! 

Click here for more info, on this amazing opportunity.

 

 

2. Tutor for GEOG 205 Needed 

If you have taken GEOG 205, and feel the urge to teach a lost Engineer what's what, while getting paid for it: Look no further.

Marvell upon this modest poster below (no doubt disguised this way to avoid everyone applying at once) to become a tutor for GEOG205! 
Think about it. at $15/hour, you'd only need to teach 466 hours to afford an ArcMap license.

 

 

 

3. Sustainability Research Symposium

Please join us for the 7th annual Sustainability Research Symposium
at McGill on March 9th-10th, 2017. This year's theme:
 
The Theme is: Resilience
 
This student-led symposium brings together students and researchers to share ideas. Join us for keynote lectures, grad talks, a poster and networking session, and a new applied sustainability workshop for students!
 
Sustainability research is, by design and necessity, interdisciplinary.

We invite abstracts from grads and undergrads across all faculties who are carrying out research related to sustainability and resilience. Come share ideas with us!
 
Registration is free. Register by February 22nd and lunch is included!
Abstract submission open until February 22nd.
 
For more information and to register, please visit our website:
http://mcgillsustainabilitysymposium.wordpress.com/
 

 

 

 

4. Summer Field Study in Barbados

Barbados Interdisciplinary Tropical Studies (BITS) provides one semester of integrated course and project work in Barbados with a focus on agriculture, food, environment and development issues. The 13-week field study semester program includes three intensive 3-credit courses and a 6-credit interdisciplinary group project. You can even have a Field Study Minor! ( A complementary course is required for the minor)
 
Dates: Summer 2017 - May 22 to August 17
Location: McGill's Bellairs Research Institute, Holetown, Barbados
Cost: $9100 Program Fee + Tuition
Funding (available for all accepted students): $3000 Mobility Award + $760 Science Lab Without Borders Award
Application deadline (extended): February 20, 2017
 
For more information, visit the website www.mcgill.ca/bits or contact julie.major@mcgill.ca
 

 

 

 

5. Redpath Museum Cutting Edge Lecture

Thurs. Feb. 9, 18h: Cutting Edge Lecture in Science:
 
Canada can be the World's economic superpower in the non-fossil fuel world and Green Chemistry can get us there
 
By Robin D. Rogers (Dept. of Chemistry, McGill). The worldwide concern of finding alternatives to non-renewable petroleum-based resources has resulted in increased attention to the recovery of biopolymers and other compounds from natural, renewable reserves including from Canada's trees, grasses, and marine animals. This presentation will consider how innovation, rather than regulation, is the gateway to a sustainable bio-based economy. In Auditorium. FREE, everyone welcome. No reservation necessary.

For more info, email Redpath.museum@mcgill.ca

 

 

6. Farmers Market Vegetable Baskets

Is supporting local farmers important to you? Are you interested in the geography of your food? Consider signing up for a weekly vegetable basket through the McGill Farmers' Market. Details on our website!

 

 

7. Mildly Interesting Map of the Week


As midterms are approaching quickly, we've all probably found new TV shows to binge watch (please don't tell me i'm the only one). Well, the New York Times have used TV shows as a proxy to assess the cultural divide in the U.S. (wonder where Degrassi and Trailer Park Boys would fall on a Canadian version...). Check it out for many shows by clicking on the map below!

 

 

 

8. Cool Thing of the Week

Another site you could spend hours on (oh boy your GPA's gonna love this if you're even a little bit of a map enthusiast). The site oldmapsonline.org does exactly what you think it would do. It shows old maps... online! Though not only that, it's very interactive in search parameters so you get to browse for old maps with efficiency. Here's a quick example with a 'Montreal' search.
Check it out!

 

 

 

And there you have it, 

Good luck on your midterms folks, and try not to spend too much time watching duck dynasty or searching up old maps, as geog undergrads do.

Noé Schultz
VP Communications
McGill Undergraduate Geography Society 

 





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MUGS Weekly Listserv

Mon, 01/30/2017 - 17:07

 

Hello Geographers!

Beautiful start to the week with a sunny day to warm up the concrete brick that we call home... Here what's going on this week! 

 

 

 

  1. MUGS Clothing Orders!!!!
  2. Python Tutorial
  3. MUGS Assassins
  4. Summer Field Study in Barbados
  5. IPLAI Student Awards and Fellowships
  6. Farmers Market Vegetable Baskets
  7. McGill Spaces Project
  8. Mildy Interesting Map of the Week
  9. Cool Thing of the Week

 

 

1. MUGS Clothing Orders

We have our designs finished and our sweaters are now ready to order on tilt! We're going to be entering the space age for this year, and having you all pay for your gorgeous geog sweaters and toques online!
You may be saying: "Hey, I already have one of these sweaters", though if you look at the images below, these are limited edition 2k16/17 Burnside coordinate sweaters(!!).

Note that clothing orders are due Feb.1st, and sweaters cost $25, while Toques cost $15. (*ignore the poster price below, we got you.) Click here to order one!

 

 

 

2. Python Tutorials

Python tutorials this Thursday!! 

Learn a couple basics with some of our very own python gurus.

Sign up here and check out the poster below!
 

 

 

 

3. MUGS Assassins!


Reminder, deadline to sign up for assassins is this Thursday! (pro tip for this week. Just remember all things MUGS are due this Thursday). 

It's not as intense as I made it sound in the last listserv (was having a weird day I guess), though definitely sign up as it is loads of fun when more are playing. *Please do not make clothespin guns as shown in the image*

Email Gal "The Assassin Master" Kramer at mugs.assassins@gmail.com with your name to receive a target, and become a target *dun dun dun*.

 

 

4. Summer Field Study in Barbados

Barbados Interdisciplinary Tropical Studies (BITS) provides one semester of integrated course and project work in Barbados with a focus on agriculture, food, environment and development issues. The 13-week field study semester program includes three intensive 3-credit courses and a 6-credit interdisciplinary group project. You can even have a Field Study Minor! ( A complementary course is required for the minor)
 
Dates: Summer 2017 - May 22 to August 17
Location: McGill's Bellairs Research Institute, Holetown, Barbados
Cost: $9100 Program Fee + Tuition
Funding (available for all accepted students): $3000 Mobility Award + $760 Science Lab Without Borders Award
Application deadline (extended): February 20, 2017
 
For more information, visit the website www.mcgill.ca/bits or contact julie.major@mcgill.ca
 

 

 

 

5. IPLAI Student Awards & Fellowships

It's that time of year again, for student awards and fellowships. We are pleased to announce that we have added additional awards to our current lineup. For all awards, please submit hard copies of your application to IPLAI.
Deadline for all applications is Feb 20th, 2017 at 5pm.

Check out the exciting internships the folks down at IPLAI are offering here, as well as details on how to apply here.

 

 

6. Farmers Market Vegetable Baskets

Is supporting local farmers important to you? Are you interested in the geography of your food? Consider signing up for a weekly vegetable basket through the McGill Farmers' Market. Details on our website!

 

 

7. McGill Spaces Project 

The McGill Spaces project is having its first bi-weekly meeting tonight at room 101 in MacDonald Harrington at 7:30pm. Come join us as we lay out plans and ideas on how to explore the use of space on campus and around it, while strengthening ties between McGill and the Montreal community. It's a very exciting time, and we hope you can make it! Contact rodolphe.quinn@mail.mcgill.ca for more info.

 

 

8. Mildly Interesting Map of the Week


Probably one of my favourite cognitive maps (210 maps of the McGill bubble aside). This is the Beatles map of Liverpool, featuring landmarks of the fab four's early days in a yellow submarine drawing style. Even groovier if you click the image for a zoomable image. 

 

 

 

9. Cool Thing of the Week

Recently found a funny youtube channel hosted by two goofy geographers (most geographers are goofy by nature I find) who cover something we all love... MAPS!
Here's a link to their video on the truly strange case of Bir Tawil "The land that no one wants".

 

 

 

And there you have it, 

Enjoy the week gang, and thanks to those who came to Points, Lines, and Polygons last week. The next one should be not this Thursday, though the next :)

Noé Schultz
VP Communications
McGill Undergraduate Geography Society 

 





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MUGS Weekly Listserv

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 12:48

 

Hello Geographers!

Lots, of some of our favourite things to announce to you this week, so let's get right to it! 

 

 

 

  1. MUGS Clothing Orders!!!!
  2. Pints, Lines, and Polygons!
  3. GIC Python Tutorials
  4. Assassins!
  5. Mildy Interesting Map of the Week
  6. Cool Thing of the Week

 

 

1. MUGS Clothing Orders


We have our designs finished and our sweaters are now ready to order on tilt! We're going to be entering the space age for this year, and having you all pay for your gorgeous geog sweaters and toques online!
You may be saying: "Hey, I already have one of these sweaters", though if you look at the images below, these are limited edition 2k16/17 Burnside coordinate sweaters(!!).

Note that clothing orders are due Feb.1st, and sweaters cost $25, while Toques cost $15. (*ignore the poster price below, we got you.) Click here to order one!

 

 

 

1. Pints, Lines, and Polygons!

Trying out a new and fun Bi-weekly Bar night, where we hope to explore the bars of Montreal as a geography cohort! That's right people, beyond Gerts and Tokyo *cringes and cries a little*. Just a relaxed way to form some camaraderie with some nice geog folks, we'll be kicking this off at Fitzroy bar (551 Av. du Mt.Royal E.). Meet us there this Thursday at 8:30pm and be sure to check out the event of Facebook!

Liability notice:
*map bellow has no spatial units, please use Google Maps or star constellations to find your way there and not in the St.Laurent river.*

 

 

 

2. Python Tutorials

Want to gain an edge in the GIS game and just be thwarting away those job applications (*disclaimer* slight exaggeration may be in use). Then check out the GIC's very own Introduction to Python workshop! 

Learn a couple basics with some of our very own python geniuses (as in humans who teach python... not lecturing pythons). Snake jokes aside, sign up here and check out the poster below!
 

 

 

 

3. MUGS Assassins!

Assassins, the game is simple. You, agent geo-o-7, will be assigned a target. Neutralize that target with a lethal clothespin, while undetected and in turn take their contact and eliminate them till you're the last geographer/assasin standing. The winner shall have their achievement immortalized by having their name engraved on the Assassins plaque in the MUGS lounge.

Rules: 

  • No assassinations in class (because we're classy assassins).
  • To protect this further: a 5min buffer (not overlay) before and after class will be implemented as to avoid camping.
  • You cannot be seen by your target

So keep your wits about you folks. Enlist by thursday to your Assassin Master Gal by emailing mugs.assassins@gmail.com with your name to receive a target. You shall have further instuctions later assassins, enjoy. 

 

 

5. Summer Mentored Research Opportunities in Global Health

More summer opportunities! Featuring eight exciting projects related to the field of global health to work on, with awards of up to $5000. Check out the link for more info on how to apply!

 

 

 

7. Mildly Interesting Map of the Week

Just learned that during World War II, since map making was made illegal in Germany in 1941, the resistance made maps in secret of German positions and escape routes, distributing them to POWs (Prisoners of War) so they could make their escape. Pretty amazing if you ask me. click the image for a zoomable version of it.

 

 

 

8. Cool Thing of the Week

On a day like today, don't you wish you could take a tram to school in stead of walking? We all know Montreal used to have a tram line (thanks to Professor Forest) though here it is in all it's glory in 1948! It really went straight to McGill as well... #BringBack514Trams :'(

 

 

 

And there you have it, 

Lots of fun events coming to you really soon, so I hope to see you all in Geog sweaters and toques this thursday at Fitzroy, or at least have the chance to assassinate you in the GIC next week. Have a good week gang :)

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McGill Undergraduate Geography Society 

 





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MUGS Weekly Listserv

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 11:06

 

Hello Geographers!

Hope you have all had an amazing last week, and have some rad geog courses before Add-drop (Today folks)! Here's what's gong on this week: 

 

 

 

  1. MUGS Clothing Orders!!!!
  2. GIC Python Tutorials
  3. New 1 credit URBP (542) class
  4. Drive Safe
  5. Quebec Studies Summer Courses
  6. Dobson Cup
  7. Mildy Interesting Map of the Week
  8. Cool Thing of the Week

 

 

1. MUGS Clothing Orders


Purposefully calm, composed, and simple message to not add to the HYPE!!!!!!!!! that surrounds our MUGS paraphernalia that leave all the other departments wishing they had our fashion sense (yes, especially management. who needs suits when you have a crew of matching fuzzy geog toques).

Clothing orders will be soon, we'll send you a sign up form soon as they're ready, which will display the new MUGS clothes that're sure to shock the fashion world. Stay tuned!

 

 

2. Python Tutorials

Want to gain an edge in the GIS game and just be thwarting away those job applications (*disclaimer* slight exaggeration may be in use). Then check out the GIC's very own Introduction to Python workshop! 

Learn a couple basics with some of our very own python geniuses (as in humans who teach python... not lecturing pythons). Snake jokes aside, sign up here and check out the poster below!
 

 

 

 

3. New 1-Credit URBP Course




Personally have a huge list of fun 1-credit courses i'd love to take, (290 is still #1 <3) and now there's a new Geog related one!

Behold, URBP 542: Capturing the Narratives and Stories of Innovation. If you're interested about this course, check out the syllabus here, and click the poster for a bigger version!

 

 

4. Drive Safe

DriveSafe drive you home for free Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11PM to 3AM! (*Intended for those late night Burnside nights obviously, where else would you be at 3am on a saturday?)

SSMU DriveSafe is a service run by the Student Society of McGill University. Our patrols drive students home safely anywhere on the Island of Montreal for free!
Our aim is to make sure McGill students are well looked after.
Call us at 514-398-8040

 

 

5. Quebec Studies Summer Courses!

No summer plans? Possibly need electives to graduate? Excellent, McGill's Quebec Studies program has got you covered. 

Featuring a 6-credit course in only 3 weeks(!?) to help you improve on your french language skills and discover Quebec's rich history in Montreal's best and often skipped season.

Registration is now open and the course code is QCST 336! Read all about it here. C'est bien cool ça eh?

 

 

6. McGill Dobson Cup


McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship is the hub for entrepreneurship on campus. We provide mentoring resources, programs and events to young entrepreneurs. We also have a startup competition, McGill Dobson Cup where we distribute over 100,000$ in cash prizes. If you have an idea you should apply, all you need is put together a 5-page business plan and submit if before 11:59pm on Jan 18th. If you need more information, please visit mcgill.ca/dobson where you can find all the guidelines as well as the link to submit your business plan!
 

 

 

 

7. Mildly Interesting Map of the Week

Now this really isn't gonna look pretty here (and there's still a very cool thing of the week, just keep scrolling). 

Though for you hydrologists out there, check out this nifty way of displaying California's major freshwater bodies, with cool visualizations to compare them! 

 

 

 

8. Cool Thing of the Week


Urban Systems kids, take a breather before looking at this one. This really cool online site compares any two U.S. cities (unfortunately only U.S. :'( ) though to details I've never seen before on a free site. This seems like the true fruition of big-data and GIS/urban planning together. So enjoy some procrastination on the site here! (or click the image)

 

 

 

And there you have it, 


Enjoy the week, and thought i'd just share an odd bit of Geography wisdom that blows my mind:

"Ireland and Iceland are just one sea/c apart"
Geographically, and in spelling terms.... I swear i'm fun at parties.

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MUGS First Listserv Back!

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 11:31

 

Welcome back Geographers!

Happy new year and welcome back folks! Hope you're adjusting well to your migration back to Burnside and the winter that comes with it. Here's what's going on this week! 

 

 

 

  1. Honours!
  2. Geography Field Notes Needed
  3. Ocean Paths Fellowship
  4. Guatemala Field Course (AGRI 325)
  5. Panama Summer Internship Opportunity 
  6. Mildy Interesting Map of the Week
  7. Cool Thing of the Week

 

 

1. Honours!

U2 students -- Do you have a CGPA of 3.0 and a program GPA of 3.3?
If so, check out the Geography Honours Program!
•  Want to undertake an independent research project with a prof as a supervisor to guide you?
•  Want to learn skills in research design, data collection, fieldwork, analysis, write up?
•  Want a great way to prove to future employees you can work independently?
•  Want some great training for graduate school?

How do I learn more?
Talk with the Geography Advisor Michelle Maillet or email Profs Oswin or Turner (they are the Honours co-ordinators)

Some background info:
•  You usually apply in fall/winter of U2 (like you can apply now!)
•  This winter you take Geog 381 Geographic Thought and Practice (small, seminar format) - this year Profs Sarah Turner and Natalie Oswin are back teaching this. We focus on research design, ethics, methods, and geographical theoretical and conceptual approaches in lively discussions and debates.
•  Then next summer (before your final year), you complete data collection/fieldwork
•  In your final year- you do data analysis and write up your Honours thesis.
 
All the time, you get to work with an Honours thesis supervisor/prof & reader/prof.
[photos is of the poster session you get to be part of, at the end of the journey…]

More info here!
 

 

 

2. Field Notes Needed

Field Notes, The McGill Undergraduate Journal of Geography is currently accepting submissions for publication in 2017. Field Notes is a student-run, peer-reviewed academic journal based at McGill University's Department of Geography. As an interdisciplinary publication, we encourage submissions from artists, researchers, academics, practitioners and students in a range of fields. We aim to provide a forum for critical analysis of the economic, societal, and environmental issues surrounding geography. Please submit work to journal.fieldnotes@gmail.com by February 17th.

 

 

3. Ocean Paths Fellowship

Did you know the Science Undergraduate Society (SUS) Ambassador Fund provides funding for students hosting or attending conferences or competitions of an academic nature? Well now you do. If there's a science conference/competition you would love to attend though is too far away, or costs too much to go to, apply for funding from SUS and you could be sponsored to go!
visit http://sus.mcgill.ca/resources/funding/ for more information. The next deadline is January 21st, 2017!

 

 

4. Guatemala Field Course!

AGRI 325 (3cr) was offered in Cuba every summer from 2012 to 2016 – in 2017 we are excited to offer it in Guatemala!
 
Application deadline is January 15, 2017. See application details on the course's website.
 
This is a 2-week intensive field course that will give you an overview of tropical cropping systems, their sustainability, and how they impact food security. We will visit banana, coffee, tea and cardamom plantations, traditional Mayan and non-indigenous farms, among other activities. Discover the diversity of Guatemala's climate, geography and cultures, and how they influence agricultural activities!
 
Dates: April 30th to May 12th 2017, with due dates for course work in June
Location: Guatemala City, Zacapa region, Izabal and Alta Verapaz provinces
Cost: 1,742.37$, including meals, accommodation and domestic travel. Excluded from the cost are tuition, flight, travel health insurance, immunizations and personal expenses.
 
This course is an approved substitution for the IDS program and can only be counted (due to subject matter and relevance) as a Complimentary Stream course for students pursuing Stream I – Economic Development & Living Standards as well as Stream IV – Environment & Agricultural Resources ONLY. Students can also consider taking this as an elective if selected.
As Arts students, if you are considering taking this course, you should note that this course is considered outside Arts and of Science. There is a Faculty of Arts restriction on how many courses you are allowed to take outside of Arts and Science.  
 
If you would like to explore opportunities for staying in Guatemala after the course to take a credited internship, we will provide help with finding hosts.  

 

 

5. Panama Summer Internship Opportunity

Do you want to gain work experience with the United Nations? Are you passionate about topics of safety and security in Latin America? Do you enjoy extensive research and analytical writing?

The United Nations Office of Safety and Security is seeking an intern for summer 2017 to work in its office located in Panama City. Applications must be returning to McGill in fall 2017, and possess intermediate to advanced language proficiency in Spanish.

For more information, please see the internship posting or visit our website:  https://www.mcgill.ca/internships/current-ion-internship-opportunities/undss-panama

P.S. Panama is warmer than Montreal.

 

 

 

5. Mildly Interesting Map of the Week

Although it surrounds us all in our everyday lives (apart from certain days it seems in the beloved cement tower many of us call home) the internet was really quite tangible in '73! And since we're geographers, here's a map showing it in its early glory :)

 

 

 

6. Cool Thing of the Week

If you've taken 308, you hate sun-glint as much as I do (rather D.I.I than go through that lab again, amirite?). Though here's an awesome use of it to reveal surreal wave patterns created in the Lembeh Strait between Bali and Lombok captured by good ol' MODIS. 
Read more about it here as well as other cool NASA remote sensing finds!

 

 

 

And there you have it, 


Lots of "New year new me" material right there with honours and cool summer opportunities, so don't miss out!

Hope you're all stoked for an exciting winter term ahead of us, and attend some of the rad events we'll be holding for you all in the (probably) near future! Also a large welcome back to new MUGS members Dorothy (your new Sustainability Officer) and Brian (your new VP AUS External)!
Have a grand start to the week folks,

Noé Schultz
VP Communications
McGill Undergraduate Geography Society 

 





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