Luces, cámara, acción!

Notes from the field

Undergraduate biology student Anthony Sardain writes about a unique project that brings together disparate – and sometimes feuding – Panamanian indigenous groups to teach them how to make a documentary as a team. The hope is that, during the process, they will learn more about each other – and themselves. How can filmmaking build bridge and help protect indigenous populations that are in the midst of a cultural crisis? Read on to find out.

Expedition Kuna: a tropical rainforest forgotten by time

Notes from the field

Earlier this summer, M.Sc. student Ira Sutherland became the first westerner to explore a remote rainforest in eastern Panama, braving poisonous snakes, scorpions and killer bees along the way.

Mountains, motorbikes and mapping change

Notes from the field

A trio of human geographers reflect on their fieldwork with ethnic minority Hmong and Yao in northern Vietnam this past summer.

Misstep turns Ugandan internship into journey of self discovery

Notes from the field

A single misstep during her internship in Uganda this summer could have turned International Development Studies student Annaliese Snodgrass’ experience into a nightmare. Instead it made her stronger.

Applying mathematical models to complex mining operations at Newmont

Notes from the field

McGill Mining Co-Op student Sean Grogan writes about life as a high-altitude mining engineer in Colorado.

A Summer of questions in Accra

Notes from the field

“Order!” The shout hails across the room. “Order!” An elderly, black-robed man is trying to get some attention. “Oooorder!” All too little avail: as his voice echoes around the country, life in Accra, Ghana goes on like it always has: people walk through the streets, navigating narrowly between taxis and open gutters; the wind, carrying an Atlantic breeze, sweeps over the city; and I, sitting at my desk, type away at my keyboard.

Waking up in the Rockies or How a city boy survived – and thrived – in the wilderness

Notes from the field

“Living in big cities all throughout my life, I seldom had a chance to be close to the nature,” writes Saleh Ewan, currently enrolled in McGill’s Mining Engineering Co-op Program. Ewan had his chance this summer during his internship at Teck Coal Ltd. in Fernie, B.C., where he spent most of his downtime climbing mountains and getting up close and personal with any number of four-legged creatures.

Un double X dans l’équation du mouvement

Notes from the field

Plusieurs sondages récents ont montré que la majorité des écoliers et étudiants du Québec, ainsi que, parfois, leurs professeurs, ont une vision encore très stéréotypée de ce que peut être le scientifique typique. Il porte une blouse blanche. Ses cheveux semblent défier la gravité. Dans sa main fume une fiole de liquide nauséabond. Je dis “il”, parce que, dans l’imaginaire collectif, le scientifique ordinaire se doit d’être un homme.

Un laboratoire dans la cour arrière : explorer Montréal à travers ses initiatives en développement durable

Notes from the field

J’ai eu le privilège cette année de participer au récent programme d’été Montreal’s Urban Sustainability Experience (MUSE) offert par l’École d’environnement de McGill en tant que chargée de cours. ENVR 490 : Montreal’s Urban Sustainability Analysis a pour objectif principal d’apprendre aux étudiants à analyser des initiatives de développement durable sur le terrain urbain de la Ville de Montréal.

Libraries as tools for change: My experience with Librarians Without Borders in Guatemala

Notes from the field

Carolyne Ménard, currently doing a master’s degree in Library and Information Studies at the McGill School of Information Studies, shares her experiences in Guatemala in April as part of Librarians Without Borders.