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.

Hot Cities report: Russia is many things, but boring isn’t one of them

Notes from the field

Desautels Faculty of Management MBA student Allison Lickley reports on the recent Hot Cities of the World Tour stop in Russia, led by professor Karl Moore. Forty-four Desautels students and alumni spent 11 days in Moscow and St. Petersburg in February and March.

Lending a helping hand right here at home

Notes from the field

Elizabeth Dvergsten-Beauce, currently enroled in McGill’s School of Social Work Qualifying Year entry into the MSW Program, writes about her experiences at Chabad House working with people suffering from addiction.

The ethical caveats of translating children’s literature

Notes from the field

McGill Dalai Lama Fellow Eléonore Buchet-Deàk shares her experiences as a member of The Snow Lion Storytelling Initiative, an effort to preserve the Tibetan language by providing Tibetan refugee children in India with books that are originally written in English and translated into their native language.

Real lessons in the real world

Notes from the field

In the summer 2012, over 200 Faculty of Arts students interned in Canada and around the globe: from Chennai to Capetown, from Paris to Panama City. Since 2002, the Faculty of Arts Internship Program has helped undergraduate students offset internship-related costs such as travel, accommodations, visas and other expenses thanks to the generous support of alumni and friends of the McGill. On Thursday, Sept. 27, the most recent recipients of the Arts Internships will share the highlights and challenges of their internship experiences this summer, what they learned and how they plan to apply it to their field of study. The following is the story of one such student, Sarah Balakrishnan and her summer spent in Ghana.

The real Yukon wildlife: Pseudoscorpions and spiders in Northern Canada

Notes from the field

While most travellers to visit the Yukon with hopes of seeing the iconic large wildlife of the region like moose and bears, McGill researcher Chris Buddle went there last month with a small team of researchers to seek out much smaller life forms – the insects and spiders in Canada’s North.