A whirlwind week in Europe’s capital

Notes from the field

Kaitlyn Shannon graduated from McGill this spring with a BA in International Development Studies and Political Science. In April, she was named one of the winners of the 2012 EU-Canada Young Journalist Award, an annual competition designed to recognize outstanding journalistic potential among Canadian students. She and her fellow winners participated in a weeklong study tour of various EU institutions and the Canadian Mission to the EU in Brussels, Belgium. Read on to learn about Kaitlyn’s adventures in Brussels.

Teaming up to take down the Giant African Snail

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Three groups of students in the Barbados Interdisciplinary Tropical Studies program complete projects related to a big, and potentially deadly, pest – the Giant African Snail. Originating in East Africa, this creature has quickly established vast colonies in South America, Sub Saharan Africa, South and South East Asia, and has been present in other West Indian islands since the 1980s. Its fast-growing and widespread colonies consume vast amounts of food crops, gardens and natural resources, leaving behind only a gluey, sticky trail and ravaged fields. It’s also a potential danger to human health.

Higgs boson sighting: Coming to terms with discovery all the way from Melbourne

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Where to begin? The 4th of July, 2012 will remain burned in the memories of those of us fortunate to be delegates at this historic 36th International Conference on High Energy Physics (#ICHEP2012) in beautiful Melbourne, Australia. My day began in a Boeing 747, dodging tropical clouds high above the Pacific Ocean. One connection in Sydney, two shuttle buses, and one shower later, I found myself in the plenary hall at the stylish and serene Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Aboriginal youth soar at Eagle Spirit High Performance Camp

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There is something profound about being with a group of Aboriginal people, regardless of the nation – the sense of pride, mutual respect and warmth of commonality that resonates, at all ages. At the 6th Annual Eagle Spirit High Performance Camp, held at McGill May 20-21, I observed incredible athleticism, creativity and character over this weekend full of laughs. The Eagle Spirit is a much-needed outlet for Aboriginal youth in Canada, nurturing their successes, excellence and leadership capacities.

My experience in the Panama Field Study Semester

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I spent the winter term in Guna, along with 25 other McGill students (and three Panamanian students), as part of the Panama Field Study Semester (PFSS), a joint venture between McGill and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama. The four-month, 15-credit program focuses on issues relevant to the understanding of the Latin America tropical environment.

Galapagos 2012 and the “Distant Baseline”

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By Andrew Hendry A few days ago I arrived in Galapagos for a short trip to touch base with our field crew working on the evolution of Darwin’s finches and the effects they have on plant communities. The work was proceeding apace and the birds were everywhere. The mind wanders … One of the things […]

South Africa: Bridging the gap between disparity and progress

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In February 2012, 37 students from the Desautels Faculty of Management travelled to South Africa to learn about business in the country. Not only did the group meet with executives and business leaders, but they also gave back to the community by partnering with the Ubuntu Education Fund in Port Elizabeth, an organization that provides world-class health and educational support to orphaned and vulnerable children, to ensure their access to higher education and employment.

I think therefore I am (an agent of positive change in the world)

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Sometimes life gives you lemons, and sometimes life gives you a three-day, all-expenses-paid trip to the United Arab Emirates, where you get to rub shoulders with Nobel Laureates, astronauts, musicians and close to 200 students from the top universities in the world. Masters students Julie Anne Ames and Josée Méthot report back from Abu Dhabi’s Festival of Thinkers.

Around the world in 270 internships

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McGill’s Arts Internship Program had 270 student interns in 41 countries this past summer. Read about some of them here.

A lesson in humanity in Northern Ghana

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Bioresource Engineering student Pascal G. Richard reports on his summer internship with Engineers Without Borders McGill in Ghana, West Africa. As part of the agriculture team, Richard was partnered with an international NGO to work on an initiative aimed at fostering better relationships between actors along the grains value chain. The goals of the $3-million project are to increase the income of 50,000 farmers through a reduction of transaction costs and to increase the market linkages between businesses and farmers by 70 per cent.