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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

A whirlwind week in Europe’s capital

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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.