Galapagos 2012 and the “Distant Baseline”

Notes from the field

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

Notes from the field

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)

Notes from the field

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

Notes from the field

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

Notes from the field

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.

Bon Jovi internship: They give logistics and PR a good name

Notes from the field

When I got the call telling me that as a student of McGill’s School of Continuing Studies I was being given the opportunity to participate in a one-day internship with Bon Jovi on their Montreal tour stop, I was absolutely floored. In each city they visit, the group allows students from a local university to spend the day with their team, learning real life lessons to complement their classroom studies. On May 4, eight other students from the Public Relations program and I shadowed the tour’s event management and customer relations teams, and were given carte blanche to ask questions and participate in the day’s activities.

India has many things to teach us about business and sustainability

Notes from the field

“One, two, three, RUN!” yelled someone, and 10 of us rushed across the street to catch our bus. The rest remained on the other side, too afraid to never make it alive. We were 30 BCom and MBA students from McGill on a trip to India with professor Karl Moore, for reasons both academic and charitable.

Student on ice reports from paradise on Earth

Notes from the field

Laura Drudi, a third-year medical student was part of the Students on Ice expedition to Antarctica February 14-26. Read her first-person account of the experience here.

In search of Jaghmin

Notes from the field

PhD candidate Sally P. Ragep’s research centers on a scholar named Mahmud ibn Muhammad ibn `Umar al-Jaghmini, wrote one of the most important works of Islamic science, a ubiquitous elementary astronomical text called the Epitome of Astronomy. She went all the way to Turkmenistan to attend a conference and present a paper on him.

YAHAnet: A show of hands

Notes from the field

By John Murray
What can a pair of hands express?
A clenched fist. Two fingers interlocking. Thumbs and forefingers forming a heart.