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There are still a limited number of desks in shared study rooms available for graduate students, so the application process has been re-opened. There are no carrels or lockers available at this time.

Applications for desks will be given priority according to the criteria listed below. If your application is accepted then you will be contacted by email. Spaces should be assigned to successful applicants by the end of September.

Priority for space is given to graduate students who meet these criteria:

  • in the faculty of FASS or FPA;
  • without office space on campus; and
  • require a quiet work space close to library resources

If space permits, other graduate students will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

See the Graduate Study Spaces page for more information or go directly to the Graduate Study Space Application Form.


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An Ontario university’s research that involves recruiting outdoor rinks to help track climate change has now signed up hundreds of volunteers, in a citizen science-driven project that is far surpassing its creators’ expectations.

A group of geographers and environmental studies researchers at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario created the RinkWatch website (rinkwatch.org) to draft participants for the project launched only a few weeks ago. They want outdoor rink lovers across North American and elsewhere to report on their rinks in order to observe changing climate patterns and help understand the importance of human activities and the environment.

Since CBC News.ca first reported on RinkWatch last Friday, the number of frozen puddles, ponds and backyard rinks involved has increased to 425 as of 2 p.m. ET Wednesday.

Source: CBC News and Scientific American articles

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Professor in Geography and Environmental Studies, Derek A. Smith, has recently won an award at the annual meeting of the Panamanian Association for the Advancement of Science (APANAC) for work he and his colleagues have done over the last year in western Panama, in studying indigenous forest use in the Comarca Ngäbe-Buglé.  Out of 200 posters’ Smith and his team’s poster ‘Participatory mapping as a tool for investigating patterns en the use of natural resources and promoting forest conservation in the Comarca Ngäbe-Buglé,’ won first prize.

Read more here.

Source: FASS News

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Plan to attend a new workshop in November co-hosted by the Centre for Law, Technology and Society (CLTS)
the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre (GCRC) and the Canadian Internet Public Policy and Interest Clinic (CIPPIC)

Date: Nov. 14, 2012

at the
Louis Pasteur Hall, University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Canada
Room: LPR 285

Time: 1:15 to 5:00 pm

Read more about it here.

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Geography Compass is on an online-only geography journal publishing original, peer reviewed surveys of current research from across the discipline.Geography Compass is inclusive: it does not privilege any one perspective over another, it is open to all authors, and publishes articles that are both theoretical and practical in orientation, or concerned with methodology, as well as issue-oriented reviews.


  • on state-of-the-art reviews, supported by a comprehensive bibliography and accessible to an international readership of geographers and scholars in related disciplines.
  • aimed at students, researchers and non-specialist scholars, and will provide a unique reference tool for researching essays, preparing lectures, writing a research proposal, or just keeping up with new developments in a specific area of interest.

Read in the April issue:

Mastodons and Mammoths in the Great Lakes Region, USA and Canada: New Insights into their Diets as they Neared Extinction (pages 175–188)

Ecological Disaster or the Limits of Observation? Reconciling Modern Declines with the Long-Term Dynamics of Whitebark Pine Communities (pages 189–214)

Rethinking Territory: Social Justice and Neoliberalism in Latin America’s Territorial Turn (pages 215–226)

Ethnic Entrepreneurship Studies in Geography: A Review (pages 227–240)

Source: Geography Compass

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The Royal Canadian Geographical Society has honoured Carleton’s own Professor Christopher Burn for his contribution as vice-president of the society. He was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, given to outstanding Canadians who have contributed to Canada through their service and achievements.

Professor Burn has been a part of Carleton’s Department of Geography and Environmental Studies since 1992. His research centers on the impact of climate change on permafrost terrain. He has been studying frozen ground for nearly 30 years and has an immense amount of experience conducting research in Canada’s north. For the past three decades, Burn has been dividing his time between central Yukon and the western Arctic. He holds the NSERC Northern Research Chair and is editor of a new book entitled, Herschel Island Qikiqtaryuk: A Natural and Culture History of Yukon’s Arctic Island. It will be released at the Internationl Polar Year Conference in Montreal on April 23, 2012.

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians, 60,000 of whom will be recognized throughout 2012.

Congratulations Professor Burn!

Source: Carleton Newsroom

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The Department of Geography & Environmental Studies presents:

Responsible Investing: How Investors Are Raising Environmental, Social and Governance Standards Around the World
Tessa Hebb, Director, Carleton Centre for Community Innovation
Friday, March 23rd, 2012 at 2:45 p.m.
A220 Loeb

All Welcome
More information www.carleton.ca/geography

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