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This is a reminder that the deadline for the 2016 CWAG Student Paper Competition is fast approaching!

The Canadian Women and Geography Study Group (CWAG) of the Canadian Association of Geographers invites submissions for its annual student paper competition.  Paper entries must be based on research related to an aspect of feminist geography, broadly defined.

The competition is open to any undergraduate,  master’s or Ph.D. student who has presented the paper at a regional meeting (ie. CAGONT, WDCAG, etc.) during the 2015-16 academic year or has plans to present the paper at the 2016 CAG meeting in Halifax.

Entries should be submitted electronically, in either French or English, and must not exceed 5,000 words, including references and footnotes. The deadline for submissions is SUNDAY May 1st, 2016. Please send papers (and any questions) to the attention of the CWAG Chair at: sara.koopman@gmail.com

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Congratulations to three Geography graduate students who have won 2013-14 awards from the Canadian Northern Studies Trust!

Brendan O’Neill, PhD candidate, awarded the W. Garfield Weston Award ($50,000) for his research on ‘Permafrost conditions and terrain stability consideration on Peel Plateau, NWT’

Erica Obernodorfer, PhD candidate,awarded the Canadian Polar Commission Scholarship ($10,000) for her research on ‘The shared stories of people and plants: cultural and ecological relationships between people and plants in Makkovik, Nunatsiavut (Labrador)’

Sarah Quann, Masters candidate, awarded the W. Garfield Weston Award ($15,000) for her research on ‘Developing a latewood maximum density tree-ring chronology from white spruce (Picea glauca), Inuvik, NWT

Source: Carleton’s Current Grad Students

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Congratulations to Professor Derek Mueller of DGES who is one of the six Carleton researchers who will benefit from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Leaders Opportunity Fund!

Professor Mueller will use the funds ($185,000) to construct the Water and Ice Research Laboratory, a new facility at Carleton University, that will examine the impacts of climate change and other environmental issues on aquatic and cryospheric systems. This research will make use of innovative field approaches, laboratory equipment and geospatial computing.

Source: Carleton Newsroom

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PhD candidate Andrea Carrion (DGES) is this year’s recipient of the Norman Pollock Memorial Award for Latin American Studies presented each year to an outstanding student in the area of Canada-Latin American relations or Latin America Development.

Andrea has demonstrated commitment in building linkages across campus and enhancing networks beyond campus to support Latin American studies in the capital region. She has been a member of the organizing committee of two graduate-led conferences held in Ottawa during 2012 and 2013, co-organized between Carleton University, University of Ottawa, and the Universite du Quebec en Outaouais.

She is also the program coordinator of the 2012 Conference of the Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, to take place at Carleton University in May, 2013.

Congratulations Andrea!

Source: gLoeb Xpress

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Strengthening geographic education in Canada

The Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society have embarked on a joint initiative to strengthen geographic education in Canada. Fashioned as a ‘national conversation on geographic education,’ the goal is to effect positive change by building a coalition of organizations and associations committed to enhanced teaching and learning in geography.

Beginning in April, CG Education and CAG President and RCGS Fellow Dr. Jean Andrey will lead monthly Google+ Hangouts with articulate Canadians around questions such as “How is technology changing the field of geography?” and “What must Canadian students know about geography before they graduate high school?”

These conversations will culminate in a gathering at the time of the CAG annual conference in St. John’s this August at which time a declaration or call to action will be drafted. Another element of the joint initiative is pictorial in nature. Canadians are invited to submit photos that illustrate “This is geography.”

Source: GeogNews – CAG Digest

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The Royal Canadian Geographic Society (RCGS) offers funding for both graduate and upper-level undergraduate students in the areas of northern research,  human geography, and general research.  Although not available last year, the RCGS provide funds this year, and the deadline for submissions to the funding programs are March 15th.

Details of the programs are available at: http://www.rcgs.org/programs/

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Geographer’s Revenge

Read Jason Dittmer’s review of Robert Kaplan’s new book, “The Revenge of Geography”.

Here is a snippet:

In an attempt to atone for his idealist support of the invasion of Iraq, Robert Kaplan has turned to geography, but in casting about for an explanation of what went wrong, Kaplan has stumbled into the shallows of geopolitics.

“What did we do to geography to get it so mad?” quipped the cashier, eyeing the cover when I bought Robert Kaplan’s latest from a bookstore in my hometown. I have to admit that I laughed—as a geographer you get so used to the un-funny jokes (“you must get tired of coloring in maps all the time”) that when you hear something new it is a genuine pleasure. But the joke seems oddly prescient now that I have read the book. Indeed, there have been crimes against geography, with Kaplan the latest perpetrator. Read on.

The book is available in the Carleton library, JC319.K335 2012

Source: The New Inquiry

 

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