Your weekly is all about our 2018 upcoming events, don’t forget to sign up!!
1. Department Day – January 12th 2018
This event is a must to kick off the new year. If you support Equity and Diversity Education in STEMM, at McGill, and in the Department, then you should attend this event.
We offer you a day of speed talks from students in our department in order to share scientific discoveries, ideas, and to get to know our new students. Further there will be a workshop organized by our ED rep, Emma, in collaboration with SEDE at McGill.
Admission is FREE, and we will be serving lunch and snack. Everyone is invited (grad, undergrad, faculty, etc.), but you need to register if you want to attend. Registration is open until January 5th.
If you have any specific needs/questions about speed talk scheduling, please contact Logan (firstname.lastname@example.org) or if you have any questions regarding the workshop, contact Emma (email@example.com)
2. BGSA Winter Retreat – January 26-28th 2018
Join us for a weekend of fun winter activities (now that the snow has arrived)!! We’ve booked a cottage for 32 people in the Eastern Townships for us to enjoy classic winter fun.
Downhill and XC skiing at Mount Orford is offered at 15 mins away, sledding, hiking, and skating are also available on site. If you’re not the outdoors/winter type, there are always people that just want to stay in, play some games, visit the town of Magog, or have a short walk!
You can rent equipment online at the ski station itself, or at the McGill Outdoors club.
- Sign up by filling out the google doc here.
- Bring a $20 deposit to Scott (Stewart N5/5) or Mary-Rose (Bellini 232) to reserve your spot. There are only 32 official spots after which there will be a waiting list. Only paying reserves your spot. +1s and friends are 100% welcome, but we prioritize BGSA members first.
- Show up on Jan 26 and get in your assigned car with the best candy!!
The cost of the trip is about $75-85, which includes the cabin, food, splitting the cost of rental cars (those who drive their own cars will not have to pay for this), and gas. Additional costs will include any gear rental/lift tickets depending on what you choose to do, and any extra snacks and drinks(!!) you choose to bring for the evenings.
Do not hesitate to contact Scott (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions!
Keep posting your sublets for winter!!
This week’s fun fact: Using NASA’s satellite technologies, researchers found that the largest transport of dust on the planet occurs between the Sahara Desert and the Caribbean Sea. It has been shown that it contributes to the phosphorus loading of the amazon river system and builds Caribbean beaches.
“The data show that wind and weather pick up on average 182 million tons of dust each year and carry it past the western edge of the Sahara at longitude 15W. This volume is the equivalent of 689,290 semi trucks filled with dust. The dust then travels 1,600 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, though some drops to the surface or is flushed from the sky by rain. Near the eastern coast of South America, at longitude 35W, 132 million tons remain in the air, and 27.7 million tons – enough to fill 104,908 semi trucks – fall to the surface over the Amazon basin. About 43 million tons of dust travel farther to settle out over the Caribbean Sea, past longitude 75W.” For more info : https://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/nasa-satellite-reveals-how-much-saharan-dust-feeds-amazon-s-plants
Looking forward to seeing some of you tomorrow at the holiday party!