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  • Co-op grads reach next steps despite pandemic challenges

    As a storm of uncertainty churned around them, two recent Brock grads used skills from their co-op studies to stay on course.

    Michelle Pearce and Yunzhuo (Sebastian) Wang knew their enrolment in Brock’s Co-op Education program would give them a leg up when it came to pursuing their goals, but they could not have imagined how much that experience would help them stay on track in the economic uncertainty that accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Wang, who graduated with his Master of Business Administration during Brock’s Fall Convocation on Friday, Oct. 16, came to the University with his sights set on a career in finance. After completing the in-class portion of his education, the Xi’an, China, native began a co-op work term at Meridian Credit Union as a financial planning and analysis analyst.

    Many hours of interview preparation, resumé review and further acclimation to the Canadian job market with co-op’s talent performance consultants helped Wang to secure the role.

    Brock student Michelle Pearce

    Michelle Pearce used her co-op studies to gain experience in the environmental job sector and figure out which graduate program to apply for.

    “I didn’t have any Canadian work experience, and co-op let me get my foot in the workplace door,” he said.

    When physical distancing regulations shut many businesses, Wang, 26, was able to continue his work remotely and ultimately earn a full-time job with the organization.

    “The work term was the perfect way for me to learn about Meridian and get to know people there,” he said. “My preparation and the lessons I received from the co-op team made it much more straightforward to secure a full-time role in my field at a time when it was tougher to do so.”

    In addition to the job he accepted, Wang also received offers from two other financial firms, a sign, he said, that co-op students are more in-demand due to their readiness to tackle and adapt to a variety of situations.

    While Wang focused on the financial industry, Pearce, of Guelph, concentrated on the environmental sector. The 22-year-old Geography graduate, who received her bachelor’s degree Friday, completed her work terms with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency as a horticulture and forestry survey student.

    While there, she began to explore and interact with various environmental roles she saw as potential paths for her future.

    “Seeing the different jobs available helped me to realize how much I liked working in an environmental setting and to figure out which master’s program I would need to complete to make that possible,” Pearce said. She ultimately was accepted to Brock’s Master of Earth Sciences program.

    The pandemic affected Pierce’s final undergraduate work term, although she too said the lessons she learned from the University’s Co-op Education team are beneficial going forward.

    “The co-op team taught me how to prepare for and be flexible in the tasks and timelines I faced during my work term this summer, and how to comply with new distancing guidelines. It all helped me to settle more easily into my master’s studies this fall,” she said.

    Despite significant global change, the pair were happy to mark Brock’s Virtual Convocation and celebrate what they have achieved so far.

    “It was sad to not be there in person, but my mom and I watched together, and I am looking forward to joining with my classmates to celebrate when restrictions are lifted,” said Pearce.

    “I celebrated with a few friends, and I will share the stream with my family back home as well,” said Wang.

    As both grads return to the tasks and assignments of the fall, each emphasized the role co-op has played in their lives, especially during such a tumultuous few months.

    Co-op helped me to figure out where I wanted to go and how to get there even when the world was changing,” said Pearce.

    “The service from co-op is second to none,” said Wang. “I’m so relieved that I have been able to secure a full-time job in my field and I could not have done that without the support of the entire co-op team.”

    To learn more about Brock’s Co-op Education opportunities, visit the Co-op website.

    Story reposted from The Brock News

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  • New research looks at how a new water paradigm is defined and used in literature

    In a new paper titled “The emerging scientific water paradigm: Precursors, hallmarks, and trajectories“, ESRC/GeoTour prof Dr. Julia Baird and co-authors explore how two interpretations of a new water paradigm are defined and used, and overlap in the literature.

    Abstract

    Increasing scholarship has focused on a shift in scientific water paradigm in the 21st century from an understanding of water systems as stationary, predictable and command‐and‐control as appropriate governance to an understanding of them as complex, dynamic, and uncertain. This shift has been characterized in several ways. We focused on two prominent characterizations: as a “new water paradigm” and as “water resilience.” We identified the defining hallmarks of each, the “precursor” scholarship upon which these Defining Works build, and how the Defining Works have been advanced with “Subsequent Works” that cite them. We used bibliometric data to analyze the three bodies of literature and inductive coding to identify the hallmarks of the new water paradigm and water resilience from Defining Works. Four categories of hallmarks were identified that describe the emerging scientific water paradigm: complex adaptive systems orientation; governance and management configurations, which are inclusive, integrative, adaptive; governance and management actions that emphasize linkages between social and ecological systems and imperative of sustainability; and, attributes of diversity, redundancy and openness. There was insufficient evidence in fields of research, author country, and publishing journals to confirm that the emerging scientific water paradigm has been conceptualized in two distinct ways. Despite the degree of similarity between the two conceptualizations, the literature is strongly oriented toward one or the other. We suggest consilience between these two conceptualizations and scholars working with them to advance collective understanding of governance and management in light of our current understanding of water systems.

    Reference

    Baird, J., Plummer, R., Dale, G., Kapeller, B., Mallette, A., Feist, A., and Kataoka A. (2020). The emerging scientific water paradigm: Precursors, hallmarks, and trajectories. WIREs Water. Online: https://doi.org/10.1002/wat2.1489

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  • Congratulations to Geography MA student, Nick Mindorff

    Congratulations to Geography MA student Nick Mindorff on the successful completion of his MRP, titled The Fearful Class: Depictions of Urban and Suburban Housing as an Indicator of Fear in Neoliberal Society” as well as on the successful completion of all requirements for the MA in Geography.
    Congratulations and thanks as well to Nick’s supervisory committee: Supervisor Dr. Phil Mackintosh, and Second Reader Dr. Chris Fullerton.
    Best wishes, Nick, for your future endeavours!
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  • Congratulations to MA Geography Student Scholarship/Fellowship Awardees

    Congratulations the following MA Geography students on recently awarded scholarships and fellowships:

    • Julia Hamill (SSHRC Masters Scholarship; Faculty of Graduate Studies Spring Research Fellowship);
    • Rebekah Kraulis (soon Casey) (FOSS Graduate Student COVID Compliance Scholarship);
    • Hannah Willms (FOSS Graduate Student COVID Compliance Scholarship; FOSS Student Research Award);
    • Lina Adeetuk (FOSS Graduate Student COVID Compliance Scholarship).

    Thank you to supervisors and committee members for supporting and encouraging these and other students throughout the application process.

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  • Congratulations Geography MA student Philip Dwomo

    Congratulations to Geography MA student Philip Dwomo on the successful completion of his MRP, titled “Geography of Food Deserts in the Niagara Region,” as well as on the successful completion of all requirements for the MA in Geography.

    Congratulations and thanks as well to Philip’s supervisory committee: Supervisor Dr. Jeff Boggs, and Second Reader Dr. Chris Fullerton.

    Best wishes, Philip, for your future endeavours!

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  • Congratulations to Geography MA student Jackie Gervais

    Congratulations to Geography MA student Jackie Gervais on the successful defence of her thesis, titled “Understanding Post-secondary Student Mobility and its Impact on Wellbeing,” as well as on the successful completion of all requirements for the MA in Geography.
    Many congratulations Jackie and best wishes for your future endeavours!
    Congratulations as well to Jackie’s supervisory committee: supervisor Chris Fullerton; committee members Madelyn Law and David Butz.
    Thank you to external examiner Dr. Sean Doherty (WLU), and GPD designate Mike Ripmester.
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  • Congratulations to Geography MA student Chelsea Fields

    Congratulations to Geography MA student Chelsea Fields on the successful completion of her MRP, titled “Detroit: Motor City or Creative City? The Alternative Media and the Politics of Citizenship,” as well as on the successful completion of all requirements for the MA in Geography.

    Congratulations as well to Chelsea’s supervisory committee: Supervisor Dr. Mike Ripmeester, and Second Reader Dr. Ebru Ustundag.

  • Congratulations to Geography MA student Aaron Nartey

    Congratulations to Geography MA student Aaron Nartey on the successful completion of his MRP, titled “Return Migration of Ghanaian Immigrants: Drivers & Reintegration Challenges,” and on the successful completion of all requirements for the MA in Geography.

    Congratulations and thanks as well to Aaron’s supervisory committee, Dr. David Butz, and Second Reader Dr. Chris Fullerton.

    Congrats Aaron!

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  • Congratulations to our Faculty of Social Science Student Research Award Winners

    Congratulations to Geography MA students Lina Adeetuk and Julia Hamill, who were each awarded the Faculty of Social Sciences Student Research Award (MA thesis stream).

    Lina’s research project is tentatively titled “Rural Dwellers’ Perspectives on the Significance of New Roads: The Case of Kaasa-Kogsa Road, Builsa North District, Ghana.”

    The tentative title of Julia’s project is “‘Molida’, that’s Shimshali Food: Multilocality, Food Talk and the Constitution of Place-Based Identity in Shimshal, Pakistan.”

    Congratulations to both students as they move ahead with their research!

     

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  • Congratulations to Geography MA student Dean Mizzi

    Congratulations to Geography MA student Dean Mizzi on the successful completion of his MRP, titled Conceptualizing queer online spaces as similar to privately-owned public spaces: Opportunities for geographers,”  as well as on the successful completion of all requirements for the MA in Geography.

    Thank you and congratulations also to Dean’s supervisory committee, Supervisor Dr. Catherine Nash and Second Reader Dr. Jeff Boggs

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