It’s been busy in the 6 months since I completed my Fulbright experience at Georgetown University. I have since returned to Ottawa from Washington DC and resumed my job within the federal public service. While it is great to be back at work, I miss Washington dearly. I maintain a connection to DC through friends, colleagues and the occasional read of the Washington Post city section. However, the best reminder of my Fulbright experience has been the number of opportunities which have presented themselves as a result.
The Food and Agriculture Organization’s Food Price Index is at the highest level ever recorded. Wheat crops have failed in Russia and in China due to severe heat and draught. International food access issues are stirring local public and private responses, one of which is urban farming. To ascertain the community impacts of urban farming, I propose the development of an urban farming census to measure the economic, social and environmental outcomes of urban farming.
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Sault native David Hugill has won a scholarship that is allowing him to spend the school year in Minneapolis, Minn., conducting research that compares Canadian and U.S. cities.
“I’m a human geographer. I’m interested in questions about cities and space. The premise of the work is that cities aren’t these sort of containers in which things happen, but they are these dynamic environments that reflect long political histories,” said the 30-year-old.
Hugill has an undergraduate degree from University of King’s College and a master’s degree from Trent University. He is pursuing a geography PhD at York University.
The 2011-2012 competitions for Canadian students and scholars are quickly drawing to a close. If you are either a faculty member or a student considering the United States as an option, Fulbright Canada will be holding a LIVE webinar for all prospective Canadian applicants on Tuesday October 18th, 2011, at 12:00pm EST and 9:00am PST.
We will be hosting this LIVE webinar to discuss the many opportunities available to graduate students and scholars through Fulbright Canada. The webinar is open to interested applicants from across Canada, and will be hosted using Microsoft Office Live Meeting. For the best webinar experience, we recommend that all interested attendees download Microsoft’s Live Meeting software. Please note it is possible to access the webinar through most internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari) with an updated version of Adobe Flash installed.
Each September, with the support of the United States Department of State, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, and the American Killam Trusts, the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States of America hosts the incoming cohort of American Fulbright Scholars and the entire incoming class of Killam Fellows. Orientation, which is designed to provide an introduction to Canada and an opportunity to meet with management and staff at the Foundation, is critical to the overall exchange experience. This year, Orientation took place from September 15th through the 17th.