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March 2021

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Bell Live: Learn about developing brains! (Brain Awareness Week)

Friday 03/19/2021
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Free

Join us to learn about Dr. Anita Randolph's path to brain research, her current work at MIDB, and what we can all do to develop and maintain healthy brains.

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March Star Party (Virtual Edition)

Friday 03/19/2021
Free

Grab your star map and enjoy telescope observing from wherever you are. Our astronomy staff will guide you through the night sky as our telescope, with its new camera features, will live capture deep space objects and stream them to you virtually. Register now!

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Probable Meets Possible: Leveling Up to Combat Climate Change

Wednesday 03/31/2021
Free

Scientists unravel the effects of climate change at two vastly different levels — from the activities of individual microbes to fluxes of gases in the atmosphere. They engage in conversations with individual community members and groups of global political leaders. Dr. Jennifer Powers and Dr. Heidi Roop will share the challenges and strengths of working across these scales. They’ll share insights into how these dual approaches might catalyze novel collaborations and progress in climate change work. The conversation will be…

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April 2021

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Minnesota Night Skies in April (online event)

Thursday 04/01/2021
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Free

There’s never been a better time to head outside and explore the starry skies! Join our planetarium educators on Facebook Live as they answer your questions and take you on a journey of what’s currently visible in the evening skies. 

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Minnesota Geology

Friday 04/09/2021
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Free

Join us for an exploration of Minnesota geology, formations, and fossils. University of Minnesota earth science graduate students Christine Newville and Evan Whiting will take us inside the lab to look closely at basalt and gneiss, investigate the Platteville Formation, and examine fossils from our state. Your questions are welcome during the live presentation!

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University-Tribal Partnerships to Support Sovereignty and Environmental Justice

Wednesday 04/14/2021
Free

This discussion focuses on manoomin/psiη (wild rice) and collaborations including First We Must Consider Manoomin / Psiη (Wild Rice), which brings together tribes, intertribal treaty organizations, and University of Minnesota faculty, staff, and students.

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April Star Party (Virtual Edition)

Friday 04/16/2021
Free

Spiral, elliptical, irregular—oh my! Galaxies abound in our spring sky. Some galaxies are even home to supernovae—the explosive remains of dead stars.

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Courageous Leadership: A conversation with Dr. Terry Root

Monday 04/19/2021
Free

Science leadership is not only about new discoveries. It’s also about developing new approaches to research and teaching, communicating scientific insights, and cultivating the next generation of science leaders. It’s a role that demands much more than dedication and hard work — you also need a lot of courage. Just ask Dr. Terry L. Root, senior fellow emerita at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University, who has played a key role in climate science research and…

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Kolshorn Lecture: Coloring the Conservation Conversation with Dr. Drew Lanham

Wednesday 04/21/2021
Free

Each year, the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota invites a distinguished scientist or conservationist to campus to give the Kolshorn Lecture. This year's lecture is by Dr. Drew Lanham.

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May 2021

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Learning from the Past: Environmental Justice and Transportation Corridor Planning

Wednesday 05/05/2021
Pay as you can

A conversation about how people today are responding to social and environmental justice questions raised by freeway alignment projects in the past

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