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April 2015
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Frontiers: Can social media inform the causes and consequences of environmental change?

April 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
R-380 – Learning and Environmental Sciences,
1954 Buford Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55108 United States
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Managing complex social-ecological systems requires information about how humans are affecting the environment and how environmental changes affect human wellbeing. Gathering data on the interactions between people and the environment across space and time is challenging and resource intensive; the years required for data collection and model development cannot often be reconciled with the sense of urgency to inform policy and management decisions. Scientists are starting to explore the potential of “big data” sources, including data from geo-located social media, to address this challenge.

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Earthart Reception

April 1 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
R-350 Learning and Environmental Sciences,
1954 Buford Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55108 United States
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Come meet Marjorie Magidow Schalles, the talented artist of the new Commons Gallery exhibit titled “Earth Art”. Marjorie was inspired by satellite photographs from the U.S. Geological Survey/Earth Resources Observation and Science Center (EROS). The images captured by NASA photographers, developed for their aesthetic beauty rather than for scientific value, resonated with her artistic vision, bringing fresh and inspiring glimpses of our planet’s complex surface. Marjorie will talk about her work and inspirations during the reception and beverages and snacks will be provided.

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Sustainability Film Series Presents – “Watermark”

April 2 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Bell Museum of Natural History,
10 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States
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Watermark is a feature documentary from award winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier, and renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky. Shot in stunning 5K ultra high-definition video and full of soaring aerial perspectives, this film shows water as a terraforming element and the scale of its reach, as well as the magnitude of our need and use.

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Frontiers: Is global wildlife trade a domestic one health risk?

April 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
R-380 – Learning and Environmental Sciences,
1954 Buford Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55108 United States
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Most conversations about wildlife trade focus on conservation and biodiversity, illegal trafficking and the economic burdens of mitigating or eradicating invasive species. But can wildlife trade effect potential disease transmission to humans, domestic animals and local wildlife? Dominic Travis, IonE resident fellow and associate professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine; and Shaun Kennedy, director of the Food Systems Institute and an adjunct professor in CVM, will discuss a U of M program that is assessing the pathways by which the trade in wildlife could introduce deadly diseases such as the Ebola virus into the US as well as the challenges of developing a metric for measuring the effects of trade on the animals themselves.

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Sustainability Symposium

April 10 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Learning & Environmental Sciences,
1954 Buford Ave , Saint Paul, MN 55108 United States
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Come see presentations on sustainability projects through posters, lightning talks, and multi-media pieces by graduate, professional, and undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota!

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Frontiers: How do we manage emerging pandemic threats at home and abroad?

April 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
R-380 – Learning and Environmental Sciences,
1954 Buford Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55108 United States
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The Ebola crisis once again focused attention on the challenges of containing an epidemic in today’s world. Cheryl Robertson, a School of Nursing associate professor; Katey Pelican, a College of Veterinary Medicine associate professor and IonE resident fellow; and Patsy Stinchfield, director of Infection Prevention and Control for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, will discuss the realities on the front lines in hospital settings in Liberia and Minnesota as well as how to develop capacity to manage the convergence of human, animal and environmental health.

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Frontiers: How can we better anticipate adverse environmental impacts?

April 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
R-380 – Learning and Environmental Sciences,
1954 Buford Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55108 United States
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Many anthropogenic actions have unanticipated consequences. This is especially true of chemical pollution resulting from products we use every day. Recent examples include triclosan – a chemical used in hand sanitizers – forming dioxins in Minnesota lakes; antibiotics’ potential for harboring antibiotic-resistant genes in the environment; algal toxins that form from an overload of nutrients into natural systems. Bill Arnold, IonE resident fellow and professor in the College of Science and Engineering; Matt Simcik, associate professor in the School of Public Health; and Lowell Anderson, professor in the College of Pharmacy, will discuss methods to assess potential risks of chemicals and how chemical structure may indicate important environmental fate processes and reaction products.

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Frontiers: Can conservation be motivated by real-time visual feedback?

April 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
R-380 – Learning and Environmental Sciences,
1954 Buford Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55108 United States
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A new class of technologies – made possible by developments in hardware, software and networking and informed by social psychology – are enabling the emergence of novel forms of feedback on resource consumption and environmental quality. “Sociotechnical” feedback or “Ecofeedback”, delivered at multiple scales and through multiple modes, has the potential to reconnect humans to nature, stimulate systems thinking, and motivate behaviors that are more attuned to ecological constraints and opportunities.

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Public Talk: “Music in a Changing Climate

April 29 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Best Buy Theater at Northrop Auditorium,
84 Church Street Southeast, Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States
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Join us for the public lecture “Music in a Changing Climate”, which features a community of scholars whose research combines the environmental sciences and humanities in the study of sound, music and environment. Three dynamic speakers – Denise Von Glahn from Florida State University, Jeff Titon from Brown University, and Aaron Allen from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro – will offer an interactive presentation on the topic of “ecomusicology.” Their talk will draw in scholars from across campus. The lectures will be illustrated with music presented by the Sumunar Gamelan Ensemble, cellist Dan Crawford’s “A Song of Our Warming Planet,” and Matt McIntyre & Ben Osterhouse performing Libby Larsen’s “Up Where the Air Gets Thin.”

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May 2015
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Frontiers: Do volunteer supply chain sustainability programs really work?

May 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
R-380 – Learning and Environmental Sciences,
1954 Buford Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55108 United States
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Raw materials used in products on today’s supermarket shelves are often sourced from tropical locales with major social and environmental problems such as deforestation, biodiversity loss and child labor. Companies are under immense pressure to exclude these ‘unsustainable’ products from their supply chains. To ensure sustainability, companies are buying certified products and partaking in pubic commitments such as zero-deforestation pledges. Dr. Gary Paoli, Daemeter Consulting director of research and program development, will examine the value of voluntary supply chain approaches for reducing the negative environmental impacts of tropical commodity production.

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Sustainability Film Series Presents – “Food Chains”

May 7 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Bell Museum of Natural History,
10 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States
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The Sustainability Film Series is brought to you by the Bell Museum of Natural History in partnership with the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment/Sustainability Studies Minor and University Dining Services. Regular museum admission; free to U of M students, faculty and staff with ID

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June 2015
$25

Teacher Workshop: Water Health and the World’s Cities

June 29 @ 8:00 am - July 2 @ 5:00 pm
R-370 Learning and Environmental Sciences,
1954 Buford Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55108 United States
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How does the state of our water resources affect environmental health? What can cities do to improve human health by improving their water infrastructure? And how do these challenges differ between the global north and south? Tackle these questions with water experts using case studies from North and South America. Instructors include Kate Brauman, IonE Global Water Initiative lead scientist; Barrett Colombo, IonE Global Landscapes Initiative educational specialist; and Sonia Davila, of the Global Water Partnership.

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