Courageous Leadership: A conversation with Dr. Terry Root

Virtual Event MN, United States

Join Dr. Jessica Hellmann, IonE director, in conversation with renowned climate scientist Dr. Terry Root on her experiences at the forefront of climate research and advocacy, what it means to be a woman leader in the sciences, and more.

Free

Probable Meets Possible: Conservation in real time

Virtual Event MN, United States

Hear from two UMN scholars working at the interface of scientific disciplines and technological advances about the present and potential future of these approaches.

Free

Petri Dish: Food for thought: Is it time for a new “green revolution” in agriculture?

Urban Growler Brewing Co. 2325 Endicott Street, Saint Paul, MN, United States

Producing enough food for billions of people seems like an insurmountable challenge, but it’s not the first time humanity has had to innovate to feed our growing population. The history of agriculture is closely aligned to the rise and fall of civilizations. Leaps in production have happened more than once through innovation. Gene editing promises to make plants more resilient, require less fertilizer, and potentially boost yields, but it’s just the latest in a long line of interventions. We’ll explore how to think about the role of scientific innovation in meeting humanity’s needs.

$5

Spotlight Science: Climate Solutions

Bell Museum of Natural History 2088 Larpenteur Ave W, St Paul, MN, United States

Join us at the Bell for the start of The Great Northern, a Twin Cities festival celebrating our cold, creative winters. Connect with climate researchers and extension educators, check-out hands-on demonstrations about forest resilience and winter weather observation, explore Snow: Tiny Crystals, Global Impact exhibit, and learn how you can contribute to climate solutions.

A Call to Climate Action: Book launch and talk with UMN climate scientist Dr. Heidi Roop

Bell Museum of Natural History 2088 Larpenteur Ave W, St Paul, MN, United States

Join us for the launch of UMN climate scientist Dr. Heidi Roop’s new book, The Climate Action Handbook. This visually stunning guide addresses climate change using easy-to-understand language and infographics and offers ideas, options, a roadmap for action – and more importantly, hope.

Free

The Lion: A talk with world’s leading lion expert Craig Packer

Bell Museum of Natural History 2088 Larpenteur Ave W, St Paul, MN, United States

Lions loom large in the collective imagination as a subject of fascination and fear. IonE Affiliate and expert on African lions Craig Packer has spent more than four decades studying the large cats. In The Lion: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation of an Iconic Species, he offers a vivid snapshot of the lives of these remarkable animals, touching on scientific questions about lion behavior, human-lion interaction, and conservation challenges. Dr. Packer will share his insights from years observing lions in the field along with his thoughts on how to ensure that they survive and thrive in the future.

Free

Petri Dish: Signal and Noise

Urban Growler Brewing Co. 2325 Endicott Street, Saint Paul, MN, United States

Our panel will explore what nature’s underground networks can tell us about the current and future state of the environment, what we know – and what we don’t – about how trees and plants signal changes in their environment. Panelists: Peter Kennedy (CBS), Mae Davenport (CFANS), Bruce Braun (CLA)

Free – $5

Petri Dish: Fantastic Plastic You

Urban Growler Brewing Co. 2325 Endicott Street, Saint Paul, MN, United States

Plastic is everywhere we look, from the bottoms of ocean trenches, to distant Antarctic ice, even flowing through your blood. Our panelists will discuss the ubiquity of plastics in our environment and in ourselves. Panelists: Emilie Snell-Rood (CBS), Matt Simcik (SPH) and Boya Xiong (CSE)

Free – $5

Petri Dish: Genes vs. Environment

Urban Growler Brewing Co. 2325 Endicott Street, Saint Paul, MN, United States

The debate over whether nature or nurture is more important in shaping our personalities and choices has been going on for centuries. In this discussion we will talk about what makes us, us!