The Petri Dish: Where Do We Go From Here

The Cabaret at Camp Bar 490 N Robert St, St Paul, MN, United States

The science, policy and politics of addressing and adapting to global-scale environmental change. Everything we do has an impact on the environment. Climate change is top of mind for many, but our carbon dioxide emissions are only the beginning of the story.

$5

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

2023 Life Sciences Graduate School Fair

MAC Gym, RecWell Center

Help connect undergraduate students to educational pathways by promoting the 2023 Life Sciences Graduate School Fair taking place at the University RecWell Center. The fair is open to students of all majors and school years interested in the life sciences. Students will have the chance to explore masters and PhD programs in the life sciences and related fields, including a variety from UMN and other institutions from across the country.

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!