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We had a great turnout for Will Steger's presentation for Frontiers in the Environment seminar Eyewitness to Global Warming, today!  Close to 120 people joined is in the St. Paul Student Center for today's seminar, as well as another 30 online to hear Will talk about his experiences in the Arctic.

In case you missed it, here's the link: Eyewitness to Global Warming

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Did you attend Will Steger's talk?  Leave your comments below and let us know what you thought!

Will Steger Foundation

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Next week we're back in the IonE Seminar room for Katey Pelican's Frontiers in the Environment presentation, One Health: An Emerging Field in a Wicked World.

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Join us this week for Frontiers in the Environment at the St. Paul Student Center Theater to see Will Steger, Arctic explorer and founder of the Will Steger Foundation present "Eyewitness to Global Warming."
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Will Steger: Eyewitness to Global Warming
Wednesday, February 24, 12:00p.m.
St. Paul Student Center Theater
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watch online live via UMConnect

Steger has traveled tens of thousands of miles by kayak and dogsled for more than 45 years, leading teams on some of the most significant polar expeditions in history, earning him the Lifetime Achievement award from National Geographic Adventure Magazine in 2007. Will led the first confirmed dogsled journey to the North Pole without re-supply in 1986, the 1,600-mile south-north traverse of Greenland (the longest unsupported dogsled expedition in history) in 1988, and led the first dogsled traverse of Antarctica (the historic seven month, 3,471-mile International Trans-Antarctica Expedition) in 1989-90. From the front lines of global warming, Will Steger is inspiring, educating and empowering people around the world to take action on global warming solutions.

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See the full Frontiers lineup and description of "Eyewitness to Global Warming" on our website.

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Other upcoming events:

Wednesday, March 3
Katey Pelican: One Health: An Emerging Field in a Wicked World
Frontiers in the Environment
IonE Seminar Room, 12pm

Thursday, March 4
Pat Nunnally: Restoration in/of the Mississippi River Gorge
Thursdays at 4 speaker series
125 Nolte Center, 4pm

Wednesday, March 10
Patrick Hamilton "Engaging Audiences in the Anthropocene"
Frontiers in the Environment
IonE Seminar Room, 12pm

Thursday, March 11
Garbage Dreams film screening and discussion
180 Humphrey Center, 4pm

Today's Recording: Peter Reich

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for the recording of Peter Reich's Frontiers in the Environment Seminar, High-tech Global Change Experiments in Terrestrial Ecosystems: A Lot of Hot Air?

Feel free to leave comments below with your thoughts on today's talk!

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Next Week:
Will Steger, Will Steger Foundation
Eyewitness to Global Warming
**St. Paul Student Center Theater

See the full Spring Frontiers in the Environment lineup here.

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frontiers_wordmark.jpgThis Wednesday, join us at the Institute on the Environment to hear "High-tech Global Change Experiments in Terrestrial Ecosystems: A Lot of Hot Air?" presented by Peter Reich, professor of Forest Resources and this year's winner of the prestigious BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge award in ecology and conservation biology.

Frontiers in the Environment:
High-tech Global Change Experiments in Terrestrial Ecosystems: A Lot of Hot Air?

Wednesday, February 17 at 12:00 P.M.
IonE Seminar Room R380
VoTech Bldg, St. Paul Campus

Can't make it to St. Paul?
  Join us online via UMConnect or visit the Frontiers in the Environment webpage to find a recording of Reich's talk.


Additional information:
University of Minnesota professor wins international award in ecology and conservation biology (1/29)
Peter Reich's biography
Branching Out (Momentum Magazine)
Peter Reich, BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Ecology (Eurekalert.org)


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Next week:  Will Steger, "Eyewitness to Global Warming"
*St. Paul Student Center Theater (map)

The IonE Seminar room was once again packed with a standing-room only crowd for John Sheehan's talk, "Biofuels as a Contact Sport: Shifting the Debate from Food vs. Fuel to Sustainable Land Management."

The second talk in our spring Frontiers in the Environment series, Sheehan gave the audience a critical and common sense perspective about the controversy over sustainable use of land for food, feed, fiber and production, while sprinkling it with real life examples and a sense of humor.

Click below to see a preview of Sheehan's presentation as well as one of our audience member's thoughts on the seminar.



Click here to watch the full version online.  This and previous Frontiers seminars are also archived for viewing at the Frontiers in the Environment website.

Coming up next Wednesday: "High-tech Global Change Experiments in Terrestrial Ecosystems: A Lot of Hot Air?" by Peter Reich, Professor of Forest Resources

 
Check out this great review of Craig Packer's Frontiers in the Environment seminar "The Whole Village Project", that was featured in the U of M Brief.

Make sure to stop by today at noon (or watch live online) for John Sheehan's talk "Biofuels as a Contact Sport: Shifting the Debate from Food vs. Fuel to Sustainable Land Management".

A link to Sheehan's recorded presentation will be posted on this blog and on the Frontiers in the Environment web page after the talk.
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Join us tomorrow, February 10 at noon to see John Sheehan's Frontiers in the Environment talk: Biofuels as a Contact Sport: Shifting the Debate from Food vs. Fuel to Sustainable Land Management

See the full description here.

John Sheehan is the scientific program coordinator for biofuels and the global environment at the Institute on the Environment.  He has worked in the area of biofuels for nearly two decades. He worked at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo before joining the Institute on the Environment in 2009. (full bio


Biofuels as a Contact Sport will also be broadcast live via UMConnect and archived at the Frontiers in the Environment webpage.


Additional Information:
Common Sense: Biofuels and Sustainability (IonE Blog by John Sheehan)
Algae as Biofuels Still Rough Around the Edges (Science News, January 2010)
Insider Conversation: Can Biofuels Be Carbon Friendly? (Science Insider, November 2009)

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Frontiers in the Environment home page (for the full semester lineup)

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Update:  This event has been canceled due to illness.  We're sorry for the inconvenience. (Feb. 17)

Sustainable Communities: Lessons from a European Approach
February 23, 2010


photo_JoachimEble.pngLearn about sustainable, "healthy" design of communities and eco-cities in an interdisciplinary lecture on February 23, featuring Joachim Eble of Joachim Eble-Architektur in Tübingen, Germany. Considered the "grandfather of green building" in Germany, Eble's experience includes projects throughout Europe and Asia. The event will open with an introduction by Carla Carlson, assistant vice president for Statewide Strategic Resource Development, including highlights of the vision for a sustainable University-founded community at UMore Park. Following Eble's lecture, a reactor panel consisting of Thomas Fisher, dean of the College of Design; Mary Jo Kreitzer, director of the Center for Spirituality and Healing; and Jonathan Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment; will share their expertise and perspectives on issues around economic, environmental and social sustainability. The event will close with a light reception and opportunity to visit with Joachim Eble and colleagues in the Humphrey Center Atrium.

February 23, 3-5 pm, Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis campus. Visit www.umorepark.umn.edu/EbleLecture for more information and to register.

View the official flyer here: 
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Sustainable Communities: Lessons from a European Approach
February 23, 2010
3:00-5:00 pm
Cowles Auditorium, Hubert H. Humphrey Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis campus
Additional information and registration available at www.umorepark.umn.edu/EbleLecture
Cosponsors: Center for Spirituality and Healing; College of Design; College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences; Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs; Institute on the Environment; School of Public Health; Office of the Vice President for Statewide Strategic Resource Development/UMore Park

This afternoon, Craig Packer gave the first of our spring Frontiers in the Environment series to a packed house.  Over 80 U of M staff, faculty and students, as well as others from the community filled the room to listen to Craig talk about The Whole Village Project. 

A preview of Packer's presentation: 




The full event was recorded by UMConnect and has been archived on the Frontiers in the Environment web page.  Click here to go directly to the full recording, free of the bumpy "special effects" in the clip.

Did you attend "The Whole Village Project" or watch online?  Share your thoughts below in the comments!

Coming up next Wednesday:  "Biofuels as a Contact Sport: Shifting the Debate from Food vs. Fuel to Sustainable Land Management" by John Sheehan
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Join us this Wednesday, February 3 at noon in the IonE Seminar room for a lecture from Craig Packer, professor in the department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior.

This is the first of our Frontiers in the Environment spring series, which dive into a range of environmental issues and leave time for your burning questions at the end. 

Craig will be telling us about The Whole Village Project in sub-Saharan Africa, which includes the collaboration of over 20 University of Minnesota researchers working together to evaluate the effectiveness of foreign aid projects.

See a full description of the lecture as well as other upcoming lectures on our Frontiers in the Environment page.  

After the lecture, join us in the IonE Commons for snacks and refreshments as well as a chance to mingle and discuss the lecture with other environmentally conscious individuals like yourself!

More about Craig Packer:
The Splendor of the Serengeti (MPR, 2008)
Project analyzes foreign aid use (MNdaily, 2009)

Unable to make it to the St. Paul Campus?  Join us online or venture back to the Frontiers web page to see a recording of the talk.

Planning on attending? RSVP on facebook and invite your friends.

  The opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author(s) and not necessarily
  of the Institute on the Environment/University of Minnesota.

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