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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for frontiers_wordmark.jpgAfter a two-week hiatus from online audiences due to spring break and a video showing, Frontiers in the Environment is back tomorrow with a presentation by Pat Nunnally, director of the IonE's River Life program. 

Pat has been speaking about the Mississippi River all over the Twin Cities recently, and will continue tomorrow with his talk "Life on the (Future) Mississippi: Or, It's Not (Just) Mark Twain's River Anymore."   He's also been featured in a number of IonE videos, including this one, "Making the Mississippi."

Wednesday March 31
Pat Nunnally "Life on the (Future) Mississippi: Or, It's Not (Just) Mark Twain's River Anymore"
Frontiers in the Environment
IonE Seminar Room, 12pm
Join us online to watch live

The Mississippi River is a critical source of drinking water, transportation and recreation for tens of millions of people, as well as an important flyway for migratory birds and a critically important fishery. Currently, dozens of groups in various disciplines are passionately engaged in planning for the future of the Mississippi and its watershed, but lacking communication in coordinating these efforts. Learn how the River Life program works from its "lab" in the Twin Cities to strengthen the connections among the University of Minnesota, the Mississippi River, and communities and organizations along the river to create a sustainable urban riverfront.

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Other upcoming events:

Tuesday, April 6
Copenhagen Climate Change Summit Documentary Screening
IonE Seminar Room, 4pm

Wednesday, April 7
Allen Levine "Why We Can't Stop Eating"
Frontiers in the Environment
IonE Seminar Room, 12pm

Thursday, April 8
Expanding Biofuel Production and the Transition to Advanced Biofuels
IonE Seminar Room, 8:30am

A Farm for the Future: Sustainable Alternatives
Bell Museum of Natural History, 7:30pm

Friday, April 9
Climate Change & Health: Looming Clouds with Silver Linings
IonE Seminar Room, 11am


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Tuesday, April 27
Water for Mulobere film premiere
Coffman Memorial Theater, 7pm

View the trailer here



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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for frontiers_wordmark.jpgFrontiers in the Environment is on spring break this week, but we'll be back next week with Mark Pedelty and The Raingarden Renaissance.

Here's a great article from the School of Mass Communication & Journalism about The Raingarden Renaissance. It includes a clip of the film.  Be sure to check out the TPT Minnesota Channel's website to find out the exact air dates for part one of the series.

Please note that due to this being a film screening, we will not be broadcasting next week's seminar over UMConnect.  Please check the TPT Minnesota listings to find out when you can view the film in its entirety.

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Also, remember to mark your calendars for the premiere of Water for Mulobere on April 27 in the Coffman Memorial Theater.  Join us at 7:00pm for a performance by Hayor Bibimma dance company, the film, and great conversation with filmmaker Beth Anderson and EWB students after the film. 



Offical Water for Mulobere event page
RSVP for Water for Mulobere Premiere here


For these events and more, visit the Institute on the Environment events page

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Click here to watch Patrick Hamilton's Frontiers in the Environment presentation, "Engaging Audiences in the Anthropocene"


Join us on Wednesday, March 24 for Raingarden Renaissance, a preview of the series A Neighborhood of Raingardens that will be airing on the TPT Minnesota channel in late April. (broadcast schedule has not yet been determined).   Read about Pedelty's project here.
Note: Because this presentation entails a full film screening, it will not be broadcast live due to viewing quality and copyright issues.

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Mark your calendar!
Water for Mulobere film premiere

Tuesday, April 27
Coffman Memorial Union Theater
Doors open at 6:30pm
Free and open to the public


In summer 2009, Beth Anderson, the video producer for the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment (IonE), traveled to Uganda with the Engineers Without Borders student group. With funding from the IonE and its signature program, IREE, the student-led organization implemented a solar-powered water supply system for Hope Integrated Academy, a vocational college, high school and community resource center in rural Mulobere. The system now provides the entire school and more than 500 villagers with clean drinking water. The project also incorporates a sanitation buildng design and health education focused on malaria prevention. Anderson roughed it alongside the volunteers and captured footage for this short documentary.

View the trailer here:



Water for Mulobere will premiere on Tuesday, April 27 in the Coffman Memorial Union Theater.  The Hayor Bibimma African dance company will be joining us with an opening performance, and following the premiere we will have a short question-and-answer session with the filmmaker and three of the students from the EWB group.

Water for Mulobere event page


Brought to you by the Institute on the Environment and co-sponsored by Global Spotlight, OIP's biennial focus on a region of the world and a pressing global issue.

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Wednesday, March 10
Patrick Hamilton "Engaging Audiences in the Anthropocene"
Frontiers in the Environment

IonE Seminar Room, 12pm
Join us online to watch live


A new epoch on earth

Many are unaware that human activity is now the dominant cause of geologic change. Patrick Hamilton, research fellow at the Institute on the Environment, talks about how to engage citizens in pressing environmental problems. This Wednesday at noon for Frontiers in the Environment


About Patrick Hamilton:

In his quarter-century with the Science Museum of Minnesota, Pat has developed numerous environmental exhibits and projects. These include Water: H2O = Life, a 7,000 square-foot traveling exhibit; Big Back Yard, the museum's 1.75-acre outdoor science park; and Science House, the solar-powered, zero-emissions building in the Big Back Yard that serves as the headquarters for the museum's Teacher Resource Center. His other projects include the Mississippi River Web Museum Consortium; the Mississippi River Gallery; Watershed Science; The Three Rivers Initiative; Wind Power; Green Street; the Environmental Exhibits Collaborative; H2O Minnesota; and the River Eye Boat Program.

Pat is currently heading up the Future Earth Initiative, an NSF-supported set of exhibits and programs that explores the implications of human impact on the Earth. He is also a PI with the National Center for Earth-Surface Dynamics and a fellow of the University of Minnesota's Institute of the Environment.


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Other upcoming events: 


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

Wednesday, March 24
Mark Pedelty The Raingarden Renaissance (film screening)
Frontiers in the Environment
IonE Seminar Room, 12pm
Note: Because this presentation entails a full film screening, it will not be broadcast live due to viewing quality and copyright issues.  It will be airing in its entirety on the TPT Minnesota channel later this spring.


Wednesday, March 31
Pat Nunnally "Life on the (Future) Mississippi: Or, It's Not (Just) Mark Twain's River Anymore"
Frontiers in the Environment
IonE Seminar Room, 12pm


Mark your calendar!
Tuesday, April 27
Water for Mulobere film premiere
Coffman Memorial Theater, 7pm


All events are listed on the IonE Events Page


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Click here
to see a recording of Katey Pelican's Frontiers in the Environment seminar, "One Health: An Emerging Field in a Wicked World."



Additional links:

Whole Village, Whole Planet - Momentum
U Part of Global Pandemic Team - UMNews
U of M gets grant to plan for pandemics - MPR
Katey Pelican's bio - Institute on the Environment


Share your thoughts on Pelican's lecture in the comments below!

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Other upcoming events:

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

Wednesday, March 24
Mark Pedelty The Raingarden Renaissance (film screening)
Frontiers in the Environment
IonE Seminar Room, 12pm
Note: Because this presentation entails a full film screening, it will not be broadcast live due to viewing quality and copyright issues.  It will be airing in its entirety on the TPT Minnesota channel later this spring.

  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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