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Next week!
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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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for frontiers_wordmark.jpg"The Role of Urban Households in Pollution"
Sarah Hobbie, Associate Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
Kristen Nelson, Associate Professor, Forest Resources
The flow of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus through urban households contributes significantly to the overall biogeochemical cycles of American cities. However, little is known about how cycles that contribute to environmental pollution vary among households, or how socioeconomic factors contribute to that variation. In the Twin Cities Household Ecosystem Project, University of Minnesota researchers are quantifying these cycles in households along an urban to exurban gradient in the Saint Paul-Minneapolis metro area. The goal is to determine how demographic and behavioral control factors contribute to household-to-household variation in biogeochemical fluxes. Ultimately, this project will inform policies intended to mitigate local and global pollution arising from human activities in cities.
watch Hobbie & Nelson's presentation


"Greener, Resilient, Secure and Smart Power Grid and Energy Infrastructure"
Massoud Amin, Director, Technological Leadership Institute
Recent developments and policies, combined with potential for technological innovations and business opportunities, have attracted a high level of interest in smart power grids and energy infrastructure. The potential for a highly distributed system with a high penetration of renewable sources poses opportunities and challenges: 1) How do we retrofit and engineer a stable, resilient grid with large numbers of such unpredictable power sources? and 2) What roles will increased efficiency, energy storage, advanced power electronics, power quality, electrification of transportation, novel control algorithms, smart grid and cyber security, and policies and technologies play in transforming the power grid? This talk will focus on how the smart grid relates to all of us.
Watch Amin's presentation

Next week:
"Designing Minnesota's Energy Future"

Steve Kelley, Senior Fellow / Director, Center for Science, Technology and Public Policy, Humphrey Institute
12pm, IonE Seminar room
Watch on UMConnect
Former state senator Steve Kelley will talk about new approaches to public policy development that could help Minnesota move forward on both energy efficiency and the generation of renewable energy. He will also discuss the role that design thinking and systems approaches ought to play in developing solutions to achieve our energy savings and energy generation goals. Kelley is the director of the Center for Science, Technology and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.

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Other upcoming events:

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

View the trailer here


April 29 & 30
Cross-Sector Leadership for the Green Economy
Radisson University Hotel

IonE Events Page
UM Events Calendar



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IonE Seminar Room
Frontiers in the Environment
"The Role of Urban Households in Pollution"
Sarah Hobbie, Associate Professor, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior
Kristen Nelson, Associate Professor, Forest Resources

Individual households vary in how much carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus they add to American cities. U of M researchers are studying Twin Cities households to find out how to reduce the pollution.

The flow of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus through urban households contributes significantly to the overall biogeochemical cycles of American cities. However, little is known about how cycles that contribute to environmental pollution vary among households, or how socioeconomic factors contribute to that variation. In the Twin Cities Household Ecosystem Project, University of Minnesota researchers are quantifying these cycles in households along an urban to exurban gradient in the Saint Paul-Minneapolis metro area. The goal is to determine how demographic and behavioral control factors contribute to household-to-household variation in biogeochemical fluxes. Ultimately, this project will inform policies intended to mitigate local and global pollution arising from human activities in cities.

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Other upcoming events:

Thursday, April 15
Governing Nanobiotechnology: Reinventing Oversight in the 21st Century
Hubert H. Humphrey Center, 8:30am

Wednesday, April 21
Massoud Amin "Greener, Resilient, Secure and Smart Power Grid and Energy Infrastructure"
Frontiers in the Environment
IonE Seminar Room, 12pm


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

View the trailer here


Wednesday, April 28
Steve Kelley "Designing Minnesota's Energy Future"
Frontiers in the Environment
IonE Seminar Room, 12pm

April 29 & 30
Cross-Sector Leadership for the Green Economy
Radisson University Hotel

IonE Events Page
UM Events Calendar

In case you weren't able to catch Dr. Jonathan Patz's presentation last Friday,  "Climate Change & Health: Looming Clouds with Silver Linings" is now available to watch online.

Watch now: Climate Change & Health (UMConnect)

Let us know what you thought of this presentation in the comments section below!



Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for frontiers_wordmark.jpg"There's been a dramatic shift in the number of people who are obese since 1985."
- Allen Levine, Frontiers Spring 2010
Obesity in America is a growing area of concern, and Allen Levine, dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences came to Frontiers in the Environment today to share with us his research and data on "Why we can't stop eating."  The full room of over 80 people plus the online audience presence made it clear that this really is an issue that people are concerned about, and Levine was able to present it in a clear - and entertaining - manner.

Watch "Why We Can't Stop Eating" now


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Join us next week as Sarah Hobbie of the department of Evolution, Ecology and Behavior and Kristen Nelson of the department of Forest Resources tell us about "The Role of Urban Households in Pollution."

April 14 at noon
"The Role of Urban Households in Pollution"
The flow of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus through urban households contributes significantly to the overall biogeochemical cycles of American cities. However, little is known about how cycles that contribute to environmental pollution vary among households, or how socioeconomic factors contribute to that variation. In the Twin Cities Household Ecosystem Project, University of Minnesota researchers are quantifying these cycles in households along an urban to exurban gradient in the Saint Paul-Minneapolis metro area. The goal is to determine how demographic and behavioral control factors contribute to household-to-household variation in biogeochemical fluxes. Ultimately, this project will inform policies intended to mitigate local and global pollution arising from human activities in cities.

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

View the trailer here


IonE Events Page
UM Events Calendar
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Special Seminar:
Friday, April 9 - 11:00AM
IonE Seminar Room

"Climate Change and Health: Looming Clouds with Silver Linings"

by Jonathan Patz


Dr. Patz is professor of environmental studies & population health sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment. He Co-chaired the health expert panel of the US National Assessment on Climate Change and was a Convening Lead Author for the United Nations/World Bank Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. For the past 15 years, Dr. Patz has been a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (or IPCC) - the organization that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.

His presentation will focus on climate change, energy systems and their impacts on human health.


More information>>

Watch online via UMConnect>>

This presentation will be broadcast live via UMConnect.  Check back to the IonEvents blog for a link to the recording of the event.

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Frontiers in the Environment 

TODAY, April 7 at noon

"Why We Can't Stop Eating"

Allen Levine, Dean, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
Watch live online via UMConnect


The world is home to 1 billion overweight and 300 million obese people. There are a variety of hypotheses about the cause of the obesity epidemic. This seminar will address the central nervous system controllers that regulate food intake and the rewards associated with ingestion.

Allen Levine is the Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS).  He has been a faculty member at the University of Minnesota since 1981 and worked at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center near Fort Snelling, Minneapolis, for more than 25 years, as associate chief of staff for research.

This article contains an excellent interview with Levine just after the announcement of his appointment as dean of CFANS in 2006. (UMNews)

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Other upcoming events:

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

Monday, April 12
Path to a Clean Energy Future
102 Fraser Hall, 7pm

Wednesday, April 14
Sarah Hobbie & Kristen Nelson "The Role of Urban Households in Pollution"
Frontiers in the Environment
IonE Seminar Room, 12pm

Thursday, April 15
Governing Nanobiotechnology: Reinventing Oversight in the 21st Century
Hubert H. Humphrey Center, 8:30am

Wednesday, April 21
Massoud Amin "Greener, Resilient, Secure and Smart Power Grid and Energy Infrastructure"
Frontiers in the Environment
IonE Seminar Room, 12pm


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

View the trailer here



IonE Events Page
UM Events Calendar

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