College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota
College of Science and Engineering
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CSE Events Calendar

Jan 10, 15

Saturday with a Scientist: Citizen Science

Many researchers rely on citizen scientists to help conduct their research. What are citizen scientists and why are they so important to scientific investigations? Researcher Kyle Willett from the UM Department of Physics and Astronomy will guide us through research projects that depend on citizen scientists like you.

Free with museum admission.

Date: Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015

Time: 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Location: Bell Museum

FFI: Visit the website and register online.


Jan 15, 15

Physics Circus

If you've never seen a physicist drop 20 feet through thin air while a friend shoots a ball at him from a cannon, or grown men and women shooting streams of toilet paper over an audience with a leaf blower, the University of Minnesota Physics Force has a show for you.

The show is a unique mix of physics demonstrations and slapstick humor suitable for adults and children of all ages.

The Physics Force is a successful and entertaining outreach program of the University of Minnesota's College of Science and Engineering. Each year the group performs for more than 20,000 school-age kids at its annual week of daytime shows. The group's goal is to show that difficult subjects like physics and math can be fun and interesting.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

Time: 7–8:30 p.m.

Location: Northrop Memorial Auditorium

FFI: Visit the website.


Jan 22, 15

CSE Public Lecture - Plastics from Plants: Sexy and Sustainable

Presented by Marc A. Hillmyer, Director of the Center for Sustainable Polymers and University of Minnesota Department of Chemistry Distinguished McKnight University Professor

Plastics are everywhere. Can we enjoy the benefits of plastics in modern society while being good stewards of the Earth and its natural resources? Find out in the next CSE Public Lecture.

Plastics are some of the most versatile, useful, and high performance materials developed by scientists and engineers over the past century. Polymers are the giant molecules that make up plastic, and these modern wonders are found in our cars, clothes, couches, containers, carpets, coffee cups, and cell phones. From high strength fibers, to ultra sticky adhesives, to super absorbent materials, polymers play a pivotal role in so many technologies, both advanced and mundane.

Because they are everywhere, polymers and plastics are also "environmentally challenged." Nearly all plastics come from non-renewable resources, like oil and natural gas, and persist in the environment if disposed of indiscriminately. However, polymers are so useful, cheap, and enabling that we are stuck with them. The challenge is to design, discover and develop methods that transform biorenewable starting materials into innovative polymeric products that are even better, cheaper and sustainable.

This lecture will highlight researchers at the University of Minnesota's Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP) and their focus on the basic research needed to make sustainable plastics a reality. Hillmyer will introduce you to the fascinating world of polymers and discuss efforts that will help define the future of plastics.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

Time: 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Location: Smith Hall, Room 100

Register online: The lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Space is limited so register early! Seating is first-come, first-served the day of the event. Visit the website and register online.


Jan 26, 15

Sustainability and Mineral Stewardship

Geological Society of Minnesota Lecture Series

John Beck, 3M Geologist, and Mike Hansberry, 3M Sustainability Leader, will present Sustainability and Mineral Stewardship."

This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Keller Hall, Room 3-210

FFI: Visit the website.


Feb 9, 15

North Shore Geological Mapping

Geological Society of Minnesota Lecture Series

Terry Boerboom, M.Sc., Minnesota Geological Survey, will present "North Shore Geological Mapping."

This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Monday, Feb. 9, 2015

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Keller Hall, Room 3-210

FFI: Visit the website.


Feb 23, 15

Where the USGS comes from and where it is going in Minnesota

Geological Society of Minnesota Lecture Series

Tim Cowdery, M.Sc., USGS, will present "Where the USGS comes from and where it is going in Minnesota."

This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Monday, Feb. 23, 2015

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Keller Hall, Room 3-210

FFI: Visit the website.


Mar 9, 15

Straight Talk About Folds

Geological Society of Minnesota Lecture Series

Peter Hudleston, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, will present "Straight Talk About Folds."

This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Monday, March 9, 2015

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Keller Hall, Room 3-210

FFI: Visit the website.


Mar 23, 15

Fracking

Geological Society of Minnesota Lecture Series

Emmanuel Detournay, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, will present "Fracking."

This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Monday, March 23, 2015

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Keller Hall, Room 3-210

FFI: Visit the website.


Apr 6, 15

Industrial Sand Mining in Wisconsin-Geology and Controversies

Geological Society of Minnesota Lecture Series

Kent Syverson, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, will present "Industrial Sand Mining in Wisconsin-Geology and Controversies."

This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Monday, April 6, 2015

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Keller Hall, Room 3-210

FFI: Visit the website.


Apr 20, 15

Oil Field Earthquakes in Oklahoma

Geological Society of Minnesota Lecture Series

Steven Erickson, M.Sc., Past President GSM, will present "Oil Field Earthquakes in Oklahoma."

This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Monday, April 20, 2015

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Keller Hall, Room 3-210

FFI: Visit the website.


May 1, 15

Arts, Sciences, and Engineering Graduate Commencement

Commencement ceremony for graduate students in the College of Biological Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, College of Science and Engineering, and the Medical School basic science programs.

Doors open at noon. Tickets are not required. This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Friday, May 1, 2015

Time: Noon Graduates assemble, doors open; 1 p.m. Commencement

Location: Mariucci Arena

FFI: Visit the website.


May 4, 15

Como Bluff, Brontosaurs, and Beyond

Geological Society of Minnesota Lecture Series

Mark Ryan, Writer-Photographer, SMM Science Buzz, will present "Como Bluff, Brontosaurs, and Beyond" at the GSM Spring Banquet and Silent Auction.

This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Monday, May 15, 2015

Time: 5–8:30 p.m.

Location: U Garden, 2725 University Ave. SE, Minneapolis

FFI: Visit the website.


May 15, 15

CSE Undergraduate Commencement

More than 800 undergraduate students who have completed bachelor's degrees over the last year in the areas of engineering, physical sciences, computer science, and mathematics will be recognized at the College of Science and Engineering's annual commencement ceremony.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and tickets are not required. Graduates are asked to assemble one hour before the ceremony.

This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Friday, May 15, 2015

Time: 6 p.m. Graduates assemble, doors open; 7 p.m. Commencement

Location: Mariucci Arena

FFI: Visit the website.