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CSE Events Calendar

Sep 30, 14

IMA Public Lecture: How to Use Geometry to Get Rich Playing the Lottery*

The Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) will welcome Jordan Ellenberg, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, for a public lecture on the connection between geometry and playing the lottery (*that sadly will not help you get rich playing the lottery). For seven years, a group of students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology exploited a loophole in the Massachusetts State Lottery's Cash WinFall to win game after game, eventually pocketing more than $3 million. Ellenberg will reveal how they did it, why they got away with it, the mathematical notions of expected value and variance, and the surprising relationship of all this with projective geometry.

Ellenberg is the author of the New York Times bestseller How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking and the novel The Grasshopper King. Both books will be available for purchase and signing at the lecture.

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: 2-650 Moos Tower

Cost: Free

FFI: Visit the website.


Oct 2, 14

The Dynamics of Social Learning and Sensing

Vikram Krishnamurthy, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering , University of British Columbia will present "The Dynamics of Social Learning and Sensing" at the DTC Seminar Series.

Statistical inference via social networks presents several unique challenges from a statistical signal processing point of view. Agents (viewed as social sensors) interact with and influence other agents. Also agents usually reveal decisions and not private observations. There is strong motivation to construct models that capture the interacting dynamics of multiple agents in social networks, together with algorithms that can be used to estimate events of interest. This talk is comprised of three highly stylized examples involving social learning, asymptotic approximations to large random graphs and game-theoretic learning.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

Time: 2:20 p.m. reception; 2:45 p.m. seminar

Location: 401/402 Walter Library

FFI: Visit the website.


Oct 13, 14

Fluid Power Innovation and Research Conference

Manufacturers, OEMs, researchers and media from around the nation will convene in Nashville, TN, from October 13-16 for an extended series of educational events hosted by the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP). The event will feature collaborative technical breakout sessions, networking opportunities, tours of local research laboratories, and panel-discussions on the technologies and workforce skills transforming the fluid power industry.

Event Highlights:


  • Premier fluid power technical conference

  • High caliber panel on public-private partnerships in innovation, teaching and learning and research to marketplace

  • Meet one-on-one with fluid power experienced students

  • Over 40 fluid power technical research posters and presentations

  • Tour of Vanderbilt University fluid power laboratories

  • Special visit to Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Dates: Oct. 13–16, 2014

Location: Nashville, TN

FFI: Visit the website.


Oct 13, 14

The Mount Simon Aquifer

Geological Society of Minnesota Lecture Series

Jim Berg, M.Sc., Hydro Geologist, Minnesota DNR, will present "The Mount Simon Aquifer."

This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Monday, Oct. 13, 2014

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Keller Hall, Room 3-210

FFI: Visit the website.


Oct 16, 14

Why Technical Leaders Should Embrace Playfulness and Humor

This interactive talk will discuss connections between creativity, prolific idea generation, humor, and play. Specifically, humor and creativity both involve making non-obvious connections between seemingly unrelated things. In controlled, time-limited idea generation studies, we found that improvisational comedians produce more creative ideas than professional designers and engineers. Furthermore, people can generate significantly more ideas after improvisational training.

Researchers have found that a playful attitude is helpful in creative problem solving. When we play, we are fully engaged in an activity; we can look at problems in different ways and suggest less obvious solutions. Unfortunately people tend to play less as we age especially in work environments. If we want to be creative technical leaders, we need to encourage and embrace play and humor.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

Time: 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Location: McNamara Alumni Center

FFI: Visit the website.


Oct 17, 14

CSE Alumni Homecoming Celebration

Celebrate Homecoming with CSE alumni and friends at our annual pre-parade gathering. Have your picture taken with Goldy, enjoy a dinner buffet and cash bar, and participate in activities for the whole family.

Registration includes:

• Dinner buffet,

• Photo booth,

• Interactive student and department demonstrations,

• Face painting and balloon art,

• Appearance by Goldy Gopher and

New this year- cash bar, commemorative gift for each attendee, plus the chance to win additional prizes!

The festivities are conveniently located at the end of the official U of M Homecoming Parade route. Wear your maroon and gold and head out the back door to University Avenue at 7 p.m. to continue to show your Gopher spirit!

Registration deadline is Thursday, Oct. 9.

Date: Friday, Oct. 17, 2014

Time: 5–7 p.m. Barbecue; 7 p.m. Homecoming Parade

Location: University Recreation and Wellness Center, North Gym

FFI: Register online.


Oct 18, 14

Ski-U-Mania All-Alumni Pregame Celebration

Celebrate 100 years of Homecoming at the premier all-alumni pregame celebration.

Ski-U-Mania features fun for the whole family with food, entertainment, and special appearances by the U of M Spirit Squads, Goldy, and the Alumni Band along with coronation of the Homecoming king and queen.

Be a part of the fun for only $10. Registration includes:


  • $15 in vouchers to any D'Amico concession within the event

  • Commemorative Goldy bandanna/rally rag

  • Access to exclusive seating within McNamara

  • Purchasing Ski-U-Mania tickets also entitles you to buy a Homecoming football game ticket in the alumni section. Just follow the Ski-U-mania registration link and the football ticket option will appear.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

Time: 8–11 a.m.

Location: McNamara Alumni Center

FFI: Visit the website and register online.


Oct 21, 14

Cyber Security Summit 2014

The Cyber Security Summit seeks to change the paradigm of how we look at digital space and security, focusing on demystifying the impact that cyber security has on our nation's government and business operations. The mission of the Summit is to establish a multi-stakeholder consortium that brings together industry, government, and academic interests in an effort to improve the state of cyber security on both a domestic and international level.

The 2013 Cyber Security Summit is open to representatives of public sector organizations, private sector organizations, and those interested on this topic. Great savings are available for faculty and staff from any college or university who register before Sunday, Sept. 15. Cost: Rates vary; Discounts for faculty and staff before Sept. 15 and students before Oct. 18.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 21–Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Time: 7 a.m.–5 p.m.

Location: The Commons Hotel, 615 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis

FFI: Visit the website and register online.


Oct 27, 14

Geothermal Energy, Energy from the Earth

Geological Society of Minnesota Lecture Series

Joel Renner, M.Sc., Idaho National Lab (retired), will present "Geothermal Energy, Energy from the Earth."

This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Keller Hall, Room 3-210

FFI: Visit the website.


Nov 10, 14

What Minnesota Lakes tell us about the last 10,000 years

Geological Society of Minnesota Lecture Series

Kevin Theissen, Ph.D., Geology Department Chair, St. Thomas University, will present "What Minnesota Lakes tell us about the last 10,000 years."

This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Monday, Nov. 10, 2014

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Keller Hall, Room 3-210

FFI: Visit the website.


Nov 18, 14

The Biologist's Imagination: Innovation in the Biosciences

Dr. Leo Furcht and Mr. William Hoffman will present "The Biologist's Imagination: Innovation in the Biosciences."

More information coming soon.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014

Time: 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Location: McNamara Alumni Center

FFI: Visit the website.


Nov 19, 14

CSE Alumni Gathering and Tour at Stratasys

CSE Alumni Gathering and Tour at Stratasys

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014


Nov 22, 14

Math & Science Family Fun Fair

Fascinating activities, hands-on exhibits and entertaining presentations showcasing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics add up to a day of fun and learning.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014

Time: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Location: Coffman Memorial Union

FFI: Visit the website.


Nov 24, 14

Where the Dinosaurs Roam

Geological Society of Minnesota Lecture Series

Ray Rogers, Ph.D., Macalester College, will present "Where the Dinosaurs Roam."

This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Monday, Nov. 24, 2014

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Keller Hall, Room 3-210

FFI: Visit the website.


Dec 4, 14

Concrete Conference

In 1950, concrete industry professionals met with University of Minnesota engineering faculty and continuing education staff to design a professional development program for engineers, contractors, architects, consultants, educators, and engineering students. The result, an inaugural conference in December 1951, became an annual University offering now in its 64th year.

Through the years, concrete construction concepts and technology have changed in response to new and recurring challenges facing the industry. Performance, durability, restoration, repair, innovation, and research continue to be important topics for those involved in concrete construction. Conference presenters include practicing engineers, engineering faculty, and consultants who will offer information on current technology and practice.

Registration by Nov. 21 is $150, after that the cost is $170.

Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014

Time: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Location: Earle Brown Heritage Center, 6155 Earle Brown Drive, Brooklyn Center, Minn.

FFI: Visit the website.


Dec 8, 14

The Purpose of the Minnesota County Atlas

Geological Society of Minnesota Lecture Series

Dale Setterholm, M.Sc., MOT, MN Geological Survey, will present "The Purpose of the Minnesota County Atlas."

This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Monday, Dec. 8, 2014

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Keller Hall, Room 3-210

FFI: Visit the website.


Dec 11, 14

CSE Public Lecture

CSE Public Lecture featuring Chemistry Professor Marc Hillmyer, Director of the Center for Sustainable Polymers

Date: Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014


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 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.