April 2008 Archives

Jane Goodall lecture 5/3

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Renowned primatologist, Jane Goodall will give a public lecture on Saturday, May 3.

Public lecture: Mayo Memorial Auditorium, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Date: Saturday, May 3, 2008
Time: 11 a.m. to noon

Grant Writing for Interdisciplinary Research - Developing Successful Proposals 4/30

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Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Time: 3:00-5:00 PM
Location: Twin Cities: A.I. Johnson Great Room, McNamara Alumni Center

This workshop will discuss the unique issues and concerns in preparing proposals within interdisciplinary contexts. Through facilitated discussion and drawing upon the expertise of faculty panelists, this workshop will address:

* How can proposal conceptualizations be expanded to include the potential intellectual contributions that diverse disciplines offer?
* How can complementary expertise outside your discipline be identified and located?
* What is unique about writing interdisciplinary proposals?
* What are the characteristics of a successful interdisciplinary proposal?
* What are the pros and cons of alternative strategies for writing interdisciplinary proposals?
* How can disciplinary differences in language, methodology, and writing styles be addressed to communicate in a single voice?

FFI and registration visit the webpage.

Seeing Climate Change: Film & Video Festival 4/24-4/27

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The Bell Museum of Natural History presents the Seeing Climate Change Film & Video Festival, a weekend of films, discussions, workshops, and social gatherings that focus a lens on climate change and global warming.

Featured Films

Everything’s Cool (USA, documentary, 2007)
Thin Ice: Saattuq (France, documentary, 2007)
Arctic Tale (USA, family documentary, 2007)
From Sea to Rising Sea (Canada, documentary, 2005)
Kilowatt Ours (USA, documentary, 2004)
The Last Winter (USA/Iceland, fiction, 2006)

Admission per film

$8 for adults
$5 for students, seniors, and members
Children under 3 years old free


Minnesota Supercomputing Institute Open House 4/23

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April 23, 2008
Walter Library, University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

All members of the University community and their guests are invited to this free event.

MSI will hold an open house on April 23, 2008 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. to increase awareness of our services throughout the University of Minnesota community and to showcase the work of the researchers who use our resources.

FFI and registration.

Biometric Recognition: A New Paradigm for Security 4/16

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DTC science and technology innovators Lecture Series
Anil Jain
Michigan State University

Wednesday, April 16, 2008
4:30 p.m. Reception
5:00 p.m. Seminar
402 Walter Library

This talk will present an overview of biometric recognition, its advantages and limitations, and the challenges in dealing with accuracy, individuality, fusion and security issues.


Urban sprawl: Observations on urban form, environment, and health 4/14

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April 14, 2008
12:15 pm to 01:15 pm
MPC Seminar Room, 50 Willey Hall

Julian Marshall, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota

This talk will explore how neighborhood- and regional-scale urban form can influence energy, environmental, and health impacts of cities. The talk will present a scaling rule for urban land area expansion over time, offering quantification of urban sprawl (i.e., declining population density), and discuss implications for population exposure to urban air pollution.

Cafe Scientifique: The Science of Happiness 4/15

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Tuesday, April 15, 7 p.m.
Bryant-Lake Bowl, Uptown
$5-$10 (pay what you can)
Advance Tickets Available. Visit bryantlakebowl.com.

It's often been said that happiness is a state of mind, and most of us spend considerable time and effort trying to achieve it. What have scientific researchers learned about happiness? Is our individual outlook, for better or worse, something we've inherited? Does each of us have a happiness "set-point" that we return to despite circumstances? Join us for a discussion with faculty from the University of Minnesota's Center for Twin & Family Research, which explores how genes and environment interact to influence individuals.

Get It: Simplified Book Delivery for University of Minnesota Twin Cities Patrons

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Requesting a book from a Twin Cities campus library is a new one-stop process for University of Minnesota Twin Cities (UMTC) faculty, staff and students. Book delivery services at the TC University Libraries are as simple as clicking "Get It"!

"Get It" consolidates book requesting services previously found in 3 places:

* Recall - changing the due date of a book that has already been checked out for earlier pickup at any convenient campus library
* Point-to-Point - for delivery of books not checked out, to be picked up at a more convenient campus library than the owning library
* Libraries to U - for delivery of books to on-campus faculty/staff offices

An additional service is now being offered with the "Get It" link:

* Paging - pulling books from the shelves of a library to be held for users at the Circulation Desk of that same library.

For more information on "Get It" check here.

Cafe Scientifique: Fueling the Future 4/8

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Tuesday, April 8, 6 p.m.
Kitty Cat Klub, Dinkytown
Free ($5 suggested donation)
Despite evidence of global warming and its environmental impacts, our demand for energy is steadily rising. In order to close the gap and address the problem, we will need not one but many solutions—from cleaner, more efficient energy sources to creative conservation efforts. A panel of researchers and business leaders will discuss possible ways that we might fuel the future—from increased use of wind and solar power to electricity from microorganisms found in our waste.

A Universe Full of Nothing 4/9

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"A Universe Full of Nothing: An exploration with Lawrence Rudnick"

Wednesday, April 9, 2008 4:00 PM
Cost: Free! Refreshments will be served.
Room 125
Nolte Center for Continuing Education
Minneapolis Campus

This talk will explore the empty spaces in the universe, and what they teach us about its origins and evolution, from the big bang 13.7 billion years ago, to the present-day birth of new stars and planets. Professor Rudnick will recount his team's recent discovery of a billion light-year void and some of the bizarre time- and space-bending alternatives suggested by cosmologists.

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