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UMD to highlight successes, research and future opportunities for Board of Regents

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Next week, the University of Minnesota Duluth will host the Board of Regents for two days of discussions that will celebrate UMD’s achievements, but also explore the opportunities and challenges facing the campus. The visit will conclude with the Board’s March meeting on Friday morning.

Research will take center stage on Thursday afternoon, starting with a working lunch during which the Board will hear from three of U of M Duluth’s most unique research organizations: the Large Lakes Observatory (LLO), the Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) and Minnesota Sea Grant. Research coming out of these areas of the University – some of which is the only research of its kind in the world – delivers tools and solutions to best utilize and sustain natural resources, here in Minnesota and around the globe.

More than just hearing about the world-class research taking place in Duluth, Regents will have the opportunity to learn from engineering faculty through hands-on lab demonstrations during a visit to the Swenson Civil Engineering Building.

Earlier in the day on Thursday, Regents will meet with campus leaders to discuss recent activities on campus and what is on the horizon for UMD.

As part of its Friday meetings, the Board is also expected to:

  • Welcome the Duluth community to an open house at the Tweed Museum of Art, starting at 7:30 a.m.
  • Review and act on real estate transactions, including proposed purchases of 414 Erie Street SE and 2829 University Ave SE – both in Minneapolis.
  • Hear the report of the student representatives to the Board, an annual platform provided by the Board for student representatives to highlight key student priorities.
  • Act on the proposed sale of KUMD, an independent public radio station currently operated by the Duluth campus, to Duluth-Superior Area Educational Television Corporation.
  • Consider amendments the East Gateway project memorandum of agreement.
  • Act on collective bargaining agreements with Teamsters Local 320 and Law Enforcement Unit Local 196.

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Mon, 07/27/2020 - 15:42
UMD to highlight successes, research and future opportunities for Board of Regents
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