U of M to host Minnesota Sparks event in Marshall


On Tuesday, Oct. 18, the University of Minnesota will host Minnesota Sparks in Marshall, Minn., at the Red Baron Arena. The event brings three University researchers—who are tackling some of the area’s most critical issues—into conversation with members of the local community.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., presentations and Q&A discussions are held from 6–7:15 p.m., and an open social hour will be held at 7:15 p.m. to close the evening. Minnesota Sparks is free of charge, and all are welcome to attend. Registration, found here, is encouraged. The night will be hosted by U of M Regent Dean Johnson and the Discover Southwest MN Partnership.

Minnesota Sparks in Marshall features three University of Minnesota researchers:

  • Craig Hedberg: How information keeps your food safe 

Better information is preventing foodborne illnesses and improving the safety of our food systems. Craig Hedberg will introduce audiences to the latest information systems and lab methods. He is a professor of Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health at the U of M.

  •  Matthew Johnson: Treating Parkinson’s disease with deep brain stimulation

Many patients with Parkinson’s disease are controlling their tremors thanks to deep brain stimulation. Matthew Johnson will show how this new approach works to improve lives. He is an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the U of M.

  •  Ed Usset: Agriculture’s next golden age?

The years 2007-2014 will be remembered as the second golden age of American agriculture. What created this golden era? And why did it end? Ed Usset will explain what to expect in the years ahead. He is a grain marketing specialist research fellow in the Department of Applied Economics at the U of M.

Minnesota Sparks in Marshall is part of a larger series of Minnesota Sparks events throughout the state. Find out more about statewide Minnesota Sparks events.

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