U of M to host Minnesota Sparks event in Red Wing

When: Tuesday, March 22, 2016. 6–7:30 p.m.
Where: Red Wing Golf Club, 1311 W 6th St, Red Wing, MN 55066

On Tuesday, March 22, the University of Minnesota hosts Minnesota Sparks in Red Wing, MN at the Red Wing Golf Club. The event brings three University researchers—who are tackling the area’s most critical issues—into conversation with the community.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., presentations and Q&A discussions are held from 6–7 p.m., and an open social hour will be held from 7–7:30 p.m. to close the evening. Minnesota Sparks is free of charge, and all are welcome to attend. Registration, found here, is encouraged. The event is hosted by U of M Regent Michael Hsu.
Minnesota Sparks in Red Wing features three University of Minnesota researchers presenting three different topics:

Coping with Climate Change
Dr. Mark Seeley will share his thoughts on how climate change is creating powerful new short- and long-term effects. Dr. Seeley is a U of M Extension climatologist and meteorologist, as well as a professor in the U’s Department of Soil, Water, and Climate.

What’s Lead Got to Do with It?
Dr. Julia Ponder will show audiences the effect on lead poisoning on humans, animals and our environment. She’ll share information on lead toxicity in eagles, human lead exposure and food risks from animals hunted with lead ammunition. Dr. Ponder is the executive director of The Raptor Center at the U of M and an assistant professor at the U of M’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Innovation on the Edge
Dr. Paul Iaizzo will introduce audiences to the world of medical device innovations—from reanimated human hearts to hibernating black bears. Dr. Iaizzo is a professor in the U of M Departments of Surgery and Integrative Biology and Physiology, as well as the Carlson School of Management.

Minnesota Sparks in Red Wing is part of a larger series of Minnesota Sparks events throughout Minnesota. Find out more about statewide Minnesota Sparks events.
Media note: Media are welcome to attend any or all of the event. Please RSVP to Emmalynn Bauer, University News Service, 612-626-1720, ebauer@umn.edu. Interviews with presenting faculty are welcome. 

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