U of M to host Minnesota Sparks event in Willmar


On Thursday, March 30, the University of Minnesota will host Minnesota Sparks in Willmar, Minn., at the Minnwest Technology Campus, Life Science Auditorium. The event brings two 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 is encouraged. To register, visit z.umn.edu/sparks or contact Ashley Harville at harville@umn.edu, 612-625-5156. 

Minnesota Sparks in Willmar features two University of Minnesota researchers:

Dr. Mark Thomas: Brain Plasticity and Drug Addiction: Challenges and New Hopes
Drug addiction is a complex and nuanced societal problem that defies simple solutions. Dr. Mark Thomas will discuss the possibility that targeting brain activity to disrupt drug craving may provide a new way forward.

Dr. Carol Cardona: Avian Influenza, About that... 
Dr. Cardona will host a conversation about the emerging and constant threat of avian influenza, what are we learning and where can we go from here.

Minnesota Sparks in Willmar is part of a larger series of U of M Minnesota Sparks events throughout the state.

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