U of M to host Minnesota Sparks events throughout Greater Minnesota

Beginning in March 2016, the University of Minnesota launches Minnesota Sparks, a series of outreach events to bring its researchers—who are tackling the state’s most critical issues—into conversation with communities across Greater Minnesota. The events give leading U of M researchers the opportunity to connect with Minnesotans on topics that are relevant and specific to those communities. All Minnesota Sparks events are free and open to the public.
The University is planning three events in the spring of 2016 and three events in the fall. Minnesota Sparks will feature presentations of research, discussions and a social hour. The events will explore topics like invasive species, medical device innovation, the effects of lead poisoning, climate change, Minnesota history, mining innovations and more.
The planned locations and dates are as follows:

  • Red Wing, MN: March 22, 2016
  • Brainerd Lakes, MN: April 19, 2016
  • Mountain Iron, MN: May 17, 2016
  • Fergus Falls, MN: Fall 2016
  • Anoka County, MN: Fall 2016
  • St. Cloud, MN: Fall 2016

“University of Minnesota researchers are committed to solving the state’s most critical challenges, from clean water to the educational achievement gap to agricultural challenges, and Minnesota Sparks events are an excellent way to engage communities across Greater Minnesota with this research,” said Lisa Lewis, President and CEO of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association.
“Through both presentations and discussion, the event series gives the public the opportunity to learn about the research at the University that directly benefits their community. Additionally, University researchers will be able to learn first-hand even more about the state’s most pressing challenges,” said Lewis.
The events are a continuation of the University’s outreach events throughout Minnesota. This past summer, U of M President Eric Kaler and University leaders traveled across Greater Minnesota to meet with and gather input from legislators, alumni and students to foster connections and to learn how the University can better serve their communities.
Outreach events like Minnesota Sparks highlight the University’s economic and cultural impact that spans all 87 counties of Minnesota. See a map of the University’s statewide impact here.

More detailed information on each Minnesota Sparks event will be made available prior to each event. 

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