(I had thought some of you might be too young to appreciate a reference to the greatest simulation computer game of all time, but apparently they've made updated versions as recently as 2001. This is good news for America's children.)

Pioneering: Avoiding flash floods and disease was a problem for America's earliest pioneers, similar to how renewable energy and land use are posing challenges for the U.S. today.
Pioneering: Avoiding flash floods and disease was a problem for America's earliest pioneers, similar to how renewable energy and land use are posing challenges for the U.S. today.Courtesy David

Anyway, real reality is always more exciting than virtual reality, and have I got something really exciting for you!! More chances to meet scientists and field experts right here in Minnesota's capitol city.

The Institute on the Environment's (IonE) annual lecture series, Frontiers in the Environment, begins this week!

Frontiers "...explores the frontiers of knowledge in climate change, renewable energy, land use, food security and many other environmental hot topics. Our speakers provide the audience with a true understanding of the issue, its global significance and breakthroughs on the horizon."

Weekly on Wednesdays, noon-1pm
IonE's Seminar Room (#380), VoTech building on the University of Minnesota's St. Paul campus
Events are free and open to the public.
Lectures also air live on the Web.

The 2010 season will begin tomorrow, Wednesday, September 22nd, with "Biochemical Bloodhounds: Using Enzymes to Detect Toxins" by Professor Larry Wackett. Check out the Frontiers webpage for the rest of the year's schedule and more details.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Sure, there may be modern versions of Oregon Trail, but when the next class comes into the computer lab, and someone slips the 5" floppy you used into their Apple IIe, do they still find the obscenity-covered tombstones of those members of your party who succumbed to dysentery?!

Holla back, 1990!

Wait ... did I just miss the point here?

posted on Tue, 09/21/2010 - 9:48am
KelsiDayle's picture
KelsiDayle says:

Oregon Trail is Coming to Facebook

Get excited.

In other news, Frontiers on the Environment is beginning their Spring lecture series at the Institute on the Environment this Wednesday, February 2nd with Terje Mikalsen speaking on "Bringing the New Green Economy to Scale."

posted on Fri, 01/28/2011 - 1:36pm
nicky2's picture
nicky2 says:

I am excited!

posted on Sat, 01/29/2011 - 7:19pm

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