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Come to the Science Museum this Saturday (April 2nd) to help us celebrate our big NanoDays event! There will be many activities and programs that bring the exciting field of nanoscale science into the spotlight.
Saturday, April 2nd: The fun begins at 1!
Saturday, April 2nd: The fun begins at 1!Courtesy NISENet

From 1-4pm, come learn how teen-tiny particles are impacting our lives in huge ways! You'll have a chance to investigate super thin materials used in solar cell technology, witness forces stronger than gravity, play with sand that never gets wet (even under water!), build a two-story carbon model out of balloons, and much more!

See the full schedule of events here.

It's the biggest event for the smallest science, so don't miss out!

See you Saturday!

(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.

If you're free, consider this:

LIFE: A Journey Through Time
North American Premiere /Darwin Day Opening Event

Thursday, February 12, 2009, 7 to 9 p.m.
Bell Museum Auditorium
$10/ free to museum members and University students

Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birthday with a special preview of LIFE: A Journey Through Time. The event will feature top University biologists using Lanting's photographs as a springboard to deliver a rapid-fire presentations relating their research on evolution to the images. From the big bang to the human genome, hear the newest theories on how life evolved and enjoy the North American premiere of one the world's most celebrated photography exhibits. Think speed-dating - Darwin-style!

The Exhibit:
LIFE: A Journey Through Time
February 14 - April 12, 2009

The University of Minnesota Bell Museum of Natural History is proud to host the North American premiere of this internationally acclaimed exhibit. LIFE: A Journey Through Time, interprets the evolution of life on Earth through photographer Frans Lanting. Lanting's lyrical photos trace Earth's history from the beginnings of primordial life to the ascent of mammals through otherworldly landscapes and breathtakingly intimate portraits of animals and plants engaged in million-year-old rituals. Many of the exhibit's 62 photographs are matched with real animal, fossil, and plant specimens from the Bell Museum's collection. Born in the Netherlands, Lanting serves on the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund and is a columnist for Outdoor Photographer and has received the BBC Wildlife Magazine's Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award and the Sierra Club's Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography.

Oh, I wish I'd seen this earlier!

The University of Minnesota's Physics Force is presenting its annual Physics Circus tonight, at 7pm, at Northrop Auditorium. The show--a mix of physics demonstrations and humor intended for adults and children--is free and open to the public.

Demonstrations include dropping a team member from a 20-foot tower while shooting a ball at him to demonstrate the effect of gravity on projectiles and collapsing a 55-gallon drum to show the force of air pressure. A team member will propel himself across the stage on a cart by emptying a fire extinguisher to demonstrate how forces come in pairs.

If you can make it, you should check it out.

Jane Goodall, the internationally-known chimp researcher, will be making a pair of public appreances at the University of Minnesota on Saturday. Here's a link to the details. Both events are free and open to the public.


Join us tonight for the Pompeii Adult Lecture: The Final Hours.

The Final Hours
Dr. Connie Rodriguez
Associate Professor and Department Chair of Classical Studies at Loyola of New Orleans
Thursday, October 18, 2007
7:00-9:00 PM

Dr. Rodriguez, visiting curator of the A Day in Pompeii exhibit, presents the final hours of Pompeii as related in letters by Pliny the Younger, who watched events unfold from a safe distance at Misenum. He tells of his uncle, Pliny the Elder, who was in charge of the Roman fleet stationed on the Bay of Naples and who met his death during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.

Tickets for each Pompeii lecture are $12 per person ($8 per Science Museum member). Lectures will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Science Museum's auditorium on level 3. For more information or to reserve tickets, call (651) 221-9444.

It’s that time of year – prom season – and all geeks or geek wannabes are invited to Saturday’s Geek Prom. It will again be held at the Science Museum of Minnesota on May 12 from 9 p.m. to midnight.

It’s an event open to those ages 18 and over and includes such geek-tasitc activities like:

* Music by E.L.nO., the Twin Cities' best E.L.O. cover band
* Spaz Dance Contest
* Prom King and Queen Coronation
* Talent Contest
* Handwriting analysis
* Video Gaming on the big screen

Tickets are $15, $10 with a student ID and are available by calling 651-221-9444. Tickets will also be available at the door.


The world premiere RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit is showing Science Museum visitors that race has an impact on our lives each day, often in ways that are hidden or undetected by popular media.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the Science Museum is drawing upon local, regional, and national perspectives and inviting visitors to explore an in-depth understanding of race and its impact on our society during a speakers’ forum this spring.

Each forum includes live entertainment, a featured speaker, time for reaction from a panel of respondents, and questions from the audience.

Thursday, March 29
Race and Immigration

Hosted by Arlene Torres, associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Respondents are

  • Kazoua Kong-Thao, Vice Chair of St. Paul Board of Education,
  • and Sandra Vargas, Hennepin County Administrator.

Admission to the RACE Forums is $12 per person ($8 for members, seniors, and students and $4 for individuals with limited incomes) and includes admission to the RACE exhibit.

Forums take place in the 3D Cinema. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Please help spread the word! To make reservations, call (651) 221-9444.


On Saturday, March 24, the Science Museum will host the annual American Indians in Science event. You can meet people from the Twin Cities American Indian community who've made significant contributions to science, engineering, and education. Some of this year's presenting organizations include:

  • University of Minnesota Academic Programs for Excellence in Engineering and Science
  • Ando-giikendaasowin Native American Math and Science (ANAMS) Programs
  • The Susan LaFlesche Amputation Reduction Network
  • White Earth Land Recovery Project
  • University of Minnesota Medical School
  • United States Army Corps of Engineers

American Indians in Science festivities are free with museum admission and run from 1 to 4 p.m. throughout the museum.


Dr. Clarence Lehman of the University of Minnesota will present an evening program on Energy and Biofuels at the Warner Nature Center on Friday, January 12, 2007 at 7:00 PM.

Dr. Lehman co-authored a paper featured as the cover story in the prestigious journal Science on Dec. 8, 2006. The highly regarded work emphasizes the importance of native grassland perennials in providing more usable energy, greater greenhouse gas reductions and less agrichemical pollution than corn grain ethanol or soybean biodiesel.

The evening is co-hosted by the Friends of Warner Nature Center and the Friends of the St. Croix Watershed Research Station Research. Refreshments and beverages will follow the program. The cost of the evening is free to any members of either Friends group and is open to the public with tickets priced at $12/family or $8/individual. Call (651) 433-2427 to register or for more information.

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