Minne-College in Florida
Saturday, January 19, 2013
The Inn on Fifth, 699 5th Ave. South, Naples, Florida
Join President Eric Kaler, Ph.D. '82, and faculty and researchers for an afternoon of information and discovery about what's happening at your University of Minnesota.
Register - Online registration is closed. You may still register by calling Zana Sehlin at (239) 594-7009.
1:00 to 1:15 p.m.--Welcome and Introductions
1:15 to 2:15 p.m. Keynote:
“Living on a Shrinking Planet: Challenges and Opportunities for a Sustainable Future,” by Jon Foley, director, Institute on the Environment.
Complex global environmental challenges have taken center stage in the 21st century. The needs of six billion people are rapidly depleting natural resources and weakening our planet’s ecosystems.
As economic pressures mount, how will environmental issues compete with other priorities? How can we keep sustainability efforts at the forefront as we all cope with challenging global economic conditions? Dr. Foley is the director of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment and McKnight presidential chair in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior. He has been a featured speaker at the Aspen Institute and TED Talks and has presented to a variety of Fortune 500 corporations. Dr. Foley’s popular articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times and Scientific American. He and his colleagues have also published over 100 highly cited articles in Science, Nature and other prestigious scientific journals. Dr. Foley’s work has led him to be a regular advisor to large corporations, NGOs and governments worldwide.
2:15 to 2:35 p.m.--Break
2:35 to 3:30 p.m.--Session 1
“Exercise for Senior Women, a Benefit of Title IX," by Nicole LaVoi, College of Education and Human Development
Dr. LaVoi is the Associate Director of the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, Co-Founder of the Minnesota Youth Sport Research Consortium, and instructor in the area of Physical Activity Social & Behavioral Science. Dr. LaVoi’s multidisciplinary research includes influences from sport & exercise psychology, sport sociology, sport management, youth development, child development, moral development, and feminist studies.
LaVoi’s research has focused on the relational qualities of the coach-athlete relationship, the effect of adult "background anger" behaviors (parents and coaches) in youth sport on children and youth, the emotional experiences of youth sport parents, the physical activity of underserved girls, the barriers and supports experienced by female coaches, and media representations of girls and women in sport.
“Finding the Way Forward in Minnesota's Battle with Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)” by Peter Sorensen, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
How can certain species of fish and other aquatic organisms from halfway across the planet dominate local ecosystems when they don’t do so at home? Further, what does really this mean to local ecosystems and what might we do about it? In the past decade, dozens of exotic fishes, plants, planktons and pathogens have arrived in Minnesota and more are on the way; our natural resources and heritage are threatened. Peter Sorensen, a professor in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Biology, and director of the newly-formed Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center, believes the answer to this challenge lies in innovative and thoughtful science. He will reveal how his success with sea lamprey control in the Great Lakes and common carp in Minnesota has led him to this conclusion. Specific topics will include how new molecular techniques can now be used determine the distribution of AIS and then how novel combinations of ecological and physiological tools can be used to effectively target species’ weaknesses that have been elucidated through basic research. His new center is partnered with the DNR to bring modern science to bear on this fascinating but vexing issue in ways that are both sustainable and acceptable.
3:30 to 3:50 p.m.--Break
3:50 to 4:45 p.m.--Session 2
“Global Health is Everyone's Concern,” by Dr. Chandy John, School of Medicine
Dr. John is Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine and Director of the Division of Global Pediatrics. Low and middle-income countries have the greatest burden of disease and death, and therefore the greatest need for research and interventions to prevent and cure illness. In addition, we live in a global community. Diseases know no borders: the examples of HIV, influenza and SARS have shown us that diseases that start in distant areas can very rapidly become a problem in the United States. Dr. John will discuss the many ways in which the
University of Minnesota is working to improve health globally. As part of this discussion, he will review the research the group currently doing in Uganda and Kenya on malaria, one of the leading causes of death and disability in children worldwide. His talk will describe the importance of global health in today's world, demonstrate that the University of Minnesota is a leader in research and education in this important field, and point out ways in which further support could advance the university's mission in global health.
“Can entrepreneurship be taught? What students and researchers are learning about
new venture creation,” by Dan Forbes, Carlson School of Management
Entrepreneurship is an important source of job-creation and innovation in contemporary economies. However, it has been argued that people’s entrepreneurial capacities are “hard wired” – that entrepreneurs are born, not made. Do societies really have a fixed supply of entrepreneurs, or can we actually help people to become more entrepreneurial? Prof. Forbes will explain how the development of a worldwide infrastructure of entrepreneurial learning is helping people make better decisions about whether, when and how to launch new businesses. Drawing on his research and teaching experiences as an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, Dr. Forbes will discuss the role of universities and colleges in developing and exchanging knowledge about entrepreneurship as well as the role of more informal institutions, such as those facilitated by social media.
4:45 to 6:00 p.m.--Reception with President Eric and Karen Kaler, University of Minnesota