The next Minnesota Sparks event Clear views into big challenges will feature Laura Kalambokidis, Minnesota state economist and Extension economist; Brian Horgan, professor and Extension horticulturist specializing in turfgrass; and Nelson Rhodus, distinguished professor and director of the Division of Oral Medicine. The free event is in Brainerd on April 19. Learn more and register on the University of Minnesota Alumni Association website or the Facebook event page.
Minnesota Sparks, a new series of conversations with University researchers, highlights the University's economic and cultural impact that spans all 87 Minnesota counties.
At the first Minnesota Sparks conversation, launched in Red Wing, Extension climatologist Mark Seeley was among three keynote speakers at the event. As Red Wing Republican Eagle reporter Michael Brun notes, Seeley described the effects of climate change felt in Minnesota as among the most pronounced in the nation. "We live in an area of the country where there is no ifs, ands or buts," Seeley told the crowd. "It is changing significantly."