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Petri Dish: Our Wired World

Petri Dish Feb. 7

Our wired world: Monitoring and managing the world around us


New technology is making it possible to measure and monitor the world at ever more granular levels from farm fields to the remotest parts of our world. As our ability to monitor the environment increases, we'll explore what new capabilities are on the horizon, how do we responsibly apply this influx of data about our world? What are the limits to our knowledge? What new technologies are on the horizon that will expand our knowledge even more? We'll ask our panelists to explore the implications. 

The panelists include Nathan Springer, a McKnight Presidential Endowed Professor in the University's Department of Plant and Microbial Biology; Ce Yang, an assistant professor in the University's Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering; and Brandy Toner, an assistant professor in the University's Department of Soil, Water, and Climate.

Location: Camp Bar, downtown St. Paul​​. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Program starts at 7 p.m. Trivia precedes the program. Beverages available for purchase.

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The Petri Dish explores how biology affects our lives and what it means for our future. No PowerPoints. Just music, trivia and lots of lively, curiosity-driven conversations on timely topics with University of Minnesota experts. The event is co-sponsored by the Bell Museum of Natural History.


January, 2018