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Spring 2018 Petri Dish Series

Isn't life fascinating? It gets even more interesting when you put three University of Minnesota experts with distinct perspectives together in the same room for an unscripted, free-flowing discussion. Join us for science-y fun and curiosity-driven conversations about how biology affects our lives and what it means for our future. 

This spring, we explore key areas — environment, robotics, brain — funded through the MnDRIVE initiative, a partnership between the University of Minnesota and the State of Minnesota that aligns areas of research strength with the state’s key and emerging industries to address grand challenges.

February 7

Our wired world: Monitoring and managing the world around us

Enlisting the help of biosensors and a range of technologies, we’re able to monitor and manage the world around us at increasingly granular levels. We’ll consider the implications.
Panelists: Nathan SpringerCe Yang and Brandy Toner

March 7

Your brain on science: The promise of new neurotechnologies

From viral gene-delivery to deep brain stimulation, neurotechnologies promise to change the landscape for people with brain conditions, to treat addiction and more. Join us for a conversation about the future of these new approaches.
Panelists: Daniel Schmidt and Mark Thomas

April 11

A tiny take on toxins: Engineering enzymes to clean up the environment

Researchers are harnessing the considerable power of tiny organisms to do a range of tasks from disarming pesticides to clearing out excess nutrients. We’ll explore what’s possible.
Panelists: Mikael Elias and Paige Novak

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Location: Camp Bar in downtown St. Paul Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Program starts at 7 p.m. 

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 and the Office of the Vice President for Research.


January, 2018