Seminars

      

- February 2021 –

 **Office of Sustainability**

Wednesday, February 3 @ 1:00PM: David Abazs, U of M Extension NE Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (NERSDP) and Joel Bransky, U of M NERSDP (AmeriCorps VISTA)
Title: Forest Assisted Migration
The Northwoods are experiencing dramatic change, and many northern tree species are dying. Within 50 years, without any intervention, researchers predict that the landscape in northeastern Minnesota will become mostly open grasslands. The Forest Assisted Migration Project (FAMP) is attempting to address these challenges to re-establish a resilient northern forest and bolster the regional economy.

Register here: https://umn.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8HOorQ1aSwqFXpWInkyhUA

**American Indian Studies**

Thursday, February 4 @ 4:00PM: Dr. Doug Thomas, American Indian Studies @ UMD
Title: The Chippewa National Forest Isn't Just Another Forest - It Is a Homeland
Zoom link: https://umn.zoom.us/j/94280926809

**Darwin Day**

Friday, February 5 @ 3:00PM: Robbin Moran, Curator Emeritus of the New York Botanical Garden
Title: Darwin's Passion for Plants
Zoom link: https:://z.umn.edu/scsefriday

**SCSE Social Justice in STEM Seminar**

February 16 @ 3:00 PM: Khalid Kadir, UC-Berkeley
Title: TBA

**Office of Sustainability**

February 17 @ 3:00PM: Dr. Melissa Maurer-Jones, UMD Chemistry & Biochemistry, Assistant Professor & Laura Mullen, Bent Paddle Brewing Co, Co-Founder & VP of Marketing & Outreach
Title: Microplastics and Microbrews
Dr. Maurer-Jones will share her research into better understanding the fate of plastics in the environment using Lake Superior as her lab. The research includes quantifying the amount of micro and nano plastics in Lake Superior as well as how the chemistry of the plastic has changed and its potential impacts on ecosystems. Laura Mullen will talk about BP's sustainability initiatives, how sustainability fits into their business model, and the real-world implications of pollution on a local business that depends on clean water. 

Register here: https://umn.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LOjwNx9xTHq9Iq1Xj0VrBg

- MARCH 2021 -

**Office of Sustainability**

March 3 @ 1:00PM: Kaija Schlangen, UMD Junior (Psychology major, Latin American Studies minor)
Title: Centering Justice and Equity in Sustainability
Environmentalism and sustainability have a history of being movements of white, male, able-bodied, straight, middle-class voices, leaving out those most impacted by environmental degradation and extraction. In this talk, we will discuss this history, including the segregation of environmental justice from environmentalism, and how centering the voices of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), and women will move all people toward a more sustainable future for all.

Register here: https://umn.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-pIYndhJSkWGFOxSk_4paQ

**EES SEMINAR**

March 4 @ 4:00PM: Juk Bhattacharyya, UW Whitewater
Title: Course-Based Research: A Vehicle for Broadening Access to Undergraduate Research in the Twenty-First Century

**SCSE Social Justice in STEM Seminar**

March 16, 2021 @ 3:00PM: Glenn Simmons, Jr., UM TC
Title: TBA

**Office of Sustainability**

March 17 @ 3:00PM: TBD
Title: Food Security and Food Sovereignty
Food sovereignty is a food system in which the people who produce, distribute, and consume food also control the mechanisms and policies of food production and distribution. This stands in contrast to the present corporate food regime, in which corporations and market institutions dominate and control the global food system. So how are people taking back their food sovereignty and what can we do to change the system?

Register here: https://umn.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MSG3HJSzTNiXeTLvj2z88w

**American Indian Studies**

March 18 @ 4:00PM: Rebecca Webster, UMD
Title: TBA

**EES SEMINAR**

March 25 @ 4:00PM: David Demmer, Wetland Specialist with the MN Board of Water and Soil Resources
Title: TBA

- APRIL 2021 -

**Office of Sustainability**

April 7 @ 3:00PM: Rachel Wagner, through design LLC and co-founder of Green New Deal Housing
Title: Net Zero Homes & Community Resilience
Rachel Wagner (architect, designer, & educator) will be speaking about a new nonprofit in Duluth, Green New Deal Housing, which brings an integrated approach to community development and workforce training to lead the transition to zero-carbon buildings and reduce the persistent racial and economic disparities in our community. Green New Deal Homes (affordable, solar-powered, net-zero energy) are at the core of this approach.

Register here: https://umn.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_m6LiCnHdQ3Wk_Bges_FeLg

**EES SEMINAR**

April 8 @ 4:00PM: Kirsti Hakala Assendelft, University of Melbourne (Australia)
Title: Climate change impacts on water resources: my path to applied research projects

**EES SEMINAR**

April 15 @ 4:00PM: Matthew Manor, Memorial University
Title: Stratigraphic and tectono-magmatic evolution of the Finlayson Lake VMS district, northern Canadian Cordillera

**SCSE Social Justice in STEM Seminar**

April 20 @ 4:00PM: Dr. Wendy Smythe, UMD Earth & Environmental Sciences and American Indian Studies
Title: TBA

**OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY**

April 21 @ 1:00PM: Saleh Mamun, UMD Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI), Post-Doctoral Associate
Title: Natural Resource Economics
Natural resource economics focuses on how to operate an economy within the ecological constraints of Earth's natural resources. Dr. Mamun specializes in ecosystem services and will be speaking about the variety of projects he is working on, including a global analysis on the efficiency of natural and capital management to inform policy and strategic decisions. 

Register Here: https://umn.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wvASPgvkQzayC-4Bya4VWw