Looking for unique learning and networking opportunities from the University of Minnesota? Here’s our monthly roundup of must-attend events for the regional business community. Click the individual links for more details, contact info and registration deadlines.
Lectures & conferences
The Supreme Court and Health Reform
July 9, 8 – 10 a.m., Minneapolis | free
A national panel of experts examine the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act and its implications for the future of health reform. How will key stakeholders react? What are reasonable policy responses by Democrats and Republicans? Explore these questions and many others.
The Future of Medical Production
July 18, noon – 1 p.m., Minneapolis | free
Learn about new technologies in medical production and testing equipment, including laser technology, multi-axis motion control, vision-guided machinery and more. The seminar also focuses on the shift from siloed production development to a more integrated approach.
Energizing Open Innovation: Education, Business and Government
July 25, 1 – 5 p.m., Minneapolis | free
How can open innovation platforms benefit education, government and business sectors? Get insights from Jason Crusan, director of NASA’s Advanced Exploration Systems Division; Shawn Pearson, director of technology at Ameriprise Financial Services; and Thomas Baden, CIO at Minnesota’s Department of Human Services.
Education & training
Ongoing, Minneapolis | free
The Bell Museum of Natural History combed through more than 4 million specimens to find the most unusual creatures on Earth. Satisfy your natural curiosity by viewing a 400-pound clam, killer pine cones, a mummified pigeon and other oddities of the natural world, along with vintage teaching models.
Introduction to Winemaking
July 7, 9:30 a.m. – noon, Chaska | $90 for Arboretum members; $99 non-members
Whether you’re a home enthusiast or a seasoned pro, this course covers all you need to know to make white and red wine, using techniques from the U of M. Meet fellow winemakers and learn about the art of making wine from grapes and other fruits grown in the region.
The Atomic Age
July 19, 9 – 11 a.m., St. Paul | $50
The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki presented an ethical dilemma for physicists who worked on the Manhattan Project, starting an arms race that continues today. U of M physicist and astronomer James Kakalios uses examples from comic books and sci-fi films to explain the physics of the atomic bomb and the nature of radioactivity.
July 26, 5 – 9 p.m., Morris | free
Join experts from the West Central Research and Outreach Center for garden tours and demonstrations on sustainable landscaping with grasses, weed control without chemicals, annuals and herbaceous perennials, planning for the emerald ash borer, and more.