College-wide events

Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, 4 p.m.

Northrop Auditorium

Physics Force Public Show

If you’ve never seen a physicist drop 20 feet through thin air while a friend shoots a ball at him from a cannon, or grown men and women shooting streams of toilet paper over an audience with a leaf blower, the University of Minnesota Physics Force has a show for you!

The show is a unique mix of physics demonstrations and slapstick humor suitable for adults and children of all ages. The show is free, but registration is required.

Public shows at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

About the Physics Force

The Physics Force is a K-12 outreach program through the University of Minnesota. Our program's greatest success is generating an interest in science in K-12 students. We go above and beyond to educate and entertain. Physics Force does things on a grand scale to bring excitement and wonder to the thousands of students who attend our shows every year.

Register now for the FREE show.


Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, 10 a.m. through Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, 5 p.m.

Bell Museum

Space Fest: Sunday

Join us to kickoff a yearlong celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing! Get your space fix from special guest speakers, science demonstrations, and hands-on astro activities.  Space Fest fun extends inside the Whitney & Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium, too. Don’t miss your chance to see two special shows, only on view during Space Fest. Catch an extended version of our popular live program Minnesota Night Sky or find out what it takes to become an ASTRONAUT.  Explore your universe with the Minnesota Institute for AstrophysicsMinnesota Space Grant Consortium, and Minnesota Starbird Association. Speakers: Dr. Mike Shaw, Photographer and physicist, Hunting the Aurora Borealis in Minnesota; Dr. Trinity Hamilton, UMN College of Biological Sciences, Mars & Microbes; Ron Schmit, NASA Solar System Ambassador & Observatory Coordinator at Jackson Middle School, Champlin, MN, The Next Giant Leap.

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Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, 8:30 p.m. through Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, Midnight

Bell Museum

Star Party: Lunar Eclipse Edition

Calling all night owls: Join the Bell Museum astronomy crew for a very special Star Party to observe the total lunar eclipse—a dramatic finale to our first Space Fest! Friends from the Minnesota Astronomical Society will join us with extra telescopes. A lunar eclipse occurs when Moon passes through Earth’s shadow. January’s eclipse also happens to be a Super Moon, when the full Moon is near perigee (its closest point to Earth in its orbit around the Earth). Bonus: this is also a great time for stargazing as moon is less than 100th the amount of brightness, making stars appear brighter and clearer. Double bonus: The eclipse occurs on the Sunday of a three day weekend so kids can stay up late to watch it, too. Star Parties are very informal and family-friendly (recommended ages 7+). Be sure to dress for the weather–warm layers recommended. This event is weather dependent. Check our website in the case of inclement weather. Admission is free, but donations are welcome and appreciated.

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Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, 10 a.m. through Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, 1 p.m.

Dakota Curling Club, 20775 Holt Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044

CSE Alumni Social And Curling Lesson at Dakota Curling

CSE alumni event. $30 per curler (discounted from $40 regular price). Free for spectators who don't want to curl. Cost includes lunch, curling instruction, and a game of curling. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase at the bar. Those who plan to curl must be a minimum of 16 years old, but spectators of all ages are welcome. If you have any trouble registering online, please call Joelle Larson at 612-626-1802 to register by phone.

Register Here!


Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, 7 p.m.

John T. Tate Hall, Room 105

Geological Society of Minnesota Lecture Series

The Nitrate Contamination Problem in Southeastern Minnesota: The Importance of Geologic Controls

Presenter: Tony Runkel, Ph.D., Chief Geologist, Minnesota Geological Survey

All lectures are free and open to the public.


Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, 3 p.m. through Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, 6 p.m.

McNamara Alumni Center, Thomas H. Swain Meeting Room
 

SPARC Official Launch

Are you or do you know a researcher looking for new sources of research support? Are you interested in being part of research teams that span the University and connect with organizations doing important work outside the U? Are you a grant administrator looking for support for large and complex grant proposals?  If so, please join us Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at McNamara Alumni Center (UMTC) to officially launch University of Minnesota’s Strategic Partnerships and Research Collaborative (SPARC), a new research service and innovation hub created to help multidisciplinary teams from across the University submit and execute complex grant proposals, particularly those offered by nontraditional funding agencies and requiring external partners. For UMN Faculty and Staff.

SPARC Official Launch
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Network & Mingle
3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Welcome from OVPR and Dean McQuaid
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Discover & Engage


Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, 5 p.m.

West Wing Dining Room, Campus Club, 4th Floor of Coffman Memorial Union

A Feast of Words featuring David Odde: Beating Cancer at its own Game

Friends of the Libraries and The Campus Club Present A Feast of Words featuring Professor of Biomedical Engineering David Odde, who will discuss a promising, cancer-fighting model based on his research. The model uses a patient's own biopsies to chart an intervention path through the cancer's infrastructure. 5 p.m. Social Hour, 5:30 p.m. Dinner, 6:15 p.m. Program Begins. Non-Members Welcome! $29 Adults, $15 Students. 

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Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, Noon through Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, 6 p.m.

3M Arena at Mariucci

CSE Career Fair

More than 150 employers will connect with students and recent alumni seeking jobs, co-ops, and internships.

Register on the CSE Website


Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, 7 p.m.

Geology Dept. is in SW area of basement of Olin-Rice Science Center Macalester College

Geological Society of Minnesota Lecture Series

Saturday Laboratory: Learning How to Identify Minnesota's Fossils

Presenter: Jeff Thole, M.Sc., Macalester College

All lectures are free and open to the public.


Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, 7 p.m.

John T. Tate Hall, Room 105

Geological Society of Minnesota Lecture Series

The Great Magnet: Paleomagnetism and The Earth’s Magnetic Field

Presenter: Bruce Moskowitz, Ph.D., Professor and Director, Institute for Rock Magnetism, University of Minnesota

All lectures are free and open to the public.