Frontiers in the Environment, the Institute on the Environment’s lecture series, will see some fresh faces this spring.
Organizers have brought in speakers from outside the University of Minnesota to cover a variety of topics.
The speakers range from associate and McKnight University professors, company executives and even former WCCO anchor Don Shelby.
They also hope that by limiting presentations to 25 to 30 minutes and keeping slides at a minimum, the lectures will be more interesting and less dry than typical lecture series.
“We try to make sure they are little bit more basic … more for a general audience,” said Stephanie Szurek, events coordinator for the Institute.
The series is scheduled Wednesday, Feb. 2. The first lecture will be given by Terje Mikalsen, CEO of Tysvar LLC, a Minnesota-based firm that focuses on sharing clean technology knowledge between the U.S. and Europe.
This time around, attendees can expect to see a balance between University faculty and outside speakers.
“We started it really to bring the University of Minnesota community together around some really important environmental topics,” said Todd Reubold, spokesman for the Institute. “We started the series as a way for them to get together weekly, hear from experts in the field both at the University and outside the U.”
What they have found out is that the series reaches farther than the University and Minnesota. Through UMConnect, which streams and then archives the videos, viewers around the country and the world can watch the lecture and ask questions. In the past, moderators have taken questions from California and the United Kingdom.
In physical attendance, the lecture sees about 50 to 80 people each week. But the first two weeks draw the largest crowd. Reubold recommends getting there early for the second week when Shelby will be speaking about the difficulties in talking about science in his lecture titled “The War of Words about Science.”