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Raptors, history and health care featured on the State Fair U of M stage today

Weekend includes Maroon and Gold Day on Sunday, Aug. 26

August 24, 2012

The University of Minnesota has a busy schedule planned at the State Fair today, Friday, Aug. 24. Fairgoers are invited to visit the university’s main building and stage, located at the corner of Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street, Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

In addition, university research, education and outreach will be showcased in seven other locations throughout the fairgrounds, such as the 4-H Building, Miracle of Birth Center and Agriculture Horticulture Building.

Today’s stage and booth highlights include:

On the U of M stage Aug. 24
10 a.m. The Great Plains Telehealth Resource and Assistance Center
10:30 a.m. U of M Raptor Center
11 a.m. The Great Plains Telehealth Resource and Assistance Center
11:30 a.m. Wangensteen Historical Library
12 p.m. U of M Raptor Center
12:30 p.m. Wangensteen Historical Library
1 p.m. Wangensteen Historical Library
1:30 p.m. College of Pharmacy and PharmD students
2 p.m. College of Pharmacy and PharmD students
2:30 p.m. College of Pharmacy and PharmD students
3 p.m. College of Pharmacy and PharmD students

Inside the U of M Building Aug. 24

Academic Health Center

Masonic Cancer Center (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Stop by to see a human tissue display showing how cancer affects the human body. Pick up cancer information booklets, take a cancer quiz and learn about the Program in Health Disparities Research.

Human and Animal Health (3 to 9 p.m.)
Learn about U service, research, education and innovations in human and animal health. Ask current students about preparing for a veterinary career or talk with veterinary professionals about maintaining a happy and healthy lifestyle for your pet.

Bell Museum of Natural History (3 to 9 p.m.)

Did you know there are more living creatures in a shovelful of soil than there are human beings on the planet? Learn all about soil, one of the planet's most important yet often-ignored components, at “Dig It! The Secrets of Soil,” the new exhibit coming to the U’s Bell Museum in November. Dig It! tells the story of the world beneath our feet through interactive displays, video models, photography and special events.

Center for Distributed Robotics (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
This entertaining and interactive exhibit features a variety of robots developed at the University of Minnesota's Center for Distributed Robotics, including an underwater robot that is currently being used in the Gulf of Mexico to monitor the water quality after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. This robot takes samples of water at different depths and carries them back to complete its mission. Also see other robots that can climb stairs, tumble and fly!

Immigration History Research Center and Institute for Global Studies (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
When was the last time you had an immigrant visit you at home or school? The U’s Immigration History Research Center enables you to go online to read letters, view photos and hear the stories of immigrants in Minnesota. K-12 educators and students are especially encouraged to stop and learn more about the center’s resources.

Saturday’s stage and booth highlights include:

On the U of M stage Aug. 25
10 a.m. Marshmallow Tower Contest
11 a.m. UMD Marching Band
12 noon Kids on Campus
1:00 p.m. UMD – Fun with Sustainability
2:00 p.m. Marshmallow Tower Contest
3:00 p.m. Selections from “Bye Bye Birdie”

Inside the U of M Building Aug. 25

University of Minnesota Physicians Heart at Fairview (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Interested in learning more about heart health? Stop by to learn about the latest treatment options available, explore what an unhealthy heart looks like compared to a healthy heart, talk with patients and hear from medical staff about heart health.

Department of Family Medicine and Community Health (3 to 9 p.m.)
From 3 – 5 p.m., learn what to eat, drink and do after school, with a registered dietician and National Institutes of Health-funded researcher. From 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., ask family physicians about health guidelines, medical innovations, medications, prevention and risk factors.

Polar Geospatial Center (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
Penguins, polar regions and pictures! You’ll get this and much more when visiting the PGC exhibit. Marvel at maps, collages and videos of research in Antarctica, the coldest, highest and driest place on Earth.

College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
CFANS is a college devoted to solution-driven science; using critical and innovative thinking plus all the tools of the arts and sciences to make our planet a productive, friendly, and sustainable environment—to solve everyday problems. Learn how CFANS studies the health of the land and the health of the living.

University of Minnesota Duluth (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
Spin the wheel to learn amazing facts about UMD and sustainability. Meet UMD Chancellor Lendley (Lynn) Black, get your photo taken with Champ, and learn more about this vibrant campus and exciting programs.

Maroon and Gold Day is Aug. 26
Maroon and Gold Day is Sunday, Aug. 26. Visitors are encouraged to proudly wear maroon and gold attire, stop by the U’s building for Goldy Gopher appearances and to meet new Athletics Director Norwood Teague, and watch the U of M Marching Band in the State Fair parade.

On the U of M stage Aug. 26
9:45 a.m. Alumni Band
10 a.m. MinnesoTap
11 a.m. Homecoming
1 p.m. Homecoming
2 p.m. MinnesoTap
3:45 p.m. Alumni Band

Inside the U of M Building Aug. 26

Academic Health Center

Clinical Neuroscience Center
The U’s Clinical Neuroscience Center will have an interactive table with real human brains and a spinal cord. Additional exhibits will focus on stroke prevention and helping a friend with mental illness.

Innovative Engineers
See how Innovative Engineers is extending the reach of renewable energy to the developing world. The exhibit includes an interactive display inviting visitors to spin a 1kW wind turbine and generate electricity.

Goldy’s Kids Club
Learn about the Goldy’s Kids Club – join in the coloring contest, sign up for the Kids Club and participate in fun activities throughout the day.

For a complete schedule of the weekend’s stage and booth programs and more information on the U’s state fair presence and activities, visit

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