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President Kaler, University of Minnesota to host National Academy of Engineering Regional Meeting and Public Symposium

April 29 event will examine how to advance the practical application of research

April 19, 2013

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Who:      NAE Vice President Maxine Savitz, U of M President Eric Kaler, and university faculty Steven Crouch, Jon Foley, Julian Marshall, Michael Osterholm, Katey Pelican, Stephen Polasky and Anu Ramaswami
What:     NAE Regional Meeting and Public Symposium
When:    11:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Monday, April 29, 2013
Where:   Johnson Great Room, McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. SE, Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (04/22/2013) – The University of Minnesota and President Eric Kaler are proud to host the regional meeting and public symposium of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), Monday, April 29. The open symposium, featuring presentations from six U of M researchers, will be held from 2:00 to 5:15 p.m. in the Johnson Great Hall of the McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. SE, Minneapolis.

A distinguished lineup of U of M researchers from varied disciplines will address the symposium theme, "From Grand Challenges to Grand Solutions: Moving from Knowledge Generation to Real World Action."

"The NAE brings together the best of industry and academia to advance the common good," Kaler said. "All of us at the U are thrilled to welcome my colleagues and fellow members of the National Academy of Engineering to the University of Minnesota."

The symposium timeline is as follows:

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.: Check-in

2:00 – 2:15 p.m.: Welcome – Eric Kaler, president, University of Minnesota; member, National Academy of Engineering

2:05 – 2:20 p.m.: Opening Remarks – Maxine Savitz, vice president, National Academy of Engineering

2:20 – 2:45 p.m.: "Can We Feed a Growing World, and Sustain the Planet?" – Jon Foley, director, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota

2:45 – 3:10 p.m.: "Building Sustainable, Healthy and Resilient Cities Globally: Translating Research to Action" – Anu Ramaswami, Denny Chair for Science, Technology and Public Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

3:10 – 3:35 p.m.: "Man-Made, Mammalian-Transmissible H5N1 Influenza Virus: Engineering a Potential Global Catastrophe" – Michael Osterholm, director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy

3:55 – 4:20 p.m.: "Global One Health: Lessons Learned in Making the Land Grant Mission Goal" – Katey Pelican, lead, Ecosystem Health Initiative; university partner co-lead, USAID RESPOND Project, resident fellow, Institute on the Environment

4:20 – 4:55 p.m.: "Accounting for Nature: Incorporating the Value of Ecosystem Services into Decision-Making" – Stephen Polasky, Fesler-Lampert professor of Ecological and Environmental Economics, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

4:45 – 5:10 p.m.: "The Acara Program: Social Entrepreneurship to Address Global Grand Challenges" – Julian Marshall, assistant professor, Department of Civil Engineering, College of Science and Engineering

5:10 – 5:15 p.m.: Closing Remarks – Steven Crouch, dean, College of Science and Engineering, member, National Academy of Engineering

About the National Academy of Engineering
Founded in 1964, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is a private, independent, nonprofit institution that provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. The mission of the National Academy of Engineering is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology. For more information, visit

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