Science Salon - Stay Current, Stay Connected

What is Science Salon? The Minnesota Academy of Science works to bring scientists from different disciplines together. Science Salon is a forum for professional scientists and engineers to stay current on groundbreaking research and emerging technologies, engage in cross-disciplinary networking, and participate in philanthropic activities. At the Science Salon, attendees meet with the Board of Directors of MAS, network with scientists from different disciplines, and attend lectures from renowned researchers.


Next Up: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Virtual Reality
University of Minnesota, Computer Science & Engineering
lab tour 5-6pm, followed by talk


Learn about the work of Dr. Vicki Interrante and Dan Keefe




Previous Talks

February 15, 2017: Reinventing Cities, with Dr. Anu Ramaswami

Dr. Anu Ramaswami spoke about her work exploring how to develop healthy, sustainable cities in the United States, India and China. She shared results from her collaborative work with researchers across the world on redesigning cities to address not only urban infrastructure issues, but also reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve social structure and create more open space. 


October 18, 2016: EcoLab on how to tackle biofilms

Ecolab's Dr. Ruth Petran, Dr. Scott Burnett and Tony Erickson shared with us the work their team is doing with biofilms in the food and beverage industry: how they form, why they are harmful, and how to remove and prevent biofilms from forming in the machinery that our food comes into contact with.

September 22, 2016: Dr. Marla Spivak talked with us about the research she and her team have been doing to help improve the health of our bee populations.

Marla Spivak is a MacArthur Fellow and McKnight Distinguished Professor in Entomology at the University of Minnesota. Recent awards include the 2015 Minnesota AgriGrowth Distinguished Service Award, the 2016 Siehl Prize laureate for excellence in agriculture, and the 2016 Wings WorldQuest Women of Discovery Earth Award. She and Gary Reuter bred a line of honey bees, the Minnesota Hygienic line, to defend themselves against diseases and parasitic mites. Current research includes studies of the benefits of plant resins (propolis) to honey bees, and the effects of agricultural landscapes and pesticides on bee health.

See a list of her talks here, including a link to a past TEDGlobal talk in 2013.

March 2016: The Zika virus has spurred an interest in infectious diseases for many people. A Science Salon featured Dr. Michael Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy and teaching professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health at the Univerity of Minnesota. Dr. Osterholm will talk about "Emerging Infections in a Modern World: A View From the Front Windshield and Rearview Mirror."  

Click here for a synopsis of his talk.

In September 2015, Science Salon featured Dr. Fotis Sotiropoulos (below left), the then-James L. Record Professor of Civil Engineering and the Director of the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory at the University of Minnesota. This Science Salon included a tour of the newly renovated St. Anthony Falls Laboratory. Click here to learn more about this Science Salon. 


Dr. Deb Swackhamer's presentation on "Achieving Water Sustainability for Future Generations" at the HHH School of Public Affairs


Dr. Jonathan Finnoff led attendees on a tour of Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center


Dr. Ihsuan Li (MAS Board Member) and Dr. Felicia DeSantos talked with other Science Salon attendees at the 3M Innovation Center.


Century College Fab Lab staff demonstrated lab equipment for Science Salon attendees.


MAS Board Member Dr. Stephanie Yancey networked with attendees at the first Science Salon, which featured Dr. Philip Pardey.

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