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2016 IgNobel Awards

2016 IgNobel prizes awarded--research that first makes you laugh, then makes you think

The IgNobels are awarded every year at Harvard University for research that first makes people laugh, then makes them think. Mike Reeves chatted with Marc Abrahams, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, about this year's awards, the incredible prizes involved, and why the whole thing got started. Nature (magazine) calls the IgNobel awards "the highlight of the scientific calendar." Celebrating research like the effect of wearing trousers on the sex life of rats, or assessing the perceived personalities of rocks, who could argue?


Restorative justice: A different approach to addressing crime and harm between people

Restorative justice is an approach to repairing harm that considers all parties involved and focuses more on healing and rebuilding than it does on punishment. Kay Pranis, senior associate at the Center for Restorative Justice at Suffolk University in Boston, will give a talk about the process at Cook County Higher Education Thursday, July 28 at 7 p.m. She joined Dick to explain what restorative justice is and give a preview of her talk.


U of MN Bell Museum launches online biodiversity atlas

The U of MN Bell Museum of Natural History just launched an online, searchable interface providing access to all of its biodiversity collections. Dr. Keith Barker, part of the project team that developed the atlas, talked with Dave about what's available online and why it's important to preserve and make available these records of the historical distribution of life. You can see the atlas here. 

Great Expectations Charter School

Great Expectations students participate in National Novel Writing Month

NANOWRIMO stands for National Novel Writing Month, and it’s an annual project during the month of November.

Dr. Katja Rowell

Strategies for "helping your child with extreme picky eating" on October 5&6

If you’ve ever wondered why some kids are picky eaters – and how to get them to eat better – there’s a presentation being offered at Sawtooth Mountain Clinic norththat can help

WTIP community producers learning and creating

Wednesdays: Open House for WTIP Volunteer Producers

 WTIP is proud to introduce "Office Hours:  Become a community producer."  

courtesy U of MN Bee Lab

U of MN helping the honey bee get back on its own six feet

The U of MN just broke ground on its new Bee and Pollinator Research Lab, a facility to house bee research, led by world-renowned bee expert Marla Spivak. Buck chatted with Dr. Rebecca Masterman, associate program director of the Bee Squad, about why bees are so important to agriculture and to the health and beauty of our world. You can learn more about bees and the new lab here.

Predicting climate change impacts on Northern Minnesota

Cook County Higher Education will be hosting a guest lecture on Thursday, July 30, at 7 pm. The lecture will be led by Dr.

courtesy Sustainable Agriculture Project

UMD farm provides 'lab' for research, learning and demonstration

The Sustainable Agriculture Project at UMD offers an experiential learning, research and demonstration farm that works with institutions and local farmers, and provides internships for students. Randel Hanson, assistant professor of geography at UMD, has been instrumental in the creation and expansion of the farm. He talked with Buck July 24 about the farm and how it brings together food, water, and energy research. You can learn more here.


Pluto mission explained by MN astronomer/educator Parke Kunkle

NASA's New Horizons--the first mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt--ended its 9 1/2-year journey last week as the spacecraft reached Pluto and started transmitting new information back to Earth. Parke Kunkle, U of MN Bell Museum of History advisory board member, joined Dick July 17 to explain the mission and why it's so important to science. You can learn more about New Horizons here.