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Commercializing UMN Research & Inventions- Yields Excellent, Lasting Returns

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UMN Technology Commercialization facilitates the transfer of UMN innovation beyond the research lab by helping our diverse researchers in development of new products and services that benefit the public good, foster economic growth, and generate revenue to support the University's mission.

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Cabinets of Curiosity: Spring at the UMN CBS Conservatory

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The UMRA Cabinets of Curiosity tour will be at the College of Biological Sciences (CBS) Conservatory & Botanical Collection on the St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus. The amazing glass-walled greenhouse features four biomes with distinct climates, landscapes, and floras, with particular emphasis on plants of the southern hemisphere. Please plan to join us in this special opportunity to visit spaces not normally open to the public. 

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Pelargonium praemorsum

Making the foreign—and the local—less foreign

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St. Paul-based journalist Fred de Sam Lazaro has reported from 70 countries focusing on the work of change agents to address the consequences of poverty. His remarkable perspective draws us closer to the people he meets and the challenges they confront. Join us to learn why and how he uses storytelling to enhance understanding of today’s pressing global issues.

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Fred de Sam Lazaro

Alzheimer’s, dementia, and the brain explained

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Do you ever wonder whether it’s OK to forget names and nouns but not verbs? During UMRA’s March workshop, neurologist Paul Schanfield, MD, will simplify common neurological conditions related to dementia, including Alzheimer’s, and guide us through identifying symptoms, prevention, treatment, and acceptance. 

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Paul Schanfield

Photo Club to meet March 12

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“Houses of worship” will be the theme when the UMRA Photo Club meets in person at the Hennepin County branch library in St. Anthony on March. Newcomers are welcome.

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Ponte da Barca Bridge in Portugal. Photo by Laurie Koch

Explore life above the Arctic Circle and close to home

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Explore life above the Arctic Circle with Janet and Craig Swan, and closer to home with Carol Urness when UMRA’s Armchair Traveler program meets via Zoom on Wednesday, March 6.

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Craig and Janet Swan in Longyearbyen, Norway

Hike Fort Snelling State Park March 4

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The UMRA Hiking Club will explore wildlife along the Mississippi River when it hikes the Pike Island Loop in Fort Snelling State Park on Monday, March 4.

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UMRA Hiking Club members at Lake Harriet 2024.02.05. Photo by Kris Mortensen

HELLO, my name is Julie Westlund

Meet UMRA member Julie Westlund. She retired as the director of UMD Career and Internship Services, a position she enjoyed for 30-plus years—serving students and doing meaningful work to make a difference in their lives.  

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Julie Westlund, director of UMD Career and Internship Services, retired

Nominations sought for UMRA officers and directors

The Nominating Committee invites you to contribute to UMRA by volunteering to run for election to serve on UMRA’s Board of Directors or by nominating someone else who would add value and perspective to our organization.

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Book Club I to discuss E. M. Forster's masterpiece 'Howards End'

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Pat Tollefson will lead the discussion of  E. M. Forster’s classic work Howard’s End when the UMRA Book Club meets on Friday, February 16.  

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Howards End, book cover

Fourth Friday Book Club to welcome special guest Julie Schumacher

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.UMRA’s Fourth Friday Book Club discuss Dear Committee Members with special guest and New York Times bestselling author Julie Schumacher when it meets via Zoom on January 26.

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Julie Schumacher

UMN email update

Attention UMRA members who use a UMN email account and internet ID. In early January, you should have received an email from the Office of Information Technology stating “… your University of Minnesota email and Google Workspace account will be closed on Saturday, December 7, 2024.”  See the announcement for this event.  

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UMRA’s Silver Gopher Service Corps welcomes you

If you’re one of the 200-plus new members who joined UMRA in the past two years and are looking for ways to meet people and give back to the community, consider volunteering with UMRA’s Silver Gopher Service Corps.

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UMRA dues will increase in 2024

UMRA provides an engaging array of learning opportunities and social events to make UMRA membership a great value. But, like everyone, we’re feeling the effects of inflation and paying more for everything we buy.

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Andy Phelan enjoys keeping his mind active during tax season

For the past six years, UMRA member Andrew “Andy” Phelan has been part of the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide team of volunteers that provides free tax assistance and preparation service to millions of taxpayers throughout the United States. 

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Andy Phelan, URVC volunteer