UMR CONNECTS Professional Speaker Series
The University of Minnesota Rochester's UMR Connect professional speaker series helped celebrate Arbor Month by providing free lectures on the health benefits of trees. You can watch recordings of these presentation.
May 3—Designing Landscapes for a Healthier You
Jeff Feece, Landscape Architect with Sargent's Gardens, provides ways to create outdoor spaces to make a closer relationship with nature for a healthier life.
May 10—The Most Important Machine of All
Dr. Jim Maher, Career Scientist with the Mayo Clinic, discusses how a nano machine in the leaves of every living tree and plant takes carbon dioxide from the air and uses light energy to turn it into sugar.
May 17—City Trees and Green Space Are Health Determinants: A Review of Evidence and Values
Dr. Kathleen Wolf, Social Scientist with the University of Washington, examines evidence on how nearby nature contributes to disease prevention and health promotion.
May 24—Complex Answers to Simple Questions
Eric North, Research Fellow and Instructor with the University of Minnesota, will use a mix of entertainment and science to explore the complexity of trees.
May 31—i-Tree: Assessing and Sustaining the Public Health Benefits of Trees
Dr. Jason Henning, Research Urban Forester with Davey Institute, shows how to apply i-Tree software to understand relationships among trees, people, and public health to improve communities.