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Monthly Meeting Schedule and Speakers

UMRA’s members gather at 11:30 at the Campus Club, in Conference Room ABC, on the fourth floor of Coffman Union, on the 4th Tuesday of each month, for lunch, good fellowship, and an interesting speaker.

Meeting Reservations ARE Required

Reservation Deadline is always the Thursday before the meeting

Please phone or email your reservations and send your check payable to UMRA for $16 for each reservation to:

UMRA Reservations
c/o Judy Leahy Grimes
1937 Palace Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105-1728

Or, contact her before the deadline at 651-698-4387 or

Please honor the reservation deadline date; if cancellations are necessary, please let us know by noon the preceding Thursday.

February 24, 2015 Luncheon Meeting features discussion with Michael Osterholm on the Ebola epidemic

Internationally recognized expert in infectious disease epidemiology Michael T. Osterholm, Ph.D., M.P.H., will speak at UMRA's February meeting on the topic "The Ebola Epidemic: where we've been, where we're at, and where we are going."

Michael OsterholmProfessor of Public Health, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, and a 15-year veteran as state epidemiologist in the Minnesota Department of Health, Dr. Osterholm is largely responsible for making Minnesota one of the premier states in proactive public health protection.

His gift for informing and educating the media and his fellow citizens about the important dimensions of public health science, preparedness, prevention, and health promotion has earned him frequent interviews on local as well as national public radio stations.

His straight talk on subjects such as inflenza, bioterrorism, and pandemic preparedness has thrust him into a global role as advisor and consultant to the highest levels of the World Health Organization and U.S. government agencies: NIH, FDA, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Department of Defense.

In 2008, Professor Osterholm was named to the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center's Academy of Excellence in Health Research, and the same year he was appointed to the World Economic Forum working Group on Pandemics.

He is a member of the National Academy of Science, Institute of Medicine (IOM), and the Council of Foreign Relations. Impressively, he is a recent recipient of the McKnight Presidential Chair in Public Health, one of the University's highest faculty honors.

Dr. Osterholm was a special advisor to Health Secretary Tommy Thompson after 9/11 on issues related to bioterrorism and public health preparedness. He has served on the CDC's National Center for Infectious Diseases board of Scientific Counselors and is former president of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. He was a reviewer on an IOM report on chemical and biological terrorism.

Michael Osterholm's passion for and dedication to research and education about the public health implications of infectious diseases have won him many honors.

Always on the cutting edge, always informed, always entertaining…and sometimes scary, Dr. Osterholm promises to be a great speaker for our February luncheon

. — Jean Kinsey, UMRA President-elect and Program Committee chair

February 24 Living Well in Later Life Workshop: Stepping toward more agile and creative minds

Following the UMRA luncheon program in February, the UMRA Program and Cares Committees are pleased to present a workshop to challenge our minds and examine new paths to creatively and adaptively meet new opportunities.

AWilma Koutstaalssociate Professor Wilma Koutstaal, U of M Department of Psychology, will be our guide.

No matter what our age, our brains are constantly and dynamically adapting to our environments. Latest findings in a number of scientific
disciplines underscore the fact that we can all be more creative, and we can all be more mentally agile throughout our lives. But sustaining mental
agility requires us to challenge ourselves in new ways, integrating our minds, bodies, and emotions.

In this workshop with Professor Koutstaal, we will look at recent research that points to practical ways we can all work toward more agile and adaptively flxible minds. Drawing on cognitive and brain sciences research from her lab and from her two recent books, The Agile Mind and InnovatingMinds, she will help us understand how a new framework
can make us all more creative and agile thinkers and doers.

We will explore, for example, such questions as

• How can we shape our environments and guide our activities to keep our brains adaptively flxible and alert?
• Do we allow ample opportunities for making deliberate
efforts at creativity as well as being receptive to what our
efforts at change reveal?
• How can we use "detail-stepping" effectively, relying not
only on more familiar ways of thinking but also paying
close attention to details and unique instances?
• are we setting specifi creativity goals, and are we rewarding ourselves and others for "learning to vary?"

The workshop aims to provide each of us with short-term and long-term routes to agile and change-receptive minds.

Plan to attend this workshop from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on February 24 in the Campus Club ABC room. All members, guests, and visitors are welcome.

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Program Committee (2014-15)

Jean Kinsey (President-Elect & Chair),, 651-636-8636
John S. Adams (Immediate Past President),;; 612-925-1340
Harold Miller (President),;
Kathy O'Brien,, 612-722-8475
Richard H. Skaggs;;
Shirley Zimmerman,, 952-926-8644
Ron Anderson;;
Van Linck,, 651-490-1385
Earl Nolting,, 651-633-4333

The Program Committee is always looking for good speaker ideas. If you have any suggestions, please contact Jean Kinsey(


Tom Fisher

College of Design Dean Tom Fisher extrapolated that computer controlled manufacturing was as life-changing as the first two industrial revolutions, during our first meeting of 2015


John Adams

For November, John Adams brought his own antique presentation machine to display transparencies he has lovingly preserved throughout the 3rd industrial revolution

Mary Nichols

At the October meeting, Mary Nichols provided food for thought as she discussed the technologies that continue to be applied to education


Skip Humphrey

Hubert (Skip) Humphrey III spoke from a long career as a consumer advocate, "Scams for Seniors to Avoid" at the September, 2014 luncheon