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:
c/o Judy Leahy Grimes
1937 Palace Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105-1728
Or, contact her before the deadline at 651-698-4387 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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."
Professor 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.
Associate 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.