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Dr. Michael Howell is a neurologist who specializes in sleep disorders. As the Sleep Performance Co-founder, Dr. Howell is an expert on the role of sleep and circadian rhythms in human performance and an internationally recognized researcher and educator. Dr. Howell currently is program director of the Sleep Medicine Fellowship at the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center, Associate Professor and Vice-Chair for Education in the Department of Neurology at the University of Minnesota, and Medical Director of the Fairview Sleep Center in Edina, Minnesota. His clinical interests include sleepwalking and related disorders such as REM Sleep Behavior Disorder, Sleep Related Eating Disorder, sleep seizures, and other violent sleep behaviors.

A prolific researcher, author, and speaker, Dr. Howell has authored or co-authored 35 publications relating to sleep and brain function; given 68 presentations at international, national, and regional meetings; and conducted 61 media (television, radio, and online) spots. He has held elected and appointed offices in the American Academy of Neurology and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Dr. Howell has received several local and national honors including: Best of 2012 Sleep Doctors by Sleep Review Magazine, 2014 Best Doctors in Sleep Disorders by Minnesota Monthly, and Top Doctors-Rising Stars by Mpls-St. Paul Magazine.

Dr. Michael Howell
Dec 05, 2017
 
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The mission of Engineers Without Borders University of Minnesota Chapter (EWB-UMN) is to partner with disadvantaged communities around the world and to improve their quality of life through implementation of engineered projects that prove environmentally and economically sustainable. Our goals are achieved through cooperation with each other, fellow institutions, and mentors on the basis of commitment, persistence, and concern for the recipients of our efforts. We strive to uphold and advance our principles for international responsibility and look forward to applying the experience in our future engineering careers.

A few hours of time and expertise go a long way to help projects succeed all around the globe.

Lily Hock and Emily Low
Dec 12, 2017
 
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The mission of Rochester STEM Academy (RSA) is to provide a highly supportive learning environment for minority, immigrant, and other students currently underserved in traditional area high schools and greatly underrepresented in Rochester’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) industries through a challenging program that emphasizes creativity, accountability, ongoing assessments, college-preparation, and high academic achievement.

Located in a city known for its medical and technology industries, RSA is among the very first STEM high schools in Minnesota. RSA creates multiple community partnerships to expose its students to STEM through internships, apprenticeships, mentorship, field trips, specialized programming, enrichment, and by continually bringing specialists working in STEM fields into its classrooms. This will ensure that minority children, including East African, Hmong, and Hispanic immigrants, will acquire the skills, knowledge-base, educational preparation, and motivation required to succeed in an increasingly technological world. At the same time, RSA’s goal of continually immersing its students within a college-focused culture will support their embarking in post-secondary studies. In these ways, RSA’s programming will replicate the outstanding success of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and other STEM-focused secondary schools that have already garnered national attention.

Bryan Rossi, Principal, STEM Academy
Dec 19, 2017
 
Dec 21, 2017
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
 
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Dec 26, 2017
 
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The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota (WRC) provides quality medical care and rehabilitation for all injured, sick, and orphaned wild animals, and shares its knowledge with the people who care about them.

WRC was founded at the University of Minnesota in 1979 as a student club of the Veterinary College. From those humble beginnings of just a few dozen animals a year, the WRC has grown into one of the nation's busiest wildlife hospitals, admitting more than 14,000 patients annually.

A year-round staff of just 14 people, nine of which are medical professionals, keeps WRC's budget focused on providing care to its patients. During the summer, WRC adds five to six seasonal staff to run its three nurseries (Avian, Mammal, and Waterfowl.)

Phil Jenni, Executive Director
Jan 02, 2018
 
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Duke Pieper was an elite hockey player at a young age. As a freshman at Hill-Murray High School, he made the varsity of the then-defending state champion Pioneers. Before his first game, he suffered from a brain lesion that altered his life. Given a 5 percent chance to live, Pieper overcame multiple surgeries, paralysis, and nerve damage. In place of his dreams of hockey stardom, Pieper found illness, surgery, infection, paralysis, months of hospitalization, and lingering disability. And yet, by his own admission, Pieper has emerged a better, bigger person.

Duke Pieper, teen hockey player with brain disease
Jan 09, 2018
 
Jan 18, 2018
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
 
 
Feb 15, 2018
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
 
Mar 15, 2018
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
 
Apr 19, 2018
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
 
May 17, 2018
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
 
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