Classes Without Quizzes 2016 Program

Program Schedule

Register Now8 a.m. - Registration & networking

8:45 a.m. - Welcome; Kid's Edition program begins

9 a.m. - Keynote Address

The 3 Ms of Soils: Minnesota, the Moon and Mars
Jay Bell, Department of Soil, Water and Climate 

Jay BellSoils are amazing whether they are in Minnesota, on the Moon or on Mars. Just down the road, we have some of the most productive soils in the world. The North Star State also has its very own State Soil along with a great story why and how it was chosen. So first we will take some time to explore the amazing world of the soils beneath or feet and how they got that way. On the Moon and Mars, we have a little different story. In the recent movie, The Martian, the main character survived partly by growing potatoes in the Martian soil. Is this really possible? And what about the Moon? And what might you need to do to make it happen? Join us on this terrestrial and extraterrestrial journey exploring the soils in our own backyard and those that we can only see in the night sky with Soil, Water and Climate professor Jay Bell.


10:15 a.m. - Session 1 

Venturelli CWQ 200(select 1 out of 4)

A) The Mille Lacs Walleye Crisis: What is Happening and How You Can Help
Paul Venturelli, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology

The Mille Lacs walleye population, once the pride of Minnesota, is in serious decline. In this presentation, Fisheries professor Paul Venturelli explores the reasons for the decline, and what can be done about it. He concludes with some advice about how each of us can contribute to the solution.


Orshinsky CWQB) The Midwestern Hop Renaissance
Angela Orshinsky, Department of Plant Pathology

In this session, Plant Pathology professor Angela Orshinsky will cover the history of hop growing and the use of hops in brewing from 16th century to current times. You will learn how to help reduce populations of the invasive Japanese hop plant and how to cultivate North American and European hops at home. The session will also explore common disease and insect pests of hops, as well as the role they are playing in the Midwestern hop renaissance.


Peterson CWQC) Small Town Grocers 

Hikaru Peterson, Department of Applied Economics

Grocery stores in small towns represent a critical piece of the infrastructure that sustains America’s rural communities, providing food, supporting jobs, and generating taxes. Unfortunately, almost daily another small town, independently-owned grocery store shuts its doors and closes shop. Applied Economics professor Hikaru Peterson will share findings from ongoing research projects on challenges and opportunities for these small town grocers.


Baumler CWQD) The Spice of Microbial Life

David Baumler, Department of Food Science & Nutrition

Many plants produce fruits that contain naturally occurring antimicrobial compounds. Food Science professor David Baumler will present the science of chili peppers diversity ranging from antimicrobial properties, fruity flavors, to how our mouths perceive heat. He’ll lead participants through interactive tastings, scientific understandings, and fun musical trivia games!

Presentation and handouts from David's session are available here: PDF icon The Spice of Microbial Life


11:30 a.m. - Session 2

(select 1 out of 4)

Endres CWQE) Cows, Calves and Technology
Marcia Endres, Department of Animal Science

“Milk does a body good” and it is an amazing food produced by animals that humans selected over thousands of years for this purpose. Cows are such wonderful animals, with their big bovine eyes and nice demeanor, in spite of their large 1,500 lb. bodies. Technology used for managing and feeding cows and their young calves has really changed in recent years. Animal Science professor Marcia Endres will share some information about robotics and sensor technologies currently being used in the dairy industry along with a bit of history on how milking and feeding dairy cattle has changed over the years.


Davenport CWQ

F) Climate stories and community readiness on the North Shore of Lake Superior
Mae Davenport, Department of Forest Resources

In this presentation you will learn what local business owners, park and natural resource managers, and community leaders have to say about climate change and how it has impacted recreation and tourism on the North Shore. Department of Forest Resources professor, Mae Davenport, will examine strategies for anticipating climate futures and building community readiness in recreation and tourism-dependent communities.

Handouts from Mae's session are available here:


Cuomo CWQG) Growing Research

Greg Cuomo, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs

How does an idea -- for a new product, technique or technology -- become a research project in CFANS?

Greg Cuomo, associate dean for research, will explain how University of Minnesota scientists choose which projects to pursue, how projects are funded, and how external stakeholders can be involved in the research enterprise.


H) New Plants for a Hotter and Drier World

Erwin CWQJohn Erwin, Department of Horticultural Science

The world is getting hotter every year, and Minnesota sees that change in warm winters and dry summers that can be damaging to both gardens and landscapes. Luckily, the U of M is a leader in developing new plants and growing techniques for a hotter and dryer world. Horticultural Science professor John Erwin will discuss how these warm temperatures affect the food we grow, how you can help your garden plants produce more, and new cutting edge screening techniques to accelerate plant breeding for heat tolerance. He'll also talk about the best annuals for hot summers and/or dry locations and his work in identifying cacti and succulents for the Minnesota yard, which have recently started cold hardiness trials!

The presentation from John's session is available here: PDF icon JNew Plants for a Hotter and Drier World


 Kids' Edition Sessions

Kids' Edition participants will all attend three different activities while the standard program is taking place. University Youth & Community Programs has a morning packed with hands on enrichment and recreation activities for youth. Participants will be divided into small groups of similar ages and spend approximately an hour in each activity led by experienced staff and specialty instructors. All youth must wear athletic/tennis shoes, clothes for physical activities and weather appropriate clothing for outdoors. No previous skills or experience required; sign up for fun and learning at Classes without Quizzes: Kids’ Edition!

Raptor CWQA Bee's Life: Try out bee "jobs" in a hive, learn how bees communicate and how money is made, and taste test some different honeys. (Note: No live bees will be present.)

What About Worms?: Tickle a worm, watch the blood moving in its veins, run a worm race, and learn how worms can help and hurt us.

The Raptor Center: Learn about the differences between owls, falcons, hawks, and other raptors. See live raptors up close at the Raptor Center!