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Past UMAA president Bill Manwarren addressing some of the participants at last year's Classes without Quizzes.

Bill Manwarren, past COAFES Alumni Society president, addressing participants at last year's Classes Without Quizzes.

No quizzes in this class

From eNews, March 4, 2004

In 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton set off on a voyage to the Antarctic. Disaster struck, and the shipwrecked crew spent five months on the ice before being rescued. At "Classes Without Quizzes" on Saturday, April 3, University plant pathologist Bob Blanchette will talk about the wood found in their makeshift huts that continues to intrigue modern-day researchers. Classes Without Quizzes is a halfday series of seminars for the public to learn about the latest research in agriculture, food, and the environment at the University. Blanchette is one of eight experts from the College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences (COAFES) tapped for the event. His session on "Plant Pathogens Around the World," which mentions Shackleton, follows horticulturist Mary Meyer's presentation on "Low Maintenance and Alternative Lawns;" economist Jean Kinsey's talk about "Food Safety, Obesity, and Health Care Costs;" and education specialist Sue Anderson's discussion on "Classroom Agriculture." This year's event will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Borlaug Hall on the Twin Cities campus in St. Paul. C. Ford Runge, coauthor of Ending Hunger in Our Lifetime, is keynote speaker for the event. He will share what is already known about fighting hunger and explain important new research findings that show how change can be made through sustainable environmental practices, scientific innovation, renewed institutions, and global investment. "Healthy foods, sustainable agriculture, and environmental preservation are all high priorities among researchers here at the University," says Robert Freemore, COAFES Alumni Society president. "This halfday seminar is a great opportunity to share the work and progress we're making in these areas." The cost, which includes lunch, is $20 ($10 for students and $15 for University of Minnesota Alumni Association members). To register or see the complete list of sessions, go to or call 612-625-4772.

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