Minnesota medical pot?

The University of Minnesota Duluth’s Center for Ethics and Public Policy is sponsoring a sites.google.com/a/d.umn.edu/cepp panel discussion regarding the possibility of legalizing medical marijuana in the state.

The panel, which takes place Nov. 11 from 6-8 p.m. in UMD’s Bohannon Hall, Room 90, will feature Rep. Carly Melin, DFL, representing District 6A. Melin introduced HF 1818, a bill to allow people with serious illness access to, and use of, medical marijuana upon a doctor’s recommendation.

The panel also will include Heather Azzi, political director for Minnesotans for Compassionate Care; Rep. Bob Barrett, a Republican representing District 32B; and Cody Wiberg, Pharm.D, who is the executive director of the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy.

First aid for the mind

UMD Continuing Education will bring youth mental health first aid certification training to UWS on Nov. 9 at the Marcovich Wellness Center, Room 2440, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mental health first aid is a public education program that assists with classifying and reacting to signs of mental illness. The training is for amateur responders. No prior experience with mental health care is necessary.

Individuals age 16 and older are welcome to participate. The cost is $135 per person, which includes light refreshments but does not include lunch.

For more information or to register online, go to regonline.com/mentalhealthfirstaid2013.

UMD brown bag series renamed

The International Brown Bag Series begun at the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1987 now has a new name.

From now on, the series will be known as the Martha B. Alworth International Brown Bag Series, in honor of the woman who contributed her passion for travel and social justice to the series.

Alworth attended her last brown bag in November, a presentation on Scottish
nationalism. She died shortly after the presentation.

“Martha Alworth was an avid participant in the brown bag series for many years, and renaming the series in honor of her is a lovely, meaningful gesture on the part of the Institute,” said UMD dean Sue Maher.

The Royal D. Alworth Jr. Institute for International Studies was established in 1987 by the Alworth family to commemorate the life and interests of Royal. The institute aims to engage students, staff and the public in discussions for educational, social and democratic purposes on a wide range of international issues as they relate to lives back at home.

UMD wants to be involved with you

The University of Minnesota Duluth hosts a community involvement fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the Kirby Ballroom on campus.

It features more than 40 organizations that partner with UMD and offer volunteer and community-based learning opportunities within Duluth. Areas include education, environmental sustainability, health care, animal welfare, youth, social justice and the arts. The fair is sponsored by UMD’s Office of Civic Engagement.

Go hear a Nobel Prize winner at UMD

Your chances in life to hear a Nobel Prize winner speak in person most likely are limited.

The Eh? Desk suggests you take advantage of listening to UMD alumnus Brian Kobilka on Friday at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Kobilka, who along with Robert Lefkowitz won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, speaks at 3:15 p.m. Friday in the Chemistry Building, Room 200. Enter through the Darland Administration building and follow the signs.

Kobilka won the prize for his studies on how cells in our bodies sense their environments — studies that are important for developing better drugs.

The lecture, “Structural insights into G protein coupled receptor signaling,” is followed by a 4:30 p.m. reception in the Swenson Science Building atrium.

Holocaust hero honored at UMD

The work of an award-winning American journalist and author will be honored by the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Baeumler-Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration this year.
Sheila Isenberg, also an adjunct faculty member at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., presents “Mission Impossible: Varian Fry in Marseille” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Temple Israel, 1600 E. Second St.

Varian Fry was a well-educated antifascist who arrived in Marseille in the fall of 1940, wanting to assist Europe’s intellectual elite. His efforts resulted in the rescue of more than 1,500 artists, writers and philosophers including Marc Chagall, Hannah Arendt and sculptor Jacques Lipchitz, whose work “Sieur du Lhut” (Sir Du Luth) presides over UMD’s Ordean Court. The book the talk is based on, “A Hero of our Own: The Story of Varian Fry,” was released in 2001.

Isenberg’s 2011 book, ”Muriel’s War” also deals with a Holocaust-era story. The Baeumler-Kaplan event was postponed twice last spring because of weather.

Military families wanted for study

The University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development is looking for military families to participate in a study.

The Adapt program aims to learn from military parents on how to best support National Guard, Reserve and active-duty families through the deployment cycle. Participants can earn between $385 and $595 through the course of the study and will be asked to take part in four sets of interviews and surveys over a two-year period.

You qualify if you have at least one child ages 5 to 12 and at least one parent in the household has been deployed since 2001. Call (612) 624-4830 for more information.

Your Sister (City) is in town

A delegation from our sister city of Thunder Bay, Ontario, is visiting Duluth this weekend for the Tall Ships Duluth festival.

Duluth Sister Cities said in a news release that the 10-member delegation, led by Mayor Keith Hobbs, also will visit the Tweed Museum of Art at the University of Minnesota Duluth and meet with the Duluth Seaway Port Authority.

Delegates and Duluth representatives will sign a protocol agreement renewing sister city ties at 3 p.m. today behind the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.

The news release noted that Thunder Bay is Duluth’s oldest and closest sister city, with the relationship dating to 1980.

Take a tour

Take a peek at a bunch of stuff that isn’t yours at a place that isn’t yours. The University of Minnesota Duluth is offering public tours of the Natural Resources Research Institute on Thursday and Friday.

The hourlong tour begins at 2 p.m. each day and focuses on research projects pertaining to the area’s natural-resource-based economy.

NRRI is next to the big, white weather ball, 5013 Miller Trunk Highway. Take Cirrus Drive to get there. Contact June Kallestad at (218) 720-4300 for more information.

Stuff that truck

How about trading some summer threads for a KUMD-FM 103.3 Session CD? The public radio station and the University of Minnesota Duluth are hosting a “Stuff the Truck” event from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the KUMD office, 130 Humanities (next to Weber Music Hall).

They’re looking for new or slightly worn summer clothing for all sizes and ages — especially kids clothes — and cash to benefit the Damiano Center. The first 500 cash donations of $10 or more get a CD.

The first 25 people to donate 10 or more items receive a ticket to Twin Ports Bridge Festival. The truck also will be located at the main gate of the festival July 6 at Bayfront Festival Park.