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02/17/2010 - Minutes

Hey SOPE!

Tonight's [controversial] intro question was about favorite places in the sunshine on campus. You'd think this question would be easy to answer, but it started some pretty heated debate.

Enviro-news: Obama approved money to build the first nuclear power plant in the US since we last built one 3 decades ago.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/17/business/energy-environment/17nukes.html)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

1)

This Friday at 3:45 p.m. in Leighton 304, Valerie Cervenka will talk about her work as a Forensic Entomologist and her involvement with the Minnesota DNR Forest Health Program. She will talk about her work and experiences as a forensic entomologist -how she looks at the insects in dead organisms to assist with crime scene analysis and death investigations. Her experiences will shed light on the relatively unknown and fascinating field of forensic entomology while also providing insight to the important role of decomposers in ecosystems. Cervenka will also talk about her work as an entomologist with the State of Minnesota Forest Health Program - currently focused on the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle. This beetle currently threatens forests all over the state, including the ones in the Arb. Currently Cervenka researches means of combating this beetle and its effects.

2) SOPE GREEN WARS WEEK BEGINS NEXT WEEK!!!
   2a) Monday, Feb. 22: Come watch the classic movie "Fern Gully" in Boliou 104 from 9:30 - 11 p.m.
   2b) Tuesday,

Feb. 23

: Don't study in your room (and waste energy!) Come to SOPE study night in 1st Cassat lounge from 7 - 9 p.m. Bring snacks if you can OR join Alex in the first Cassat kitchen at 3:30 p.m. to help her bake some tasty treats!
   2c) We will be tabling next week...stay tuned for an email update about the tabling schedule! If you weren't at the meeting and are free to table during lunch sometime next week, email nachmanl! Thanks!

3) Elect next year's SOPE co-presidents! Send your nominations for president to TESS (dornfelt) until Feb. 28! Elections will take place at the 9th week SOPE meeting.

Thanks to everyone who came

tonight

! See you all next week at BOTH Green Wars events AND next week's meeting (Sayles 251, 9 p.m. as always!)