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Event Notices From January 16

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UM Sets Town Hall On Curing Climate Confusion: When the scientific experts have concluded that we are changing our climate, why do many U.S. citizens remain confused or skeptical? And what can communications experts and social scientists teach us about how to help bridge the gap between science and public understanding? These questions will be discussed with leaders from politics, business, religion and science, and explore what we can do to find common ground. The event will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 at the UM Ross School of Business’ Blau Auditorium, 701 Tappan St., Ann Arbor. No registration required. The town hall will be live-streamed at: http://erb.umich.edu/blog/2012/01/04/town-hall-cures-for-climate-confusion-live-stream/. The event is hosted by the UM Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise and the Union of Concerned Scientists, and cosponsored by the UM Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences; Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute; Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute; Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center; and the School of Natural Resources and Environment. Conference details are at http://erb.umich.edu/blog/2011/11/17/climate-risks-and-choices-full/

New Enterprise Forum to meet
Thursday, Jan. 19: Ann Arbor New Enterprise Forum, “Browser or Buyer? Know Your Customer,” information on differentiating  casual browsing from genuine business opportunity, with showcase presenter  Varsity News Network, which supplants local high school media coverage with Web sites populated by user-generated, high school sports content, 5 p.m. networking, 5:45 p.m. program, Holiday Inn North Campus, 3600 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor. It’s free to NEF members, $20 for non-members, $5 for students. For more info, visit www.NewEnterpriseForum.org.

UM Economist George Fulton To Discuss Michigan Economy: In “Forecasting Michigan’s Economic Future,” University of Michigan economist George Fulton will discuss what’s in store for the state economy and address job creation in Michigan at this month’s UM Wolverine Caucus Forum. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 at the Christman/MML Building, 208 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing.

Ann Arbor Spark Sets ‘Small & Smart’ Seminar Series: Ann Arbor Spark will host another meeting in its “Small & Smart” series, which helps small companies and startups with effective integrated sales and marketing strategies, Wednesday, Jan. 18 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Spark East, 215 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. For more information, visit www.annarborusa.org/events/details?e=11326.

Ann Arbor Spark Offers ‘Starting Your Own Business’: Ann Arbor Spark will host a forum on starting your own business Friday, Jan. 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Spark East, 215 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. At this forum you will learn about personality traits that impact entrepreneurialism, creating a marketing plan for your business, legal, accounting, and risk considerations, product development, business plans and financing options. You will have an opportunity to get advice from a variety of business experts and organizations that are available to support new ventures.  The cost is $25. For more information, More at http://www.annarborusa.org/events/details?e=11256.

Ann Arbor Spark Offers ‘Hot Shots': Ann Arbor Spark will sponsor another in its “Hot Shots: Career Connections” series Tuesday, Jan. 24 at Sava’s Restaurant, 216 S. State St., Ann Arbor from 5 to 7 p.m. Bring your resume, and come and mingle with growing, innovative companies in a fun and relaxed environment. More at http://www.annarborusa.org/events/details?e=11233.

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