CRI offers pair of courses in September

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sept. 9, 2009) — The Bemidji State University Center for Reseach and Innovation has announced a pair of offerings for September, 2009, including a Northern Minnesota Safety Council course on working with electrical hazards and a Natural Resources Consortium lecture on forest adaptation to invasive pests.

Northern Minnesota Safety Council, “Exposed Energized Electrical Hazard Training”
Qualified personnel who are exposed to electrical hazards of 50 volts or more as part of their job responsibilies are required to undergo training on working in safe electrical conditions. This course will include topics such as identification of electrical hazards, lockout/tagout procedures, how to determine and evaluate incident energy and boundary distances and the proper use of personal protective equipment.

This course is targeted at the electrician, technician or maintenance employee who may be asked to work exposed to electrical conductors or circuit parts that have not been put into an electrical safe work condition.

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Center for Research and Innovation; 3801 Bemidji Ave. N, Ste. 4
Instructor: Steve Veitor, Riverland Community College
Cost: $25, includes lunch

Natural Resources Consortium, “Can Our Forests Adapt to Invasive Pests?”
Carrie Pike, a research fellow with the University of Minnesota Forestry Center, will discuss the successes and failures of breeding programs intended to develop trees with a resistance to invasive insects and diseases. She will also discuss factors that influence resistance and invasiveness in an ecosystem. She will highlight Minnesota’s breeding program for improving the resistance of the white pine to blister rust disease and will explore how to make informed decisions about damage control when invasive species make their way into the state’s larger wood supply.

Date: Monday, Sept. 21, 2009
Time: 3-4 p.m.
Location: Center for Research and Innovation; 3801 Bemidji Ave. N, Ste. 4
Lecturer: Carrie Pike, research fellow, Minnesota Tree Improvement Cooperative, University of Minnesota Forestry Center
Cost: Free

Individuals who wish to be added to the center’s mailing list or have questions regarding the course should contact the Bemidji State University Center for Research and Innovation at (218) 755-4900; toll free, (888) 738-3224; or via e-mail,

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