Event: Minneapolis Branch American Association of University Women


9:30 – 10:30 AM.  Bioengineered Transplantable Organs to Solve the Organ Transplant Shortage.
Speaker: Jeff Ross, PhD, CEO, Miromatrix Medical Inc.
Miromatrix Medical was created with the idea of living in a
world without an organ transplant waiting list. They
produce extracellular matrix-based medical devices for soft
tissue reinforcement and advanced wound care. With
breakthrough scientific advances, Miromatrix is bringing
the promise of fully biologic livers and kidneys to the
people who need them.
10:45 – 11:45 AM.  Land Stewardship Project:  Soil Health, Landscape Change, and Social Justice.
Speaker: Robin Moore, Project Coordinator, Chippewa 10% Project
Moore will describe the Land Stewardship Project (LSP),
its mission, programs, and focus, as well as some of their
current projects. She will explain how soil health at the
core of her work in the Chippewa River Watershed is the
cornerstone for connecting profitability, conservation,
climate change, and farming. Communities are
understanding, framing, and supporting sustainable farming
techniques. Moore will talk about how racial justice and
gender equity are part of LSP’s work and how that
commitment is essential to the pursuit of sustainable
agriculture and communities.
11:45 – 12:15 Business Meeting:  Election of new officers
12:15 – 1:15 PM Luncheon – Reserve @ 651/220-4777.
1:15 – 2:15 PM Power of Imagination.
Speaker: Sheila O’Connor, Associate Professor and
Advisor, MFA Program, Hamline University
As a professor of creative writing, O’Connor shares her
skills by teaching and mentoring writers of all ages. An
award-winning writer of poetry, fiction and nonfiction for
children and adults, she often focuses on strong female
characters and historical details. What part does
imagination play in her writings and that of her students?