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- Aquaculture and Marine Sciences
Calculating the amount of chlorophyll in the Gulf of Maine is the focus of research by UMaine doctoral candidate Michael Sauer.
Since 1987, UMaine biochemistry professor Mary Rumpho-Kennedy has been studying Elysia chlorotica—a tiny “solar-powered” sea slug found in saltwater marshes along the East Coast. Her recent research offers insight into the potential for evolution of photosynthesis in an animal through symbiosis and gene transfer.
- Composite & Advanced Materials Technologies
Created by researchers at the UMaine’s AEWC Advanced Structures & Composites Center, the “Bridge in a Backpack” is going commercial. An investment team coordinated by Brit E. Svoboda has formed a new Maine company, Advanced Infrastructure Technologies (AIT), located at UMaine’s Target Technology Incubator.
- Environmental Technologies
With a $20 million grant, Maine is positioned to become a leader in addressing sustainability challenges. The five-year grant from the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research will be coupled with a $1 million match each year from the Maine Economic Improvement Fund.
- Information Technologies
A renovation project designed to create a new culture of innovation and creativity for the state soon will be under way at the UMaine. The Maine Technology Institute has awarded the campus $3.69 million to turn Stewart Commons into the New Media Innovation, Research, and Development Center at UMaine, which will support expanded innovation and development in new media for the entire state.
- Advanced Technologies for Forestry and Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Energy awarded more than $712,000 to UMaine chemical and biological engineering professors Peter van Walsum and Clay Wheeler for a three-year project to create a high-quality transportation fuel from renewable biomass resources.
- Precision Manufacturing
UMaine scientists have developed a new way of looking at the molecular organization of cells by creating a microscope system they call FPALM (Fluorescence Photoactivation Localization Microscopy).