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SSI Researchers Co-Author Article on Community Engagement

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

 coauthoriconSSI researchers Linda Silka, Laura Lindenfeld, Karen Hutchins and others have authored a journal article, “Moving Beyond the Single Discipline: Building a Scholarship of Engagement that Permeates Higher Education (pdf)“, for the Tamara Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry. The article uses the example of the Sustainability Solutions Initiative to explore the challenges and opportunities associated with engaged scholarship designed to address community problems. See more…

Maine Water & Sustainability Conference – Call for Abstracts Deadline

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

The deadline for submission of oral abstracts is Friday, January 10, 2014. The deadline for poster abstracts is Friday, March 7, 2014.  Additional information on submitting oral and poster abstracts is available on the conference  web page along with a list of potential sessions.

The 2014 Maine Water Conference will be expanded to include mwcabstractsiconseveral sessions focused on sustainability issues in Maine. This expanded conference will take place on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at the Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, ME. Keynote speakers are Robert Kates, Presidential Professor of Sustainability Science at the University of Maine, and Mark Borsuk, Associate Professor of Engineering at Dartmouth College.

SSI Seminar with Kohl Kanwit – December 3, 2013

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Clean Clams: Assessing Human Impacts and Protecting Public Health

Kohl Kanwit
Director, Bureau of Public Health, Maine Department of Marine Resources
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
1:30pm-2:30pm, 107 Norman Smith Hall

kohlkanwiticonKohl Kanwit received her Bachelors degree from McGill University and her MS from the University of Maine. She has worked with the Department of Marine Resources for 14 years, primarily on fisheries research and management. She was hired two years ago as the Director of the Bureau of Public Health and now oversees the Department’s shellfish sanitation and management programs.

SSI Seminar with Frank Drummond – November 19, 2013

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Two Years in… or Even Cowgirls Get the Blues… or the Unhappy Tea Party… or a Glimpse at a Multidisciplinary, Multi-state Pollination Project

Frank Drummond
School of Biology & Ecology, University of Maine
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
1:30 – 2:30pm, 107 Norman Smith Hall

drummondiconIn this seminar, Drummond will discuss his work on a multi-disciplinary, five-year research project on the role of native pollinators in the wild blueberry agroecosystem. This project is part of a larger pollination project involving the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, Cornell University, University of Massachusetts, and the University of Tennessee. Pollination ecology, bee disease ecology, landscape ecology, botany, economics, anthropology, pesticide chemistry, and insect pest management are topics included in the research being conducted by the UMaine team. Pollination is the most important ecological process in production of fruits and nuts. The ecosystem service of crop pollination that the native bee community performs is a natural resource and one that some farmers protect and enhance through conservation practices. This seminar will discuss what cultural, sociological, economic, and ecological aspects of agroecosystems in Maine affect the perspectives of native bees and the actions growers may take.

Sponsored by the Senator George J. Mitchell Center, Sustainability Solutions Initiative

SSI Seminar with Mark Lapping – November 15, 2013

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Can Food Become an Economic Driver for the Maine Economy?

Mark Lapping
Distinguished Professor, Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service, USM
Friday, November 15, 2013
3:15 – 4:15pm, 107 Norman Smith Hall

potatoiconA number of recent studies done across the nation suggest that enhancing local food production can be an important contributor to economic development. The Maine food system, which includes both agriculture and the fisheries, has long been part of Maine’s traditional economic fabric. But do increased food production, enhanced processing capacity and alternative distribution systems hold any potential for Maine as economic drivers of a new economy? This proposition will be examined in light of the work of the Maine Food Strategy.

Sponsored by the Senator George J. Mitchell Center, Sustainability Solutions Initiative, and UMaine School of Economics

Presque Isle Students Win Award for Poster Featuring SSI Grass Biomass Project

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Three Presque Isle high school students, junior Angela Wang and sophomores Sedona Lucas and Zach Rice, have assisted with research on the University of Maine at Presque Isle’s SSI project “Assessing the Feasibility and Sustainability of Grass Biomass Production in Aroostook County.”  The students became involved in the project as part of UMPI’s Central Aroostook Math and Science Partnership (CAMSP), learning GIS mapping, identifying grasslands, and conducting interviews in the community. Their poster featuring this work was awarded first place in the high school category at the 6th Annual GIS Educators in Maine & MEGUG (Maine GIS Users Group) 2013 Fall Conference. See more…

Sustainability Students Collaborate to Work on STARS Rating for UMaine

Friday, November 8th, 2013

SSI researcher Tim Waring’s undergraduate Sustainable Development class is working with the UMaine Sustainability Coordinator to help assemble data needed to complete a submission to the Sustainability Tracking and Rating System (STARS), a project of the American Association of Sustainability in Higher Education. Many leading “green” campuses are already rated by STARS. This ongoing collaboration, supported by UMaine’s President Ferguson, has led to a process of steady improvements towards sustainability for the UMaine campus. Waring hopes the campus will be able to submit its first report this year as a result of these efforts.

Students from UNE Saco River Estuary Project Host Workshop

Friday, November 8th, 2013

University of New England student working on SSI’s “Sustaining Quality of Place in the Saco River Estuary” project shared their research experiences in a Campus Compact Field Trip on October 25, 2013. The workshop featured students discussing their work on the Saco River, including such topics as stakeholder involvement, water quality, invasive species and fish sampling. The workshop was attended by people from Maine and New Hampshire universities, nonprofits and high schools. See more…

SSI Researcher Gayle Zydlewski Leads UMaine Team on U.S. Dept. of Energy Funded Project

Friday, November 8th, 2013

The University of Maine is sharing in a $16 million dollar award from the U.S. Dept. of Energy which will be used to fund projects aimed at studying tidal energy potential. The $494,000 UMaine project, led by SSI researcher and associate professor of marine sciences Gayle Zydlewski, will use data from research initiated by SSI’s “Renewable Energy from the Tides” project, to predict the probability of fish interactions with energy devices such as Ocean Renewable Power Company’s TidGen Power System in Cobscook Bay. The project is expected to aid in the understanding of the effects of deployed marine energy devices on local fish populations.

SSI Researcher Gayle Zydlewski Leads UMaine Team on U.S. Dept. of Energy Funded Project

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

The University of Maine is sharing in a $16 million dollar award from the U.S. Dept. of Energy which will be used to fund projects aimed at studying tidal energy potential. The $494,000 UMaine project, led by SSI researcher and associate professor of marine sciences Gayle Zydlewski, will use data from research initiated by SSI’s “Renewable Energy from the Tides” project, to predict the probability of fish interactions with energy devices such as Ocean Renewable Power Company’s TidGen Power System in Cobscook Bay. The project is expected to aid in the understanding of the effects of deployed marine energy devices on local fish populations.