New England SusTainability Consortium (NEST)
A team of researchers led by the University of Maine (UMaine) and the University of New Hampshire (UNH) will conduct a three-year study of the many factors affecting the health of their shared coastal ecosystem. This collaboration, funded by a $6 million award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), aims to strengthen the scientific basis for decision-making related to the management of recreational beaches and shellfish harvesting. This research is a direct outgrowth of Maine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative (SSI), supported by the NSF EPSCoR program. David Hart, Laura Lindenfeld and Kathleen Bell are Co-PIs on the project.
Of Pools and People: Small Natural Features with Large Ecosystem Functions in Urbanizing Landscapes
Researchers from SSI’s Protecting Natural Resources at the Community Scale (Vernal Pool) team have been awarded a grant from the NSF Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) program for their project, “Of Pools and People: Small Natural Features with Large Ecosystem Functions in Urbanizing Landscape.” This 4-year project was funded for $1.49M and is scheduled to begin September 1, 2013. The project will explore the biophysical and socioeconomic components of vernal pool ecology and management.
PI: Aram Calhoun; Co-PIs: Mac Hunter, Kathleen Bell, Cyndy Loftin
Caroline Noblet and Sharon Klein have both done some research in renewable energy, and specifically wind energy. On May 31st, they attended the launch of Volturnus, the first offshore wind turbine in North America. Below are pictures from the event.
You can read more about the launch from the following links:
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On Thursday April 4 Deputy Assistant Secretary of the US Department of Commerce, Matt Erskine, and Maine Congressman Michael Michaud, visited the University of Maine to learn about the economic development/business support program “Knowledge Transfer Alliance” (KTA). The meeting was attended by the Knowledge Transfer Alliance University of Maine leaders – KTA Director Hugh Stevens, George Criner, Director of the School of Economics, and John Mahon, Professor in the Maine Business School.
In addition to the School of Economics and the Maine Business School, participating UMaine Knowledge Transfer Alliance partners include the Advance Manufacturing Center and Cooperative Extension. As part of the visit, Congressman Michaud and Deputy Assistant Secretary Erskine hosted a Department of Commerce Business Round Table, attended by several Knowledge Transfer Alliance business clients as well as participating graduate students. Various topics were included including the benefits of working with the University as a solution to commercial and manufacturing issues.
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The School of Economics (SOE) held an organizational alumni reception in Washington DC on March 26th. Attending (left to right) included Danielle Jones, Office of Management and Budget; Sarah Marrinan, US EPA National Center for Environmental Economics; Adam Stern, US Dept of Interior; George Criner, Director UMaine School of Economics; George Pullen, Commodity Futures Trading Commission; Hugh Stevens, Special Projects UMaine School of Economics.
The March 26th meeting was the first of semiannual School of Economics alumni meetings to be held in the Washington DC area. The next meeting is on or near the national meetings of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association meetings between August 3 and August 7, 2013. For more information on the next meeting please contact local SOE Alumni Coordinator for this event will be Danielle Jones (office 202.395.1741; cell phone is 240.997.5694; firstname.lastname@example.org)
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UMaine School of Economics students shine at Produce Marketing Association Career Pathways Program, April 2 and 3, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.
School of Economics undergraduate economic students, Sydney Andrei, Justin Conant, Elyse Doyle, and Vincent Migliore, participated in the annual Career Pathways Program which coincided with the New England Produce and Floral Expo. The Career Pathway Program is an effort to attract the best students to begin a career in the fresh produce industry. In addition to industry tour and panel discussions, students receive one-on-one mentoring with leaders from the produce industry. The School of Economics is proud of the four students for their enthusiasm and performance at the program.
2013 School of Economics Participants of the Career Pathway Program
2013 Career Pathway Participants
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School of Economics Associate Professor Hsiang-tai Cheng visits the School of Economics and Management, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, China, to sign cooperation document.
A memorandum of understanding on cooperation between the University of the Maine and the Zhejiang Sci-Tech University was signed by University of Maine Vice President for Enrollment, Jimmy Jung (seated on left), and ZSTU President Songliang Qiu (seated on right) on March 7 at ZSTU in Zhejiang, China.
The cooperation will promote primarily activities in exchange of students between ZSTU’s School of Economics and Management and UMaine’s School of Economics. A “three plus one” program is being developed in which exchange students from ZSTU will spend their senior year at UMaine with an option to continue to pursue a Master’s degree in Economics at UMaine.
In addition to the student exchanges, the School of Economics is considering the development of an Economics course on China, as well as a possible China travel course.
University of Maine Director of International Program, C.K. Kwai was present (taking the photo!).
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