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WaYS Spotlight: Noela Altavera

By Caty DuDevoir The Wabanaki Youth in Science Program (WaYS) intertwines Indigenous cultural practices and knowledge with western science to help give Indigenous youth tools that can better help them understand environmental stewardship. WaYS offers an annual summer camp and opportunities for students to continue exploring their research interests with graduate students throughout the University […]

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Where are they now! Catching up with past Maine EPSCoR participants: Sonia Naderi 

By Stefania Irene Marthakis  In August of 2022, Sonia Naderi, who worked alongside Dr. Ali Abedi (Associate Vice President for Research and the Director of Center for Undergraduate Research), completed her Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maine, with a thesis on  Low Cost and Reliable Wireless Sensor Networks for Environmental […]

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INSPIRES High School Teacher Spotlight: Amy Sidell

By Stefania Irene Marthakis  This fall, Amy Sidell began her 7th year as a biology teacher at Hampden Academy in Maine—specifically four levels of Biology: remedial, college prep, honors, and AP. Sidell has also been the advisor for Envirothon for the past 11 years. Envirothon is a national high school competition that focuses on solving […]

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Maine-eDNA Introduces New EOD Project Manager

By Daniel Timmermann Education, outreach, and diversity is one of the central aspects of any NSF EPSCoR project. Maine EPSCoR recently brought on Beth Campbell as the office’s Education, Outreach, and Diversity Project Manager (EOD). Campbell explained, “As EOD, my job is to connect the research being done on the grant to schools and the […]

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INSPIRES Graduate Student Spotlight: Anupam Raj

By Stefania Irene Marthakis Anupam Raj is a third-year graduate student as well as a research assistant in the Master of Science in Teaching (MST) program through the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center) at the University of Maine (UMaine). Raj is advised by Michael Wittmann (Professor of Physics) as well as […]

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The eDNA CORE Lab and Building Maine’s Research Capacity

By Daniel Timmermann One of the most important parts of the Maine-eDNA 5-year, $20M NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1 grant, is the eDNA CORE Lab that has helped expand the state’s research capacity. The lab, managed by Geneva York, is part of the University of Maine’s (UMaine) Coordinated Operating Research Entities (CORE), led since 2020 by […]

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Maine-eDNA Announces New Open to Collaborate Notice

Maine-eDNA is excited to announce a new Open to Collaboration Notice. This Notice from Local Contexts indicates the NSF EPSCoR Track-1 Maine-eDNA grant’s commitment to the development of new modes of collaboration, engagement, and partnerships with Indigenous people for the care and stewardship of past and future heritage collections. While the addition of the Notice […]

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INSPIRES Postdoc Profile: Melissa Pastore

By Stefania Irene Marthakis Melissa Pastore, global change ecologist and second-year postdoctoral associate in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources and with the Gund Institute at the University of Vermont, leads a team of collaborators from Vermont as well as Maine and New Hampshire in studying the global meteorological process called cold air-pooling—specifically […]

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