Service and Outreach

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Maginnis has applied her expertise as a Virologist to provide service and outreach to our University, local, and state-wide communities through educational presentations to the public through webinars and Town Halls, local and national news outlets and interviews, and through meetings with community and state leaders. Dr. Maginnis has served as the Lead Scientist of the University of Maine System (UMS) COVID-19 Science Advisory Board (SAB) to provide science-based updates and approaches to ensure the safety of students, faculty, staff and the public as it relates to our university operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Related Television/radio/newspaper/podcast interviews:

National and regional news interviews and television appearances:
Appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Yahoo news on Maginnis’s Kimmel appearance

Maginnis on Delta surge in the Boston Globe

Digital Trends interview on COVID treatments

Yahoo news on COVID treatments

Local TV news interviews and mentions:
Maginnis explaining COVID naming on FoxBangor COVID naming


Maginnis and Townsend on Bangor Public Health COVID-19 Education Initiatives

Maginnis explaining scientific reasoning on local sports protocols

Maginnis quoted on UMS testing plans

Local newspaper stories:

Maginnis on teaching kids about COVID-19

Maginnis speaking on Maine’s approach to COVID-19 safety

Maginnis quoted on UMS testing plans 2nd round

Research collaboration to study spread of coronavirus droplets

Podcast Presenter:

COVID-19 Related UMS Service:

  • University of Maine System, Science Advisory Board (SAB), Lead Scientist
  • Provided regular briefings for the UMS Leadership: Chancellor and UMaine President throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to provide science-based guidance for public safety practices
  • Met regularly with the UMS Safe Planning Team
  • Led and represented the SAB in meetings and presentations with: UMS President’s Council, UMS Chancellor, State Legislature, UMS Board of Trustees, UM and UMaine at Machias Town Halls, Associated Faculties of the Universities of Maine (AFUM), Faculty Senate, UMaine Emergency Operations Committee, UMaine Facilities Management, Dining Services, Residential Life, Student Life, University Research Committees, Unit Leaders/Deans, and other groups
  • Wrote the script and worked with UMaine Marketing and Communications to develop a video with UMaine mascot Bananas to educate students, faculty, and staff about COVID-19 safety practices
  • Led COVID-19 Vaccine Education Planning – planned/hosted an educational webinar, initiated system-wide survey, and organized educators across UMS to inform vaccine education and outreach

COVID-Related Seminars and Speaking Engagements Open to the Public:

  • Panelist, BioME Webinar: The Science of COVID-19, May 2020
  • Invited Speaker, The Science Behind COVID-19, University of Maine Student Symposium 2020 (UMSS20), October 2020
  • Invited Panelist, with President Joan Ferrini-Mundy and UMS Chancellor Dannel Malloy, to present in COVID-19 Testing Strategies at Colleges and Universities Webinar, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, October 2020
  • Presenter, 2021 Maine Science Festival, COVID-19 and Maine: The Science Story of Our Times: Forum: Overview of COVID-19 Virus and podcast

COVID-19 Outreach and Professional Service to the Community:

  • Presentation to the State Legislature
  • Presentation to the State Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee
  • Met with ME CDC officials and other state representatives during COVID-19 pandemic to discuss testing and surveillance
  • Co-led, UMaine COVID-19 Science and Medicine Task Force to communicate COVID-19 updates to Bangor Public Health
  • Planned and co-hosted, vaccination educational webinar, offered by the UMaine Institute of Medicine and UMaine’s Innovative Media Research and Commercialization Center, and Northern Light Health
  • Panelist, COVID-19: Vaccine Hesitancy: Myths, Misinformation and What We Know Now, Northern Light Health, Business to Business Zoom Conference Series
  • Provided outreach to local K-12 schools in Bangor regarding COVID-safe practices
  • Town Hall Panelist on COVID-19 Testing and Public Health Measures, The University of Maine and University of Maine at Machias, open to public in local communities
  • Town Hall Panelist on COVID-19 Testing and Public Health Measures with local communities of Orono, Old Town, Veazie, and Penobscot Nation
  • BioME Virtual Coffee Hour, Presenter and panelist, Bioscience Association of Maine
  • Presented at Fogler Library Staff Professional Development Day, The University of Maine, Orono, ME
  • Presented, Perspectives on COVID-19, Sit & Sip Virtual Workshop, Health Professions Club, The University of Maine, Orono, ME
  • Co-Presenter, Expanding Your Horizons Conference, virtual conference for 7th and 8th grade girls interested in careers in STEM, Cooperative Extension, The University of Maine, Orono, ME