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Schattman featured in BDN discussion on addressing PFAS challenges

Rachel Schattman, assistant professor of sustainable agriculture and Mitchell Center Faculty Fellow, was one of three people studying “forever chemicals” and removing the toxic compounds from the environment who discussed what they want to see happen next to address contamination, at a forum on Tuesday, November 15 organized by the Bangor Daily News and Maine […]

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Klein featured in EcoWatch guide to solar panels for homes

Sharon Klein, associate professor at the UMaine School of Economics and Mitchell Center Faculty Fellow, was featured as an expert on solar panel efficiency in EcoWatch’s 2022 guide to the 10 best solar panels for homes. Klein explained that crystalline solar panels are generally more efficient than thin film, and cloudy weather, shade and temperature […]

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2022 Mitchell Center Intern receives GIS award

2022 Mitchell Center Intern Austin Simmons received the undergraduate student poster award at the Maine GIS User Group Fall Conference which took place at the Hutchinson Center is Belfast, ME on Friday, October 28. Simmons is an undergraduate student at the University of Maine’s regional campus in Machias (UMM) studying with professor Tora Johnson. During […]

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Jean MacRae discusses PFAS at 10/25/22 BDN webinar

Mitchell Center faculty fellow Jean MacRae was a panelist of a recent Bangor Daily News webinar on what we know about PFAS and why it matters. The webinar included discussions about what are PFAS, and how are they impacting water, agriculture, and human health in Maine – and across the nation? The webinar was co-moderated […]

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Klein and Fox find inconsistencies in studies evaluating small hydropower projects

Hydropower can move beyond enormous, Earth-altering infrastructure. Despite a growing trend of dam removals to preserve and restore ecology and indigenous ways of life, small hydropower projects have the potential to contribute more to a renewable energy future because they can be reliable, flexible and cost-effective, according to a review from the University of Maine. […]

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Damian Brady Leads Grant to Support Sustainable Kelp Aquaculture

The University of Maine Darling Marine Center (DMC) is launching a project to enhance the sustainability of kelp aquaculture. With support from the William Procter Scientific Innovation Fund, the two-year research and commercialization project will leverage the UMaine Aquaculture Experimental Station sea farm adjacent to DMC. “Farmers need farm designs that make efficient use of […]

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Rachel Schattman helps pilot affordable well design for farms

New England’s droughts in 2016, 2020 and 2022 offer a preview of farming amid a changing climate. This has caused farmers who rely on rainfall to seek more reliable water sources. Rachel Schattman, assistant professor of sustainable agriculture at the University of Maine, is leading the study of a novel shallow well design that is […]

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Sam Roy participates on Maine Calling Hurricane Preparedness Program

Sam Roy, Mitchell Center faculty fellow and Natural Hazards Planner for Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), participated on a Maine Public panel, “The history and risk of hurricanes in Maine, and what to do to prepare.” The program, which aired on October 12, is now available for listening from Maine Public’s website. The devastation caused […]

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