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107 Norman Smith Hall

Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
207-581-3195 http://umaine.edu/mitchellcenter/

September 2020

Talk – What Can Walt Disney Teach Us About Sustainable Solutions?

September 14 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

We will offer both in-person and virtual options for participants at our fall talks. Registration and connection information will be posted shortly. Speaker: Susanne Lee, Faculty Fellow, Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, UMaine Walt Disney was one of the world’s great problem solvers. He oversaw the creation of some of the most sustainable entertainment solutions - beloved characters, music, films and theme parks - which have a timeless appeal across cultures and generations. The driving force behind Walt’s success was an optimism that…

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Talk – Safety nets and bootstraps: Mainers and food insecurity in the time of COVID-19

September 21 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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We will offer both in-person and virtual options for participants at our fall talks. Registration and connection information will be posted shortly. Speakers: Rachel Schattman, Assistant Professor, School of Food and Agriculture, UMaine Kate Yerxa, Extension Professor, Cooperative Extension and School of Food and Agriculture, UMaine Food insecurity, or the “lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life”, is a economic and social justice problem worldwide, including in Maine. This issue is the focus of many…

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October 2020

Talk – The Land-Sea Conjunction Junction…what’s the function? Connecting coastal places, people, and science

October 19 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

We will offer both in-person and virtual options for participants at our fall talks. Registration and connection information will be posted shortly. For those who aren't familiar with the word play, check out the original Schoolhouse Rock: Grammar - Conjunction Junction Music Video Speakers: Lauren Ross, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Sean Smith, Associate Professor, Earth & Climate Sciences and Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions

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November 2020

Talk – Stories from the Sea: Fishing Communities Revealed

November 2 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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All our fall talks will be available via Zoom. Connection information will be posted closer to the event. Speaker: Natalie Springuel, University of Maine Sea Grant Scattered among Maine’s coastal communities, in historical societies, museums, libraries, community radio stations and schools, the voices of Maine’s fishing community members have been recorded for posterity. These voices can illustrate the past and help us plan for the future. With ecological shifts happening today as a result of climate change and other drivers,…

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Talk – Maine Can Lead in Fair Planning for Addressing Climate Change: Steps in an Equity Assessment

November 9 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

We will offer both in-person and virtual options for participants at our fall talks. Registration and connection information will be posted shortly. Speakers: Linda Silka, Senior Faculty Fellow, Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions Sara Kelemen, Graduate Student, Plant, Soil and Environmental Science

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Talk – Biomimicry: Greenwashing or Sustainable Technology?

November 16 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

We will offer both in-person and virtual options for participants at our fall talks. Registration and connection information will be posted shortly. Speaker: Don Beith, Assistant Professor of Environmental Philosophy, UMaine Biomimicry is both a method and philosophy of technological design, based on modeling innovations from the natural world. Advocates claim that by modeling nature we can find more sustainable solutions. Critics argue that we should not conceive of technology as natural since it is inherently artificial, and because biomimicry…

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Talk – Sustainable Water Treatment – Moving from Victorian Era Technology to Nanotechnology

November 30 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center - UMaine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

All our fall talks will be available via Zoom. Connection information will be posted closer to the event. Speaker: Onur G. Apul, Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, UMaine Water and wastewater treatment practices provide vital environmental protection and public health safety benefits. Since the Victorian era, we have relied on the same basic operations and processes to treat drinking water and wastewater. In this presentation, Onur will focus on how nanotechnology can be integrated into existing water treatment systems.…

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