carries UMaine release on ice-out study by Beyene, Jain carried a University of Maine news release about a study on predicting spring ice-out dates in lakes across Maine and the rest of North America, led by Mussie T. Beyene, a doctoral student in civil and environmental engineering at UMaine, and Shaleen Jain, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at UMaine. Using data on warming and cooling of tropical Pacific sea surface waters in the fall and winter, and accumulated freezing and melting days, can help predict ice-out dates, according to the release. Predicting the timing of ice out on a lake can inform a variety of issues from lake ecosystem and water quality studies to community events, the release states. Ramesh Gupta, the Trustee Professor of mathematics and statistics at UMaine, also collaborated on the study.