Earth, Life, and Health Sciences

UMaine students compete in North American Dairy Competition

Four students from the University of Maine Animal and Veterinary Sciences Program competed in the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge held from April 4-6 in Visalia, California. They joined 212 students from 37 colleges and universities from across the U.S. and Canada.  Students visited one of the three hosting dairy farms in California. The Dairy […]

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Islander features UMaine graduate students named Acadia Science Fellows

The Mount Desert Islander featured the 2024 Acadia Science Fellows, who are both graduate students at the University of Maine. Peter Howe is pursuing his degree through the UMaine School of Forest Resources and Marisa Monroa is a research assistant in the UMaine Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Conservation Biology. The fellowships support research to […]

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A portrait of Michael Delorge

Michael Delorge: UMaine 2024 Co-Valedictorian

Michael Delorge of Biddeford, Maine, is a 2024 valedictorian. Pursuing dual degrees in political science and biology, Delorge crafted coursework focused on public health policy with the goal of generating skills to improve medical care. Originally a pre-med student, he altered his studies to meet his interests and spent class time integrating topics such as […]

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Katelyn Amero: UMaine 2024 Salutatorian

Katelyn Amero of Mapleton, Maine, is the 2024 salutatorian. She is an Honors College student double-majoring in biochemistry and microbiology. A young girl’s curiosity to identify the animals in her backyard bloomed into Amero’s determination to find and analyze new facets of science and biology. She works steadily in the laboratory and showcases genuine interest […]

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New York Times interviews Birkel about rising ocean temperatures

The New York Times interviewed Sean Birkel, Maine state climatologist and assistant professor at the University of Maine Climate Change Institute, ocean warming fueled by record-breaking temperatures. Birkel, who manages the Climate Change Institute’s Climate Reanalyzer, said he believes the warming effect of the eruption of an underwater volcano in 2022 has been larger than […]

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Culinary exchange between Maine and France will support Maine scallops

A group of chefs, seafood professionals, writers, economic development specialists and educators will travel to France from April 14-22 to explore French techniques for handling and preparing scallops in support of the scallop farming and commercial fishing sectors in Maine.   The project is made possible by a grant from the NOAA National Sea Grant Office […]

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ScienceNews features interview with Ortega-Jiménez on pollination

An interview with University of Maine assistant professor of integrative avian biology Victor Ortega-Jiménez was featured in an article from ScienceNews about the effect of flowering plants on bees’ electrical signals. Ortega-Jiménez said that if bees’ flapping wings trigger even a small voltage difference in plants, it could be “an interesting demonstration of communication.”

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Day of field work for UMaine eclipse projects highlighted by media

Maine Public and WABI detailed the efforts of the University of Maine High Altitude Ballooning program to capture images and data of the April 8 total solar eclipse using a balloon with testing camera, data collection, control and tracking systems attached to it. The article from Maine Public stated the biggest challenge for the ballooning […]

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New culinary arts agreement between UMaine, EMCC highlighted by WFVX

WFVX (FOX 22/ABC 7 in Bangor) highlighted the new agreement between the University of Maine and Eastern Maine Community College (EMCC) that will benefit culinary arts students. The agreement created a streamlined pathway for EMCC culinary students to continue their education at UMaine after receiving their associate’s degree.

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UMaine names 2024 Presidential Award recipients

The 2024 Presidential Awards recognize outstanding teaching in wildlife ecology, pioneering research in biodiversity, significant public engagement and research focused on voting, innovation in aquaculture and extraordinary impact on young entrepreneurs and communities across Maine.  Lindsay Seward, a principal lecturer in wildlife ecology, received the Presidential Outstanding Teaching Award. Brian McGill, professor of ecological modeling, […]

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