Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture

Calderwood talks with media about wild blueberries 

Lily Calderwood talked with WABI (Channel 5) and News Center Maine at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Wild Blueberry Conference on Saturday in Bangor. “This is a time for the university to share with growers all the research-based education that we do,” said the University of Maine wild blueberry specialist and assistant professor of […]

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WABI covers Camire’s potato research, taste tests 

WABI (Channel 5) talked with Mary Ellen Camire, professor of food science and human nutrition, about potato research and taste testing in the Pilot Plant’s Sensory Evaluation Center. “Some of the traditional varieties need more pesticides or fertilizer, or are more prone to disease, so these new varieties are more robust and they may taste […]

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Interested in a Maine Government Summer Internship? Apply now

Students are invited to apply for a Maine Government Summer Internship for summer 2020. Positions are available in town and city governments as well as in state government agencies. Full-time, paid internships run from May 26 through Aug. 14. Internship areas include engineering, social media, conservation, transportation, land use planning, data analysis and education. All […]

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Undark Magazine publishes opinion piece by master’s student

Undark Magazine published an opinion essay on wildlife policy and Lyme disease by Elyse DeFranco, an ecology and environmental sciences master’s student at the University of Maine. The essay draws on research led by Susan Elias while completing her Ph.D. at UMaine’s Climate Change Institute, which found that maintaining deer populations below a certain threshold […]

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‘The Maine Question’ podcast looks at future of Maine forests

The latest episode of “The Maine Question” asks, what does the future hold for Maine’s forests? Forests play a central role in defining the state — from its geography to the economy to just about any aspect of Maine’s way of life that you can think of.  But the way forestry is practiced and the […]

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E&E News quotes Gill in article on climate-focused science fiction

E&E News quoted Jacquelyn Gill, an associate professor and paleoecologist at the University of Maine, in the article “Meet cli-fi. It’s dark, it’s gloomy — and it might help.” “Cli-fi,” or science fiction focused on potential future effects of climate change, is a genre helping readers come to terms with global warming predictions and even […]

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MIRTA 3.0 teams complete two-day boot camp

Four faculty-led innovation teams are in the third cohort of the Maine Innovation, Research and Technology Accelerator (MIRTA). The teams recently completed an immersive two-day boot camp designed to introduce them to all aspects of the commercialization process. The teams are: Salty Spoon, a smart spoon that can enhance flavor, led by Nimesha Ranasinghe, UMaine […]

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Media report on study of economic impact of snowmobiling

Bangor Daily News, News Center Maine, WABI (Channel 5), WAGM (Channel 8), WGME (Channel 13) and Mainebiz reported on a University of Maine study of the economic impact of snowmobiling in Maine. Snowmobiling contributed $606 million to Maine’s economy during the 2018–19 season according to the study, which was the first economic study of the industry in 22 […]

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Healthline speaks with Camire about organic produce

Healthline spoke with Mary Ellen Camire, a professor of food science and human nutrition at the University of Maine, for the article “Don’t let a fear of pesticides stop you from eating fruits and veggies.” Studies show that the amount of pesticides found on conventional produce is very small and lower today than in the […]

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