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South America

Glacial termination in South America the focus of UMaine-led NSF study

The history of South America’s retreating glaciers at the end of the last ice age will be the focus of a three-year National Science Foundation study led by the University of Maine.  Brenda Hall, UMaine professor of glacial geology in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences and the Climate Change Institute, will lead the […]

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Maginnis talks with WVII about origins of coronavirus names

Melissa Maginnis, associate professor of microbiology, talked with WVII (Channel 7) about origins of the COVID-19/coronavirus name. The World Health Organization named the disease COVID-19 — CO for corona, VI for virus, D for disease and 19 for 2019, the year it started. Maginnis, a virologist, said COVID-19 refers to the disease caused by the […]

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Ellsworth American reports on outreach efforts of Sea Grant, Extension 

The Ellsworth American noted efforts of Maine Sea Grant and University of Maine Cooperative Extension in a story about seafood harvesters directly marketing their catch. Maine Sea Grant recently sent a flyer to oyster growers with advice about directly marketing their shellfish online, at farm stands or farmers’ markets, or at their farms. UMaine Extension […]

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BioME Student Showcase still on, virtually

University of Maine students are invited to present their research virtually at the 2020 BioME (Bioscience Association of Maine) Student Showcase, which originally was slated to be held at Cloudport CoWorking MultiSpace, 61 Federal St., Portland.  Students now are invited to virtually present their life science-focused research projects to judges via Zoom video conference. The […]

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Hal Borns

Colleagues celebrate Hal Borns’ legacy of friendship, vision, scientific discovery

Harold “Hal” W. Borns Jr., University of Maine professor emeritus of Earth and Climate Sciences and former director of the Institute for Quaternary Studies (now the Climate Change Institute), died Tuesday, March 17, 2020.  Borns was an internationally acclaimed glacial geologist and professor. But he almost became an engineer.  After serving in the U.S. Coast […]

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Local Catch Network yields bounty of fresh seafood options

During the coronavirus pandemic, some people are realizing they don’t have a strong relationship with the food system or local food producers. Local Catch can help remedy that, says University of Maine assistant professor of marine policy Joshua Stoll. The Local Catch Network is a community of fishermen, researchers and consumers committed to providing local, […]

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Check out what’s next on ‘The Maine Question’

While “The Maine Question” podcast is on a brief spring break, host Ron Lisnet encourages listeners to check the lineup in case they missed any episodes, as well as to share their favorite conversations with friends. Topics of the podcast, now in its second season, have included news in the 21st century; dog biscuits made […]

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Los Angeles Times talks with Oppenheim, touts

University of Maine alumnus Noah Oppenheim talked with the Los Angeles Times for a story about environmental groups urging Americans to eat more fish during the coronavirus pandemic. Oppenheim, who earned a dual master’s degree in marine biology and marine policy and was based at the Darling Marine Center, now is executive director of Pacific […]

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USA Today quotes Kaye in report on coronavirus pandemic, ICU bed shortage

USA Today quoted Lenard Kaye, a professor of social work and director of the University of Maine Center on Aging, in the article “Amid coronavirus pandemic, millions of older Americans live in counties with no ICU beds.” “The implications are tremendous and very troubling. Individuals are going to reach out for help in an emergency, […]

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