Alumni

Media outlets report on Orach’s exciting Beach to Beacon finish

A number of media outlets, including the Portland Press Herald, covered Jesse Orach and Rob Gomez’s dramatic finish at the TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K race Saturday. Orach, who had a stellar academic, track and cross-country career at the University of Maine and was highlighted in the inaugural Black Bear Nation athletics magazine, won […]

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Student divers earn awards

A University of Maine 2016 graduate and current graduate student have earned awards, according to Christopher Rigaud, university diving operations manager and Diving Safety Officer. University of Maine 2016 graduate Chase Brunton received the Dr. Arthur J. Bachrach Bonnier Dive Group publishing internship, sponsored by the Our World Underwater Scholarship Society. Brunton will produce content […]

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Alumni, students take on leading roles at Mount Desert Island Historical Society

A Mount Desert Island Historical Society news release noted the many contributions of University of Maine community members to its organization. Over the past few years, UMaine students, faculty and alumni have taken on expanded roles in the society, a regional nonprofit located about 90 minutes from UMaine’s campus in Orono. New Champlain Society Fellow […]

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Colorado Potato Beetle

To protect crops, farmers could promote potato beetle cannibalism

Colorado potato beetles can decimate spud crops by devouring the plants’ foliage. That’s a big problem for farmers in Maine where the 2016 potato harvest was valued at more than $142 million. There’s more unsettling news — each female Colorado potato beetle can lay about 600 eggs in a growing season. And the species — […]

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Green crabs

Food for thought: Green crab pastries pass UMaine taste test

For clam harvesters in Maine, invasive green crabs are voracious predators that threaten their livelihood. One green crab (Carcinus maenas) can devour 40 half-inch clams in a single day, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Which might be one reason Maine’s soft clam harvest dropped from 9.3 million pounds in 2015 to […]

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UMaine scientists appear in iSWOOP video

The University of Maine is well represented in an iSWOOP (interpreters and Scientists Working On Our Parks) video that highlights the importance of scientists to national parks, including Acadia National Park. Martha Merson’s three-minute video includes footage of assistant professor Jacquelyn Gill speaking at a public event, doctoral candidate Kit Hamley coring, and alum Nickolay […]

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WABI covers Clam Cam project

WABI (Channel 5) covered a project by a University of Maine professor and two students that shares the unique way of life and some of the challenges of people who harvest clams for a living on the coast of Maine. For the Clam Cam project, clam harvesters from Freeport to Roque Bluffs wore chest-mounted GoPro […]

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Orono chamber choir directed by Francis Vogt to perform May 20–21

Orono chamber choir EUPHONY, under the direction of Francis Vogt, will present two performances of a tribute to choral conductor and composer Gregg Smith. “Now I Walk in Beauty: A Memorial Tribute to Gregg Smith” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20 at the Church of Universal Fellowship in Orono; and 7 p.m. […]

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Sun Journal publishes feature on honorary degree recipient

The Sun Journal published an article about Auburn native and University of Maine alumnus Kenneth Hodgkins. Hodgkins, a leader in developing and maintaining peaceful international use of outer space, was one of two honorary degree recipients during UMaine’s 215th Commencement. Hodgkins grew up farming sheep on Dillingham Hill in Auburn and now lives in Alexandria, […]

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Dan Churchill to receive Dan Sandweiss Graduate Student Advocacy Award

The University of Maine Graduate Student Government has announced this year’s winner of the Dan Sandweiss Graduate Student Advocacy Award, which is given to a member of the UMaine community who has shown dedication and service to graduate students. This year, the GSG has awarded the honor to Dan Churchill. Churchill, who earned a bachelor’s […]

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