Economic Development

News Center Maine talks with Porter, Tan about developing new potato varieties

News Center Maine reported that University of Maine researchers Greg Porter, a professor of plant, soil and environmental science, and Ek Han Tan, an assistant professor of plant genetics, are developing DNA-based tools that will speed introduction of new potato varieties. Fresh Plaza also reported on the research. Potato News Today shared the News Center […]

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Bangor Daily reports British consul general seeks to meet with Dagher

The Bangor Daily News reported that Peter Abbott, the British consul general to New England, is “keen to share expertise” about floating offshore wind with Habib Dagher, director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the University of Maine. Abbott is conducting a virtual trade mission to Maine this week, which includes meeting with […]

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WABI reports on Buoy Maine award to Marin Skincare

WABI (Channel 5) reported that Marin Skincare, a small business established by University of Maine graduates Patrick Breeding and Amber Boutiette, has received a grant of $14,000 from the Buoy Maine pitch competition. Buoy Maine, a program sponsored by Maine Sea Grant at the University of Maine, seeks to foster innovation and entrepreneurship to support […]

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Teams selected for accelerator program are innovators in animal feed, alternative packaging, additive manufacturing and math education

Four faculty-led innovation teams have been selected to participate in the fourth cohort of the University of Maine’s Maine Innovation Research and Technology Accelerator program (MIRTA). MIRTA assists UMaine researchers in advancing public and commercial application of their discoveries. The teams dedicate 20 hours a week for 16 weeks to market research, intellectual property analysis […]

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WABI, Mainebiz report on UMaine research efforts

WABI (Channel 5) cited the 2020 draft of the Maine Economic Improvement Fund Annual Report in highlighting a $92 million investment in the University of Maine. According to University of Maine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy, continued investment is critical to sustaining research in Maine. “Our world-class scholars and researchers, and the students working with them, are […]

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BDN previews UMaine participation in SXSW conference, FOR/Maine summit

The Bangor Daily News previewed a University of Maine video highlighting the innovative possibilities of wood and the partnership between the university, the state’s forest products industry and Finland. The two-minute video will be shown at the 2021 South by Southwest (SXSW) virtual conference. The BDN report also advanced the FOR/Maine summit on the future of […]

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A woman works in UMaine's Advanced Manufacturing Center

$92.4 million in MEIF investments drive UMaine research to record heights

Research investments and expenditures at the University of Maine have increased dramatically over the year amidst a strategic pursuit of research activity being promoted by UMaine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy and others at UMaine and the University of Maine System. More than $92.4 million in investments in Maine and its universities are being reported in the […]

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Press Herald op-ed cites Ferrini-Mundy recommendations for building state’s STEM workforce

A Portland Press Herald op-ed outlining strategies for building a skilled and resilient STEM workforce in Maine cited University of Maine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy in calling for increased investment in research and development and establishment of new public-private partnerships. Authors Ben Gilman and Rachel Kerestes noted that increased private investment in higher education, such as […]

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