Economic Development

UMaine, Oak Ridge research featured in U.S. News & World Report

In a story titled “Are 3D-Printed Homes the Future of Housing?” U.S. News & World Report noted that Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center are working on “smart-wall features that can improve energy efficiency in response to a change in the environment.”

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Media report on first ever biobased, recyclable 3D-printed home

Decor Maine, Reasons to be Cheerful and Deutsche Welle (DW) reported that in 2023, researchers at the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center (ASCC) unveiled the first ever entirely bio-based 3D-printed home. BioHome3D is made completely out of wood fibers and bio-based resins, and is produced with very little waste. Due to the […]

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Media highlight R&D for new foods made from squid fins

The Boston Globe, Spectrum News, WABI (Channel 5), WVII (Channel 7) and the Bangor Daily News highlighted a new collaborative project between Rhode Island-based seafood company The Town Dock and the University of Maine to devise new frozen food products that can be created from squid fins. Squid has become a popular menu item in […]

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The County highlights new head of UMaine potato breeding program

The County featured the new head of the University of Maine’s potato breeding program, Mario Andrade, who took over after Greg Porter retired in late 2023. “I was very fortunate when I started the job that UMaine has this project ongoing,”  said Andrade, assistant professor of potato breeding and genetics. “Greg Porter had amazing success […]

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BDN features legacy of retired UMaine potato breeding pioneer

The Bangor Daily News reported on the retirement and legacy of Greg Porter, a potato breeding pioneer who worked at the University of Maine for nearly four decades, most recently as a professor of agronomy, crop ecology and management. Porter is most known for his collaboration with the Maine Potato Board on releasing the Caribou […]

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Media cite research from UMaine study on snowmobiling

Bangor Daily News and The County cited research from a University of Maine study released in 2020 which found that snowmobilers contribute more than $600 million to Maine’s economy. The BDN article recognizes the economic impact the mid-December storm and lack of snow has created for snowmobile clubs that maintain revenue-generating trail systems. The article […]

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Media highlights work by UMaine offshore wind research

Sierra Magazine, American Journal of Transportation and Mainebiz highlighted work by Habib Dagher, executive director of the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center, to create a floating concrete platform to support offshore wind turbines. The articles state how offshore wind power is achievable in Maine with floating turbines, which could eventually provide power […]

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A photo of food made using squid wings

UMaine-led research team making new frozen foods from squid fins

Squid has become a staple menu item and ingredient in many seafood restaurants, whether it’s fried, baked, grilled or served raw. In North American markets, however, only about half of each squid is used for culinary applications. To reduce food waste and open new markets, a University of Maine-led team of researchers and students will […]

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Dagher discusses BioHome3D and its durability with Concord Monitor

Habib Dagher, executive director of the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center, spoke with the Concord Monitor about BioHome3D, the first ever 3D-printed house made entirely with bio-based materials, and how it endured one of Maine’s most volatile weather years during its first year of outdoor testing. “We wanted to see how it […]

Read more highlight UMaine wild blueberry research in Jonesboro highlighted research exploring new technologies and resources to support wild blueberry production being conducted by University of Maine researchers at Blueberry Hill Farm in Jonesboro. The work is supported by a $2.9 million award from the U.S. Small Business Administration, secured by U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King at the request of the […]

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