UMaine in the News

Rooks-Ellis, Howorth talk about success of telehealth for rural families

WABI talked with Deborah Rooks-Ellis and Sarah Howorth about their findings that telehealth technology may provide better and more equitable access to early intervention services for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder who live in rural areas.  “This started with 10 families,” said Rooks-Ellis, assistant professor of special education. “But then when the pandemic hit, they […]

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Dill, Handley discuss spotted wing drosophila that lay eggs in berries

Jim Dill and David Handley talked with the Bangor Daily News about this summer’s spotted wing drosophila population explosion. “This is a whole different species than the fruit fly people are used to if they leave bananas out too long on the counter and then start flitting around and driving you crazy,” said Dill, pest […]

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BDN interviews coaches of fall sports about summer schedules 

The Bangor Daily News talked with University of Maine fall coaches about their respective summers in light of COVID-19, their seasons being put on hold until spring, and an NCAA ban on in-person recruiting. “We watched a showcase in Sweden online,” said women’s soccer coach Scott Atherley said. “It has been a game-changer, but it […]

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Islander advances fermentation study 

The Mount Desert Islander advanced a university study in which Mainers 18 years and older are invited to answer questions and watch a short video about safe pickle fermentation practices. For additional information, contact Jacob Rich at jacob.rich@maine.edu or 781.475.3862. 

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Wiscasset Newspaper, Boothbay Register promote Tick Lab

The Lyme Time column in the Wiscasset Newspaper and Boothbay Register cited statistics from University of Maine Cooperative Extension, including that there are 15 species of ticks identified in Maine. The column also indicated the public can submit ticks to the university’s Tick Lab for identification (free) and testing for diseases ($15).

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News Center talks with university officials about return to campus

News Center Maine  reported on the University of Maine’s plans for students to return safely to campus. “At the University of Maine and across the System we are engaged in an unprecedented health and safety campaign to do our best to keep our students and communities safe,” said President Joan Ferrini-Mundy. Dick Young, associate executive […]

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Maginnis talks with BDN about second round of COVID-19 testing 

The Bangor Daily News reported on the University of Maine’s plan to require a second COVID-19 test for some staff and students seven to 10 days after they return to campus as part of a three-phase surveillance strategy recommended by the University of Maine System Scientific Advisory Board. Assistant professor of microbiology Melissa Maginnis, who leads […]

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WABI interviews Trostel about grocery prices, inflation

WABI talked with professor of economics and public policy Philip Trostel about the likelihood of experiencing inflation based, in part, on the rate of increase in the cost of groceries. “My initial knee-jerk reaction is we would see the biggest increase in prices in April when things were locked down the most, and as things […]

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Ippolito talks about TikTok with WVII

WVII (Channel 7) featured Jon Ippolito, a University of Maine professor of new media, in its story about data collection by TikTok, a China-based application used by social media fans around the world. U.S. Intelligence officials characterize the app as a security threat. Ippolito said TikTok collects selected user data, commonly used for marketing purposes. […]

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WABI reports on virtual town hall about COVID-19 testing plan

WABI covered the University of Maine virtual town hall during which plans for testing students and employees were outlined by Joan Ferrini-Mundy, president of the University of Maine and the University of Maine at Machias. “It begins with obtaining evidence of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test or of actually testing about 12,500 students […]

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