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Pandemic mental health impacts on adolescents quantified in new UMaine study

The COVID-19 pandemic has been an isolating and lonely time for almost everyone. For adolescents especially, the loneliness accompanied by pandemic-related school closures and the like has led to an increase in mental health issues like depression and self-destructive behavior, according to a University of Maine-led study.  The study, published in the Journal of Clinical […]

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UMaine’s MIRTA accelerator program selects four teams for 2022 cohort

Four faculty-led innovation teams have been selected to participate in the fifth cohort of the University of Maine’s Maine Innovation Research and Technology Accelerator (MIRTA) program. The 2022 projects will develop research innovations in accessibility education, aquaculture, computer-aided breast cancer detection and marine sciences. MIRTA, coordinated by UMaine’s Foster Center for Innovation, assists teams from […]

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Babak Hejrati

Hejrati receives 2022 NSF Early CAREER Award

For his research using robots to aid mobility, Babak Hejrati, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Maine, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. The annual CAREER awards are one of the organization’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty and include a federal […]

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Northern Light Health features UMaine Nursing award

UMaine Nursing was awarded a $1.7 million award from HRSA to diversify the nursing workforce. The grant provides funding to reform admission standards in the school and implement an evidence-based holistic admission process; support inclusive communities and student support in the Nursing Living Learning Community; modify curriculum across the school to include concepts and behaviors […]

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Press Herald: UMaine nursing school enrollment rises amid pandemic

The Portland Press Herald reported that enrollment at the University of Maine School of Nursing has increased amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Kelley Strout, director of the nursing school, said “we have not lost any students due to fears of the pandemic. We’ve seen the opposite. They’ve risen to the occasion.” The first-year class consists of […]

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Press Herald reports on Wellnurse Initiative at UMaine

The Portland Press Herald reported on WellNurse, a new initiative to increase resiliency and reduce burnout among students at the University of Maine School of Nursing. WellNurse, made possible by a $1.5 million award from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, will be a research and interprofessional program in collaboration with the UMaine School […]

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Student Amanda Sandberg (from Sweden) works with her Associate Professor of Microbiology instructor Melissa Maginnis in their Hitchner Hall lab.

UMaine viral study earns $440K from the National Institutes of Health

A University of Maine study of the behavior of a virus that can lead to deadly brain disease was recently awarded $440,410 from the National Institutes of Health.  The study looks at how the virus, known as JC polyomavirus (JCPyV), interacts with receptors on human host cells. Little is known about how the virus infects […]

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Researchers cite lowering homocysteine with vitamin supplements as an important approach to treating drug-resistant hypertension

Using B vitamins to lower homocysteine levels is an effective means of reducing blood pressure and may be especially useful in the management of drug-resistant hypertension, according to researchers at the University of Maine and University of Arkansas. UMaine emeritus professor of psychology Merrill Elias, who also is emeritus cooperating professor in the Graduate School […]

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