Research

WABI interviews Sporer about research on terrorism, Twitter

WABI (Channel 5) interviewed Karyn Sporer, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Maine, about her research on the role of Twitter in terrorists’ justification of violence. Sporer began the research and analysis of the tweets when she was at the University of Nebraska, and continued the project when she came to UMaine, […]

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Gerbi named associate dean for research

Christopher Gerbi has been named associate dean for research in the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture, and associate director of the Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station. Gerbi joined the School of Earth and Climate Sciences as faculty in 2007 and will be promoted to the role of professor on Sept. 1. He […]

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Twitter

Sociologist uses Twitter to research criminological behavior online

In the modern era of social media, more than 300 million people use Twitter to share news and engage in online conversations. This provides a glimpse into the minds of a diverse public, making Twitter a useful tool for researchers to study people who sympathize and promote extreme violence. Karyn Sporer, University of Maine assistant […]

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Advanced Infrastructure Bridge Testing

Innovative bridge system exceeds expectations during testing

The University of Maine unveiled an innovative, rapidly deployable bridge system Thursday, July 12 at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center. Engineers, Maine Department of Transportation officials, business leaders, investors, researchers, staff and representatives from Advanced Infrastructure Technologies (UMaine’s licensee for the original “Bridge-in-a-Backpack”) attended the event, at which a composite bridge girder was strength-tested […]

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Medical Xpress publishes release on older adult wellness study

Medical Xpress carried a University of Maine news release about a study by UMaine researchers about the wellness priorities of older adults. The study, led by nursing professor Kelley Strout and drawing on Hettler’s Six Dimensions of Wellness, found that maintaining wellness across different dimensions contributes to older adults’ sense of independence. The research recommends […]

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The secret life of lobster (trade): Could we be in hot water?

In a paper published in Frontiers in Marine Science, researchers, including lead author Joshua Stoll of the University of Maine School of Marine Sciences and the Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, map the global trade routes for lobster and quantify the effect they have on obscuring the relation between those who catch the valuable crustacean […]

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Earth from space

Marine scientists to examine plankton in Pacific Ocean’s ‘twilight zone’

University of Maine scientists are part of an interdisciplinary research team equipped with advanced underwater robotics and analytical instrumentation that will set sail in August from Seattle to the northeastern Pacific Ocean. They’ll examine the life and death of plankton — microscopic organisms that are the base of the ocean food web and play a […]

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MedicalXpress publishes UMaine release on visual acuity and cognitive function

MedicalXpress carried a University of Maine news release about a study by UMaine researchers on visual acuity and cognitive functioning. The study found that lower visual acuity is linked with lower cognitive function and decline in cognitive functioning over a period of five years, according to the release. Contrary to their hypothesis, the researchers found […]

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