BDN reports on Kelley’s shell midden research

The Bangor Daily News reported on the prehistoric shell middens, or refuse heaps, along the Maine coast that are threatened by rising sea levels, beach erosion and development. The middens include clam shells, fish bones and other artifacts left behind by people who lived​ ​along the coast thousands of years ago. “The paleo information is […]

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Johnson talks with WVII-TV about potato disease at summit

WVII (Channel 7) reported on the Potato Disease Summit convened by the University of Maine. Plant pathologists, researchers and scientists from the Netherlands, Scotland and United States met at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor to share information on the bacteria Dickeya and Pectobacterium that cause potatoes to rot and threaten the industry worldwide. “The […]

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Aquaculture toolkit

Youth invited to explore ocean with EPSCoR, UMaine Extension toolkit

Got twine? How about clothespins? Glue sticks? Coffee filters? Cotton balls? University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H and Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine do. They’ve also got dried seaweed, globes, kickballs and fish puzzles. They’ve packed these and other items in toolkits​ — called Exploring Marine Science and Aquaculture (Grades K–2) — that […]

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Students, faculty to present at National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in Atlanta

Fourteen University of Maine Honors College students, along with faculty and staff, are traveling to Atlanta, Georgia this week for the annual National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) Conference Nov. 8–12. Faculty and students will be giving 10 presentations on various topics related to Honors education, including social justice and human rights, intersectionality, activism and classroom […]

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Migraine attacks: the brain’s natural neural defense system

What we experience as painful migraine attacks, with their severe headaches, nausea, extreme sensitivity to light and sound and occasional visual disturbances, may actually be our body’s natural way of protecting and repairing itself as a response to oxidative threats to the brain, according to new research at the University of Maine. The new theory […]

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Financial markets

The human costs of financial crises: linking market sentiment to human capital loss

Global financial crises and the severe economic hardships they impose on millions of people worldwide can sometimes lead to violent and fatal outcomes, according to a new study from the University of Maine. The research, which links periods of economic turmoil to increased rates of suicide and murder-suicide, illuminates the often overlooked and understudied loss […]

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Nayak, Beal aim to bolster seaweed, blue mussel production

Editor’s note: story updated Nov. 3 Aquaculture companies in Maine are at the forefront of efforts to culture high-quality seafood products. While the industry has grown in the last five years, those seeking to further expand face serious challenges. Two awards from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will support research projects designed to overcome […]

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Michelle Goody and Clarissa Henry

Goody finds flu ravages muscles of zebrafish with muscular dystrophy

This time of year, doctors often recommend flu shots for people who are young, old, pregnant or immunocompromised. Michelle Goody suggests adding people with muscular dystrophy to the list. After the University of Maine research assistant professor injected the flu virus into the bloodstream of zebrafish with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), damage to their muscles […]

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Seven UMS students named 2017–18 Maine Policy Scholars

One student from each of the University of Maine System campuses has been chosen to conduct research on a topic of public policy importance as part of the Maine Policy Scholars program. The scholars are Corey Claflin of UMaine, Allison Bernier of University of Maine at Farmington, Sam Atwood of University of Maine at Augusta, […]

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Kelley, Loring to discuss connections between art, environment in Portland

University of Maine marine geologist Joseph Kelley and 2017 honorary doctorate recipient Donna Loring will take part in a discussion that explores connections between art, environmental concerns and people’s relationship to the natural world at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 in Osher Auditorium at Maine College of Art. Kelley will discuss his research about Maine’s […]

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