Signature and Emerging Areas

Wind-Wave basin

UMaine awarded nearly $1.4 million for transformational floating offshore wind energy technology

The University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center (UMaine Composites Center) has been awarded nearly $1.4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program, and will collaborate on a more than $1.5 million award to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, both focused on research related to transformational floating offshore […]

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Aquaculture farm

NOAA Sea Grant National Aquaculture Initiative awards $1.6M to advance sustainable aquaculture in Maine 

NOAA National Sea Grant Program awarded $16 million for 42 projects nationwide that comprise the 2019 Sea Grant National Aquaculture Initiative.  Maine Sea Grant, researchers at the University of Maine, other institutions, and partner organizations received $1.6 million to lead four of the projects in collaboration with aquaculture industry, management and community partners.  Maine Sea […]

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Huntsberger explores growth, aging of Jonah crabs

How can you tell the age of a Jonah crab? Carl Huntsberger knows. The grinding teeth found inside its foregut have a banding pattern — similar to tree rings — that corresponds to its age. Research professor Rick Wahle says Huntsberger’s research is important for fishery scientists to understand population dynamics and ecology of the […]

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Center on Aging partners on a new grant to address nutritional needs in older adults with multiple chronic conditions

The Eastern Area Agency on Aging, in partnership with St. Joseph’s Healthcare, the University of Maine Center on Aging and Senscio Systems, has received a three-year, $750,000 award from the Administration for Community Living to establish and test an innovative, technology-driven, nutrition enhancement and self-management program for older adults with multiple chronic diseases.  The three-year […]

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Miner chosen as Ambassador to inspire next generation of STEM pioneers

Kimberley Rain Miner, a University of Maine research assistant professor in the Climate Change Institute and a physical scientist at the Geospatial Research Laboratory, has been selected as one of 125 AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) IF/THEN® Ambassadors.  IF/THEN®, a national initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies, seeks to further women in science, […]

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Smart Cities Dive cites UMaine leadership in mass timber research

Smart Cities Dive listed the University of Maine as one of 10 universities to receive a combined $1 million in grants for mass timber projects. Mass timber is lauded for its ability to help cities reduce carbon footprints. The structures can last up to 100 years and sequester carbon from the atmosphere, according to the […]

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Allen an expert source for WVII’s Summit to Shore series

Katherine Allen talked with WVII (Channel 7) for the second part of its Summit to Shore series that focused on the Gulf of Maine, which is warming faster than 99% of the world’s oceans. The assistant professor in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences and Climate Change Institute studies the ocean’s history by analyzing […]

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Birkel talks with WVII about extreme weather, Hurricane Dorian

Sean Birkel talked with WVII (Channel 7) for its story about Hurricane Dorian. Birkel, a research assistant professor at the Climate Change Institute and the Maine state climatologist, indicated that climate change may result in more extreme weather. “So, in a warming climate, warming ocean surface temperatures provide fuel and moisture for a hurricane, so […]

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