Signature and Emerging Areas

‘The Maine Question’ asks what’s Mainers relationship with the forest

Maine is the most forested state in the country, and its residents interact with forests regularly in many different ways. They provide supplies for various products, which fuels industry and job creation, and space for outdoor recreation.  These interactions, which help define Maine’s identity, are the subject of Jessica Leahy’s research. As a professor in […]

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BDN previews UMaine participation in SXSW conference, FOR/Maine summit

The Bangor Daily News previewed a University of Maine video highlighting the innovative possibilities of wood and the partnership between the university, the state’s forest products industry and Finland. The two-minute video will be shown at the 2021 South by Southwest (SXSW) virtual conference. The BDN report also advanced the FOR/Maine summit on the future of […]

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Gunnar Docos

Gunnar Docos: Diligence, perseverance in the lab and on the field

Excelling at college, whether in the lab or on the football field, requires hard work and time management, according to Gunnar Docos. Adhering to both helped the electrical engineering technology undergraduate student and offensive lineman thrive at the University of Maine.  During his first two years of study, Docos, of Harrison, would wake up at […]

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Press Herald op-ed cites Ferrini-Mundy recommendations for building state’s STEM workforce

A Portland Press Herald op-ed outlining strategies for building a skilled and resilient STEM workforce in Maine cited University of Maine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy in calling for increased investment in research and development and establishment of new public-private partnerships. Authors Ben Gilman and Rachel Kerestes noted that increased private investment in higher education, such as […]

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Media advance March 15 talk about community solar

The Bangor Daily News, the Penobscot Bay Pilot and The Franklin Journal promoted a talk by Sharon Klein, University of Maine associate professor of economics, scheduled for 3–4 p.m. March 15 on Zoom. In her presentation, “Is Community Solar Good for Communities?” Klein will share the findings from five years of community solar-related research. More […]

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WQHR cites Lobster Institute experts in questioning whether lobsters feel pain

WQHR (Q96.1 in Presque Isle) cited University of Maine experts Robert Steneck and Bob Bayer in a story about whether lobsters experience pain while being boiled. According to Steneck, a professor of marine sciences, and Bayer, the retired director of the Lobster Institute, the lobster’s nervous system is simple, and not likely to register pain. 

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Bloomberg interviews MacRae about PFA-containing liquid from landfill waste

Jean MacRae spoke with Bloomberg about concerns involving leachate, particularly from the Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town. According to Bloomberg, leachate “is a liquid that forms when rain water filters through garbage” that is “a source of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS),” which has been connected with various health problems. The associate professor of […]

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UMaine cited in announcement of Maine’s NOWRDC membership advanced by media

An announcement from the Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future published in the Boothbay Register and OffshoreWIND.biz about Maine joining the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium (NOWRDC) noted that the membership includes the University of Maine. “The University of Maine is very pleased to support the state as it strengthens important […]

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