Signature and Emerging Areas

WABI highlights efforts to tackle health care supply shortages

WABI (Channel 5) reported on the University of Maine’s efforts to help tackle supply shortages faced by health care providers during the coronavirus pandemic. The station also shared the news release. The first UMaine-led initiative to help meet the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers focuses on production of hospital-grade hand […]

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Catch ‘Lobster War’ featuring Rick Wahle for free via URSUS

Been bingeing movies? Put this one on your list: “Lobster War: The Fight Over the World’s Richest Fishing Grounds.” The award-winning film includes Rick Wahle, research professor in the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine.  The feature documentary, which won “Best New England Film” at the 2018 Mystic Film Festival, is about […]

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Research, community support continue despite pandemic 

Researchers propel the University of Maine’s state and international impact, even in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. While the outbreak of COVID-19 forced students and faculty to stay at home, their work persists. They continue to help improve the fields of health care, manufacturing, climate science, psychology and more from their off-campus locations.  The […]

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Policy Center launches ‘Maine Policy Matters’ podcast

The Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center launched a new podcast series about policy decisions and issues across all levels of government and how they affect people.  “Maine Policy Matters,” hosted by Daniel S. Soucier, a research associate at the center, aims to inform public policy processes and promote civil discourse, integrity and societal decision-making to […]

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Mayewski talks with Maine Calling about carbon emission drop amid COVID-19

Maine Public interviewed Paul Mayewski, director of the University of Maine Climate Change Institute, and Andrew Pershing, chief scientific officer and climate change ecologist for the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, for the Maine Calling piece “Climate Change & COVID-19: How Pandemic-Driven Changes in Behavior Might Affect Our Environment.” The report explores the drop in […]

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Highest pre-modern lead pollution occurred 800 years ago

Scientists and archaeologists from the University of Nottingham, the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine and Harvard University discovered the highest levels of air pollution before the modern era occurred around 800 years ago.  The study, published by Cambridge University Press’ Antiquity journal, includes data that represents the highest-resolution, most detailed and chronologically  […]

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Bornean treeshrews

Bornean treeshrews can take the heat

As human activity shapes Earth’s climate, animals must increasingly adapt to new environmental conditions. The thermoneutral zone — the ambient temperature range in which mammals can maintain their body temperature without expending extra energy — is a key factor in estimating a species’ ability to survive in a warming world. Reptiles and other ectotherms that […]

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South America

Glacial termination in South America the focus of UMaine-led NSF study

The history of South America’s retreating glaciers at the end of the last ice age will be the focus of a three-year National Science Foundation study led by the University of Maine.  Brenda Hall, UMaine professor of glacial geology in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences and the Climate Change Institute, will lead the […]

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Medical researchers use Climate Reanalyzer to predict potential spread of COVID-19  

Medical researchers have utilized the University of Maine Climate Change Institute’s Climate Reanalyzer as they attempt to predict the potential spread of COVID-19.   Dr. Mohammad M. Sajadi, an M.D. and associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, led the study titled “Temperature, Humidity and Latitude Analysis to Predict Potential Spread and Seasonality […]

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Hal Borns

Colleagues celebrate Hal Borns’ legacy of friendship, vision, scientific discovery

Harold “Hal” W. Borns Jr., University of Maine professor emeritus of Earth and Climate Sciences and former director of the Institute for Quaternary Studies (now the Climate Change Institute), died Tuesday, March 17, 2020.  Borns was an internationally acclaimed glacial geologist and professor. But he almost became an engineer.  After serving in the U.S. Coast […]

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