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UMaine supports teaching of Wabanaki Studies in K–12 schools 

Last fall, Grace Bermeo was in her last semester as an elementary education major at the University of Maine, doing her student teaching at Portland’s East End Community School. The school was piloting Portland Public Schools’ Wabanaki Studies curriculum, which weaves lessons about the history, culture, language and more of Maine’s original inhabitants — the […]

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UMaine’s MIRTA accelerator program selects five teams for 2023 cohort

Five faculty-led innovation teams have been selected to participate in the fifth cohort of the University of Maine’s MIRTA accelerator program. The 2023 projects will develop research innovations in photovoltaic and color changing fabric; utilizing a new technology in catheterization to reduce infection in long-term patients; developing custom-made medical ports for stuffed animals so children […]

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Wahle speaks to AP about impact of changes in lobster regulations

The Associated Press interviewed Rick Wahle, director of the Lobster Institute and professor of marine sciences at the University of Maine, about the impact of the rules about the minimum and maximum sizes of lobsters potentially becoming stricter. Wahle said that changing the U.S. measurement standards gives lobsters more opportunity to reproduce, though the change […]

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Wahle speaks to Maine Public about lobster regulations

Rick Wahle, director of the Lobster Institute and professor of marine sciences at the University of Maine, spoke to Maine Public about the continued challenges facing lobstermen even after the Maine lobster fishery secured a six-year pause in a federal spending bill late last year that will buy the industry more time to research and […]

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UMaine Extension hosts wild blueberry conference Feb. 25

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will host its annual wild blueberry conference on Feb. 25 from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. An industry soiree will follow the conference from 4–7 p.m. with value-added vendors, dinner and keynote speaker Amanda Beal, commissioner of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. […]

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Media feature UMaine study about salmons stopped at dams

The Bangor Daily News, Courier-Gazette, Phys.org and Hydro Review featured a recent study from the University of Maine that found salmon depleted fat stores while stopped at dams. The scientists found that the tagged fish were delayed on average between 16 and 23 days at the dams and lost between 11% and 22% of their fat reserves, […]

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Ellsworth American, Mount Desert Islander boost Lobster Institute meeting

The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander noted that the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine will hold a Feb. 3–4 meeting in Portland for U.S. and Canada fishermen, managers and researchers. The event will discuss the impacts of regulations on harvesters, impacts on markets, solutions and technology and shifting distributions of marine species […]

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BDN shares Golet research about Atlantic bluefin tuna

The Bangor Daily News reported on a University of Maine study that aims to quantify the number of giant Atlantic bluefin tuna in New England that die after being caught and released led by Walt Golet, a University of Maine assistant professor of marine science. The U.S. Department of Commerce awarded Golet more than $210,800 […]

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