Signature and Emerging Areas

Jacquelyn Gill

NSF CAREER Award to fund unique research project

Explaining the dynamics of an ice age landscape to a classroom of middle-schoolers can be a daunting challenge for teachers. Researchers in the lab examine evidence such as pollen and other tiny fossils, and particulate matter contained in sediment core samples to “see” what the ancient landscape once was. But how can this data be […]

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Calhoun leads vernal pool workshop at DMC

Members of local land trusts and municipal conservation and planning committees attended a recent vernal pool conservation workshop led by wetland ecologist Aram Calhoun at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center. Calhoun, a UMaine professor of wetland ecology and conservation, opened the workshop with a primer on the ecology of vernal pools and their […]

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SMART featured in 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase

A video about the University of Maine’s SMART INCLUDES program is included in the National Science Foundation’s 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase. The showcase enables more than 200 federally funded projects, transforming the STEM educational landscape, to share short videos of their work. Researchers, practitioners, policymakers and the general public are invited to post […]

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Proposals sought for Maine Statehood and Bicentennial Conference

The Maine State Bicentennial Conference Committee at the University of Maine seeks presentation proposals that explore all aspects of the Maine statehood process and the bicentennial for the event that will be held next spring. The Maine Statehood and Bicentennial Conference will be held May 30–June 1, 2019 on the UMaine campus with a field […]

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Coral reef

Study finds marine protected areas help coral reefs

Reports in recent years that marine protected areas (MPAs) aren’t effective in saving coral reefs from the damaging effects of global climate change have led some to argue that such expensive interventions are futile. But a study that spanned 700 kilometers of the eastern Caribbean reveals that MPAs can, indeed, help coral reefs. Robert Steneck, […]

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Shellfish farming workshop

DMC to offer hands-on shellfish farming workshop in June

The University of Maine Darling Marine Center in Walpole will offer an intensive, hands-on shellfish farming workshop June 25–29. The “Applied Methods in Shellfish Farming Workshop” is intended to familiarize participants with practical approaches to cultivate molluscs — including oysters, mussels, clams and scallops. Attendees will learn about hatchery methods and upweller and nursery systems, […]

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Nanocellulose materials

Tajvidi awarded $250,000 to develop next-generation CNF floor, wall products

Mehdi Tajvidi knows that big things can come in small packages. He works with cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) — the natural structural building units of wood that are 1/100,000th the width of a human hair. The University of Maine assistant professor of renewable nanomaterials describes CNF as magical. The renewable biodegradable material has superior properties, he […]

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Engineering gift

$1 million corporate gift pledged for UMaine engineering building

Packaging Corporation of America has pledged a $1 million gift to help construct the University of Maine Engineering Education and Design Center, according to UMaine Pulp & Paper Foundation President Carrie Enos. PCA is one of the largest producers of containerboard and corrugated packaging products in the U.S., and a corporate member of UMPPF. Headquartered […]

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