COVID-19 media citations

News Center talks with university officials about return to campus

News Center Maine reported on the University of Maine’s plans for students to return safely to campus. “At the University of Maine and across the System we are engaged in an unprecedented health and safety campaign to do our best to keep our students and communities safe,” said President Joan Ferrini-Mundy. Dick Young, associate executive […]

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Maginnis talks with BDN about second round of COVID-19 testing 

The Bangor Daily News reported on the University of Maine’s plan to require a second COVID-19 test for some staff and students seven to 10 days after they return to campus as part of a three-phase surveillance strategy recommended by the University of Maine System Scientific Advisory Board. Assistant professor of microbiology Melissa Maginnis, who leads […]

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WABI interviews Trostel about grocery prices, inflation

WABI (Channel 5) talked with professor of economics and public policy Philip Trostel about the likelihood of experiencing inflation based, in part, on the rate of increase in the cost of groceries. “My initial knee-jerk reaction is we would see the biggest increase in prices in April when things were locked down the most, and […]

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WABI reports on virtual town hall about COVID-19 testing plan

WABI (Channel 5) covered the University of Maine virtual town hall during which plans for testing students and employees were outlined by Joan Ferrini-Mundy, president of the University of Maine and the University of Maine at Machias. “It begins with obtaining evidence of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test or of actually testing about […]

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Media promote Garden Mentorship program 

Several media organizations shared the University of Maine news release highlighting a new gardening mentorship program developed by University of Maine Cooperative Extension. The program matches volunteer Master Gardeners with people seeking technical gardening assistance and coaching. The program is intended to support the rapidly increasing number of home gardeners seeking pandemic-safe activities. Volunteer mentors […]

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Media cover DOE award to UMaine for student services

Mainebiz and Penobscot Bay Pilot listed the University of Maine among universities in the state that split $5 million awarded by and the U.S. Department of Education’s Student Support Services (SSS) Program during the pandemic. UMaine was awarded $668,084. The Bangor Daily News, Maine Public, The Washington Times and Seacoast Online carried the Associated Press story about the award.   

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Mayewski talks with WVII about pandemic, cleaner air

Paul Mayewski told WVII (Channel 7) that fewer toxic substances are being emitted into the atmosphere during the pandemic and that the air is cleaner. “The fact we can live with less [and] consume more local products is good for us. It’s good for the environment,” said the director of the Climate Change Institute. “The […]

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WABI interviews Biddle about importance of resources during remote learning

Catharine Biddle talked with WABI (Channel 5) about a study that sought to capture examples of interesting and innovative responses of Maine school districts to school closures last spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “To what extent is that creativity affected by differences in rurality, differences in access to particular kinds of funding, particular kinds […]

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WABI, Observer, BDN advance library efforts to collect COVID-19 stories

The Piscataquis Observer and the Bangor Daily News advanced the Zoom event at 4 p.m. Aug. 13 titled “All in This Together: Preserving Maine’s COVID-19 Memories.” Matthew Revitt, shared collections librarian at Fogler Library, will join other archivists from across Maine for this seminar. The free event seeks to share information about statewide library initiatives focused on […]

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