COVID-19 media citations

News Center Maine quotes Dill in report on Lyme disease risk amid pandemic

News Center Maine quoted Griffin Dill, an integrated pest management professional with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, in a report on Lyme disease risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. People are more likely to spend time outside to combat isolation, but need to take precautions to protect themselves and their pets from deer ticks that can […]

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Media report Extension greenhouse plastic recycling opening in June

Morning Ag Clips and the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel published a release announcing University of Maine Cooperative Extension is delaying the opening of all drop-off locations for greenhouse plastic recycling until on or about June 21 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pilot program, originally scheduled to begin in April, was developed by UMaine […]

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Press Herald interviews Ballingall about reduced travel

The Portland Press Herald interviewed Kathryn Ballingall, a research associate with the University of Maine Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, for its story “Smartphone, traffic data reveal sharp reduction in Mainers’ mobility.” State traffic data and publicly available smartphone metadata show that Maine citizens dramatically reduced their movement as a result of the coronavirus and […]

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Press Herald publishes opinion piece co-authored by Johnson

Tora Johnson, chair of the division of environmental and biological sciences at the University of Maine at Machias, co-authored an opinion piece published in the Portland Press Herald titled “COVID maps don’t tell the whole story about where virus has spread.” Johnson also is an associate professor of Geographic Information Systems and director of the […]

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Black Bears invited to take part in free virtual fitness classes

University of Maine Campus Recreation is participating in the 2020 Recreation Movement, a collaboration between Riddle & Bloom, TikTok, the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) and more than 40 colleges and universities nationwide encouraging people to “stay active together, even when we’re apart” during the COVID-19 pandemic.   This free virtual fitness program connects university students, […]

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WABI, Mainebiz highlight efforts to tackle health care supply shortages

WABI (Channel 5) and Mainebiz 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 […]

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Media report on Emera Astronomy Center’s role in COVID-19 research

News Center Maine reported that researchers from the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing are using the visualization computer cluster in Emera Astronomy Center’s Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium to model coronavirus proteins and predict their three-dimensional shapes as part of the Rosetta@home project from the University of Washington. Studying COVID-19 proteins has helped guide the […]

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Gabe contributes to CityLab report on cities most affected by pandemic

Todd Gabe, a professor of resource economics and policy at the University of Maine, conducted analysis with Richard Florida, co-founder and editor at large of CityLab and a senior editor at The Atlantic, for the CityLab article “The Coronavirus Class Divide in Cities.” They identified cities and metro areas where workforces are most exposed and […]

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Media report on hand sanitizer production effort 

WMTW (Channel 8 in Portland) and the Portland Press Herald reported on a University of Maine-led initiative to produce hospital-grade sanitizer for hospitals across the state as part of a partnership between the University of Maine System and the Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). UMaine’s Process Development Center (PDC) and faculty in chemical and biomedical […]

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