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New guide assists community reuse organizations on reopening during COVID-19

A new guide from the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of Maine can help community reuse organizations make decisions about how — and whether — to open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Brie Berry, a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at UMaine and member of the Mitchell Center’s materials management research […]

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Developmental Biology students choose their adventure 

Like playing a “Choose Your Own Adventure” game, students in BIO 336 — Developmental Biology this fall have options for completing the course, providing both flexibility and social distancing to adapt to COVID-19.  Jared Talbot, assistant professor of developmental biology, will still require every student to read their textbooks, write thought-prompts, take quizzes and conduct […]

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University of Maine project tells story of COVID-19 pandemic through arts

Editor’s note: story updated Sept. 21. Maine residents are invited to participate in a new project at the University of Maine that is using the arts to tell the story of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Jack Pine Project, a collaboration of the Maine Folklife Center, Maine Studies Program and the Hutchinson Center, connects professional artists, […]

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UMaine 4-H Centers partner with Maine K–12 schools to provide outdoor and STEM education for students

University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Learning Centers will play a pivotal role in the education plans of K–12 schools in Maine communities this fall by providing venues for vibrant outdoor learning, and experiential STEM and outdoor education lessons that add depth to standard grade-level curriculum.  “Outdoor learning centers are playing a significant role in […]

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Biology lecturer adapts teaching to pandemic with outdoor lab fostering independent inquiry, classwide collaboration 

The COVID-19 pandemic forced Julia McGuire to scrap the remaining labs for 200 BIO 100 students and create a new one within a week in March. Despite shifting to remote-instruction, she ensured students achieved their learning goals while fostering independent exploration and analysis in the spring 2020 semester.  And she’s taking that two-way learning experience […]

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Boester devises methods to preserve collaborative, learner-focused mathematics instruction during pandemic 

Students enrolled in Timothy Boester’s precalculus class learn and implement mathematical concepts through group work, even during a pandemic.   Boester, an assistant professor of mathematics education at the University of Maine, says eliciting responses from students through learner-focused instruction not only helps them grasp the material, but helps him monitor their progress. Collaborative assignments also […]

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Media talks with Zydlewski about Buoy Maine program

Gayle Zydlewski, director of Maine Sea Grant, talked with VillageSoup about Buoy Maine, a new pitch competition to fund innovations that will help coastal businesses operate safely and profitably during the pandemic. “We continue to be inspired by the creativity and resourcefulness Maine’s coastal businesses have already shown as declines in tourism, shifting markets, and […]

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Center on Aging receives AmeriCorps planning grant

The University of Maine Center on Aging will receive a planning grant of $49,971 to support development of a competitive grant proposal to be submitted to AmeriCorps in 2020–21, according to Volunteer Maine, the state service commission. With this award, the center will lead community partners in a 10-month collaboration intended to facilitate design of […]

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