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UMaine partners with EDC, Mount Washington Observatory and others on NSF-funded project to promote data science education

The University of Maine is partnering with the Education Development Center (EDC) in Waltham, Massachusetts, Mount Washington Observatory (MWO) in North Conway, New Hampshire, and additional partners to help eighth-grade students in rural Maine and New Hampshire learn scientific data analysis and modeling skills. The new WeatherX project is funded by a three-year, $1.19 million […]

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Research examines coping strategies used by family members of violent children with severe mental illness

Research led by a University of Maine sociology professor explores how family members of children with severe mental illness and violent tendencies persevere through stressful situations.  In a recently published study, Karyn Sporer looks at the importance of positivity, education and community, and examines strategies family members identify as being helpful when challenged by stressors […]

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Megan Driscoll presents at the Darling Marine Center

Students share marine science research at SEA Fellows Symposium

Megan Driscoll wants to replace plastic made of petroleum with plastic made of algae.  So this summer, the University of Maine intern made algae-based bioplastic and documented how it broke down over time in the Damariscotta River Estuary.   Driscoll, a junior marine sciences major from Chelmsford, Massachusetts, presented her project Aug. 6 at the fourth […]

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Spoilers aren’t all rotten, they can enhance thrills for some moviegoers

For Stephen King fans worrying they might hear people talking about “IT Chapter Two” before they see it, Judith Rosenbaum advises to keep in mind that spoilers aren’t necessarily a bad thing.  People waiting for a scare they know is coming can make for an enjoyable moment, says the University of Maine assistant professor of […]

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Three UMaine undergraduates chosen as ENACT Labor Network Policy Fellows

This academic year, three University of Maine students will be learning about state policy through direct engagement with the policymaking process as part of an innovative new fellowship supported by the Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation (ENACT) at Brandeis University. Political science majors Kevin Fitzpatrick of Damariscotta and Harley Rogers of Lincoln, and Elijah […]

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UMaine in Princeton Review’s ‘The Best 385 Colleges’

The Princeton Review’s 2020 edition of its annual college guide again cites UMaine as among the best 385 colleges nationwide. The colleges and universities profiled in this year’s “The Best 385 Colleges” represent nearly 13 percent of America’s 3,000 four-year colleges, according to Princeton Review. The company chooses the colleges for the book based on […]

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Hecker named senior advisor, Gilbert interim executive vice president for academic affairs and provost

University of Maine executive vice president for academic affairs and provost Jeffrey Hecker has been named senior advisor to President Joan Ferrini-Mundy, effective Sept. 1. As senior advisor, Hecker will assist the university in key strategic areas, including UMaine’s budget development and implementation process. In the 2018–19 academic year, President Ferrini-Mundy and Provost Hecker led […]

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Newsom awarded AAUW American Fellowship

Archaeological research focused on the World War II German prisoner of war (POW) camp that was located on Passamaquoddy land in eastern Maine has been recognized with a 2019–20 American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW). The fellowship provides a $6,000 grant to support the work of UMaine assistant professor of anthropology […]

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For plants, McDonough MacKenzie pens love letter, launches website

Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie called her grandmother each spring during her childhood when the rhododendrons bloomed in her hometown in Massachusetts. To celebrate, they’d go on a wildflower picnic in Moore State Park. McDonough MacKenzie still thoroughly enjoys “botanizing.” And the David H. Smith Conservation Research Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Maine Climate Change Institute also […]

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