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White-tailed deer

Elias focuses on factors affecting spread of deer ticks, diseases

With the arrival of spring, many Mainers head outside to hike, mow lawns, picnic, and garden. But working and playing outdoors can bring people in contact with deer ticks and tick-borne diseases, including Lyme disease. “Maine in 2014 had the highest incidence of Lyme disease of all the states in the country,” says Susan Elias, […]

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UMaine Composites Center to host 300 students for STEM challenges

The University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center will host the Windstorm Challenge and the 8th Annual Maine Wind Blade Challenge for middle- and high-school students May 20. Winning team members of both competitions will be offered internships at the UMaine Composites Center valued at more than $20,000, contingent upon enrollment at the university. […]

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One of UMaine’s largest graduating classes urged to embrace a diverse world

Editor’s note: Story updated May 15. Nearly 1,800 graduates — one of the largest classes in University of Maine history — and more than 11,000 guests attended the 214th Commencement ceremonies at the state’s flagship campus May 14. Commencement speaker United States Ambassador Pamela White received a standing ovation for her address focused on the […]

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Research looks into positive health effects from eating chocolate

Following a widely reported collaborative study that found eating chocolate improves cognitive function, researchers at the University of Maine, University of South Australia and Luxembourg Institute of Health have published additional research to determine potential causes. The initial research involved 968 participants ages 23–98 from the Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study. Participants who ate chocolate at least […]

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Saltmarsh sparrows

Olsen recommends local habitat protection to save saltmarsh sparrows

When Laura Garey wades into tidal marshes at sunrise to survey saltmarsh sparrows, the University of Maine graduate student also spies deflated balloons, trash and pollutants. These reservoirs at the intersection of land and sea also are increasingly being damaged by coastal development, sea-level rise and more frequent storm surges. All of which makes it […]

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Fishermen in La Paz, Mexico

Fishermen’s decisions shaped by both climate, community distinctions

An international research team led by Heather Leslie found fishermen’s decisions are shaped by differences in both natural and social environments. The team discovered the community with stronger fishing rights exerted more control over fishermen’s decisions than communities with weaker rights, and did so in a way consistent with the impacts of climate variability on […]

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ADVANCE Rising Tide Center to host fifth annual conference for women in academia

Women from Maine’s colleges and universities are invited to network and participate in discussions on career advancement Tuesday, May 17 in Bangor. The University of Maine’s ADVANCE Rising Tide Center will host the “ADVANCING Women in Academia: 5th Annual Networking Conference” from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn. The event will […]

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R/V Norseman II in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

Waller explores spectacular coral colonies in Glacier Bay

Rhian Waller received an incredible gift to celebrate the National Park System’s 100th anniversary in 2016. The University of Maine associate professor led the first-ever extensive expedition of the underwater fjords in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska. “Glacier Bay National Park is such an amazing area, it’s very hard to put it […]

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