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New study uncovers how shipworms plagued seafarers for millennia

For thousands of years, shipworms — a family of mollusks found in oceans — sank wooden vessels, ravaged wharfs and shipwrecked sailors. They even devastated the Spanish Armada in the 16th century. Exactly how they have been able to wreak such havoc has remained a mystery, until now.  A new study published in the journal […]

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Maine lakes are worth $14 billion, according to UMaine study

Anyone who has been to a Maine lake can feel their value — its beauty, the rich wildlife, the memories created there — but communicating that value to policy makers when they are deciding where to allocate funds for conservation can be challenging. Thanks to a University of Maine study supported by the Senator George […]

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UMaine study examines intersections between campus hazing, white supremacy

College campuses across the country are working to put an end to hazing, a form of interpersonal and community violence that is often normalized and minimized through tradition. At the same time, postsecondary institutions are grappling with legacies of racism and white supremacy rooted in similar norms and practices. A new study led by University […]

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UMaine researcher briefs Congress on wastewater disease surveillance

A University of Maine researcher spoke in a Congressional briefing about successful efforts led by the University of Maine System to use wastewater testing to keep classes and labs open during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Robert T. Wheeler, a professor of microbiology at the University of Maine, testified May 14 as an expert witness at a […]

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UMaine researchers creating semiconductor curriculum for high schoolers

The National Science Foundation awarded $1.2 million to a University of Maine-led team of researchers to create a comprehensive semiconductor curriculum for high school students.  Spearheaded by principal investigator Prabuddha Chakraborty and co-principal investigator Rosemary Smith from UMaine’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the team will devise lessons and coursework about developing semiconductors that […]

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Giudice co-authors award winning guidance on robot guide dogs

Nicholas Giudice, professor of spatial computing at the University of Maine, co-authored an award winning paper about developing robot guide dogs to assist people with visual impairments. In an effort led by researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Giudice helped outline the first user-driven guidelines on the needs and design specifications for robot guide […]

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Black Bear Beekeepers join national fight to preserve pollinators 

More than 3,600 different species of bees are native to the U.S. Over the past century, their presence has significantly declined due to habitat loss, pesticide use and climate change. Up to 40% of pollinator species are at risk of extinction.  Bees, moths, butterflies and other pollinators provide a key role in every ecosystem by […]

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From Norway and Taiwan, Fulbright awardees hope to make a difference

Investigating plastic pollution in a Norwegian glacier and teaching English in Taiwan are the plans of a University of Maine Ph.D. student and a recent graduate who both received awards from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Ligia Naveira, a Ph.D. student with UMaine’s Climate Change Institute, earned a Fulbright Open Study/Research Award; and Cora Saddler, […]

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