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UMaine geologist helps identify critical minerals in northern Maine 

In his career as a University of Maine geologist, Martin Yates has been recruited to help investigate geologic anomalies, but none like the one found last year on Pennington Mountain in Aroostook County. His work contributed to a major discovery of critical mineral resources of rare earth elements and trace metals that was the first […]

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Mitchell Center researchers explore how community-university partnerships can strengthen democratic decision-making

Researchers from the University of Maine Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions have found that community-university collaborations focused on local concerns can help communities make decisions and take actions to resolve them, even when complete agreement isn’t possible. In their recent essay for the journal Issues in Science and Technology, Mitchell Center Director […]

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Salmon deplete fat stores while stopped at dams, UMaine study shows

Restoration of the critically endangered Atlantic salmon is an important issue in the rivers of Maine. Dams on Maine rivers have long been known to impact fish populations, but a new study led by the University of Maine quantifying the time and energy lost by Atlantic salmon stopped by dams indicate that the structures might […]

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UMaine leads study of Ugandan glaciers that unravels 20,000-year-old geological mystery

Ancient geological discrepancies can not only puzzle scientists, but can also lead to revelations about our present climate once they are solved. An international team led by a University of Maine researcher has uncovered a 20,000-year-old geological mystery in Uganda that will inform how scientists understand the relationship between glaciers, sea level temperatures and precipitation […]

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UMaine moves forward with new B.S. program in Human-Centered Technology Design

The University of Maine School of Computing and Information Sciences (SCIS) will launch a new Bachelor of Science in Human-Centered Technology Design program in the fall 2023 semester. The degree program was approved at the Jan. 30 meeting of the University of Maine System Board of Trustees. Human-Centered Technology Design, or HCTD, focuses on the […]

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Heather Leslie, Darling Marine Center Director, named 2022 AAAS fellow

Heather Leslie, professor of marine science and director of the Darling Marine Center at the University of Maine, has been named a 2022 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow, one of the highest honors in the scientific community. AAAS Fellows are a group of scientists, engineers and innovators recognized for their achievements […]

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Cruz-Uribe receives NSF award to make geological dating methods more accessible

Editor’s note: Updated Feb. 2, 2023. Geologists have long determined the age of rocks and minerals by measuring the decay of certain isotopes, but the process can be time consuming and labor intensive. Alicia Cruz-Uribe, associate professor of mineralogy and petrology in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences at the University of Maine, is […]

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Ranco awarded $50K for project to develop climate resilience with Wabanaki communities

The University of Maine Office of Sponsored Research has been awarded $50,000 from Jane’s Trust Foundation for a project to develop adaptive resilience to climate change with Wabanaki communities, led by Darren Ranco, professor of anthropology and chair of Native American Programs at the University of Maine. Jane’s Trust Foundation is a family foundation dedicated […]

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Golet receives significant, multiyear support for Atlantic bluefin tuna tagging program from the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund

The University of Maine Pelagic Fisheries Lab directed by assistant professor Walt Golet has received a five-year, $250,000 commitment from the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Outdoor Fund to deploy electronic tags on Atlantic bluefin tuna.   The Outdoor Fund is a not-for-profit charity that rallies Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s 200 million passionate customers to […]

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