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Aaron Putnam examining cracks in a desert

Climate change and the rise of the Mongol Empire

Could the rise of the Mongol Empire, the greatest land empire ever on Earth, have been linked to climate change? Aaron Putnam thinks so. In 2010 and 2011, Putnam, previously at Columbia University and now an assistant professor in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences and the Climate Change Institute at the University of […]

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Sky Heller

For Heller, ancient trash heaps hold clues to healthy future fisheries

At age 7, Sky Heller was captivated digging through a buried trash heap protruding from an eroding bank at her family’s farm in the foothills of Pennsylvania. “When I found out I could do it for a career, I’ve never looked back,” says Heller, now a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology and environmental policy at the […]

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UMaine to host international fish, shellfish immunology conference

The University of Maine Aquaculture Research Institute will host this year’s international conference on behalf of the International Society of Fish & Shellfish Immunology (ISFSI). This is the second international conference of the ISFSI and the first time the global group of researchers and industry leaders will gather outside Europe. The International Conference of Fish […]

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Cross laminated timber

‘Plywood on steroids’ could help grow industry

Nicholas Willey once planned to be a lawyer. Then, at his mother’s suggestion, the then-Caribou High School student attended the free University of Maine Pulp & Paper Foundation program “Consider Engineering” that gives juniors insight into the field. “It really opened my eyes to what engineering encompassed,” says Willey. As well as persuasively made the […]

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Tracy Arm fjord, Alaska

UMaine marine science students dive deep in Alaskan fjords

Two marine science students at the University of Maine started off 2016 a little differently than they had previous years. For five days, Ashley Rossin and Elise Hartill collected red tree corals, Primnoa pacifica, from the Tracy Arm Fjord — a narrow, deep inlet of the sea nestled between high cliffs — located just south […]

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Honors students using an electron microscope

Going viral: First-year students get hands-on experience in phage genomics course

There is a long list of learning objectives for the HON 150/155 phage genomics course, in which first-year undergraduates conduct hands-on research. They learn how to purify and isolate novel bacteriophages — viruses that infect bacterial hosts — from soil samples. The students learn how to characterize their individual phages — which have the miniscule […]

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A stack of books written by Jennifer Moxley

Moxley a finalist for $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award

Jennifer Moxley, University of Maine professor of English, is a finalist for the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, presented by Claremont Graduate University. The award is given annually to honor a poet at mid-career, providing resources that allow the artist to continue working toward the pinnacle of their craft. Moxley is being recognized for her […]

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Poultry producers advised to remain alert for avian flu

Due to the recent outbreak of a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza (AI) on a large turkey farm in Indiana, poultry producers in Maine are reminded to maintain vigilance against its transmission, even in winter. As a result of the outbreak in Indiana, about 245,000 turkeys and 156,000 chickens have been euthanized, according to […]

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Downton Bangor

Downtown Bangor to celebrate humanities during fourth annual event

The University of Maine Humanities Center will host the fourth annual Downtown Bangor Public Humanities Day at various locations Jan. 30 with a kickoff event Jan. 29. Free events for participants of all ages will be offered at venues including the University of Maine Museum of Art (UMMA), Bangor Public Library and Maine Discovery Museum. […]

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