News Releases

Jacquelyn Gill

NSF CAREER Award to fund unique research project

Explaining the dynamics of an ice age landscape to a classroom of middle-schoolers can be a daunting challenge for teachers. Researchers in the lab examine evidence such as pollen and other tiny fossils, and particulate matter contained in sediment core samples to “see” what the ancient landscape once was. But how can this data be […]

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Green crabs

Green crab predation identified as cause of Maine clam decline

Juvenile soft-shell “steamer” clams are not surviving to adulthood due to high levels of predation, according to Brian Beal, a professor of marine ecology at the University of Maine at Machias and director of research at the nonprofit Downeast Institute (DEI), who partnered with the Maine Clammers Association to conduct the research. The team discovered […]

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Human heart

Townsend awarded $750,000 to study effects of aging fat tissue on cardiometabolic health

An assistant professor of neurobiology at the University of Maine has been awarded a $750,000 grant from the American Heart Association for a three-year study looking at the aging of fat tissue and its effects on cardiovascular and metabolic conditions. Kristy Townsend, an expert on brain-adipose communication, energy balance regulation and cardiometabolic disease, received a […]

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2018 UMaine graduates

UMaine’s newest graduates encouraged to be engaged in civil public discourse

The University of Maine’s newest graduates “have a key role to play in restoring the high ideals of civil discourse,” according to U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, the speaker at UMaine’s 216th Commencement ceremonies May 12 at Harold Alfond Sports Arena on campus. “Courage, civility, principles and even wit are increasingly rare commodities in our discourse […]

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Vision for Tomorrow matching gift program raises more than $4.8 million

The matching gift program of the University of Maine’s Vision for Tomorrow campaign has raised more than $4.8 million, according to the University of Maine Foundation. A $1 million bequest from an anonymous donor leveraged $3.8 million in additional support for UMaine. The now-completed program was the public phase of the Vision for Tomorrow comprehensive […]

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Coral reef

Study finds marine protected areas help coral reefs

Reports in recent years that marine protected areas (MPAs) aren’t effective in saving coral reefs from the damaging effects of global climate change have led some to argue that such expensive interventions are futile. But a study that spanned 700 kilometers of the eastern Caribbean reveals that MPAs can, indeed, help coral reefs. Robert Steneck, […]

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Nanocellulose materials

Tajvidi awarded $250,000 to develop next-generation CNF floor, wall products

Mehdi Tajvidi knows that big things can come in small packages. He works with cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) — the natural structural building units of wood that are 1/100,000th the width of a human hair. The University of Maine assistant professor of renewable nanomaterials describes CNF as magical. The renewable biodegradable material has superior properties, he […]

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