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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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New initiative unites Maine’s innovators to bolster STEM research and workforce

An $8 million grant from the National Science Foundation will fund a four-year initiative led by the University of Maine to bolster STEM research capacity and education from Kittery to Fort Kent and dismantle systemic barriers to innovation. Maine-SMART, or Strengthening Maine’s Research Ecosystem and Pathways Through Strategic Capacity Building, will support more than 200 […]

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Maine’s first research satellite to launch this year

Maine’s first small research satellite, designed to engage middle and high school students in STEM, is expected to launch into orbit within the next couple of months.  Firefly Aerospace, a company based in Cedar Rapids, Texas, integrated the nearly 1 foot tall satellite, known as MESAT1, into a rocket to be launched from the Vandenberg […]

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Lown legacy preserved with specialty U.S. Mint coin 

Starting in 2019, the U.S. Mint began issuing four specialty coins per year, one for each state, in celebration of U.S. innovation for the American Innovation $1 Coin program. By 2032, leaders of all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories will have chosen an innovator or innovation to represent their […]

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Transformation of ocean management is underway, study finds

Marine ecosystem-based management (EBM) is a growing practice of ocean stewardship and conservation that offers benefits to the production of healthy, local food and the preservation of clean water, as well as recreation, habitation and storm protection in the Gulf of Maine and beyond.  Despite its benefits and recognition as a keystone practice of ocean […]

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Furry thieves are running loose in a forest north of Bangor, UMaine research shows

Scattered across the Penobscot Experimental Forest are veritable treasure troves for its denizens, each containing riches beyond comprehension. These caches do not contain gold or jewels – they’re filled with eastern white pine seeds and were placed by a team of researchers at the University of Maine for one purpose: to catch furry thieves red-handed.  […]

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Innovative medical research underway through UMaine, USM partnership 

New technology to study cancer, unique materials for medical devices and diseases transmitted by mosquitoes are among the areas of research being conducted through a new partnership between the University of Maine and University of Southern Maine.  Led by UMaine’s Institute of Medicine, the pilot program provides fellowships to USM faculty to conduct research through […]

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