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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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UMaine's 215 Commencement

UMaine’s 216th Commencement is May 12

More than 1,650 students, including 34 doctoral degree candidates, are expected to participate in the University of Maine’s 216th Commencement on May 12 in Harold Alfond Sports Arena on campus. UMaine Commencement will be held in two ceremonies, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Both ceremonies are ticketed events and live streaming will be […]

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Engineering gift

$1 million corporate gift pledged for UMaine engineering building

Packaging Corporation of America has pledged a $1 million gift to help construct the University of Maine Engineering Education and Design Center, according to UMaine Pulp & Paper Foundation President Carrie Enos. PCA is one of the largest producers of containerboard and corrugated packaging products in the U.S., and a corporate member of UMPPF. Headquartered […]

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Thwaites Glacier

Campbell, Hall part of massive UK-US examination of Antarctic glacier

The Thwaites Glacier in remote West Antarctica is losing 50 billion tons of ice a year and polar scientists say it could collapse within decades. The resulting rapid sea-level rise would increase vulnerability for 40 percent of the world’s population — approximately 3 billion people — living within 60 miles of the coast. So reducing […]

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Maine Day volunteers

Community service projects to highlight Maine Day, May 2

University of Maine community members will take part in a day of service on Maine Day, May 2. As part of the annual spring cleanup tradition, UMaine students, faculty and staff will complete volunteer projects aimed at sprucing up campus, enjoy a free barbecue and take part in a meal-packing event. Festivities will begin at […]

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Rural community road

Opinions of Maine youth central to project aimed at helping rural communities thrive

Helping rural communities retain and attract young residents is the goal of a three-year study being led by the University of Maine. The project seeks to understand the goals and aspirations of middle- and high-school students in traditionally forest-dependent communities in Maine and Oregon. Researchers will look at economic restructuring, community characteristics, and young people’s […]

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Follow a researcher

Students invited to Follow a Researcher on the coast of Maine

What do green crabs, ducks and crab traps have in common? How do scientists make sure data they collect are accurate? What is an invasive species and how can it be identified? This spring, University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H invites K–12 students from Maine and beyond to explore the science of tracking invasive species […]

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LAAST grant

LASST project receives $2.5 million from DOE to improve technology in power plants

A University of Maine research project focused on improving sensor technologies in coal-based power plants has received a $2.5 million grant from the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) through the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy. The UMaine project, “Technology Maturation of Wireless Harsh-Environment Sensors for Improved Condition-Based Monitoring,” led by Mauricio Pereira da […]

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