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More than 230,000 pounds of produce donated through Maine Harvest for Hunger in 2018

In 2018, volunteers statewide in the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Maine Harvest for Hunger program donated 231,752 pounds of produce directly to neighbors in need and to 187 sites, including food pantries, soup kitchens and low-income senior centers. The monetary value of the produce donated is estimated at almost $400,000. More than 500 volunteers, […]

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Maine higher ed leader receives national award

John N. Diamond, a longtime higher education official from Maine, has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the nation’s top award for higher education advocacy and state relations. On Thursday, Diamond, currently president and executive director of the University of Maine Alumni Association, received the Marvin D. “Swede” Johnson Achievement Award in Atlanta as […]

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DDT in Alaska meltwater poses cancer risk for people who eat lots of fish

Children in Alaska whose diet includes a lot of fish from rivers fed by the Eastern Alaska Mountain Range may have a long-term elevated risk for cancer because of insecticides — including DDT — in the meltwater. Even with low levels of organochlorine pollutants (OCPs) in glacial meltwater, the risk of cancer for youth and […]

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Researchers advocate for poetry in early reading instruction

Educators have long recognized the power of poetry to inspire an enduring passion for language in children. But over time, poetry instruction for beginning readers has declined in favor of other teaching methods. Now, some scholars are trying to revive it. In an article, “Why Poetry for Reading Instruction? Because It Works!” published in the […]

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Study looks at ecological traps to minimize human risk of mosquito-borne pathogens

Ecological traps have the potential to effectively control pest species and inhibit the spread of infectious diseases, according to a University of Maine researcher. A recently published study led by Allison Gardner, an assistant professor of arthropod vector biology at UMaine, provides new insights into how ecological traps, which occur when organisms show preference for […]

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Miner discovers DDT in remote Alaska glacier and meltwater

The perception of glacial water as cold and pristine isn’t reality, says Kimberley Miner. At least the pristine part. The research assistant professor with the University of Maine Climate Change Institute found pesticide pollutants — including the insecticide DDT — in a remote Alaskan glacier and its meltwater. Pesticides that contain organochlorine compounds (OCPs) are […]

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Birkel, Mayewski prepare report to help Mainers plan for climate challenges

Mainers can expect significant environmental changes in the next two decades due to increased greenhouse gas emissions and patterns of variability in the climate system, say University of Maine researchers Sean Birkel and Paul Mayewski. And they’ve produced a report — Coastal Maine Climate Futures — to provide a base for coastal Maine planners to […]

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