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Norway spruce testing

UMaine tests Norway spruce to see if it makes the cut for construction

University of Maine scientists are testing wood from some of the 3 billion trees the Civilian Conservation Corps planted during the Great Depression. Staff and students at the UMaine Advanced Structures and Composites Center are evaluating strength values (including bending and tension) of about 1,200 pieces of lumber milled from Norway spruce that grew in […]

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Buoy data to inform how aquaculture fits into working waterfront

University of Maine scientists have deployed an ocean-observing buoy at the mouth of the Damariscotta River to help scientists understand how different types and scales of aquaculture can fit into Maine’s multi-use working waterfront. The buoy is part of a National Science Foundation’s Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET) project geared to assist the aquaculture sector […]

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UMaine interns at Avian Haven

Krystal Poulin and Alexandra Jimenez: Birds of a feather at Avian Haven

As a young child, Alexandra Jimenez followed around squirrels and cracked open nuts for them. Her desire to help animals is still strong. Today, the University of Maine sophomore from Montville is majoring in animal and veterinary sciences with a pre-veterinary concentration. At UMaine, much of her academic concentration has been on cows and sheep […]

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STEM project to benefit Down East youth

A new program based in Machias aims to immerse at least 600 10- to 18-year-olds in innovative, out-of-school science and math opportunities. The three-year STEM Guides Downeast project is a collaborative effort among the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA), Axiom Education and Training Center and University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H, according to an […]

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Young’s fellowship out of this world

University of Maine civil engineering doctoral student Andrew Young has been named a 2015 NASA Space Technology Research Fellow for his work on the Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator (HIAD) project at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center. A HIAD is a nose-mounted device on a spacecraft that slows the craft as it enters a planet’s […]

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UMaine, Maine Technology Institute to launch entrepreneurship program

The University of Maine, in partnership with the Maine Technology Institute, is building a startup seed accelerator for Maine entrepreneurs. The pilot program, called Scratchpad Accelerator, starts Aug. 31 in Bangor. Scratchpad Accelerator will work with up to four high-potential, high-growth entrepreneurial teams to validate their customer base, value proposition and business model. The selected […]

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Camp merges environmental science, traditional native culture

Weaving baskets while learning about brown ash identification and habitat is one of the hands-on projects at the Wabanaki Youth Science Program (WaYS) wskitkamikww, or Earth, summer camp June 22-26, at Cobscook Community Learning Center in Trescott. At the third annual WaYS summer camp, Native American youth in grades 9-12 also will use compasses and […]

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DMC scientists discover ocean chloride buried in sediment

University of Maine marine scientists are part of a team that discovered chloride — the most common dissolved substance in seawater — can leave the ocean by sticking to organic particles that settle out of surface water and become buried in marine sediment. The discovery helps explain the fate of chloride in the ocean over […]

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UMaine’s Pianka earns fellowship to work on marine policy issues

Karen Pianka, a graduate student in the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine, has been awarded a Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship that begins in February 2016. Named after John A. Knauss, a founder of Sea Grant, a program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the fellowship matches graduate students with […]

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