Darling Marine Center

Darling Marine Center interns: Summer science stories

This summer, eight research interns from the University of Maine, Bates College and Brandeis University collaborated with UMaine scientists based at the Darling Marine Center. Some worked remotely, while other students were out in the field and on UMaine research vessels, collecting data on our changing ocean as part of their capstone and thesis projects.  […]

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Student in a lab class

Developmental Biology students choose their adventure 

Like playing a “Choose Your Own Adventure” game, students in BIO 336 — Developmental Biology this fall have options for completing the course, providing both flexibility and social distancing to adapt to COVID-19.  Jared Talbot, assistant professor of developmental biology, will still require every student to read their textbooks, write thought-prompts, take quizzes and conduct […]

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Hands holding pine cones

UMaine 4-H Centers partner with Maine K–12 schools to provide outdoor and STEM education for students

University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Learning Centers will play a pivotal role in the education plans of K–12 schools in Maine communities this fall by providing venues for vibrant outdoor learning, and experiential STEM and outdoor education lessons that add depth to standard grade-level curriculum.  “Outdoor learning centers are playing a significant role in […]

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Julia McGuire

Biology lecturer adapts teaching to pandemic with outdoor lab fostering independent inquiry, classwide collaboration 

The COVID-19 pandemic forced Julia McGuire to scrap the remaining labs for 200 BIO 100 students and create a new one within a week in March. Despite shifting to remote-instruction, she ensured students achieved their learning goals while fostering independent exploration and analysis in the spring 2020 semester.  And she’s taking that two-way learning experience […]

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Timothy Boester

Boester devises methods to preserve collaborative, learner-focused mathematics instruction during pandemic 

Students enrolled in Timothy Boester’s precalculus class learn and implement mathematical concepts through group work, even during a pandemic.   Boester, an assistant professor of mathematics education at the University of Maine, says eliciting responses from students through learner-focused instruction not only helps them grasp the material, but helps him monitor their progress. Collaborative assignments also […]

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