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S3E6: How do face masks affect first impressions?

There’s an adage that people don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. Mollie Ruben, assistant professor of psychology, examines how face masks affect people’s first impressions of others during the COVID-19 outbreak. Do people appear more or less smart to others, depending on whether they’re wearing or not wearing a mask? More […]

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S3E5: How can philosophy help deliver the best medical care?

Some may imagine that people who major in and pursue careers in philosophy are relegated to poring through old dusty books about Plato and Socrates. In reality, philosophy majors work in all kinds of fields, including the legal profession and entertainment. One place you might not expect to find a philosopher is in the hospital […]

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S3E4: How does diversity strengthen education and community?

The death of George Floyd is just one of several incidents that pushed issues of race, diversity and justice to the front burner in 2020. At the University of Maine, President Joan Ferrini-Mundy created a new council to examine where UMaine stands in relation to these issues and what can be done to foster a […]

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S3E3: How are technology and online classes changing education?

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated many changes that were already underway in how and where education is delivered these days. From Pre-K to Ph.D., online curricula offered through digital platforms like Zoom and Brightspace are now a key component of virtually every student’s instruction. What are the advantages of using these technologies? Will they replace or […]

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S3E2: What does the future look like for Maine’s wild blueberries?

Along with lobsters and lighthouses, wild blueberries are an iconic product from the state of Maine. While the industry has struggled of late, promising developments exist for wild blueberries and the people who grow and make products out of them. UMaine’s wild blueberry expert Lily Calderwood shares her thoughts on the work being done at […]

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S3E1: How have Maine schools dealt with the pandemic?

Last spring, when the coronavirus was causing major shifts in how schools educated children, Catherine Biddle, Maria Frankland and students from the College of Education and Human Development did some research. They explored how schools were managing and communicating decisions to families. One of the researchers’ goals was to identify best practices for educators to […]

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S2E15: Why do we toss 33% of food we produce when people are hungry?

Almost a billion people in the world are food insecure, and each year we throw away about one-third of the food we produce. Susanne Lee, executive-in-residence at the Maine Business School, and Peter O’Brien, a senior majoring in economics, examined the issue of food waste and have some possible solutions.

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S2E13: What impact is COVID-19 having on tourism, and the economy?

Maine, also called Vacationland, is a favorite destination for visitors. But what impact will the pandemic have on tourism, tax revenue and the overall economy? Those are topics on this week’s “The Maine Question” podcast.  Andrew Crawley, a University of Maine assistant professor of regional economic development, is developing forecasts to evaluate possible financial fallout, […]

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