Service to the state

Following are just some of the ways in which the faculty, staff and students of the University of Maine have worked tirelessly to make our university as accessible as possible during the coronavirus pandemic:

Research and business

UMaine, UMass Amherst researchers bioengineering novel membrane to capture COVID-19 airborne droplets

UMaine researcher, students, help state officials forecast economic fallout in Maine from COVID-19

State partnership overcomes urgent shortage of key N95 mask testing materials

Shopping in the COVID-19 Pandemic, an information sheet, May 6

Coronavirus, data analytics the focus of UMaine online discussion April 25

UMaine, Maine MEP collaborating on production of aerosol shields to protect health care workers

The Office of Innovation and Economic Development has compiled a list of resources for Maine businesses affected by coronavirus (loan programs and more).

UMaine aids Bangor Public Health by providing vetted coronavirus research, updates, April 6

UMaine, statewide partners producing hand sanitizer, exploring PPE innovations for Maine hospitals, April 3

Emera Astronomy Center supports COVID-19 research efforts with visualization cluster, April 3

Jessica Miller, UMaine professor of philosophy and associate dean for faculty affairs and interdisciplinary programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, recently posted a video lecture on the “Ethics of Pandemics” using real-world case scenarios and raising some difficult questions.

Medical researchers use Climate Reanalyzer to predict potential spread of COVID-19

Local Catch Network yields bounty of fresh seafood options

College of Education and Human Development IT lecturer shares resources with educators, students during pandemic, March 18


University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Learn about safe harvesting of wild blueberries during pandemic

UMaine Extension to host wild blueberry virtual field days in July

UMaine Extension offers COVID-19 resources for pick-your-own farms

Community garden guidelines during COVID-19

Managing pick-your-own operations during COVID-19

New resources on conducting seedling sales from UMaine Extension, April 24

New video highlights Extension’s Maine Farm and Seafood Products Directory, April 22

UMaine Extension to host virtual town hall April 17 on changes in the meat industry

UMaine Extension publications provide useful information related to COVID-19 pandemic, April 14

UMaine Extension homemakers group makes masks for health care providers, April 14

UMaine Extension 4-H launches outdoor activity series, April 13

Maine Agricultural Mediation Program can help farm families, workers during COVID-19

COVID-19 food safety information from UMaine Extension, March 31

UMaine Extension 4-H stress management workshop for teens on April 16

UMaine Extension opens new ask-an-expert agriculture page, March 31

Cooperative Extension has compiled all of Extension services and new programs on a website: Connecting with Maine Communities During COVID-19. There also is a UMaine Extension 4-H Learn at Home resource webpage.

UMaine Extension 4-H offers virtual science cafés, March 30

Farmers invited to online meetings to share information during pandemic, March 27

Chat online with garden experts, March 27

UMaine Extension creates video series with easy recipes to make at home, March 26

Willing to help dairy farmers during COVID-19 outbreak? Contact UMaine Extension, March 25

UMaine Extension creates 4-H online resources for learning at home, March 20

New online Maine farm products and pick-up directory available, March 20

Extension provides parents with social distancing resource, March 16

Extension issues recommendations for farmers during COVID-19 outbreak, March 12


Academic, cultural and community

Maine Summer Youth Music now online

Psychological Services Center offering COVID-19 Stress Clinic, general teletherapy

Community Learning for Maine website launch event announced, May 8

Honors College, local community members donate 10K meals to Good Shepherd Food Bank

Collins Center offering online arts and cultural resources

UMaine will graduate 38 students in nursing two weeks early to help meet pandemic needs

The newly launched website, Community Learning for ME, is a cross-organization initiative led by the Rural Aspirations Project with the UMaine College of Education and Human Development as one of many partners. The website is a “volunteer driven, grassroots effort designed in community for community as a resource to support parents and teachers while school is not in session due to COVID-19.” It provides live learning sessions in science, literacy, and the arts for all ages, as well as providing curricular and mental health supports for both parents and teachers as they juggle the challenges of remote learning. Faculty in the UMaine COEHD have volunteered to provide sessions on parent mental health, supporting students with special needs, and supporting teachers facing technological challenges in remote teaching, among others.

The UMaine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies has compiled disability-specific COVID-19 resources

Fogler Library to archive UMaine experiences during COVID-19 pandemic

Chat series to offer at-risk residents tips to stay healthy, April 6

Fogler Library’s Reference Department has created a guide with a collection of online resources for K-12 families, students, and teachers. It includes licensed resources available to Maine residents, open-access resources and temporarily open-access resources. In addition, the K-12 community is encouraged to contact Fogler librarians for help in finding information resources.

Visit the Hudson Museum online, March 27

BioME Student Showcase still on, virtually, March 26

Black Bear Exchange offers drive-thru pickup, March 25

Student teachers innovate to reach young learners at home, March 24

McGillicuddy Humanities Center offering ‘Humanities from Home,’ March 23

University of Maine Museum of Art offering virtual tours of featured exhibitions, March 20