Research

BDN reports on FBRI, middle school collaboration

The Bangor Daily News shared a University of Maine news release showcasing a research collaboration between UMaine’s Forest Bioproducts Research Institute (FBRI) and local K–12 teachers. The Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program makes research accessible to the community while teaching STEM principles to teachers and elementary and high school students.

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Mech speaks with BDN, WQCB about using pheromones to control browntail moth

Angela Mech, an assistant professor of forest ecology at the University of Maine, talked with the Bangor Daily News about using browntail moth pheromones to confuse the male moths and reduce mating. WQCB (Q106.5 in Brewer) also spoke with Mech and graduate student Sadia Crosby about their research. The researchers are working to identify the most effective pheromone […]

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Olechnowicz talks with Down East about fire management in Maine

Casey Olechnowicz, a Ph.D. student in the School of Forest Resources at the University of Maine, spoke with Down East magazine about using prescribed burns to reduce fire danger in Maine. Olechnowicz notes that resistance to prescribed burning often reflects a lack of trust between the public and the agency conducting the burn.

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Press Herald reports on pilot programs at UMaine, Machias

In reporting on a vote by the University of Maine System Board of Trustees to approve the 2021–22 budget for the System, the Portland Press Herald reported on two pilot programs at UMaine and UMaine Machias. A revenue-neutral initiative seeks to consolidate student fees to simplify billing, and a new research learning program will provide […]

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AP cites Sorg report in covering increased overdose deaths during pandemic

The Associated Press cited a report authored by Marcella Sorg, a University of Maine research professor, in a story about the number of drug-related deaths in Maine in 2020. More than 500 Mainers died of drug overdose during the pandemic. Sorg indicated that research continues to understand the role of isolation and lockdowns on the […]

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Two UMaine master’s students win TAPPI NANO awards

Alexander Collins and Rakibul Hossain, bioproducts engineering master’s students at the University of Maine, won 2021 TAPPI NANO Student Poster Competition awards at the TAPPI annual conference. Both students are advised by Mehdi Tajvidi, associate professor of renewable nanomaterials with the School of Forest Resources.  The annual TAPPI conference is considered the world’s largest cellulose […]

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