Signature and Emerging Areas

Students: Conducting research to buoy aquaculture

Read transcript In summer 2016, students from the University of Maine, University of Maine at Machias and the University of New England became SEA (Science for Economic Impact & Application) Fellows. Knowledge gained from hands-on research projects involving oysters, lobster shell hardness and disease, clam growth and surface runoff in the Damariscotta River estuary is […]

Read more

Lu Wang

Lu Wang: Seeing the forest for its nanocellulose

Maine is home to more than 17 million acres of forestland, making it the most heavily wooded state in the nation, and the forest products industry has long been an important part of the state’s economy. Lu Wang, a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Maine School of Forest Resources housed at the Advanced Structures […]

Read more

McCormack to receive forest stewardship award

Alumnus Maxwell McCormack Jr., emeritus, School of Forest Resources, will be presented with the prestigious 2016 Austin H. Wilkins Forest Stewardship Award in a Blaine House ceremony Sept. 8. The award recognizes people or organizations for their excellence in furthering forestry, forests or forestland conservation in Maine. Started by the Maine TREE Foundation in 2004, […]

Read more

Students: First-year students or trained phage hunters?

Read transcript There is a long list of learning objectives for the phage genomics course in which first-year undergraduates conduct hands-on research. Students learn how to purify and isolate novel bacteriophages — viruses that infect bacterial hosts — from soil samples. They learn how to characterize their individual phages, which can only be viewed using […]

Read more

‘Serendipity’ author to speak Sept. 8 at DMC

A professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will present a brown bag seminar titled “Adventures in nature and the pathways to ecological understanding” at noon Thursday, Sept. 8 at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center. Jim Estes’ talk will feature excerpts from his book “Serendipity; An Ecologist’s […]

Read more

Student working in a chemistry lab

NSF grant funds STEM education project in chemistry

Scientists and science educators have emphasized the vital role that reasoning with analogies plays in innovation, making new discoveries and advancing science. Fostering college students’ use of analogical reasoning in constructing scientific arguments in chemistry laboratory work is the focus of a more than $278,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. Mitchell Bruce and Alice […]

Read more

Savanah Haines

Savannah Haines: Passion for the forest and its health

Savannah Haines, a junior from Westport, Massachusetts, majoring in forestry with a minor in environmental horticulture, was one of three students nationwide to be awarded a Robert Felix Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship, which supports undergraduates studying arboriculture and urban forestry, is offered through the TREE Fund, a nonprofit organization committed to supporting the science of […]

Read more

Artist to deliver Distinguished Honors Graduate Lecture Sept. 27

The Honors College at the University of Maine will present the TIAA-CREF 2016–2017 Distinguished Honors Graduate Lecture with artist Mark Pettegrow on Tuesday, Sept. 27. Pettegrow will present “Fairing the Edge: In Search of Eloquent Form,” at 3:30 p.m. in Neville Hall, Room 101. In addition, an exhibition featuring several of Pettegrow’s sculptures will be […]

Read more

Sorg’s fatal drug overdose statistics cited in BDN story

A preliminary analysis by Marcella Sorg, a University of Maine medical and forensic anthropologist, was cited in a Bangor Daily News article about drug overdoses in the state. According to the Aug. 30 article, in the first six months of 2016, 189 people in Maine have died by drug overdose — an increase of 50 […]

Read more

Engineering program included in Press Herald’s Maine Voices column

The University of Maine was included in Carlos Lück’s Maine Voices piece in the Portland Press Herald about engineering programs partnering with industry. Lück, an associate professor of electrical engineering at the University of Southern Maine, wrote that UMaine and USM are the two universities in the University of Maine System with fully accredited engineering […]

Read more