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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 […]

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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 […]

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Arts and culture: Landscape as language

Read transcript For recently retired professor Michael Lewis, art is a way of feeling more deeply. For half a century, he has created an innovative body of art that has inspired generations, and been exhibited and acquired in prestigious collections. Lewis doesn’t just paint landscapes, says his colleague Laurie Hicks. He paints ideas. Thoughts. Possibilities. […]

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Community: Off-roading in a wheelchair

Read transcript In order to graduate from the University of Maine with a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, students must participate in a public service project to fulfill their capstone requirement. This year, one of seven capstone projects was to design and build an off-road wheelchair for Cody O’Brion and his family. O’Brion suffered a […]

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Research: Empowering Maine’s mightiest pollinators

Read transcript For the last 30 years, Drummond, professor of insect ecology at the University of Maine, has studied the biology, ecology, disease susceptibility and pesticide exposure of Maine’s 275 native species of bees, as well as the millions of commercial honey bees annually trucked into the state to aid in crop pollination. He has […]

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Saving salmon, one embryo at a time

Read transcript For the past 15 years, aquacultural salmon farmers in Maine have struggled with plummeting embryo survival rates, forcing them to drastically increase the number of eggs they produce — which comes with a hefty price tag. LeeAnne Thayer, Ph.D. candidate in marine sciences at the University of Maine, is determined to find out […]

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Students: Research at the ends of the Earth

Read transcript Over the last year, Rhian Waller, associate professor of marine science at the University of Maine, has been to the ends of the Earth to study how changing oceans are affecting cold-water corals and what those changes may eventually mean in places like the Gulf of Maine. Waller’s research team included three undergraduate […]

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Community: Maine’s potential is our purpose

How do we innovate to prepare for the 21st century? To promote health and well-being, enhance education, and engage communities to satisfy society’s greatest needs? See how the state’s only public research university is helping Maine prepare for tomorrow by turning knowledge into solutions.

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Phong Nguyen

Phong Nguyen: Changing lives is top priority

Read transcript Phong Nguyen earned a degree in chemical engineering with a concentration in pre-medical studies and a minor in chemistry from the University of Maine. The Vietnamese native hopes to one day use his passion for health care and fitness to make a difference back home. This fall, he will be pursuing a doctorate […]

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Community: Behind the scenes of Maine’s lobster industry

As the sun rises over Bass Harbor, Maine, Jim Dow and crew fish for lobsters — retrieving and baiting traps and measuring and banding lobsters. Jim Dow is vice president of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association, and sits on the board of advisors of the University of Maine Lobster Institute. UMaine has been a leader in […]

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