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Students win excellence in teaching awards

April 5, 2011


ORONO — Nicole Heller, a doctoral student in developmental psychology in the Department of Psychology, and Artur Palacz, a doctoral candidate in oceanography in the School of Marine Sciences, are winners of the University of Maine Center for Excellence in Teaching and Assessment (CETA) Graduate Teaching Awards.

They were selected in two categories by a faculty review panel from among a highly competitive pool of applicants.

Winning the Solo Instructor category award, Heller, who earned a...

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UMaine scientist takes lead on ocean expedition

March 11, 2011


University of Maine School of Marine Science research professor Lee Karp-Boss will leave Wednesday with an international group of scientists and researchers from Chile to Easter Island on a leg of the Tara Oceans Expedition, a three-year worldwide sailing journey to study oceanic ecosystems.

Karp-Boss, who studies phytoplankton and their form, function, and relationship to the environment, is serving as the chief scientist on board for the current leg, which will take the researchers 2,100...

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The Science of Kissing - Sheril Kirshenbaum

March 3, 2011


The Science of Kissing


Who doesn't remember their first kiss? For many, it is a memory they will carry with them for life. And from our first moment in our mother's arms, to our final moment as we exit this world, to the defining moment of our wedding, a kiss is often the act that accompanies our most significant events in life. But why do humans kiss? Is it a cultural artifact, or in our genes? And why do some cultures avoid it, while others embrace it? In her new book, 

The Science...

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UMaine Researcher Joins Group Examining Potential Iron Fertilization of Oceans

February 25, 2011


A University of Maine oceanographer is representing the university in a new consortium exploring the potential impact of iron fertilization of the oceans in order to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Fei Chai, a professor in UMaine’s School of Marine Sciences and cooperative professor in UMaine’s Climate Change Institute, has joined the ISIS Consortium (ISIS stands for In Situ Iron Studies) which is made up of researchers from 12 universities and research centers...

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Bruce Sidell

February 10, 2011


As many of you may already know, Dr. Bruce Sidell, founding Director of  the School of Marine Sciences and Professor of Marine Sciences, Cooperating Professor of Zoology and Biochemistry, died February 8th at his home after a brave fight with cancer.  At Bruce's request there will be no formal services.  Friends are invited to call from 6-8pm on Thursday, February 10 at the Birmingham Funeral Home, 438 Main Street, Old Town, located across the street from Holy Family Parish.



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Grad students get Sea Grant fellowships

December 8, 2010


Two University of Maine Ph.D. candidates, Sam Truesdell and Peter Hayes, have been selected to join the group of Sea Grant/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Service Fellows earning doctoral degrees in either fisheries population dynamics or marine resource economics, according to the NOAA National Sea Grant College Program.

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Riess discovery noted in shipwreck story

December 1, 2010


A Wednesday Seacoast Online story previews a Dec. 11 York event commemorating the 300th anniversary of the wreck of the Nottingham Galley on Boon Island, six miles off the coast of that southern Maine town.  The story notes that UMaine marine archaeologist Warren Riess recovered several artifacts from that wreck in 1995.

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For Female scientists, discrimination is in the details

November 15, 2010


On 23 Sept., a panel of experts gathered in Washington, DC for a congressional briefing to discuss current challenges for female scientists. The panel members agreed that the current environment of academic science faulty could be changed to better support the career of female scientists, but they were not sure that legislation changes would be the best route for these changes.

The “Women in Science: 21st Century Politics and Policy” briefing was sponsored by representative...

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DNA Catching Illegal Hunters Part 1

November 11, 2010

by Rob Poindexter - November 10th 2010 11:44pm - Read more Special Reports

With hunting season in full swing, the Maine Warden Service is, again, busy making sure everyone in the woods plays by the rules. Game wardens say the only things that seem to change when it comes to illegal hunting are the methods and technology poachers are using. But I found out it's not just poachers who have expanded their methods.

Often times it starts with a gunshot heard at night. Followed by a call to...

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