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Follow the North Atlantic spring bloom in 4D

April 24, 2008


Mary Jane Perry is Chief Scientist on the R/V Knorr, carrying a full complement of scientists to take advantage of multiple floats and gliders working under and around them to resolve the spatial and temporal structure of a classic North Atlantic spring bloom off the coast of Iceland.  Check out the near real-time visualizations hosted by her colleagues at the University of Washington.

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SMS Master Candidate Wins Third Place

April 23, 2008


SMS Masters candidate, Jennifer Meyers, won 3rd place for her oral presentation in this years 2008 Graduate Expo!


GRAD EXPO WINNERS ANNOUNCED The University of Maine’s Graduate Student Government and Graduate School recently announced the award recipients for oral, poster and multimedia presentations at the 2008 Graduate Research Exposition. The annual expo,

which was held April 15 and 16 at UMaine’s Buchanan Alumni House, is designed to showcase and reward academic excellence...

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Seventh Annual Geddes W. Simpson Lecture

April 11, 2008


The Geddes W. Simpson Lecture Series Award was established in 2001 in the University of Maine Foundation by family and friends to honor Professor Simpson, a distinguished researcher and teacher at the University of Maine.  The award provides a monetary purse, which is given to a distinguished individual who has provide significant insight into the area where science and history intersect.  This year's distinguished lecturer is Robert S. Steneck, professor of oceanography, marine biology,...

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Bob Steneck Gets More Good Press over More Bad News for the Oceans

February 26, 2008


In December, Bob Steneck was published in Science over the likely impacts of global warming and ocean acidification on coral reefs.  This month he was published again in Science (again with an impressive array of colleagues) in a study that maps the extent of degradation of the global ocean from seventeen different kinds of human impacts.  A stunning four percent of ocean remains pristine.  Before you rejoice in that four percent, be warned that much of it is polar and at imminent risk....

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Colleagues Reveal Surprises in Sea Anemone Genome

February 7, 2008



A team of international researchers, one of them a University of Maine professor, has discovered in a primitive starlet sea anemone the genes for a biochemical pathway that scientists had thought did not exist in animals. Malcolm Shick, a professor of oceanography and zoology at the UMaine School of Marine Sciences, and six colleagues, including Walt Dunlap, a former UMaine Visiting Libra Professor now at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, published their findings recently in...

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Carbon Credits for Ocean Fertilization are Premature

January 12, 2008


Fei Chai is one of several authors of a forum piece in Science  explaining why it is premature to give or sell carbon credits for ocean fertilization.  The idea of those proposing to gain such credits is that the carbon pump can be accelerated by adding inorganic nutrients, including iron.  The efficiency with which such additions remove carbon from contact with the atmosphere and the duration during which the removed carbon stays out of contact with the atmosphere are both poorly known....

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Bob Steneck appears in both Science and USA Today

December 13, 2007


Ocean acidification is an already confirmed consequence of carbon dioxide emissions and a consequence of dissolution of some of the excess carbon dioxide from fossil fuel burning.  This stressor adds to the dangers of global warming from those same and other greenhouse gas emissions.  See what Bob and USA Today have to say.

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State Research and Development Bond Planning

October 22, 2007

Save the Date:  8 November 2007; 0900 - 1600 hours, Hutchinson Center, Belfast, Maine

The Maine Marine Research Coalition (of which SMS is a member) will sponsor a one-day event to coordinate planning of marine science and technology proposals among institutions and businesses for the anticipated bond competitions in 2008 and 2009.  Featured will be a briefing on selection processes and criteria by Catherine S. Renault, Director of the Office of Innovation and member of the...

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Kornfield & Coladarci rate RateMyProfessors

October 4, 2007

The American Psychological Association publication "Monitor on Psychology" has published a report on research by UMaine professors Irv Kornfield and Ted Coladarci. That research, itself published in "Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation," determined that university teacher evaluations correlate quite closely with anonymous ratings posted on Web sites like RateMyProfessors (

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Laurie Connell Receives Marine Biotechnology Award

July 16, 2007


Professor Laurie Connell and her research team were recently recognized by the Pan American Marine Biotechnology Association (PAMBA) for their groundbreaking work involving the relative resistance of clams to the toxin associated with red tide.

Connell and fellow researchers V.M. Bricelj, K. Konoki, S. P. MacQuarrie, T. Scheuer, W. A. Catterall and V. L. Trainer recieved PAMBA's first annual Marine Biotechnology Award of Excellence Prize for their paper, " Sodium channel mutation responsible...

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