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August 10, 2009


Comments from Prof. Susan Brawley of the UMaine School of Marine Sciences are in a Washington Post story ( ) about a new kind of seaweed that is spreading through the Baltic Sea. Scientists are taking a close look at the seaweed, known as narrow wrack, because of implications related to the Baltic's ecology and general health. Brawley differs with some of the other experts looking at this issue with regard to...

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July 22, 2009


Comments from Prof. James Acheson of the UMaine anthropology faculty and School of Marine Sciences are included in a Wednesday Bangor Daily News story ( about the investigation into a shooting incident on Matinicus. Police say that the shooting relates to a dispute between two men over lobster fishing territory. Acheson has written two books about the lobster industry's history and social structures.

Acheson provided similar perspectives for...

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SMS Dual-Degree Graduate Spotlights Unscientific America

July 13, 2009


SMS dual-degree graduate Sheril Kirshenbaum has teamed with Chris Mooney to produce a sobering analysis of the marginalization of science on the national forum.  Their book, Unscientific America, is already gathering critical acclaim:  <>, <>.  Sheril is currently an associate at Duke University and welcomes communications from...

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July 7, 2009


SHICK, WELLS INTERVIEWED IN AUSTRALIA UMaine professors Malcolm Shick and Mark Wells were recently interviewed by an ABC radio news producer in North Queensland, shortly after returning from a research cruise. The interview followed a chance meeting with the Australian Minister for Science, who was in the area to announce funding for an Australian Institute of Marine Science research project.

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July 7, 2009


STENECK IN CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR BLOG Comments from Robert Steneck of the UMaine School of Marine Sciences faculty are in a Christian Science Monitor blog


The blog examines issues related to the depletion of fisheries in various parts of the world, attributable to what Steneck calls "roving banditry" -- large-scale trawling operations from places like Europe, South Korea,...

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NOAA chooses UMaine and associates to form a new Cooperative Institute for the Northeast

June 17, 2009


UMaine joined with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Rutgers University and the University of Maryland to propose a cooperative institute, CINAR (Cooperative Institute for the North Atlantic Region) that will  focus on the themes of (1) ecosystem forecasting, (2) ecosystem monitoring, (3) ecosystem management, protection and restoration of resources, (4) sustained ocean observations and (5) climate research.  Research under the new institute: will...

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Oprah Interviews,via Skype, Bruce Sidell in Antarctica

June 5, 2009


Watch Oprah interview Bruce Sidell on the topic of Antarctic glacier melt.

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2009 Distinguished Maine Professor

May 11, 2009


Professor of Anthropology and Marine Sciences James Acheson is the University of Maine Alumni Association Distinguished Maine Professor. Acheson, an Augusta, Maine native, received a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Rochester in 1970 and has taught at UMaine since 1968. He has served as chair of the Department of Anthropology and as program coordinator for marine policy in the School of Marine Sciences. He also is a cooperating research professor in the Lobster Institute....

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Dr. Susan Brawley's Research

May 5, 2009


NEW YORK TIMES REPORTS ON BRAWLEY RESEARCH Tuesday's New York Times has a story ( ) about new research by UMaine Prof. Susan Brawley, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Brawley and her colleagues have researched the origins of two invasive species common to northeastern North America: toothed wrack and the common periwinkle. The research as determined that the species came from Britain and Ireland, carried...

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SMS Undergraduate Scholarship Awards

April 30, 2009


MAINE STUDENTS EARN HOLLINGS SCHOLARSHIPS Two University of Maine sophomores have received the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship. Samantha Bond, a marine science major, zoology minor and

honors student from Temple, N.H., and Jeremy Bender, a marine science major and honors student from Saint Paul, Minn., each will receive up to $8,000 per year for their junior and senior years. In addition, they will each have a summer internship...

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