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Sentinel Species
Sentinel Species
Dragonflies aiding mercury monitoring research in freshwater ecosystems. Click here to read "Sentinel Species" full story.
Island Life
Island Life
Zooarchaeologist studies prehistoric subsistence shifts due to climate change. Click here to read "Island Life" full story.
Battle Lines
Battle Lines
Looking for answers in the transformation from peaceful yeast to fatal fungus. Click here to read " Battle Lines" full story.
United Front
United Front
A sociologist brings a project to Maine to help girls and their mothers face life’s challenges. Click here to read “United Front” full story.
It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane!
It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane!
Student ingenuity takes flight to benefit migratory bird research. Click here to read "It's a Bird! It's a Plane!" full story.
Bear Bones
Bear Bones
Research focuses on the only mammals that don’t experience bone loss despite inactivity. Click here to read "Bear Bones" full story.
Cold Coral
Cold Coral
Research sheds light on the little-known animals in the darkest ocean depths. Click here to read "Cold Coral" full story.
Power of Compassion
Power of Compassion
Focusing on the understanding and caring deemed critical to social growth and well-being. Click here to read "Power of Compassion" full story.
River Reviver
River Reviver
UMaine researchers study the role of lamprey in stream restoration. Click here to read "River Reviver" full story.
Sight Unseen
Sight Unseen
Spatial informatics research taps perception and cognition to create intuitive technologies. Click here to read "Sight Unseen" full story.
Timekeepers
Timekeepers
Ancient clam shells provide clues to the Atlantic Ocean’s past. Click here to read "Timekeepers" full story.
Being There
Being There
Braving the North Atlantic to unlock the secrets of the spring phytoplankton bloom. Click here to read "Being There" full story.
Mapping the Empire
Mapping the Empire
The 18th-century quest to map British America. Click here to read "Mapping the Empire" full story.
Sports Writers
Sports Writers
Olympians to high school athletes benefit from journaling. Click here to read "Sports Writers" full story.
Why Not?
Why Not?
Perspectives on why girls continue to be absent from the country’s STEM equation. Click here to read "Why Not" full story.
Sea Fare
Sea Fare
Sea vegetables can reintroduce Americans to their culinary roots. Click here to read "Sea Fare" full story.
That Four-Letter Word
That Four-Letter Word
Political scientist Mark Brewer reflects on the evolution of liberalism. Click here to read " That Four-Letter Word" full story.
A Watershed
A Watershed
A quarter-century of internationally recognized research at Bear Brook. Click here to read "A watershed" full story.
10Green
10Green
A new website raises awareness of air quality in the U.S. Click here to read "10Green" full story.
The Long View
The Long View
Michael Grillo’s photography is a means of conversation across the ages. Click here to read "The Long View" full story.
Cataloging Eden
Cataloging Eden
Early naturalist explorers documented the North American wilderness. Click here to read "Cataloging Eden" full story.
New Aged
New Aged
An elder population explosion ushers in opportunities. Click here to read "New Aged" full story.
Inform to Transform
Inform to Transform
Helping Maine businesses find the keys to economic success. Click here to read "Inform to Transform" full story.
Arsenic Exposed
Arsenic Exposed
Researching arsenic exposure at the cellular level. Click here to read "Arsenic Exposed" full story.
Teaching Ability
Teaching Ability
Teachers as young as 4 impart lessons that last a lifetime. Click here to read "Teaching Ability" full story.
Surface Value
Surface Value
Innovative UMaine researcher focused on the chemistry of the interface
From the Green Forest
From the Green Forest
From the green forest to the wild blue. Will wood-based biofuel take off?
You Want a Piece of Me?
You Want a Piece of Me?
Research explores the potential of making a Maine invasive a main ingredient
Seeing Red
Seeing Red
For UMaine computer scientist, ice sheets on Mars shed light on Earth’s changing climate
Working Tidal
Working Tidal
UMaine engineers, marine scientists weigh trade-offs of harnessing the ocean’s power
What a Dive
What a Dive
UMaine diving program immerses future marine scientists in underwater research
Choosing Survival – Spring 2011
Choosing Survival – Spring 2011
19th-century Native petitions provide unique perspective on the Maine tribes' struggle to preserve their homeland
Occupations Attract – Spring 2011
Occupations Attract – Spring 2011
Research on knowledge-based clusters gives a clearer economic view of a city and region
Songbird Superhighway – Spring 2011
Songbird Superhighway – Spring 2011
Northeast Regional Migration Monitoring Network studying the major flyway in the gulf
Razor’s Edge – Fall 2010
Razor’s Edge – Fall 2010
Prescription drug abuse in rural states now a leading cause of deaths, arrests and treatment admissions
The Very Fiber of our Being – Fall 2010
The Very Fiber of our Being – Fall 2010
What’s lacking in the modern human diet may have our species at a crossroads
Out of the Blue – Fall 2010
Out of the Blue – Fall 2010
The ice archive at Allan Hills could be the impetus for an ‘international climate park’
Whose Woods? – Fall 2010
Whose Woods? – Fall 2010
Research is bridging differences between Maine forest landowners and outdoor recreationists
Growing Alternative – Winter 2010
Growing Alternative – Winter 2010
The state's $1.65 million investment in grass pellet technology could help save Maine farms
Fathoming Ocean Science – Winter 2010
Fathoming Ocean Science – Winter 2010
UMaine marine educator brings data and concepts to life
A Buried Treasure – Winter 2010
A Buried Treasure – Winter 2010
Centuries-old ship just one of three ever discovered
Sound Check – Summer 2010
Sound Check – Summer 2010
Early warning signs of reading disabilities found in preschoolers’ language skills.
Seeing the Light – Summer 2010
Seeing the Light – Summer 2010
Marine optics research has the potential to tell us more about what lies beneath.
Global Worming – Summer 2010
Global Worming – Summer 2010
A worldwide database at UMaine compiles what we know about age-old and newly discovered microinvertebrates.
Weed Warfare – Summer 2010
Weed Warfare – Summer 2010
In the epic struggle, Eric Gallandt is the small-scale growers’ staunchest ally.
Discriminating Youths – Summer 2010
Discriminating Youths – Summer 2010
UMaine sociologist looks at sexual harassment among teen workers.
Emergency Sensing – Spring 2010
Emergency Sensing – Spring 2010
UMaine informatics research is helping the Maine National Guard create an improved disaster relief information system.
Improving Implants – Spring 2010
Improving Implants – Spring 2010
Bioengineering research focuses on optimizing tissue regeneration.
Two Worlds – Spring 2010
Two Worlds – Spring 2010
UMaine researcher studies the needs of first-generation doctoral students within a framework of social justice.
Coming Up Empty – Winter 2009
Coming Up Empty – Winter 2009
The effect of humans on the marine resources — from overfishing to policymaking — is undeniable, controversial and little-understood. And that’s where economic anthropologist James Acheson comes in.

Why and How of Human Disease – Winter 2009
Why and How of Human Disease – Winter 2009
Entering its fifth year, the University of Maine’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) grew out of a commitment to improve the state’s public health, and create research and development capacity for Maine. Currently, there are five tracks — molecular and cellular biology, neuroscience, biomedical engineering, toxicology and functional genomics — with others under development.
Harnessing Nature – Fall 2009
Harnessing Nature – Fall 2009
Americans have been called to chart a new energy future, invest in clean, renewable energy and combat climate change. While science must lead the way in developing new technologies, the culture of an entire country dependent on fossil fuels must revolutionize the way it operates.
Mac’s World – Fall 2009
Mac’s World – Fall 2009
Mac Hunter is UMaine’s Libra Professor of Conservation Biology. In 1996, he was named the University of Maine Distinguished Professor. He has written the definitive textbooks on both conservation biology, and wildlife and forestry management, among others. In short, he is a giant in his field.
Decoding Diatoms – Fall 2009
Decoding Diatoms – Fall 2009
Every summer for the past decade, paleoecologist Jasmine Saros has trekked across snowfields and horsebacked up bouldered mountain passes to reach remote, high-altitude lakes in the shadow of the Beartooth Mountains of the central Rockies.
UMaine Professor Researching Way to Make Cancer Detection Easier
UMaine Professor Researching Way to Make Cancer Detection Easier
A recent discovery by a University of Maine engineering professor and his collaborators is expected to make it easier for doctors to find cancerous tumors and start treatment in the early stages of the disease when it can be most effective.
AEWC Receives Patent – June 2009
AEWC Receives Patent – June 2009
Researchers at the University of Maine’s AEWC Advanced Structures and Composites Center recently were issued a patent for technology that could change the way we build homes and other structures, while cutting the economic losses caused by natural disasters.
Sounds from the Sky – May/June 2009
Sounds from the Sky – May/June 2009
There's more to the sky than meets the eye. That's why students at the University of Maine have installed a satellite dish that will allow them to listen to the stars and planets.
Pay Dirt – May/June 2009
Pay Dirt – May/June 2009
The Maine Compost School’s lessons in how to efficiently manage organic waste have increasing economic and environmental ripple effects for businesses and communities in the state and beyond.
Turbulent Lives – May/June 2009
Turbulent Lives – May/June 2009
Marine scientists at the University of Maine are exploring the role of cell shape in phytoplankton ecology, hoping to better understand how the diversity affects function.
Agents of Change – May/June 2009
Agents of Change – May/June 2009
On the arid coast of southern Peru, anthropologist Gregory Zaro studies the desertification of what was once farmland, hoping to better understand the role of humans and climate change in the landscape’s evolution.