Science/Technology

November 22, 2022

First 100% bio-based 3D-printed home unveiled at the University of Maine

On Nov. 21, the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center (ASCC) unveiled BioHome3D, the first 3D-printed house made entirely with bio-based materials. BioHome3D was developed with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hub and Spoke program between the UMaine and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Partners included MaineHousing and the Maine Technology Institute.…

November 21, 2022

UMaine Climate Change Institute celebrates 50th anniversary

The University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2023, marking half-century of research and education related to climate change in Maine, New England and across the planet. In 1973, professor emeritus Harold Borns, whose research focused on glaciers and glaciation in Maine, founded the Institute for Quaternary Studies with the goal of…

October 13, 2022

John Belding: Facilitating the Future of Maine Manufacturing

Black Bear alumni, faculty, staff, and students are among Maine’s most productive innovators and entrepreneurs. In this month’s column, we hear from John Belding ‘96, director of UMaine’s Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC), an engineering support and research center specializing in precision manufacturing. Over the past several years, the AMC has completed a series of major…

September 16, 2022

Caitlin Howell: Innovating with Inspiration from Nature

Black Bear alumni, faculty, staff, and students are among Maine’s most productive innovators and entrepreneurs. In this month’s column, we hear from Caitlin Howell ‘06, ‘08G, associate professor of biomedical engineering, a member of the University of Maine System Science Advisory Board, and research scientist at UMaine’s VEMI Lab. Howell, who studied biology at UMaine,…

August 15, 2022

Orion Schwab: Innovating for Maine

Black Bear alumni, faculty, staff, and students are among Maine’s most productive innovators and entrepreneurs. In this month’s column, we hear from Orion Schwab, a rising senior and computer science major at UMaine who spent the summer as a fellow in the Innovate for Maine program run by the Foster Center for Innovation. Innovate for…

August 9, 2022

VEMI Lab Earns Federal Prize, Invited to White House for Self-Driving Car Research

The VEMI Lab’s pursuit of an inclusive smartphone software platform for self-driving cars earned them a $300,000 prize and an invitation to the White House. The lab won the prize in phase two of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Inclusive Design Challenge with its Autonomous Vehicle Assistant (AVA) smartphone technology. VEMI leads the group designing…

June 21, 2022

Ty Delargy ’22: Putting Real in Virtual Reality

Black Bear alumni, faculty, staff, and students are among Maine’s most productive innovators and entrepreneurs. In this month’s column, we hear from Tyler Delargy ‘22, the founder of Real Time Reality, a company with a mission to stream real people — securely — to virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) spaces. For Delargy, who…

May 17, 2022

Dorothy Klimis-Zacas: Bridging Wild Blueberries and Biomedical Innovation

Black Bear alumni, faculty, staff, and students are among Maine’s most productive innovators and entrepreneurs. In this month’s column, we hear from Dorothy Klimis-Zacas, professor of clinical nutrition, cooperating faculty in the School of Biomedical Sciences, and associated faculty at the UMaine Institute of Medicine whose research focuses on berry bioactive compounds and their role…

April 17, 2022

Celebrating the Innovators of UMaine

Black Bear alumni, faculty, staff, and students are among Maine’s most productive innovators and entrepreneurs. In this month’s column, we recognize the inaugural class of Foster Center Innovation Award winners, who were honored at a ceremony on April 14 as part of Maine Impact Week. The Innovation Awards were developed to recognize and celebrate the…

March 14, 2022

“What If The Moon Didn’t Exist?” Webinar on March 31

UMaine astrophysicist Neil Comins will present a webinar “What If The Moon Didn’t Exist?” on March 31 at noon.  Without the Moon, Earth would be significantly different from what it is today. Renowned scientist and author Dr. Neil Comins will explain the evolution of the Earth-Moon system and the Moon’s profound effects on our planet…

December 10, 2021

Stephen Gilson and Elizabeth DePoy: An expansive vision of mobility

Black Bear alumni, faculty, staff, and students are among Maine’s most productive innovators and entrepreneurs. In this month’s column, the husband-and-wife team of Stephen Gilson and Elizabeth DePoy, both professors of interdisciplinary disability studies and social work at UMaine, provide updates on the adaptive mobility device they invented in 2013. Called the Afari, the sleek,…