Science/Technology

October 10, 2019

Popular Maine Bridge has a UMaine Connection

The Penobscot Narrows Bridge, which spans Maine’s Penobscot River and connects Verona Island to Prospect, has a connection to UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center in Orono. That connection, however, is through sensors that monitor the force, temperature, and strain of different components for their performance and longevity.  The cable-stayed bridge is 2,120 feet long…

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September 17, 2019

Skonberg Specializes in Seafood

Dr. Denise Skonberg, this month’s recipient of the Alumni Association’s Faculty Excellence Award, has a particular interest in the processing of seafood, improving its quality and minimizing waste. Skonberg, an associate professor of food science, joined the UMaine faculty in 1997.  She shares her thoughts on teaching, research, student success, and enjoying life in Maine.  …

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September 16, 2019

UMaine, Bigelow Lab Receive $20 Million Coastal Research Grant

A $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation will fund a five-year initiative that aims to revolutionize environmental monitoring, ecological understanding, and sustainability of coastal ecosystems.  The University of Maine is partnering with Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences and other collaborators in education, government agencies, citizens’ groups and local industry statewide. “The Maine Environmental…

September 16, 2019

Engineering Alumna Cited as National Influencer

Stacey Gomm Harris ‘11 has been cited as one of 30 engineers in the U.S. who are “changing the construction industry,” according to the software company PlanGrid. Harris is a construction superintendent for Consigli, one of the largest general contractors in the Northeast. Simply put, a construction engineer oversees all operational aspects of a construction…

August 15, 2019

Blueberries in Maine This Year Will Be Late, But Sweet

UMaine’s Cooperative Extension sheds light on this year’s Maine blueberry harvest. David Handley, vegetable and small fruit specialist with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, recently spoke with Maine Public and explained that in Maine, the harvest will be pushed back anywhere between 10 days and two weeks due to rain and colder temperatures. The bright…

August 15, 2019

Cattelle ’64 Part of Historic Apollo 12 Mission

When the mission that accomplished the United States’ first moon landing, Apollo 11, took off Dick Cattelle ’64 was a young engineer helping prepare for the Apollo 12 launch, the second moon landing which occurred four months later. On the 50-year anniversary Cattelle reflects on his experience with NASA, stating that it was an exciting…

July 15, 2019

UMaine Professor Showcased in Climate Change Article

Jacquelyn Gill, paleoecologist and assistant professor of paleoecology and plant ecology at the University of Maine, recently spoke with the digital news site Vice about her optimism in facing the climate crisis. She looks to the past to understand how species adapt and change through time.  “With the fossil record, the Earth is literally teaching…

June 20, 2019

He Changed the World

    THERE ARE CERTAIN ALUMNI whose names are widely recognized by Black Bears of all generations. Stephen and Tabitha King. Bernard Lown. Cindy Blodgett. Raymond Fogler. Olympia Snowe. Chuck Peddle’s name may not be among the most recognizable of UMaine alumni. But it deserves to be. Before you could stream movies or access your…

June 17, 2019

UMaine Earns STARS Silver Sustainability Rating

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) recently awarded the University of Maine its first STARS Silver Rating for recycling almost half of its waste, promoting student life opportunities such as the Green Living and Learning dorm floor, reducing water consumption, and several other initiatives. The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating…