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November 2020

Lucia: The Secret of Shooting Stars

November 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until November 29, 2020

Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Vladimir, a polar bear, and James, a penguin, travel into space aboard the Polaris to study polar auroras. Hit by a meteorite, they crash at the foot of a pre-Columbian pyramid and meet Lucia, a hummingbird who is passionate about rocks. She tells them about a legend evoking “stones of light.” Meteorites, shooting stars, these “stones of light” intrigue them all. Searching for answers, they head for the moon, then the asteroid belt, and finally land on a comet nucleus.…

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Sustainable Water Treatment – Moving from Victorian Era Technology to Nanotechnology

November 30 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Norman Smith Hall, Room 107, and Online, University of Maine
Orono,

This talk is available via Zoom. Registration is required due to security concerns. Complete the registration form to receive the Zoom connection information. Speaker: Onur G. Apul, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UMaine Water and wastewater treatment practices provide vital environmental protection and public health safety benefits. Since the Victorian era, we have relied on the same basic operations and processes to treat drinking water and wastewater. In this presentation, Onur will focus on how nanotechnology can be integrated into…

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Raising Our Voices on Race and Racism (online)

November 30 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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One event on November 30, 2020 at 4:00 pm

This two-part series examining race and racism is co-sponsored by the Departments of Anthropology, Philosophy, Political Science, and Native American Programs and the McGillicuddy Humanities Center. The first talk on Nov. 19 will focus on "Defining Race and Racism: Institutionalization and Experience." The second lecture in the series on Nov. 30, "Confronting Racism: Historical Reckonings and Contemporary Reforms" will feature, among others, MHC faculty adviser Dr. Darren Ranco, and MHC Fellow Nolan Altvater. More information about how to join these virtual talks…

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December 2020

To Space and Back

December 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Space exploration, our greatest adventure, is having a big impact on our lives. It is helping us to discover a universe of unimaginable scale and beauty, and it is reaching down into our world and influencing the way we live. "To Space and Back" takes audiences on an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to our own planet. It is an extraordinary story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us…

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Tarred and Feathered: UMaine’s Hidden Connection to the Red Summer (online)

December 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Karen Sieber, humanities specialist at the McGillicuddy Humanities Center, will be speaking on Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. about her research, “Tarred and Feathered: UMaine's Hidden Connection to the Red Summer.” Sieber has spent years collecting data and building an archive about the Red Summer of 1919, a nationwide wave of violence against African Americans that year. Her creation Visualizing the Red Summer is now the most used classroom resource on the topic in the nation. Sieber will discuss her work building…

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Collaborative Chats: Successful Research Partnerships in the Lobster Industry

December 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join the Lobster Institute for a series of webinars focusing on collaborative research efforts in the lobster industry. We will discuss what works and what doesn’t, and strategize on how to make collaborative research a priority. Topic: The Lobster and Jonah Crab Fleet: A Unique Partnership Between Lobstermen and Scientists. Speakers include: Aubrey Ellertson, Research Biologist at the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation, and Mark Sweitzer, CFRF Board Member, F/V Erica Knight in Point Judith, RI. Sponsored by Maine Sea Grant, Maine…

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Social, Ethical, Policy, and Legal Considerations (webinar)

December 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

This webinar series, which takes place on the first Thursday of each month, Sept. through Dec., noon–1 p.m., is for the business community, policymakers, attorneys, healthcare providers and other members of the public interested in learning about AI. Each topic will be followed by Q&A opportunities. Moderator: Ali Abedi, Assistant Vice President for Research, UMaine and IEEE R1 Northeastern Area Chair. Guest speakers will discuss topics ranging from funding opportunities in AI to advances in radio frequency fingerprinting with time…

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Asteroid: Mission Extreme

December 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Friday, repeating until December 18, 2020

Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

"Asteroid: Mission Extreme" takes audiences on an epic journey to discover how asteroids are both a danger and an opportunity. The danger lies in the possibility of a cataclysmic collision with Earth; the opportunity is the fascinating idea that asteroids could be stepping stones to other worlds — veritable way stations in space — enabling us to cross the solar system. The challenges are enormous, but a mission so extreme could ultimately lead us to protect our planet and inhabit…

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Mystery of the Christmas Star

December 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until December 20, 2020

Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Journey back 2,000 years to Bethlehem as we seek to discover a scientific explanation for the star the wise men followed to find the baby Jesus. Investigate possible dates for the birth of Christ and look at recorded sightings of significant historical and astronomical events during this timeframe. We’ll explore scientific explanations for celestial objects that could have been remarkable enough to cause the wise men to travel across the desert from Babylon to Bethlehem just to see a newborn…

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Let It Snow

December 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until December 20, 2020

Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

"Let it Snow" features a new variety of festive classics from Frank Sinatra and Chuck Berry to Burl Ives and Brenda Lee, including a stunning multi-media finale by the Trans Siberian Orchestra. The soundtrack is visually enhanced with thematic animation, special in the audiovisual setting of the planetarium and is an entertaining experience for all ages, especially families. Tickets are $8 for general admission. Music programs may contain explicit lyrics, and are intended for adult audiences. All music programs may…

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