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July 2021

Lobster Larvae and Our Changing Climate

July 30 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Darling Marine Center, Clarks Cove Road
Walpole, ME 04573 United States

Lobster Larvae and Our Changing Climate presented by Alex Asher, Ph.D. candidate. When asked about his research Asher shared “my work focuses largely on trying to understand why some larvae survive to recruit successfully, and others do not. Studying a process that occurs. Studying a process that involves small planktonic larvae which are spread throughout the ocean requires a lot of creativity and collaboration in how we approach our research. I find this to be a really unique and rewarding…

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Earth, Moon and Sun

July 30 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

"Earth, Moon and Sun" is a fast-paced full-dome demonstration of lunar phases, eclipses, day and night, the sun and other puzzling events with the help of a confused coyote. This program beautifully illustrates basic concepts like moon phases and seasons. Based on the trickster of Native American lore, Coyote is constantly corrected in his misunderstandings of how things work. A live tour of the Maine sky and its beautiful constellations completes this micro-unit of astronomy. Tickets for planetarium programs are…

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Astronaut

July 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Friday, repeating until July 30, 2021

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

The exploration of space is the greatest endeavor that humankind has ever undertaken. What does it take to be part of this incredible journey? What does it take to become an astronaut? Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. Discover the perils that lurk in space as we subject ‘Chad’, our test…

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August 2021

One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure

August 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until August 29, 2021

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

Explore the night sky with your favorite friends from Sesame Street in "One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure." Follow along with Big Bird, Elmo and their friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, as they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth. They explore the day and night sky, learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star, the sun and the moon. Along the way, they learn how…

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Coldplay: Sky Full of Stars

August 1 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until August 29, 2021

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

"Coldplay: Sky Full of Stars" is an audiovisual experience like no other! Join us at the Versant Power Astronomy Center for a show of dazzling lights and spectacle that will take you on a journey back through the band's greatest hits. Tickets are $8 for general admission. Music programs may contain explicit lyrics, and are intended for adult audiences. All music programs may contain bright flashing lights and fast-moving images, which have been known to trigger seizures with those with…

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Teaching From the Heart: Nonviolent Communication in the Classroom (online)

August 2 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
$125

Have you ever felt like you were more of a problem-solver than a teacher? Your best-made lesson plans are delayed by listening to your students argue about a problem that occurred at recess. You deal with this stress by addressing the class in a way that you regret. You know you’re a great teacher but you’re overwhelmed.

If this sounds familiar, Teaching from the Heart is the online professional development course for you. Using a curriculum based on Nonviolent Communication principles, this program will provide you with tangible ways to manage your classroom and reach your full potential as an educator. Our doubts as caregivers and teachers are inevitable. If we have a system to refer to when these doubts creep in, we can relax. 

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Cosmic Colors

August 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

From northern lights to garden flowers, color fills our lives and “Cosmic Colors” explains how we use the rainbow to see, understand and explore our universe. Visitors learn more about the electromagnetic spectrum, the Northern Lights and get a tour of the night sky. Tickets for planetarium programs are $6 for Adults, $5 for UMaine Students/Veterans/Senior Citizens, and $4 for children under 12. Click here to view the calendar. Tickets may be purchased online, by phone at 207.581.1341, or at…

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AI in Life Sciences and Medicine at the Roux Institute

August 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Stodder Hall, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

A talk by Raimond Winslow, Ph.D., director of Life Science and Medicine Research and professor of Bioengineering at the Roux Institute. Dr. Winslow joined the Roux Institute from his role as the Raj and Neera Singh Professor of Biomedical Engineering at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he was the Founding Director of the Institute for Computational Medicine at The  Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Whiting School of Engineering. In collaboration with colleagues at Hopkins and…

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Faster Than Light

August 4 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Versant Power Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Rd.
Orono, ME 04469 United States

The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon … is as old as humanity. Today, a whole new horizon beckons.  Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun. But if we find one, how will we ever get there? How long will it take? What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space? Take a virtual ride aboard spacecraft of the future…

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Hidden Biodiversity: Microbes in the Damariscotta River Estuary

August 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Darling Marine Center, Clarks Cove Road
Walpole, ME 04573 United States

Hidden Biodiversity: Microbes in the Damariscotta River Estuary presented by Rachel Presley, Ph.D. candidate in oceanography. When asked about her work Rachel said, “I study tiny organisms that live in the water and mud in Damariscotta Lake and the Damariscotta River estuary. I want to know which microbes are present and where, how they make a living,  and how that affects the environment. It is neat how such small creatures can create complex networks and relationships in a small area.…

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