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April 2018

Libby Lecture in Natural Resource Policy — “Air Pollution in a Changing World: Designing Research for Impact”

April 10 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Buchanan Alumni House, 160 College Ave.
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

An expert on connecting cutting-edge environmental science with public policy will speak at the University of Maine’s second annual Libby Lecture in Natural Resource Policy on Tuesday, April 10. Noelle Eckley Selin, an associate professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Institute for Data, Systems and Society and the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, will present the 4 p.m. lecture, “Air Pollution in a Changing World: Designing Research for Impact,” in the McIntire Room of the Buchanan Alumni…

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“Greenfire” in the Making

April 10 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Nutting Hall, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Dr. Curt Meine, a senior fellow at The Aldo Leopold Foundation, will visit the University of Maine on April 9 and 10 to deliver a lecture on environmental resilience, and screen and discuss his role in the Emmy award-winning film "Greenfire." His lecture, “Aldo Leopold and resilience in a time of rapid change” will launch two days of events focused on environmental resilience in a changing world. A list of the events follows: “Aldo Leopold and resilience in a time of rapid change”…

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From Where and How do Plants get Nitrogen: Revisiting Paradigms of Soil Nitrogen Cycling and Availability

April 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Norman Smith Hall, Room 107, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

A talk by Stuart Grandy, University of New Hampshire. The School of Food and Agriculture is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its sustainable agriculture program with a special seminar series. The University of Maine was the first in the nation to offer a bachelor’s degree in sustainable agriculture. The Sustainable Agriculture program, initiated in 1988, has been highlighted in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Forestry in the 21st Century

April 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Nutting Hall, Room 204, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

The School of Forest Resources presents its 2018 Distinguished Alumnus: Dan Christensen, Director, Hancock Natural Resource Group. Industrial forestry has evolved from being a raw material supply for mills to having to compete in the broader global capital markets. What are the macro drivers? Who currently owns the industrial forests? Sustainability — why is this important? Renewable energy — can forestry impact? Financial returns — how is forestry doing? The world is ever changing and forestry needs to continually adapt. So what…

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Remote Sensing Techniques for Detection and Diagnosis of Vegetation Stress or Damage

April 18 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Nutting Hall, Room 204, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

The Barbara Wheatland Seminar Series presents a talk by Parinaz Rahimzadeh, Assistant Research Professor of Remote Sensing, School of Forest Resources, University of Maine. The Barbara Wheatland Seminar Series seeks to recruit prominent speakers on advanced, cutting edge research and applications of remote sensing and associated geospatial technology that relate to forestry, conservation, climate change, or other areas of concern. This seminar series is made possible with generous support from the Maine Timberlands Charitable Trust. Questions or for further details, contact: Tony Guay…

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The Win-Win of Putting Marine Science to Work for Community Sustainability

April 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Aubert Hall, Room 354 (Polycom Connection), University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Polycom availability with Darling Marine Center, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and Bigelow Laboratories. School of Marine Sciences presents Dr. Heather Deese, Executive Vice President, Island Institute. People who live on the islands and coast of Maine, and along shorelines the world over, can benefit tremendously from the wisdom that scientists of all stripes — from sociologists to microbiologists — can bring to bear on local challenges. Conversely, individual researchers can find it professionally rewarding and personally meaningful to target their research…

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Mike Gold: A Sustainable Agriculture Alum’s Journey Through Maine’s Food System

April 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Norman Smith Hall, Room 107, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

A presentation by Mike Gold, Crave Food Systems. From Farming in Fort Kent to Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Crown of Maine, and ‘WhatsGood,’ a New Virtual Farmer’s Market, Mike Gold has thoroughly explored Maine's food system since he graduated from UMaine's sustainable agriculture program. The School of Food and Agriculture is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its sustainable agriculture program with a special seminar series. The University of Maine was the first in the nation to offer a bachelor’s degree in sustainable…

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Tick-borne Disease Ecology: Concerns for Forest and Public Health Alike

April 27 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Norman Smith Hall, Room 107, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

The School of Biology and Ecology presents a talk by Dr. Scott Williams, Connecticut Agriculture Experiment Station. Dr. Scott Williams is an Associate Scientist in the Department of Forestry and Horticulture at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. His field of expertise is wildlife biology. He has been working specifically with overabundant white-tailed deer herds and their impact on native and managed ecosystems, orchards, gardens, and landscape plantings. His current research includes the role of overabundant deer in shaping native ecosystems, specifically the…

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Dr. Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence: Exploring the Ocean in the 21st Century

April 30 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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"Exploring the Ocean in the 21st Century," a lecture presented by Dr. Sylvia Earle. Sylvia Earle is President and Chairman of Mission Blue/The Sylvia Earle Alliance. She is a National Geographic Society Explorer in Residence, and is called Her Deepness by the New Yorker and the New York Times, Living Legend by the Library of Congress, and first Hero for the Planet by Time Magazine. She is an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer with experience as a field research scientist,…

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May 2018

Hierarchical Modeling and Analysis of Spatial-Temporal Data in R

May 1 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Fogler Library Classroom 1, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

Presented by Fogler Library and Wheatland Geospatial Programs, "Hierarchical Modeling and Analysis of Spatial-Temporal Data in R" will explore recent advancements in hierarchical random effects models using Markov chain Monte Carlo methods with application and examples for statistical ecology. The focus is on linear and generalized linear modeling frameworks that accommodate spatial and temporal associations. Lecture and exercises offer an applied perspective on model specification, identifiability of parameters, and computational considerations for Bayesian inference from posterior distributions. Registration is required. Further details…

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Hierarchical Models for Sparsely Sampled High-Dimensional LiDAR and Forest Variables: An Interior Alaska FIA Case Study

May 2 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Nutting Hall, Room 204, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

The Barbara Wheatland Seminar Series presents a talk by Andrew Finley, Associate Professor of Forest Management and Modeling, Michigan State University. Questions or for further details, contact Tony Guay at anthony.p.guay@maine.edu or Dan Hayes at daniel.j.hayes@maine.edu. The Barbara Wheatland Seminar Series seeks to recruit prominent speakers on advanced, cutting edge research and applications of remote sensing and associated geospatial technology that relate to forestry, conservation, climate change, or other areas of concern. This series is possible thanks to generous support from the Maine…

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Orono Royal Livestock Show

May 5 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
J. Franklin Witter Teaching and Research Center, 160 University Farm Road
Old Town, ME 04468 United States
Free

Students from Animal and Veterinary Sciences will be showing dairy cattle and sheep that they have trained and fitted throughout the semester.

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Environmental Justice: A Social Work Perspective Conference

May 5 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
D. P. Corbett Business Building, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
Free

The University of Maine School of Social Work presents "Environmental Justice: A Social Work Perspective," a conference on environmental justice and social work. Maine faces various environmental challenges, such as few efforts made in conservation, nature’s effects on mental health, and how maltreatment of the environment affects our food.  The event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration at  https://goo.gl/forms/SbUVaLGy33PH3KVO2 is recommended. In addition, 5 contact hours are available. If you are attending to earn contact hours, indicate this…

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Spring Fling Horse Show

May 6 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
J. Franklin Witter Teaching and Research Center, 160 University Farm Road
Old Town, ME 04468 United States

A horse competition for local riders of all ages and skill levels.  Spectators welcome. Free for spectators.

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School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony

May 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

The School of Nursing's annual pinning ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 11 at the Collins Center for the Arts.

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Seminar: Agriculture and Environmental Concerns in Mato Grosso, Brazil

May 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rogers Hall, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

"Research perspectives on agriculture and environmental concerns in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil," presented by Dr. Daniel Abreu, Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso, Brazilian Agricultural Sustainability Research and Education Program.

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Past, Present and Future of Maine’s Pulp and Paper Industry

May 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Nutting Hall, Room 204, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Ariel Listo, candidate for the Master of Science in Economics, will be defending his thesis. Listo’s thesis defense will provide a historical overview of one of the most important manufacturing sectors in Maine, discuss the current state of the industry, analyze the impacts of environmental regulations on the sector, and explore the feasibility of potential wood-based biofuel refineries developments as a step forward. Host: Dr. Adam Daigneault, School of Forest Resources, University of Maine

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June 2018

Nitrogen Cycling During a Period of Environmental Change

June 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Nutting Hall, Room 204, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Kaizad Patel will be defending his doctoral dissertation.

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Characterizing the Role of Fungal Shape in a Zebrafish Model of Invasive Candidiasis

June 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Stodder Hall, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

A dissertation defense in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Ph.D. in Microbiology, presented by  Brittany Seman, Department of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences; Wheeler Laboratory.

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Center for Advanced Forest Systems Annual Meeting

June 11 @ 12:00 am - June 14 @ 11:59 pm
Marriott Courtyard Burlington Harbor, 25 Cherry Street
Burlington, VT 05401 United States

The 11th Annual Center for Advanced Forestry Systems Meeting will be held in Burlington, VT, June 12–13, 2018, hosted by the University of Maine. The meeting will include a one-day indoor session with project updates and final reports as well as an IAB Executive Committee meeting, followed by a one-day field tour that will include a visit to private timberlands, a maple sugaring operation, and research trials from the University of Vermont. The field tour is being co-organized by Dr. Aaron Weiskittel of…

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