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October 2017

The Puzzle of Making the Local Food Movement Sustainable: The Challenge of the Supply Chain

October 30, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Norman Smith Hall, Room 107, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Presented by the UMaine Food to Institution Team: Mark Haggerty, Linda Silka, Stephanie Welcomer, Melissa Ladenheim and Michaela Murray. The Mitchell Center hosts a weekly talk series covering a variety of sustainability topics. For a full schedule of these events, visit umaine.edu/mitchellcenter/seminars/.

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November 2017

A Conversation About Decision Support Tools: What are they? When are they useful? What problems might they solve?

November 6, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Norman Smith Hall, Room 107, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

An interdisciplinary panel discussion. Participants: Linda Silka, Senior Faculty Fellow, Mitchell Center (facilitator) Adam Daigneault, Assistant Professor, Forest, Conservation, and Recreation Policy Jessica Jansujwicz, Research Assistant Professor, Wildlife, Fisheries and Conservation Biology Sam Roy, Postdoctoral Researcher, Mitchell Center & New England Sustainability Consortium Sandra De Urioste-Stone, Assistant Professor, Nature-Based Tourism Sonja Birthisel, Ph.D. student, Ecology and Environmental Sciences A growing problem researchers face is how to take the huge amounts of data available and make it useful to those who…

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Sustainability Lightning Talks

November 13, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Norman Smith Hall, Room 107, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Eight students will present five-minute talks on their sustainability research in Maine. Selected Presentations: Graduate Responses of potato varieties to Dickeya dianthicola and Pectobacterium parmentieri that cause blackleg and soft rot — Nayara Fabiola Marangoni, School of Food and Agriculture Degradation of the herbicide atrazine from drinking water using photocatalysis — Matthew A. Moyet, Ecology and Environmental Sciences The influence of dam management on water quantity in rural New England — Andrew Newcomb, School of Earth and Climate Sciences Optimizing organic nitrogen fertility…

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Talk — Using Cooperation Science to Strengthen Local Food Systems

November 20, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Norman Smith Hall, Room 107, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Sustainable solutions are not always win-win. The hardest sustainability challenges are social dilemmas in which the best outcome for individuals (e.g., more comfortable lifestyle) conflicts with the best outcome for the group (e.g., avoiding overuse of environmental resources and natural disasters). But social dilemmas can be solved when individuals cooperate. In this talk, speakers will introduce their collaborative research on food buying clubs and Buying Club Software will be introduced. Buying clubs are small, quasi-formal purchasing groups who share food…

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Talk — Dirty Weeds Done Dirt Cheap

November 27, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Norman Smith Hall, Room 107, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Sonja Birthisel, Ph.D. Student, Ecology and Environmental Sciences, will present "Dirty Weeds Done Dirt Cheap: Coupling weed ecology and economics to aid farmer decision-making." The Mitchell Center hosts a weekly talk series covering a variety of sustainability topics. For a full schedule of these events, visit umaine.edu/mitchellcenter/seminars/.

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Sustainability on the Front Lines of Climate Change: Inside a UMaine Travel Study Course

November 29, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Norman Smith Hall, Room 107, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

A talk presented by Brandon Lieberthal, Postdoctoral Researcher, SEANET, and Allison Gardner, Assistant Professor, Biology and Ecology, University of Maine. The Mitchell Center hosts a weekly talk series covering a variety of sustainability topics. For a full schedule of these events, visit umaine.edu/mitchellcenter/seminars/.

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February 2018

The Puzzle of Making the Local Food Movement Sustainable: The Challenge of the Supply Chain

February 5 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Norman Smith Hall, Room 107, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

A talk by the UMaine Farm to Institution Team. Speakers: Mark Haggerty, Linda Silka, Stephanie Welcomer, Melissa Ladenheim and Michaela Murray Some of the most important questions facing the local food movement in Maine relate to sustainability: environmental, economic and social. One solution has been to promote a farm-to-institution (F2I) movement whereby farmers sell their produce to local institutions such as universities and hospitals, and reduce environmental costs and enhance economic and social benefits through these local supply chains. What might…

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A Dutch Whale of a Tale in 1710: A Record of Polar Survival, Ice and Weather in the Greenland Sea

February 21 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Stodder Hall, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

In 1710, the Dutch whaling ship Den Dam embarked, together with 137 other whalers, on an adventurous whaling expedition to the coast of East Greenland. In 1711, the ship’s helmsman published the captain’s logbook and journal of their ordeal. Dr. Hester Jiskoot transcribed and translated this book. Daily weather, sea ice and other geographical data were extracted from the records. Jiskoot will present highlights of this perilous whaling expedition and its lessons in survivorship, while placing it in its geographic-historical…

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Dr. Troy Hartley on “Collaboration in Team Science: I Collobber You, and You Collobber Me!”

February 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Norman Smith Hall, Room 107, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Whether it is local, “wicked” problems that are complex, challenging, with multiple feedbacks, high uncertainty, and ambiguous solutions, or NSF’s Grand Societal Challenges, we are increasingly needing to take multi-, inter-, and trans-disciplinary team science approaches to understand and potentially solve these problems. However, such cross-disciplinary research efforts have struggled for both taskwork and teamwork reasons. An emerging science of team science is producing greater understanding of the team science phenomenon and suggestions for overcoming implementation obstacles. We have been…

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March 2018

Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management: Catching the Greased Pig in Eastern Maine

March 19 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Norman Smith Hall, Room 107, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

A talk by Paul Anderson, Executive Director, Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries. Anderson has 30 years of experience working with Maine’s marine resources, primarily in public service roles, at the intersection of science, policy, and community. Before joining Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, Anderson spent 16 years as the Director of the Maine Sea Grant College Program where he oversaw commercial fisheries, aquaculture, coastal community development, ecosystem health, and coastal resiliency. He also served as the Research Network Director of the…

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Darling Marine Center Seminar: Virginia Edgcomb

March 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Darling Marine Center, Clarks Cove Road
Walpole, ME 04573 United States

The Darling Marine Center presents a talk by Virginia Edgcomb, WHOI. Host: Maria Pachiadaki.    

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Darling Marine Center Seminar: Penelope Boston

March 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Darling Marine Center, Clarks Cove Road
Walpole, ME 04573 United States

The Darling Marine Center presents a talk by Penelope Boston, NASA Astrobiology Institute. Host: Ramunas Stepanauskas.    

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Plagues and People: Disease Transmission and Global Drivers of Change

March 26 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Norman Smith Hall, Room 107, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

A talk by Allison Gardner, Assistant Professor, Biology and Ecology, University of Maine; Sandra De Urisote-Stone, Assistant Professor, Forest Resources, University of Maine. The Mitchell Center hosts a weekly talk series covering a variety of sustainability topics. For a full schedule of these events, visit umaine.edu/mitchellcenter/seminars/.

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2018 Maine Sustainability and Water Conference

March 29 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Drive
Augusta, ME 04330 United States

For more information, visit umaine.edu/mitchellcenter/2018-conference/.  

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April 2018

Town Hall for Research and Graduate Studies

April 9 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Wells Conference Center, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

Members of the community are invited to attend a Town Hall for Research and Graduate Studies, from 3:30–5 p.m., in Room 2 of Wells Conference Center.   Topics will include: Update on Initiatives OVPRDGS Office Reorganization/Optimization Responses to Questions and Discussion of Submitted Topics If you have specific questions or topics that you would like covered, submit these by Friday, March 30 at the link below. Click Here to submit Questions and Topics

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Understanding Forest Vulnerability to Change

April 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Nutting Hall, Room 204, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

The School of Forest Resources and Center for Research on Sustainable Forests presents a talk by Maria Janowiak, Deputy Director, Northern Institute for Applied Climate Science, USDA Forest Service. Forests are a defining landscape feature across New England and northern New York, covering more than 40 million acres from the coast of the Atlantic Ocean to the peaks of the Appalachian Mountains. The changing climate is altering the region's forests, and the foresters and other natural resource professionals working to…

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Celebrating Scholarship

April 19 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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Dr. Kody Varahramyan, Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, is pleased to announce that Celebrating Scholarship will be held on April 19 from 5–7 p.m. at the Collins Center for the Arts. Celebrating Scholarship recognizes outstanding achievements of University of Maine faculty in terms of research, scholarship and creative activities. More details to follow at umaine.edu/research/maineimpactweek/.  

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From Rights to Resilience: The Social Justice Dimensions of a Melting Environment

April 23 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Norman Smith Hall, Room 107, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

A talk by Anne Henshaw, Ph.D., Oak Foundation. In the mainstream media, images of polar bears perched on pans of melting ice continue to be emblematic of climate change and its immediate threats. While visually effective, do polar bears serve as an appropriate symbol for highlighting vulnerability and adaptive capacity to climate change, especially for the 400,000 indigenous peoples who call the region home? As the multi-year sea ice continues to show remarkable decline and the ocean becomes more accessible, communities…

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May 2018

26th Annual Harold W. Borns Jr. Symposium

May 1 @ 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wells Conference Center, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

The Harold W. Borns Jr. Symposium is an annual event that features presentations and discussion by Climate Change Institute graduate students and faculty on emerging research and topics related to global environmental change. This year the symposium will feature three guest lectures: May 1, 3:45 p.m. — Invited Lecture: Rolfe Mandel, University Distinguished Professor Director, Kansas Geological Survey, University of Kansas, will present "Landscape Response to Bioclimatic Changes Over the Past 13,000 Years in the Central Great Plains of North America."  May…

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26th Annual Harold W. Borns, Jr. Symposium

May 2 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wells Conference Center, University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469 United States

The Harold W. Borns, Jr. Symposium is an annual event that features presentations and discussion by Climate Change Institute graduate students and faculty on emerging research and topics related to global environmental change. This year the symposium will feature three guest lectures: May 1, 3:45 p.m. — Invited Lecture: Rolfe Mandel, University Distinguished Professor Director, Kansas Geological Survey, University of Kansas, will present "Landscape Response to Bioclimatic Changes Over the Past 13,000 Years in the Central Great Plains of North America."  May…

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