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ORONO — When spotting a butterfly, a common reaction may be to whip out a phone and snap a photo. A team of University of Maine researchers is hoping another response could be to use the phone to log details about areas where butterflies are likely to be found.

Using a mobile app, anyone can become a citizen scientist by visiting potential monarch butterfly roosting sites from Maine to Georgia and answering questions based on their observations. 

BANGOR - Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center Champion the Cure Challenge is celebrating its tenth year on August 17, 2019 with several exciting changes for cyclists, walkers, and runners. Champion the Cure Challenge is the region’s largest cancer fundraising event, with all proceeds supporting treatment and research at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center.

In response to feedback from cyclists, a new 12-mile route will debut at this year’s event. The 12-mile option is a family-friendly alternative to the 25, 50, 75, and 100-mile routes.

ORONO — Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie called her grandmother each spring during her childhood when the rhododendrons bloomed in her hometown in Massachusetts. To celebrate, they’d go on a wildflower picnic in Moore State Park.

McDonough MacKenzie still thoroughly enjoys “botanizing.” And the David H. Smith Conservation Research Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Maine Climate Change Institute likes learning how plants have impacted the lives of others.

So on Valentine’s Day 2018, Rebecca Barak, McDonough MacKenzie and seven other David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellows — Sara Kuebbing, Molly Bletz, Joan Dudney, Bonnie M. McGill, Mallika A. Nocco, Talia Young and Rebecca K. Tonietto — launched the website Plant Love Stories. 

BANGOR — Author readings are getting an outdoor makeover in Downtown Bangor this summer as The Briar Patch bookstore launches their Outdoor Reading Room series, showcasing fiction authors through readings in a local park. 

The series, which kicks off on Friday, Aug. 2 with local author Meghan L. Dowling reading from her new book “A Catalogue of Small Pains,” will be held in the Central Street Pocket Park, just across the street from The Briar Patch. 

“We’re thrilled to expand our author events with this series that will combine the creativity of Maine authors with the outdoor environs that have earned Maine the nickname of ‘Vacationland.’ Our slate of authors will include something for everyone who loves grown-up fiction,” said Gibran Graham, owner of the 32-year-old bookshop located at 27 Central Street in Downtown Bangor.

The series continues on Friday, Aug. 16 with Maine author Dave Patterson reading from his new novel “Soon The Light Will Be Perfect.”

Attendees of the Outdoor Reading Room series are encouraged to make an evening of it, grabbing a bite to eat at one of the many downtown restaurants before or after the event.

“What’s better than a night of good novels and good food? We hope attendees of the Outdoor Reading Room series plan to spend the evening enjoying all that Downtown Bangor has to offer,” Graham said.

Copies of the books are available for purchase in the store and online at BriarPatchBooks.com. There will also be copies available at the events. The authors will be on hand to sign books as well.

Additional authors for the series will be announced on The Briar Patch Facebook Page.

ORONO —What did you use your smartphone for today? To Facetime with friends, order a Lyft, pay bills, Google whether it’s OK to feed peanut butter to dogs?

For University of Maine clinical psychology doctoral student Colin Bosma, smartphones also are a research tool.

BANGOR - Eastern Maine Community College (EMCC) is excited to announce an incredible opportunity for individuals wishing to become Medical Assistants (MA). 

ORONO — Preserving a range of different personality types within small mammal populations is critical for maintaining the key ecosystem function of seed dispersal, according to University of Maine researchers.

Understanding how variation among individual seed-dispersing animals and whether land-use change interferes with the process is the focus of a recent study led by Allison Brehm, a Ph.D. student in wildlife ecology, and Alessio Mortelliti, an assistant professor of wildlife habitat ecology.  

Tuesday, 18 June 2019 19:04

The Wheelmobile is coming to Orono

ORONO – One of America’s favorite game shows will be looking for contestants in Orono this weekend.

The Wheelmobile, the promotional vehicle for the game show “Wheel of Fortune,” will be in Eastern Maine searching for contestants to play on America’s Game. The Eastern Maine open auditions will only take place on Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 at 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Collins Center for the Arts on the campus of the University of Maine.

BANGOR – Bruce Ranger entered the night of June 14 only one win away from 9,000 career victories in harness racing. After the first of his eight scheduled races for the night, Ranger achieved the milestone with Anderlecht, crossing the finish line with a time of 1:57.

ORONO — Gulf of Maine temperature trends and variability during the past 11,000 years will be the focus of a five-year study led by a University of Maine paleo-oceanographer to enhance long-term environmental prediction and planning.

Katherine Allen, a UMaine assistant professor in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences, and the Climate Change Institute, has received a more than $584,000 National Science Foundation CAREER Award to study Gulf temperatures from the early Holocene to the present. The award follows an NSF-funded collaborative research project led by Allen in 2016 that focused on Pacific Ocean stratification since the last ice age.

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