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FARMINGTON As a part of its spring Happiness Challenge, the University of Maine at Farmington Student Health Center is hosting an insightful talk on resiliency by Chris Trout, founder of Strengths in Focus, a Portland leadership organization.

The talk, 'Bring It On! The Power of the Rest of Your Story,' will take place from 12-1 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, in Lincoln Auditorium in Roberts Learning Center. It is free and open to the public.

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FARMINGTON Leading the way in nature-based education in Maine, the University of Maine at Farmington is excited to announce its inaugural Nature-Based Education Summer Institute. This professional development opportunity is designed to introduce both educators-in-training and those with extensive experience in the field to the growing movement where children learn developmentally appropriate curriculum based on their sense of wonder about nature.

This full-day conference will be held from 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, June 25, beginning with registration in the North Dining Hall in UMF's Olsen Student Center. According to Patti Bailie, UMF assistant professor of early childhood education, the workshops will help educators connect to nature and connect nature to their classrooms.

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FARMINGTON The University of Maine at Farmington Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program proudly presents fiction author, William Giraldi, as the next reader in its popular Visiting Writers Series. Giraldi will read from his work at 7:30 p.m., March 10, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. The reading is free and open to the public.

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FARMINGTON The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to present non-fiction, environmental author Kathryn Miles as the next reader in its celebrated Visiting Writers Series. Miles will read from her work at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 11, in The Landing in the UMF Olsen Student Center. The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a signing by the author.

According to author Janine DeBaise, Miles's non-fiction work is known for combining the scientific facts of a story with a good narrative that entertains while educating. Miles's 'Superstorm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy' (Dutton 2014), is the first complete, moment-by-moment account of the largest Atlantic storm system ever recorded. In this riveting account, she takes the reader inside the enormous storm and the people whose lives were forever changed.

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Western Maine Ed Camp

FARMINGTON The University of Maine at Farmington and Western Maine K-12 school districts are collaborating to present their second annual Western Maine EdCamp. This professional development opportunity is offered to empower educators of all kinds to share their vision for high quality teaching and learning.

EdCampWME is free and open to the public and will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Mt. Blue High School, in Farmington, Saturday, Feb. 6 (Feb. 7 snow date.)

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FARMINGTON The University of Maine at Farmington kicks off the semester with an exhibit at the UMF Art Gallery by Jesse Potts, sculptor, artist and UMF assistant professor of art. 'Hot Dust' is a collection of sculptures, prints, and animated installations and is on display from Jan. 28 through March 6. Free and open to the public, the exhibit will feature an opening reception 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28.

The works in this exhibit explore the intersection of place, memory and time. They emerged from a meditation on the meaning of 'home' and the ways that 'home' shifts based on one's perception of its permanence or transience. In the studio, the artist questions how the memory of an experience is organized through its relationship to a place and time. How might those memories be mutated, overwritten or erased by time?

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FARMINGTON Chris Brinegar, adjunct associate professor in the University of Maine at Farmington Division of Natural Sciences, has been invited to be the keynote speaker for the Biodiversity & Natural Products session of the International Conference on Biosciences and Biotechnology held in Kathmandu, Nepal, Feb. 4-6.

Brinegar's research specialty is plant phylogeography, the study of the geographic distribution of genetic lineages in plant populations. The genetic data resulting from this research can shed light on plant species evolution, assess biodiversity and help identify populations in need of conservation.

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