School of Biology and Ecology

Student discovers new wasp species, AP reports

The Associated Press reported University of Maine student Hillary Morin Peterson discovered a new species of wasp. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry said Peterson discovered the species, which doesn’t sting, while conducting work for her thesis. The Brunswick resident named the wasp Ormocerus dirigoius, in tribute to Maine’s motto, “Dirigo,” which means “I […]

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Elsevier publishes Q&A with Longcore

Elsevier published a feature article and interview with Joyce Longcore, a mycologist and associate research professor at the University of Maine, after recently winning the 2017 Golden Goose Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Longcore reflected on her work since isolating the chytrid pathogen causing the mass extinction of amphibians. […]

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Former UMaine professor speaks with media about winning Nobel Prize

Jeffrey C. Hall, who was a member of the University of Maine community from 2004 to 2012 as an adjunct professor and a Libra Professor of Neurogenetics, spoke with the Bangor Daily News, Maine Public, WABI(Channel 5) and WLBZ (Channel 2) about being one of three scientists to win the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Hall, Michael Rosbash […]

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Scientist with UMaine ties awarded Nobel Prize in medicine, media report

The Associated Press, NPR, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Science, The Washington Post, Time, Inside Higher Ed and New York Post reported Jeffrey C. Hall, who has ties to the University of Maine, was one of three scientists to win the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young won the $1.1 million prize for their work […]

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Former UMaine Libra Professor Jeffrey C. Hall named Nobel Prize winner

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was jointly awarded on Oct. 2 to Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm. Beginning in 2004, Hall was an adjunct professor at UMaine. From 2008 to 2010, he was a Libra Professor of Neurogenetics. […]

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Media report on Longcore’s research, AAAS award

Popular Science, PBS NewsHour and the Bangor Daily News reported Joyce Longcore, a mycologist and associate research professor at the University of Maine, was awarded the 2017 Golden Goose Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The award recognizes the people and stories of unexpected, incredible scientific breakthroughs. It highlights federally funded research, which at […]

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Longcore receives AAAS Golden Goose Award for impactful research

On Oct. 13, 1997, Joyce Longcore picked up a flask of fluid sitting on the table next to her microscope. The flask was full of a mysterious type of a microscopic fungus from a group called Chytridiomycota (chytrids). This particular fungus, extracted from the skin of a dead frog, was sent to her by pathologists […]

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Gill cited in CNET article on extinction, genetically modified animals

Jacquelyn Gill, a professor of paleoecology at the University of Maine, was quoted in a CNET article looking at whether genetically modified hybrid animals could rehabilitate ecosystems that have been harmed by human development. By introducing ecological pressures like pollution, poaching, habitat loss, and global climate change, humans have contributed to species dying off at […]

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AP reports on Groden’s browntail moth research

The Associated Press reported on browntail moth research being conducted by Eleanor Groden, a professor of entomology in the School of Biology and Ecology at the University of Maine. The browntail moth’s caterpillars have toxic hairs that can cause respiratory diseases and rashes that resemble poison ivy, the AP reported. Groden is looking into how […]

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Three undergraduates gain early admission to Tufts University School of Medicine

Three University of Maine undergraduates have received early acceptance to Tufts University School of Medicine through the Maine Track Early Assurance program. Trevor Morin, a microbiology major from Scarborough, Maine; Drew Brooks, a microbiology and music double major from Lyman, Maine; and Austin Steward, a bioengineering major and Honors College student from Colebrook, New Hampshire, […]

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