April 25 – May 5: MSF Pop-up event: “City” Nature Challenge. Join us for the 2019 City Nature Challenge (CNC)! The Maine Science Festival has teamed up with Gulf of Maine Maine Education Association, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Portland Public Library, Bangor Land Trust, Girl Scouts of Maine, and Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve to be part of the worldwide challenge to observe and identify WILD organisms found in our “city” found at our iNaturalist page.
Maine City Nature Challenge location (https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2019-maine)
April 10, 9:00am-5:00pm: 2019 University of Maine Student Symposium Interact one-on-one with UMaine students as they present their research and creative work at the 2019 UMaine Student Symposium (UMSS19). Several hundred projects will be showcased through posters, exhibits, oral presentations and more. Maine’s Poet Laureate, Stuart Kestenbaum, will give this year’s keynote speech.
Cross Insurance Center, 515 Main Street, Bangor
April 25, 10:00am-2:00pm: BioMEStudent Showcase, a life science research competition for high school and college students with attractive cash and academic prizes. Come meet the future bioscience workforce at the BioME Student Showcase! Learn about Maine high school and college students’ bioscience research projects with a potential of commercialization. This fun and creative competition offers plenty of valuable networking with scientists, researchers, biotech professionals, academia and entrepreneurial support representatives in Maine. Students will show off their passion for life science and present their research for a chance to win attractive cash and academic prizes. Coffee and lunch will be served during the event.
University of Southern Maine, Portland
April 18, 7:00pm: Science Lecture Series, Light from the Void: NASA’s Great Observatories The Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory – two of NASA’s Great Observatories – have enabled our farthest reach in the Cosmos. Explore and celebrate three decades of discovery by these great space missions, and take a glimpse into plans for the future of Space Telescopes, including the proposed Lynx X-ray Observatory. Dr. Grant Tremblay is an Astrophysicist at the Center for Astrophysics – Harvard & Smithsonian. He is heavily involved in the development of future NASA space missions and is a regular cast member on the Discovery and Science Channel’s award-winning documentary series How the Universe Works and Space’s Deepest Secrets, as well as the host of a forthcoming Science Channel miniseries on black holes.
April 22, 2:00pm: Dynamic Earth Explore the inner workings of Earth’s climate system with visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations. This exciting program follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere. Audiences will ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, and fly into roiling volcanoes. We explore the relationship between Earth and the Sun, life and the carbon cycle, Earth’s climate control system, and how human activities are changing our planet. Come learn how dynamic planet Earth really is!
Fridays (April 5, 12, 19, and 26) 7:00pm: Habitat Earth Living networks connect and support all life forms – from colonies of tiny microbes and populations of massive whales to ever-expanding human societies. Discover how all species on our planet are interconnected and important to sustaining our living world. Dive below the ocean’s surface, travel beneath the forest floor, and journey to new heights to witness the intricate intersection between human and ecological networks in Habitat Earth.
Sundays (April 7,14, 21 and 28), 2pm: Life of Trees Join a cheeky ladybug called Dolores and a quirky firefly called Mike on a journey of exploration into the wondrous world of trees. How do trees get their food from the Sun? How do they grow? And how does all this make life on our earth possible? A perfect planetarium show for the whole family about our natural environment and its importance to life here on Earth.
$6 for Adults, $5 for UMaine Students/Senior Citizens, $4 for children 12 and under.
Emera Astronomy Center and M.F. Jordan Planetarium, 167 Rangeley Road, Orono
Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions
April 8, 3:00-4:00pm: A River Runs Through It: Combining ‘Heritage’ and River Restoration in Southern New England Brian Payne, Associate Professor, History and Canadian Studies, Bridgewater State University
April 15, 3:00-4:00pm: Developing Relocation Policies for Environmental Refugees: The Adverse Consequences of Treating Assumptions as Facts Amanda Bertana, Postdoctoral Fellow, Scholars Strategy Network, University of Maine
April 22, 3:00-4:00pm: Sustainability of Collaboration, Amber Roth, Assistant Professor of Forest Wildlife Management, School of Forest Resources, University of Maine
107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center, University of Maine, Orono