Science doesn’t stop in Maine: MSF partners help us keep the focus on science year-round. See what’s happening near you this month and remember that #scienceiseverywhere!
February 1, 7:00pm: ACQUA ALTA (High water) with Jenny Q Chai. With radical joie de vivre and razor-sharp intention, Jenny Q Chai creates this layered multimedia concert program exploring elements of science, nature, and art. Using video representations of climate change data from the research of Dr. Ian Fenty, along with digital paintings by Relja Penezic, the program moves rapidly through musical history, telling a tale of our changing oceans along the way. Dr. Fenty will open the evening with an introduction to his climate change research. Tickets are $15-20.
1 College Circle, Gracie Theatre, Husson University, Bangor
February 1, 7:00pm: The Science of Wellness: Why Your Doctor Continues to Insist You Sleep, Exercise, and Be Well. Sleep and exercise are vital parts of what allows us to function and thrive. We rely on sleep to generate growth, form new memories, and promote healing. Exercise promotes strength, muscle development, balance and makes us feel good. Without these, our productivity suffers, our immunity wanes, and our minds dull. Join Dr. Nicole Rausch as she shares how sleep and exercise achieve these things and why they are so important.
Regular public programs are available on Friday evenings at 7pm (The First Stargazers) and Sunday afternoons at 2pm (Magic Treehouse: Space Mission). More information about all programming can be found at https://astro.umaine.edu/events/.
Tickets for planetarium programs are $6 for Adults, $5 for UMaine Students/Veterans/Senior Citizens, and $4 for children under 12. More information and tickets: https://astro.umaine.edu/
Emera Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Road, University of Maine
February 1, 11:30am-1:00pm: Lunch and Learn. Curious about what happens at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute? Each month we host a Lunch & Learn tour of our facility on the Portland waterfront. This informal session — geared toward community leaders, supporters, and friends of GMRI — provides an introduction to our work and an opportunity to better understand GMRI’s role in the community. Join us to hear the latest news about the Gulf of Maine, meet GMRI staff, and enjoy casual conversation over lunch. We still have space on next week’s February 1st tour. Reserve your spot by registering here.
February 8, 7:00-8:00pm: Eel Appeal: The Story of American Unagi. Join us for the second session of our Winter/Spring 2018 Joan M. Kelly Sea State Lecture Series, “Six Women Changing Seafood.” Throughout the series, we’ll introduce six innovative women, representing different parts of the seafood supply chain. Every month, you’ll hear how each speaker is breaking new ground in the industry. This month, we’ll hear from Sara Rademaker the founder of American Unagi, a company raising locally sourced eels here in Maine. Reserve your spot by registering today. Register early; seating is limited.
February 13, 4:30-6:00pm: Preparing for Sea Level Rise. Our sea level rise program brings local relevancy to global scientific data through local history, maps, and case studies. Join us for a 90 minute interactive experience to explore the impacts of sea level rise and weather events on community resources, and examine potential resiliency measures. Please register here.
350 Commercial Street, Portland
Tuesday Morning Birding – February 6 & 13, 10:00am-12:00pm: Join Seth Benz for the Tuesday Morning Birding program and find birds along the Schoodic auto loop. Observe winter birds and learn how to use and extract information from eBird. Van trips will be FREE, meet at Schoodic Point, Winter Harbor. Call 288-1356 to reserve a spot.
February 10, 10:00 – 11:30am: Winter Ecology Hike – Why plants don’t wear pants (or parkas) to stay warm! Winter is full of challenges and opportunities for the animals and plants in our Maine forests. On this 1-mile hike, we’ll explore the strategies plants use to survive the cold and winter’s surprising threat to plants – lack of liquid water. Hike along with Forest Ecology Director Nick Fisichelli. Wear footwear and clothing appropriate for the weather and hiking. If there is enough snow, bring snowshoes! Meet at Schooner Commons on the Schoodic Institute campus. Please register – Space is limited. Call 288-1356 to reserve a spot.
February 10, 7:00 – 8:00pm: Coastal Birds in Maine: What they are and where to find them. Maine is right in the middle of the Northern Hemisphere, straddling the 45th parallel. Maine’s ocean doesn’t freeze. When arctic birds go south for the winter, Maine is often their south. Who are they? Where are they? Bob Duchesne presents. Moore Auditorium.
February 15, 12:00-1:00pm. Brown Bag: Maritime Pine Communities of Acadia National Park. Two ecologically similar pine species form mid successional communities on ledge outcrops in ANP. Pitch pine dominates communities on Mount Desert Island, while jack pine dominates those on the Schoodic Peninsula. Over two decades of research suggests that their disjunct distribution is due to microclimatic differences between these locations and their ecophysiological adaptations. Join Michael Day, Associate Research Professor, Tree Physiology and Physiological Ecology, University of Maine and learn the differences of these maritime pine communities.
Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, Acadia Drive, Winter Harbor
February 10, 10:00am-12:00pm: Family Science Event: Maker Faire 2018. Come to Challenger as we kick off a brand new event for 2018! Our Maker Faire features Maine-based creators and inventors who will display their creations throughout the Center, along with fun Makerspace activities. Feed your imagination and ingenuity at this special hands-on event, designed for both parents and kids to enjoy (recommended for youth age 6-15)!
Advance Discount: $4/ person; $12/ family maximum
Door: $5/ person; $15/ family maximum
Challenger Learning Center of Maine, 30 Venture Way, Bangor
Registration open until February 16: Maine Girls Go Cyber Start. A program of the SANS Institute, this project is open to any high school girl who is interested in cybersecurity. This exciting and innovative project offers a suite of challenges, tools and games aimed at introducing users to the field of cybersecurity, developing their interest and helping them to pursue careers in the sector. For more information about this program, please contact your school or reach out to the office of Information Technology by contacting Kelly or Carrie at Kelly.Rickert@Maine.gov; Carrie.Valentine@Maine.gov.
Planet Shark, Predator or Prey, opening February 3rd. Trace millions of years of evolution, come face-to-face with the Great White shark, learn the true impact of the shark fin trade and gain a whole new level of respect for the ocean’s oldest and most effective predator.
Wednesday – Sunday, $14.50 – $18.50. Group rates are also available.
68 Commercial Street, Maine Wharf, Portland (1 pier over from Casco Bay Lines)
February 22, 2:00-2:30pm: Engineering is Awesome! Our friends from the school of Engineering and Technology at the University of Maine will bring amazing hands-on activities to show you what happens in Construction Engineering Technology classes at UMaine, what engineers do and how they make our world better. Recommended for ages 6+.
February 23, 2:00-2:30pm: Wildlife in Maine Join us in welcoming Kristin Peet, Wildlife Biologist for the Department of Natural Resources.
Regular weekly programming, Tuesdays, February 6, 13 and 27: Science Detectives. Science for preschoolers, 11:00-11:30am. Recommended for ages 3+.
Admission: FREE for members! $7.50 general admission
74 Main Street, Bangor