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2021 Maine Science Festival – online forums

Updated: May 17

January 21, 2021: From Maine to the Stars. Speakers: Mark Lippold (FMI, A Spirit AeroSystems Co), Karl Hoose (VALT), and Sascha Deri (bluShift Aerospace). The video is online at at the MSF YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/OY-L3-Abqvg.

February 16, 2021: Off-shore wind: from the UK to Maine. Habib Dagher (University of Maine) and Tony Appleton (Burns & McDonnell), with Ronit Prawer from the UK Science & Innovation Network, British Consulate-General (Boston) and Dan Burgess, Maine Energy Office. The video is online at at the MSF YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/hI4lECVXCKI.

March 2, 2021: Overview of COVID-19 virus. University of Maine Associate Professor Melissa Maginnis explained COVID-19 as a virus: what it is, how it works, and why it’s been so effective in causing a pandemic.

March 10, 2021: How Maine companies stepped up. Round one = biological sciences. In this forum we heard from three different Maine organizations who are deeply involved in addressing COVID-19: Norman Moore from Abbott, Olivier te Boekhorst representing IDEXX, and Richard Lussier from The Jackson Laboratory shared how they responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 17, 2021: How Maine companies stepped up. Round two = non-biological science and engineering. This session covered some Maine companies that aren’t working in the biological sciences field, but who have nonetheless put their expertise and efforts into addressing the COVID-19 pandemic: Peter Malikowski (Cianbro Corporation), Bryan Donovan (A/Z Corp, a subsidiary of Cianbro), and Derek McKenney (Puritan Medical Products) discussed their partnership, and Jesse Lupo from Mossy Ledge Spirits covered their pivot to producing hand sanitizer.

March 24, 2021: Vaccine distribution and public health. The development of multiple vaccines for COVID-19 has been an extraordinary feat of science, but is not the final step in stopping the pandemic. The distribution of these vaccines and the need to continue to address and support public health is equally critical. In this session, we covered vaccine distribution and public health in Maine with Noah Nesin of PCHC and LuAnn Ballesteros from The Jackson Laboratory.

Bonus: March 30, 2021: COVID vaccines explained. Elisabeth Marnik, Assistant Professor at Husson University, provided an overview of how these new vaccines work and addressed the current state of COVID-19 vaccines in the United States.


Each session included an overview from each speaker, followed by Q&A.

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