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2021 Maine Science Festival – online forums

The forums will be hosted by the MSF using Zoom and will run like the in-person MSF forums. Each session will include an overview from each speaker, followed by Q&A. All sessions will run for one hour.

March forums: COVID-19 is the science story of our times, and we’ll be covering different aspects of the science of COVID-19 throughout the March 2021 sessions.

March 24, 2021, 1pm (Eastern): 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’ll talk about vaccine distribution and public health in Maine with Noah Nesin of PCHC and LuAnn Ballesteros from The Jackson Laboratory. Sign up at

Bonus: March 30, 2021, 4pm (Eastern): COVID vaccines explained. Elisabeth Marnik, Assistant Professor at Husson University, will provide an overview of how these new vaccines work and address the current state of COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Sign up at

Previous 2021 forums

January 21, 2021 4pm (Eastern): 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: The audio is available as a bonus episode of the Maine Science Podcast

February 16, 2021 1pm (Eastern): 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: The audio is available as a bonus episode of the Maine Science Podcast.

March 2, 2021, 4pm (Eastern): 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, 1pm (Eastern): How Maine companies stepped up. Round one = biological sciences. In this forum you’ll hear 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 will share how they responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 17, 2021, 1pm (Eastern): How Maine companies stepped up. Round two = non-biological science and engineering. This session covers 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.


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