In March 2021, the Maine Science Festival held five online forums covering an aspect of COVID-19 in Maine. Those forums were recorded, and have been released as bonus episodes of the Maine Science Podcast, and all are available now. Each session included an overview from each speaker, followed by Q&A, and were sponsored by BioME, The Jackson Laboratory, with media support provided by Maine Public. The episodes:
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. Listen at http://bit.ly/vaxexplMar2021.
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. Listen at http://bit.ly/distribphMar2021.
COVID-19: How Maine's nonbiological companies stepped up. 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. Listen at http://bit.ly/nonbioMar2021.
COVID-19: How Maine's biological companies stepped up. 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. Listen at http://bit.ly/BIOsciMar2021.