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March 2017 Maine Science Festival partner events

Science doesn’t stop in Maine. Our partners have a number of public science events taking place outside of the MSF.  See what’s happening near you and remember that #scienceiseverywhere.

See you March 16th-19th at the 3rd Annual Maine Science Festival!


March 4, 11:30am – 2:00pmTeen Science Cafe: Location Is Everything: Using GIS to Map, Analyze, and Assess Real-world Problems. What would you do if the Machias dike washed out in a storm? How would you get an ambulance to the hospital? How would you get to the grocery store if you lived in East Machis? Continuing on the First Responders/Emergency Management themes we began to explore at the Zombie Apocalypse, Dr. Tora Johnson will lead us on a mission to plan routes if a disaster happens in Washington County.

No fee; registration begins at 11:45am followed by lunch. Presentation and activity with Dr. Tora Johnson will be in the GIS Lab in Torrey Hall.

University of Maine, Machias, Kilburn Commons Dining Hall, 116 O’Brien Ave, Machias


March 6, 5:00 – 6:00pm:  MDI Science Café: Nanotechnology and the Futurist Green Material, Nanocellulose. Entrepreneur Nadir Yildirim, Ph.D., will talk about the potential of microscopic wood fibers called nanocelluloses to transform Maine’s forest products industry.

Pre-registration not required, but recommended.

Center for Science Entrepreneurship, MDI Biological Laboratory, 159 Old Bar Harbor Rd Bar Harbor


TED TALKS @ LUNCH 12:00 – 1:00pm: Bring your lunch and enjoy a Ted Talk. These talks will pave the way for the Exploring Human Origins Exhibit coming in April. A member of the library staff will moderate a discussion after each podcast. Tuesday, March 7: A Dig for Humanity’s Origins Tuesday, March 14: In Search of Humanity’s Roots Tuesday, March 21: Why Are There 32 Symbols Found in Ancient Caves Tuesday, March 28: Bring Back the Woolly Mammoth

March 29, 6:00 – 7:30pm: Bangor Reads Book Discussion Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin. Why do we look the way we do? What does the human hand have in common with the wing of a fly? In Your Inner Fish, Neil Shubin tells the story of evolution by tracing the organs of the human body back millions of years, long before the first creatures walked the earth. By examining fossils and DNA, Shubin shows us that our hands actually resemble fish fins, our head is organized like that of a long-extinct jawless fish, and major parts of our genome look and function like those of worms and bacteria. BangorReads seeks to get everyone in the community reading the same book at the same time and discussing it.  Read the book, come discuss! Moderator Dr. Frank Bragg

All events held in Crofutt Community Room, 1st Floor, 145 Harlow Street, Bangor