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May 2017 Maine Science Festival partner events

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.


Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions

May 1, 3:00pm – 4:00pm: The Long Road from Pollution to Protection: History in the Making  Matt Scott, Aquatic Biologist Emeritus, will provide a living history of the state of water quality in Maine from the industrial revolution to today.

May 7-13: 
Maine Composts Week is a statewide event that looks to connect local communities, schools, businesses, residents, municipalities, and other institutions with the resources, service providers, and information to help facilitate improving resource management of organic materials in Maine. For more information, visit Maine Composts Week on Facebook or go to their website.

107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center – University of Maine



Opening May 26: Real Pirates, a National Geographic Exhibition. Journey into the exciting world of Real Pirates, a National Geographic exhibition that brings you face-to-face with authentic pirate treasure, pistols and canons – last touched by real pirates! Experience the Wydah, an authenticated pirate ship that sank 300 years ago, off the coast of Massachusetts.

7 days per week. Entry times: Mon – Thurs 10:00am – 6:00pm; Fri & Sat 10:00am – 7:00pm; Sun 11:00am – 6:00pm. Exhibit closes 1-hour after last entry. Adults ($19.50), 65+/College/Military ($17.50), Child 3-12 ($14.50), Children under 3 (Free). Book as a group of 10 or more and save 20-50%. Group discounts only offered by calling 207-812-3848 or emailing

Portland Science Center, 68 Commercial Street, Portland. 1 pier over from Casco Bay Lines.


Regular public programs are available on Friday evenings at 7pm (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe) Sunday afternoons at 2pm (Earth, Moon and Sun). More information

May 4, 7:00pm: From Lightsabers to Tricorders: Harnessing Light for Biomedical Applications. Light surrounds us, but how often do we appreciate the power of light for use as a diagnostic tool? Join us as we explore the possibilities of using small alterations of light as captured by microscopes to aid our human eyes in detection of small alterations. We will discuss 2-photon microscopy techniques, an approach that enables high resolution, 3D data collection. Using the planetarium’s fulldome technology, we will explore and fly through 3-D images of human lung and ovarian tissues to investigate alterations in tissue organization of human disease. Presented by Dr. Karissa Tilbury, an assistant professor of Bioengineering in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Tickets for planetarium programs are $6 for Adults, $5 for UMaine Students/Veterans/Senior Citizens, and $4 for children under 12.

Emera Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Road, University of Maine