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November 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.


November 2, 7:00pm: Science Lecture Series. Dr. Nicole Rausch from Eastern Maine Medical Center will talk about The Science of Wellness: Why Your Doctor Continues to Insist You Sleep, Exercise, and Be Well.  Nicole will explore why sleep and exercise are so important. She will be looking at the physiology of sleep and exercise, focusing on the sleep cycle, the effects of cortisol and endorphins on various organ systems, and how these organ systems work together to promote wellness.

Regular public programs are available on Friday evenings at 7pm (Phantom of the Universe) and  Sunday afternoons at 2pm (Cosmic Journey). More information

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

Emera Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Road, University of Maine


November 2, 4:00 – 6:00pm: Project>Login & Live and Work in Maine Campus Networking Reception at University of New England, Biddeford. Open to students of UNE and the public.

University of New England, 11 Hills Beach Rd, Biddeford

November 15, 4:00 – 6:00pm: Project>Login & Live and Work in Maine Campus Networking Reception at University of Maine at Fort Kent. Open to students of UMFK, Northern Maine Community College, and the public.

University of Maine at Fort Kent, 23 University Dr, Fort Kent

November 16, 4:00pm: Women in STEM/Grace Hopper event hosted by Project>Login supportee University of Maine ACM-W chapter.

University of Maine, Orono

November 17-18: Central Maine Startup and Create Weekend. Project>Login is joining with many organizations for this inaugural event for innovators, creators, and entrepreneurs interested in interacting and hearing from experts on new and exciting topics that are near-term and on the horizon.

Thomas College, Waterville


November 6, 3:00 – 4:00pm: A Conversation about Decision Support Tools. A growing problem researchers face is how to take the huge amounts of data available and make it useful to those who are making decisions. The development of decision support tools is a strategy lots of people are exploring. This conversation involves researchers who are working to develop these tools in a variety of different areas. We will learn what decision support tools look like and the processes being used to build them, why researchers decided to take this approach, why these tools can be useful to decision-makers, and what problems they may help to solve?

November 13, 3:00 – 4:00pm: Sustainability Lightning TalksEight students will present five-minute talks on their sustainability research in Maine. 

November 20, 3:00 – 4:00pm: Using Cooperation Science to Strengthen Local Food Systems. Sustainable solutions are not always win-win. The hardest sustainability challenges are social dilemmas in which the best outcome for individuals (e.g. more comfortable lifestyle) conflicts with the best outcome for the group (e.g. avoiding overuse of environmental resources and natural disasters). But social dilemmas can be solved when individuals cooperate.

November 27, 3:00 – 4:00pm: Dirty Weeds Done Dirt Cheap. Coupling weed ecology and economics to aid farmer decision-making, this talk addresses the challenges farmers face in managing agricultural weeds, and how climate change may impact weeds and the tactics used to manage them.

107 Norman Smith Hall, Mitchell Center – University of Maine


November 9,  6:00 – 7:30pm: Family Science Night Pop-up Maker space. Join Challenger and try out the magic of a Maker Space.  Different equipment, robots, programming, creating tools are available for all to try out. Reservations required;  $4 per person/$12 family max.

Challenger Learning Center of Maine, 30 Venture Way, Bangor



Real Pirates, a National Geographic Exhibition, extended until January 15th, 2018. Real Pirates separates fact from fiction. This highly informative exhibit features artifacts recovered from the Whydah, a 300-year-old pirate ship that sank off the coast of Cape Cod carrying treasure from more than 50 ships. Originally a slave ship, the Whydah was one of the most successful pirate ships of all time. Learn about history, economics, world trade, life as a pirate, how concretions are formed and the recovery process.

AGES: Good for all ages, although this is focused more for teens to seniors

7 days per week. $15.50 – $19.50. Group rates are also available.

Portland Science Center, 68 Commercial Street, Maine Wharf, Portland (1 pier over from Casco Bay Lines)


Tuesdays, 10:00am – 12:00pm: Fall Migration Bird Watch. Join Bird Ecology Program director, Seth Benz, on Tuesdays in November, to find birds along the Schoodic auto loop. Catch the last flocks of autumn migrants and welcome winter arrivals. Learn how to use and extract information from eBird. Check our website for cancellation in case of inclement weather.

** FREE but registration is required for each date as space is limited. Call Michelle at 288-1356.

November 16, 12:00 – 1:00 pm: Brown Bag: Hawks over Acadia. Seth Benz, Schoodic Institute’s Bird Ecology Program Director, will review 20 plus years of autumn hawk migration trends from Cadillac Mountain. 

November 16, 7:00 – 8:00 pm: Endangered Seabird Recovery in the Isle of Shoals. Dr. Jennifer Seavey, Kingsbury Director of the Shoals Marine Laboratory will discuss the management and research at the Gulf of Maine’s largest tern colony and it’s implications for healthy fisheries.

Moore Auditorium, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, Acadia Drive, Winter Harbor


Mondays, 11:00am and 4:00pm: Our weekly Full S.T.E.A.M Ahead program will be offered twice on Mondays, starting November 6th. A story time that explores the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math through books! Whether we are experimenting with magnets, or dissecting owl pellets, this club explores it all!

Registration is required; students K-3

Bangor Public l Library, 145 Harlow Street, Bangor


Tuesdays, 11:00 – 11:30am: Science Detectives-Science for preschoolers. Join us for very hands-on early science activities: magnets, bubbles, ice, water, air, metal; even the greatest scientists started with simple experiments and observations. These special chemistry and physics workshops are designed just right for the pre-school age child.

Ages 3+

Maine Discovery Museum, 74 Main Street, Bangor


November 16, 7:00 am – 6:00pm: Join E2Tech for their third annual E2TECH EXPO, the premier energy & environmental innovation and business event of the year! This day-long summit on energy innovation in Maine will engage private, public, and nonprofit stakeholders to help both startups and established companies access the resources they need to grow and expand. Officials, funders, policymakers, energy and environmental companies, and other innovation “enablers” are on tap to advise attendees on strategies for Maine’s economic and business development future. Visit with leading companies and organizations in the sector and learn more about innovative startups and technologies while exploring the Expo Exhibit tables! Visit to learn more and register!

Abromson Center, University of Southern Maine, 88 Bedford Street, Portland

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