1. Cindy Isenhour - Mitchell Center Seminar Series, 2/9/2015


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    Materials Management Through Sustainable Consumption: Research, Policy and Practice Research suggests that recent gains in production efficiencies are unlikely to result in adequate environmental improvements necessary to avoid “dangerous” climate change, resource depletion, and increasingly significant waste management issues. This is, in part, because rapidly growing levels of consumption are outpacing efficiency improvements globally. Indeed, significant rebound effects occur when more efficient production technologies make it cheaper to use additional energy and materials or when cost savings are reallocated into more resource (and emissions) intensive products and services. This presentation will review recent research on this topic and provide an overview of several policies designed to improve materials management and reduce emissions through sustainable consumption. A proposed research program will also be outlined that is designed to measure the economic, ecological, social and cultural value of Maine’s repair, reuse and resale economies.

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    • Maine EPSCoR High School Research Internship Program 2015


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      What are you doing this summer? The Maine EPSCoR High School Research Internship program at the University of Maine provides Maine high school students with a paid, hands-on opportunity to participate in cutting edge research with faculty, postdocs, and graduate students at the University of Maine in Orono. Students can gain real-world experience in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) fields. This research experience provides an excellent opportunity to explore potential STEM careers, learn new skills, and gain valuable work experience in research. Link to Application: www.umaine.edu/epscor

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      • OHT Verizon Master


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        Ryan Pitts '13 and Travis Mills were both honored during "A Night of Honoring our Veterans" which took place during the UNH vs UMAINE hockey game in Manchester. For more information: http://manchester.unh.edu/blog/campus... Produced by Steve Galante '15

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        • University of Maine student makes custom cribbage boards


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          Travis Higgins, a UMaine student, started making cribbage boards after making one for his mother for Mother's Day. His work sells in stores like Rock and Art Shop in Bangor and features Maine images like lobsters and sea scenes.

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          • Jon Devine - Mitchell Center Seminar Series, 10/27/2014


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            We All Swim Downstream: Policy Solutions to Beach Water Pollution. Jon Devine is a senior attorney with NRDC’s water program and he leads the clean water solutions team. His work focuses on implementing, defending, and strengthening Clean Water Act core programs. Jon specializes on the legal scope of the Clean Water Act; runoff pollution and the use of green infrastructure; water quality and nutrient pollution in the Mississippi River Basin; and mountaintop removal coal mining and its impacts on bodies of water in Appalachia. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1996 and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1991. Before attending law school, he was an environmental specialist in the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

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            • Robin Alden


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              Ecosystem management in a changing climate: What do fishermen have to do with it? Robin Alden is Executive Director of Penobscot East Resource Center. Alden was Maine Commissioner of Marine Resources from 1995 to 1997, responsible for Maine‘s marine and anadromous fishery management and enforcement and for aquaculture in the state. For twenty years she was publisher and editor of Commercial Fisheries News. She was a co-founder of the annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum in the mid-1970s and received the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment Visionary Award in 1997 and the Maine Initiatives Social Landscape Artist Award with her husband, Ted Ames in 2007. She was a public member of the New England Fishery Management Council 1979-1982 and a member again during her tenure as Commissioner. She was a member of the National Sea Grant Review Panel from 2000-2009 and is a current member of Maine Sea Grant’s Policy Advisory Committee. Sponsored by: Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions and the Ecology & Environmental Sciences Program (EES).

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              • Yong Chen / Christine Beitl - Mitchell Center Seminar Series, 11/17/2014


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                Collaborative Interdisciplinary Research for Understanding Bycatch in the Maine Lobster Fishery. Yong Chen and Christine Beiitl discuss their research on bycatch, the incidental catch of non-target species, which represents both an ecological and social problem in fisheries management. The decision of fishers to keep or discard bycatch caught in a targeted fishery is based on a fisher’s knowledge, understanding, and attitudes about the non-targeted species and their perceived insights about potential survivability of discarded fish. Bycatch is a widespread problem in fisheries management and its causes are complicated. The team will discuss their cooperative approach involving the participation of practitioners, policy makers, NGOs, and fishers.

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                • Daniel Murphy - Mitchell Center Seminar Series, 9/26/2014


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                  Engaging Future Vulnerability and Adaptation Using Landscape-Sale Iterative Scenario-Building. Daniel J. Murphy is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Cincinnati. His research explores the interwoven relationships between humans and their environments, focusing, in particular, on the cultural, political, and economic dimensions of human response to environmental change. More specifically, Dr. Murphy’s past and current research centers on the political ecology of hazard vulnerability among pastoral households in Mongolia and climate change vulnerability of communities in the US. He has published in Anthropological Quarterly, Economic Anthropology, Journal of Forestry, and other venues. In addition to collaborating with the US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station on developing climate change vulnerability assessments and conservation adaptation planning in Colorado and Ohio, he is currently developing a project that explores the impact of insurance and micro-credit on pastoral risk management in Mongolia. Sponsored by: the George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions; the Climate Change Institute; the Department of Anthropology; the Ecology and Environmental Sciences Program, and the School of Forest Resources.

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                  • Damian Brady - Mitchell Center Seminar Series, 9/15/2014


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                    How Models Influence Environmental Policy Decision-Making: Lessons learned from Models of Nutrient Loading and Hypoxia. The spatial and temporal dynamics of water quality and organism behavior determine exposure and dictate the extent to which poor water quality impacts habitat function. Dr. Brady’s work focuses on making the connection between water quality and living resources using numerical models that incorporate water quality monitoring and the ecophysiology of the affected organisms. Sponsored by Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, New England Sustainability Consortium, Safe Beaches & Shellfish Beds.

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                    • Dave Owen - Mitchell Center Seminar Series, University of Maine, 10/20/2014


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                      Trading Dams. Dave Owen is the Associate Dean for Research at the University of Maine School of Law. Owen’s current research interests include dam removals and hydropower management, Endangered Species Act implementation, groundwater  regulation, and legal responses to the water quality impacts of urbanization. His research generally focuses on water resource management, legal responses to environmental uncertainty and change, and the intersection of environmental science and environmental law.

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