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UMPI hosts Science Lunchtime Seminar Series

Looking for an innovative way to explore the world of science? The University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Environmental Science and Sustainability program and Biology program offer up their 7th semi-annual Science Lunchtime Seminar Series this spring and invite campus and community members to take part. The series provides a forum to present scientific research conducted by UMPI students, faculty, and other local and regional scientists, as well as experts in management, medicine, and applied science.

“As we finish our fourth year of this seminar series, we continue to have interesting speakers on topics in environmental science, medicine, agriculture, and more,” Dr. Jason Johnston, coordinator of the Science Lunchtime Seminar Series, said. “We’d love to see more local citizens join us for these talks about science in our own backyard.”

Seminars generally are held on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 12:15-1:30 p.m. in Folsom 201, UMPI’s GIS Lab, unless otherwise noted. Faculty, students, staff and community members are welcome to attend this free event and are encouraged to bring their lunches and join the discussion.

The series kicked off on Tuesday, Feb. 28, with a presentation by Jared Kohlbacher, DPM and Surgical Podiatrist at TAMC, titled Medical School, Residency, and Ankle Fractures.

On Thursday, March 2, David Putnam, UMPI Instructor of Environmental Science, and Gannon Pratt, UMPI Environmental Science and Sustainability student, delivered a presentation titled Wood turtles: Surveys and collaborations in the North Main Woods.

On Thursday, March 9, David Neivandt, University of Maine Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering, will deliver a talk, Graduate school opportunities in science.

On Thursday, March 16, Jaylee Fox, Lab Technician with the Maine Potato Board, will deliver a presentation titled There and back again: From college to the ‘Real’ world.

On Thursday, April 6, Bill Sheehan with the Maine Bird Records Committee, will present a talk on Birding on the frontier: Ornithological discovery and citizen science in Northern Maine.

The spring series ends with a presentation on Thursday, April 27 titled The health of Maine’s bumble bee community: A collaborative University of Maine research effort by Eric Venturini, Assistant Research Scientist at the University of Maine.

For more information about the Science Lunchtime Seminar Series, contact Dr. Johnston at 768-9652 or email jason.johnston@maine.edu.