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Conversations with some of the leading scientists, researchers, engineers, and innovators working in Maine. Presented by the Maine Science Festival.

Conversations with some of the leading scientists, researchers, engineers, and innovators working in Maine. Presented by the Maine Science Festival.

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United States

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Conversations with some of the leading scientists, researchers, engineers, and innovators working in Maine. Presented by the Maine Science Festival.

Language:

English


Episodes

Luci Benedict (analytical chemistry)

2/17/2022
Luci Benedict is an Associate Professor of Chemistry, and Director of Quality Control Collaboratory at the University of Southern Maine. Luci is an analytical chemist who has worked in the area of environmental pollutants and now focuses her research and work in the fermentation area - in particular the craft brewing industry. The 2022 Maine Science Festival program of events is online at https://www.mainesciencefestival.org/march2022. Tickets ($25/$10 students) for the 2022 Headliner: The...

Duration:00:34:59

Phoebe Jekielek (aquaculture - scallops)

2/3/2022
Phoebe Jekielek is Director of Research for Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership. Her current research focuses on farming scallops, and she's using eDNA as one of the tools to help analyze the aquaculture farm they have at Hurricane. Phoebe is pursing her PhD at the University of Maine, working in the Leslie Lab and being co-advised by Heather Leslie of the Darling Marine Center and Nichole Price of Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. If you want to email Phoebe and get...

Duration:00:53:23

Sarah Gabrielson (healthcare research)

1/20/2022
Sarah Gabrielson is a Research Navigator at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, where she works with clinicians and others who are doing research that will improve healthcare delivery and results. Her healthcare background is in nursing and public health, both providing a solid foundation for her current role. ~~~~~ Tickets are now on sale for the 2022 Headliner: The Warming Sea - an exploration of Hope in the face of the climate crisis. (thewarmingsea.me) - March 19, 2022, 7pm, Collins...

Duration:00:41:58

Sean Birkel (climate change)

12/30/2021
Sean Birkel is a climatologist and Research Assistant Professor at the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine. Sean is also the Maine State Climatologist and is part of the Maine Climate Council. One of his ongoing projects is Climate Reanalyzer, where visitors can visualize climate and weather datasets. Sean was also a critical part of the The Warming Sea project, meeting with Composer Lucas Richman as well as middle school students. ~~~~~ Tickets are now on sale for the 2022...

Duration:00:41:30

Jeremy Gabrielson (land conservation)

12/16/2021
Jeremy Gabrielson is a Senior Conservation and Community Planner with Maine Coast Heritage Trust, where he focuses on land protection. Jeremy also met with Composer Lucas Richman for The Warming Sea project, and provided invaluable insights on the value and importance of salt marshes to addressing rising sea levels in Maine. ~~~~~ Tickets are now on sale for the 2022 Headliner: The Warming Sea - an exploration of Hope in the face of the climate crisis. (thewarmingsea.me) - March 19, 2022,...

Duration:00:40:44

Catherine Schmitt (science communication)

12/2/2021
Catherine Schmitt, is a Science Communication Specialist at Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park and the first "official" science communicator who has been on the podcast. She is the author of three books, and her experience has let her learn about Maine from forests to the sea. To learn more about Catherine and find her writing, go to https://catherineschmitt.com/. ~~~~~~ Tickets are now on sale for the 2022 Headliner: The Warming Sea - an exploration of Hope in the face of the...

Duration:00:41:46

Dustin Updike (genetics & basic research)

11/11/2021
Dustin Updike is an Associate Professor at MDI Biological Laboratory. Dustin's work looks at how stem cells maintain pluripotency -- the capacity to become other cell types in the body. Dustin and his team use some of the newest and most innovative biological research tools - including CRISPR - to study C. elegans nematodes. More about the Maine INBRE program: https://inbre.maineidea.net/. And you can see some images of C. elegans at https://youtu.be/byFjiXBamKM. ~~~~~~ The 2022 Maine...

Duration:00:48:28

Sam Hess (biophysics)

10/28/2021
This episode is from the University of Maine's podcast The Maine Question, where one of their recent guests was 2015 5 Minute Genius speaker Sam Hess. Sam is a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Maine, and his research is in biophysics and using physics techniques to understand biological processes at the cellular level. ~~~~~~~~~ Tickets ($25/$10 for students) are now on sale for the 2022 Headliner: The Warming Sea - an exploration of Hope in the...

Duration:00:28:21

Ali Abedi (electrical engineering)

10/14/2021
Ali Abedi is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Cooperating Professor of Computing and Information Sciences, an Associate Vice President for Research, and Director of Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) at the University of Maine. His work relies heavily on a multi-disciplinary approach that is focused on engineering with a strong recognition of the foundation provided by physics and math. ~~~~~~ The 2022 Maine Science Festival Call for Ideas is open...

Duration:00:34:40

Christie Mahaffey (fermentation, quality control, quality assurance)

9/30/2021
Christie Mahaffey is one of the founders and partners of Foundation Brewing Company. Her science background includes biology, human ecology, data analysis, and an interdisciplinary PhD in mechanical engineering and materials science. Christie uses all of these areas in her work at Foundation Brewing. The 2022 Maine Science Festival Call for Ideas is open! (https://www.mainesciencefestival.org/call-for-ideas). Tickets are now on sale for the 2022 Headliner: The Warming Sea....

Duration:00:28:45

Tom Klak (geography & environmental restoration)

9/16/2021
Tom Klak is a geographer who's recent work has focused on the restoration of the American chestnut tree. Tom is part of a team of researchers who are working on reviving the chestnut through a transgenic process, so that it can survive the fungus that decimated (and all but eradicated) chestnuts when it was discovered in the U.S. in 1904. If you have information about a chestnut tree where you live or roam, please feel free to reach out to Tom via email (tklak@une.edu). You can also learn...

Duration:00:40:59

Jason Bolton (food science)

7/22/2021
Jason Bolton is a food scientist, and has been involved with the Maine food science world since his undergraduate days at the University of Maine. Jason was a presenter at the first Maine Science Festival in 2015, and since then has been a great resource to the MSF team when we have questions about food science. One note: the Maine Science Podcast team is taking a break for August 2021. We'll be back with new episodes in September 2021. ~~~~~~ The Maine Science Podcast is a production...

Duration:00:26:49

Sascha Deri (aerospace & engineering)

7/8/2021
Sascha Deri is the CEO of bluShift Aerospace, and the first repeat guest on the Maine Science Podcast. Sascha is longtime presenter and supporter of the Maine Science Festival, and in this conversation Sascha provides some updates on what bluShift has been up to in the past year, as well as what's on tap in the future. Sascha was also part of the January 2021 online forum, From Maine to the Stars, available on the MSF YouTube channel. One note: host Kate Dickerson and her husband have...

Duration:00:28:09

Kristin Burkholder (microbiology) & Carrie Byron (marine ecology)

6/24/2021
Kristin Burkholder is a microbiologist at the University of New England (UNE). Carrie Byron researches Marine Ecology, also at UNE. While they would describe themselves as different types of scientists - a lab scientist vs an applied scientist - they have teamed together for the last few years to look at a wide variety of science questions they have about seaweed, which is a high-growth industry in Maine. Our new store can be found at https://bit.ly/MSF-store. ~~~~~~ The Maine Science...

Duration:00:33:14

Jeri Bowers (Development & Public Relations)

6/10/2021
Jeri Bowers is the Director of Development & Public Affairs for MDI Biological Laboratory. Jeri has been a longtime supporter of the Maine Science Festival, and has been instrumental in helping ensure that the MSF features some of the great work happening at MDI Bio Lab. ~~~~~~~ The Maine Science Podcast is a production of the Maine Science Festival. It was recorded at Discovery Studios, at the Maine Discovery Museum, in Bangor, ME. Edited and produced by Kate Dickerson; production support...

Duration:00:42:30

Magdalena Blaszkiewicz (bioscience)

5/27/2021
Magdalena Blaszkiewicz is co-founder and CEO of Neuright, Inc. She holds a doctorate in biomedical science from University of Maine and has over 10 years prior experience in a biomedical start-up in Boston. Magda was scheduled to be a 5 Minute Genius™ speaker for the 2020 Maine Science Festival before it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ~~~~~~~ The Maine Science Podcast is a production of the Maine Science Festival. It was recorded at Discovery Studios, at the Maine Discovery...

Duration:00:55:08

Online forum: COVID vaccines explained

5/17/2021
In our March 30, 2021 online forum, Elisabeth Marnik, Assistant Professor at Husson University, provided an overview of how these new vaccines work and addressed the current state of COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Thanks to our online forum sponsors the BioScience Association of Maine and The Jackson Laboratory, and media sponsor Maine Public for supporting the Maine Science Festival and these forums. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Maine Science Festival has received sponsorship support for...

Duration:00:38:02

Online forum: vaccine distribution and public health

5/17/2021
The development of multiple vaccines for COVID-19 has been an extraordinary feat of science, but is not the final step in stopping the pandemic. The distribution of these vaccines and the need to continue to address and support public health is equally critical. In this session recorded on March 24, 2021, we covered vaccine distribution and public health in Maine with Noah Nesin of PCHC and LuAnn Ballesteros from The Jackson Laboratory. Thanks to our online forum sponsors the BioScience...

Duration:00:38:28

Online forum: How Maine's nonbiological science companies stepped up

5/17/2021
This bonus episode is the audio from our March 17, 2021 online forum, How Maine companies stepped up. Round two = nonbiological science and engineering. This session covered some Maine companies that aren’t working in the biological sciences field, but who have nonetheless put their expertise and efforts into addressing the COVID-19 pandemic: Peter Malikowski (Cianbro Corporation), Bryan Donovan (A/Z Corp, a subsidiary of Cianbro), and Derek McKenney (Puritan Medical Products) discussed...

Duration:00:34:29

Online forum: How Maine's biological science companies stepped up

5/17/2021
In this forum from March 10, 2021, we heard from three different Maine organizations who are deeply involved in addressing COVID-19: Norman Moore from Abbott, Olivier te Boekhorst representing IDEXX, and Richard Lussier from The Jackson Laboratory shared how they responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to our online forum sponsors the BioScience Association of Maine and The Jackson Laboratory, and media sponsor Maine Public for supporting the Maine Science Festival and these...

Duration:00:37:12