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Tajvidi awarded $250,000 to develop next-generation CNF floor, wall products

Mehdi Tajvidi knows that big things can come in small packages. He works with cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) — the natural structural building units of wood that are 1/100,000th the width of a human hair. The University of Maine assistant professor of renewable nanomaterials describes CNF as magical. The renewable biodegradable material has superior properties, he […]

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Media report on Tajvidi’s grant to continue CNF product research, development

Mainebiz and WABI (Channel 5) reported Mehdi Tajvidi, an assistant professor of renewable nanomaterials at the University of Maine, has been awarded $250,000 to develop next-generation floor and wall products that use cellulose nanofibrils. CNF are the microscopic natural structural building units of wood that are biodegradable and possess incredible strength and bonding attributes, according […]

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UMaine’s 216th Commencement is May 12

More than 1,650 students, including 34 doctoral degree candidates, are expected to participate in the University of Maine’s 216th Commencement on May 12 in Harold Alfond Sports Arena on campus. UMaine Commencement will be held in two ceremonies, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Both ceremonies are ticketed events and live streaming will be available. Tips for attending Commencement, […]

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BDN interviews doctoral candidate about sweetgrass harvesting research

The Bangor Daily News spoke with Suzanne Greenlaw, a doctoral candidate in the School of Forest Resources at the University of Maine, for the article, “Traditional sweetgrass harvest may return to Acadia National Park.” Sweetgrass is used for baskets, ceremonies and more, and is an important part of the cultural heritage of members of the […]

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VillageSoup previews Camden presentation on Maine’s changing climate

VillageSoup advanced a presentation on the realities of Maine’s changing climate set for 7 p.m. May 15 at the Camden Public Library. The presentation will be led by Esperanza Stancioff, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant climate change educator, and Ivan Fernandez, a professor of soil science and forest resources at […]

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Wood measurement training program to be held at UMaine May 3–4

The University of Maine will host an approved wood measurement training program May 3–4. The course prepares participants to take the state licensing exam to become a licensed wood scaler in the state of Maine. Instruction will be given in scaler’s licensing law, wood measurement methods and all applicable rules. The program includes both classroom […]

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Northeastern States Research Cooperative report reflects 16 years of northern forest research

The Northeastern States Research Cooperative (NSRC) has released its comprehensive report on 16 years of scientific contributions to northern forest research. NSRC state directors are Aaron Weiskittel, University of Maine; William “Breck” Bowden, University of Vermont; William McDowell, University of New Hampshire; and David Newman, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and […]

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Opinions of Maine youth central to project aimed at helping rural communities thrive

Helping rural communities retain and attract young residents is the goal of a three-year study being led by the University of Maine. The project seeks to understand the goals and aspirations of middle- and high-school students in traditionally forest-dependent communities in Maine and Oregon. Researchers will look at economic restructuring, community characteristics, and young people’s […]

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UMaine Woodsmen Team competes at Mud Meet, Morning Sentinel reports

The Morning Sentinel reported on the annual Mud Meet held at Colby College in Waterville. The all-day competition featured events for singles, doubles and teams, where competitors rolled logs, used axes to chop through vertically and horizontally positioned chunks of wood, and used huge bucksaws on wooden beams, according to the article. Students from 10 […]

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Researchers cited in Down East article on beech tree effects on environment

In an article on the challenges surrounding Maine’s beech tree population, Down East magazine cited a paper by University of Maine researchers Arun Bose and Aaron Weiskittel, with Purdue University colleague Robert Wagner. The paper, published in The Journal of Applied Ecology, showed a population explosion of beech trees in the state over the past […]

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