The 47th annual Maine Biological and Medical Sciences Symposium (MBMSS) took place on April 23 & 24, connecting Maine’s newest scientists with fellow students, researchers and future employers from across the state.
An MDI Biological Laboratory-led program to teach data literacy to Maine and New Hampshire students by analyzing data on arsenic in well water collected from their homes has found that 25 percent of samples exceed the New Hampshire maximum safety level of 5 parts per billion (ppb) and 15 percent exceed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maximum safety level of 10 ppb.
The University of New England has been selected to join the Maine IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), a collaborative network of state educational and research institutions, lead by MDI Biological Laboratory, that strives to strengthen Maine’s capacity to conduct cutting-edge biomedical research.
“The Genetics of Addiction” will be the topic of a Sept 9 MDI Science Café presentation by Vivek Kumar, Ph.D., a neuroscientist at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor who researches behavior and behavioral abnormalities.
“Is There Arsenic in Your Drinking Water?” will be the subject of an MDI Science Café to be held at the MDI Biological Laboratory on Monday, July 8. The café will be held at 5 p.m. at the Maine Center for Biomedical Innovation on the campus of the MDI Biological Laboratory, 159 Old Bar Harbor Road, Salisbury Cove.
Children of all ages and their families will have an opportunity to experience science in a way that stimulates children’s interest and encourages parental involvement in science education at a Family Science Night at the MDI Biological Laboratory on Thursday, July 11, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The long history of interactions between natural science and economics will be the subject of a June 24 MDI Science Café presentation entitled “The Search for Truth in the History of Science and Economics: Some Surprising Connections.”
The MDI Biological Laboratory has received an award of nearly $18 million from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), an Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), for the renewal of a grant to strengthen biomedical research and research training in Maine.
The role of next-generation therapies in cancer treatment will be the subject of a March 11 MDI Science Café entitled “The Frontiers of Cancer Research” by cancer biologist/immunologist Muneer G. Hasham, Ph.D., of The Jackson Laboratory.