Latest University of Maine News

2 more coronavirus outbreaks reported at colleges in Maine

Sep. 1, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Center for Disease Control said Tuesday that it was investigating two more outbreaks at institutions of higher learning. There have been at least three confirmed cases at the University of New England in Biddeford and Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, said Dr. Nirav Shah,...

Sean Courtney, of West Springfield, holds a

Virus could end snow days; flu shot mandate prompts protest

Aug. 30, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Some Vermont educators are wondering if remote learning could mean the end of snow days, the unexpected days off when weather conditions make it too hard for staff and children to reach school. Bryan Olkowski, the superintendent of the Washington Central Supervisory Union, recently...

UMaine to step up graduate research about the Arctic

Aug. 29, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

ORONO, Maine (AP) — The National Science Foundation is providing University of Maine with almost $3 million for graduate research about the Arctic. The money will support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs, said Maine's two U.S. senators, independent Sen. Angus King and Republican...

Maine governor signs executive order for November election

Aug. 27, 2020 8:04 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Janet Mills is allowing external drop boxes for absentee ballots and will let clerks begin processing ballots earlier to deal with the anticipated heavy volume, her office said Thursday. The executive order limits the number of people in polling places to 50 and requires...

University of Maine students begin returning to campus

Aug. 24, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Students at the University of Maine are returning to campus for the first time since being sent home in March. Monday marked the start of move-in week in Orono just days after four students tested positive for the coronavirus. At the University of Maine, two of the students are...

Individual linked to wedding reception outbreak has died

Aug. 21, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

MILLINOCKET, Maine (AP) — One of the people who tested positive for the coronavirus after a wedding reception in Millinocket has died, a hospital said. There are more than 30 cases associated with the Aug. 7 event but only one of them was hospitalized. That individual died Friday afternoon, said Robert...

Melak Jashaami, center, is surrounded by family and friends dancing and clapping in a traditional Arabic celebration honoring Jashaami's graduation on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 from Lewiston High School. The single person ceremonies happened at hour intervals through the day at Connors Elementary School in Lewiston to keep participants safer from the risk of COVID-19 transmission.  (Andree Kehn/Sun Journal via AP)

UMS moves to limit out-of-state travel by students, faculty

Aug. 13, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The University of Maine System is proposing travel restrictions to limit exposure to the coronavirus by students and faculty. UMS says it's discouraging personal travel by students, staff or faculty outside of Maine during the fall semester and will require a quarantine or test upon...

Need a gardening teacher? UMaine has one for you

Aug. 8, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's university system is providing gardening buddies. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension said it's launching a program to match gardeners of different experience levels. Gardening has emerged as a popular hobby during the coronavirus pandemic. The extension said the...

Visitors walk along the edge of the ocean, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2020, in old Orchard Beach, Maine. As the summer tourist season reaches its peak Maine's coronavirus positivity rate remains among the lowest in the nation. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Jobless claims continue to fall in Maine; colleges get aid

Aug. 7, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

ORONO, Maine (AP) — Jobless claims are continuing to fall in Maine. The Maine Department of Labor said 1,700 individuals filed an initial claim for unemployment assistance in the week that ended on Aug. 1. That's 900 less than the previous week and far less than the totals from April and May, when tens of...

University of Maine receives $100M for floating wind turbine

Aug. 6, 2020 4:17 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two renewable energy companies are investing $100 million to build an offshore, floating wind turbine with the University of Maine, which has been researching and developing technology for such a project for 12 years. New England Aqua Ventus, a joint venture of Diamond Offshore Wind...