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Science Café: Keeping Acadia Healthy With New Science

MDI Biological Laboratory

Monday, August 26, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

Science Café: Keeping Acadia Healthy With New Science

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General Admission Aug 26, 2019 Free  

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National parks across the country are suffering the negative effects of climate change, air pollution, increased visitation and other environmental stressors, but if there is one national park that could be said to be bearing the brunt of these changes, it is Acadia.

In order to manage the unprecedented pace of environmental change, the park is increasingly relying on science to identify how to best study, mitigate and adapt in the present and over the long term, as well as to advance basic science and develop an understanding of natural history and human-natural systems.

Abraham J. Miller-Rushing, Ph.D., Science Coordinator for Acadia National Park, and Rebecca Cole-Will, Chief of Resource Management for Acadia, will talk about how the park is increasingly relying on science to identify how to best manage, study, mitigate and adapt to the unprecedented pace of environmental change, as well as to advance basic scientific knowledge and develop an increased understanding of natural history and human-natural systems.

Miller-Rushing and Cole-Will will discuss some of the many science projects the park is engaged in, including studies of deadly white-nose syndrome in bats and of tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease and anaplasmosis, as well as efforts to restore native plants on the summit of Cadillac Mountain. They will also discuss examples of how they are working with local communities on conservation initiatives -- for instance, with the Wabanaki nation on the sustainable harvesting of sweetgrass, which is used in native American basketmaking and for ceremonial purposes.

The location of this MDI Science Café is the Maine Center for Biomedical Innovation at the MDI Biological Laboratory, located at 159 Old Bar Harbor Rd in Salisbury Cove, Maine.

The 2019 MDI Science Café series is sponsored by the Swan Agency/Cross Insurance.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. A printed confirmation is not needed for entry.

MDI Science Cafés are offered in fulfillment of the institution’s mission to promote scientific literacy and increase public engagement with science. The popular events offer a chance to hear directly from speakers about trends in science. Short presentations delivered in everyday language are followed by lively, informal discussion.

Have questions about Science Café: Keeping Acadia Healthy With New Science? Contact MDI Biological Laboratory

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Maine Center for Biomedical Innovation
MDI Biological Laboratory
159 Old Bar Harbor Road
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Monday, August 26, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EDT)


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MDI Biological Laboratory

At the MDI Biological Laboratory, we are pioneering new approaches to regenerative medicine focused on developing drugs that slow age-related degenerative diseases and activate our natural ability to heal. Our unique approach has identified potential therapies that could revolutionize the treatment of heart disease, muscular dystrophy, nerve damage and more. Through the Maine Center for Biomedical Innovation we are preparing students for 21st century careers and equipping entrepreneurs with the knowledge, skills and resources needed to turn discoveries into applications that improve human health and well-being. For more information, please visit mdibl.org.

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