2021 Maine Science Festival – online forums

2021 Maine Science Festival – online forums

The Maine Science Festival (MSF) is pleased to announce six different online forums from January through March of 2021. The MSF will host one per month in January and February, and four in March. As noted by MSF Founder & Director Kate Dickerson, “This will let us continue to spotlight Maine science even if though we can’t get together in person (yet). I’m extremely excited about getting ‘out there’ again to celebrate Maine science.” Additionally, the MSF is delighted to note that Maine Public is once again the MSF media sponsor for these sessions, and BioME is sponsoring the full set of forums as well. The Jackson Laboratory is also a forum sponsor.


The forums will be hosted by the MSF using Zoom and will run like the in-person MSF forums. Each session will include an overview from each speaker, followed by Q&A. All sessions will run for one hour.


March forums:  COVID-19 is the science story of our times, and we’ll be covering different aspects of the science of COVID-19 throughout the March 2021 sessions.

March 10, 2021, 1pm (Eastern): How Maine companies stepped up. Round one = biological sciences. In this forum you’ll hear 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 will share how they responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sign up: http://bit.ly/10Mar2021bio


March 17, 2021, 1pm (Eastern): How Maine companies stepped up. Round two = non-biological science and engineering.  This session covers 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) will discuss their partnership, and Jesse Lupo from Mossy Ledge Spirits will cover their pivot to producing hand sanitizer.  Sign up: http://bit.ly/17Mar2021nonbio


March 24, 2021, 1pm (Eastern): Vaccine distribution and public health.  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 reliance on public health officials and their expertise is equally critical. In this session, we’ll talk about vaccine distribution and public health in Maine with Noah Nesin of PCHC. Sign up at http://bit.ly/24March2021-covidvac


Bonus: March 30, 2021, 4pm (Eastern): COVID vaccines explained Elizabeth Marnik, Assistant Professor at Husson University, will provide an overview of how these new vaccines work and address the current state of COVID-19 vaccines in the United States.  Sign up at http://bit.ly/30MarchMSFBonus



Previous 2021 forums

January 21, 2021 4pm (Eastern): From Maine to the Stars. Speakers: Mark Lippold (FMI, A Spirit AeroSystems Co), Karl Hoose (VALT), and Sascha Deri (bluShift Aerospace).  The video is online at https://youtu.be/OY-L3-Abqvg.


February 16, 2021 1pm (Eastern): Off-shore wind: from the UK to Maine. Habib Dagher (University of Maine) and Tony Appleton (Burns & McDonnell), with Ronit Prawer from the UK Science & Innovation Network, British Consulate-General (Boston) and Dan Burgess, Maine Energy Office.


March 2, 2021, 4pm (Eastern): Overview of COVID-19 virus. University of Maine Associate Professor Melissa Maginnis will explain COVID-19 as a virus: what it is, how it works, and why it’s been so effective in causing a pandemic.


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