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Statewide Education Consortium Launches North Atlantic and Arctic Showcase

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Statewide Education Consortium Launches North Atlantic and Arctic Showcase

2018-07-09T10:20:36+00:00March 20th, 2018|Categories: Highlights|Tags: |

Several Saint Joseph’s College members will participate in the Annual Maine North Atlantic and Arctic Collaborative Showcase at the Abromson Center at the University of Southern Maine on April 6, 2018, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The event is designed to help Maine scholars make meaningful research connections and help students identify potential education and career pathways in the North Atlantic and Arctic.This inaugural event – free and open to the public – will feature more than 30 poster presentations by undergraduate, graduate and faculty researchers focused on the North Atlantic and Arctic, demonstrating Maine’s deepening connection to the region. Presenters represent a variety of Maine institutions, including Bates College, Bowdoin College, the Maine Army National Guard, the Maine Irish Heritage Center, Saint Joseph’s College, the University of New England, the University of Maine, and the University of Southern Maine.

A diverse selection of researchers will address topics such as: climate change, photography, Inuit culture, Irish immigration and politics, ecology, aquaculture, anthropology, and much more throughout the Maine, North Atlantic, and Arctic. A display of artifacts from the University of New England’s Maine Women Writers Collection and Bowdoin College’s Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum will help illustrate Maine’s rich history of Arctic exploration.

“Having over a dozen education institutions and organizations in Maine collaborate on research and learning opportunities towards a better understanding of the High North Atlantic region is a great resource to Maine’s economic development efforts in the region. This high-level dialogue and cooperation is something we can market as an asset in Maine in our business attraction efforts,” said Dana Eidsness, Director of the Maine North Atlantic Development Office.

The Maine North Atlantic & Arctic Education Consortium was founded in 2016 in support of the Arctic Council’s residency in Maine. The Consortium seeks to educate the public about economic, cultural and environmental issues in the Maine/North Atlantic/Arctic region; facilitate higher-education partnerships; promote collaborative research and innovative learning opportunities for students and faculty; and spur sustainable economic and cultural development.

“As business leaders, we are proud to support the work of the Maine North Atlantic & Arctic Education Consortium. As Mainers, we are in a unique position to understand the effects of global warming, lead efforts to mitigate the damages, and advocate for the development of a sustainable High North Atlantic economy,” said Ben Ford, partner at Verrill Dana.

The event is open to the public and registration is free. For more information, seehttps://www.mnaaeconsortium.org/

Event Sponsors include: Maine North Atlantic Development Office, Verrill Dana, The New England Ocean Cluster, Maine Port Authority and Eimskip.

Maine North Atlantic and Arctic Education Consortium Members include: Bates College, Bowdoin College, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science, College of the Atlantic, Maine Maritime Academy, Maine International Trade Center, Maine North Atlantic Development Office, Saint Joseph’s College, University of Maine Climate Change Institute, University of New England and University of Southern Maine.

The following presenters represented Saint Joseph’s College:

Raymond Mosca ’19 – Irish Immigrant Political Culture through Brennan Archives

Dr. Michael Connolly – From Dublin to Maine, the Sisters of Mercy’s tradition in education and health care

Dr. Johan Erikson – Acid Snow: Measuring Acidic Pollutants in Mountain Snowpack

Dr. James Paruk – Common Loon Migration from Maine to the North Atlantic

Dr. Patricia Erikson – Homemaking, Snowbabies, and the Search for the North Pole

The inaugural event offered a rare convergence of all higher ed institutions in the State with presentations spanning: climate change, photography, Inuit culture, Irish immigration and politics, ecology, aquaculture, anthropology, and many more topics throughout the Maine, North Atlantic, and Arctic.