|The Agassiz Annual Institute began on Thursday, May 10, 2007. Speakers of the symposium consist of primarily faculty and graduate students from the Climate Change Institute. There was even one young lady who was a junior in college. They were studying glaciology, climatology, computer science, physics, ecology, archaeology and other sciences. Many of the presenters had traveled to various places such as Peru, Antarctica, Greenland, and different parts of the United States to conduct research related to climate change. Friday, May 11, 2007 was the final day of the Agassiz Annual Institute by the Climate Change Institute. In this report, I will highlight some of the research of the presenters. The keynote speaker was Dr. Jefferson Simões from Brazil. He is scheduled to be at the University of Maine for one month.
The people have been very gracious. On Saturday, May 12, 2007, Dr. Hughes, Mr. Jones, and I traveled to the Acadia National Park. We stopped at Cadillac Mountain and Schoodin Point. The park is split into different parts along the coastline of Maine. We took pictures and walked on the boulders that sat along the Atlantic Ocean. I was amazed by the beauty of the mountains and the rocks. We also went through Ban Harbor, Bucksport, Frankfort, Blue Hill, and finally returned to Bangor and Orono, Maine. The evening ended with diner at The Governor’s Restaurant and Bakery. I had turkey and trimmings. The food was delicious.
The time in Maine was spent by attending the Agassiz Symposium, talking to graduate students and professors from the Climate Change Institute, seeing parts of the campus and attractions in Maine.
On Sunday, May 14, 2007, Mr. Jones and I visited Faith Baptist Church of Orono, Maine. It was difficult to be away from home on Mother’s Day. The people were very nice. I enjoyed the message by Pastor David J. Natale. The members of the congregation welcomed and encouraged us to come again.
I would like to thank Dr. Hayden for sending me to the University of Maine. I would also like to thank Dr. Terrence Hughes and Mr. Kevin Jones for being such gracious hosts during my stay in Maine.