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Climate Change Institute 40th Anniversary Oral History Project

 Collection
Identifier: MF192

Scope and Contents

Interviews done in 2013-2015 by Maine Folklife Center's Director Pauleena MacDougall and graduate research assistant Adam Cilli for the 40th anniversary of the UMaine Climate Change Institute. The interviews focus on the history of the Climate Change Institute, climate change in general, and the interviewees' specialties.

Dates

  • 2013-2014

Creator

Conditions Governing Use

Rights assessment remains the responsibility of the researcher. No known restrictions on material.

Historical

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, faculty from the Institute have asked Maine Folklife Center Director Pauleena MacDougall to collect oral histories of the founders, faculty and graduate students who have been associated with the program over the past four decades. Adam Cilli, a Ph.D. candidate in the department of history, will assist Professor MacDougall with contacting participants, scheduling interviews, conducting interviews, and managing data. After they finish conducting interviews, MacDougall and Cilli wrote a paper titled “‘Between People and Nature’: The Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, 1973-2013” drawn from their interviews. The project was conducted in 2013-2015.

Biographical

"The Climate Change Institute (CCI) is the hub of climate change research at the University of Maine. It is a trusted resource for scientific information and accessible tools related to the climate sciences used throughout the state of Maine and around the world.

CCI faculty, students, and staff focus on innovative graduate education and interdisciplinary research involving both domestic and international exploration. These studies contribute to the understanding of the variability of Earth’s climate, the complex interconnections between climate, humans and the natural world, and the unique challenge of abrupt climate change.

The discoveries made by CCI scientists strengthen the scientific foundation upon which evidence-based solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental problems will be built, and they provide the basis for our many partnerships with diverse stakeholders to create pathways to a climate resilient future.

Institute investigations span the last 2 million years to the present, a time of numerous glacial/interglacial cycles and abrupt changes in climate. Research activities include field, laboratory, and modeling studies that focus on the timing, causes, and mechanisms of natural and anthropogenically forced climate change, and on the effects of past climate changes on the physical, biological, chemical, social, and economic conditions of the planet. Institute research is supported by grants from a variety of sources including the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the W.M. Keck Foundation, and endowments from the Bingham Trust and the Dan and Betty Churchill Exploration Fund and others." (Copied from the Climate Change Institute's website 2017-08-17 http://climatechange.umaine.edu/about/overview).

Extent

31 items

Immediate Source of Acquisition

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, faculty from the Institute asked Maine Folklife Center Director Pauleena MacDougall to collect oral histories of the founders, faculty and graduate students who have been associated with the program over the past four decades. The project was intended to be archived with NAFOH and given directly to NAFOH upon completion.

Related Materials

DVD and transcript of David C. Smith Lecture, accession #2013-0515, University Archives, Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department, University of Maine.

Materials Specific Details

Audio files are the primary source material. Transcriptions are the transcriber's best effort to convert audio to text, but should be considered secondary to the audio.

Creator

Title
Material from the Climate Change Institute 40th Anniversary Oral History Project
Status
Digital Objects Available
Author
Katrina Wynn
Date
2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English.

Repository Details

Part of the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History Repository

Contact:
5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States
207.581.1686