Extension Lunch and Learn Series

graphic icon for the Lunch and Learn Series with Dean Hannah CarterPlease join us for an informal, lunchtime session hosted by Dean Hannah Carter, UMaine Extension

On the third Friday of every month, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Dean Hannah Carter will host an informal lunchtime session via Zoom video conferencing featuring guests from both the University of Maine and outside of the university to share information about their current projects of interest, keep folks up-to-date on the University or state initiatives, and increase collaborations.

Upcoming Sessions for 2023:

CANCELLED due to unforeseen circumstances:
Friday, March 17, 2023, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Beth Hawkyard, Staff Coordinator, will update the organization on the New Employee Orientation Process.

Friday, April 21, 2023, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Melissa Arndt, Director of Communications and Marketing, will introduce the new communications strategy.

Friday, May 19, 2023, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

A Salesforce Update from Monica Palmer, Extension’s CRM System Professional.

If you have a topic or someone that you would like to hear from for a future Lunch and Learn Series session, please let Hannah, hcarter@maine.edu, know.

Lunch and Learn conversations are recorded and will be available to watch, on this page, if you cannot participate during the time and date scheduled.

2023 Session Recordings

Friday, February 17, 2023: Jason Bolton, Associate Dean

Canceled Session/No Recording: Friday, January 20, 2023


2022 Session Recordings

Postponed due to inclement weather: Friday, December 16, 2022, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Canceled Session/No Recording: Friday, November 18, 2022

Friday, October 21, 2022: Civil Rights Update, Requirements, and Training

Guest Host: Fran Sulinski, Assistant Director

CANCELLED: Friday, September 16, 2022, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Friday, August 19, 2022: 4-H For All: Building Cultural Competency

Friday, July 15, 2022: Overview and Updates from the Diagnostic and Research Lab (DRL)

Must have a “maine.edu” email address to view the shared link:

The June 17, 2022 Lunch and Learn session was canceled.

Friday, May 20, 2022: “Understanding PFAS and Your Home Garden” — Becca Long, Sustainable Agriculture and Horticulture Professional, and members of the PFAS PLT Team

We asked that all University of Maine Cooperative Extension office staff, who will be answering phone calls or greeting clients who may have PFAS questions attend this special presentation on understanding PFAS. You’ll find additional PFAS information and staff resources, below this video.

PowerPoint Presentation:

UMaine Extension Resources:

For Ag Service Providers in Maine:

Staff or clients can send questions to: extension.pfasquestions@maine.edu

  • For non-program staff receiving questions: please gather as much information as possible, including if the client is a farmer or gardener, and pass the information along to your office’s relevant program staff.
  • Program staff: if you are comfortable answering a question, please send a draft answer to extension.pfasquestions@maine.edu so we can track questions and ensure consistent messaging with other state agencies. If you are not able to answer the question, you can forward it directly to extension.pfasquestions@maine.edu.

Friday, April 15, 2022: “Micro-Credentialing, Certificates, and Badges” — Laura Wilson, University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H Science Professional

Friday, March 18, 2022: “PFAS… What We Know, What We Don’t Know” Rick Kersbergen, Extension Professor, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Sustainable Dairy and Forage Systems

Friday, February 18, 2022: “Taming the Email Monster” with Mari Glatter, Instructional Designer, and Beth Hawkyard, Staff Coordinator

  • Would you like to simplify your inbox and tackle email-related tasks with more efficiency?
  • Does the thought of your inbox make you shudder?
  • Have you dreamed of a zero inbox?

Friday, January 21, 2022: Revisiting Personal Sustainability: What’s changed? What’s not? And what do we need now?

Dean Hannah Carter with two of the members of the Personal Sustainability Team (10 years ago): Leslie Forstadt and Frank Wertheim

2021 Session Recordings

Friday, June 18, 2021: “Ticks in Maine”

Griffin Dill, Integrated Pest Management Professional, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Friday, August 20, 2021

Dr. Angie Zheng, Associate Professor of Business Analytics at the University of Maine, “Let’s Collaborate on Local Foods!” — Consumers’ preference and willingness-to-pay for food attributes: Cases of Alaska wild salmon and local foods

Based on Lancaster consumer theory (Lancaster, 1966) and random utility theory (McFadden,
1974), consumers derive utility from attributes of goods and choose the alternative good with the highest utility. This seminar talk presents research findings of two projects on consumers’ food preference and choice based on these theories using choice experiments:

  1. Chinese consumers’ preference and willingness-to-pay for various salmon attributes, including the growing environment of salmon (wild-caught vs. farm-raised), preservation method, color, and safety certification label;
  2. Alaska consumers’ preference and willingness to pay for local, organic, and hydroponic attributes of foods, and the effect of information provision on consumers’ choice. Both projects provide guidance to help the food industry and agricultural community to better understand consumers’ preference for food attributes so as to make effective marketing strategies to promote natural, sustainable, and local food products and strengthen the food network.

Biography: Dr. Qiujie “Angie” Zheng is an Associate Professor of Business Analytics at the University of Maine. She has been conducting research on consumer choice and preference, agribusiness, food and seafood marketing, agricultural production and supply, risks, and experimental economics. Her research has covered topics such as crop yield distribution and insurance, biofuel feedstock supply, market structure and power, consumer preference for food attributes, consumer willingness to pay for local foods, information effect on consumer food choice, etc. She has rich experience in designing surveys and experiments to understand consumer perceptions and attitudes and elicit their preference and valuation for food products. Before joining the University of Maine, Dr. Zheng had worked as an Associate Professor of Quantitative Methods and Economics at the University of Alaska Anchorage and Sr. Risk Analyst at JPMorgan Chase & Co. She obtained her Ph.D. degree in economics and MS degree in Statistics from Washington State University.

September 17, 2021, “How Can I Help You? Building Extension’s Instructional Design Efforts”

Mari GlatterInstructional Designer, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

October 15, 2021, Maine AgrAbility, FishAbility and LogAbility

Lani Carlson, Project Coordinator, Maine AgrAbility Program

Friday, November 19, 2021, “Computer and Technology Purchasing / Q&A Session” 

Derek Husson, Computer and Technology Coordinator, UMaine Bookstore

Friday, December 17, 2021: What’s Been Happening with the 2021 Extension Roadmap Steering Committee?