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Baldacci Meets with Youth Scientists 

While at Acadia National Park Wednesday, Governor John Baldacci visited with some of Maine’s future scientists.The governor made a stop at the Schoodic Education and Research Center.That’s where University of Maine freshman biology majors are spending the week, as part of a special orientation retreat.The director of the school of biology and ecology says the retreat is a chance for students to get to know their academic advisors and fellow students.She says it’s important to start them out on the right foot. “These are the next generation of scientists…so I think getting them started in a really positive direction…we talk a lot about the opportunities available to them,” Said Ellie Grondin, the school’s Director. “We’ll tour a couple of labs tomorrow..as well as go on a whale watch and hike in Acadia National Park.”The students will make their way to Orono on Friday to begin campus-wide freshman orientation.