The University of Maine’s Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC) has entered into a new agreement with the Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Maine MEP) that will expand the center’s capacity, Maine MEP announced.
The partnership, which will place a Maine MEP project manager at AMC, will promote closer collaboration between the organizations with the goal of enhancing the services available to manufacturers in the state, according to a Maine MEP news release.
Forest Wentworth, a UMaine graduate with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology, has been hired as the MEP/AMC project manager. Wentworth will provide research, design and manufacturing services to private sector clients and will serve as Maine MEP’s liaison with AMC, the release states.
“This partnership expands the capacity of AMC to offer engineering and manufacturing solutions to Maine companies,” says John Belding, director of AMC.
Belding said although Wentworth will be mainly responsible for supervising projects in the AMC machine and fabrication shop, he will also contribute to outreach efforts by regularly visiting manufacturers around the state to promote the center’s services.
The Maine MEP is a program of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development and an affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) under the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The full release is online.
The University of Maine is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2015 with events on campus and statewide, and an interactive website to encourage community engagement by the many constituents of the state’s land and sea grant university.
In a Jan. 23 letter to the community, UMaine President Susan Hunter noted the significance of this anniversary for the state and its many constituents — an opportunity to celebrate UMaine’s legacy and to understand how that history informs the university’s future.
“The University of Maine’s 150th anniversary observance will reaffirm the teaching, research and economic development, and outreach mission of a 21st-century land grant institution, and its potential to change lives,” President Hunter said in her community letter.
“For 150 years, the University of Maine has had a leadership role in the state. Because Maine’s potential is our purpose, UMaine serves as the state’s major research and cultural hub, linking our resources with the needs of industries and businesses, schools, cultural institutions, Maine government and communities. In this, our 150th year, there is more recognition than ever that the land grant university can — and must — play a key role in enhancing the quality of life for citizens all across Maine and beyond,” Hunter said.
President Abraham Lincoln signed the first Morrill Act establishing the land grant mission with the goal to provide “practical education that had direct relevance” to people’s daily lives.
The Maine legislature passed a bill to create Maine’s land grant institution on Feb. 24, 1865. Gov. Samuel Cony signed it the next day.
The first board of trustees, chaired by Hannibal Hamlin of Bangor, addressed the Maine people three months later, noting that “it is by the union of scientific knowledge with physical industry, that labor becomes most productive, and the laborer gains.”
UMaine welcomed its first class of 12 students in September 1868; the first graduation was held in 1872.
Today, UMaine enrolls more than 11,200 undergraduate and graduate students from throughout Maine and the U.S., and more than 65 countries, and has more than 105,000 alumni worldwide.
UMaine’s 150th anniversary events began with the School of Performing Arts benefit production, “150 Years of American Song: A Celebration of the University of Maine,” Jan 23.
Other 150th celebration events during this anniversary year:
- University of Maine Day at the State House in Augusta, Feb. 24 — the date 150 years ago that the Maine legislature passed the bill creating the Maine State College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts.
- Women in Leadership Week, March 23–27, featuring a Presidential Installation on March 26, Collins Center for the Arts.
- Maine Day, April 29.
- Commencement, May 9.
- Open University Day and Homecoming, Oct. 17–18.
More information about these and other anniversary events will be on the 150th website.
The 150th website provides news, archival photos and historical information, and opportunities for members of the UMaine community and its many constituents to share their memories of the university.
Contact: Margaret Nagle, 207.581.3745
University of Maine marine scientist Pete Jumars was quoted in a ScienceInsider article about a report on the future of ocean research that was recently released by a National Research Council (NRC) panel. The report calls for cutting spending on major ocean infrastructure, such as new ships and fixed seafloor observatories, in order to increase available funding for research, which has been on the decline, the article states. Jumars said bolting expensive equipment in specific places makes less sense now than in the past, due to advances in technology and especially “at a time when oceanographic processes are undergoing tremendous, rapid, climatic spatial shifts.”
WABI (Channel 5) reported on the third annual Downtown Bangor Public Humanities Day, hosted by the University of Maine Humanities Center. Program events for all ages highlighted the arts, literature and history at community venues including the University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor Public Library and Maine Discovery Museum. Liam Riordan, a UMaine history professor, board member of the Maine Humanities Council and director of the UMaine Humanities Center, said the day offers a chance to take the humanities out of the classroom and into the community to engage the public more effectively. He added that the diverse group of participants made the day a success.
The University of Maine was mentioned in a Mainebiz article about companies in Greater Portland that are finding creative solutions to attract new and talented employees. Kepware Technologies, a communications software company, plans to increase its staff by one third in 2015, according to the article. UMaine’s Electrical Engineering Department, has been a steady source of junior-level talent for the company, which funds three scholarships and hosts five paid summer internships each year, the article states. Kepware’s president told Mainebiz the relationship with UMaine allows the company to get to know the students, and for the students to get to know Kepware. Company officials also sit on UMaine’s advisory board, so they can provide curriculum advice and ensure that students have the skills they need to work in current and emerging markets, the article states.
The Portland Press Herald spoke with Robert Steneck, a marine scientist at the University of Maine, for the article, “As the scallop fishery rebounds, divers hope for a break.” Steneck spoke about the early days of diving for scallops, which began in the 1970s, as an alternative to dragging. “Back then I was not alone in thinking this resource seemed almost unlimited and as far as the eye could see,” Steneck said. “Obviously I was dead wrong about that.” He said both methods of harvesting scallops can disrupt the environment. Steneck said he doesn’t see a perfect way of going forward, but he likes the approach the Department of Marine Resources has been taking, the article states.
James Wilson, a University of Maine marine sciences professor, was quoted in the Bangor Daily News editorial, “Regulations have done little to boost cod in Gulf of Maine: Lobster management offers clear direction.” According to the editorial, regulators craft uniform rules to cover vast areas of the ocean; as if the ocean is a uniform ecosystem. “The Gulf of Maine is a very diverse place,” Wilson said. “Down East Maine, it’s totally different from Casco Bay, and Casco Bay is totally different from Gloucester and from Provincetown. When we manage fish, we treat all those areas as if they were the same.”
WVII (Channel 7) reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension is hosting a workshop in Dover-Foxcroft that will offer tips and techniques on how to reach out to potential customers of agricultural products. Extension educator Donna Coffin will lead the workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 11.
Due to the predicted snowstorm, the University of Maine Career Center has postponed its 17th annual UMaine Career Fair. The fair, which was previously scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 28, is now scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 11. The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the New Balance Student Recreation Center. All previous employer registrations will be honored. More information, including a list of participating employers, is available online or by contacting Patty Counihan at email@example.com or 581.1355.
The William S. Cohen Center for International Policy and Commerce at the University of Maine has been renamed the William S. Cohen Institute for Leadership and Public Service. The new name better captures the broad range of interdisciplinary initiatives it has been involved with in recent years.
The Cohen Institute is designed to model and promote leadership and public service through programs that reflect and honor the legacy of Secretary Cohen’s extraordinary record of service to the people of Maine and the nation. A central focus of the institute is to provide a forum for the civil, thoughtful and serious discussion of a range of contemporary public affairs issues.
The Cohen Center, established in 1997, has sponsored a number of UMaine programs, including its signature biennial William S. Cohen Lecture Series. The William S. Cohen Papers were donated to Fogler Library in 1996. The Cohen Institute will continue these important programs, including its focus on national and international policy issues.
University of Maine Provost Jeffrey Hecker has appointed political science professor Richard Powell to serve as director of the Cohen Institute until June 30, 2015. One of Powell’s primary goals is to enhance the Cohen Institute’s collaborations with a broad range of programs on campus with similar interests and missions.