An expert on the Middle East will deliver the Howard B. Schonberger Peace and Social Justice Memorial Lecture titled “The Obama Administration and the Arab Youth Revolutions on Monday, Dec. 1.
Juan Cole, a professor of history at the University of Michigan, will present the free, open-to-the-public talk at 7:30 p.m. in Little Hall on campus. Cole has been a guest on “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central and “Charlie Rose” on PBS. He has authored a number of books and founded Informed Consent, a critically acclaimed blog on current events in the Middle East.
Create cranberry gifts in the kitchen from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Cumberland County office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth.
Kate McCarty, UMaine Extension preservation community education assistant, will lead the second in a yearlong series of “From Scratch: Your Maine Kitchen” workshops that highlight and connect Maine foods, local cookbook authors and experts.
Workshop participants will make spiced cranberry-pear jam, cranberry rice pilaf mix, and cranberry granola with local cranberries and Maine grains. A jar of each product and recipes will be available to take home. In addition, Allison Carroll Duffy will sign her book, “Preserving with Pomona’s Pectin” and a holiday-theme door prize will be given away.
Tori Jackson, University of Maine Extension educator, was cited in a Sun Journal story about Maine having the second-highest rate of farms in the United States.
The number of farms in Maine increased by nearly 1,000 from 2002 (7,196) to 2012 (8,136), according to the article. In 2013, UMaine Extension worked with more than 1,000 people who expressed interest in farming, says Jackson, an associate professor of agriculture and natural resources. “Physically, economically, it’s a tough business to be in. I really attribute it to the huge interest in local foods. Maine and Vermont are at the top of the list in saying ‘I value local food’ and then actually buying it,” she says.
Hal Borns’ interactive Maine Ice Age Trail Map and Guide: Down East was featured in a Maine Sunday Telegram piece.
Borns, professor emeritus with the University of Maine Climate Change Institute and School of Earth and Climate Sciences, created the guide to document interesting landscape features — including Cadillac Mountain and Somes Sound fjord — formed as sheets of glacial ice moved across Maine. For more information, maps and directions to 46 stops along the trail, including a drowned forest, in Lubec, glacial grooves at Roque Bluffs State Park and the Agassiz historical outcrop in Ellsworth, visit iceagetrail.umaine.edu.
Mary Ellen Camire, University of Maine professor of food science and human nutrition, was cited in a Bangor Daily News article about a man who has lost 120 pounds since joining TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) in 2011. Camire says there’s not a one-size-fits-all approach to weight loss. Some people may need a structured program and others might excel with programs that include peer support. “Having a community where they’re all in it together I think is a very helpful tool for many individuals,” she says.
University of Maine economist Todd Gabe’s 2012 study that indicated the annual medical cost of obesity in Maine topped the scale at $452.7 million was cited in an opinion piece about childhood obesity published in the Bangor Daily News.
Several media outlets, including MPBN, WCSH-6 and the Bangor Daily News carried stories about the federal government recognizing the University of Maine System (UMS) for its leadership in cyber-security education. UMS is the first public university system in the nation to be designated by the National Security Agency as a Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. The Portland Press Herald carried the AP report.
An AP report indicated the University of Maine athletic department’s designs on setting a Guinness World Record for most people wearing plaid or tartan-patterned clothing in one place — Alfond Stadium — fell short Saturday at the UMaine-University of New Hampshire football game. NESN, the Portland Press Herald, the Sun Journal and MPBN were among the outlets that carried the report.
AP reported approximately 1,000 people attended the contest; 1,090 plaid-adorned fans were needed to set the record.
WABI (channel 5) and the Bangor Daily News reported a group of students activists from Divest UMaine gathered Friday outside Fogler Library on the Orono campus to demand the University of Maine System dissociate itself from investments in fossil fuel companies. MPBN carried the AP report.
An international group dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of all people is honoring Daniel H. Sandweiss, an archaeologist at the University of Maine.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) elected Sandweiss a Fellow for his distinguished contributions to archaeology.
Alan Leshner, CEO and executive publisher of Science, says Sandweiss’ notable discoveries include his “pioneering interdisciplinary studies of early colonization of South America and the origins of El Niño.”
Sandweiss, a professor of anthropology and quaternary and climate studies and cooperating professor of Earth and climate sciences and global policy, has been at UMaine since 1993.
“I am honored by election as a AAAS fellow,” he says. “It would not have been possible had I not found such a collaborative, interdisciplinary group of colleagues in UMaine’s Climate Change Institute and across campus.”
Sandweiss has authored and contributed many chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles including 10 in Science, the AAAS journal. His recent papers include: “Paleoindian Settlement of the High-Altitude Peruvian Andes” with Kurt Rademaker, Gregory Hodgins, Katherine Moore, Sonia Zarrillo, Christopher Miller, Gordon Bromley, Peter Leach, David Reid and Willy Yépez Álvarez, in Science; “The Effect of the Spanish Conquest on Coastal Change in Northwest Peru” with Daniel Belknap in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; and “Archaeological Contributions to Climate Change Research: The Archaeological Record as a Paleoclimatic and Paleoenvironmental Archive” with Alice Kelley in Annual Review of Anthropology.
His numerous other positions and affiliations include being chief cooperating curator at the UMaine Hudson Museum and founding editor of Andean Past. He has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Society for American Archaeology and as Northeast regional vice president and member of the Board of Directors of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.
Sandweiss is one of 401 Fellows elected in 2014. Each Fellow will be presented with a certificate and a blue-and-gold rosette at the AAAS annual meeting at 8 a.m. Feb. 14, 2015, in San Jose, California.
The election of AAAS Fellows began in 1874; the AAAS Council annually elects Fellows whose “efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished.”
Eight other UMaine scientists have previously been elected AAAS Fellows: Susan Brawley, Edward Grew, Irving Kornfield, Joyce Longcore, Paul Mayewski, Malcolm Shick, Bruce Sidell (deceased) and Bob Steneck.
Sandweiss, whose tenure home is in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is the first UMaine AAAS fellow on record outside of UMaine’s College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture.
Contact: Beth Staples, 207.581.3777