Lenard Kaye, director of the University of Maine Center on Aging and professor in the UMaine School of Social Work, and Carol Kim, UMaine’s vice president for research, wrote an opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News titled “Older Mainers are an answer to the state’s economic woes.” The op-ed says as part of the Blue Sky Project, UMaine is considering new opportunities to “collaborate and form interdisciplinary teams to catalyze Maine’s renewal and include older Mainers.”
Scott Johnson, a professor at and director of the School of Earth and Climate Sciences at the University of Maine, spoke with WGME (Channel 13) for a report on ancient volcanoes in Maine. Johnson and other UMaine geologists said there is evidence of an ancient supervolcano on Mount Desert Island. Johnson also simulated a volcanic eruption by using a trash can full of water, liquid nitrogen and a soda bottle.
The Portland Press Herald, Morning Sentinel, WABI (Channel 5), Bangor Daily News and WGME (Channel 13) reported Jack Cosgrove, head coach of the University of Maine football team, was named Co-Coach of the Year for Region 1 of the Football Championship Subdivision by the American Football Coaches Association. This is the first time Cosgrove has received this recognition in his 21-year career.
WVII (Channel 7) reported on the second pitch-off event for the Big Gig, a program designed to bring together innovators and entrepreneurs in the Bangor-Orono area and offer networking opportunities. The Big Gig was started by a partnership between the University of Maine, Old Town, Orono, and Husson University and is supported by Blackstone Accelerates Growth. Three groups were selected to pitch their products or companies to a panel of judges at the event. UMaine students John and Christine Carney won for their pitch of their business Through Thick and Thin that offers quirky acrylic cupcake toppers, jewelry and ornaments.
WABI (Channel 5), Morning Sentinel, Kennebec Journal, Portland Press Herald and the Bangor Daily News reported the University of Maine has announced three finalists for its director of athletics position. The finalists are Karlton Creech of the University of North Carolina, Jim Herlihy of the University of Montevallo and Scott Kull of Texas Christian University. On-campus interviews will begin Dec. 15 with the intention of filling the position early in 2014.
“A Man’s Guide to Healthy Aging: Stay Smart, Strong, and Active,” written by Lenard Kaye, director of the University of Maine Center on Aging and professor in the UMaine School of Social Work, and Edward Thompson Jr., was cited by the Wall Street Journal as one of six 2013 top guides to life after 50. The book discusses issues related to the mind and body in relation to aging and presents the latest medical and psychological advice on actions men can take to stay healthy.
Kenneth Hillas, a retired senior foreign service officer who teaches a graduate seminar in global politics at the University of Maine, wrote an opinion piece published in the Bangor Daily News titled “As we remember Mandela, don’t simplify his history, legacy.
WGME (Channel 13) reported University of Maine researchers are working with the Maine Forest Service to track destructive winter moths that are returning to Maine. So far the moths have been found in Harpswell and Cape Elizabeth. The moths can be harmful to plants and crops, such as apples and blueberries.
The Bangor Daily News published an opinion piece by University of Maine first-year student Grace Marshall, who is studying English. Marshall’s article is titled “If they’re terminal, let Mainers choose how they die.”
Howard Segal, a history professor at the University of Maine, attended the annual meeting of the Phi Beta Kappa Senate in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 5 — the date America’s oldest scholastic honor society was founded at the College of William and Mary in 1776. Segal served as president of the University of Maine chapter for 23 years and was elected as PBK’s New England District Senator. PBK recently launched a nationwide liberal arts and sciences initiative.
Posted December 9, 2013
The University of Maine was well represented by eight graduate students at the 2013 Association for Canadian Studies in the United States Biennial Conference in Tampa, Florida November 19th through the 23rd. UMaine grad students presented six papers while four other students served on a panel for a round table discussion with two UMaine faculty. See the list below for participant contributions.
Bad Men and Horrible Bosses: Masculinity and the Folksongs of Larry Gorman
Ian J. Jesse, Ph.D candidate, History Department
Freedom, Slavery, and the Evolving Understanding of Race British Abolition: A Nova
Scotian Narrative, 1825-1835
Gabriel Lévesque, Ph.D candidate, History Department
Two Brownstowns Two Nations: The “Faulty Memory” of a Few Small Skirmishes in North America
Joseph Miller, Ph.D candidate, History Department
The Rhetoric of Boundary Confrontation: Demagogues, Banditti, and the 'alarming state
of things' in New Brunswick, 1838-42.
Michael T. Perry, Ph.D candidate, History Department
The Evolution of Acadian Identity in Song
Elisa Sance, M.A. candidate, Department of Modern Languages and Classics
“You Are What You Eat”: Cookbooks and Women’s Identity, 1812-1860
Rachel A. Snell, Ph.D candidate, History Department
Round table panel:
"Canadian History at the University of Maine: New Thematic and Interdisciplinary
The University of Maine School of Performing Arts’ presentation of “Ein deutsches Requiem” by Johannes Brahms on Dec. 15, conducted by retiring Professor Ludlow Hallman, is dedicated to the memory of those killed during the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
The Oratorio Society Concert will be presented with the University Orchestra in the 900-seat Hampden Academy Performing Arts Center in Hampden, Maine. Kelly Scheetz, soprano, and Justin Zang, baritone, will be soloists.
Brahms’ Opus 45 is a prayer for the souls of the departed. “Brahms’ text addresses those who are left behind, with words of comfort and consolation,” Hallman says. “It is a very personal and heartfelt master work. He envisioned it as a work for all of humanity, transcending specific religious belief or nationality.”
Hallman has conducted the University Orchestra, an auditioned group of 45 musicians, and the Oratorio Society, a mixed choral ensemble of community members and university students. He has also directed the Opera Workshop, chaired UMaine’s Music Department and served as resident director of the New England Universities in Salzburg program — which was the immersion training for students of German. In addition, he has conducted and directed music for multiple operas and musical comedies and served as assistant conductor of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra.
Admission is $10, free with a student MaineCard. For tickets or disability accommodations, call 207.581.1755. Tickets will also be available at the door prior to the performance.
WVII (Channel 7) and WABI (Channel 5) spoke with students in the introduction to research diving course offered at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center. Students in the class visited the Orono campus to use the pool to prepare for their final that will allow them to become certified scientific research divers.
WABI (Channel 5) reported on the 2013 Maine Food Summit, a daylong conference sponsored by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and held on the Orono campus. The summit provided an opportunity for food producers, business owners and anyone involved with and interested in Maine’s food system to share ideas about growing the state’s agriculture and fishery, supporting the economy and improving food security. Attendees also participated in a question-and-answer session with Maine Food Strategy directors.
The Portland Press Herald spoke with Kaitlyn O’Donnell, a graduate student in entomology at the University of Maine, for an article on destructive winter moths returning to Maine. O’Donnell, who has been working in Harpswell for the last 18 months, said research there has revealed the moths prefer apples and oaks, and they haven’t been spreading very far or fast. She added they have stripped oaks almost completely and their effect on apple trees could eventually concern commercial growers if the insects extend their range.
WVII (Channel 7) reported on the University of Maine Standardbred Drill Team’s second annual “Meet Santa’s Reindeer” event at the J.F. Witter Teaching and Research Center. Greater Bangor area residents were able to meet the UMaine mares, enjoy snacks and make holiday cards in an effort to spread awareness about the farm and involve the community.
The Bangor Daily News, Portland Press Herald, New Hampshire Union Leader and The Boston Globe were among several news organizations to report on the University of Maine football team’s first-ever home playoff game against the University of New Hampshire. Despite UMaine’s 41–27 loss, players told the BDN they enjoyed the big-game atmosphere that attracted one of the largest crowds in program history — 7,992 — despite the 30-degree temperatures. The Portland Press Herald also reported on the financial aspect of hosting a playoff game.
The Bangor Daily News quoted Doug Allen, a philosophy professor at the University of Maine, for an editorial titled “Let Mandela be the example, and offer others hope.” In a stand against apartheid, Allen and other activists launched an effort in the late 1970s to convince the University of Maine System to sell all of its investments in companies that were doing business with South Africa. In 1982, after years of meetings, sit-ins and protests, the system agreed to divest in a moment Allen calls “one of those intense peak experiences you have in life.”
The Penobscot Bay Pilot reported on University of Maine professor Stephen Butterfield’s recent trip to Beijing, China. Butterfield, a professor and chair of UMaine’s Department of Exercise Science and STEM Education, traveled to China to help train students at Beijing Sport University on how to test motor proficiency of children with intellectual disabilities.
Charles Hastings, a graduate student in the University of Maine’s School of Policy and International Affairs, wrote an opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News titled “Public-private partnership or corporate welfare? However you view it, Maine’s prosperity depends on it.”