At the annual UMaine Employee Holiday Lunch on Dec. 17, the Classified Employees Advisory Council collected 277 pounds of nonperishable food items and $52 to benefit the Black Bear Exchange, the campus-based food pantry and clothing exchange. This was the second holiday donation drive coordinated by CEAC to support the Black Bear Exchange. Upward of 800 members of the UMaine community attended the lunch.
The research of Michelle Smith, assistant professor in the School of Biology and Ecology, is the focus of a National Science Foundation Discovery feature, “Rules of engagement: Transforming the teaching of college-level science.” Smith is the principal investigator on four projects and a co-principal investor on another, all aimed at improving nationwide science instruction and assessments. The Dec. 18 NSF story notes that Smith is a science education advocate and molecular biologist who “uses her analytical background to create teaching strategies that energize both students and faculty.” The story quotes UMaine faculty Mary Tyler and Farahad Dastoor, and includes photos by UMaine student Amanda Clark.
The University of Maine was highlighted in a MassLive.com story about Paperlogic, a 120-year-old paper mill in Turners Falls, Massachusetts, seeking to make new products with innovative cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) produced at the university. UMaine was recently awarded $350,000 to construct a commercial-scale CNF manufacturing plant with a capacity of 2 tons per day. The plant will accelerate CNF commercialization by making large quantities of it available to support the growth in application development activities. Paperlogic is a collaborator on the plant project that is funded by P3Nano.
Foster’s Daily Democrat carried a University of Maine Cooperative Extension release announcing that Jan. 5 is the deadline to apply for the Master Gardener Volunteer training in York County that begins Jan. 27 at the Anderson Learning Center, 21 Bradeen St., Springvale.
University of Maine Climate Change Institute scientists Paul Mayewski, Sean Birkel and Ivan Fernandez shared their research about climate change with Keith Shortall on MPBN’s Maine Calling, an interactive radio program.
Several media outlets, including the Portland Press Herald, Bangor Daily News, WABI (Channel 5) and WVII (Channel 7) reported University of Maine men’s ice hockey coach Red Gendron will annually donate 5 percent of his salary to the Grant Standbrook Maine Hockey Forever Fund. Tom and Sally Savage have pledged $1 million to match endowment gifts from UMaine men’s ice hockey players and coaches. Standbrook, UMaine’s assistant men’s ice hockey coach and primary recruiter from 1988 to 2008, won national titles with the Black Bears in 1993 and 1999.
Several Bangor Metro entrepreneurial award recipients are graduates of the University of Maine.
Abe and Heather Furth, who graduated in 2004, own Verve, Woodman’s Grill and The Orono Brewing Co. “Brewery tourism is growing, and we hope that our brewery will help bring more people to Orono. We think this will help Orono become the college town we know it can be,” said Heath Furth about the recent opening of the brewery.
Winner Gerry Nasberg, owner of Pat’s Pizza in Ellsworth and Bar Harbor, earned an MBA at UMaine. He says 20,000 UMaine grads who live in the Ellsworth area most likely ate a pizza or two at Pat’s when they were in school. He thought that nostalgia would attract customers and it has.
After being inducted into the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame, University of Maine graduate and football all-star John Huard spoke highly of his Black Bear teammates in a Bangor Daily News article.
“The University of Maine was phenomenal and our guys were really close … I just reflect back to the fact that we were never bigger, we were never faster or stronger, but we always found a way to win. To me that speaks volumes to the character and the type of people in Maine and at the University of Maine,” says Huard, a two-time All-Yankee Conference first-team selection, played for the Denver Broncos and New Orleans Saints.
Former University of Maine men’s ice hockey goalie Scott Darling was included in a Washington Post blog that recapped “Road to the NHL Winter Classic” on Epix.
Darling has made his way to the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL after he quit drinking alcohol several years ago and sought help for social anxiety. He rattled off the squads he’s been on since he left UMaine: Louisiana IceGators, Reading Royals, Florida Everblades, Mississippi RiverKings, Las Vegas Wranglers, Wheeling Nailers, Wichita Thunder, Cincinnati Cyclones, Charlotte Checkers, Hamilton Bulldogs, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Milwaukee Admirals, Rockford Ice Hogs and Chicago Blackhawks.
A professorship in petrology and mineralogy has been established in the University of Maine by UMaine research professor Edward Grew.
The Edward Sturgis Grew Professorship will allow for the hiring of a tenure-eligible faculty member in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences in the 2016 academic year. The professorship will focus on teaching and research in igneous and/or metamorphic petrology, geochemistry and mineralogy, and will be part of the Geodynamics, Crustal Studies and Earth Rheology research group.
Grew, a research professor of geological sciences, also established an Earth Sciences Endowment Fund in the University of Maine Foundation to support the educational and research activities of students.
This is the second professorship created in the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture through private donations in the past two years. In 2013, Farm Credit of Maine (which merged with Farm Credit East on Jan. 1, 2014) established a term professorship in agricultural economics and agricultural finance. Xuan Chen was appointed to the professorship to teach production economics, assist with agricultural and natural resource-based industry cost-of-production studies, and lead the UMaine’s Farm Credit Fellowship Program.
Farm Credit East, a nearly century-old cooperative, has a long history of hiring UMaine graduates.
Contact: Margaret Nagle, 207.581.3745