Mary Ellen Camire, president-elect of the Institute of Food Technologists and professor of food science and human nutrition at the University of Maine, was interviewed for a Time magazine article on Burger King’s new healthier french fries called Satisfries. Camire spoke about the fat-fighting batter technique the fast food chain is using on the new fries. She said adding modified starches to the surface of foods or adding ingredients such as proteins or gellan gum to wet batters are well-known ways to make fried foods less absorbent, but the challenge is maintaining the taste of deep-fried food.
WABI (Channel 5) reported on a new program being offered by the Challenger Learning Center and the University of Maine for future engineers. The Discover Engineering program is free and open to eighth graders. Students who take part will be partnered with college mentors who are studying engineering.
The University of Maine’s National Study on Student Hazing was cited in a News Channel 9 WSYR (Syracuse, N.Y.) report on hazing following the suspension of the men’s lacrosse team at Cornell University and the boy’s cross-country team at Baldwinsville High School in Baldwinsville, N.Y. The UMaine study found 61 percent of male college students and 52 percent of females have experienced hazing, 25 percent of the time coaches or advisers were aware and 95 percent of students never reported their hazing experience.
The Portland Press Herald and Bangor Daily News were among news organizations to report an increase in calls to the Public Utilities Commission to release details of the University of Maine’s offshore wind project proposal. The two chairmen of the committee that oversees energy issues in the Maine Legislature were the latest to publicly ask for details. The Bangor Daily News also published an article titled “Business consultant: LePage intervention in Statoil deal could damage Maine’s image in global energy” about Gov. Paul LePage’s administration working to derail Statoil’s agreement with the state for an offshore wind project, paving the way for the UMaine to submit a proposal.
The University of Maine College of Education and Human Development will host the Symposium on Gender in Higher Education from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 in the Wells Conference Center on the UMaine campus.
The professional development conference will explore issues of gender in higher education with a focus on intersectional approaches to gender within education. Break-out sessions will be divided into research and practice tracks.
The University of Maine’s Elizabeth Allan, a professor of higher education leadership, and Dan Tillapaugh, a postdoctoral fellow in higher education, will deliver keynote speeches. Panelists will include D. Chase Catalano, director of the LGBT Resource Center at Syracuse University and doctoral candidate in the social justice education program at UMass Amherst; Susan Marine, assistant professor and program director of the Higher Education Graduate Program at Merrimack College; and Brian Reed, assistant dean for undergraduate students at Dartmouth College.
The symposium is open to UMaine students, faculty and staff, as well as off-campus professionals. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, visit UMaine’s higher education graduate programs Web page. Registration is also available online.
The University of Maine’s National Study on Student Hazing was cited in a Bloomberg News article on the suspension of Cornell University’s men’s lacrosse program following a hazing incident two years after the death of a sophomore led the school to ban hazing. The study found more than half of all U.S. college students in clubs, teams and other organizations are hazed.
A Bangor Daily News article on increased movie making in Maine cited an economic impact report on film production and photography in the state by Todd Gabe, an economics professor at the University of Maine. The study found the Maine film and photography sectors generate an annual statewide economic contribution of $117.7 million in output and 2,057 jobs.
Kate Garland, horticulturist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with WVII (Channel 7) for the latest installment of its “Backyard Gardener” series. Garland spoke about harvesting fall crops and the importance of planting a cover crop.
A University of Maine study done for the Boothbay Region Land Trust was cited in the WLBZ (Channel 2) article “Boothbay Land Trust trails lure tourists.” The study estimates more than 13,000 people use the trails annually — many of them tourists and summer residents — and visitors spend more than $70 per day in the area, translating to an annual economic impact of $3.9 million.
WVII (Channel 7) spoke with a Corinth farmer who followed advice from the University of Maine for a report on this year’s pumpkin harvest. Despite poor harvesting reports around the state due to wet weather, Beverly Tate said her fields are doing well after following a tip from UMaine to cut pumpkins from vines with mildew in order to keep the crop healthy.
Todd Gabe, an economics professor at the University of Maine, was quoted in the Bangor Daily News article “Cross Insurance Center gets high marks for comfort, quality, but patrons say food prices on high side” after a performance by the Harlem Globetrotters, the first ticketed event, was held in the new Bangor arena. Gabe said he thinks the value for the ticket price is “pretty good” for the market and is “what you would expect to pay at a comparable venue in other places similar to Bangor.”
The Bangor Daily News published the opinion piece, “Suicide prevention is not what you think,” by Charles McKay, a clinical intern and graduate assistant at the University of Maine Counseling Center and Touchstone Resources. UWire also carried a piece by McKay previewing a free seminar on relationship skills that is being offered by the center.
Kennebec Journal, Times Union and Sun Journal were among several news organizations to carry an Associated Press report on documents that show Gov. Paul LePage’s administration worked to derail Statoil’s agreement with the state for an offshore wind project, paving the way for the University of Maine to submit a proposal. The Maine Public Broadcasting Network also carried a report about UMaine’s proposal titled “Key lawmakers call on PUC to release UMaine wind project details.”
A Portland Press Herald article about the University of Maine System’s three-year-old effort to scrutinize and possibly eliminate any degree program with fewer than five graduates a year included information about UMaine programs. Officials at UMaine are looking at ways to collaborate with other departments or campuses to offer programs, and plans to fold majors such as wood science and technology, aquaculture and forest ecosystem science into similar majors.
Working with children who experience bullying will be the focus of a conference for Maine school counselors and leaders that is sponsored by the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development.
The free professional development opportunity will take place 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 in the Wells Conference Center on the Orono campus.
This is the college’s second annual “Flagship Forum: Conference for Maine School Counselors and Leaders.” About 250 participants including school counselors, administrators and faculty, as well as UMaine students and staff, took part in last year’s conference that focused on school law, ethics and financial education.
Four presentations are scheduled for this year’s conference:
9:15 a.m. morning keynote: “Bullying, Harassment and Working with Children: What is the Law and How can you Follow it?” by Daniel Rose, attorney at Drummond Woodsum, a New England-based law firm providing legal and consulting services to colleges and universities, schools and municipalities. Rose is chairman of Drummond Woodsum’s Labor and Employment Practice Group, representing school districts throughout the state, and is co-author of “Maine School Law (Fourth Edition, 2012)” and “Significant Cases in Maine School Law (Second Edition).”
10:45 a.m. morning presentation: “Addressing Bullying Through Multitiered Systems of Support: Building Sustainable Models of Prevention and Intervention” by James Artesani, associate professor of special education.
12:15 p.m. afternoon presentation: “Peer Mentoring Model” by Yung-Wei “Dennis” Lin, assistant professor of counselor education; Annette Nelligan, lecturer in counselor education; and Ph.D. student Josh Jones.
12:45 p.m. afternoon keynote: “Hazing in View — High School Students at Risk” by Elizabeth Allan, professor of higher education leadership, and Mary Madden, associate research professor of education.
For more information, to register or to request a disability accommodation, visit the forum’s Web page.
Douglas Gardner, a professor of wood science and technology at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Bangor Daily News article about four companies — including UMaine — submitting proposals to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection on how to reuse 27,000 tons of fiber materials that have been stored in Warren for 14 years. Gardner said the university’s proposal is to conduct a feasibility study on whether the waste fiber can be used as material for road construction.
Steven Barkan, a sociologist at the University of Maine, was interviewed for a Marketplace article about the abuse of generous store return policies. The article focused on “wardrobing,” when someone buys a product, uses it once and then returns it. Barkan said it’s possible people might see others get away with these returns from posts on YouTube or blogs and might want to try it themselves.
The Maine Public Broadcasting Network spoke with Ann Acheson, a researcher at the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine, about the latest census data on Mainers living in poverty. Acheson said poverty data from the American Community Survey is important to pay attention to, but tends to underestimate the degree of economic hardship people are having. She also said in Maine, where there are more elderly people and fewer young wage earners, the climb out of the recession may be steeper than anticipated.
The Weekly previewed the Sept. 24 talk by retired University of Maine forestry professor David Field at the Buchanan Alumni House on campus. Field, who has been a longtime member of the Maine Appalachian Trail Club, will speak about the history of the Appalachian Trail in Maine. The Sun Journal also previewed Field’s Sept. 21 talk at the Mason House Exhibit Hall in Bethel.
The Weekly Observer, serving Sanford, Springvale, Acton and Lebanon, previewed a five-week introductory beekeeping course that will start Oct. 15 in Springvale. The York County Beginner Bee School is co-sponsored by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine State Beekeepers Association.