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WVII Previews Blue Wrap Fashion Show

University of Maine News - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 11:38

WVII (Channel 7) reported the Partners for World Health University of Maine Chapter is holding a Blue Wrap Project Runway competition fashion show to raise funds for and spread awareness about medical outreach around the world. Fashion show participants will be tasked with creating an outfit using a 15-pound bag of nonbiodegradable medical material, or blue wrap. Partners for World Health provides medical materials to third-world countries, including supplies like blue wrap that would otherwise go to waste, according to the report. The fashion show will be held at 6 p.m. April 24 at Hauck Auditorium.

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UMaine Student Quoted in Articles on Climate Change Rally

University of Maine News - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 11:34

University of Maine student Catherine Fletcher was quoted in Associated Press and Kennebec Journal/Morning Sentinel articles about a climate change rally and march held at the State House in Augusta. Hundreds of college students participated in the event that was organized by Maine Students for Climate Justice, a coalition of student groups from around the state. The students urged state leaders to take action on climate control and called for a moratorium on fossil fuel development. Fletcher, who has worked to get the University of Maine System to drop investments in coal stocks, said students must get involved, according to the KJ/Morning Sentinel. “Our generation is inheriting the burden of the climate crisis. If our leaders won’t take action, we will,” she said. WABI (Channel 5), WMTW (Channel 8 in Portland) and SFGate carried the AP report.

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Media Cover Great Maine Bike Swap

University of Maine News - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 11:33

WLBZ (Channel 2), WABI (Channel 5) and WVII (Channel 7) reported on the 15th annual Great Maine Bike Swap that was held at the University of Maine’s New Balance Student Recreation Center on April 12. The Bicycle Coalition of Maine hosted the swap to give people the opportunity to buy affordable and used bikes, as well as sell their own.

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Professor Emeritus Palmer Quoted in Press Herald Article on Governor

University of Maine News - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 11:32

Kenneth Palmer, a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Portland Press Herald profile on Gov. Paul LePage and his leadership style. Palmer spoke about similarities between LePage and Gov. James Longley, an independent who held office between 1975 and 1979. He said the political climate Longley operated resembles the one LePage faces today. “There’s a very important strain in Maine,” Palmer said. “It’s unusual in most states, but we have it. It’s not just a policy orientation. It’s the idea that government really belongs to the citizens, not to the professional politicians.”

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The Met’s ‘Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci’ to be Broadcast Live at CCA

University of Maine News - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 11:32

The Met: Live in HD’s broadcast of “Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci” will be shown at the University of Maine Collins Center for the Arts at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25.

“Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci” is opera’s most enduring tragic double bill and in Sir David McVicar’s evocative new production the action takes place across two time periods in the same Sicilian village.

Marcelo Álvarez plays the dual tenor roles of Turiddu in “Cavalleria Rusticana” and Canio in “Pagliacci.” The unlucky heroines are Eva-Maria Westbroek playing Santuzza and Patricia Racette as Nedda. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium and Rae Smith designed the moodily atmospheric 1900 village square setting of “Cavalleria,” which transforms to a 1948 truck stop for the doomed vaudeville troupe of “Pagliacci.”

This is one of 10 of the Met’s Emmy and Peabody Award-winning live performance transmissions to movie theaters and art centers around the world. The Met: Live in HD was developed to reach existing audiences and to introduce new audiences to opera through technology.

Tickets, which are $28 for adults and $8 for students, are available online or by calling 581.1755, 800.622.TIXX.

Esther Rauch will lecture about the opera at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at the Brewer Public Library and at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at the Orono Public Library.

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Student Employment Recognition Week April 13–17

University of Maine News - Mon, 04/13/2015 - 11:31

The University of Maine’s Office of Student Employment is honoring student workers across campus during the 2015 Student Employment Recognition Week April 13–17.

Student employees are welcome to enjoy free food, play games and win prizes throughout the week in the Memorial Union.

The 2015 Student Employment Recognition Banquet will be held 6–8 p.m. April 13 at Wells Conference Center. All Student Employee of the Year, Graduate Student Employee of the Year, and Supervisor of the Year nominees and those who nominated them are invited to attend the banquet.

More information, including a full schedule and list of award nominees, is online.

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Latest Invention: Stronger, Longer-Lasting Fuel Cell Technology

University of Maine News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 11:28

Fuel cells are alternative energy-generation devices that provide continuous electricity with low to zero emissions at the source. NASA first used modern fuel cells in space vehicles. Today, fuels cells provide power in a variety of applications, including automobiles, backup generators, fork lifts and portable electronic devices.

One type of fuel cell, the proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell, converts hydrogen into electricity and water. PEM fuel cells are generally very rugged, but there is a fragile membrane within the electrode assembly that is a common failure point. University of Maine mechanical engineering researchers have developed a stronger, longer-lasting membrane that demonstrates potential to increase the reliability and overall life span of the fuel cell. A possible opportunity for Maine business is to manufacture and supply membrane electrode assembly units to PEM fuel cell providers.

More information is online.

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Two UMaine Projects Receive Northeastern States Research Cooperative Awards

University of Maine News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 11:24

The Northeastern States Research Cooperative (NSRC), a competitive grant program supported by the USDA Forest Service and serving the states of Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont announced its 2015 research awards to advance cross-disciplinary, collaborative research in the Northern Forest region.

The University of Maine will lead two of the 11 projects to receive NSRC Research Awards:

  • Classifying and Evaluating Partial Harvests and Their Effect on Stand Dynamics in Northern Maine
    • $77,371; Project Leader: Christian Kuehne at the University of Maine
  • Productivity, Regeneration Patterns, and Precommercial Treatment Options of Two Ecologically Based Silvicultural Systems: Twenty-year Results from the Acadian Forest Ecosystem Research Project (AFERP) Study
    • $39,985; Project Leader: Robert Seymour at the University of Maine

A total of 95 pre-proposals and 41 proposals were evaluated by four peer review panels. The 11 projects selected were awarded approximately $925,000 by NSRC and nearly the equivalent in matching funds. The nearly $2 million will fund research on a range of topics in four core areas of critical importance to Northern Forest communities: society and economics, forest ecology, wood products and forest biodiversity.

Since its inception in 2001, NSRC has awarded $23 million in research funding across the Northern Forest.

More about the 2015 NSRC Research Awards and the projects is online.

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Gabe Provides Analysis of City Councilor’s Minimum Wage Hike Proposal, BDN Reports

University of Maine News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 09:56

Todd Gabe, an economics professor at the University of Maine, was a panelist at a recent Bangor meeting where City Councilor Joe Baldacci presented his proposal for raising the minimum wage, the Bangor Daily News reported. Baldacci said a local ordinance would benefit the city and put pressure on state government to enact a statewide increase, according to the article. At the meeting, Gabe provided analysis of Baldacci’s proposal. He found if the wage were increased from $7.50 to $8.25, 7 percent of the 67,720 workers in the Bangor metropolitan area would be affected. At $9 per hour, 12 percent would be affected, and at $9.75 per hour, 18 percent would be affected. Gabe also said national national economic studies are mixed and show that raising the minimum wage results in higher wages for some and reduced hours and job losses for others, depending on the study and field of work, the report states.

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Sun Journal Publishes Gardening Article by Stack

University of Maine News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 09:55

Lois Berg Stack, an ornamental horticulture specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, wrote the article, “Gardening to conserve Maine’s native landscape: Plants to use and plants to avoid,” which was published by the Sun Journal. In the article, Stack cited the UMaine Extension publication, “Native Plants: A Maine Source List.”

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Weekly Packet Reports on National History Day Winners from Blue Hill Consolidated School

University of Maine News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 09:54

The Weekly Packet reported on a group of eighth graders from Blue Hill Consolidated School who created a documentary on Joan of Arc that won an award at the statewide National History Day (NHD) competition. NHD is an academic program that promotes critical thinking, research and presentation skills through project-based learning for students of all abilities. More than 300 students and teachers from 36 middle and high schools took part in this year’s state contest, which was held at the University of Maine in March. Exhibits, papers, websites, documentaries and performances were judged, with the top winners becoming eligible to compete in the national contest. The four students and their teacher plan to attend the national contest at the University of Maryland, College Park in June, according to the article.

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Foster’s Advances Tree Care Workshop in Wells

University of Maine News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 09:54

Foster’s Daily Democrat reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension will hold a workshop on caring for fruit trees in the home garden on April 25 in Wells. Workshop topics will include basic fruit-tree pruning techniques and tips on how to care for trees year-round for healthier fruit production, according to the article. The program is part of the Four Season Gardening series at Wells Reserve, sponsored by UMaine Extension’s Master Gardener Volunteer program in York County.

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Cohen Institute Forum to Focus on Debate over International Free Trade

University of Maine News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 09:53

The University of Maine’s Cohen Institute for Leadership and Public Service will host a town hall forum Tuesday, April 14 with international trade expert Peter Madigan ’81.

The forum, “The Political and Economic Debate over International Free Trade,” begins at 2 p.m. in Hill Auditorium, Barrows Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Madigan has decades of experience in international trade as a high-level official in the U.S. departments of State, Treasury, Health and Human Services and the Office of Management and Budget. He currently is a partner in the Washington D.C. firm Peck Madigan Jones, and is a member of the UMaine Board of Visitors.

For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Richard Powell at 581.1795,

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Compost Sale to Benefit 4-H in Androscoggin, Sagadahoc Counties

University of Maine News - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 09:52

A compost sale will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 25, at Justalittle Farm, 58 Ridge Road, Lisbon Falls.

Compost is seasoned for three years and is suitable for use this growing season. Cost is $5 per cubic foot bag; truckloads are available for $35 per tractor scoop. Bags of compost also will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 25 at Tractor Supply Company, 1619 Lisbon St., Lewiston.

This is a project of area 4-Hers and is sponsored by and benefits the Androscoggin-Sagadahoc 4-H Leaders’ Association, including scholarships, camps and programs and national youth educational trips. For more information, contact KymNoelle Sposato at 353.5550 or

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Knowles Named 2015 Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow

University of Maine News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 14:48

Anne Kelly Knowles, who in August will begin her position at the University of Maine as a professor in the History Department, has been named a 2015 fellow by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Guggenheim Fellowships are awarded to those who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts, according to the foundation. The organization receives between 3,500 and 4,000 applications each year, and awards about 200 fellowships annually.

Knowles is considered a pioneer in applying Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to history, has written several books on historical GIS, and is an internationally recognized leader in the digital and spatial humanities.

She has been a geography professor at Middlebury College in Middlebury Vermont since 2002. Before that she was a fellow at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts and a lecturer at the Institute of Earth Studies at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Knowles earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Duke University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Knowles was the recipient of this year’s Faculty Partner Accommodation Program at UMaine. Her spouse is Stephen Hornsby, director of the Canadian American Center and professor of anthropology and Canadian studies.

More information about the Guggenheim Fellowships, including a complete list of this year’s fellows, is online.

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Press Herald Interviews Belding About High-Skill Jobs in Maine

University of Maine News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 11:59

The Portland Press Herald spoke with John Belding, director of the University of Maine’s Advanced Manufacturing Center, for an article about a new report that says Maine is trailing the rest of New England in developing advanced manufacturing jobs, which require a higher set of skills and also pay better than traditional manufacturing. The report, prepared by the New England Council and Deloitte Consulting, states advanced manufacturing thrives where there are strong networks among businesses, which Belding calls a strength in Maine. He said students who take advantage of learning advanced manufacturing techniques often end up working for Maine companies such as General Electric, Pratt & Whitney and Bath Iron Works. He said in January his phone “starts ringing off the hook” with companies looking for graduating engineering students who have a background in advanced manufacturing techniques. He said the students’ background at the university helps foster collaboration and gives Maine a small, but growing, cluster of advanced manufacturing workers.

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Innovate for Maine Success Story Shared in BDN Blog

University of Maine News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 11:58

A Bowdoin College student’s experience in the Innovate for Maine Fellows program was the focus of a post on the Bangor Daily News blog, “Disruptive Growth: Entrepreneurship in Maine and the people, policy and issues related to it.” The student spoke about his participation in the program that is based in the University of Maine’s Foster Center for Student Innovation. The internship program connects Maine college students with growing companies as a way to create jobs in Maine through innovation and entrepreneurship. The student worked as an economic analyst for the Maine Technology Institute (MTI).

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Thaler Quoted in BDN Article on Proposed Solar Array at Former Navy Base

University of Maine News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 11:57

Jeff Thaler, assistant university counsel and a visiting professor of energy policy, law and ethics at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Bangor Daily News article about an attorney and energy project developer who purchased land at the former Navy radar base in Corea, where he plans to build the state’s largest grid-connected solar project. The developer said financing for the $9 million project depends on changes in state law that would allow solar projects to sell renewable energy credits, according to the article. During a March 25 forum on electricity subsidies, Thaler said the return on investment for a commercial solar project can be as long as 18 years, the article states.

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Weekly Advances Undergraduate Research and Academic Showcase

University of Maine News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 11:57

The Weekly published a University of Maine news release previewing the 2015 Undergraduate Research and Academic Showcase to be held April 14 at Wells Conference Center. More than 200 students will display their research during the sixth annual event sponsored by UMaine’s Center for Undergraduate Research. Presentations in the form of posters, oral presentations and performances will be featured.

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Social Work Grad Student Writes Op-Ed for BDN

University of Maine News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 11:55

Lillian Shields, a graduate assistant and instructor of peer education at the University of Maine’s Student Wellness Resource Center, wrote an opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News titled “It’s time for Maine to stop shackling pregnant women.” Shields is expected to receive her master’s degree in social work this summer.

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