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BDN Interviews Waller About Gulf of Maine Coral Discovery

University of Maine News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 10:37

The Bangor Daily News spoke with Rhian Waller, an associate research professor at the University of Maine’s School of Marine Sciences, for an article about scientists discovering “spectacular” formations of deep sea corals in the Gulf of Maine. Waller was part of a team of researchers that used a remotely controlled submersible vehicle this summer to find “dense hanging gardens” of coral in the Schoodic Ridges region of the Gulf, according to the article. “It was a great find for us,” Waller said. “We did not expect to find such large colonies.” She said documenting the extent and location of coral is scientifically important because coral often serves as habitat for other marine species that are environmentally and economically significant.

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Hudson Museum Artifact Sought by Seattle Museum, Reports

University of Maine News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 10:34 reported Seattle’s Burke Museum would like to bring a native mask to town that may be the inspiration of the original team logo for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. The artifact is part of the William P. Palmer III collection at the University of Maine’s Hudson Museum. The wooden Northwest Coast transformation mask depicts a bird of prey when closed and reveals a painted depiction of a human face when opened. According to the article, the Hudson Museum has agreed to lend the mask to the Seattle museum. To get the mask to Seattle, the Burke Museum launched a fundraising campaign seeking $7,500 to pay for costs associated with shipping.

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Lobster Institute Data Cited in AP Report on Rare Calico Lobster

University of Maine News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 10:33

The Associated Press cited statistics from the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine for an article about a Bethel, Maine bait and tackle shop owner who found a calico-colored lobster. The woman said the crustacean, which is covered in orange blotches, appeared in a crate of lobsters brought from the Pemaquid Lobster Co-op in Bristol last weekend. According to the Lobster Institute, the odds of finding a calico lobster are about one in 30 million. The lobster, named Freckles, will be donated to the Maine State Aquarium in West Boothbay Harbor, the report states. The Maine Public Broadcasting Network, Portland Press Herald, Salon, U-T San Diego and Fox News carried the AP report.

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Faculty, Staff, Students Quoted in Bangor Metro Article on Online Classes

University of Maine News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 10:31

Henry Garfield, an adjunct professor in the University of Maine’s English Department, wrote an article for Bangor Metro about the evolution of online learning and today’s virtual classroom. Garfield quoted several UMaine community members, including Andrei Strukov, director of the Faculty Development Center; Gail Garthwait, an associate professor of instructional technology; Duane Shimmel, a faculty technology consultant; and Nate Swan, an undergraduate majoring in computer science. Garthwait said she thinks students work harder in online classes. “The work is out there for everyone to see, and nobody can hide in the back of the room,” she said. Swan said he can’t imagine taking a course like thermodynamics online. “Unless there’s a face-to-face media component, you don’t learn nearly as much in an online class,” he said.

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Press Herald Interviews Brewer About Political TV Ads

University of Maine News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 10:30

Mark Brewer, a political science professor at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Portland Press Herald article titled, “Candidates to get more TV time as November elections draw near.” Brewer said that so far, the content of the ads has followed a predictable pattern for a gubernatorial election. “Everything I’ve seen has been relatively well done, which is not surprising given the dynamics of the race,” Brewer said. “Generally the arc of campaign ads is, you see the positive, warm-and-fuzzy stuff at the beginning. As we get closer, there will likely be more specifics in ads and also more attacks, because negative still works.” Brewer also spoke about the importance of keeping positive ads within a candidate’s campaign and letting others, such as political action committees, handle the negative ads.

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Free Training Workshop for Women Interested in Politics

University of Maine News - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 10:29

A free training workshop for women interested in political campaigns who want to sharpen leadership skills will be held Saturday, Sept. 27 at Wells Conference Center on the University of Maine campus.

Elect Her — Campus Women Win participants will learn leadership skills and basics of running a successful student government campaign, as well as meet local campaign winners.

The event, which runs from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., is co-hosted by UMaine, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Running Start. Complementary breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be served.

Registration is online. More information about Elect Her training is available on the AAUW website or on the ElectHer Facebook page.

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MPBN Interviews Markowsky About Maine’s Digital Services

University of Maine News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:11

The Maine Public Broadcasting Network spoke with George Markowsky, a computer science professor at the University of Maine, for the report, “Advocates: Maine bringing up the rear in digital services race.” Markowsky said he remembers when Maine was a leader in building Internet access across the country, but today, he says, “We are dead last in the United States.” Markowsky said the state’s political leaders must develop public-private partnerships to build out a fiber network that reaches all types of businesses and individuals.

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UMaine Sorority Raising Awareness of Childhood Cancer, WVII Reports

University of Maine News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:10

WVII (Channel 7) reported the University of Maine chapter of the Gamma Sigma Sigma service sorority is taking part in a challenge throughout September to help raise awareness of childhood cancer and funds to support related research. The sorority is a supporter of Alex’s Million Mile, a campaign based from the Pennsylvania nonprofit, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. ALSF began was formed after 4-year-old cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott announced she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer, according to the foundation’s website. After her passing in 2004, the Million Mile challenge was formed. “The idea is that the parent of a child with cancer will go a million miles for their child,” said Jessica Moore, a UMaine student and Gamma Sigma Sigma member. “We’re trying to gather that type of support.”

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Brewer Quoted in BDN Political Analysis on Secret Recordings

University of Maine News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:09

Mark Brewer, a political science professor at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Bangor Daily News analysis titled, “Will person-to-person Maine politics be the next victim of secret smartphone recordings?” The article focused on recent reports about a secret recording of Democratic Sen. Geoffrey Gratwick of Bangor that was made while he was campaigning door-to-door. The recording, which was circulated by the Maine Republican Party, has Gratwick voicing support for independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler and questioning the intelligence of Democratic nominee Mike Michaud, according to the article. “You would assume at some point that politicians and other public figures are going to learn that in today’s technological age, that virtually anything you do or say has the possibility of showing up on YouTube,” Brewer said. Sun Journal also carried the BDN report.

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Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Scholarships Awarded

University of Maine News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:09

The Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Scholarships for 2014–2015 have been awarded to two University of Maine undergraduates pursuing independent research.

Joshua Paredes, a marketing major from Bangor, Maine, will study the effectiveness of public health marketing strategies for hazing prevention. He will work with the National Collaborative for Hazing Research and Prevention.

Jesse Clark, a political science major from Calais, Maine, will use computer modeling to explore the impact of gerrymandering for his project titled “Determining an Expected House Majority Using Pattern Analysis.” He will work with UMaine political science and spatial information science and engineering researchers.

The scholarships are awarded annually for independent undergraduate research on a topic of public policy relevance. Students in all majors are eligible. Sen. Margaret Chase Smith’s abiding belief was that real progress would be attained through the education of young people. In honor of Sen. Smith’s many years of service to the citizens of Maine and to the nation, this scholarship provides assistance to undergraduates who have demonstrated an active interest in public affairs and who show promise for future leadership in, and contribution to, public affairs.

More information is online.

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UMaine Extension Updates Foliage Facts Bulletin

University of Maine News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 09:07

University of Maine Cooperative Extension has updated its classic publication explaining why leaves change color in autumn.

While some people believe frost causes the color explosion, some leaves begin to turn red, orange or yellow even before the first frost. In Bulletin 7078, Facts About Leaf Color in Maine, UMaine Extension Professor Kathryn Hopkins explains the science of fall foliage. The bulletin also includes leaf projects that can be done at home and in the classroom.

For more information, bulletin copies for 50 cents each and free downloads, visit the UMaine Extension online publications catalog, call 207.581.3792, or email

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University of Maine Foundation Scholarship Recognition

University of Maine News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 08:27

University of Maine President Susan Hunter joined University of Maine Foundation President Jeffery Mills for the University of Maine Foundation Scholarship Recognition Reception Aug. 20 in Falmouth. The reception was held to thank scholarship donors and honor recipients from southern Maine. UMaine 2014 graduate Kimberly Dao was the guest speaker. Dao spoke about her personal experiences with scholarship support and her transition to medical school at Tufts University. Gorham Savings Bank President Chris Emmons represented the Southern Maine Executives Club of the University of Maine and provided the welcome. A similar event is planned on the University of Maine campus Oct. 17 as part of Homecoming weekend.

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Hecker Writes Op-Ed on Student Retention for BDN

University of Maine News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:42

Jeff Hecker, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of Maine, wrote an opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News titled “No quick fixes for keeping students in college.” Hecker cited his newly released 2014 Action Plan for Retention and Graduation to kickstart the university’s renewed commitment to student success. The plan has several components, starting with a focus on early action, Hecker wrote.

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Student Completes Coast-to-Coast Charity Run, WABI Reports

University of Maine News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:41

WABI (Channel 5) spoke with University of Maine student Matt Dexter about his participation in 4K for Cancer — a 4,000-mile team run from San Francisco, California, to Baltimore, Maryland, to raise awareness of cancer and raise money for cancer research. For 42 days during the summer, Dexter and more than 20 other college students ran about 10 miles a day. On rest days, the students visited cancer patients at hospitals and performed service projects. “Meeting the people at the hospitals — that, I think was the best part and the hardest part of the run,” said Dexter, whose mother died from cancer when he was 13. “Four-thousand miles of running aside; hearing their stories, having your own emotions coming up, your past coming out, and just reflecting on why you’re doing what you’re doing, really sums up the whole trip.” Dexter raised nearly $7,300 in donations, exceeding his goal of $5,000.

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AP Article States UMaine Bridge Technology Used in Vermont

University of Maine News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:40

The Associated Press reported technology developed by the University of Maine is being used by a Vermont Transportation Agency program that aims to cut construction time, save money and reduce the backlog of bridges that need replacement. Last month, construction crews placed a series of hollow tubes over the Wanzer Brook in Fairfield, Vermont. The composite arch bridge, known as Bridge-in-a-BackpackTM, was developed at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center. Sun Journal, Burlington Free Press and Fox Business carried the AP report.

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Maine Edge Advances Talk on Role of Women in War

University of Maine News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:38

The Maine Edge published a University of Maine report about an upcoming talk on the role of women in war by Clark University political scientist Cynthia Enloe. The award-winning scholar specializing in feminism, politics and global affairs will discuss “Where are Women in Violent Conflicts? Finding out will Make us Smarter!” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, in Minsky Recital Hall. She plans to address situations in Syria, Ukraine, Gaza and Israel during the free, public lecture.

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UMaine Makes Latest U.S. News & World Report Ranking, Media Report

University of Maine News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:37

The Portland Press Herald and Bangor Daily News reported U.S. News & World Report recently released its latest rankings on nearly 1,800 schools nationwide. The news magazine considered measures of academic excellence, including acceptance rates, strength of faculty and average student debt. The University of Maine was ranked 173 on the Best National Universities list.

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Brewer Quoted in Press Herald Article on Dispute Over Campaign Ads

University of Maine News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:37

Mark Brewer, a political science professor at the University of Maine, was quote in a Portland Press Herald article about the Maine Republican Party and the campaign of U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, the Democratic candidate for governor, arguing over advertisements that both say contain false claims and want pulled from the air. “Campaigns still overwhelmingly drop their money into TV. That tells you that TV is still a dominant player in influencing voter choice and moving public opinion,” Brewer said.

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UMaine Department of Art Accepting Applications for ArtWorks! Program

University of Maine News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:36

The University of Maine Department of Art is accepting applications for the fall 2014 session of after-school art classes for area children in grades K–8.

The ArtWorks! program provides children an opportunity to explore the world of art through: hands-on experiences with a variety of visual media, the history of art, and the viewing of art.

Classes will be held in Lord Hall on the UMaine campus from 3:30–5 p.m. Fridays, Oct. 17 through Nov. 14. A $25 fee covers the cost of materials, and a limited number of scholarships are available. Applications are online and will be accepted until Oct. 3.

The program consists of four teaching sessions and one children’s exhibition. The lessons are taught by art education students under the supervision of art professor Constant Albertson. Class sections are organized by age or grade level, and are limited to 22 students per group. Acceptance is determined on a first come, first served basis.

Parents or guardians are responsible for transportation to and from the program.

For more information, call Albertson at 207.581.3251 or email

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Walker Receives Grant to Expand Speech Therapy Telepractice Program

University of Maine News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:35

Judy Walker, an associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Maine, received a three-year $174,000 grant from Next Generation Foundation of Maine to support the expansion of an innovative graduate-level training program in speech therapy telepractice.

The UMaine Speech Therapy Telepractice program, which started in 2011, uses a secure Web-hosted video conferencing system to provide speech therapy services to adults and children anywhere and at any time through computers or other devices connected by high speed internet.

Telepractice is an efficient way to provide speech therapy services to underserved children and adults with disabilities in the state while reducing costs, Walker says.

The grant will go toward hiring additional supervisors and increasing the number of graduate students who are able to train, while providing services to more people in need of speech therapy services.

The grant will go toward hiring additional supervisors and increasing the number of graduate students who are able to train, while providing services to more people in need of speech therapy services.

“We want to branch out and develop partnerships with community health centers, public schools and state organizations in Maine,” Walker says.

The first phase of the program was successfully completed with positive clinical outcomes, according to Walker. The program was piloted on children and adults with a variety of communication disorders including aphasia, apraxia of speech, fluency disorder, articulation and language delay and voice disorders. Telepractice services were provided to eight areas in Maine throughout Aroostook, Penobscot, Kennebec, Cumberland and York counties, as well as to a school in Fiji.

More than 90 percent of the clients made satisfactory progress toward achieving their therapy goals, Walker says. On a consumer satisfaction survey, more than 90 percent said the program met their expectations and they were satisfied with the outcomes. All of the clients said they would recommend the program to others.

“Thus far, the telepractice program has exceeded my expectations,” Walker said. “This grant will now enable us to help even more people in the state.”

The UMaine Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is one of only a few programs in the country that offers speech therapy telepractice training in a university setting, she says. The program complies with American Speech-Language-Hearing Association guidelines for demonstrating competencies and skills in speech telepractice services.

The department hopes the program will serve as a model for other CSD graduate programs, and Walker has already consulted with faculty at a North Dakota institution to build a speech therapy telepractice program of their own.

The University of Maine Speech Therapy Telepractice program is accepting new clients this fall. Telepractice is covered by many insurance plans, including MaineCare. For more information or to make an appointment, call the University of Maine, Madelyn E. & Albert D. Conley Speech, Language and Hearing Center, 207.581.2003, or visit the telepractice website.

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