The Associated Press, MPBN, Bangor Daily News, WABI (Channel 5), WLBZ (Channel 2), WVII (Channel 7) and the Portland Press Herald reported the Maine Public Utilities Commission voted to approve the terms of an agreement between the state and Maine Aqua Ventus, which includes the University of Maine and partner companies, granting initial approval for the consortium’s offshore wind pilot project. Maine Aqua Ventus is seeking to build two turbines off the coast of Monhegan Island and supply power to 7,000 homes. Habib Dagher, director of UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center, told the AP he and his team are glad the PUC saw the long-term benefits of the project for Maine and the U.S. Yahoo Finance, Boston.com and the San Francisco Chronicle carried the AP report.
FoodService Director published a Q&A with Kerry Chasteen, quality assurance manager and interim dining services manager at the University of Maine. Kathy Kittridge, director of dining operations at UMaine, told FoodService Director Chasteen has made a difference at work by displaying a sense of urgency, expanding UMaine Dining’s quality assurance program, and having a great eye for detail. Chasteen said she is proud of the programs UMaine Dining offers and is able to assure that students will be able to eat safely depending on dietary restrictions and be a part of the social dining environment.
University of Maine students and musicians spoke to WABI (Channel 5) and WLBZ (Channel 2) about “An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein Classics,” an upcoming fundraiser for the University of Maine School of Performing Arts. Ben McNaboe, a senior music education major, will direct about 90 musicians and vocalists for the student-produced show he created. McNaboe and Olivia Bean, a violist in the show, were interviewed for WLBZ’s show “207” and spoke about their hopes of expanding the School of Performing Arts’ outreach efforts. Show soloists Justin Zang, Hope Milne and Ira Kramer spoke to WABI about the uniqueness of the show and faculty member Liz Downing said tickets are selling fast.
The Maine Edge reported the University of Maine and the Greater Bangor Area NAACP will celebrate the life and service of Martin Luther King Jr. with events including a march, lunch and panel discussion from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Jan. 20. The Maine Edge also reported the UMaine School of Performing Arts’ presentation of “Ein deutsches Requiem” by Johannes Brahms has been rescheduled for Jan. 20, in the 900-seat Hampden Academy Performing Arts Center in Hampden.
WLBZ (Channel 2) reported on the University of Maine Museum of Art’s winter exhibitions that will open to the public on Jan. 17 and run through March 22. The exhibits, “From Piranesi to Picasso: Master Prints from the Permanent Collection,” Hannah Cole’s “Time’s Wife” and Kenny Cole’s “Parabellum (Prepare for War)” include art from Maine locals to famous artists such as Francisco Goya and Pablo Picasso.
WLBZ (Channel 2) spoke with Karlton Creech, University of Maine’s new director of athletics, about a controversy at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill that surrounds allegations of academic fraud involving classes heavily attended by student-athletes. Creech, who served as senior associate director of athletics at UNC, said when the alleged events took place several years ago he was in a development role and had no knowledge of student-athletes being enrolled in classes that did not meet. He added “it’s very important” for student-athletes to meet the same expectations as other students.
The Maine Edge reported Russian cellist Alexander Lvovich Volpov will be the guest performer at the University of Maine School of Performing Arts’ faculty concert Jan. 18 in Minsky Recital Hall. Volpov will perform with Phillip Silver, a UMaine music professor.
The University of Maine football team, led by 21-year head coach Jack Cosgrove, finished the 2013 season ranked No. 11 in the NCAA FCS Coaches Poll and No. 12 in The Sports Network FCS National Top-25 Poll.
The Black Bears — 10–3 overall — had one of their best seasons in school history. They won the Colonial Athletic Association title with a 7–1 league record, made their seventh overall NCAA postseason appearance and captured 10 wins for the first time since 2002.
In both national polls, FCS national champion North Dakota State (15–0) earned the No. 1 ranking and runner-up Towson University (13–3) of the CAA attained the No. 2 ranking.
Mary Lou Friedman, who was employed at the University of Maine’s Sawyer Environmental Chemical Lab for 18 years, passed away Jan. 11, 2014 at 57 years old. Her obituary is available online.
The University of Maine Museum of Art has announced three winter exhibitions.
Hannah Cole’s “Time’s Wife”; Kenny Cole’s “Parabellum (Prepare for War)”; and “From Piranesi to Picasso: Master Prints from the Permanent Collection” will run from Jan. 17 to March 22 at the museum in downtown Bangor.
“From Piranesi to Picasso” will feature more than 60 prints from the museum’s permanent collection. Established in 1946, the collection contains original prints by internationally renowned artists.
Highlights of the selected works, which date from the 18th century to the late 1980s, include Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s etchings from 1748–1772 that document Rome’s architectural landmarks; Francisco Goya’s aquatint and etchings from “Los Caprichos;” and Pablo Picasso’s “Faun Unveiling a Woman,” considered to be one of the artist’s most significant graphic works.
Winslow Homer’s 1887 etching “Eight Bells,” John Marin’s 1910 etching “Chartres Cathedral,” and Edward Hopper’s “The Lonely House” from 1922 will also be featured in the exhibit that will demonstrate diverse printmaking processes such as etching, silkscreen, woodcut, lithograph, drypoint and engraving.
Museum admission in 2014 is free thanks to the Penobscot Financial Advisors. More information is available online or by calling Assistant Museum Coordinator Kathryn Jovanelli at 207.561.3350.
The Bangor Daily News reported on a new book published by Sandra Caron, a University of Maine professor of family relations and human sexuality. Caron’s book, “The Sex Lives of College Students: Two Decades of Attitudes and Behaviors,” is based on the results of a sexuality survey she administered to thousands of students over the past 20 years. Caron said she thinks people would be surprised to know sex-related ideas and culture haven’t changed much from 20 years ago. Sun Journal and Seacoast Online also carried the BDN report.
Janet Waldron, senior vice president for administration and finance at the University of Maine, was interviewed for a New England Journal of Higher Education article titled “Another Brick in the Wall? Increased Challenges Face the Physical Campus.” Waldron spoke about UMaine President Paul Ferguson’s Blue Sky Plan which includes aggressive enrollment management and a multiyear strategy to address the needs of aging buildings. She said UMaine’s strategy for meeting the facilities challenges requires the coordination of multiple plans.
WVII (Channel 7) advanced “An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein Classics,” a student-run fundraiser for the University of Maine School of Performing Arts. On Jan. 17, Ben McNaboe, a senior music education major at UMaine, will direct about 90 musicians and vocalists in the show he created. He said organizing the event has been a team effort. UMaine students and musicians Justin Zang, Hope Milne and Ira Kramer also spoke to WVII about their experiences being involved in the production.
The Christian Science Monitor cited data from the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute in the article “Global Warming? Public attitudes often at mercy of the weather, study finds.” The article stated when much of North America had unusually cold weather, other areas such as the West Coast of the United States, eastern Asia and northern Europe experienced temperatures 5 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit above normal, according to UMaine’s Climate Reanalyzer. The Climate Reanalyzer is a climate analysis and visualization project.
The Portland Press Herald editorial “Our View: Offshore wind the right investment for Maine,” focuses on the proposed offshore wind pilot project being put forward by Maine Aqua Ventus, which includes the University of Maine and partner companies. The Maine Public Utilities Commission is expected to vote Jan. 14 on whether to grant initial approval for Maine Aqua Ventus to build two turbines off the coast of Monhegan Island.
92 Moose reported University of Maine women’s basketball coach Richard Barron has pledged for the third consecutive year to shave his head if the UMaine community contributes $10,000 for the Kay Yow Foundation to support breast cancer research. Barron said if the goal is reached, he will shave his head after his team’s annual Play4Kay game Feb. 9. Play4Kay is named after Yow, a longtime North Carolina State women’s coach who died of breast cancer in 2009.
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Jennifer Moxley and Steve Evans, both associate professors of English at the University of Maine, are scheduled to take part in an Acadia Senior College lunch-and-learn event titled “Demystifying Contemporary Poetry.”
Evans, who also serves on the UMaine Humanities Initiative faculty advisory board, and Moxley will lead the conversation about the challenges and rewards of contemporary poetry. The event takes place Friday, Jan. 24 at Birch Bay Village Inn in Hulls Cove with lunch at 11:30 a.m. and the lecture from noon to 1 p.m.
“Demystifying Contemporary Poetry” is part of “Food for Thought,” a series of lunch-and-learn events offered by Acadia Senior College on the fourth Friday of the month. Acadia Senior College is an educational organization on Mount Desert Island that provides courses and community events for adults 50 and older.
Jim Acheson, a research professor of anthropology at UMaine and author of “The Lobster Gangs of Maine,” is scheduled to give a “Food for Thought” talk April 25.
Most faculty who advise doctoral students do so in one of two ways: Emulate their own advisor (because it was a good experience) or do the exact opposite of their own advisor (because it was a poor one). Rarely are faculty provided with guidance, professional development, or even research related to how to best advise doctoral students. This handbook, written by two experts on doctoral education, provides evidence-based practices, policies, and resources to assist faculty advisors and their doctoral advisees.
To read the new book by UM Faculty Member Susan Gardner about Advising and Mentoring Doctoral Students, find it on Amazon.com.
The University of Maine men’s and women’s ice hockey teams will play on pink ice at the Alfond Arena this week to raise breast cancer awareness. The men’s team will take on St. Francis-Xavier at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 and the women’s team will play Providence at 2 p.m. Jan. 19. During the men’s game, members of the women’s ice hockey team will be taking donations for the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing. Tickets for the men’s game start at $15 and are available online or by calling 581.BEAR.
WVII (Channel 7) interviewed University of Maine graduate student Beth Fulton about her research on using lobster shell waste to create a pigment extract as a green alternative to synthetic versions found in fish food. Fulton decided to find more uses for discarded lobster shells because it is “a large-volume material that has no value, aside from composting which is done on a minimal scale.” She said the project is still in the early stages, but she has laid the groundwork for the study to continue.