WVII (Channel 7) and WABI (Channel 5) reported on the 4th annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation head-shaving event at the University of Maine. Dozens of volunteers had their heads shaved in the the Steam Plant Lot during Maine Day to raise funds for and awareness of childhood cancer. UMaine sophomore Melissa Thompson told WABI she chose to shave her head after a six-year-old she knows was diagnosed with leukemia. “We’re just one big, huge Black Bear family,” she said about the university’s charity efforts.
The Bangor Daily News reported University of Maine football players Arron Achey, Michael Mangiarelli and Marcus Wasilewski have been named to the 2014 National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Hampshire Honor Society. The Hampshire Honor Society is made up of college football players from all divisions who maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career. The BDN also reported that Seth Woodcock, UMaine’s associate director of athletic development, is serving as the chair of the committee conducting a nationwide search for a new men’s basketball head coach.
The “Return of a River” episode of the “Sustainable Maine” series has been nominated for a Boston/New England Emmy in the Environmental category.
The Maine Public Broadcasting Network (MPBN) show highlights the research of Maine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative (SSI), based at UMaine’s Senator George J. Mitchell Center. SSI is helping communities solve interconnected economic problems while advancing sustainability science. SSI and Maine EPSCoR collaborated with MPBN to create the series.
The “Return of a River” episode features SSI researchers from the University of New England and the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve studying the Saco River Estuary to develop a grading system to assess the health of the estuary using key indicators that matter to local stakeholders.
MPBN will rebroadcast “Return of a River” at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 4. Boston/New England Emmy winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Saturday, June 7. More information about the “Sustainable Maine” series is online.
Maine Sea Grant published a report about “Maine and The Mortal Sea: Taking Stock of the Past, Present and Future of Our Living Sea,” an April event held at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center in Walpole. Fishermen, historians, marine scientists, authors, students, economists and fisheries managers gathered to discuss University of New Hampshire historian W. Jeffrey Bolster’s award-winning book “The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail” during the interdisciplinary symposium. The event was hosted by several UMaine departments, including the History Department, Sustainability Solutions Initiative at the Senator George J. Mitchell Center, School of Marine Sciences, Humanities Initiative and Maine Sea Grant.
The entire blog post is online.
Maine EPSCoR, an Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research funded by the National Science Foundation, has published its most recent newsletter. The Maine EPSCoR spring 2014 newsletter is available online.