The Lakes Region Weekly published a piece about University of Maine alumnus Merle B. Shaw, born 123 years ago in North Windham. When Shaw died in 1977 at age 86, he bestowed $300,000 to the University of Maine Foundation for scholarships for Windham students. Shaw earned a degree in chemical engineering at UMaine, served in World War I and worked for the National Bureau of Standards in Washington, D.C., where he helped to develop paper on which money is printed.
During his Friday appearance on the WZON Pulse Morning Show, Jim Settele, director of the University of Maine School of Policy and International Affairs, talked about media coverage of incidents of black males killed by law enforcement officials in Ferguson, Missouri and Staten Island, New York. Settele also spoke about a conference he is attending this week, hosted by the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research in Abu Dhabi.
WABI (Channel 5) reported the University of Maine women’s basketball team helped spread goodwill and cheer Friday at the Bangor Mall. Team members wrapped presents to raise money for charity.
The Sun Journal carried the University of Maine Cooperative Extension release about upcoming Master Gardener Volunteer programs in Androscoggin, Sagadahoc and Oxford counties.
WABI (Channel 5) covered Saturday’s annual Ye Olde Holiday Shoppe, which featured nearly 30 area artisans, at the University of Maine Page Farm and Home Museum.
The University of Maine Foster Center for Student Innovation is hosting an open house featuring tours and information sessions 4–6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9. Jesse Moriarity is the coordinator of the Foster Center for Student Innovation, located on 123 Long Road on campus.
University of Maine historian Richard Judd and UMaine geographer Stephen Hornsby spoke with the Bangor Daily News about the “Historical Atlas of Maine,” a new geographical and historical interpretation of the state, from the end of the last ice age to 2000. The atlas culminates a 15-year scholarly project led by UMaine researchers. Hornsby and Judd edited the book that contains cartography by Michael Hermann. “Right from the beginning we wanted something that was accessible to the people of Maine,” Hornsby said. “This was not going to be just for academics. This had to be something that would appeal to a wider audience.” The atlas will debut in two book launch events: Dec. 10, 6–8 p.m., at Osher Map Library at the University of Southern Maine; and Dec. 11, 3:30–5 p.m., Buchanan Alumni House at UMaine. The Free Press also advanced a Dec. 9 Maine Historical Society lecture by Judd in Portland that will focus on the atlas. The Sun Journal carried the BDN report and The Working Waterfront published the UMaine news release.
The Maine Public Broadcasting Network reported the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded the Maine AgrAbility Project a $701,828 grant to continue assisting farmers, loggers and fishermen with disabilities and chronic illnesses so they may remain active in production agriculture. AgrAbility is a nonprofit partnership between University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England and Alpha One. Lani Carlson, Maine AgrAbility Project coordinator, said the program provides assessments, advice and aid to farmers where a simple injury or arthritis can mean lost productivity, or even retirement. “Agriculture is so important, and it’s important that we keep our farmers working, both for our communities and economy, but for their own livelihood,” Carlson said.
The Working Waterfront published an article on tidal marsh research being conducted by Brian Olsen, an assistant professor of biology and ecology at the University of Maine. In January, Olsen will start gauging the restoration of tidal marshes and birds along the stretch of coastline impacted by the most deadly and destructive storm of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, according to the report. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awarded Olsen a $1.4 million grant to conduct a 22-month study on the recovery of birds associated with tidal marshes from Virginia to Maine, the article states. “A thorough understanding of Hurricane Sandy’s effects on tidal marsh wildlife is needed to help direct remediation funds where they will have the greatest impact,” Olsen wrote in the project overview.
The University of Maine School of Performing Arts will present its annual Yuletide concert, a family-friendly holiday show, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 at the Collins Center for the Arts.
A variety of ensembles will take the stage including the Oratorio Society, Collegiate Chorale, Euphony, Black Bear Men’s Chorus and University Singers. The performance will include several vocal and instrumental soloists, as well as student and faculty conductors.
Tickets are $12, or free with a valid student MaineCard, and are available at the CCA box office, by calling 581.1755 or online. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call 581.1755.
Members of the University of Maine’s Xi Sigma Pi forestry honor society are selling Christmas trees at Nutting Hall until Dec. 20, or until all trees are sold.
The sale runs 3–6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 12–6 p.m. Fridays; and 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Proceeds benefit the Xi Sigma Pi scholarship fund.
Trees are 4 feet to 8 feet tall and come from the Charlotte White Center’s Highland Blue Ribbon Trees Program, which provides jobs for people with disabilities.
The Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine has teamed with area public libraries to offer an opera series with discussions ahead of performances that are broadcast live from the Metropolitan Opera. WVII (Channel 7) reported a discussion was held this week at the Bangor Public Library about the opera “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” ahead of the Collins Center for the Arts’ Dec. 6 broadcast of the show. Discussions of the opera are also scheduled at the Brewer and Orono public libraries.
The Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainability Conference that was hosted by the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute in October was mentioned in a Huffington Post blog post by Peter Neill, director of the World Ocean Observatory. In the article, “The externalities of climate change,” Neill wrote about the conference, which he attended along with state agency managers, municipal officials, city planners and others who are interested in the topic. Neill said the purpose of the conference was for participants to ask themselves “What if?” in terms of potential effects of climate change and how to deal with them. “We participants accepted the challenge, and worked together to envision a way forward. Indeed, we began an exercise to plan for the future,” Neill wrote. “We could see how something just might happen, just might work, and how that might accrue to hopeful community benefit.”
The Maine Edge carried a University of Maine news release announcing Kevin Duplissie, director and head teacher of UMaine’s Child Study Center, has been named the 2015 Maine Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year. Duplissie also teaches psychology courses in cognitive and social development in children and has been working at the university for 27 years. Duplissie, who has been using Ag in the Classroom’s food, land and people curriculum since 2008, integrates agriculture into every subject and conducts several agriculture-related activities with the college students and preschool children each week.
Jan. 9 is the deadline to apply for University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer training offered this winter and spring at the Oxford County UMaine Extension office, 9 Olson Road, South Paris.
The first of the 14 sessions, held 5:30–9 p.m. Thursdays, is Jan. 29. The last is May 15. Topics include botany, composting, extending the season and how to best grow apples and berries. After completing training, participants are required to return 40 hours of volunteer work in Oxford County community garden projects, including with Maine Harvest for Hunger, One Tomato Project and South Paris Maine Veterans’ Home.
Class size is limited to 30, cost is $220 and limited scholarships are available. More information is online. Also, for more information or to request an application or disability accommodation, call 207.743.6329.
2015 parking permits for faculty and staff are now available through Parking Services.
Permits can be ordered online and mailed to on-campus locations. MaineStreet username and password; vehicle information; and credit card or electronic check information is required for online purchases.
Permits can also be ordered via mail or at MaineCard Services, 130 Memorial Union or Parking Services, 523 DTAV, Rangeley Road.
For more information, call 207.581.4047.
Mark Brewer, a political science professor at the University of Maine, spoke with the Maine Public Broadcasting Network for a report about how Maine is the only state in the nation where constitutional officers — state attorney general, treasurer and secretary of state — are elected by the Legislature. More than two-thirds of the states choose secretaries of state and attorneys general through a popular vote, while others leave the selection to the governor, according to the report. Some in the Legislature, including Gov. Paul LePage, hope to change the election process, the report states. “If this is going to happen, there’s probably no better time for this to happen than right now in Maine politics,” Brewer said of changing the process, adding voter sentiment is probably on LePage’s side when it comes to popularly electing officers.
The Maine Edge published a University of Maine article about members of UMaine’s Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society finishing second among 22 teams from the United States and Canada at The Wildlife Society’s 2014 National Quiz Bowl at the society’s annual conference in Pennsylvania. Undergraduates Marie Martin, Abigail Feuka, Caitlin Gunn, James Petersen and Karla Boyd proved their expertise during a six-hour Jeopardy!-like competition. Team captain Martin said the squad’s composure and runner-up finish indicates the quality of the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology that rewards naturally curious individuals. “It is because of our natural propensity towards that information that we were so successful,” she said.
Members of the University of Maine’s medical outreach student group, Operation HEARTS, are hosting a Breakfast with Santa fundraiser at Orono High School Dec. 6, WABI (Channel 5) reported. The breakfast runs from 8–11 a.m. Admission is $6 for adults; $4 for children 12 and under. The group is raising money for a spring trip to Baltimore, Maryland where they plan to support inner-city charities and community groups, such as Moveable Feast, an organization that provides meals to critically ill people, according to the report.