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Aging Research, Vice President Kim Cited in Sen. Collins’ Weekly Column

University of Maine News - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 13:40

Research and development of technologies being conducted at the University of Maine’s Center on Aging were mentioned in U.S. Sen. Susan Collins’ weekly column, “The aging and thriving in place movement.” The column also cited a recent testimony before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging by Carol Kim, vice president for research and dean of the graduate school at UMaine. The hearing of the committee, which Collins chairs, was held to examine how advances in technology can help seniors live independently and age in place, according to the column. Kim spoke about UMaine’s multidisciplinary initiatives focused on helping elders to age and thrive in place.

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Maine EPSCoR Featured in Mainebiz Article on Boosting Science, Technology Workforce

University of Maine News - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 13:39

Maine EPSCoR, the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, was mentioned in the Mainebiz article “Training budding scientists: Federal funding boosts Maine’s science and technology workforce.” EPSCoR was established by the National Science Foundation in 1978 for states that typically receive small amounts of federal R&D funding, according to the article. Maine became an EPSCoR state in 1980, with the program that is based at the University of Maine. “Since then, more than $97 million has been used to expand our research capacity as a state,” said Laurie Bragg, outreach and program manager for Maine EPSCoR. From 2009–15, more than 100 faculty and 752 high school, undergraduate and graduate students have taken advantage of the program, which is largely hands-on field work, according to the article. Bragg expects about 5,000 students, from kindergarten through high school, to participate in the program annually over the next five years, she said. “We want to build capacity to build a larger STEM workforce in Maine. We need scientists and consumers of science,” she said. “You need science just to operate your cellphone.”

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Peterson Quoted in Baltimore Sun Report on Preakness Race Track Conditions

University of Maine News - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 13:38

Mick Peterson, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Baltimore Sun article about track conditions at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore ahead of the 140th Preakness Stakes horse race. In the week leading up to the race, sun and wind drew moisture from the track, requiring that up to 70,000 gallons of water be sprayed on the track each day, according to the article. Peterson, whose research focus is horse racing track surfaces, said mud isn’t necessarily dangerous and a 1980s study showed wet tracks were safer. He said the problem is when racing surfaces become uneven and inconsistent, making it difficult for horses to see slippery places or puddles.

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Hooper Writes Column on Innovate for Maine Program for Mainebiz

University of Maine News - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 13:37

Jennifer Hooper, the mentoring and business coordinator at the Foster Center for Student Innovation and the Target Technology Incubator at the University of Maine, wrote a column for Mainebiz titled “How to develop a workforce using interns.” Hooper wrote about the Innovate for Maine program, managed by UMaine, which connects Maine college students with growing companies and business leaders in the state. The program includes mandatory training with an emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship, the article states. Hooper also mentioned Intern-to-Work, a new pilot program offered by the Target Technology Center that lets Maine businesses advertise internship positions through the University of Maine Career Center.

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Training Begins for Residents to Gather Bee Data, AP Reports

University of Maine News - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 13:36

The Associated Press reported citizen volunteer training began May 16 at the University of Maine for the Maine Bumble Bee Atlas project. The training workshop is the first to begin to show residents how to gather information about the range and abundance of the state’s bees, according to the report. The Maine Bumble Bee Atlas project aims to help determine the state’s bee range and abundance, according to the report. The project is being coordinated by the state, UMaine and the University of Maine at Farmington. Portland Press Herald, WABI (Channel 5), WLBZ (Channel 2) and SFGate carried the AP report.

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Online Registration Available for Communicators Summit 2.0

University of Maine News - Mon, 05/18/2015 - 13:35

Online registration is available for the University of Maine’s Communicators Summit 2.0, “Beyond the Brand: Integrated Communication.”

Provost Jeffrey E. Hecker will give a welcome and overview at the Wednesday, May 20 event that will be held 9–11:30 a.m. in Wells Conference Center.

The summit will feature a discussion of UMaine’s current communication and branding efforts, as well as emerging initiatives from 9–10:30 a.m., followed by topical breakout sessions.

Sign up online for sessions and to submit questions or comments.

For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call 581.3743.

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Lilieholm Quoted in Guardian Article on Apple’s Forest Conservation Efforts

University of Maine News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 10:28

Rob Lilieholm, the E.L. Giddings professor of forest policy at the University of Maine, was quoted in an article by The Guardian about Apple’s forest conservation efforts in the United States and China. Apple recently announced a plan to work with the World Wildlife Fund to improve management of one million acres of forests in China. The company also is donating money to the Conservation Fund to buy and protect 36,000 acres of forests from commercial development other than forestry product production in Maine and North Carolina, according to the article. “What’s exciting is that a company of Apple’s profile is doing this. They are good at marketing,” Lilieholm said. “It’s tying the producers with the supply chain and customers. Other companies are going to look at this and think they might want to try to do the same.”

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CBC News Reports on Grad Student’s Research on Lobsters, Climate Change

University of Maine News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 10:27

CBC News reported on research by Jesica Waller, a University of Maine master’s student in marine biology, that focuses on the effects climate change may have on lobster. Waller is working with a University of Prince Edward Island professor to determine why lobster larvae are growing more slowly, according to the article. The researchers test the larvae by growing them in water conditions expected 85 years from now due to climate change, the article states. “I saw that they grew to the same size and length but had decreased measures of metabolism, specifically respiration rates,” said Waller. “This gives us a clue that the impacts of ocean acidification and ocean warming may be happening internally, affecting a lobster’s ability to grow and breathe correctly.” This summer the researchers will test swimming speed and ability to catch prey, actions that could be harmed by poor breathing, Waller said.

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BDN Publishes Five Takeaway Points from Combat Trauma Talk

University of Maine News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 10:20

The Bangor Daily News published five major points made by Dr. Jonathan Shay, a psychiatrist and combat trauma expert, during his talk “Combat Trauma and the Trials of Coming Home” on May 13 at the University of Maine. More than 250 people attended the keynote address of the fifth annual Conference of the Maine Military & Community Network. According to the BDN, Shay’s main messages were “Let veterans sleep;” “Learn and care about the boring stuff, the not-dramatic stuff;” “Understand moral injury;” “You can do something to help;” and “Healing happens by having one’s story told and understood, often through the arts.”

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Collaborative Environmental Education Project Wins EPA Award, Free Press Reports

University of Maine News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 10:19

The Free Press reported Environmental Living and Learning for Maine Students (ELLMS), a collaboration between five residential environmental learning centers in Maine, received an award from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA 2015 Environmental Merit Award recognizes individuals and organizations for environmental stewardship and dedication to environmental progress, according to the article. ELLMS was formed in 2010 by Chewonki Foundation in Wiscasset, The Ecology School in Saco, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park in Winter Harbor, University of Maine 4-H Center at Bryant Pond, and University of Maine 4-H Center at Tanglewood in Lincolnville.

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Ohio’s 10TV Cites UMaine Hazing Study

University of Maine News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 10:18

WBNS-TV (10TV) of Columbus, Ohio cited a 2008 University of Maine study in the report “Hidden hazing: Reports of abuse rampant across Ohio’s colleges.” The study, which was conducted by researchers Elizabeth Allan and Mary Madden, polled more than 11,000 students and found that more than half experience hazing on college campuses, according to the report.

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Raw Food World Reports on Klimis-Zacas’ Blueberry Research

University of Maine News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 10:16

Blueberry research conducted by Dorothy Klimis-Zacas, a clinical nutritionist and professor at the University of Maine, was cited in The Raw Food World news article “Blueberries for diabetes and heart disease? Studies show blueberries can improve disease symptoms.” The article cites a 2013 study co-written by Klimis-Zacas that found a diet rich in wild blueberries is associated with less risk of metabolic syndrome. Klimis-Zacas defines metabolic syndrome as “a group of risk factors characterized by obesity, hypertension, inflammation, dyslipidemia, glucose intolerance and insulin resistance, and endothelial dysfunction,” according to the article. The study suggests implementing wild blueberries into a diet long term may help improve the pathologies, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, associated with metabolic syndrome, the article states.

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UMaine to Host Invention Convention May 16

University of Maine News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 10:15

The University of Maine’s Foster Center for Student Innovation will host the annual Maine Invention Convention from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 16 at the New Balance Student Recreation Center on campus.

About 120 students from 12 middle schools will compete in the 2015 statewide competition that promotes innovative problem solving and inventing by Maine middle school students.

Throughout the school year, students work with peers and teachers to identify and solve problems, create inventions, search patents and test ideas. The curriculum is based on UMaine’s Innovation Engineering program. After competing at the school level, top students are invited to the state conference.

More about the Maine Invention Convention is online.

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2015 Retirement Recognition Banquet May 20

University of Maine News - Fri, 05/15/2015 - 10:14

The annual Retirement Recognition Banquet will be held at 6 p.m. May 20 at Wells Conference Center.

President Susan J. Hunter and senior administrators, supervisors, friends, family and co-workers will honor retiring University of Maine faculty and staff with a reception and dinner.

For more information, contact Rowena Clukey at or 581.1580.

A list of the 2015 retirees is online.

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