The Maine section of the American Society of Civil Engineers raised $4,700 at its annual golf tournament for scholarships for University of Maine students, according to an article in the Bangor Daily News. UMaine students interested in applying for the scholarships may contact the Department of Civil Engineering at UMaine through its website.
Dr. Harold Borns, University of Maine Professor Emeritus of Glacial and Quaternary Geology, was featured by Channel 7 for his Ice Age Trail map—which includes 46 destinations in Downeast, Maine that people can visit to learn about unique landscape formed by glaciers (http://www.foxbangor.com/news/local-news/10292-new-app-lets-people-relive-ice-age.html).
The map now is available in digital form as an iPad app called Maine Ice Age Trail Map and Guide: Down East. Josh Plourde, creator of the app and communications manager at the UMaine Advanced Structures and Composites Center, also was featured in the video.
The University of Maine 4-H Summer of Science Team was mentioned in a Bangor Daily News article about a collaborative picnic in Portland to nourish youth and combat food insecurity (https://bangordailynews.com/2015/07/10/health/portland-picnic-aims-to-combat-food-insecurity/). At the picnic, about 275 meals of sandwiches, chips and watermelon were given to those attending younger than 18 years old, according to the article.
Paul Mayewski, director of the University of Maine Climate Change Institute, was included in WABI-TV5 coverage of the Maine Chapter of the Fulbright Association’s presentations on the Arctic and climate change in Castine (http://wabi.tv/2015/07/10/arctic-climate-change-impacting-maine/).
“We are already experiencing great change and that great change affects our health and our wealth,” said Mayewski. His talk was titled: “Is climate instability in our future? Or, is it already here? The Arctic and Its Impact.”
World News carried University of Maine media releases about UMaine Darling Marine Center scientists discovering ocean chloride buried in sediment (http://article.wn.com/view/2015/07/10/DMC_Scientists_Discover_Ocean_Chloride_Buried_in_Sediment_Un/) and the DMC Science on Tap seminar on Spying on Oceans with Satellites (http://article.wn.com/view/2015/07/10/Spying_on_Oceans_with_Satellites_Robots_Focus_of_DMC_Science/).
The University of Maine Aroostook Farm was in a Portland Press Herald article about Maine malt for local craft beer (http://www.pressherald.com/2015/07/12/maine-malt-for-local-craft-beer-has-arrived/).
Aroostook Farm in Presque Isle is participating in malt barley field trials. Joel Alex of Blue Ox Malthouse began making malt a couple of months ago using a system built for him at the university with a seed grant from the Maine Technology Institute. The tradition of malting barley is as old, according to the article, but it’s also an emerging industry with great market potential for entrepreneurs, farmers and craft breweries in Maine.
The University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor was mentioned in a Boston Globe piece about the Maine Art Museum Trail (https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/theater-art/2015/07/13/portland-museum-exhibition-offers-statewide-sampler/Xvjpi5dIyK8D7FwnPPhCWO/story.html).
“… that’s the joy of the Maine Art Museum Trail. The same artists keep cropping up in different places: There are Hartleys here, Homers there, Wyeths, Hoppers, Zorachs, and Katzs all scattered hither and thither. You may need to keep notes to keep it all straight in your head. But art-wise, you can’t really go wrong,” reads the piece.
The University of Maine Sea Grant Program was included in a Bangor Daily News article about the Eastport Area Chamber of Commerce regional visitor information center in the Eastport Port Authority building (https://bangordailynews.com/2015/07/12/news/down-east/eastport-boasts-new-regional-visitor-center/).
The port authority designed the building to meet community needs and to rent space to organizations, including Maine Sea Grant, according to the article.
Aquaculture Magazine published an article about Acadia Harvest, a commercial land-based, indoor fish farm (http://www.aquaculturemag.com/daily-news/2015/07/10/land-based-aquaculture-farm-helps-meet-local-seafood-demand-in-maine), that’s partnering with the University of Maine and its Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research on an $8 million project to raise black sea bass and California yellowtail.
“Ninety percent of our seafood today is imported. We’d like to change that. We can provide consumers with high-quality seafood that’s grown closer to home and grown to a standard of quality that they would find attractive to them,” said Acadia Harvest CEO Ed Robinson in the article.
The University of Maine Littlefield Ornamentals Trial Garden on Rangeley Road will be closed for maintenance Tuesday-Wednesday, July 14-15.
Bob Cobb, former dean of the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development and a founder of Maine’s Sports Done Right, and Parise Rossignol, UMaine women’s basketball player, will be guests on Downtown with Rich Kimball 4-6 p.m. Thursday, July 16. The topic will be youth sports; the show airs on WZON-AM620, WKIT-HD3, and WZONThePulse.com.
Several people with ties to the University of Maine will be inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame on Aug. 8 in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Inductees include the late Rudy Keeling, a Perry Award recipient. The award is named after Holy Cross legend Ronald Perry Sr.; it honors those who have achieved distinction in two or more induction categories. From 1988 to 1996, Keeling coached men’s basketball at UMaine. He was the North Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year in 1993-94.
Kissy Walker, who is being inducted for her success coaching the Husson University women’s hoop team, was a starting point guard and team captain for UMaine, graduating in 1986.
Bob Warner, a three-time District I All-American and the all-time leading rebounder (1,304) and No. 2 scorer (1,758) in UMaine men’s history, is being inducted in the college player category.
Ernie Clark, a sportswriter at the Bangor Daily News, is being inducted in the media category. He studied history and journalism at UMaine.
Hal Borns, professor emeritus with the University of Maine Climate Change Institute and School of Earth and Climate Sciences, spoke with the Bangor Daily News for the article, “Our rocks: Glacial hitchhikers dot Maine’s lakes, lands.” According to Borns, large rocks around the state are glacial erratics. “As the ice moves along, it picks up the ledge wherever it can,” he said, adding the strong and large rocks made of granite traveled with the glaciers and eventually touched down elsewhere, including on top of mountains or in lakes. “You can find pieces of that [Dedham] granite sitting on top of the pink granite down in Bar Harbor,” Borns said. “The classic case is that so-called Balance Rock on The Bubbles. That’s Dedham granite.”
The Boston Globe published the article “A look at rare lobsters caught in New England,” which cites statistics from the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine. The article includes photos of and information on rare crustaceans caught in New England in recent years. Each type of lobster — blue, yellow-orange, calico, split-color and albino — also includes the odds of each being caught, as determined by the institute.
Elizabeth Neiman, an assistant professor in both English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Maine, wrote an article for the Bangor Daily News titled, “‘Cisgender’ is now in the dictionary. It reminds us to reflect on our gender identity.” Cisgender, or “someone whose sense of personal identity corresponds to the sex and gender assigned to him or her at birth,” was recently introduced by the Oxford English Dictionary, according to the article. “The word ‘cisgender’ is a reminder that not everyone enjoys the privilege of comfort with the gender that one is assigned. It is also a reminder that everyone should think carefully about their own personal identity, and in particular, their gender identity,” Neiman wrote.
Morning Ag Clips reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension will host “Savor the Season — A Food Preservation Weekend” at the 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Blueberry Cove in Tenants Harbor, Oct. 2–4. The weekend will be devoted to learning food preservation methods and techniques from Master Food Preserver educators, according to the article. Topics will include how to make jams and jellies, dry and ferment, pickle, and can salsa. The registration of $325 includes all programs, meals and accommodations.
The Science on Tap Seminar series, sponsored by the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center (DMC), continues at the Newcastle Publick House, 6–7 p.m. on Wednesdays in July.
July 15, the free public seminar, “Spying on our oceans with satellites and robots,” will be presented by Mary Jane Perry.
The productivity of the oceans depends on tiny microscopic phytoplankton. While a phytoplankton cell is invisible to the naked eye, phytoplankton drifting in the water can be quantified with sensors on ships, robots and satellites in space. How optical sensors, robots and satellites are used to study phytoplankton will be the focus of Perry’s seminar.
Perry is a marine plankton ecologist who uses optics to study phytoplankton — the primary producers of the sea. She earned her Ph.D. at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1974. Since 1999, she has been a professor in the UMaine School of Marine Sciences and currently serves as interim director of DMC. Perry’s recent work has taken her to the subpolar North Atlantic to study the evolution of the spring bloom and to the Arctic Ocean to study the distribution and productivity of phytoplankton under the ice.
Science On Tap continues through July with talks by UMaine/DMC scientists. Upcoming talks will focus on the history of aquaculture in the Damariscotta River and novel marine biological studies being conducted at center.
University of Maine marine scientists are part of a team that discovered chloride — the most common dissolved substance in seawater — can leave the ocean by sticking to organic particles that settle out of surface water and become buried in marine sediment.
The discovery helps explain the fate of chloride in the ocean over long time periods, including ocean salt levels throughout geological history, says Lawrence Mayer and Kathleen Thornton, researchers based at the UMaine Darling Marine Center in Walpole.
Chloride is half of the power couple called sodium chloride, or table salt, says Mayer. Chloride affects ocean salinity, and thereby seawater density and ocean circulation.
Until now, scientists thought chloride only left the ocean when seawater evaporated, leaving behind salt deposits. Such ancient deposits provide salt used to flavor food and melt ice on roads.
But using high-energy X-rays produced by a particle accelerator at Brookhaven National Laboratory, the research team demonstrated that chloride bonds to carbon in marine organic matter.
Researchers found high organochlorine concentrations in natural organic matter settled into sediment traps between 800 meters (2,624 feet) and 3,200 meters (10,498 feet) deep in the Arabian Sea.
Alessandra Leri from Marymount Manhattan College led the team, which included other scientists from Marymount Manhattan College and Stony Brook University. The team showed that single-celled algae can make organic matter containing organochlorines.
This chemical reaction can occur without phytoplankton, as well, Mayer says, under conditions similar to bleaching. Sunlight promotes the reaction so organochlorines likely form at the sunlit top of the ocean.
The team concluded that transformations of marine chloride to nonvolatile organochlorine through biological and abiotic pathways represent a new oceanic sink for this element.
The study titled, “A marine sink for chlorine in natural organic matter,” has been published in “Nature Geoscience.”
Mayer and Thornton examine the ocean using biogeochemistry — or how organisms and materials chemically interact in Earth surface environments.
The findings, says Mayer, pave the way to look for yet-to-be-discovered compounds and enzyme systems. Organic molecules that contain chlorine are often potent chemicals — including antibiotics, insecticides and poisons including dioxin.
The discoveries also raise questions, he says, including: Are such compounds made on purpose or by accident in the ocean and what consequences might they have for the fate of marine organic carbon?
Contact: Beth Staples, 207.581.3777
The Associated Press reported University of Maine scientists are working on a project to use DNA to locate invasive fish species in rivers and lakes. Michael Kinnison, professor of evolutionary applications at UMaine, is leading the project that will adapt emerging environmental DNA (eDNA) approaches to detect the presence of invasive species, and other aquatic species, in Maine waters. The project will use eDNA detection to target the DNA material shed by specific aquatic species. Biologists have mostly had to rely on word of mouth from anglers and other residents to learn about the presence of invasive fish, Kinnison said. The pilot portion of the project, funded by the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, includes use of water samples to describe the extent of invasive northern pike in the Penobscot River system. The Portland Press Herald, San Francisco Chronicle, Sun Journal, Newsradio WGAN and Houston Chronicle carried the AP report. Phys.org published the UMaine news release.
WMTW (Channel 8 in Portland) reported on the land-based aquafarm Acadia Harvest. The startup is part of an $8 million collaboration with the University of Maine and is housed at UMaine’s Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research in Franklin. The company grows yellowtail to market size using land-based aquaculture production, and is providing fresh warm-water fish to Maine restaurants for the first time, according to the report. “Ninety percent of our seafood today is imported. We’d like to change that,” said Ed Robinson, chairman and CEO of Acadia Harvest. “We can provide consumers with high-quality seafood that’s grown closer to home and grown to a standard of quality that they would find attractive to them.” FIS also published an article on Acadia Harvest.