University of Maine President Susan Hunter has appointed Dr. Jeffrey Hecker to fill the position of Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost on an ongoing basis.
Last August, Hecker was appointed to the position for a two-year term.
The ongoing appointment culminates an internal search conducted over the past several weeks to evaluate candidate materials and provide opportunities for the UMaine community to participate in this search. Following a daylong interview Sept. 26 and after evaluating feedback from members of the UMaine community, the search committee recommended Dr. Hecker’s appointment to President Hunter.
“Dr. Hecker is an outstanding candidate, and is poised to lead UMaine in a capable and thoughtful manner,” said President Hunter. “Dr. Hecker has had demonstrated success in working to achieve UMaine’s tripartite mission not only as Provost during the past academic year, but as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and as a faculty member in the Department of Psychology. He has an outstanding record of achievement in his academic discipline, as well as in all administrative positions he has held.
“Dr. Hecker is highly regarded by this community and by all of UMaine’s constituencies. He will continue to work diligently and lead UMaine in fulfilling its student centered-mission as well as ensure that UMaine remains a top-100 research university. I am delighted to continue working with him in his capacity as Provost,” President Hunter said.
Hecker received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UMaine in 1986 after earning the B.S. degree (Phi Beta Kappa) in liberal arts and sciences (psychology) from the University of Illinois. He joined the UMaine faculty in 1986 as director of the Psychological Services Center, the training clinic for UMaine’s doctoral program in clinical psychology.
Dr. Hecker is a clinical researcher whose work focuses on understanding and treating anxiety, and more recently on risk assessment for people who have committed sexual offenses, including adolescents. He is the author of two books and scores of journal articles and presentations. A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Hecker has extensive experience in providing research and clinical consultation to the Maine Department of Corrections, Division of Juvenile Services; and as a mental health consultant for the Penobscot Job Corps Center and Penquis CAP Head Start, both in Bangor.
He advanced through the academic ranks to professor of psychology, chairing the Department of Psychology from 2002–07. In 2007, he was named interim dean and, a year later, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Hecker has been honored during his distinguished service to the university, community and profession, with recognition including the 2006 University of Maine College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Outstanding Faculty Award for service and outreach, and the 1994 Maine Psychological Association Award for Outstanding Academic Contributions to Psychology.
Contact: Margaret Nagle, 207.581.3745
The Bangor Daily News reported the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded almost $1 million to Maine to help pay for gathering data on violent deaths using the National Violent Death Reporting System over the next five years. The grant will allow the state to compile information about the relationships between domestic abuse, homicide and suicide, according to the article. The data will supplement the work of groups such as the Domestic Abuse Homicide Review Panel, which examines domestic abuse homicides to understand how the deaths can be prevented. Marcella Sorg, a forensic anthropologist for the state and a research professor at the University of Maine, is leading the effort with Margaret Greenwald, the recently retired chief medical examiner. The two doctors previously analyzed drug death statistics, and their work has been nationally recognized and has provided information to guide Maine drug policy decisions, the article states.
Mark Brewer, a political science professor at the University of Maine, was quoted in the Bangor Daily News article, “With re-election bid seemingly secure, Pingree devotes attention — and cash — to electing other Democrats,” about incumbent U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree and the 1st Congressional District race. Pingree is being challenged by political newcomers Isaac Misiuk, a Republican from Gorham, and Sanford independent Richard Murphy. “She has two challengers, but the reality is she’s unchallenged — there’s no way she’s not going to win,” Brewer said. “Especially when you have somebody who aspires to a leadership position, which everybody basically knows Pingree does, it’s common for them to spread the money around to other candidates and call those favors in later.”
Stacy R. Knapp, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maine and adjunct faculty instructor at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, wrote an opinion piece for The Working Waterfront, about current research to measure the amounts of microplastics in the Gulf of Maine.
The Maine Business School at the University of Maine is sponsoring a talk by Steven Kydd, a UMaine alumnus and co-founder of Tastemade, the world’s first global food network built for digital platforms.
Kydd, who graduated from UMaine in 1991 with a degree in business administration, will speak from 3–4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 in D.P. Corbett Business Building, Room 100.
Tastemade’s mission is to connect the world through food by allowing creators to make and share video programming instantly on a global and social scale.
Before Tastemade, the Orrington, Maine, native was part of the founding team of Demand Media and executive vice president of Demand Studios, was vice president of business development and strategy for Yahoo! and served as vice president of Internet marketing with 20th Century Fox International in Hong Kong, Indonesia and Los Angeles.
To attend the talk, RSVP by Friday, Oct. 24 to Cindy D’Angelo at 207.581.1963 or email@example.com.
More information about Kydd, including a Q&A with him, is online.
Renowned cellist Matt Haimovitz brings his Bach Listening Room tour to the University of Maine Minsky Recital Hall at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26.
Haimovitz has renewed his acclaimed 2000 exploration of Bach’s cello suites with a new recording, video and critical study of Bach’s manuscripts. The Sunday program will include “Suite III in C Major” by Johann Sebastian Bach, “Solo Sonata” by Eugène Ysaÿe, “Orbit” by Philip Glass (Maine premiere) and “Suite VI in D Major” by Johann Sebastian Bach (on cello piccolo).
Haimovitz, who plays a Venetian cello made in 1710, has received the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ Concert Music Award for his advocacy of living composers and pioneering spirit as well as the American Music Center’s Trailblazer Award for his far-reaching contributions to American music.
“We are thrilled to present our audience with the exquisite talent of Matt Haimovitz,” says Daniel Williams, executive director of the Collins Center for the Arts (CCA). “Our Chamber Music Series draws world-class musicians to our stage and Matt will help us carry on that great tradition.”
Tickets to the concert, which is part of the CCA Chamber Music Series, are $32. For more information and tickets, call 207.581.1755 or visit the CCA website.
Lara Katz, a senior from Arlington, Virginia majoring in wildlife ecology, with minors in anthropology and psychology, is this year’s Robert I. Ashman Scholar, the top academic award in UMaine’s forest resources and wildlife programs.
Growing up in the suburbs of Washington D.C., Katz began her wildlife career volunteering at the Smithsonian National Zoo where she discovered her passion for conserving wildlife and their habitats. At UMaine, she is involved in research focused on fish ecology and river restoration. Her career goals include working as a wildlife biologist and effectively communicating wildlife science to the public for sound conservation.
Also selected for recognition as top students in forest resources and wildlife as Dwight B. Demeritt Scholars are Lucas Lamond and Tabatha Hawkins.
Lamond is a senior from Brewer, Maine majoring in forest operations, bioproducts and bioenergy. He is a student employee working in the University Forests and plans to start his own business managing Maine woodlands for improved wildlife habitat.
Hawkins is a senior from Norway, Maine majoring in wildlife ecology. She also in the Honors College, conducting thesis research on the factors affecting the reintroduction success of the federally endangered tiger beetle in Nantucket. Hawkins is co-president the UMaine Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society, and is a student ambassador for the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Conservation Biology.
A survey of Monhegan Island’s summer visitors led by Caroline Noblet, an economics professor at the University of Maine, was the focus of the Working Waterfront article, “Monhegan tourism survey reveals low worry about wind project.” Researchers asked 180 summer visitors their views on the university’s proposed floating wind turbines off the island’s coast. According to the article, more than half of the study participants did not know about the wind power proposal; 70 percent said if built, the project would neither detract from nor enhance their visit; and 88 percent said turbines would not change the number of visits they would make to the island. Noblet said the survey was less about the project and more about “how people react to scientific information in decision making.”
The Bangor Daily News reported Rabbi A. James Rudin of Florida will speak at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Bangor Room of the Memorial Union at the University of Maine and at 7 p.m. the same day at Congregation Beth Israel in Bangor. Rudin is the senior interreligious adviser of the American Jewish Committee and has served as the organization’s longtime director of interreligious affairs, the article states. The title of Rudin’s UMaine talk is “The Jewish Jesus and the Christian Christ: Is There a Difference?” Rudin’s Maine appearances are sponsored by several groups including the UMaine Judaic Studies Program, Honors College and the Wilson Center.
The Working Waterfront spoke with John Rebar, executive director of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and Anne Lichtenwalner, director of UMaine’s Animal Health Laboratory, about Question 2 on the November ballot that will ask Maine voters to approve an $8 million bond for animal and plant diagnostic services. The bond would allow UMaine Extension to build a new facility on campus to house labs for the monitoring and testing of insects and pests that affect domestic and wild plants and animals in Maine. “As a state with a large international border, thousands of miles of coastlines, and people and goods coming to Maine ports every day, the threat of disease and invasive species is increasing annually. This threat can destroy crops, kill or injure livestock and pose a threat to public health,” Rebar said, adding staff is “very limited” in what they can do in the current lab.
A University of Maine study was cited in the Mainebiz article, “On the edge: Monhegan Island’s year-round residents take charge of their future.” The study reported that residents of Maine’s 15 year-round islands pay at least one-third more for basic food items than the state average, according to the article. Recent UMaine graduate Ben Algeo also was mentioned in the article. Algeo graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in political science and renewable energy. He is an Island Institute fellow working with Monhegan and Matinicus islands to identify their most pressing energy efficiency needs and possible solutions, the article states.
University of Maine Campus Recreation will host the 2014 UMaine Community Health and Wellness Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 in the New Balance Student Recreation Center. The event is free for all UMaine students, faculty and staff. Participants will be able to get their blood pressure checked, try biofeedback and have a chair massage. More than 20 vendors from on- and off-campus organizations will provide health and wellness related tests, information, samples and more. Participating vendors include Cigna EAP, Provant, UMaine Dining Services, EMMC providers and the Student Wellness Resource Center. In addition to Campus Recreation, the fair is sponsored by the UMaine Counseling Center, Student Wellness Resource Center, HealthyU, Provant Health Coaching and the UMS Wellness Manager’s Office.
Just in time for Halloween, two thrilling National Theatre Live broadcasts of “Frankenstein” will be presented at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine.
Version 1, featuring Jonny Lee Miller (“Trainspotting”) as Dr. Victor Frankenstein and Benedict Cumberbatch (“12 Years A Slave”) as Creature, will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. Version 2, with the roles reversed, will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.
Directed by Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle, “Frankenstein” was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011. Since then, the broadcast of the production has become an international success. National Theatre Live is the National Theatre’s endeavor to broadcast British theatre live from the London stage to cinemas and arts centers around the world. Concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling, disturbing classic gothic tale.
For tickets, $15 general admission/$10 for students, call 207.581.1755 or visit the CCA website.
The Bangor Daily News published the editorial, “Yes on Question 2: Why it’s worth it to have a lab that tests ticks, moose and more,” about a bond that asks voters to support giving $8 million to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to build a new animal and plant disease and insect control laboratory. “This $8 million bond is an investment in needed infrastructure at the University of Maine to better protect human health through insect-borne disease detection and food safety testing,” the article states.
WABI (Channel 5) reported on the dedication of the University of Maine’s Emera Astronomy Center. The center is the new home of the Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium and Observatory. “Although the weather is not perfect every day, we still have opportunities, and when the weather is clear, to see things a little differently than telescopes in Hawaii and Arizona might see them and we may see things that are not in the sky for them,” said Alan Davenport, director of the planetarium. “This is one of the most sophisticated astronomy centers that we have certainly in the state of Maine. It’s really exciting for young grade school students to come through this facility learn about astronomy,” said Gerry Chasse, president and COO of Emera Maine.
Jon Ippolito, a professor of new media at the University of Maine, spoke with The New York Times for an article about a digital recording tool called Colloq that aims to preserve the complex experience of using social networking websites such as Facebook. The tool has been roughly prototyped by Rhizome, a New York nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and conserving digital artwork, according to the article. “As close as possible, you’re going to get the experience of interacting with the actual site,” said Ippolito, who has advised Rhizome and is familiar with the tool. “It is reconstructing it, bit by bit, in a technology that is very close to the original and allows users to explore it interactively the way they could with the original.” Ippolito also said giving people the tools to record their online activities is important. “It puts the ability to capture data back in the hands of the individuals. The user is in the driver’s seat, instead of the social network that now owns that user’s information,” he said. Ippolito’s recent book on digital preservation, “Re-collection: Art, New Media, and Social Memory,” also was mentioned in the article.
The Portland Press Herald reported on sculptor and painter Dudley Zopp’s current installation, “Ground/Underground,” at the University of Maine’s Lord Hall Gallery. The exhibition, which runs through Nov. 14, is a continuation of Zopp’s “Erratics” sculptures, and features new, large-format watercolor paintings and 700 smaller oil paintings that suggest geological sediments. “I like how she is moving canvases off the wall, and the simplicity of her presentation. I like that she moves so easily between two-dimensional work and three-dimensional work,” Lord Hall Gallery coordinator Susan Smith told the Press Herald.
Amy Fried, a political science professor at the University of Maine, was quoted in the New York Times article, “Outspoken governor tries to squeak by in 3-way Maine race.” According to the article, some political analysts say creating confusion over who to vote for instead of Republican Gov. Paul LePage — independent candidate Eliot Cutler or Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud — is one of the current governor’s campaign strategies. “There’s an attempt to create a certain degree of chaos so that anti-LePage voters who haven’t gone to Cutler yet will say that Michaud can’t win and will move to Cutler,” Fried said.
James McConnon, a University of Maine economics professor and a business and economics specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was quoted in the Sun Journal article, “More nonprofits, less money to go around.” According to McConnon, the number of nonprofits increased 25 percent across the country between 2001 and 2011, while the economy struggled. McConnon said he’s not surprised that some nonprofits are having difficulty getting grants or donations. “My own advice is to focus on what you have control over and what you do well, and be open to change,” he said. “Be flexible and nimble.”
The Maine Hunger Dialogue, a two-day event held at the University of Maine that aims to mobilize the power of higher education to end hunger in the state, was mentioned in a Bangor Daily News article about one of the event’s speakers. Alex Justice Moore, a 2003 graduate of Bangor High School who works to help people out of homelessness at D.C. Central Kitchen in Washington, D.C., returned to Maine to talk about a new approach to solving hunger. Moore spoke at the Maine Hunger Dialogue in Orono and during an event hosted by Eastern Maine Development Corp. in Bangor. “Hunger isn’t about food,” Moore said. “Hunger is ultimately about poverty. We’re never going to feed our way out of hunger.”