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Grillo, Butterfield-Nagy speak about humanities in the digital age on MPBN

University of Maine News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 12:19

The Maine Public Broadcasting Network spoke with University of Maine art professor Michael Grillo and UMaine archivist Desiree Butterfield-Nagy as part of a series that focuses on the importance of humanities. In part three, Grillo and Butterfield-Nagy discuss the future of archives in a digital age. Both wrote articles in the special issue of Maine Policy Review earlier this year on the humanities and policy, produced by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center in cooperation with the UMaine Humanities Center.

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Press Herald reports on pollinator gardens planted by UMaine researchers

University of Maine News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 12:18

The Portland Press Herald reported on pollinator gardens planted in May by University of Maine researchers at the former Pine Tree Landfill in Hampden. The gardens — one mostly flowers on the capped landfill itself, and the other shrubs at its edge — are intended to attract threatened native bees and nourish them with pollen and nectar, according to the article. Frank Drummond, an entomology specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and a UMaine professor of insect ecology, said the idea often occurred to him as he drove by the old landfill on the way to work. He said he thought “it would be nice to make the landscape a little more beneficial to the biodiversity of animals in the area.” Drummond mentioned the idea to his colleague, Alison Dibble, now the project’s lead researcher. She wrote and received a grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, a branch of the USDA, and then reached out to Casella Waste Systems, the company that manages the old landfill, the article states. “Usually, what happens is the first year, the bees will begin to discover it, but it’s the second, third and fourth year when you tend to get large amounts of flowering and the bees can take advantage,” Drummond said.

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Hopkins speaks about root cellar workshop on WABI

University of Maine News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 12:17

Kathy Hopkins, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator and professor, was a recent guest on WABI (Channel 5). Hopkins spoke about a free UMaine Extension introductory workshop on designing, constructing and maintaining root cellars for winter food storage. The workshop will be held from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at the UMaine Extension Somerset County office, 7 County Drive, Skowhegan. “Winter food storage is growing in popularity, and root cellars are a traditional method of putting food by for the winter,” Hopkins said. “This is nothing new; we’re kind of re-encouraging some of the practices of the past.”

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Ward quoted in Press Herald analysis on offshore wind farms

University of Maine News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 12:17

Jake Ward, UMaine’s vice president for innovation and economic development, was quoted in a Portland Press Herald analysis on offshore wind farms. According to the article, a project affiliated with the University of Maine, called Maine Aqua Ventus, could get another shot at the federal Department of Energy’s $47 million grant to help build an experimental floating wind farm. None of the three proposals that beat out Maine’s venture 15 months ago have been able to sign a power purchase agreement by July 31, a condition for getting the $47 million, and none can meet a target date of being online by 2017, the article states. As a runner-up, Maine Aqua Ventus was awarded $3 million to finish design and engineering work on the floating, concrete hull. Ward said the work has led to refinements in weight, cost and performance.“The work over the last year has improved our technology,” he said. “Having that time to go to 100 percent design has us feeling pretty strongly that this approach is a viable solution.”

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Kersbergen answers fall harvest questions for BDN

University of Maine News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 12:16

Richard Kersbergen, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator on sustainable dairy and forage systems, spoke with the Bangor Daily News about fall gardening. Kersbergen said he wanted to let readers know it’s not too late to do another round of planting for fall harvest. He spoke about ideal crops for late-season planting, such as spinach, beet greens, turnips and arugula, and suggested using low tunnels, or a polyester material laid over crops, to protect them from early frosts.

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UMaine waste study, composting facility cited in Press Herald article

University of Maine News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 12:15

A 2011 study by the University of Maine School of Economics was cited in a Portland Press Herald article on composting in Maine. The study found 38.41 percent of what Mainers disposed of could have been composted. Plenty of Maine supermarkets, corporate customers, schools and other institutions have already embraced composting, according to the article, which also cited UMaine’s on-campus composting facility.

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Hornsby to speak about Historical Atlas in Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Islander reports

University of Maine News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 12:14

The Mount Desert Islander reported University of Maine geographer Stephen Hornsby will speak Aug. 25 about the “Historical Atlas of Maine,” as part of the College of the Atlantic’s final Coffee and Conversation event. Sarah Hall, COA’s Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Chair in Earth Systems and Geosciences, also will discuss the book in COA’s Dorr Museum of Natural History. The atlas, which is an extensive collection of maps, facts and photos, culminates a 15-year scholarly project led by UMaine researchers. Hornsby and historian Richard Judd edited the book that contains cartography by Michael Hermann.

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Sorg to participate in Drug Crisis Summit

University of Maine News - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 12:07

Marcella Sorg of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center will be among the state’s leaders participating in the Drug Crisis Summit organized by Gov. Paul LePage on Aug. 26. A news release about the summit is online.

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Climate surprises possibly in store for Antarctica, say Mayewski, Birkel

University of Maine News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 15:15

Two different climate scenarios appear plausible for Antarctica in the 21st century, says Paul Mayewski, director of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine.

An examination of climate models as well as records of climate change developed through ice cores reveal a potential for future climate surprises in the Southern Hemisphere, he says.

Mayewski and fellow researchers with AntClim21 (Antarctic Climate in the 21st century), a Scientific Research Programme of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), discovered potentially different forecasts as part of a published review they developed for the scientific community.

“In a nutshell, the review describes how the examination of past analogs compared to model projections differ, and the implications,” he says.

Climate models suggest that continued strengthening and poleward contraction of the Southern Ocean westerly wind belt will affect Antarctica’s 21st century environment, Mayewski says.

Ice core records suggest continued southward displacement of the westerlies, but weakened westerlies that allow greater entry of warm marine air masses into Antarctica.

Mayewski says implications for the ice core-derived past analog scenario are serious; wind-driven infiltration of warmed water into the coastal zone could result in abrupt collapses of glaciers in these regions and accelerated global sea-level increase.

Changes in the westerly jet structure could cause other surprises on a regional scale that could significantly affect weather extremes, ocean circulation, carbon uptake, sea ice extent and sea-level rise.

Evidence from Earth’s climate history supports the possibility of such a surprise in the rate of ice-sheet response and climate change in the Southern Hemisphere, he says.

For instance, around 14,500 years ago, global sea level rose by 20 meters, at a rate of 4 meters per 100 years. Marine sediment reconstructions and modeling studies indicate the rise was partially due to a rapidly collapsing West Antarctic ice sheet.

The review, titled “Potential for Southern Hemisphere climate surprises,” is in the Journal of Quaternary Science’s “Rapid Communication.”

Mayewski was joined in the study by AntClim21 researchers from the United States, including Sean Birkel of the Climate Change Institute, as well as scientists from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Korea.

Contact: Beth Staples, 207.581.3777

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Workshops offered on preserving garden fruits, vegetables

University of Maine News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 13:54

Want to preserve garden vegetables and fruits to be able to enjoy them throughout the year?

University of Maine Cooperative Extension staff and volunteers are offering hands-on Preserving the Harvest workshops that incorporate USDA-recommended food preservation methods, including hot water bath canning, pressure canning and fermenting.

Participants will make samples to take home. Fresh produce, canning jars and other canning equipment will be provided.

September workshops include:

  • Canning and Freezing Fruit Preserves, 5:30–8:30 p.m. Sept. 3, Frinklepod Farm, 244 Log Cabin Road, Arundel. Cost is $20 per person.
  • Boiling Water Bath Canning Tomato Salsa, 1–4 p.m. Sept. 4, Nezinscot Farm, 284 Turner Center Road, Turner. Cost is $25 per person.
  • Hot Water Bath Canning and Freezing, 6–9 p.m. Sept. 9, Messalonskee High School, 131 Messalonskee High Drive, Oakland. Cost is $25 per person.
  • Fermenting Vegetables, 6–8 p.m. Sept. 22, Old Orchard Beach High School, 40 E. Emerson Cummings Boulevard, Old Orchard. Cost is $24 per person.
  • Pressure Canning Vegetables, 5:30–8:30 p.m. Sept. 29, Traip Academy, 12 Williams Ave., Kittery. Cost is $25 per person.

Register at extension.umaine.edu/food-health/food-preservation/hands-on-workshops. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.781.6099 or 800.781.6099 (toll-free in Maine).

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Alum survived Alaskan mudslide, Sun Journal reports

University of Maine News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 13:51

Alum survived Alaskan mudslide, Sun Journal reports

The Sun Journal interviewed University of Maine graduate Dave Longtin, ’92, who survived Tuesday’s deadly landslide in Sitka, Alaska.

Longtin, a public works engineer who was inspecting culverts, ran to escape the mudslide. Two people died and one is missing, according to reports.

“[T]he guy I was running with turned around. He saw a house surfing on top of the mud. (Then that house disappeared into the mud.) There’s no evidence it was there. It’s gone,” Longtin is quoted as saying in the article.

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BDN covers hoop stars being inducted into Hall of Fame

University of Maine News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 13:50

The Bangor Daily News reported that a number of former Black Bears are slated to be inducted into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

University of Maine hoop standouts slated to be inducted are Wayne Champeon, Liz Coffin, Steve Condon, Emily Ellis, Keith Mahaney, John Norris and Bob Warner.

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Maine Business School informational sessions previewed by TRJ

University of Maine News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 13:49

The Republican Journal promoted two informational sessions about the new online Master’s in Business Administration program, as well as the traditional program, offered by the Maine Business School at the University of Maine.

The Sept. 10 session is 4–6 p.m. at the UMaine Hutchinson Center in Belfast and the Sept. 17 session is 4–6 p.m. at the D.P. Corbett Business Building on the Orono campus.

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UMaine mentioned in PPH piece about migrant education

University of Maine News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 13:48

The University of Maine was mentioned in a Portland Press Herald article about children of migrant blueberry workers reaping an education through the Migrant Education Program, administered by the Maine Department of Education.

In addition to breakfast, lunch, snacks, tutoring and weekly field trips connected to the summer educational curriculum, children 14 and older are invited to tour UMaine on weekends.

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Gill shares conservation thoughts with Christian Science Monitor

University of Maine News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 08:47

Jacqueline Gill, a paleoecologist at the University of Maine, was interviewed for a Christian Science Monitor article titled “In climate change era, new idea for conservation takes shape.”

“The question we’d really like to answer,” says Gill, “is whether geodiversity has corresponded to biodiversity through time – and how landform durability influences biodiversity.”

The article outlines a recent alternative approach to conservation that has been gaining momentum. It focuses on conserving biodiverse regions, rather than preserving specific species or communities of species. This allows researchers to focus on conserving landforms in regions that incorporate diverse geophysical traits.

Gill says the approach may not be appropriate for keystone species, which require species-specific intervention.

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Lambert explains dangers of late blight, WABI reports

University of Maine News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 08:46

Dave Lambert, University of Maine research assistant, was interviewed by WABI about late blight, an infectious disease of plants that can be ecologically and economically devastating.

“It’s a very infectious disease,” says Lambert. “The organism produces thousands of spores in a single lesion. It occurs very rapidly. You can lose an entire crop in two weeks.”

To avoid an outbreak, Lambert recommends treating all crops early in the season.

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Computer engineering professor talks contra dancing with BDN

University of Maine News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 08:45

Rick Eason, organizer of the Bangor contradance and professor of computer engineering at the University of Maine, talked with the Bangor Daily News about contra dancing in the state.

“It reminds me of those old movies, where people get dressed up on a Saturday night and the whole community comes together,” Eason said in the article. “It’s something you’ve gotta try before you say you don’t like it.”

Contra dance groups in Maine have recently sought to get more community members involved, including families and young people, the article states.

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STEM project to benefit Down East youth

University of Maine News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 10:59

A new program based in Machias aims to immerse at least 600 10- to 18-year-olds in innovative, out-of-school science and math opportunities.

The three-year STEM Guides Downeast project is a collaborative effort among the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA), Axiom Education and Training Center and University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H, according to an Axiom Technologies news release.

STEM Guides Downeast will launch during a public event at 3 p.m. Sept. 1 at the University of Maine at Machias. Registration for the event is online.

Attending the event for UMaine Extension are Lisa Phelps, program administrator; Jennifer Lobley, a professor based out of Washington County who supports 4-H and volunteer development; and Greg Kranich, a 4-H science youth development professional who works with northern and coastal counties.

U.S. Sen. Angus King is expected to be on hand to celebrate the new partnership, and U.S. Sen. Susan Collins has been invited, the release states.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, STEM Guides Downeast is one of four regional models being developed and tested in Maine by MMSA. The model supports local people who are passionate about education and science to be STEM Guides and serve as informal science advisers and mentors to area youth.

STEM Guides will be based at the Axiom Education and Training Center where they will work with local partners to identify existing STEM resources and connect youth with opportunities in creative ways. Youth will participate in 4-H STEM programs and in science clubs based at libraries, schools and after-school programs.

“We always work in partnership with local people, projects and programs to show young people that they are surrounded by science,” says Jan Mokros, project director.

STEM Guides Downeast will be guided by a partners council that includes the University of Maine at Machias, Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education, 4-H, Sunrise County Economic Council, Washington County Government and local schools and libraries.

The full Axiom Technologies release is online.

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STEM Project to Benefit Down East Youth

University of Maine News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 10:40

A new program based in Machias aims to immerse at least 600 10- to 18-year-olds in innovative, out-of-school science and math opportunities.

The three-year STEM Guides Downeast project is a collaborative effort among the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA), Axiom Education and Training Center and University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H, according to an Axiom Technologies news release.

STEM Guides Downeast will launch during a public event at 3 p.m. Sept. 1 at the University of Maine at Machias. Registration for the event is online.

Attending the event for UMaine Extension are Lisa Phelps, program administrator; Jennifer Lobley, a professor based out of Washington County who supports 4-H and volunteer development; and Greg Kranich, a 4-H science youth development professional who works with northern and coastal counties.

U.S. Sen. Angus King is expected to be on hand to celebrate the new partnership, and U.S. Sen. Susan Collins has been invited, the release states.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, STEM Guides Downeast is one of four regional models being developed and tested in Maine by MMSA. The model supports local people who are passionate about education and science to be STEM Guides and serve as informal science advisers and mentors to area youth.

STEM Guides will be based at the Axiom Education and Training Center where they will work with local partners to identify existing STEM resources and connect youth with opportunities in creative ways. Youth will participate in 4-H STEM programs and in science clubs based at libraries, schools and after-school programs.

“We always work in partnership with local people, projects and programs to show young people that they are surrounded by science,” says Jan Mokros, project director.

STEM Guides Downeast will be guided by a partners council that includes the University of Maine at Machias, Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education, 4-H, Sunrise County Economic Council, Washington County Government and local schools and libraries.

The full Axiom Technologies release is online.

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Redmond talks to Press Herald about Seaweed Festival

University of Maine News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 10:35

Sarah Redmond, a marine extension associate with the Maine Sea Grant College Program at the University of Maine, spoke with the Portland Press Herald about the Maine Seaweed Festival to be held Aug. 29 in South Portland. Event organizers, including Redmond, held the first festival last year and hoped for a decent turnout, according to the article. About 1,500 people attended to learn more about and sample different varieties of seaweed, the article states. Redmond said the event was “a remembering of what we have right here in our own backyards.”

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