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Michelle Obama to Appear at Collins Center, Media Report

University of Maine News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 09:45

The Associated Press, Bangor Daily News, Portland Press Herald and WLBZ (Channel 2) reported Michelle Obama is coming to the University of Maine to campaign for Maine gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud. The first lady will join Michaud and Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, at the Oct. 3 rally. WABI (Channel 5), Maine Public Broadcasting Network and Sun Journal carried the AP report.

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Shaw Writes Weekly Article on Out of the Darkness Walk

University of Maine News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 09:44

Kelly Shaw, outreach coordinator and clinical psychology resident at the University of Maine Counseling Center, wrote an article for The Weekly about the sixth annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk that will be held Oct. 5 on the UMaine campus. Shaw serves on the organizing committee of the event that’s hosted by the UMaine Counseling Center and St. Joseph Healthcare, in conjunction with several area sponsors. Funds raised from the noncompetitive 5K walk through campus will benefit research initiatives of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). “Bringing suicide ‘Out of the Darkness’ is a critical step in getting a person at risk the support they so desperately need,” Shaw wrote.

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WVII, WABI Cover Talk by Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria

University of Maine News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 09:44

WVII (Channel 7) and WABI (Channel 5) reported on a talk given by Robert Ford, a former U.S. ambassador to Syria, in the Buchanan Alumni House at the University of Maine. Ford, who held the position from 2011 until earlier this year and served 30 years in the U.S. Department of State and Peace Corps, spoke about how domestic politics and U.S. strategy intersect in Syria in a free talk titled “Syria and Washington Politics — Hard to Agree.”

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Day Quoted in NJ.com Article About Fall Foliage

University of Maine News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 09:43

Michael Day, an associate research professor of tree physiology and physiological ecology at the University of Maine, was quoted in a NJ.com article about expected fall foliage conditions in New Jersey. “Adequate precipitation and lack of wind disturbances has resulted in trees with an exceptional amount of foliage still attached,” Day said.

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Rasher Wins Award for Ecological Research Paper, Working Waterfront Reports

University of Maine News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 09:42

The Working Waterfront published a report about Douglas Rasher, a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center, winning the Mercer Award for publishing an outstanding ecological research paper before the age of 40. He received the award at the 99th annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) Aug. 11 in California. Rasher was chosen the recipient of the 2014 Mercer Award for his study on Fiji’s coral reefs that provided insight into management and conservation of coral reefs.

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Fried Quoted in Mainebiz Article About Maine Governor Race

University of Maine News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 09:41

Amy Fried, a political science professor at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Mainebiz article about the state’s gubernatorial race. Fried spoke about independent candidate Eliot Cutler — who is polling last behind Gov. Paul LePage and U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud — and whether she thinks he will drop out of the race. “It’s hard to know if Cutler would drop out. If he were to do so, he would probably wait until very close to Election Day,” Fried said, adding he has invested a lot of his own money in the race and has told supporters to stay with him until the end.

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UMaine Extension Offers Beekeeping Schools

University of Maine News - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 09:41

University of Maine Cooperative Extension announces two beginner beekeeping schools and one intermediate beekeeping school at the UMaine Extension Cumberland County office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth.

Master Beekeepers Jack Hildreth, Peter Richardson and Chris Rogers will be instructors for both beginner schools. One will be held 6:30–8:30 p.m. on five consecutive Thursdays from Oct. 16 through Nov. 13. The second will be held at the same time on five consecutive Thursdays from Feb. 5 through March 5. The $100 fee for each beginner school includes a textbook and reference notebook. The beginner school is suitable for beekeepers with one to two years of experience.

Hildreth and Richardson will be instructors for the intermediate beekeeping school, offered 6:30–8:30 p.m. on six consecutive Tuesdays, from Jan. 6 to Feb. 10. The $140 fee includes a textbook and reference notebook. The intermediate school is designed for beekeepers with two or more years of experience. Topics include how to keep bee colonies healthy and thriving in Maine, as well as swarm prevention, honey production and colony maximization.

For more information or to request disability accommodations, call 207.781.6099 or 800.287.1471 (in Maine). To register, visit the Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County’s website.

 

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AP Advances Talk by Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria

University of Maine News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 11:09

The Associated Press reported Robert Ford, a former U.S. ambassador to Syria, will discuss ongoing conflicts in Syria and the Middle East on Sept. 22, in the Buchanan Alumni House at the University of Maine. Ford, who held the position from 2011 until earlier this year and served 30 years in the U.S. Department of State and Peace Corps, will address how domestic politics and U.S. strategy intersect in Syria in a free talk titled “Syria and Washington Politics — Hard to Agree.” The Washington Times, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, WABI (Channel 5) and Portland Press Herald carried the AP report.

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Mayewski Quoted in Boston Globe Article on Maine Climate Change

University of Maine News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 11:08

Paul Mayewski, director of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Boston Globe article titled, “In Maine, scientists see signs of climate change.” Mayewski said Maine is particularly sensitive to changes in climate more than any other state because of its natural resources and location. “We’re heavily dependent on stability in the environment, but we’re going in the direction of instability. We’re at the beginning of abrupt climate changes,” Mayewski added.

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UMaine Sustainability Practices Cited in Press Herald Articles

University of Maine News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 11:08

Several University of Maine sustainability practices were mentioned in Portland Press Herald articles about colleges adding sustainability programs and making an effort to go green. The article, “‘Green’ moves into the classroom,” stated starting this fall, UMaine is offering a bachelor of arts degree in Human Dimensions of Climate Change. Dan Dixon, UMaine’s sustainability coordinator, spoke about several UMaine efforts including Blue Bikes, the Terrell House Permaculture Living & Learning Center and campus farms for an article depicting a “perfect green university.”

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Rebar Quoted in Press Herald Report on 100 Years of Cooperative Extension

University of Maine News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 11:07

John Rebar, executive director of the University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension, spoke with the Portland Press Herald for a report marking the program’s 100th anniversary. At a time when more than 50 percent of Americans lived in the countryside, and 30 percent of the workforce was engaged in farming, the program’s earliest focus was on agricultural education, according to the article. Today, Maine has 16 county offices, and staff and volunteers across the state. Rebar said Extension educators specialize in topics such as the maple syrup industry, aquaculture, goats and small poultry flock management, and the program still focuses on nutrition, childhood obesity prevention and food safety. He said today’s farmers are “eager to learn the latest information on how to produce, store, package and market their harvest,” and they are avid consumers of UMaine Extension’s online resources.

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BDN Reports on Final Stages of Field House, Gym Renovations

University of Maine News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 11:06

The Bangor Daily News published a report about the University of Maine’s New Balance Field House and Memorial Gym entering the final stages of renovations. PC Construction is nearing completion of the $15.65 million renovation project that has taken place over the past 17 months, according to the article. “It is the heart of our department, with the majority of our programs in the Memorial Gym and the New Balance Field House. It really helps lift our spirits to have seen all this new, positive work being done,” said Will Biberstein, UMaine’s associate athletic director for internal operations, who has helped oversee the project.

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Dana, Caron Quoted in Press Herald Article on Violence Among Athletes

University of Maine News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 11:05

University of Maine’s Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Robert Dana and Sandra Caron, a UMaine professor of family relations and human sexuality, were quoted in the Portland Press Herald article, “For Maine advocates, brutish behavior by pro-athletes offers call to action.” Dana said he felt shamed and frightened by the latest acts of violence in the NFL and spoke about the importance of leading male athletes on campus away from bad behavior. “We can’t let up. At our base, we know people are good. Sometimes I feel we need a quiver of a hundred arrows to target the problems,” Dana said. Caron, who formed Male Athletes Against Violence at UMaine in 2004, said, “The message we hope to convey is that men can be part of the solution by taking a stand against violence, sexism and by speaking up when they see or hear about such situations.”

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Brewer Speaks with Seacoastonline About Maine Governor Race

University of Maine News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 11:04

Mark Brewer, a political science professor at the University of Maine, spoke with Seacoastonline for the article, “Maine gubernatorial race remains a toss-up.” Brewer spoke about the latest polls and how it looks like it will be a tight race between Gov. Paul LePage and U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, with independent candidate Eliot Cutler coming in third.

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2014 Homecoming, Parents Weekend Oct. 17–19

University of Maine News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 11:03

The University of Maine will host alumni and parents of current student for the 2014 Homecoming and Parents Weekend. The joint event will take place Friday to Sunday, Oct. 17–19.

The UMaine Alumni Association will host the Homecoming Craft Fair and Maine Marketplace in the newly renovated New Balance Field House. The craft fair runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 18 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19.

This year’s Homecoming will honor the reunion classes of 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009.

A football game against Albany, and two men’s ice hockey games against Union College are among scheduled events. Other activities include the Emera Astronomy Center dedication, a jazz brunch and a silent auction.

A complete schedule of Homecoming events is on the UMaine Alumni Association’s website. More about Parents Weekend also is online.

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UMaine Ecologist Joins Role Models as Mercer Award Recipient

University of Maine News - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 08:43

A University of Maine marine scientist has won a prestigious award for publishing an outstanding ecological research paper before the age of 40.

Douglas Rasher, a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center in Walpole. Maine, received the Mercer Award at the 99th annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) Aug. 11, in Sacramento, California.

Rasher joins influential scientists, and some of his role models — E.O. Wilson, Jane Lubchenco, Robert MacArthur and Joseph Connell — as a recipient of the award.

“Over the past half-century, many well-known ecologists received this award for publishing what are now considered ‘classic’ papers,” Rasher says. “These studies shaped who I am as a scientist and how I view the natural world. That makes receiving this award very personal and special to me.”

Rasher was chosen the recipient of the 2014 Mercer Award for his eye-opening study on Fiji’s coral reefs that provided insight into management and conservation of coral reefs.

He was a graduate student at Georgia Institute of Technology when he conducted the research that demonstrated diverse grazing fish are essential to keep coral reefs clean and free of harmful seaweeds that quickly out-compete baby corals for space on the reef.

Clean reefs, he found, are healthy reefs and are better able to recover from hurricanes and other disturbances. Ecology published the study online in June 2013.

The Mercer Award, which has been presented annually since 1948, is named in honor of George Mercer, a young ecologist killed in World War II. ESA gives the award to promote contributions of early-career ecologists.

Bob Steneck, professor of marine ecology and biology at UMaine, said some awards are for a lifetime of achievements — for a job well done.

“Others are bellwethers of great things to come,” he says. “The Ecological Society of America’s Mercer Award is clearly in the later camp.”

Rasher says he pursued funding for a position at UMaine, in general, and the Darling Center, in particular, because it would enable him to work with Steneck, whom he calls a “world-class scientist,” as well as to study “one of today’s most pressing environmental issues.”

Rasher’s awarding-winning research paper, “Consumer diversity interacts with prey defenses to drive ecosystem function,” may be read at online.

Contact: Linda Healy, 207.563.8220

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BDN Interviews Cooperative Extension Staff About Bond Proposal for Pest Lab

University of Maine News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 09:32

The Bangor Daily News spoke with several University of Maine Cooperative Extension staff members 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 plague domestic and wild plants and animals in Maine, the article states. Anne Lichtenwalner, director of UMaine’s Animal Health Laboratory; John Rebar, executive director of UMaine Extension; and Jim Dill, a pest management specialist, spoke about the proposed lab’s benefits, such as early Lyme disease detection.

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WABI, WVII Cover UMaine’s Test of Emergency Notification System

University of Maine News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 09:31

WABI (Channel 5) and WVII (Channel 7) reported on the University of Maine’s test of its full emergency notification system. The system, which was established in 2007, allows university safety and communications professionals to use mechanisms such as sirens, text alerts and social media to quickly communicate information to the community during emergency situations. UMaine’s Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Robert Dana and Wayne Maines, UMaine’s director of safety and environmental management, spoke with WABI about the importance of emergency drills and preparedness. UMaine community members are reminded to register to receive emergency notifications of public safety issues, as well as announcements about class cancellations due to inclement weather. Registration for texts and/or email alerts is available online.

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UMaine Students Participating in NYC Climate March, BDN Reports

University of Maine News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 09:29

The Bangor Daily News reported more than 100 University of Maine students are heading to New York City this weekend to take part in the People’s Climate March, which is being called the biggest demonstration in the history of the climate justice movement. “We are going because the climate crisis is the biggest challenge our world faces today, and it needs to be addressed, plain and simple,” said Michael Bailey, a UMaine student who helped organize the trip. The Sun Journal also carried the BDN report.

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WVII Previews Suicide Prevention Walk

University of Maine News - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 09:28

WVII (Channel 7) reported the University of Maine Counseling Center and St. Joseph Healthcare, in conjunction with several area sponsors, will host the sixth annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Oct. 5 at UMaine. Funds raised from the event will benefit research initiatives of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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