The Associated Press quoted Mark Brewer, a political science professor at the University of Maine, in an an article about Maine Democrats preparing to choose a new leader after election losses. Brewer recalled the state’s gubernatorial race between Republican Gov. Paul LePage, Democrat Mike Michaud and independent Eliot Cutler. He said LePage ran on the clear and popular platform of welfare reform, while Michaud’s campaign struggled to define its message “other than that they were not Paul LePage.” The Boston Globe, Portland Press Herald, SFGate and Sun Journal carried the AP report. Brewer also spoke with the Bangor Daily News for the article, “How will Maine Democrats rebound after crushing Election Day defeats?” He said Democrats were hurt this year by some factors outside their control. “There’s a lot they could have done, starting with message. But they couldn’t have made Barack Obama more popular, and they couldn’t get bear-baiting off the ballot,” Brewer said.
Dan Kerluke, a former associate head coach for the University of Maine hockey team, was a guest on the Grow Maine Show where he spoke about the startup he co-founded to create a hockey goaltending analytics app. Kerluke started Double Blue Sports Analytics with David Alexander, who was a UMaine goalie coach, and Tim Westbaker, a computer programmer and UMaine alumnus. Kerluke also mentioned Jesse Moriarity, coordinator of UMaine’s Foster Center for Student Innovation, who has been with the business from the beginning and has helped them expand. The company is a tenant of the Target Technology Incubator, an Orono facility that was developed by UMaine and the Bangor Target Area Development Corporation to provide an environment for business development and commercialization activities for innovation-based startups. Kerluke also participated in the Top Gun Entrepreneurship Acceleration program, which is sponsored by Blackstone Accelerates Growth and hosted by the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a free workshop on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that starts at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at the UMaine Extension office, 24 Main St., Lisbon Falls.
Ben Tettlebaum, a Rhodes Fellow with the Farm and Food Initiative at the Conservation Law Foundation Maine, and Dave Colson, a farmer from Durham and director of agricultural services at Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, will make presentations.
Each year, about 3,000 people in the United States die and 128,000 are hospitalized due to foodborne diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The FSMA, signed into law in 2011, seeks to build in prevention throughout the food safety system and requires farmers to incorporate steps to avoid food contamination.
Through Dec. 15, the FDA is accepting public comments about FSMA; computers will be available at the workshop to send suggestions. For more information, to register or request a disability accommodation, contact KymNoelle Sposato at 207.353.5550 or email@example.com.
The University of Maine’s Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) has announced the recipients of the CUGR Fall Creative and Academic Achievement Fellowships for 2014–15.
The fellowships were developed to enhance and increase undergraduate student involvement in faculty-supervised research, and awarded by the President’s Office.
Each fellowship provides a $1,000 award for the student to help cover costs of the project. The awards are supported through a PRE-VUE grant with additional funding from the Maine Economic Improvement Fund (MEIF).
The winning projects:
- Wilson Adams of Barrington, Rhode Island, bioengineering, “A device for entrapment and microinjection of larval zebrafish”
- Gwendolyn Beacham of Farmington, Maine, biochemistry, “Characterization of lysogeny regulation in the Cluster E mycobacteriophage Ukulele”
- Jennifer LF Burnham of Bangor, Maine, microbiology, “Vaccine awareness assistance within the Greater Bangor area healthcare system”
- Nina Caputo of Canaan, New Hampshire, chemistry, mathematics and environmental sciences, “Fluorescence monitoring of contaminant mixtures in surface fresh water”
- Tyler Carrier of Barre, Vermont, “Cellular and molecular responses of sea urchin embryos to dissolved saxitoxins from the toxic dinoflagellate Alexandrium fundyense”
- Nicklaus Carter of Franklin, Maine, bioengineering, “Magnetic properties of iron nanoparticles”
- Joshua Deakin of Hampden, Maine, business, “Rituals in restaurants: Exploring how newcomers learn organizational culture”
- Vincent DiGiovanni of Belmont, Massachusetts, biology and chemistry, “New approach to the treatment of Type 2 diabetes using inhibitors based on the acarviostatin family of natural products”
- Nathan Dunn of Berwick, Maine, mathematics and computer science, “An enhancement of the P301dx application using advanced statistics”
- Robert Fasano of Jefferson, Maine, physics, “Initialization of composite galaxies in dynamic equilibrium”
- Scott Forand of Hermon, Maine, new media, “Tiny tactics”
- Thomas Fouchereaux of Yarmouth, Maine, new media, “Commentrain”
- Samuel Gates of Old Town, Maine, computer science, “Multi-tag radio frequency indication for indoor positional tracking system enhanced with accelerometer for fall detection”
- Allison Goodridge of Bowdoin, Maine, mechanical engineering, “Motors and power: Generating physical phenomena for examination of spatial cognition and impulse response in virtual environments”
- Katrina Harris of Ellsworth, Maine, business and microbiology, “Characterization of the integration morphology of mycobacteriophage ChipMunk including de novo assembly of the genome”
- Hina Hashmi of Veazie, Maine, microbiology, “Is the ubiquitous antibacterial agent triclosan an uncoupler of mammalian mitochondria?”
- Leslie Hood of Bangor, Maine, new media, “Epitaph: A humanistic approach to mortality and human-computer interaction”
- Meghan Hurlburt of Union, Maine, computer science, “Noninvasive monitoring using radio frequency indicator technology: An inexpensive solution for independent aging in place”
- Eliza Kane of Deer Isle, Maine, anthropology, “The geochemistry and historical ecology of a burnt Mississippian house at the Lawrenz Gun Club site in the central Illinois River Valley”
- Charm Tharanga Karunasiri of Caribou, Maine, biochemistry, “Characterizing the catalytic domain of Calpain 5”
- Jay Knowlton of Camden, Maine, biology, “Transplacental arsenic exposure effects on mouse hepatic protein expression”
- Kathryn Liberman of Sumner, Illinois, marine science and aquaculture, “Developing a zebrafish model for Saprolegnia parasitica to investigate pathogenesis and alternate treatments”
- Jason Lively of Wilbraham, Massachusetts, Earth sciences, “Neutralization capacity of major rock types found in Maine”
- William London of Carrabassett Valley, Maine, mechanical engineering, “Experimental characterization of fatigue response of mechanically fastened joints in 3-D woven carbon composites”
- Isaiah Nathaniel Mansour of Fairfield, Connecticut, marine science, “A comparative study of the hemocyanins of the giant keyhole limpet (Megathura crenulata) and the red abalone (Haliotis rufescens)”
- Zakiah-Lee Meeks of Bangor, Maine, biology and pre-medicine, “Methylation patterns in OPRM1 and COMT variants during opioid withdrawal in the neonate”
- Alexander William Moser of York, Maine, mechanical engineering and mathematics, “Clean CNG snowmobile”
- Chelsea Ogun of North Providence, Rhode Island, anthropology, “Promoting and advancing climate education in Maine middle and high schools”
- Brenden Peters of Orono, Maine, computer science, “Low-power device for indoor mapping and navigation”
- Samuel Reynolds of Ellsworth, Maine, psychology and biology, “Investigating the role of NMDA receptors in long-term ethanol withdrawal”
- Jena Rudolph of Old Town, Maine, human dimensions of climate change, “Assessing the efficacy of scenario building to alter perceptions of climate risk and stimulate climate adaptation planning”
- Andrea Santariello of Tolland, Connecticut, marine science and zoology, “How prey selection contributes to Arctic tern breeding success and chick health at fledging”
- Julia Sell of Cushing, Maine, physics, “Development of a combinatorial deposition method to allow for rapid synthesis and testing of nanolaminate thin film structures”
- Adam Simard of Shelburne, New Hampshire, microbiology, “JCPyV internalization: Insight into scaffolding proteins and associated intracellular binding domains of serotonin 5-HT2 receptors”
- Dustin Sleight of Orono, Maine, mechanical engineering, “Dynamic motion control: Generating physical phenomena for examination of spatial cognition and impulse response in virtual environments”
- Bryer Sousa of Shapleigh, Maine, chemistry and mathematics, “Two-temperature model molecular dynamics study of the coalescence of metal nanoparticles”
- Margaret Stavros of Freeport, Maine, biochemistry, “Prenatal exposure to methadone’s effect on the oxytocin receptor pathway”
- Cody Thies of Pittsfield, Maine, psychology, “Adrenergic modulation of voluntary ethanol intake in C3H/HeJ mice in a chronic intermittent exposure protocol”
- Ethan Tremblay of Mariaville, Maine, economics and journalism, “An examination of the pro-social impacts of local food purchasing”
- Ryan A. Wahle of Round Pond, Maine, new media and Spanish, “New age versatile furniture”
- Emily Whitaker of Westport Island, Maine, molecular and cellular biology, “Identification and characterization of mycobacteriophage Ukulele integration site attP”
WVII (Channel 7) spoke with Marcella Sorg, a forensic anthropologist for the state and a research professor at the University of Maine, about a Maine effort to gather data on violent deaths over the next five years. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded almost $1 million to help pay for compiling information about the relationships between domestic abuse, homicide and suicide. 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. Sorg is leading the effort with Margaret Greenwald, the recently retired chief medical examiner.
The Business Insider article, “It’s warmer in Alaska than in Texas right now,” featured maps produced by the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute. The maps, which were created using CCI’s Climate Reanalyzer, showed average temperatures across North America today and how much those temperatures differ from their overall average levels. According to one of the maps, most of the central U.S. is seeing temperatures more than 20 F below their averages for this time of year, while Alaska is more than 20 F warmer than usual in some regions, the article states. Star Tribune’s On Weather blog also featured a Climate Reanalyzer map.
Jessica Leahy, an associate professor of human dimensions of natural resources at the University of Maine, and Sabrina Vivian, a senior studying ecology and environmental sciences, wrote an opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News titled “How wood banks could help Mainers avoid an eat-or-heat dilemma.”
The Portland Press Herald advanced the first workshop in the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s yearlong monthly series, “From Scratch: Your Maine Kitchen.” The first workshop, “From the Maine Wild,” takes place Saturday, Nov. 15, at the UMaine Extension Cumberland County office in Falmouth. At the event, “Black Fly Stew” cookbook author Kate Gooding will discuss cooking wild game, including venison, moose and goose. She will prepare Burgundian Beaver Stew, which participants can sample for lunch. UMaine Extension Master Food Preserver Karyn Small will give tips on best food preservation practices for wild game. In advance of the workshop, the Press Herald published an interview with Gooding.
The University of Maine was mentioned in two Environment & Energy Publishing articles that focused on ocean energy. The first article mentioned the new wind and wave laboratory being built at UMaine. W² is the world’s first wind and wave lab to feature a rotating open-jet wind tunnel above a 100-foot-long by 30-foot-wide by 15-foot-deep wave basin. The tank will be used to test offshore wind technology and marine hydrokinetic devices, according to the report. The second article cited UMaine’s efforts to monitor ocean energy’s effects on wildlife and fishermen.
The University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute was mentioned in a Current article about the increase of Lyme disease and ticks in Maine. According to the article, Dr. Peter Rand, the senior investigator at the Vector-borne Disease Laboratory in Scarborough who established the Maine Lyme Disease Research Lab, is working with CCI to provide data on the geographic spread of the deer tick, which is used in models to predict its advance as temperatures rise.
Mark Brewer, a political science professor at the University of Maine, was quoted in the Al Jazeera America op-ed, “Democrats lost because of Obama’s policies.” John Batchelor, a novelist and host of a national radio news show in New York City, mentioned Brewer in relation to Maine’s 2nd Congressional District race between Republican Bruce Poliquin, Democrat Emily Cain and independent Blaine Richardson. He wrote the Bangor Daily News quoted Brewer as saying Poliquin is “the first real ideologue of either party to hold this seat in quite some time.”
Windpower Monthly published an article about the platform of VolturnUS, a prototype that’s one-eighth the scale of a full-size offshore wind turbine that was deployed off the coast of Castine in June 2013. VolturnUS was created by the University of Maine-led DeepCwind Consortium. During its deployment, the platform has experienced storm conditions allowing UMaine to gather data on how it copes in rough seas, the article states.
WABI (Channel 5) reported the University of Maine’s Wallace Pool recently added two new banners that show some of the UMaine swimming and diving team’s best athletes. The banners were made possible by funds raised during Erin’s Run 5K Road Race. The run was created in honor of former UMaine student and swimmer Erin Woolley who passed away from cancer in 2010.
WLBZ (Channel 2) sat down with University of Maine alumnus Gerard S. Cassidy, who graduated from UMaine in 1980 with a dual degree in accounting and finance, to talk about his career and giving back to his alma mater. Made possible by Cassidy’s donation, the Maine Business School dedicated the Gerard S. Cassidy ’80 Capital Markets Training Laboratory in September. Cassidy said he wanted to create the lab to give UMaine students the same opportunities he had by creating a state-of-the-art financial education lab with Bloomberg terminals that allow students to view real-time electronic trading and commodities data. “There are great opportunities for these kids and hopefully this lab will make those opportunities even bigger,” Cassidy said. Maine Business School students also spoke about the lab and how they manage SPIFFY, the Student Portfolio Investment Fund, which now totals $2.3 million in value. Robert Strong, University Foundation Professor of Investment Education, professor of finance and SPIFFY adviser also was interviewed.
Research being conducted by Yong Chen, a fisheries scientist at the University of Maine, was mentioned in the Portland Press Herald article, “Fishermen say new restrictions unfairly overlook cod caught in lobster traps.” According to the article, emergency restrictions aimed at protecting declining cod stocks in the Gulf of Maine have some fishermen worried that the region’s lobstermen — who routinely kill cod — won’t be affected by the new rules. Chen recently began studying the survival rates of cod and cusk after they are captured in lobster traps, and he plans to survey lobstermen to determine what they do with captured cod, the article states. Chen said he has found that most cusk survive, and he suspects he also will find high survival rates next year when he studies cod.
Robert Rice, a professor of wood science and technology at the University of Maine, spoke with, WLBZ (Channel 2) for a report about the future of the closed East Millinocket mill. Recently, Gov. Paul LePage said there are three bidders looking at the mill, according to the report. Rice said the mill doesn’t have any decent long-term prospects for paper making and pulp manufacturing because the mill machinery produces glossy, book and Bible paper, which have all seen decreases in demand. “Those are not strong markets and haven’t been for a number of years, so it would be a real uphill battle for that mill to reopen and remain viable. We certainly hope it could, but it would be a struggle I’m sure,” Rice said.
The University of Maine was mentioned in an article by The Forecaster about a new STEM education event held in Portland. According to the article, Portland Public Schools, in partnership with EnviroLogix, held the first STEM Exposition, which showcased science, technology, engineering and math projects and demonstrations that were created by students, businesses and post-secondary schools. UMaine was one of several institutions to exhibit at the event. The Bangor Daily News also carried the report.
A low-stress cattle-handling demonstration will be held 2–4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at East Ridge Stable, 405 East Ridge Road, Charleston.
Curt Pate, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association stockman instructor, will conduct the free, live demonstration, which is co-sponsored by the Maine Beef Producers Association and University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
The demonstration is a prelude to the 25th annual Beef Conference, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Ramada Inn, 357 Odlin Road, Bangor.
Registration is required. To pre-register, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Melissa Libby, 800.287.7170 (in Maine), 207.581.2788.
The University of Maine Museum of Art in downtown Bangor will host Drop and Shop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29. Parents are invited to drop off their children, who are in grades three through six, while they shop downtown and support local business on Small Business Saturday. Participants will be able to explore the galleries and create holiday cards and gifts. Children should bring a bag lunch. Cost is $25 for non-members and $20 for members. To learn more or register, contact Eva Wagner, UMMA education coordinator, at 561.3360 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WABI (Channel 5), WVII (Channel 7) and the Bangor Daily News reported on a flag raising and remembrance ceremony held at the University of Maine to recognize veterans and kick off a week of events in their honor. The ceremony, which was coordinated by the UMaine Office of Veterans Education and Transition Services (VETS) and UMaine Veterans Association, included music from the university’s Mainely Voices a cappella singing group and the reading of a list of nearly 200 names of all UMaine veteran alumni who have died in the line of duty during World War II to present day. “A lot of them were 22, 23 years old so they really didn’t get to live their lives. They didn’t get to have families. The least that we can do is honor them at ceremonies annually and not forget them and make sure that we continue the legacy they left behind,” Tony Llerena, VETS coordinator and school certifying official for veterans, told WVII. The Maine Edge also carried a report about UMaine’s week of events to honor veterans.