Maine Policy Review Piece on Innovation, Farming Published in BDN

University of Maine News - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 11:14

The Bangor Daily News published an opinion piece titled “To survive and grow, Maine farmers must keep innovating,” by John Piotti, president and CEO of Maine Farmland Trust. The article first appeared in Maine Policy Review, published by the University of Maine’s Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center.

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Penobscot Times Reports on Mayewski’s Appearance on Showtime Series

University of Maine News - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 11:13

The Penobscot Times reported on the appearance of Paul Mayewski, a University of Maine professor and director of UMaine’s Climate Change Institute (CCI), on the June 9 series finale of the Showtime series “Years of Living Dangerously.” The show is a nine-part documentary series about the impact of climate change on people and the planet. Mayewski was filmed gathering ice cores 20,000 feet atop a glacier on Tupungato, an active Andean volcano in Chile. Mayewski said climate change is causing and will continue to cause destruction, and how scientists and media inform people about the subject is important.

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Student Begins Life-Changing Run

University of Maine News - Mon, 06/16/2014 - 11:12

University of Maine junior Matthew Dexter kicked off his 42-day cross-country relay run to raise money for cancer research Sunday, June 15, in San Francisco, California. People interested in keeping in step with Dexter’s progress are invited to read his blog.

Dexter and 33 other college students are taking part in the second annual 4,000-mile Ulman Cancer Foundation’s 4K for Cancer, the motto for which is “Change Lives.” Doug Ulman created 4K for Cancer in 1997 after he was first diagnosed with cancer to enhance “lives by supporting, educating and connecting young adults, and their loved ones, affected by cancer.”

Dexter, a psychology major from Acton, Massachusetts, has raised more than $7,000 for the cause, $2,000 more than his original goal. Last year, runners and bikers taking part in the event contributed about $775,000 to the fund.

Dexter’s mother Christine died of stomach cancer when he was 13 and he says running was therapeutic for him. Dexter wanted to take part in the run to help others facing similar challenges. Relay participants run six to 10 miles a day, visit patients, give away chemo packs (comfort items for patients undergoing chemotherapy) and deliver college scholarships to young adults with cancer. The relay team is slated to reach Baltimore, Maryland on July 26.

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Kaye Quoted in AP Article on Ex-President’s Parachute Jump for 90th Birthday

University of Maine News - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 09:18

Lenard Kaye, director of the University of Maine Center on Aging and professor in the UMaine School of Social Work, was quoted in an Associated Press article about former President George H.W. Bush celebrating his 90th birthday by making a tandem parachute jump near his home in Kennebunkport. Kaye said more and more seniors are participating in extreme physical activities and Bush’s jump is indicative of the trend. Kaye predicts the trend will increase as more baby boomers retire, but warns seniors who partake in “extreme acts of adventure” should keep in mind their bones are more fragile than when they were younger. ABC News, The Washington Post and were among news organizations that carried the AP report.

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Page Farm & Home Museum’s One-Room Schoolhouse Focus of BDN Feature

University of Maine News - Fri, 06/13/2014 - 09:17

The Bangor Daily News published a slide show and article about a Bangor Christian School field trip to the restored one-room schoolhouse at the Page Farm & Home Museum on the University of Maine campus. Patricia Henner, director of the museum, portrayed a 19th century teacher during the trip. “It’s fun to take the kids back in time and see what school was like in 1867,” Henner said.

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Wahle Featured in AccuWeather Article on New England Lobster Decline

University of Maine News - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:02

Rick Wahle, a University of Maine research professor at the Darling Marine Center, was interviewed for the article, “Drastic New England lobster decline may be linked to warmer waters.” Wahle, founder of the American Lobster Settlement Index, has been tracking lobster populations since 1989. Recently, he and his crew of divers have been counting the larval populations of lobster in water off the coast of New England and Atlantic Canada. “In 2013 we saw one of the most widespread downturns in the history of [this study] for sure,” Wahle told He said the population of young lobsters is nearly 50 percent of what it was in 2007, and he believes oceanographic changes are responsible for the decline. Business Insider also carried the report.

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Lindenfeld Quoted in ClimateWire Report on Climate Change in Movies

University of Maine News - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:01

Laura Lindenfeld, an associate professor of communication and policy at the University of Maine, was interviewed for a ClimateWire article about the rise in fiction films that use climate change to help drive the plot line. Lindenfeld and postdoctoral researcher Bridie McGreavy recently published an article in the International Journal of Sustainable Development about their research on race and gender stereotypes in movies that focus on climate change. Lindenfeld said seeing climate change in popular media is encouraging because it shows society is talking more about the issue. “People consume entertainment media for fun, not to change their way of thinking. But for better or for worse, it is indeed changing the way you experience the world,” she said.                        

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MPBN Interviews Devin About Ocean Acidity, Danger to Shellfish

University of Maine News - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:00

The Maine Public Broadcasting Network spoke with Mick Devin, a Democratic state representative for District 51 and researcher and shellfish hatchery manager at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center. As a result of legislation introduced by Devin and passed in April, a commission will soon convene to study ocean acidification and look for ways to mitigate it. The legislation makes Maine the first state on the East Coast to enact a law specifically to study the threat posed by the ocean’s changing chemistry. Devin says ocean acidification is a problem he witnesses daily, and Maine is the East Coast state most affected by ocean acidification. He said more carbon dioxide is entering the ocean and creating carbonic acid, which impacts marine life such as oysters and clams by causing their shells to dissolve. “Getting the bill into law was the easy part,” Devin said, adding the real work starts with the commission and their recommendations.

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Jemison Plants Carrots, Onions for WVII ‘Backyard Gardener’ Series

University of Maine News - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 10:58

John Jemison, a soil and water quality specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was featured in the latest installment of the “Backyard Gardener” series on WVII (Channel 7). Jemison spoke about the importance of crop rotation and demonstrated the best way to plant carrots and onions.

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Brewer Quoted in Kennebec Journal Article on 2nd Congressional District Race

University of Maine News - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 10:57

Mark Brewer, a political science professor at the University of Maine, spoke with the Kennebec Journal about the race between Democrat Emily Cain and Republican Bruce Poliquin for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District seat. Brewer said Cain is the favorite at the start of the campaign, and Poliquin may have trouble winning because he is more conservative than the moderates who have held the seat most recently. He said Poliquin has, “a very specialized, foundational group of supporters and it’s hard to see how much bigger he can make that.”

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Maine Edge Advances Summer Technology Camp

University of Maine News - Thu, 06/12/2014 - 10:56

The Maine Edge reported on High Touch Courses’ UMaine-affiliated Summer Technology Camp to be held in Orono. The camp is an intensive, project-based overnight and day camp for middle and high school students who want to change the world with technology. Four weeklong courses on different themes will be offered from July 7 through Aug. 1. Students can attend every week or take individual courses. Course topics are Web design, 3-D art and graphic design, game development, and hardware architecture.

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Press Herald Interviews Counihan About Job Placement of Graduates

University of Maine News - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 10:37

Patty Counihan, director of the Career Center at the University of Maine, spoke with the Portland Press Herald for the article, “Finding a job isn’t getting any easier for Maine teens.” Counihan said hiring plunged five or six years ago, but “it seems like it is coming back slowly but surely.” In 2009, she told the Press Herald, about 60 companies signed up to recruit workers on campus, and this year it was back up to the normal level of around 100. She said the university doesn’t compile overall job placement figures until about six months after a class graduates, but knows IBM hired a handful of UMaine graduates this year, while Enterprise Rent-A-Car hired nine. She said a substantial number of other graduates had offers or interest from potential employers, as well.

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Brewer Quoted in Press Herald Article on Primary Voting Results

University of Maine News - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 10:34

Mark Brewer, a political science professor at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Portland Press Herald article about the results of the Democratic and Republican primaries for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. Emily Cain won the nomination as the Democratic candidate, and Bruce Poliquin won over Kevin Raye in the district’s Republican primary. Voter turnout was predictably low across the district, according to the article. Brewer said final turnout numbers would be a key factor in the Republican race, saying before the results were in that a heavy turnout would benefit Raye and a low turnout would help Poliquin.

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Handley Offers Tips on Growing Berries for Press Herald Article

University of Maine News - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 10:34

David Handley, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension specialist of vegetables and small fruits at UMaine’s Highmoor Farm in Monmouth, was interviewed for a Portland Press Herald article about the best methods for growing native berries. Handley shared tips for successfully growing strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries at home.

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Blackstone Writes Op-Ed on Women’s Confidence for BDN

University of Maine News - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 10:31

The Bangor Daily News published the opinion piece “Women’s ‘confidence problem’? It’s so much more” by Amy Blackstone, an associate professor and chairwoman of the University of Maine’s Sociology Department. Blackstone also is a member of the Maine Regional Network, part of the Scholars Strategy Network, which brings together scholars across the country to address public challenges and their policy implications. Members’ columns appear in the BDN every other week.

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Maine Edge Prints Advance on ‘Albers & Heirs’ Art Exhibit

University of Maine News - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 10:30

The Maine Edge published an advance on the “Albers & Heirs” exhibit presented by the University of Maine Department of Art. The exhibit will showcase the work of artist, educator and color theorist Josef Albers and two of his students, globally recognized artists Neil Welliver and Jane Davis  Doggett. The show will run June 16 to July 18 in the Lord Hall Gallery on campus. An opening reception and gallery tour will be held 5–7 p.m. Monday, June 16. During the event, exhibit curator Osvaldo Monzon will give a gallery talk, titled “To Make Eyes Open,” and Doggett will speak about her time at Yale where she worked with and was influenced by art faculty members Albers and Welliver.

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IEEE Spectrum Interviews Dagher About Offshore Wind Project

University of Maine News - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 10:29

The University of Maine’s DeepCwind Consortium was featured in an IEEE Spectrum article about developments in prototype testing of offshore wind turbines. UMaine’s prototype offshore turbine, currently floating in Penobscot Bay, is one of only five in operation around the world and the only one in the U.S. Habib Dagher, director of UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center and leader of the consortium, was interviewed for the article and discussed the powerful capabilities of the turbine, which is in hopes to cut the cost of offshore wind power by more than half by the mid-2020s.

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UMaine Cooperative Extension to Give Away Tomato Plants, Maine Edge Reports

University of Maine News - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 10:28

The Maine Edge carried a report stating the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Piscataquis County will give away 300 cherry tomato plants as part of the One Tomato Project to increase the number of people growing food. Extension personnel will distribute tomato plants to county food cupboards June 13 and 20, and plants will be given away the week of June 23, at the Dover-Foxcroft Cooperative Extension office.

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Bolton Quoted in BDN Article on Food Safety at Lobster Processing Plant

University of Maine News - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 09:37

Jason Bolton, a statewide food safety specialist and assistant professor with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was interviewed for a Bangor Daily News article about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finding federal seafood safety violations at Linda Bean’s lobster processing plant in Rockland. The plant’s manager told the BDN the company contacted UMaine to have a food safety expert visit the plant and evaluate practices. Bolton said he is scheduled to visit the plant soon and plans to educate and help the company. Bolton said he and another food specialist with UMaine Extension assist 400 to 500 companies a year, ranging from seafood processors to slaughterhouses and jam producers.

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UMaine Cooperative Extension Mentioned in Sun Journal Article About Peru Garden

University of Maine News - Tue, 06/10/2014 - 09:36

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension was mentioned in a Sun Journal article about a town meeting in Peru. At the meeting, Brenda Swan, director of the Peru Food Bank, was granted permission from selectmen to use land near the Town Office for a community garden. Swan said she is looking to form a steering committee for the project and UMaine Extension will provide guidance.

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