Robert Milardo, a professor of family relations at the University of Maine, was interviewed for the Down East magazine article “Splitsville, USA: When it comes to divorce in the United States, Maine is second only to Nevada. Why?” Milardo said he believes the rate reflects Maine’s aging population. “People who are older have more experience with divorce, and Maine has the oldest population in the U.S.,” he said. Milardo also said he expects the rate to decrease because people who are marrying today are experiencing less divorce.
The Portland Press Herald, Bangor Daily News and Kennebec Journal were among news organizations to report Jack Cosgrove, head coach of the University of Maine football team, and 10 players were recently honored by the team’s conference. The Colonial Athletic Association selected Cosgrove as Coach of the Year, freshman linebacker Christophe Mulumba was named Defensive Rookie of the Year and senior quarterback Marcus Wasilewski was given the second annual Chuck Boone Leadership Award. Wasilewski and Mulumba were also among the 10 Black Bears to earn all-Colonial Athletic Association honors.
Christina Adcock, cross-appointed faculty in Canadian studies and history at the University of Maine, was interviewed by CBC North radio Nov. 26 about a rare historical document being shared via tweets. Drawing on her ongoing cultural and environmental research about nonaboriginal trappers in the Arctic and Subarctic, Adcock provided context as she described the historic value of diary entries of Canadian trapper Bud Murphy being distributed through a Twitter account. Adcock communicated with Bud Murphy’s grandson Derryl Murphy about the uniqueness of the diary, which led to providing comments and context to CBC North on its value as a rare and remarkable historic account of the daily life of a trapper in 1929. The interview is slated to air Nov. 27 and will be available online.
The Maine Edge reported on University of Maine marine scientist Rhian Waller being named a Fellow in the Explorers Club, an elite international group of adventurers who encourage scientific discovery while exploring land, sea and space. Waller has completed more than 40 diving expeditions around the planet and was named a 21st-century risk taker who presses the limits by National Geographic magazine.
Robin Barstow, a master’s of social work student at the University of Maine who also has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology, wrote an opinion piece that appeared in the Bangor Daily News titled “In Maine, Thanksgiving dinner can be made with completely local ingredients.”
The Maine Edge reported on a Dec. 5 talk by Nate Frederick, a Christian Science practitioner and lecturer, to be held in the Bumps Room of the Memorial Union at the University of Maine. Frederick’s free talk, “Love’s Divine Adventure,” is sponsored by the Christian Science Organization at UMaine and the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Bangor.
The University of Maine student organization REACH (Respect, Education, Action, Community, Hope) will offer a Parents’ Day Out at the University of Maine New Balance Student Recreation Center on Dec. 7.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., parents can drop off children while they run errands, go holiday shopping or enjoy a day to themselves. Children will spend the day taking part in activities such as basketball, soccer, swimming or crafts with REACH members and other volunteers from the UMaine community.
The event — which is by donation — is a fundraiser for the group’s spring service trip to India with a nonprofit organization called Yearoutindia. During the trip, students plan to work on a sanitation project and help rebuild a nursery.
Children from surrounding communities are welcome to attend the Dec. 7 event.
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Richard Barron, head coach of the University of Maine women’s basketball team, spoke with espnW for an article about the team’s first road trip since their bus crashed on Interstate 95 in February when the driver lost consciousness. Barron, who said he generally tries to avoid talking about the crash to media, asked the team for approval before agreeing to speak with espnW about the incident. He also said the team is “ready to move on” and seems to be “handling pretty well.”
The 19th annual Maine Indian Basketmakers Sale and Demonstration was previewed in articles in the Bangor Daily News and The Maine Edge. Passamaquoddy brothers and basketweavers Jeremy Frey and Gabe Frey will be two of the more than 50 artists who will participate in the Dec. 14 event at the University of Maine’s Hudson Museum. The free event will feature baskets, carvings and beadwork, as well as demonstrations, storytelling, music, drumming and dancing.
WVII (Channel 7) reported the University of Maine and the Bangor School Department have finalized an agreement that will allow students in the Bangor STEM Academy to earn college credits before they graduate. The deal will allow students who complete the program’s requirements to use up to 30 credit hours toward an engineering degree at UMaine.
The University Volunteer Ambulance Corps (UVAC) at the University of Maine was named the 2013 Region 4 EMS Service of the Year by the Atlantic Partners EMS.
The announcement was made earlier this month during the 33rd annual seminar of Atlantic Partners EMS, an organization that consists of providers in three of the state’s six EMS regions.
The seminar honors members of the emergency medical services community in Region 3, Kennebec Valley EMS; Region 4, Northeastern Maine EMS; and Region 6, Mid-Coast Maine EMS. This year, the organization focused its awards on EMS agencies that have a strong commitment to community and improving the statewide EMS system.
UVAC is one of 79 state-licensed EMS providers in Region 4, which includes emergency service providers in Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis and Washington counties. This is the first time the UMaine group has won this award.
The group was recognized for its members’ dedication to serve others, the more than 30,000 volunteer hours it provides annually, and for establishing a comprehensive CPR program on campus, which included the placement of more than 20 automated external defibrillators (AED) and relevant training for staff and students.
”This is a wonderful award to receive,” says Joseph Kellner, UVAC chief of service. “It showcases the dedication and drive the large group of student-volunteers have for selfless service, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It shows that despite the relatively new exposure to the field of EMS, our student-volunteers show professionalism, compassion and skill that is on par with our long-term professional colleagues. I am very proud to be a part of this organization.”
UVAC is a volunteer-based service that operates as part of UMaine’s Auxiliary Services and delivers emergency medical services on campus and to surrounding communities. The group is composed of 62 UMaine students, in addition to a dozen staff and neighboring EMS providers. More than 60 percent of the members are EMTs, while others serve as drivers and assistants.
The students in UVAC come from a variety of majors from all of UMaine’s academic colleges. Previous medical training is not required to join the organization and online applications are accepted anytime.
The six regional EMS offices are independent, not-for-profit corporations that operate under a contract for services with the Board of EMS. The Board of EMS is part of the Maine EMS system which is a bureau within the Department of Public Safety, according to the state of Maine’s government website.
Contact: Elyse Kahl, 207.581.3747
James McConnon, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension specialist and UMaine professor of economics, spoke with the Sun Journal about the local food trend for an article about buying local for Thanksgiving. McConnon said interest in local foods is high for three reasons: nutrition, food safety and support of local business.
University of Maine President Paul Ferguson and UMaine football coach Jack Cosgrove spoke with WVII (Channel 7) about their memories of the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 50 years ago. Ferguson and Cosgrove were featured in Part II and Part III of the three-part report.
Charlie Armstrong, a cranberry professional with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with the Portland Press Herald about the state’s cranberry crop for the article “Maine cranberry growers say it’s hard to stay out of the red.” Armstrong said in terms of health and abundance, the state’s crop is in great shape, but a recent national glut has caused cranberry prices to fall. He recommends Maine farmers who traditionally do wet harvesting for the juice industry move into dry harvesting for the fresh market because that’s where he thinks the demand is.
The Penobscot Bay Pilot and The Weekly reported Jason Bolton, food safety specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, is available to give advice about preparing the turkey this holiday season. Bolton is part of a team of UMaine Extension food safety and nutrition specialists who are taking calls on a statewide holiday foods hotline (800.287.0274).
The Portland Press Herald recently published an opinion piece on the importance of the arts and humanities by Justin Wolff, an associate professor of art history at the University of Maine and director of the UMaine Humanities Initiative. Wolff’s piece is titled “Emphasis on STEM education overshadows arts, humanities.”
Mainebiz reported on a 21 percent increase in enrollment at the University of Maine’s Maine Business School. The school reached a record enrollment this year with 947 undergraduate students, up from 785 students last year. Mainebiz cited a previous Bangor Daily News report.
Robert Wagner, a forestry professor at the University of Maine and director of the Center for Research on Sustainable Forests, was mentioned in a Portland Press Herald article about a five-year deal state forestry officials made with J.D. Irving Ltd., Maine’s largest landowner, allowing the company to exempt its 1.25 million acres of forestland from some clear-cutting regulations and harvesting standards. The agreement was made public when the Maine Forest Service gave lawmakers a report on an experimental program known as Outcome Based Forestry. Wagner is a member of the advisory panel that is overseeing the program. He told a legislative committee the program will improve forest management practices that have declined since the adoption of the Forest Practices Act in 1989.
The Bangor Daily News recently published an opinion piece by Howard Segal, a history professor at the University of Maine. Segal’s piece is titled “Standardized college entrance tests: A lost love affair?”
The Bangor Daily News mentioned a Dec. 16 Maine Green Crab Summit to be offered by Maine Sea Grant at the University of Maine in Orono in the article “Scientists zero in on ‘exploding’ green crab population in Maine.” At the conference, Maine Department of Marine Resources officials plan to release the complete data from a one-day, coastwide survey the DMR organized in August to get a handle on how many invasive green crabs have made it to Maine’s water. Mainebiz cited the BDN report.