Media Cover Suicide Awareness Event on Campus

University of Maine News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:26

The Bangor Daily News, WABI (Channel 5) and WLBZ (Channel 2) reported on Send Silence Packing, a national traveling public education exhibit of 1,100 backpacks that represent the 1,100 college students who annually die by suicide. Members of the UMaine and local community experienced the exhibit in the Memorial Union. Send Silence Packing is a program of Active Minds Inc., a national nonprofit with a mission to engage students in discussions about mental health. “There are a lot of people that struggle, and the more we talk about it the more people will realize it’s not an individual issue; it’s something that a lot of people struggle with,” said Lindsay Stack, co-president of the UMaine chapter of Active Minds. “You never know what someone’s dealing with. If you could be the person that they need to interact with to prevent something like this then all it takes is a little bit of effort on your part,” graduate student Mike Jakubowski told WABI after viewing the display.

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Ellsworth American Article Cites Pettigrew’s Ocean Buoy Research

University of Maine News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:25

Research by Neal Pettigrew, an oceanography professor at the University of Maine, was cited in an Ellsworth American article about Penobscot Bay pilot David Gelinas briefing members of Congress about oceanographic buoys. Gelinas urged Congress to maintain funding for the oceanographic and weather buoys he and his colleagues rely on to help them safely bring cargo vessels and cruise ships in and out of port, according to the article. Gelinas specifically spoke about the importance of the New England Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing System (NERACOOS) buoys located in the Gulf of Maine. The origins of the system can be traced to Pettigrew’s efforts to establish a network of weather and oceanographic buoys that would collect environmental data in the Gulf, the article states. While the system was under development, Pettigrew asked the Penobscot Bay pilots if they would be interested in getting real-time information about weather conditions offshore. “We immediately recognized how valuable it would be to have that data,” Gelinas said.

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High School Students to Take Part in World Languages Day April 10

University of Maine News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:23

About 100 students and teachers from area high schools will celebrate World Languages Day at the University of Maine on Friday, April 10 with a culture bowl, food competition, campuswide scavenger hunt and traditional dance lessons.

The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and is an opportunity for local high school students in upper level French and Spanish classes to spend a day at UMaine emerged in their language of study while getting to know the campus and interacting with professors and students from the Department of Modern Languages and Classics.

For the new food competition, each school will bring a traditional dish from a French- or Spanish-speaking country that will be judged and enjoyed by the group.

During the culture bowl, school teams will compete to answer questions about geography, holidays, famous people, history and current events related to their language studies.

Throughout the day, students also will get the chance to learn traditional dances from Quebec and Latin America; recite a short poem in French or Spanish; and take part in a scavenger hunt and bag skit, an impromptu performance incorporating items drawn from a bag.

Students from Foxcroft Academy in Dover-Foxcroft; Bangor High School and John Bapst Memorial in Bangor; Hermon High School; and Messalonskee High School in Oakland will attend.

The Department of Modern Languages and Classics is hosting World Languages Day for the second year in a row. The event, which initially ended in 2009, was revived in 2014 by sponsorship from the Department of Modern Languages and Classics, The UMaine Humanities Center, The Canadian-American Center and the Foreign Language Association of Maine (FLAME). For more information or to request a disability accommodation, email Danielle Beaupre at

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Foreign Language and Areas Studies (FLAS) Summer Program

Grad School NEWS - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 08:21

The Canadian-American Center is looking for students interested in a 6-week summer program to study French.   This opportunity is open to all graduate students.  For more information about this award, please go to:

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Clinical Psychology Doctoral Researcher One of 10 Winners of the 5th Annual Beck Institute Student Scholarship Competition

University of Maine News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 14:48

Rachel Goetze, a second-year University of Maine clinical psychology doctoral student from Hampden, is one of 10 winners of the 5th Annual Beck Institute Student Scholarship Competition. She was selected from a pool of 800 applicants to attend an intensive three-day workshop on Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Depression and Suicidality at the Beck Institute in Philadelphia. The Beck Institute is a world-renowned training center for mental health professionals to learn cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). CBT is an empirically supported approach for treating a variety of mental disorders.

Goetze grew up in Exeter, Maine, and received a Top Scholar award from UMaine. From 2001–05 she earned a bachelor’s degrees in psychology and social work. She worked in the neuropsychology department at Eastern Maine Medical Center before joining UMaine’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program.

In her doctoral research Goetze collaborates with Emily Haigh, UMaine assistant professor of psychology. Excerpts from Goetze’s application focusing on her research follow:

Tell us about your work in cognitive behavior therapy.
The University of Maine has longstanding dedication to rigorous training in cognitive therapy through coursework, practicum experiences and research opportunities. My mentor, professor Emily Haigh, has reinforced my training and exposure to the science and practice of cognitive therapy. I have utilized a CBT framework to work with individuals with depression, social and generalized anxiety, panic and post-traumatic stress symptoms.

How do you hope to use CBT in the future?
As a scientist-practitioner, I am dedicated to using CBT in the classroom and treatment room, as well as a model to inform my doctoral research. My current research interests are in obesity, specifically in binge eating disorder and bariatric surgery candidate populations. I aim to investigate the role of perceived control as a potential target for treatment. My overarching hypothesis rests squarely on a CBT foundation: Modifying an individual’s perception of control will significantly impact binge eating behavior and associated maladaptive emotions such as sadness, embarrassment and hopelessness.

What else do you hope to gain from this training experience?
As a lifelong Maine resident, I am familiar with the constraints of seeking and receiving services in a rural area. I hope to be a part of Maine’s commitment to disseminate empirically supported treatment such as CBT by utilizing tools such as telemedicine in order to enable providers statewide. This training with the Beck Institute would allow me to gain expertise in CBT so that one day, I can be in a position to help serve the mental health needs of Maine’s rural communities.

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Augusta Ceremony to Recognize Statewide National History Day Contest Winners

University of Maine News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 14:34

A public recognition ceremony to honor statewide winners of the 2015 National History Day competition will be held April 7 in Augusta.

The 3:30–4:30 p.m. event is hosted by the Maine State Archives, Museum and Library and will be held in the Cultural Building atrium. The free event and reception are open to the public. All National History Day students, teachers and parents are invited to tour the Maine State Museum free of charge before or after the reception.

National History Day (NHD) is an academic program that began in 1980 to promote critical thinking, research and presentation skills through project-based learning for students of all abilities. More than a half million students, working with thousand of teachers, participate in the national contest annually.

For the second year in a row, a partnership between the University of Maine and the Margaret Chase Smith Library, with support from the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine Historical Society, brought the event to the UMaine campus in Orono.

More than 300 students and teachers from 36 middle and high schools took part in the contest this year. Student exhibits, papers, websites, documentaries and performances were all judged, with the top state winners becoming eligible to compete in the national contest. A list of the 2015 statewide winners is online.

Scheduled guest speakers at the ceremony include Jeff Hecker, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at UMaine; Bernard Fishman, director of the Maine State Museum; Earle G. Shettleworth Jr., Maine state historian and state historic preservation officer; and Tom Desjardin, acting commissioner of the Maine Department of Education.

Noah Binette of Berwick, Maine also will speak at the event. The Noble High School sophomore won first place in the individual exhibit category at the 2014 NHD competition at the University of Maryland in College Park. Binette was one of 47 students representing Maine at the national contest. His winning exhibit on Malaga Island will be on display at the Maine State Museum.

For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact the museum’s chief educator, Joanna Torow at or 287.6608.

The recognition ceremony is one of several UMaine Humanities Center events planned for 2015. Following the ceremony, members of the public are invited to attend the third annual Maine Humanities Summit at 5 p.m. at the Senator Inn in Augusta. The summit will celebrate the upcoming issue of Maine Policy Review that features expert analysis of the dynamic intersection of the humanities and public policy in Maine. Guests are invited to join the conversation and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and dinner with many of the report’s 40 authors. More information about the summit is online.

Contact: Elyse Kahl, 207.581.3747

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PBS NewsHour Interviews Holberton About Songbird Migration

University of Maine News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 12:10

Rebecca Holberton, a professor of biological sciences at the University of Maine, spoke with PBS NewsHour for a report about the blackpoll warbler, a songbird that migrates from Canada to Puerto Rico without stopping. A team of researchers from Canada and the northeastern United States recently confirmed that the birds fly south over water as far as 1,700 hundred miles with no layover, according to the report. The blackpoll warblers population is declining at a rate of 6 percent per year, the report states. Holberton, who has been studying the birds for 20 years, said it wasn’t uncommon in the past to catch 300 blackpoll warblers in the fall, but now she’s lucky if she gets 30. To understand what’s causing the decline, the researchers hope to learn more about the bird’s life cycle and migratory patterns.

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MPBN Reports on Evolution of Maine’s 4-H Clubs

University of Maine News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 12:06

The Maine Public Broadcasting Network reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s 4-H program is evolving to prepare students for the world’s changing technology. While traditional farming activities are still a major focus, 4-H is expanding to teach children more about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), according to the report. Greg Kranich, a physics graduate student at UMaine and one of several 4-H STEM ambassadors who create science and math projects for the 4-H club children, spoke with MPBN about the program. He said in a regular class, students often feel pressured to come up with the right answer quickly, which can harm confidence. Kranich’s 4-H lesson, “Rockets to the Rescue,” is designed to show that science thrives on experimentation and the free exchange of ideas. Laura Wilson, a 4-H science professional with UMaine Extension, said although the program is growing, it isn’t losing it’s tradition. “What our 4-H mission is, is actually positive youth development,” she said. “Those traditions in agriculture, those traditions in those animal science programs, they were always for youth to develop life skills so that they could become productive members of society. Happy, healthy adults.”

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Hudson Students Participate in Follow a Researcher, WABI Reports

University of Maine News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:59

WABI (Channel 5) reported from Hudson Elementary School where fourth graders are taking part in the new Follow a Researcher program offered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension with support from UMaine’s Climate Change Institute (CCI) and the Maine 4-H Foundation. The program aims to give K–12 students a glimpse into a scientist’s world by providing live expedition updates and facilitating communication between the youth and researchers. Every week, the students take part in a live Twitter session with UMaine climate change researchers Charles Rodda and Kit Hamley who are studying glaciers in Peru. Students in the school also are making connections between the program and projects in other subject areas, such as history and geography, according to the report. “Real life is so abstract when you’re 9 and 10 years old. And so when you can give kids that hands-on experience that connects them to their lives in the moment right now that’s what we want for our kids,” said teacher Sherry Blanchard. The Weekly also published a UMaine news release about the program.

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McGill Quoted in Ars Technica Article on Human Land Use Effects on Biodiversity

University of Maine News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:56

Brian McGill, an associate professor of ecological modeling at the University of Maine, was quoted in the Ars Technica article, “How human land use is changing the number of species in ecosystems.” According to the article, a group of researchers recently compiled the results of 378 published ecology studies of over 11,000 sites around the world, including observations of almost 27,000 species — vertebrates, invertebrates, and plants. On average, the researchers found that human land use has reduced local biodiversity by nearly 14 percent and reduced the abundance of organisms by almost 11 percent, with results that vary based on location. The authors also noted a couple of recent studies that found no real trend in local biodiversity, including one McGill was involved in. In an accompanying article in Nature, McGill said the study effectively isolates the impacts of land use change from other human impacts. He writes, “It would be odd if the negative effects of land-use change documented by [this study] were exactly counterbalanced, such that the net effect of all types of human impacts averaged out to zero (at the local scale). Yet that might be the most parsimonious explanation for the results across [these] studies. And it might not be so odd if ecological processes strongly regulate local species richness.”

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Maine Edge Reports Former ‘Glee’ Star to Appear in Celtic Thunder Show at CCA

University of Maine News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:54

The Maine Edge published a University of Maine news release announcing former Celtic Thunder and “Glee” star Damian McGinty will be the special guest artist for “The Very Best of Celtic Thunder” show April 7 at the Collins Center for the Arts. McGinty will join Celtic Thunder performers for the nostalgic Irish music show that includes dramatic lighting and choreography. For more information, visit the Celtic Thunder website. Tickets are available online or by calling 581.1755, 800.622.TIXX.

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Create Herbal Seasonings with UMaine Extension

University of Maine News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:53

Betz Golon, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village herbalist and University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Food Preserver, will share her knowledge of herbs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18 at the UMaine Extension office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth.

“Herbal Seasonings” is the title of the April workshop, which is part of the yearlong “From Scratch: Your Maine Kitchen” series sponsored by University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County. Golon, co-owner of Common Folk Farm in Naples, has been the herbalist for Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in New Gloucester for more than 20 years. She will “salt” herbs, create herb pastes, dehydrate vegetable and herb blends and make beverages, all with herbs that can be grown in a home garden. The workshop includes hands-on demonstrations. Participants will be given recipes and samples to take home.

Cost is $40; proceeds benefit Extension’s Nutrition Program in Cumberland County. Registration is online. For more details, or to request a disability accommodation, contact 781.6099, 800.287.1471 (in Maine),

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Upcoming Humanities Issue of Maine Policy Review to be Focus of Annual Summit

University of Maine News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 10:28

The third annual Maine Humanities Summit will celebrate the upcoming issue of Maine Policy Review that features expert analysis on the dynamic intersection of the humanities and public policy in Maine.

The public is invited to join the conversation and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and dinner with three of the report’s 40 authors starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 at the Senator Inn in Augusta.

Ron Cantor, president of Southern Maine Community College; Sheila Jans, cultural development consultant and founder of CultureWorth; and Jessica Skwire Routhier, coordinator of the Maine Photo Project and past president of the Maine Archives & Museums, will recap their MPR articles and make brief remarks to spark discussion about the vital role of the humanities across the state.

“All of the panelists wrote strong articles for the humanities-themed MPR issue,” says Liam Riordan, a history professor and director of the UMaine Humanities Center. “Each addresses different — though related — issues, and they reflect the geographic and intellectual breadth of the humanities in Maine.”

Cantor, who wrote “Not a Big Stretch: Community College Humanities,”  earned a Ph.D. from Syracuse University in cultural foundations of education with a focus on history. His career is dedicated to partnerships for community and individual progress.

Jans founded CultureWorth, a consultancy rooted in the idea of culture as a powerful force to build better places to live. Her work is motivated by the possibilities that emerge from the intersection of arts and culture with economics. Jans wrote “The Role of the Humanities in Rural Community Development,” for the report.

Routhier, who is is an art historian, writer, editor and independent museum professional in South Portland, wrote “The Common Good: Collaboration among Cultural Institutions in Maine.”

Maine Policy Review publishes timely, independent, peer-reviewed analysis of public policy issues relevant to the state of Maine. The journal is published two times a year by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at UMaine. It is intended for a diverse audience, including state policymakers; government, business, and nonprofit leaders; students; and general readers with a broad interest in public policy. The latest issue is expected to be released in May 2015. Current and past issues are online.

The Maine Humanities Summit is co-hosted by the UMaine Humanities Center, Colby College Center for the Arts and Humanities, Maine Humanities Council and Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center.

Registration to the free event is required by contacting Megan Fossa at or 859.4165. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, visit the UMaine Humanities Center’s website or contact Riordan at or 581.1913.

The summit is one of several UMaine Humanities Center events planned for 2015. A public recognition ceremony for award winners of Maine National History Day will be held 3:30–4:30 p.m. before the summit in Augusta’s Cultural Building atrium in partnership with the Maine State Archives, Museum and Library. A Maine student’s museum exhibit that won first place in the national competition in 2014 also will be on display. A list of winners of the statewide National History Day contest is online.


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Media Cover Sen. Susan Collins’ Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Lecture

University of Maine News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:02

The Associated Press, Bangor Daily News, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, WABI (Channel 5) and WVII (Channel 7) reported on the Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Lecture given by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins at the Collins Center for the Arts. Collins’ address was titled “Incivility and Hyperpartisanship: Is Washington a Symptom or the Cause?” She urged her congressional colleagues to restore civility by putting “progress over partisanship, statesmanship over stridency and compromise over conflict,” the AP reported. Foster’s Daily Democrat and the Greenfield Daily Reporter carried the AP article.

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BDN Reports on Student’s Lobster Claw Strength, Shipping Viability Research

University of Maine News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 11:59

The Bangor Daily News reported on research being conducted by Matthew Hodgkin, a fourth-year animal and veterinary sciences major at the University of Maine, under the guidance of Bob Bayer, executive director of the Lobster Institute at UMaine. The cross-discipline research project focused on developing and testing a noninvasive procedure to determine the viability of lobsters for shipping based on claw strength. A couple of years ago, Bayer approached UMaine mechanical engineering professor Michael “Mick” Peterson about developing a way to measure how hard a lobster can squeeze, according to the article. Peterson and Thomas McKay, a fourth-year mechanical engineering technology student, developed a pressure sensor that could fit in a lobster’s claw. Under Bayer’s guidance, Hodgkin has spent a couple of years studying the results of claw pressure tests. When comparing them to the more invasive serum test results, they found a close correlation between each lobster’s serum level and the power of its grip, the article states. published the UMaine news release on the research.

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Maine Sea Grant Program Awarded $800,000, Media Report

University of Maine News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 11:55

WABI (Channel 5) and Mainebiz reported the Maine Sea Grant Program at the University of Maine will receive $798,312 in grant funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to support its research, education and outreach efforts done on behalf of Maine’s coastal communities. U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King announced the award in a press release. “Maine’s coastal communities are a vital part of our economy,” the senators said in a joint statement. “We are pleased NOAA has invested these funds in Maine Sea Grant, which will enable them to continue their important work as a resource and advocate for communities up and down the Maine coast.” Designated as a Sea Grant College, UMaine is one of 33 NOAA Sea Grant Programs throughout the coastal and Great Lakes states. The award is part of Sea Grant’s regular funding in a four-year cycle that extends to 2018, according to the release. The full release is online.

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Lilieholm Quoted in WLBZ Report on Telephone Meeting to Discuss National Park

University of Maine News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 11:52

Robert Lilieholm, the E.L. Giddings professor of forest policy at the University of Maine, was quoted in a WLBZ (Channel 2) report about a teleconference town hall meeting planned for Wednesday, April 1 to discuss the proposed Katahdin-region national park. The amount of jobs the park would generate has been researched and predicted by Headwaters Economics and peer reviewed by state economists, according to the report.

“There are plenty of examples across the U.S. where national parks and other types of protected areas have really become these engines of economic growth, and we’re seeing as these areas are created and as they grow, new businesses come into the area. It’d be very, very unusually for this not to be an economic success,” said Lilieholm, one of the reviewers of the Headwaters prediction.

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Weekly, Maine Edge Publish Article on Wood Bank Community Guide

University of Maine News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 11:51

The Weekly and The Maine Edge published a University of Maine news release about a new guide that shows communities how to start a wood bank. Jessica Leahy, an associate professor of human dimensions of natural resources in the School of Forest Resources, and Sabrina Vivian, a senior in the Ecology and Environmental Sciences Program, wrote “A Community Guide to Starting & Running a Wood Bank” to provide guidance for establishing a wood bank, as well as topics to be considered, including types of wood banks, location, legalities, security, eligibility, firewood sources, volunteers, processing, distribution and equipment. Wood banks are similar to food pantries, but instead of providing food for those in need, they provide firewood at little to no cost for those who rely on wood to heat their homes.

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Maine Edge Advances 2015 Graduate Academic Exposition

University of Maine News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 11:49

The Maine Edge published a University of Maine news release about the Graduate Student Government’s 2015 Graduate Academic Exposition April 2–3. Work will be presented, judged and on display in the Innovative Media Research and Commercialization (IMRC) Center on campus. The event will feature four areas of competition — posters, oral presentations, intermedia and fine arts exhibits, and a PechaKucha, or rapid-fire slide show event. Students from a variety of disciplines are expected to present 129 submissions at this year’s event.

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Nineteen UMaine Faculty Members Receive Tenure and/or Promotion, Weekly Reports

University of Maine News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 11:47

The Weekly reported the University of Maine System Board of Trustees has approved promotion and/or tenure for 19 University of Maine faculty members. The faculty were nominated by UMaine President Susan J. Hunter based on a peer and administrative review of their successful work in teaching, research and public service. “The annual tenure and promotion process is truly a celebration of the excellence of our faculty,” said President Hunter. “They are key to helping UMaine fulfill its statewide mission of teaching, research, scholarship, economic development and outreach. And they are essential to the UMaine distinction — from the student experience and community engagement to the national- and international-caliber research.”

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