Maine Community Foundation CEO Meredith Jones compiled a trivia quiz based on the “Historical Atlas of Maine,” a 15-year project led by University of Maine researchers, including historian Richard Judd, geographer Stephen Hornsby and now-deceased Professor of English Burton Hatlen. Jones said she would give a polar fleece vest with the MCF logo to the person who posted correct responses to all eight trivia questions.
One of the eight questions: Ice cut from the Kennebec River in the 1880s was shipped to which of the following countries:
- New Zealand
- South Africa
Mainebiz also reported on the long-awaited printing of the “Historical Atlas of Maine.”
George Kinghorn, director and curator of the University of Maine Museum of Art, was cited in a Bangor Daily News article about the Bangor City Council approving a $1,000 matching grant that could allow a 10-foot-tall “buoy-like floating sculpture” to be anchored in the Kenduskeag Stream in downtown Bangor this summer. The buoy, created by Eastport artist Anna Helper, will be part of her exhibition on display from June through September at the museum, according to the article. Helper is Bangor’s first recipient of an Individual Artist Grant, and she was encouraged by Kinghorn to apply for the grant through the city, the article states.
Centralmaine.com, the website of the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel, carried the announcement that the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers Program will start from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at the UMaine Extension Piscataquis County office, 165 East Main St. in Dover-Foxcroft. Live video conferencing of the training is also provided at Extension offices in Skowhegan, Fort Kent, Presque Isle and Houlton. Applications are due Thursday, Feb. 19.
Village Soup reported on the University of Maine Museum of Art’s winter exhibitions that will open to the public on Jan. 16 and run through March 21. The exhibits are, Barbara Putnam and Deborah Cornell’s “Global Change: The Dance of Contingencies,” Dan Estabrook’s “King & Clown” and Rachel Hellmann’s “Infra/Structure.”
The University of Maine Police Department advises campus motorists that two new stop signs have been installed on Munson Road where it intersects with Schoodic and Moosehead roads, making this now a four-way stop. The goal is to improve pedestrian safety in the area and along Munson Road, where there are numerous crosswalks. Drivers and pedestrians: PLEASE USE CAUTION in this area as everyone adjusts to this new traffic pattern change.
A field biologist, science writer, river restorer and senior producer will share their experiences at a science storytelling project 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, at One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., in Portland.
Skylar Bayer and Ari Daniel are co-producers of the event for The Story Collider, which creates live shows and podcasts in which people convey how science has personally affected their lives.
Frontier is the theme for the storytellers, who will talk about learning about themselves and their disciplines. Scheduled participants are: Chuck Lubelczyk, field biologist at Maine Medical Research Institute; Laura Poppick, science journalist and educator; Molly Payne Winn, monitoring coordinator with Penobscot River Restoration Trust; and Erin Barker, senior producer for The Story Collider, two-time winner of The Moth’s GrandSLAM competition and guest on the Peabody Award-winning show “The Moth Radio Hour.”
Bayer is pursuing her Ph.D. in marine reproductive ecology at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center in Walpole, Maine. She was featured in a prior podcast of The Story Collider titled “Phoning Home from Alvin.” Bayer manages, edits and writes the blog Strictlyfishwrap and was the “the lonely lady scientist” in a 2013 feature titled “The Enemy Within” on “The Colbert Report.”
Daniel tells stories about science using radio and multimedia. He has reported for PRI’s The World, NOVA, Radiolab and NPR. Daniel earned a Ph.D. in biological oceanography at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Contact: Beth Staples, 207.581.3777
The Office of Student Financial Aid reminds students that as of Jan. 1, they can file their 2015–16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which must be completed each year in order to receive financial aid at the University of Maine.
March 1 is the University of Maine’s priority filing deadline for FAFSA. Students who file their FAFSA after that date risk losing potential eligibility for some types of financial aid.
The 2015–16 FAFSA requires students and parents of dependent students to submit their 2014 tax information. If you have not yet filed your 2014 tax return, use estimated information to submit the FAFSA by the March 1 priority filing deadline. Once your tax return is complete, you can use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to upload your tax information directly from the IRS to your FAFSA. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool will be available for use starting Feb. 1.
To complete FAFSA, go to fafsa.gov. For more information on filing the FAFSA, visit umaine.edu/stuaid or contact the Office of Student Financial Aid, 207.581.1324.
Sarah Redmond, a marine extension associate with the Maine Sea Grant College Program at the University of Maine, will be a guest speaker at a free brown bag luncheon at noon Wednesday, Jan. 28, in Moore Auditorium at Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park. She’ll discuss “Our Ocean Garden: Sea Vegetables of Maine.” For more information, call 207.288.1310.
University of Maine economist James Breece was interviewed for a story in the Morning Sentinel about dropping oil prices. He said oil prices have plummeted due to a host of reasons, including that increased production of shale oil in North America has increased global supplies. In addition, Breece said as the Chinese economy and the European economy declined, the demand for oil has dropped. While Breece said oil prices will likely increase when the economies of China and Europe recover, he doesn’t believe they’ll reach previous record levels.
David Neivandt, associate vice president for research and graduate studies and director of the Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering at the University of Maine, was cited in a MaineToday Media story about the state lagging behind in hiring foreign technology workers. The story reported that, despite a shortage of technically skilled professionals in Maine, businesses have, for the most part, not utilized the federal H-1B visa program that allows them to hire foreign guest workers with expertise in science, medicine, computers and engineering. Colleges and universities in Maine appear to be the exception. Neivandt said that in 2001, when he came to the U.S. from Australia, he obtained a visa in a few months. One major drawback, he said, is that spouses may not work unless they obtain their own H-1B visas.
In his Jan. 12 online edition of the Minnesota-based Star Tribune, meteorologist Paul Douglas used the University of Maine Climate Change Institute’s Climate Reanalyzer’s Global Forecast System Model. The Climate Reanalyzer indicated the Gopher State would come out of the deep freeze and have several days with temperatures in the 30s.
The Rockland-based Courier Gazette carried a story about Don Shields being named the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association’s Maine Sportscaster of the Year. Shields, who calls University of Maine women’s basketball games for Learfield Sports/Black Bear Sports Properties, also has called area high school basketball contests for 30 years.
Wabanaki reconciliation will be the focus of a keynote address at the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast on Jan. 19, sponsored by the Greater Bangor Area NAACP and the University of Maine.
Doors open at 8 a.m. in UMaine’s Wells Conference Center. Tickets are $20; $12.50 for children 12 and under; free for students with a MaineCard. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance. Early ticket purchase is recommended (umaine.edu/multicultural). For ticket information or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.581.4095.
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast will open with welcoming remarks by Michael Alpert, president of the Greater Bangor Area NAACP; UMaine President Susan Hunter; and UMaine Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Robert Dana.
Keynote speakers Esther Attean and Denise Altvater will speak on “Truth, Healing and Change: Maine-Wabanaki Reconciliation.” Attean and Altvater are the advisers to the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission.
Attean, a member of the Passamaquoddy Nation, co-directs Maine-Wabanaki REACH and is a training specialist with the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine, working with young people transitioning out of foster care. Attean was part of the Indian Child Welfare Act Training Workgroup and for seven years worked for the Penobscot Nation Department of Human Services, providing family support and community program development services.
Altvater is the youth outreach and education coordinator of Maine-Wabanaki REACH, and directs Maine’s Wabanaki Youth Program of the American Friends Service Committee. She is the Passamaquoddy representative to the Maine Indian Tribal State Commission and is the Wabanaki liaison on the Board of Overseers for the Maine State Prison. For decades, she has worked to create a support and communication network for Native communities in the region.
Other community leaders expected to participate in the King Breakfast include gkisedtanmoogk, a commissioner with the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission; and Mother Marguerite A.H. Steadman of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Bangor.
For more information about the breakfast, call 207.581.1406.
Michael Alpert is the newly named president of the Greater Bangor Area NAACP. Alpert directs the University of Maine Press in Orono, a division of UMaine’s Raymond H. Fogler Library.
The Greater Bangor Area NAACP holds monthly meetings and special programs on issues of concern to the civil rights community. More information is available by calling 207.548.2081.
Applications are now open for the Communicating Science 2015 Workshop (http://comscicon.com/apply-comscicon15), to be held in Cambridge, MA on June 18-20th, 2015. Graduate students at US institutions in all fields of science and engineering are encouraged to apply. The application will close on March 1st. Acceptance to the workshop is competitive; attendance of the workshop is free and travel support will be provided to accepted applicants. Participants will build the communication skills that scientists and other technical professionals need to express complex ideas to their peers, experts in other fields, and the general public.
There will be panel discussions on the following topics:
- Communicating with Non-Scientific Audiences
- Science Communication in Popular Culture
- Communicating as a Science Advocate
- Multimedia Communication for Scientists
- Addressing Diversity through Communication
In addition to these discussions, ample time is allotted for interacting with the experts and with attendees from throughout the country to discuss science communication and develop science outreach collaborations. Workshop participants will produce an original piece of science writing and receive feedback from workshop attendees and professional science communicators, including journalists, authors, public policy advocates, educators, and more.
University of Maine Marine Extension associates are involved in emerging efforts to develop aquaculture for American eel. Last October, scientists, eel biologists, eel merchants, entrepreneurs and government regulators attended a workshop on the eel industry sponsored by the USDA Northeastern Regional Aquaculture Center and organized by Barry Costa-Pierce (University of New England), Michael Timmons (Cornell University), Dana Morse (Maine Sea Grant) and David MacNeill (New York Sea Grant). Despite complications resulting from the potential listing of American eel as an endangered species, workshop participants concluded that the development of a local industry would benefit both wild fishermen and aquaculture entrepreneurs. Discussions will continue at the Northeast Aquaculture Conference and Exposition (Jan. 14–16 in Portland, Maine) and the Maine Fishermen’s Forum (March 5–7 at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine).
Farms.com reported Jim Dwyer, a crops specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, will give a talk at the 74th Maine Agricultural Trades Show set for Jan. 13–15 at the Augusta Civic Center. Dwyer is scheduled to do a presentation on potato pest management on Jan. 13. Since 1941, the annual show has offered a place for agriculture producers and consumers to experience a variety of exhibitors, meetings, seminars and activities related to farming, according to the article.
Applications are due Feb. 19 for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers Program that starts March 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the UMaine Extension Piscataquis County office, 165 East Main St., Dover-Foxcroft. Live video conferencing of the training will be provided at Extension offices in Skowhegan, Fort Kent, Presque Isle and Houlton.
UMaine Extension educators and other experts will provide 48 hours of research-based horticulture training over 16 weeks. Classroom and hands-on instruction will be included. The program will focus on ornamentals, garden vegetables, small fruits and fruit trees. Topics include soil science, composting and fertilizing, botany, growing nightshade vegetables, plant health and other aspects of plant management. After successful program completion, each Master Gardener Volunteer is expected to provide 40 hours of assistance to a community gardening project.
The $220 fee is due the first day of class; limited partial scholarships are available. For more information, or to request an application or disability accommodation, call 207.564.3301, 800.287.1491 (in Maine), TDD 800.287.8957. The application and more information also are available online.
The Bangor Daily News reported Bangor’s Business and Economic Development Committee approved a $1,000 Individual Artist Grant that could allow a 10-foot-tall “monumental fiberglass buoy-like floating sculpture” to be anchored in the Kenduskeag Stream in downtown Bangor this summer. The buoy, created by Eastport artist Anna Helper, will be part of her exhibition on display from June through September at the University of Maine Museum of Art, which is located next to the Kenduskeag Stream between Central and State streets, according to the article. Helper told the BDN she hopes the piece will draw people to the museum.
Peer-reviewed studies by University of Maine economics professor Todd Gabe were mentioned in the Bangor Daily News article, “Waterfront Concerts poised for biggest year to date, promoter tells Bangor business gathering.” Since the concert series began in 2010, it has held 75 events along the banks of the Penobscot River, according to the article. Gabe’s studies found that in the first four seasons, the concerts contributed an estimated $47.5 million to the Bangor area economy, and that contribution has grown each year, the article states. The BDN report also was carried by the Sun Journal and cited by Mainebiz.
A free informational meeting for current and interested elderberry growers will be held 1–3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension office, 24 Main St., Lisbon Falls.
Tori Lee Jackson, UMaine Extension educator and associate professor of agriculture and natural resources, and David Handley, UMaine Extension vegetable and small fruit specialist, will facilitate.
Topics will include elderberry growers’ experiences and potential future needs, management practices and challenges, research-based information on elderberries as a potential production crop and insurance programs that cover elderberries.
For more information, to make a reservation, or to request a disability accommodation, contact KymNoelle Sposato, 207.353.5550, email@example.com.