School of Performing Arts to Host Musical Theatre Dance Workshop

University of Maine News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:44

The University of Maine School of Performing Arts will host a free musical theatre dance workshop for the public 3 p.m. Friday, April 3.

Choreographer and director Raymond Marc Dumond will teach combinations and numbers from “A Chorus Line” and “Chicago” in the Polly Thomas Dance Studio on the second floor of Class of 1944 Hall.

Dumond has directed and choreographed musical theatre productions around the state. As a member of the Actors’ Equity Association, he has performed professionally at numerous regional theatres across the United States. More about Dumond is online.

For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Eleanor Kipping at 581.4721, Registration is not required to attend.

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Campus Traffic Advisory for March 26

University of Maine News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 13:27

Thursday, March 26, the Dunn and Beta parking lots, and a portion of the Belgrade lot will be closed. Members of the university community are reminded that, with the 3 p.m. Installation Ceremony, parking may be a challenge and traffic on campus is expected to be heavier than usual.

Please keep in mind that the Community Connector and Black Bear Orono Express are available. Carpooling is recommended. The 581.INFO line will provide updates on parking availability on campus.

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Moxley Wins National Poetry Award, Maine Edge Reports

University of Maine News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:14

The Maine Edge published a University of Maine news release about English professor Jennifer Moxley receiving the Poetry Society of America’s 2015 William Carlos Williams Award for her book, “The Open Secret.” The award, named after American poet William Carlos Williams, is presented annually by the PSA for a book of poetry written by an author who is a permanent resident of the United States. The book must be published by a small, nonprofit or university press.

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Weekly Advances Poetry Event at Bangor Library

University of Maine News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:13

The Weekly reported the Bangor Public Library in cooperation with the University of Maine and the University of Maine Museum of Art will host the 13th annual POETS/SPEAK! celebration Saturday, April 4. The daylong event is one of the largest free poetry festivals in Maine, according to the article. This year’s program will feature more than 25 well-known and emerging poets from around the state, as well as UMaine students and lecturers.

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Maine Edge Previews Emera Astronomy Center’s April Shows

University of Maine News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:12

The Maine Edge reported on scheduled public star shows in April at the University of Maine’s Emera Astronomy Center. The Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium shows are held 7 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Friday nights in April feature “Stars,” narrated by Mark Hamill of “Star Wars” fame,  and “Astronaut,” which gives visitors a glimpse of the training, danger and challenges of those who travel in space. For younger sky watchers, Sunday afternoon shows introduce introduce a talking astronomy book that leads two children in their homemade cardboard rocket on an adventure around the solar system in “Secret of the Cardboard Rocket.” Admission to all shows is $6, and seating is limited.

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UMaine Extension Provides School for Poultry Producers

University of Maine News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:11

University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Poultry Growers Association are offering a school for poultry producers from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Kennebec Valley Community College, 92 Western Ave., Fairfield.

Topics will include raising poultry on pasture in Maine, proper nutrition and health, predation prevention and efficient management. The school is designed for small- and medium-size producers who raise poultry for eggs or meat. Many topics are suitable for poultry enthusiasts and 4-H teens.

The fee is $25 for MPGA members, $35 for others. Refreshments, lunch and a reference notebook are included. Registration and more information is online. To request a disability accommodation, call 781.6099 or 800.287.1471 (in Maine).

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Amernet String Quartet, Silver to Collaborate at CCA

University of Maine News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 10:11

The Amernet String Quartet will unite with University of Maine pianist Philip Silver in a concert that features composers affected by the Holocaust at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at the Collins Center for the Arts.

Concert selections for Silver and the award-winning quartet — Misha Vitenson (violin), Marcia Littley (violin), Michael Klotz (viola) and Jason Calloway (cello) — will include: Viktor Ullmann’s Quartet No. 3, op. 46; Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s Quartet No. 5, op. 27; and Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Piano Quintet in E major, op. 15.

Before the concert, at 2 p.m. in Miller’s Cafe at the CCA, Silver will give a free historical lecture about the featured composers and the Holocaust. Silver has presented similar lectures in commercial recordings and at international recitals. The University of Maine Humanities Center is co-presenting the lecture. Coffee and tea will be served.

A reception for musicians and concert-goers will be held following the performance.

Concert tickets are $15 for students, $35 for others; group rates are available. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 581.1755, 800.622.TIXX (toll-free).

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Ippolito Guest on MPBN’s ‘Maine Calling’ Radio Program

University of Maine News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:51

Jon Ippolito, a new media professor at the University of Maine, was a recent guest on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s “Maine Calling” radio program. The show, titled “Social Media 101,” focused on the longevity of social media and how best to use and navigate it.

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2015 Top Gun Program Participants Interviewed for Maine Women Article

University of Maine News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:51

Two members of the Top Gun program’s Class of 2015 shared their experiences for the recent Maine Women article, “Aiming for success.” Kym Dakin and Abi Barnes spoke about why they wanted to sign up for the entrepreneurial development training. The Top Gun program is offered by Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development (MCED) and UMaine’s Target Technology Incubator as part of the Blackstone Accelerates Growth initiative. Participants of the entrepreneur accelerator program attend classes in Portland, Orono or Rockland and work with mentors who help them apply what they learn to accelerate growth. “It has been interesting to learn from others in the process,” Dakin said. “It’s incredibly inspiring, and I feel deeply honored to be in the room with people doing so many creative and interesting projects.”

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Huffington Post Reports on Student’s Local Election Budget

University of Maine News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:49

The Huffington Post’s HuffPost Live published a report on Lee Jackson, a third-year student at the University of Maine, titled “How this college kid won a local election on a $200 budget.” When Jackson was 19 years old, he was elected to the Regional School District No. 34 School Board in Old Town, while maintaining his grades and working a part-time job at McDonald’s, according to the report. “For me it was, ‘Here’s my budget, it’s $200. How can I best spend these $200?’” he said. “It was a lot of knocking on doors, and coalition building, and organizing, and pizza nights, and photo ops. It’s definitely something that’s not easy.”

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Fried Talks with WABI About Stephen King, Governor

University of Maine News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:48

Amy Fried, a political science professor at the University of Maine, sat down with WABI (Channel 5) to speak about Gov. Paul LePage’s recent remarks on author Stephen King in relation to income taxes. Fried also was quoted in a related Washington Post article.

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UMaine Waste Study Cited in MPBN Report

University of Maine News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:47

A 2011 study by the University of Maine School of Economics was cited in the Maine Public Broadcasting Network report, “Lawmakers seeking to reduce waste with composting bill.” The study found more than 40 percent of waste generated in the state is organic, with lesser amounts accounted for by paper and plastic. Sarah Lakeman, Sustainable Maine Policy Advocate for the Natural Resources Council of Maine, said addressing the organic component will help the state meet its waste recycling goals.

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Ellsworth American Advances Maryann Hartman Awards

University of Maine News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:45

The Ellsworth American reported Florence Reed of Surry is one of three Maine women and a teen who will be honored as leaders in social justice, community advocacy and cultural preservation at the 29th annual Maryann Hartman Awards on March 24 at the University of Maine. Reed will be recognized for her initiative in creating Sustainable Harvest International, which connects Maine to the global community. The Maryann Hartman Awards Ceremony will be held March 24 in UMaine’s Buchanan Alumni House. This year, the free public event is part of Women’s Leadership Week, a University of Maine 150th anniversary observance.

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Maine Edge Previews Women in Leadership Week

University of Maine News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:44

The Maine Edge published a University of Maine news release about Women in Leadership Week, March 24–26. The week is part of UMaine’s yearlong 150th anniversary celebration and will feature a series of public events leading to the Installation of UMaine President Susan J. Hunter. “Women in Leadership Week is a celebration of the installation of UMaine’s first woman president, but it is also a time to reflect on the many ways that women have shaped our university, to recognize the challenges that women continue to face, and to recommit ourselves to nurturing the next generation of women leaders,” said Jeffrey E. Hecker, UMaine executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, and chair of the Women in Leadership Week committee.

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Installation of UMaine President Susan J. Hunter March 26

University of Maine News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:43

Installation of the University of Maine’s 20th President Susan J. Hunter will take place 3 p.m. March 26 at the Collins Center for the Arts.

Highlighting the ceremony will be a keynote address, “Leading with a Cause,” by Nancy Zimpher, chancellor of the State University of New York System.

In 2009, Zimpher became the 12th chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY), the nation’s largest comprehensive system of higher education. Prior to joining SUNY, Zimpher served as president of the University of Cincinnati, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and executive dean of the Professional Colleges and dean of the College of Education at Ohio State University. She has written or co-written numerous books, monographs and academic journal articles on teacher education, urban education, academic leadership and school/university partnerships.

Immediately following the Installation, a reception for President Hunter will be held at the CCA.

The installation is one of a series of public events during Women’s Leadership Week, part of UMaine’s yearlong 150th anniversary celebration.

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Nominations Sought for 2015 Geddes W. Simpson Lecture

University of Maine News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:42

The Geddes W. Simpson Lecture Series Selection Committee is calling for nominations for the 14th annual Geddes W. Simpson Lecture, which will be held in fall 2015.

The Geddes W. Simpson Lecture invites speakers of prominence that have provided significant insight into the area where science and history intersect.

The Geddes W. Simpson Lecture Series Fund was established in the University of Maine Foundation in 2001 by the family of Geddes Wilson Simpson, a well-respected faculty member who began his 55-year career with the College of Life Sciences and the Maine Agricultural Experiment Station in 1931. Simpson was named chair of the Entomology Department in 1954 and remained in that position until his retirement in 1974. Upon his retirement he was awarded emeritus status and thereafter worked part time with the Experiment Station as editor.

To nominate a speaker, submit a one-page letter of nomination along with the nominee’s curriculum vitae to Kathleen Bell at or School of Economics, 5782 Winslow Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5782. The nomination deadline is Monday, April 20.

Speakers are welcome from any field that bridges science and history. The lecture series has hosted a broad range of speakers from various academic disciplines.

Geddes W. Simpson Distinguished Lecturers (2008–2014):

Robert R. Steneck, professor of oceanography, University of Maine;
“Considering the Future of our Seas Through the Lens of History” (2008)

David R. Foster, professor of organismic and evolutionary biology and director of the Harvard Forest, Harvard University;
“Reading and Conserving New England: Using History to Interpret and Manage Nature” (2009)

Michelle Murphy, associate professor of history and women and gender studies, University of Toronto;
“Avertable Life, Investable Futures: A Cold War Story of Sex and Economy” (2010)

Joseph T. Kelley, professor of marine geology, University of Maine;
“People and Beaches: A Coupled Human and Natural System” (2011)

James R. Fleming, professor of science, technology and society, Colby College;
“Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control” (2012)

Grace S. Brush, professor of geography and environmental engineering, Johns Hopkins University;
“A Paleoecological Record of Long Term Connections Between Land and Water” (2013)

William B. Krohn, Ph.D., wildlife biologist;
“Using Historical Information in Wildlife Science: A Personal Journey” (2014)

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UMaine to Host Maine National History Day Competition March 28

University of Maine News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 12:41

More than 300 students and teachers from 36 middle and high schools from around the state will participate in the Maine National History Day competition at the University of Maine on March 28.

For the second year in a row, a partnership between UMaine and the Margaret Chase Smith Library, with support from the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine Historical Society, brings the event for students in grades 6–12 to the UMaine campus.

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.

Student exhibits, websites, documentaries and performances will be judged from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at several locations on campus including Wells Conference Center, which will house the museum exhibit category that is open to the public.

A history scavenger hunt also will take place for participants throughout the day.

Charles Stanhope, chairman of the Maine Arts Commission who has worked at the Library of Congress and is a UMaine alumnus, is scheduled to speak at the 2:30 p.m. awards ceremony in Wells. Awards will be given in several categories, and the top state winners will be eligible to compete in the national contest in Washington, D.C. in June.

A public recognition ceremony for the state NHD award winners will be held 3:30–4:30 p.m. April 7 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 nation in 2014 also will be on display. The NHD recognition ceremony will be followed by the third annual Maine Humanities Summit from 5–7:30 p.m. at the Senator Inn in Augusta. More information about the summit is online.

For questions or to request a disability accommodation, contact John Taylor, NHD state coordinator with the Margaret Chase Smith Library, 317.626.8438,; or Liam Riordan, UMaine history professor, 207.581.1913, More information on Maine NHD is online.

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Psychological Research Paper Among the Top 10 Most-Read in Clinical Case Studies

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

A research paper by University of Maine psychologists continues to be in the top 10 most-read articles in the journal Clinical Case Studies. The research focused on the effectiveness of two years of multicomponent treatment of severe body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) in a 14-year-old girl. As defined by the American Psychiatric Association, BDD is a psychiatric disorder characterized by obsessive thoughts about perceived physical defects. A person with BDD can develop compensatory behaviors, depression and social withdrawal. Treatment at UMaine’s Psychological Services Center involved counseling two times per week and periodic home visits focused on exposure with response prevention (ERP) in conjunction with medication, case management, and crisis intervention. The two-year treatment resulted in partial remission of BDD, with significant reductions in obsessive-compulsive behavior and depression, and increased school attendance.

The journal article, “ERP, Medication, and Brief Hospitalization in the Treatment of an Adolescent With Severe BDD,” was authored by Rachel D. Burrows, a former UMaine graduate student who is now a clinical psychologist at Maine General Medical Center; graduate student Janine Slavec; Douglas W. Nangle, professor of psychology; and April C. O’Grady, director of the UMaine Psychological Services Center. It was published in February 2013.

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Giudice, Corey Give VEMI Lab Demo at Maine Science Festival, WABI Reports

University of Maine News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 12:51

WABI (Channel 5) covered the inaugural Maine Science Festival that was held throughout downtown Bangor and at the Cross Insurance Center. Several UMaine facilities and community members offered events as part of the festival. UMaine’s Virtual Environment and Multimodal Interaction (VEMI) Laboratory provided hands-on, virtual reality activities, including a driving simulator. “Little kids are pretty excited about how cool some of the virtual reality is. The older kids are stopping and talking to our programmers and asking them how it’s done,” said Richard Corey, the lab’s director of operations. Nicholas Giudice, a professor in the School of Computing and Information Science who directs the lab, said he hopes the lab and festival inspire others. “A lot of these kids that are coming in have never thought about this stuff and are leaving going, ‘Wow, that’s amazing,’” Giudice said.

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Bridge Year Program Featured in Morning Sentinel Article

University of Maine News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 12:50

The Morning Sentinel reported on Waterville High School students who are participating in the Bridge Year Program, an educational collaborative involving UMaine that aims to increase the number of Maine students who earn a college degree by giving them access to college classes during their junior and senior years in high school. The program offers credits at a fraction of the cost of attending college, according to the article. In Waterville, 14 students are taking part in the collaboration between the high school, UMaine and Mid-Maine Technical Center. The students travel together to English, math, science and social studies classes taught by high school teachers who have become adjunct UMaine professors and work with the university’s professors to ensure that the students are meeting standards of both the high school and college, the article states.

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