An paper co-authored by Ali Abedi, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, was one of the 50 most downloaded articles in the IEEE Sensors Journal in October-November 2014. The paper, “Wireless Sensor Systems for Space and Extreme Environments: A Review” (Vol. 14, No. 11, November 2014), was co-authored by Abedi and Habib Rashvand, School of Engineering, University of Warwick; Jose M. Alcaraz-Calero, School of Computing, Telecommunications and Networks, University of the West of Scotland; Paul Mitchell, University of York; Subhas Chandra Mukhopadhyay, Massey University. The latest Top 50 papers are online.
WLBZ (Channel 2) covered the University of Maine Career Center’s 17th annual UMaine Career Fair at the New Balance Student Recreation Center. About 120 employers from Maine and around the country with job and internship opportunities exhibited at the fair. Several graduate and professional schools, as well as branches of the military, also were represented at the event. “It’s really rewarding to be able to come back to your alma mater and be on the other side of the table and help students just like yourself identify if it’s the right opportunity for them, and figuring out what they want to do, and being in a position to provide them that opportunity,” said Nathan Kinney, a 2012 UMaine graduate who is now a small business manager for Key Bank. Patty Counihan, director of the Career Center, said about 800 students attended the fair.
WABI (Channel 5) reported the University of Maine women’s basketball team is prepared to play the annual Play 4Kay breast cancer awareness game on Feb. 15. Play4Kay is named after Kay Yow, a longtime North Carolina State women’s coach who died of breast cancer in 2009. Funds raised for the game go to the Kay Yow Foundation to support breast cancer research. Coach Richard Barron said if the team raises $10,000, he will shave his head. Barron also visited WABI‘s studio to talk about the game.
Research conducted at the University of Maine was mentioned in a Hartford Courant article about a debate in Connecticut over road snow and ice removal methods. The Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE) is currently studying whether widely used effective salt compounds are corroding vehicles faster than sand and/or salt, as several truckers claim, according to the article. In Maine, the DOT protocol for snow removal uses the same ingredients as in Connecticut, but in different concentrations. UMaine has also studied road snow and ice removal methods, similar to what CASE is researching now, the article states.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering “So You Want to Farm in Maine?” to military veterans beginning 6–9 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, at University of Maine at Augusta, Richard Randall Student Center, 46 University Drive, Augusta.
Extension educators Tori Jackson and Caragh Fitzgerald and other area experts will teach the course, which will be held six consecutive Tuesdays. The class is designed for farmers and those who want to operate a farm. It will cover knowledge and skills necessary to start, adapt and maintain a profitable land-based business.
Cost is $50, which includes the textbook and all materials; the fee covers more than one farm business partner if they share materials. Online registration is required; the course is limited to 25 participants. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.353.5550 or email email@example.com.
Learn or improve your French this summer!
Participate in a French immersion program offered by the Canadian-American Center
The Summer FLAS Awards cover tuition and a stipend and are intended for graduate students.
- Middlebury College (Vermont) for Beginners
- McGill University (Montreal), Université Laval (Quebec City) for Intermediate and Advanced students in French
*Other immersion programs are available
For more info: UMAINE.EDU/CANAM
Contact Dr. FREDERIC RONDEAU with any questions: FREDERIC.RONDEAU_MAINE.EDU
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS APRIL 1, 2015
THIS SUMMER PROGRAM PROVIDES THE EQUIVALENT OF ONE ACADEMIC YEAR OF LANGUAGE TRAINING.
Organizers of the UMaine Business Challenge, the state’s largest student entrepreneurship competition, recently announced the contest is no longer limited to Maine’s public universities, according to Mainebiz. The organizers said students at all of Maine’s higher education institutions looking to pitch their business ideas are eligible to compete for a total of $20,000 in cash and consulting prizes, including free entry into the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development’s Top Gun program, the article states. The UMaine Business Challenge was founded in 2011 by a group of 2010 UMaine graduates who wanted to give back to their alma mater while creating more opportunities for student entrepreneurs. “Our two main goals have never changed: Support collegiate entrepreneurs and help contribute to Maine’s economic growth. Opening up the competition helps us accomplish both of those,” said organizer James Morin in a prepared statement.
A study by Erin Simons-Legaard, an assistant research professor in forest landscape modeling in the School of Forest Resources, was the focus of a segment on Bob Duchesne’s “Wild Maine” radio show on 92.9 FM The Ticket. Simons-Legaard’s research focuses on the decline of wintering habitat for deer in the Northern Maine woods. The interview also was cited in a Bangor Daily News blog post by George Smith titled, “Homeless deer may be doomed in Maine’s North Woods.”
WABI (Channel 5) reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and FoodCorps are hosting a four-session class in Skowhegan for parents to learn tips about cooking on a budget. Participants who complete the program will receive a cooking kit with recipes and tools. Classes start March 4.
Gordon Donaldson, professor emeritus of education at the University of Maine, was a recent guest on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s “Maine Calling” radio show. Donaldson and other guests spoke about “The past, present and future of rural education in Maine.”
The Sun Journal reported the Regional School Unit 10 board of directors approved trips to the University of Maine 4-H Learning Center at Bryant Pond. Rumford Elementary School fifth-graders will take part in an overnight nature experience June 1 and 2, and Dixfield Elementary students in grades three through five will take part in a daylong visit May 18, according to the report. “Our goal is to get kids outside into the natural world,” said Lyndsey Smith, lakeside classroom coordinator at Bryant Pond, during her presentation to the board.
The New Haven Register reported University of Maine student Laura Bollert recently returned home to Milford, Connecticut to fill in a mural she painted in high school. In 2012, Bollert sketched and painted an 8-by-20-foot mural of a tidal marsh on a wall of the Milford Point Coastal Center, according to the article. She returned over winter break to fill it in after a broken television was removed from the middle of the mural, the article states. “I’m really happy with it,” said Bollert, who plans to be a wildlife researcher.
The University of Maine will hold the 11th annual International Dance Festival (IDF) on Feb. 21 at the Collins Center for the Arts. The performances, which are free and open to the public, will take place at 2 and 7 p.m.
The event will feature performances by dancers from more than a dozen regions around the world including Vietnam, Brazil, India and the Caribbean.
The IDF was a student-led initiative that began in 2005. The festival is organized by the Office of International Programs and the International Student Association. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, visit the Office of International Programs website or call 581.3437.
Vivian Wu, a professor of microbiology and food safety in the School of Food and Agriculture, was interviewed by Food Safety Magazine about her latest research on food-borne pathogens. Wu’s project recently received a $150,000 research grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) method to better understand food-borne pathogens. Wu said the research team’s goal is not only to better understand the process by which harmful bacteria move into the edible parts of fresh produce, but to come up with ways to prevent pathogen internalization in food.
Janet Fairman, an associate research professor of education at the University of Maine, and Craig Mason, a professor with Maine Education Policy Research Institute and the Center for Research and Evaluation at UMaine, wrote an opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News titled “Maine schools can do more to engage parents effectively to help students learn.” The op-ed focused on research investigating the role of parent engagement in supporting students’ academic learning. Katie Thompson and Theresa Gillis, doctoral students in the educational leadership program at UMaine, contributed to the research. A full version of the report is online.
Dick Young, auxiliary operations director at the University of Maine’s Cutler Health Center, spoke with WABI (Channel 5) for a report about preparing for the possibility of measles on campus. Young said UMaine officials are closely monitoring the measles outbreak in California and would follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines if there was a confirmed case on campus. The last confirmed case of measles in Maine was in 1997, according to the report.
The Bangor Daily News reported University of Maine women’s basketball player Liz Wood and track and field athlete Wilson Adams received the school’s 2015 “M” Club Dean Smith Award during an academic ceremony Monday night. The award is presented annually to the top male and female student-athletes with outstanding academic and athletic achievement along with citizenship and community service. More about the award and winners is online.
The Maine Edge published a University of Maine news release about the university hosting its first full and half marathon this summer as part of the Black Bear Race series. The inaugural Black Bear Marathon and Half Marathon will take place June 21. Campus Recreation also is offering marathon training for runners who are interested in participating, but would either prefer some coaching or training with others. Starting in February, participants will run weekly as a group with an experienced trainer and will be given a detailed training plan, handouts on various race topics and $10 off race registration.
The Bangor Daily News reported that Abigail Bennett, a first-year economics major at the University of Maine, is running for vice chairwoman of the Maine Republican Party. Bennett is the daughter of Chairman Rick Bennett. The Republican State Committee will choose officers Saturday, Feb. 14 in Augusta, the article states.