Anne Lichtenwalner, a professor and Extension veterinarian at the University of Maine and director of UMaine’s Animal Health Laboratory, was quoted in the Bangor Daily News article, “Maine Wildlife Park staff say humans’ relationship with wild animals requires delicate balance.” Staff at the park in Gray, which is run by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, care for the animals while educating the public about the animals’ needs and instincts, according to the article. Lichtenwalner said park staff can eliminate humanizing wild animals by avoiding eye contact, acting dominant and feeding the animals without letting them know humans are nearby. She said recognizing an animal’s “wild side” is difficult for people to grasp because of what she calls the “Disney” effect. “We don’t even recognize each other’s autonomy, so it’s very natural that we make assumptions about animals and their choices that are reflective of how we think about our daily lives,” Lichtenwalner said.
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension was mentioned in a Sun Journal article advancing the Portland Flower Show that runs March 5–9. It is one of the last remaining judged flower shows of its kind in northern New England, according to a show organizer. The show’s 13 exhibitors will interpret the theme “Storybook Gardens” in their displays, the article states. During the event, gardening experts from the UMaine Extension Master Gardener’s program will manage a Children’s Discovery Garden.
The Bangor Daily News interviewed Maine native and musical theater actor Scott Moreau ahead of his performance at the Cross Insurance Center on Feb. 22, as part of the Broadway’s Best in Bangor series. Moreau plays the role of Johnny Cash in the touring production of “Million Dollar Quartet.” Moreau, who is a Litchfield native and 1997 graduate of Winthrop High School, spoke about his memories of Maine Summer Youth Music camps at the University of Maine. “The thing that really got me hooked was the Maine Summer Youth Music camps at UMaine, which I did all through high school,” he said. “Spending two weeks being immersed in choir and band and musical theater definitely gave me the bug. I wanted to be surrounded by like-minded people in an arts community.”
The Republican Journal reported a photography exhibition, “Fish, Wind and Tide: Art and Technology of Maine’s Resources,” is on display through March 21, at the Allen and Sally Fernald Art Gallery at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast. The free public exhibit showcases photos depicting unique and varied uses of wind energy from the archives of the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport. Maynard Bray, technical editor of “Wooden Boat Magazine,” captioned the photographs.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a free seminar about protecting poultry from disease 10 a.m.–noon Saturday, March 14, at the UMaine Extension Penobscot County office, 307 Maine Ave., Bangor.
Information for current and future backyard poultry keepers will include backyard biosecurity, recognizing diseases and National Poultry Improvement Plan participation.
For more information and to preregister, contact Melissa Freeman, 207.287.6564, firstname.lastname@example.org. To request a disability accommodation, call 207.942.7396, 800.287.1485 (in Maine).
Seminar sponsors are UMaine Extension, as well as the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Division of Animal and Plant Health.
The University of Maine Training and Safety (UMTS) organization will demonstrate hands-only CPR during the UMaine men’s ice hockey game against Northeastern on Feb. 21.
The goal of the student-run group, which operates as part of University Volunteer Ambulance Corps, is to train 1,000 people in hands-only CPR this year. The group is halfway to meeting its goal.
Hockey fans can help by visiting the UMTS table in the Alfond Arena’s main lobby during the game, where instructors will offer free 30-second sessions. Trainers also will offer instruction in the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) on a manikin.
Those who perform hands-only CPR Saturday night will be entered into a drawing for a Friends of Maine Hockey gift basket filled with UMaine hockey items and will receive $5 off a Heartsaver certification course.
The Maine Public Broadcasting Network reported about 250 participants have already signed up for the University of Maine’s inaugural full and half marathon this summer. Race organizer Lauri Sidelko said they’re hoping to attract more than 1,000 runners to the Black Bear Marathon on June 21. She said there are spots available for 800 runners on the 13.1-mile course and 400 participants for the full 26.2-mile course.
The Maine Edge published a review of the University of Maine School of Performing Arts production of William Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost.” The review calls the play “an ambitious choice — and a largely successful one.” Remaining performances of the show are scheduled for noon Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20–21 and 2 p.m. Feb. 22 in Hauck Auditorium.
The Republican Journal reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Waldo County Extension Association are hosting the 21st annual Rural Living Day on March 21 in Thorndike. Classes will be available throughout the day on a variety of topics including farming with horses, starting a home-based food business, solar energy, soil biology and preserving the harvest using dehydration. Workshops for children also will be available and will focus on rocket building, gardening and taste testing. More about Rural Living Day is online.
The Associated Press, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, Portland Press Herald and Bangor Daily News were among several news organizations to report the University of Maine is working with information security and law enforcement on the theft of a laptop containing student roster data. A UMaine laptop computer and media card used by a faculty member were stolen from a checked bag on an airline flight earlier this month, potentially exposing the personal information of 941 students enrolled in physics courses dating to 1999. The records of 604 students enrolled from 1999 to 2007 included names, Social Security numbers, phone numbers, email addresses, grade data and course information. Records for 337 students enrolled from 2000 to 2014 included names, and course name and year. As of Feb. 18, there has been no indication that the data has been used. The Boston Globe and WLBZ (Channel 2) carried the AP report.
The Maine Sheep Breeders Association and University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer three sheep shearing schools in March and April, designed for people with different levels of experience.
Four instructors will teach beginner sheep shearing from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Wolfe’s Neck Farm, 184 Burnett Road, Freeport, Maine. The $40 per person fee includes a shearing manual and lunch. Enrollment is limited to 16. Spectators are welcome.
Kevin Ford teaches a two-day blade shearing school 1–4 p.m. Friday, April 17 and 8 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, Maine. The $120 per person fee includes a shearing manual and lunch each day. Participants will be taught to set up, sharpen and use hand shears. Enrollment is limited to 10; previous sheep-shearing experience is recommended. Shears will be available for purchase. Spectators are welcome.
Gwen Hinman will instruct intermediate-level sheep shearing from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at Meadowcroft Farm, 45 Hopkins Road, Washington, Maine. This school is designed for participants to improve their shearing skills; attendees should bring their own shears. The $85 per person fee includes a shearing manual and lunch. Enrollment is limited to six.
Beginner- and intermediate-level schools use a conventional shearing method with handheld electric shears. The blade shearing school uses nonelectric hand shears or blades. Register online. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call Andrea Herr, 207.781.6099, 800.287.1471 (in Maine).
The University of Maine’s University Singers will perform several free concerts around central and northern Maine in March as part of the choir’s annual spring tour.
Under the direction of Francis Vogt, a School of Performing Arts faculty member, the group of about 60 singers will perform evening shows at middle and high schools and a church before ending the tour with two performances on campus.
The tour kicks off 7:30 p.m. March 9 at Stearns High School in Millinocket. Other free concerts are 7 p.m. March 10 at Presque Isle Middle School, 7 p.m. March 11 at Madawaska Middle-High School, 7:30 p.m. March 13 at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in South Paris, and 7 p.m. March 14 at South Parish Congregational Church in Augusta.
The choir ends the tour with two performances at Minsky Recital Hall on the UMaine campus in Orono at 7:30 p.m. March 21 and 2 p.m. March 22. Tickets for the Orono shows are $9, or free with a valid student MaineCard. Tickets are available at the Collins Center box office by calling 581.1755.
The University Singers is an advanced concert choir with members from a variety of disciplines across campus. Every four years, the Singers perform abroad; in 2012, the group sang in Switzerland, Italy and Austria. Auditions are held each fall.
The College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture will be holding their annual Graduate Student Research Awards Competition on February 27, 2015 in 57 Stodder Hall. Faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to attend for all or part of the competition. The schedule can be found here.
Bob Bayer, executive director of the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine, spoke to the Maine Public Broadcasting Network for a report about how China’s rising middle class and Maine lobsters’ relatively low prices are creating a rise in American lobster sales in China. Although China buys lobsters from other countries, Bayer said the price of American lobster is competitive. “The primary competition in Asia in general is lobster from Australia and New Zealand, which has always been priced much, much higher than American lobster,” Bayer said. “So we’re able to compete on price, big time.” FIS, the website of Fish Information & Services, cited the MPBN report.
Huijie Xue, an oceanography professor at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Portland Press Herald article about Portland Harbor’s icy buildup and the problems it creates for sea travel. Portland is normally an ice-free port because the Gulf of Maine has strong tides, according to the article. Xue said the tides mix the water column and bring deeper, warmer water to the surface along the coast. The tidal river carries little fresh water into the harbor during the winter, making the salt content in harbor water similar to that in the ocean. But recent heavy snowfalls have brought more fresh water into the harbor, making it more likely to freeze, the article states.
The University of Maine’s Animal Health Laboratory was mentioned in the WGME (Channel 13 in Portland) report, “Maine moose numbers down, biologists tag and study population.” According to the report, there are nearly 60,000 moose in Maine, which is down from 75,000 three years ago. State biologists are monitoring the health of moose in order to determine why the population is declining. Lee Kantor, a moose biologist with Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, said one of the biggest threats to moose is the winter tick. Kantor said when a dead moose is discovered, a full necropsy is done at UMaine’s Animal Health Laboratory to determine the cause of death.
Neil Comins, a University of Maine professor of physics and astronomy, was a recent guest on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s “Maine Calling” radio show. The show, titled “The latest news from outside our planet,” focused on updates from NASA and beyond.
The Maine Edge published a University of Maine news release announcing the 11th annual International Dance Festival 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 festival is organized by the Office of International Programs and the International Student Association.
John Bear Mitchell, Wabanaki Center Outreach and Student Development Coordinator at the University of Maine and University of Maine System Native American Waiver Coordinator, was quoted in a Morning Sentinel article about Penobscot organizers who want Skowhegan schools to stop using the Indian image as a sports mascot. Representatives of the state’s Wabanaki — the four tribes that make up Maine’s Indian population — said they want a planning session with school officials before they agree to a larger community discussion, according to the article. The officials said resistance to the change from the Skowhegan community comes from a misunderstanding of what the image means to the tribes. Mitchell, who has helped set a structure and rules for such a meeting, said “using Native Americans along with the associated images as mascots, logos and nicknames does the opposite of honor.”