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Redmond Talks to Press Herald about Seaweed Festival

University of Maine News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 10:13

Sarah Redmond, a marine extension associate with the Maine Sea Grant College Program at the University of Maine, spoke with the Portland Press Herald about the Maine Seaweed Festival to be held Aug. 29 in South Portland. Event organizers, including Redmond, held the first festival last year and hoped for a decent turnout, according to the article. About 1,500 people attended to learn more about and sample different varieties of seaweed, the article states. Redmond said the event was “a remembering of what we have right here in our own backyards.”

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LaBouff Mentioned in Bustle Article on How to Feel More Grateful

University of Maine News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 10:12

University of Maine psychologist Jordan LaBouff was cited in the Bustle article, “10 ways to feel more grateful every day.” No. 10 on the list — “Be Humble” — mentioned research by LaBouff that was cited by Time magazine in 2012. LaBouff told Time that humility goes a long way in our personal lives and careers, according to the article. LaBouff, who led a team of researchers that highlighted the connection between being humble and helping others, said it’s difficult to be compassionate if you’re not modest, the article states.

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Kaye Writes BDN Op-Ed on Social Security’s Future

University of Maine News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 10:09

Lenard Kaye, director of the University of Maine Center on Aging and professor in the UMaine School of Social Work, wrote an opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News titled, “Let’s keep the faith in Social Security’s future.” Kaye is a member of the Maine chapter of the national Scholars Strategy Network, which brings together scholars across the country to address public challenges and their policy implications. Members’ columns appear in the BDN every other week.

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Bangor Whoopie Pie Business

University of Maine News - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 09:25

Transcript

James Gallagher has friends in sweet places. Take Eliza Butler, co-founder of Specialty Sweets candy in Bangor and an alum of the Top Gun Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program at UMaine. It was on her recommendation that Gallagher joined the Top Gun program to help grow his business. As president and chief baker at the Whoopie Pie Cafe on Hammond Street in Bangor, he sells over 25 whoopie pie varieties, in addition to homemade breads and sandwiches. In this video, Gallagher talks about the Top Gun Program and his small business.

The Top Gun entrepreneurship accelerator is a five-month program that engages entrepreneurs in growing their businesses. Top Gun combines education, mentoring, pitch-coaching and networking opportunities. The program is a partnership of the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development, Maine Technology Institute, Blackstone Accelerates Growth and the University of Maine. UMaine organizes and hosts a Bangor region class and has also developed curriculum to support the statewide program. More information about Top Gun is online.

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Campus parking lot and road closures Aug. 24–28

University of Maine News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 14:20

This year’s Maine Hello is Friday, Aug. 28 — the day that all new students are invited to move into their residence halls. Most of the 2,000 students are assigned to the six first-year residence halls in the Hilltop area of campus, requiring some parking lot and road closures in the vicinity. Signs noting all parking lot closures will be placed in the parking lots on Aug. 21.

The following parking lots will be closed effective Monday, Aug. 24:

  • Hilltop Parking Lot, from the Emera Astronomy Center to the New Balance Student Recreation Center
  • Knox Hall Parking Lot
  • Stewart Quad Area Parking Lots

The following parking lots will be closed effective Thursday, Aug. 27 to set up the necessary traffic patterns for Maine Hello:

  • New Balance Student Recreation Center Parking Lot
  • Somerset Parking Lot
  • Jenness North and South Parking Lots
  • Gannett/Cutler Parking Lot

The following parking areas will be closed or will have limited access on Friday, Aug. 28:

  • Stewart Commons Parking Lot off of Hilltop Road
  • Collins Center for the Arts Parking Lot
  • Belgrade Parking Lot

Traffic pattern changes from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28:

  • Long Road will be closed between Androscoggin and Knox Halls
  • Flagstaff Road will be restricted to one-way traffic southbound between Long Road and Beddington Road
  • Belgrade Road will be restricted to one-way traffic westbound from Rangeley Road to Belgrade Spur

All parking lots except Somerset Parking Lot are expected to re-open by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28. The Somerset Lot will re-open Monday, August 31.

More about the event is online.

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University of Maine Redesigns MBA Program Offerings

Grad School NEWS - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 14:19

The University of Maine's Maine Business School has revamped its MBA program offerings for fall 2015. 

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Bangor Whoopie Pie Business

University of Maine News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 14:12

Transcript

James Gallagher has friends in sweet places. Take Eliza Butler, co-founder of Specialty Sweets candy in Bangor and an alum of the Top Gun Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program at UMaine. It was on her recommendation that Gallagher joined the Top Gun program to help grow his business. As president and chief baker at the Whoopie Pie Cafe on Hammond Street in Bangor, he sells over 25 whoopie pie varieties, in addition to homemade breads and sandwiches. In this video, Gallagher talks about the Top Gun Program and his small business.

The Top Gun entrepreneurship accelerator is a five-month program that engages entrepreneurs in growing their businesses. Top Gun combines education, mentoring, pitch-coaching and networking opportunities. The program is a partnership of the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development, Maine Technology Institute, Blackstone Accelerates Growth and the University of Maine. UMaine organizes and hosts a Bangor region class and has also developed curriculum to support the statewide program. More information about Top Gun is online.

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Campus parking lot and road closures Aug. 24–28

University of Maine News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 14:05

This year’s Maine Hello is Friday, Aug. 28 — the day that all new students are invited to move into their residence halls. Most of the 2,000 students are assigned to the six first-year residence halls in the Hilltop area of campus, requiring some parking lot and road closures in the vicinity. Signs noting all parking lot closures will be placed in the parking lots on Aug. 21.

The following parking lots will be closed effective Monday, Aug. 24:

  • Hilltop Parking Lot, from the Emera Astronomy Center to the New Balance Student Recreation Center
  • Knox Hall Parking Lot
  • Stewart Quad Area Parking Lots

The following parking lots will be closed effective Thursday, Aug. 27 to set up the necessary traffic patterns for Maine Hello:
New Balance Student Recreation Center Parking Lot

  • Somerset Parking Lot
  • Jenness North and South Parking Lots
  • Gannett/Cutler Parking Lot

The following parking areas will be closed or will have limited access on Friday, Aug. 28:

  • Stewart Commons Parking Lot off of Hilltop Road
  • Collins Center for the Arts Parking Lot
  • Belgrade Parking Lot

Traffic pattern changes from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28:

  • Long Road will be closed between Androscoggin and Knox Halls
  • Flagstaff Road will be restricted to one-way traffic southbound between Long Road and Beddington Road
  • Belgrade Road will be restricted to one-way traffic westbound from Rangeley Road to Belgrade Spur

All parking lots except Somerset Parking Lot are expected to re-open by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28. The Somerset Lot will re-open Monday, August 31.

More about the event is online.

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BDN reports on building renovations

University of Maine News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 13:40

The Bangor Daily News published an article about work winding down on about $25 million in construction and renovation projects at the University of Maine less than two weeks ahead of the start of the fall semester. The projects include about $5.5 million in work funded through a voter-approved bond to improve outdated labs, lecture halls and heating systems, according to the article. As part of the renovations, Aubert Hall, where most students studying the sciences or engineering take chemistry courses and labs, now has six newly renovated labs, the article states. “You can’t be doing today’s science and engineering in labs that are 50 years old,” said Barbara Cole, professor and chairwoman of the UMaine Department of Chemistry. The remainder of the $5.5 million bond funding was split among renovations at Little, Boardman and Bennett halls, according to Jeffrey Aceto, assistant director of construction administration.

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Blackstone interviewed on MPBN’s ‘Maine Calling’

University of Maine News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 13:38

Amy Blackstone, a sociology professor at the University of Maine, was a recent guest on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s “Maine Calling” radio program. The show, titled “Childless by choice,” focused on the decision not to have children, why some people make that choice, and the related cultural effects.

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BDN publishes op-ed by Peterson

University of Maine News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 13:36

The Bangor Daily News published the opinion piece “A ticket into the shrinking middle class,” by Mick Peterson, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Maine.

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Food safety training to focus on cooking for crowds

University of Maine News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 13:33

University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County announces the fall schedule for “Cooking for Crowds: Food Safety Training for Volunteer Cooks.”

The first session will be held 9 a.m.–noon Tuesday, Sept. 29 at University of Maine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104, Falmouth. Additional classes also are scheduled for Oct. 14 and Nov. 5.

Many organizations and community groups rely on volunteers for food events such as fundraising, fellowships, food pantries or other service to the community. The workshop offers up-to-date information on safely preparing, handling, transporting, serving and storing food for large group functions.

Participants receive “Cooking for Crowds,” a manual designed for volunteer cooks, a certificate of attendance, posters and an instant-read thermometer. The class meets the Good Shepherd Food Bank food safety training requirements.

The cost is $15 per person; scholarships are available. Registration is online. Call 781.6099 or email extension.rlreception@maine.edu to be placed on a list for future dates. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call 781.6099 or 800.287.1471 (in Maine).

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BDN Reports on Building Renovations

University of Maine News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:42

The Bangor Daily News published an article about work winding down on about $25 million in construction and renovation projects at the University of Maine less than two weeks ahead of the start of the fall semester. The projects include about $5.5 million in work funded through a voter-approved bond to improve outdated labs, lecture halls and heating systems, according to the article. As part of the renovations, Aubert Hall, where most students studying the sciences or engineering take chemistry courses and labs, now has six newly renovated labs, the article states. “You can’t be doing today’s science and engineering in labs that are 50 years old,” said Barbara Cole, professor and chairwoman of the UMaine Department of Chemistry. The remainder of the $5.5 million bond funding was split among renovations at Little, Boardman and Bennett halls, according to Jeffrey Aceto, assistant director of construction administration.

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Blackstone Interviewed on MPBN’s ‘Maine Calling’

University of Maine News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:41

Amy Blackstone, a sociology professor at the University of Maine, was a recent guest on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s “Maine Calling” radio program. The show, titled “Childless by choice,” focused on the decision not to have children, why some people make that choice, and the related cultural effects.

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BDN Publishes Op-Ed by Peterson

University of Maine News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:40

The Bangor Daily News published the opinion piece “A ticket into the shrinking middle class,” by Mick Peterson, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Maine.

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Food Safety Training to Focus on Cooking for Crowds

University of Maine News - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:40

University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County announces the fall schedule for “Cooking for Crowds: Food Safety Training for Volunteer Cooks.”

The first session will be held 9 a.m.–noon Tuesday, Sept. 29 at University of Maine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104, Falmouth. Additional classes also are scheduled for Oct. 14 and Nov. 5.

Many organizations and community groups rely on volunteers for food events such as fundraising, fellowships, food pantries or other service to the community. The workshop offers up-to-date information on safely preparing, handling, transporting, serving and storing food for large group functions.

Participants receive “Cooking for Crowds,” a manual designed for volunteer cooks, a certificate of attendance, posters and an instant-read thermometer. The class meets the Good Shepherd Food Bank food safety training requirements.

The cost is $15 per person; scholarships are available. Registration is online. Call 781.6099 or email extension.rlreception@maine.edu to be placed on a list for future dates. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call 781.6099 or 800.287.1471 (in Maine).

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Lichtenwalner Quoted in AP, Sun Journal Articles on Turner Egg Farm

University of Maine News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 11:46

Anne Lichtenwalner, a University of Maine professor, veterinarian and director of UMaine’s Animal Health Laboratory, was quoted in articles by the Sun Journal and Associated Press about a Turner egg farm. Four years ago, Jack DeCoster’s corporate entities leased his Maine farms to Moark LLC, which last month quietly leased them to Hillandale Farms Conn LLC, the same farm family involved with DeCoster in the massive Iowa salmonella outbreak in 2010, according to the Sun Journal. Lichtenwalner, who sits on a salmonella risk reduction team for the state, says Moark, a subsidiary of Land O’Lakes, has been “terrific” to work with, and she hopes for the same with Hillandale, the article states. “We are vitally interested in the health of Maine people (and) we want our state to have a poultry industry as well,” Lichtenwalner said. “We want transparency and we want collaboration, and I think that they are walking into a positive situation. One hopes that they embrace that.” Good hygiene; rodent control; processing eggs quickly; and happy, healthy birds can prevent the spread of salmonella within a barn, said Lichtenwalner, who added Maine hasn’t had a positive environmental salmonella enteritidis test in at least six years. “I think it’s been a combination of people working together with one goal in mind,” she said. “The producer doesn’t want to be in trouble; they don’t want to have all of the bad PR and economic problems and the obvious bad public health outcomes.” Fox Business and Centre Daily Times carried the AP report.

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MPBN Airs Latest Interview in Humanities Series

University of Maine News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 11:45

The Maine Public Broadcasting Network spoke with Anna Sims Bartel, an associate director of Cornell University’s Center for Engaged Learning and Research, as part of a series that focuses on the importance of humanities. Bartel wrote an article in the special issue of Maine Policy Review earlier this year on the humanities and policy, produced by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center in cooperation with the UMaine Humanities Center. Bartel spoke on MPBN’s “Morning Edition” about the influence of the humanities on public policy.

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Jemison, Community Garden Focus of BDN Column

University of Maine News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 11:45

John Jemison, a soil and water quality specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with the Bangor Daily News about the Orono Community Garden for the latest “Conversations with Maine” column. Jemison launched the garden in 2004 while teaching a class in sustainability at UMaine, according to the article. As part of their 24-hour service requirement, students could help with the garden Jemison created. Today, UMaine students still are a regular part of the garden’s “core team,” the article states, but community support also has helped keep it going. Jemison, who has worked on many projects since he started at UMaine Extension in 1990, says the community garden is one of the most rewarding. “I’m proud of a lot of things,” he said. “But when all is said and done, this is probably the most fun. It’s very meaningful. When I retire, I will look back most fondly on this.”

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WLBZ Reports on New UMaine, Maine Technology Institute Program

University of Maine News - Mon, 08/17/2015 - 11:44

WLBZ (Channel 2) reported on Scratchpad, a new startup accelerator program offered by the University of Maine and Maine Technology Institute. The pilot program aims to help people who want to develop a startup company in the Bangor area. The program, known as a “seed accelerator,” works to provide entrepreneurs with funding and mentors, according to the report. Scratchpad is accepting applications online through Aug. 28 for three spots in the program. So far, 10 applications have been received, the report states.

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