James Dill, a pest management specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with the Sun Journal for an article about insects that are common in Maine during the winter. Dill spoke about several pests and how to cope with them, including snow fleas, western conifer seed bugs, northern house mosquitoes, winter moths and spiders and Asian lady beetles. “It used to be when I first started, people would say, ‘Oh, boy, it must be boring during the winter being an entomologist,’” Dill said. “With the things that have come in, and looking at pests and you name it, there’s truly not a slow time of year anymore.”
Research by Robert Milardo, a professor of family relations at the University of Maine, was cited in a News-Press parenting column about the important role aunts and uncles play in children’s lives. Milardo’s writings show aunts and uncles help parents care for their children, give parents breaks and lend advice to both children and adults, according to the article. “Not all nieces and nephews are close with uncles and aunts, but for some, their relationships are truly extraordinary — they fuse elements of parent-like obligations with friendship,” Milardo said. “When adult siblings have reasonably close relationships, without question everyone can benefit.”
The Bangor Daily News and WABI (Channel 5) reported the University of Maine is investigating an offensive and unauthorized tweet that was posted using an official university Twitter account. The tweet has been deleted and security on the account has been updated. “There is no evidence that any of the systems at the University of Maine were compromised,” according to John Forker, chief information security officer for the University of Maine System. Sun Journal carried the BDN report.
David Yarborough, a blueberry specialist with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with news organizations, including The Ellsworth American and WLBZ (Channel 2), about the 2014 blueberry harvest. Yarborough said although the federal figures for the harvest won’t come out until the end of the month, the crop will exceed 100 million pounds, making it the second largest blueberry harvest in Maine’s history, according to the article. The largest wild blueberry crop was 110.6 million pounds in 2000, the article states. The Associated Press also reported on Yarborough’s figures. The Boston Globe, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, Portland Press Herald and Daily Reporter carried the AP report. Mainebiz cited the Ellsworth American article.
WABI (Channel 5) advanced the family-friendly activities offered at the University of Maine Museum of Art as part of Bangor’s Downtown Countdown New Year’s Eve celebration. The museum offered a free workshop for children to make a crown or tiara. The museum’s education coordinator, Eva Wagner, said the event is a safe, family-friendly way to celebrate the New Year.
The University of Maine’s offshore wind efforts were mentioned in the Portland Press Herald article, “Top 10 Maine business stories of 2014.” In May, the University of Maine’s offshore wind project was selected as an alternate by the U.S. Department of Energy for its next phase of the Advanced Technology Demonstration Program. The UMaine project received $3 million for further research and development, and will be considered for more funding should additional funds become available.
WVII (Channel 7) spoke with University of Maine student Matt Dexter about Eastern Trek for Cancer, a nonprofit he created to help support cancer patients. “There’s been a lot of research done on how effective social support can be to enhance the psychological well-being on the patient, but also the physical health,” Dexter said. Over the summer of 2014, Dexter raised $7,300 for the Ulman Cancer Foundation while participating in 4K for Cancer, a 42-day cross-country run to raise money for and awareness of cancer. Since completing the 4,000-mile team relay run, Dexter formed his nonprofit and has planned a 29-day, 400-mile relay run that starts June 27, 2015 in Kittery, Maine, and ends July 25, 2015 in Surf City, New Jersey.
The Free Press reported the University of Maine School of Social Work is adding a three-year online option for its master’s in social work program starting September 2015. Online courses will be taught by the school’s regular MSW faculty and field practicums may be completed at qualifying organizations geographically convenient to students, the article states. Applications are being accepted for the program and application review will begin Feb. 15.
Family-friendly activities at the University of Maine Museum of Art are part of Bangor’s Downtown Countdown New Year’s Eve celebration, according to the Bangor Daily News. Free activities at the museum from 6–8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31 will include making a crown or tiara.
The University of Maine was mentioned in a Sun Journal article about the Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum officially changing its name to the Maine Forestry Museum. For the past several years, the museum has broadened its geographic range across the state and country with the main purpose of educating and entertaining people about Maine’s forest and its importance to the state’s future, according to the article. The museum’s board of directors say a partnership is being formed with UMaine to help students further enhance their studies and career opportunities, the article states.
Barbara Murphy, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator and gardening expert, spoke with the Sun Journal about UMaine Extension’s Master Gardener Volunteer training program and the need for participants in Oxford County. Every year the Paris-based program attracts between 25 and 30 applicants to take a 15-week course in farming basics, according to the article. Food produced from the program is given back to area families in need. “The purpose behind the whole program is a group of people who want to use their skills to benefit the community,” Murphy said.
CounterPunch published an opinion piece by Doug Allen, a philosophy professor at the University of Maine, titled “Nelson Mandela: His meaning for us today.” The article includes a section about UMaine and Mandela where Allen writes about an effort that began in the 1970s to convince the University of Maine System to sell all of its investments in companies that were doing business with South Africa. The effort succeeded in 1982.
The Ellsworth American reported Paul Hansen, a Bucksport real estate agent, and several volunteers have secured the town’s permission to start a wood bank at the municipal transfer station. The wood bank would work similar to a food pantry by providing firewood to those who can’t afford or chop it themselves, according to the article. Hansen said he decided to create the bank after reading a report on the subject by Jessica Leahy, an associate professor of human dimensions of natural resources at the University of Maine, and Sabrina Vivian, a UMaine senior studying ecology and environmental sciences.
Village Soup reported the Maine Steiners, the University of Maine’s premiere all-male a cappella group, will perform Jan. 6 at the Camden-Rockport Middle School in Camden. The Steiners also will hold workshops throughout the day with interested students, according to the article.
Terence Hughes, a professor emeritus of the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute and School of Earth and Climate Sciences, spoke with the Capital Journal of South Dakota for the article, “Glacier scientist: Global warming is good, not bad.” Hughes said it doesn’t matter whether human activity is driving climate change because global warming is more preferable than global cooling.
The Maine Edge published a University of Maine release announcing Nory Jones as the 2014 Steve Gould Award recipient. Jones is a professor of management information systems in the Maine Business School and is the founder and faculty adviser of the community outreach organization MBS Corps. Jones joined UMaine in 2001 and established MBS Corps in 2005 as a way for students to help small Maine-based nonprofit organizations while developing leadership, organizational, management, marketing, networking and other business skills. The annual Steve Gould Award was created to honor the former UMaine police chief who had a 14-year career with the Maine State Police before joining the UMaine community in 1956. During his 13 years as UMaine police chief, Gould was noted for his student-centered approach.
The University of Maine International Programs’ Study Abroad Fair will be held Thursday, Jan. 22 to inform UMaine students, faculty and staff about the programs available for all majors to study, intern, research or teach abroad. The free event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the first-floor ballroom of Estabrooke Hall. Information will be available on UMaine’s direct exchange and recommended programs, as well as scholarships and financial aid. Former UMaine study abroad and current exchange students will be available to answer questions. More information on UMaine’s study abroad program is online.
The Associated Press, North American Windpower, 4-traders, Composites World, Wind Energy Industry Today, reNews and Mainebiz reported the University of Maine has tested its largest wind turbine blade to date. UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center completed static strength testing of a 56-meter (184-foot) wind turbine blade for Spain-based Gamesa, a global technological leader in the wind industry. The blade was manufactured in North America and delivered to UMaine in August. In the testing, the blade was subjected to loads in four directions to prove the structure met international strength standards. “We are honored to have served one of the world’s leading wind turbine manufacturers,” said Habib Dagher, director of the UMaine Composites Center. The Boston Globe, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, Sun Journal and Illinois Business Journal carried the AP report.
Robert Milardo, a professor of family relations at the University of Maine, was interviewed by the Bangor Daily News for the article, “Have a New Year’s goal? Focusing resolutions on family can help.” According to the article, family and relationship experts say spending more time with family may increase the likelihood of keeping resolutions all year. “I think the rituals of holidays, whatever they are, are really important for families,” Milardo said. “They offer an opportunity to establish family identities, which in many ways are unique to that family and are really important.” He said family traditions and activities, allow people to start talking about what they believe and get to know one another on a deeper level. “Spending time together or having meals together, meeting up more often, all of those things are really important to our overall health and well-being,” he said. Milardo also offered suggestions on how to set and keep New Year’s resolutions as a family, such as modeling positive goal setting and checking in often.
The Maine Public Broadcasting Network spoke with Warren Riess, a research associate professor of history, anthropology and marine sciences at the University of Maine, about his new book, “The Ship That Held Up Wall Street.” When an 18th-century ship was unearthed during a 1982 pre-construction dig in Lower Manhattan, Riess was called in to find out how it got there. After a year of fieldwork that included co-excavating the remains of the merchant ship, as well as more than 30 years of analysis, interpretation and writing, Riess documented his findings in the book.