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BDN Reports on New Associate Director of Collins Center

University of Maine News - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:08

The Bangor Daily News reported Karen Cole, the current executive vice president of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce, will take over as the associate director of the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine. “She brings a lot of experience in marketing and in the arts, and she is deeply connected to the Bangor area and the university,” said Danny Williams, executive director of the CCA. “She’s familiar with the landscape and the Bangor scene, and I think she will help the Collins Center position itself appropriately in the new and ever-shifting landscape.”

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Murphy Gives Gardening Advice on MPBN’s ‘Maine Calling’

University of Maine News - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:07

Barbara Murphy, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator and gardening expert, was a guest on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s “Maine Calling” radio show. The show focused on gardening advice and touched on topics such as soil conditions and crops gardeners should expect to see ready by July.

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BDN Publishes Op-Ed by Brinkley

University of Maine News - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 14:07

The Bangor Daily News published the opinion piece, “Eliot Cutler has a leadership problem,” by Tony Brinkley, an English professor at the University of Maine.

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Hardy Memorial Scheduled for Aug. 9

University of Maine News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 16:06

A celebration of the life of Associate Professor of Theatre Sandra Hardy will be held Saturday, Aug. 9 at 2 p.m., Minsky Recital Hall, Class of 1944 Hall. A reception will follow in Miller’s Café in the Collins Center for the Arts. Hardy unexpectedly passed away June 19 in Connecticut. She was 76. In her 26-year career at UMaine, Hardy taught acting and literature of the theatre, as well as drama in education. She directed many theatrical main stage productions at UMaine, including her final musical, “Grease,” this past February. Hardy’s obituary is online.

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Forbes Follows Researchers Tracking Horse Safety

University of Maine News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 10:43

University of Maine researchers Mick Peterson and Christie Mahaffey are featured in an article in Forbes about horse racetrack safety. Peterson, executive director of the nonprofit Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory and Libra Foundation Professor at the College of Engineering at the University of Maine, is slated to make a presentation at The Jockey Club’s fifth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit held July 8-9 in Lexington, Kentucky.

Peterson and Mahaffey, an affiliated researcher with the Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory and a doctoral candidate in interdisciplinary engineering at UMaine, analyze racetrack samples and maintenance data from around the United States and make models of how horses’ hooves interact with various surfaces.

They started working with Aqueduct Racetrack in New York after 31 horses died on its surface in 2012 (three per 1,000 starts). In 2013, 21 horses died (1.77 per 1,000 starts). Thus far in 2014, Forbes reports that nine have died. “The lives of horses and riders are on the line here. We have to keep working on it,” Peterson says in the article.

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WLBZ2 Reports UMaine Will Change Policies

University of Maine News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 10:41

WLBZ2 (Channel 2) reported the University of Maine will institute changes in its stalking and relationship abuse policies in the wake of “Not Alone: The First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault” released in April 2014.

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MS Mentions Maine New Leadership Program

University of Maine News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 10:11

The Morning Sentinel noted that Sara Poirier of Winslow, a political science major at Saint Joseph’s College, attended Maine New Leadership, a free, nonpartisan public leadership education program for college women at the University of Maine. The annual program, sponsored by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at UMaine, teaches participants skills and provides networks to empower them to become civic and public leaders.

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Pen Bay Pilot Previews Pathways to Past

University of Maine News - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 10:10

The Pen Bay Pilot advanced the University of Maine Page Farm and Home Museum’s Heritage Day Camp for youth to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 7–11. The hands-on camp, titled Pathways to the Past, will immerse children ages 7 to 11 in activities representative of 19th-century Maine. Cost is $65 for museum members, $75 for nonmembers. To register, call 207.581.4100.

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Haskell Facilitates Facilitation

University of Maine News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:36

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Professor Jane Haskell specializes in strengthening skills of group facilitators so meetings can be conducted effectively and efficiently. Fishermen and graduate students are among her more than 400 clients.

This summer, Haskell, who has authored a national facilitation-training curriculum, is working with members of Wabanaki Nations.

She’s also researching how to buoy skills of facilitators who assist refugees. Specifically, she’s studying how American-born, English-speaking facilitators and group leaders ask for feedback from refugees who have recently arrived in the United States.

Refugees, she says, may not have positive experience with regard to giving comments in a formal group setting and may not understand the concept from a Western perspective or framework.

Haskell and a colleague who specializes in immigration and refugees issues are exploring how to best partner with refugees so that their perspectives are heard and understood in Maine.

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Learn to Be a Locavore

University of Maine News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:34

The 6th Annual Backyard Locavore Day, sponsored by University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, in six gardens in Brunswick and Freeport. This self-guided tour will be held independent of the weather.

Learn do-it-yourself strategies for becoming a locavore — a person who eats food locally grown and produced. Demonstrations and talk topics include vegetable and square-foot gardening, backyard composting, greenhouses, beekeeping and backyard poultry. Each garden session will feature food-preservation methods, including drying, hot water bath canning and making herbal vinegars and jam. Complimentary food samples will be provided. UMaine Extension Master Gardener and Master Food Preserver Volunteers, as well as homeowners, will answer questions.

Cost is $15 for those who register in advance, $20 the day of event and free for children younger than 12. Registrants will receive a booklet with a map and descriptions of each site. Proceeds benefit UMaine Extension’s Cumberland County Food Preservation Program. Online registration and information are available at umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/locavore. Also, for more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.781.6099, 800.287.1471 (in Maine), or email lois.elwell@maine.edu.

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Page Farm Opens Pathways to Past

University of Maine News - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:32

The University of Maine Page Farm and Home Museum’s Heritage Day Camp for youth 7 to 11 years of age will be held July 7–11. At the hands-on camp, titled Pathways to the Past, children are immersed in activities considered fundamental for survival in 19th century Maine, including gardening. Cost for the camp, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., is $65 for museum members/$75 for nonmembers. To register or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.581.4100.

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PPH reports UMaine to Add Climate Change Degree

University of Maine News - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 12:36

The Portland Press Herald reported the University of Maine System Board of Trustees approved adding a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Maine in Human Dimensions of Climate Change. The Department of Anthropology will begin offering the degree in the fall 2014 semester.

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Portland Press Covers Commission Studying Ocean Acidification

University of Maine News - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 12:35

The Portland Press Herald ran an article about a new state commission created by the Maine Legislature that will study the impact of ocean acidification on shellfish. Rep. Mick Devin, a University of Maine marine biologist who sponsored the legislation creating the panel, is a co-chair. UMaine oceanography Professor Larry Mayer is also on the panel.

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Kersbergen Cited in Story about Organic Dairy Farms

University of Maine News - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 12:34

The Portland Press Herald’s article on a $1.7 million training program launched by Wolfe’s Neck Farm and Stonyfield to invigorate the local and regional organic dairy industry and jumpstart the next generation of organic dairy farmers included statistics from University of Maine Cooperative Extension Professor Rick Kersbergen.

There are currently 285 dairy farms in Maine, compared to 597 in 1995, Kersbergen says. Within the same time frame, Kersbergen says the number of organic dairies has increased from one to 60.

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Summer Technology Camp Mentioned in Press Herald Article

University of Maine News - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 12:33

A University of Maine-affiliated Summer Technology Camp offered in Orono by the startup High Touch Courses was mentioned in a Portland Press Herald article about the business and its founder Elizabeth Chabe.

High Touch Courses aims to create online courses for middle and high school students who want to learn about computer programming, Web development and video game design, according to the article. The summer camp, co-located at UMaine, is an intensive, project-based overnight and day camp for students who want to change the world with technology. Four weeklong courses will be offered on topics including Web design, 3-D art and graphic design, game development, and hardware architecture.

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BDN Examines University’s Responses in Sexual Violence Cases

University of Maine News - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 12:32

A Bangor Daily News column titled Arguably reported in the last five years at the University of Maine, there were 62 reported cases of sexual violence, harassment, stalking, hazing, intimidation or physical assault among students.

In those cases, the BDN reports 47 students were found responsible for violations through the university’s hearing process; one student was expelled and eight were suspended. The majority of punishments included probation, mandatory meetings with school officials, no-contact orders and community or education-related projects. The BDN also continued its reporting on Zedric Joseph, a former University of Maine football player facing murder charges in Florida.

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Sentinel Preps Readers to ‘Cook for Crowds’

University of Maine News - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 12:32

The Morning Sentinel advanced a University of Maine Cooperative Extension Cooking for Crowds workshop 1–5 p.m. Monday, July 7, at the UMaine Extension Somerset County office. Topics include safely preparing, handling and serving food for large groups, including at soup kitchens, church functions, food pantries and community fundraisers. Cost is $15 per person; scholarships are available. To register, visit umaine.edu/food-health/food-safety/cooking-for-crowds or bring a check to class.

 

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BDN Highlights Honored Scholar-Athletes

University of Maine News - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 12:31

The Bangor Daily News reported that a number of University of Maine student-athletes have been recognized for their academic prowess.

Inaugural America East Presidential Scholar-Athletes — cited because they earned a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher as an undergraduate student — are Monique Boutin, Ashten Hackett, Darien Lewis, Rachel Wilkinson, Lisa Bijman, Meaghan Bradica, Hallie Lipinski and Kelton Cullenberg. In addition, 16 UMaine men’s hockey players and 20 women’s hockey players were named to their respective Hockey East All-Academic Teams.

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The Ticket: Maple Leafs Draft Incoming Men’s Ice Hockey Player

University of Maine News - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 12:30

The Ticket, 92.9 reported the Toronto Maple Leafs selected University of Maine men’s ice hockey recruit Nolan Vesey in the sixth round of the NHL draft. Vesey is a forward from North Reading, Massachusetts.

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Pen Bay Pilot Advances Student-Produced Storytelling Event

University of Maine News - Mon, 06/30/2014 - 12:29

Pen Bay Pilot promoted a live science storytelling event that University of Maine marine biology graduate student Skylar Bayer is co-producing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at Frontier in Brunswick.

Five scientists, including UMaine alums Jennifer McHenry and Ryan Elizabeth Cope, will share experiences of being caught “On the Hook” for The Story Collider, which produces live shows and podcasts where people tell stories about how science has affected their lives “on a personal and emotional level.” Tickets may be purchased at online.

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