Maine Edge Reports on 2015 Juried Student Art Exhibition

University of Maine News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 10:00

The Maine Edge published a University of Maine news release announcing the University of Maine Department of Art will present the 2015 annual Juried Student Art Exhibition until May 1 in the Lord Hall Gallery. The exhibition features more than 90 works of art that were selected from over 300 submissions in a range of media by current studio art, art history and art education students.

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WVII Advances Newport Workshop on Direct Market Tips for Agricultural Products

University of Maine News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 09:59

WVII (Channel 7) reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension will host a workshop in Newport that will offer tips and techniques on how to reach out to potential customers of agricultural products. UMaine Extension educator Donna Coffin will lead the $15 workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 29.

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MPBN to Air Sen. Susan Collins’ Lecture at UMaine

University of Maine News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 09:58

The Maine Public Broadcasting Network will air a talk given by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 9 as part of its “Speaking in Maine” public affairs lecture series. Collins delivered the Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Lecture at the Collins Center for the Arts on March 31. During her address, “Incivility and Hyperpartisanship: Is Washington a Symptom or the Cause?,” Collins urged her congressional colleagues to restore civility by putting “progress over partisanship, statesmanship over stridency and compromise over conflict.” The talk can be heard online or on MPBN radio stations.

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Male Athletes Against Violence to ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ at Healthy High

University of Maine News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 09:55

The University of Maine student organization Male Athletes Against Violence (MAAV) will host the awareness event, “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” at the Healthy High race on campus at 4:20 p.m. Monday, April 20.

The international event offers an opportunity for men to raise awareness in their community about the serious causes, effects and remediations to men’s sexualized violence against women.

Male UMaine student-athletes will wear red high heels and walk one mile to symbolize the difficulty of being a woman in today’s society due to violence against women.

More about “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” is online.

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Windpower TV Interviews Dagher, Viselli About Floating Turbine Platforms

University of Maine News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 14:25

Habib Dagher, director of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the University of Maine; and Anthony Viselli, an engineer at the UMaine Composites Center, sat down with Windpower TV to speak about developing the floating platform for VolturnUS, an offshore wind turbine prototype that was deployed off the coast of Castine. Project manager Dagher and design manager Viselli said their research showed concrete hulls can bring down the coasts of floating platforms by around 50 percent. “The purpose of the concrete hull is to drive down costs and to access the assets of the civil engineering construction engineering industry,” Dagher said. “So we want to build these hulls just like we build concrete bridges to be able to build them dockside and tow them out. The concrete technology allows us to access 40 years of industrialization for bridge construction, and we’re bringing that into the offshore wind industry. In the U.S. at least, we’re seeing a reduction of at least 50 percent compared to a steel hull.”


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AP Quotes Allan in Article on Hazing Deaths

University of Maine News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 14:19

The Associated Press quoted Elizabeth Allan, a professor of higher education at the University of Maine, in the article, “Similar hazing deaths show difficulty in stopping behavior.” Allan also is president of StopHazing, an organization that aims to promote safe school, campus and organizational climates through research, information sharing and the development of data-driven strategies for hazing prevention. “It’s so tragic and so much hazing is normalized so when it escalates to where someone dies everyone takes notice, but there are many events that tend to lead up to that point that have been overlooked,” Allan said. “We’re trying through research to disrupt that chain of events.” Allan has enlisted eight universities as part of an ongoing three-year study to evaluate hazing prevention techniques, according to the article. Preliminary findings are expected in June. U-T San Diego and The Indiana Gazette carried the AP report.

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Mayewski Writes Opinion Piece for BDN on Warming Arctic Waters

University of Maine News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 14:16

Paul Mayewski, director of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, wrote the opinion piece, “5 reasons Maine should care about warming Arctic waters,” for the Bangor Daily News. Mayewski cited research that has been conducted in the Arctic by the CCI for many years.

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WABI Covers ‘Everything Equine’ 4-H Science Saturday Workshop

University of Maine News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 14:15

WABI (Channel 5) reported on “Everything Equine,” a University of Maine 4-H Science Saturday workshop held at the J.F. Witter Teaching and Research Center in Orono. About 40 youth in grades K–12 learned about horses with Anne Lichtenwalner, a UMaine Extension veterinarian; and Robert Causey, an associate professor of animal and veterinary sciences. “It’s something that kids can do; it’s something hands on,” said Laura Wilson, a 4-H science professional with UMaine Extension. “Kids are perfectly able to grab a stethoscope — listen to their own heart; listen to their own gut; hear the sounds that are going on inside them. And then maybe after today translate what they know from horses to themselves.”

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BDN Publishes Wertheim’s Video on Building Seedling Stand

University of Maine News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 14:14

The Bangor Daily News published a University of Maine Cooperative Extension video titled, “How to build a seedling stand to extend the gardening season.” In the video, Frank Wertheim, UMaine Extension educator and professor, demonstrates how to build a stand.

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Low Quoted in BDN Analysis on System’s Tuition Freeze

University of Maine News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 14:13

Ryan Low, interim vice president for administration and finance at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Bangor Daily News analysis piece about the University of Maine System tuition freeze that keeps the rate at current levels for a fourth straight year. “When you’re looking to compete, certainly for the University of Maine with other New England land grants, cost is a big piece of that,” Low said. “We have the outstanding quality within the system. We also think we bring value to the table.”

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Professor Emeritus McCormack Writes Opinion Piece for BDN on Woodlot Value

University of Maine News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 14:12

Maxwell McCormack, a research professor emeritus of forest resources at the University of Maine, wrote the opinion piece, “How to increase the value of your woodlot,” for the Bangor Daily News. McCormack has been a forester for more than 60 years.

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Zimmerman Fitness Challenge April 18

University of Maine News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 14:10

The University of Maine Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) will host the 2015 1st Lieutenant James R. Zimmerman Memorial Fitness Challenge on April 18.

Four-person teams, which can register in one of three categories — hard core, motivated or family, will participate from noon to 5 p.m. in a variety of physical activities including pack runs, pull ups and a crawl through a mud pit. The course will start at the Steam Plant lot and continue throughout campus, to the NROTC House on College Avenue, as well as surrounding fields and trails.

The challenge was established in 2011 to honor and remember Zimmerman, a 2008 UMaine graduate from Presque Isle, who was killed in action in November 2010 while in combat during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Registration, which may be completed online, is $60 per team, $40 per team for UMaine students. More information about Zimmerman and the challenge is available online or by emailing Miles Smith at

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UVAC to Hit Goal of Training 1,000 Members of UMaine Community in CPR

University of Maine News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 14:08

University Volunteer Ambulance Corps (UVAC), the student-run emergency medical service at the University of Maine, is approaching another significant milestone this semester: Training 1,000 members of the UMaine community in hands-only or bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

The training is led by Jonathan Grant and Alana Silverman, UVAC’s wellness and education coordinators. All 70 members of UVAC are trained in CPR.

UVAC expects to hit the 1,000 mark at one of two campus events this spring: Relay for Life, April 17; and Maine Day, April 29.

Bystander CPR is described as a two-step process by the American Heart Association. If a person has collapsed, is unresponsive and not breathing normally, call 911 and begin pushing hard and fast at the center of the victim’s chest to the beat of the Bee Gees disco song “Stayin’ Alive.”

According to the American Heart Association, most people who go into sudden cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location die because they don’t receive immediate CPR on the scene. Effective bystander CPR can more than double a victim’s chances of survival, but only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander.

In Maine, there are an estimated 1,000 cases of sudden cardiac arrest every year, and only one in 10 victims survives, according to Maine EMS data, says Grant.

Hands-only CPR has proven to be as effective as CPR with breaths in treating adult cardiac arrest victims, according to the American Heart Association.

Earlier this spring, UVAC was named a HEARTSafe CAMPUS at the National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation’s (NCEMSF) 21st annual conference in Baltimore, Maryland. NCEMSF encourages and promotes community awareness of the potential for saving the lives of sudden cardiac arrest victims through the use of CPR and increased public access to defibrillation.

HEARTSafe Campuses are role models to other campuses nationwide to improve overall cardiac arrest care. UVAC was recognized with EMS organizations from seven other institutions including Georgetown University, Fordham University, Tufts University and Virginia Tech.

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2015 Graduate Academic Exposition Winners

University of Maine News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 13:36

More than 120 presentations were made during the 2015 Graduate Academic Exposition in separate categories of four areas of competition — posters, oral presentations, intermedia and fine arts exhibits, and a PechaKucha, or rapid-fire slide show event — as well as a photo contest.

About $12,000 in prize money was awarded at this year’s expo, including the $2,000 President’s Research Impact Award given to the graduate student and adviser who best exemplify the UMaine mission of teaching, research and outreach.

Courtney Pacholski of China, Maine, a Ph.D. candidate in education, and her adviser, James Artesani, associate professor of special education, won this year’s President’s Research Impact Award for “The Effects of Check-In/Check-Out on the Behaviors of Elementary and Middle School Students.”

A complete list of winners is online.



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Deer Isle Residents Receive Industry Partner Award from the Lobster Institute

University of Maine News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 15:46

Basil and Harriet Heanssler and their family, long-time owners of Conary Cove Lobster Company in the Sunshine area of Deer Isle, Maine received the Lobster Institute’s Industry Partner Award. The award recognizes companies that have a substantial history of working with and supporting the Lobster Institute in its mission to ensure a healthy, sustainable lobster resource and a vital fishery.

The award was presented at the Lobster Institute’s 2015 Canadian/U.S. Lobstermen’s Town Meeting, March 20–21 in Saint John, New Brunswick.

The Heansslers were very involved in the establishment of the institute. Basil Heanssler was one of the charter members of the Lobster Institute’s board of advisors in 1987.

The Heanssler Family has been involved in the lobster industry for generations. Basil’s father and grandfather also were lobstermen. Basil took over the management of the lobster company from his father in 1972. He still manages the company, with help from his children and grandchildren. His daughter Kathy is a member of the Lobster Institute’s board of advisors.

Through the years, the Heansslers have been generous contributors to the Lobster Institute, having made significant financial donations in both cash and gifts of land in both Downeast Maine and two island properties in Nova Scotia. Funds from the sale of this land were used to establish the Basil and Harriet Heanssler Lobster Institute Fund, endowed at the University of Maine Foundation.

The Lobster Institute, a division of UMaine’s Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station, has been working with and on behalf of the lobster industry since 1987. It is an industry-driven organization focusing on conservation, outreach, research, and educational programs to sustain the lobster resource and maintain a vital fishery. More information about the institute is online.

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USDA Blog Features UMaine’s iCook Project

University of Maine News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:27

A University of Maine-led child food and fitness study was the focus of the USDA Blog post, “iCook makes healthy living fun for kids.” UMaine researchers developed the 4-H iCook project to prevent childhood obesity. The five-state, USDA-funded study encourages families to cook, eat and exercise together while improving culinary skills and increasing physical activity, the article states. “We hope people begin to cook more and eat together more and be more aware of their food,” said Adrienne White, project lead and human nutrition professor at UMaine. “We want people to get back to loving food, understanding food, and being able to work with food.”

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Hart, Climate Change Study Cited in Lakes Region Weekly Article

University of Maine News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:26

Maine’s Climate Future: 2015 Update,” a University of Maine report, and David Hart, director of the George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at UMaine, were quoted in a Lakes Region Weekly article about a recent visit by Sen. Angus King to Naples to discuss the climate’s impact on ice fishing. The study found average annual temperatures in the state increased about 3 degrees from 1895 to 2014, primarily due to the sharp buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, according to the article. The report also states Maine’s warm season, which begins when the average daily temperature is above freezing, increased by two weeks from the early 1900s through the 2000s, and Maine’s average winters have warmed at a faster rate than its summers. “There is a long-term trend of ice-out happening earlier in the year across many lakes in Maine and many lakes in the Northeast. This is related to the long-term trends of increasing air temperatures,” Hart said, adding Sebago Lake’s average annual ice-out date has retreated several weeks since the early 1800s.

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Media Cover Suicide Awareness Event on Campus

University of Maine News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:26

The Bangor Daily News, WABI (Channel 5) and WLBZ (Channel 2) reported on Send Silence Packing, a national traveling public education exhibit of 1,100 backpacks that represent the 1,100 college students who annually die by suicide. Members of the UMaine and local community experienced the exhibit in the Memorial Union. Send Silence Packing is a program of Active Minds Inc., a national nonprofit with a mission to engage students in discussions about mental health. “There are a lot of people that struggle, and the more we talk about it the more people will realize it’s not an individual issue; it’s something that a lot of people struggle with,” said Lindsay Stack, co-president of the UMaine chapter of Active Minds. “You never know what someone’s dealing with. If you could be the person that they need to interact with to prevent something like this then all it takes is a little bit of effort on your part,” graduate student Mike Jakubowski told WABI after viewing the display.

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Ellsworth American Article Cites Pettigrew’s Ocean Buoy Research

University of Maine News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:25

Research by Neal Pettigrew, an oceanography professor at the University of Maine, was cited in an Ellsworth American article about Penobscot Bay pilot David Gelinas briefing members of Congress about oceanographic buoys. Gelinas urged Congress to maintain funding for the oceanographic and weather buoys he and his colleagues rely on to help them safely bring cargo vessels and cruise ships in and out of port, according to the article. Gelinas specifically spoke about the importance of the New England Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing System (NERACOOS) buoys located in the Gulf of Maine. The origins of the system can be traced to Pettigrew’s efforts to establish a network of weather and oceanographic buoys that would collect environmental data in the Gulf, the article states. While the system was under development, Pettigrew asked the Penobscot Bay pilots if they would be interested in getting real-time information about weather conditions offshore. “We immediately recognized how valuable it would be to have that data,” Gelinas said.

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High School Students to Take Part in World Languages Day April 10

University of Maine News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 13:23

About 100 students and teachers from area high schools will celebrate World Languages Day at the University of Maine on Friday, April 10 with a culture bowl, food competition, campuswide scavenger hunt and traditional dance lessons.

The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and is an opportunity for local high school students in upper level French and Spanish classes to spend a day at UMaine emerged in their language of study while getting to know the campus and interacting with professors and students from the Department of Modern Languages and Classics.

For the new food competition, each school will bring a traditional dish from a French- or Spanish-speaking country that will be judged and enjoyed by the group.

During the culture bowl, school teams will compete to answer questions about geography, holidays, famous people, history and current events related to their language studies.

Throughout the day, students also will get the chance to learn traditional dances from Quebec and Latin America; recite a short poem in French or Spanish; and take part in a scavenger hunt and bag skit, an impromptu performance incorporating items drawn from a bag.

Students from Foxcroft Academy in Dover-Foxcroft; Bangor High School and John Bapst Memorial in Bangor; Hermon High School; and Messalonskee High School in Oakland will attend.

The Department of Modern Languages and Classics is hosting World Languages Day for the second year in a row. The event, which initially ended in 2009, was revived in 2014 by sponsorship from the Department of Modern Languages and Classics, The UMaine Humanities Center, The Canadian-American Center and the Foreign Language Association of Maine (FLAME). For more information or to request a disability accommodation, email Danielle Beaupre at

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