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.
Robert Steneck, a marine scientist at the University of Maine, spoke with Modern Farmer for the article, “The accidental lobster farmers.” According to the article, lobster landings rose to 125 million pounds in 2012 and 2013, five times the historic average. The increase in crustaceans caused a drop in price that could harm Maine’s industry, the article states. Steneck said the situation in the Gulf of Maine has come to resemble a monoculture, with lobsters prevailing over other fisheries. He added he would like to see Maine diversify and develop industries around other species such as black sea bass. “When you realize 80 to 85 percent of all marine resource value in Maine comes from a single species, you realize how precarious it is,” Steneck said. “We don’t have a Plan B.”
Sharon Tisher, a lecturer in the University of Maine’s School of Economics and Honors College, and Peter Mills, the executive director of the Maine Turnpike Authority and a former state senator, wrote an opinion piece published by the Bangor Daily News titled “Bruce Poliquin has a chance to make his mark, emulate Maine’s environmental heroes.” Tisher is a member of the Maine chapter of the 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.
The Mount Desert Islander reported Rhian Waller, an associate research professor at the University of Maine’s School of Marine Sciences, will speak about coral gardens that were discovered in the Gulf of Maine. Waller was part of a team of researchers that used a remotely controlled submersible vehicle during the summer to find the dense coral gardens in the Schoodic Ridges region of the Gulf. She will speak at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9 at the Jesup Memorial Library.
Harold “Trey” Stewart III, a third-year University of Maine student majoring in political science and sociology, wrote an opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News titled “What I learned fighting to reclaim Maine elections for Mainers.” Stewart is the president of the General Student Senate and recently completed an internship at Maine Citizens for Clean Elections.
The Bangor Daily News published the latest article in the yearlong “The People Next Door” series by Sandra Butler, a professor of social work at the University of Maine, and Luisa Deprez, a professor and department chair of sociology and women and gender studies at the University of Southern Maine. “She escaped domestic violence, but now she needs to start over in Maine,” is the pair’s latest column to share stories of Mainers struggling in today’s economy.
The University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center has completed static strength testing of a 56-meter (184-foot) wind turbine blade for Gamesa, a global technological leader in the wind industry, based in Spain. The blade was manufactured in North America and delivered to the University of Maine in late August.
In the testing, the blade was subjected to loads in four directions to prove the structure met international strength standards.
The Gamesa blade was the largest tested to date in the UMaine Offshore Wind Laboratory. The full-service facility offers testing and material characterization services for every stage of blade development. The lab, which opened in 2011, was funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Maine Technology Asset Fund through the Maine Technology Institute, and a 2010 Maine bond.
“We are honored to have served one of the world’s leading wind turbine manufacturers,” said Habib Dagher, director of the UMaine Composites Center. “This is the biggest structure we have tested to date, extending nearly 80 percent of the length of our blade test lab.”
“Our engineers, technicians and students did a great job designing, building and operating the equipment needed to safely rotate and test the 56-meter blade,” said John Arimond, the business development executive with the UMaine Composites Center. Arimond joined UMaine in 2013 after 28 years in industry, most recently serving as CTO of a New Zealand-based manufacturer of 500-kilowatt wind turbines.
Juan Diego Díaz, marketing director for Gamesa, said his company is excited to be partnering with UMaine for blade testing. “North America was a logical place to conduct this important step in our product development, supporting our growing commercial opportunities in that region and globally. We were impressed by the testing quality, safety and attention to detail provided by the UMaine team in successfully testing our blade,” said Díaz.
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In a holiday tips story Dec. 23, health reporter Diane Atwood cited the research of UMaine psychologist Sandy Sigmon and ways to avoid the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
A Bangor Daily News story about events statewide for welcoming in the new year includes the children’s activities planned at the University of Maine Museum of Art. More information about the Dec. 31 UMMA family event is online.
UMaine School of Economics energy expert Jonathan Rubin was quoted in a Detroit News story on the downside of low gas prices. Rubin and other economists told the Detroit News that, while low fuel prices have short-term economic benefits, there can be serious long-term consequences, including increased sales of larger, less energy-efficient vehicles. “It’s a lost opportunity,” Rubin said. “New vehicles last for 16 years, on average. So whatever momentum we saw toward smaller cars will slow.”
The founder and faculty adviser of the community outreach organization MBS Corps at the University of Maine is this year’s recipient of the Steve Gould Award.
Nory Jones is a professor of management information systems in the Maine Business School who joined the UMaine community in September 2001.
MBS Corps was established in 2005 in the Maine Business School as a way for students to help small Maine-based nonprofit organizations while developing their leadership, organizational, management, marketing, networking and other business skills.
MBS Corps won the 2013 Active Citizenship Award from UMaine’s Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism.
This academic year, 20 students are actively involved in MBS Corps, participating in projects that include food drives to benefit community pantries, and volunteer efforts with the Ronald McDonald House, Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, Spruce Run and the Bangor Humane Society.
Most recently, MBS Corps students worked with Aunt Nellie’s Attic in Holden, the retail arm of Hammond Street Senior Center in Bangor, providing operations analysis and a marketing plan to increase revenues.
The students also have served as Troop Greeters at Bangor International Airport — an initiative Jones has been volunteering for since 2008. At UMaine, Jones chairs the UMaine Student Veterans Advisory Committee.
In nominating Jones, the staff of the Maine Business School noted that she “epitomizes the spirit, achievement and zest for life that Steve Gould espoused.”
The annual Steve Gould Award was created to honor the former UMaine police chief. Gould 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. Gould was an active community volunteer and musician who went on to serve in the Maine House of Representatives.
The Steve Gould Award will be presented to Jones as part of the Employee Recognition Luncheon in March.