“Building Sustainable Communities: International, National and Local Perspectives” is the theme of the 11th annual ESTIA conference to be held Oct. 24–25 at the University of Maine.
The goal of this year’s conference is to inform the UMaine community about international, national and local efforts in sustainability and peace by emphasizing the importance of ethics and social responsibility as foundations for community development.
Presenters include congresswoman Chellie Pingree, who has worked on sustainability and agriculture; Jan Wampler, an architecture professor at MIT who has focused on designing ecocities and spaces in urban environments; Bernard Amadei, founder of Engineers Without Borders and Science Envoy for the U.S. Department of State; Soren Hermansen and Malene Lunden, co-directors of the Samso Energy Academy in Denmark; Ceren Bogac, an environmental designer from Cyprus; and Vasia Markides, a documentary filmmaker and Famagusta Ecocity Project founder.
Several UMaine faculty and other community members are also scheduled to speak during the conference that will be held in the Wells Conference Center from 6–9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 and from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25.
Regular admission is $50 per person, $35 for students. Price includes both Friday and Saturday sessions plus a Friday reception and Saturday lunch. Registration is online.
ESTIA (Ecopeace Sustainability Training and International Affiliations) is a Maine-based ecological organization that promotes and facilitates sustainability and peace through education.
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The Portland Press Herald interviewed Janet Fairman, an associate professor of education at the University of Maine, for the article, “Tax relief scarce in school consolidations.” Fairman, who co-wrote two studies on school reorganization in Maine, said research showed consolidation did seem to work when it came to expanding opportunities for students across the district. “Our research did not show a tremendous cost savings. One of the main reasons was districts that chose to consolidate then chose to use those savings to expand or improve educational programs for students,” she said. Fairman also said she thinks more studies are needed to evaluate the effectiveness of consolidation, both financially and academically.
The Associated Press reported the University of Maine is part of a group of scientific and academic institutions called the Northeast Consortium that is leading a research initiative about the groundfish stocks in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank. The consortium, which includes UMaine, the University of New Hampshire, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, was given $800,000 by the federal New England Fishery Management Council for proposals related to the project, according to the report. Officials said they will give priority to proposals that seek to demonstrate ways to grant access to closed areas and increase catch of haddock without impacting cod, yellowtail flounder and windowpane flounder, the article states. Foster’s Daily Democrat and the Portland Press Herald carried the AP report.
The Portland Press Herald reported a group called Lobster Unlimited LLC is developing a product that transforms ground lobster shells into an organic pelletized soil amendment to fend off pests for use by large commercial agricultural growers and golf courses. The initiative grew from a collaboration between Bob Bayer, executive director of the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine; Cathy Billings, associate director of the Lobster Institute; UMaine senior Matthew Hodgkin; New York entrepreneur Stewart Hardison; North Carolina engineering consultant Ron Reed; and Mark Elizer, president of a Florida company that creates organic fertilizer for golf courses. “We’d like to see it trickle down to the fishermen, to bring more value to their landings,” Billings said. “If more demand is created for these other components of the lobster, and these byproducts become valuable, they could be more or as valuable as the meat and a huge boon to everyone in the industry.”
The Bangor Daily News reported on the 10th annual Rock Against Rape concert hosted by a University of Maine fraternity to raise awareness of rape and sexual assault on college campuses and to collect funds for Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance. Jeffrey Rogers, a Sigma Phi Epsilon member who helped organize this year’s event, said the group is looking to donate as much as it can. “We feel it’s a really strong issue, especially on college campuses,” he said.
Amy Fried, a political science professor at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Portland Press Herald article about Gov. Paul LePage confirming he will participate in gubernatorial debates after saying he wouldn’t share the stage with Democratic challenger U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud. Fried called LePage’s previous indecision about the debates erratic. “Politically speaking, it wasn’t working,” she said.
WABI (Channel 5) covered a peace rally held on the Bangor Waterfront over the weekend Michael Bailey, a University of Maine student, participated in the rally and spoke with WABI. “I think as a young person, I think of my future and I think of my children’s future, and I don’t want it to be one in which it’s difficult for humans to live on this planet, and I don’t want it to be one in which people are still stereotyped by their race, and I don’t want it to be one in which the poor can barely survive,” Bailey said. About 38 organizations participated in the event, according to the report.
The Portland Press Herald advanced the Maine Technology Institute’s second annual TechWalk to be held at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Oct. 2. More than 90 Maine high-tech firms and organizations will showcase their innovations at the event, and the University of Maine will have a strong presence, the article states. The exhibition, which is free to the public, is expected to draw about 800 attendees, according to the article. UMaine will have several representatives in attendance including those from its centers for aquaculture research, advanced manufacturing, and advanced structures and composites.
University of Maine students Hayden Ciomei and Tegan McGuire were interviewed by the Bangor Daily News for an article about a college prep program they participated in through Deer Isle-Stonington High School. The program, Project Launch, was started in 2012 and helps high school seniors feel supported as they begin college by pairing them with graduates who have already made the transition. The graduates work as mentors, reaching out to the high schoolers before they come to campus and providing support during their first months at the new school. “It was a way to gain a friend without stepping out of your comfort zone,” said Ciomei who was paired with McGuire.
WABI (Channel 5) reported members of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at the University of Maine have been camping out on the Mall for the past week to raise awareness and educate other students about domestic violence and sexual assault. The group has been using resources from Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance and collecting donations for the organization, according to the report. “By and large in the media it’s been a fairly male-dominated problem, and I think it’s good to show that a lot of fraternities on campus and campus as a whole stands against this and stands fairly united to help eradicate this problem and raise awareness to it,” said Spencer Warmuth, a Sigma Phi Epsilon member.
Mark Brewer, a political science professor at the University of Maine,was quoted in a Portland Press Herald article about the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife actively campaigning to defeat the bear-hunting referendum on the November ballot. The Nov. 4 referendum asks voters: “Do you want to ban the use of bait, dogs or traps in bear hunting except to protect property, public safety, or for research?” Brewer said it’s rare to see a state department advocating a position in a referendum. “It’s unusual, but at the same time there would seem to be a legitimate reason for them to get involved with this,” Brewer said.
The University of Maine will host the New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC) college fair for Maine high school students to learn more about colleges and universities in New England and beyond. The free event will be held from 7–9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29 and 9–11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30 in the New Balance Student Recreation Center. More than 100 higher education institutions are expected to attend. Information, including a complete list of schools that will be represented, is online. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call Jackie Jones at 207.581.1575.
The Virtual Environment and Multimodal Interaction (VEMI) Laboratory at the University of Maine will hold its second annual open house from 4–6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1. The lab, located in Carnegie Hall, is part of the spatial informatics program in the School of Computing and Information Science and houses Maine’s only research facility that combines a fully immersive virtual reality installation with augmented reality technologies in an integrated research and development environment. Guests are invited to explore the latest research and development from the VEMI Lab. Light refreshments will be available. For more information or to request a disability accommodation (Carnegie Hall is not currently wheelchair accessible), contact Richard Corey at 207.581.2151 or email@example.com.
The University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS) will be a remote broadcast site for the 15th annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-based Care on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 2–3.
The conference, located in Houston, Texas, is co-sponsored by Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital. Its objective is to provide an update on issues related to health care transition from pediatric to adult-based services for youth and young adults with chronic illness and disability and their families.
CCIDS will broadcast the conference on the second floor of Corbett Hall and at the CCIDS outreach office, 225 Western Avenue in Augusta.
There is no cost to attend all or some of the remote broadcast, but registration is required. Participants are eligible to receive a certificate of attendance. Social workers are eligible to receive continuing education units (CEUs).
More information about the conference, including the agenda and a link to register is online. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Ann Zielinski at 207.581.1084 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Maine hazing research was cited in a Post and Courier article about hazing on college campuses. “Universities and colleges nationwide have stepped up efforts to combat activities such as sexual assaults, binge drinking and hazing in the wake of studies by the University of Maine and other institutions indicating the practices are widespread and embedded in student culture,” the article states, referring to UMaine’s National Study on Student Hazing led by UMaine researchers Elizabeth Allan and Mary Madden.
The University of Maine’s Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research in Franklin was mentioned in an article published in Coral: The Reef and Aquarium Magazine. The article focused on Sea & Reef Aquaculture, a company that is housed at CCAR and provides aquacultured tropical marine fishes to the saltwater aquarium trade. Soren Hansen, a Sea & Reef co-founder, spoke about how David Townsend, a UMaine professor of oceanography, was influential in getting the business off the ground by providing funding and an on-campus lab through the School of Marine Sciences. Townsend and Hansen said the relationship between UMaine and Sea & Reef is mutually beneficial. Stephen Eddy, a biologist at CCAR, also spoke about the facility’s mission of promoting, developing and facilitating aquaculture in Maine. “Sea & Reef is an excellent example of how aquaculture is far more than salmon net pens and oyster rafts,” Eddy said. “Sea & Reef broadens the perspective of many of our visitors by helping them recognize that, despite the bad things they may have heard about aquaculture, there is much more to the story.”
WVII (Channel 7) spoke with several University of Maine students and Robert Dana, UMaine’s vice president for student life and dean of students, about college campus safety in the wake of a student’s disappearance at the University of Virginia. Students interviewed said they are aware of helpful resources on campus and urge others to use common sense when faced with a potentially dangerous situation. “The first thing we do is try to get students to recognize they are in a real world. That they have responsibility of themselves and to each other and to be a community,” Dana said, adding when most UMaine students see something, they say something.
Jake Ward, vice president for innovation and economic development at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Bangor Daily News article about Bristol residents voting whether to allow UMaine’s proposed offshore wind power project to connect to the grid in town, should the project reach construction. The project would consist of two floating wind turbines in a test site about three miles south of Monhegan and 12 miles southeast of Bristol, according to the article. Ward said the project’s design and engineering phase will be completed using a federal grant, and the project will then remain on standby for more funding.
The Maine Public Broadcasting Network will air a talk given by Robert Ford, former U.S. Ambassador to Syria at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25 as part of its “Speaking in Maine” public affairs lecture series. Ford spoke at the University of Maine earlier this week, hours before airstrikes were initiated in Syria against ISIS. During his free talk, “Syria and Washington Politics — Hard to Agree,” Ford spoke about how domestic politics and U.S. strategy intersect in Syria. The talk can be heard online or on MPBN radio stations.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension Homemakers’ Council in Waldo County is sponsoring Fall Handcrafters’ Day from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Waldo Community Building, Route 131, Waldo.
Volunteers will offer six daylong workshops, including quilt making, painting on glass jars, embroidering greeting cards and making pillowcases to donate to charity. Some workshops have a minimal fee for materials. All proceeds go to the Homemakers’ Council Scholarship Fund.
Registration by Oct. 8 is required. For a brochure and registration materials, contact 800.287.1426 or email@example.com. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call Rick Kersbergen, 207.342.5971.