WABI reported on the 47th annual Special Olympics summer games that was hosted at UMaine, where 1,500 athletes came together to compete. The competition began on June 4 with bowling and unified bowling. June 5 consisted of more bowling, bocce competitions, relays and time trials. June 6 events included track and field, which ended June 7 with the walk and mile run finals. The next Special Olympics competition will be the Winter Games which will occur at Sugarloaf in January.
Kate Garland, a horticulturist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension program, was quoted in a Bangor Daily News article focused on various hunger relief programs happening across the state of Maine. “Farmers don’t have time to donate their extra produce, during market. It’s that time of year when they don’t have a spare moment,” said Garland. “But it really blew me away that first year to see how generous everyone was and how eager they were to see that the food was going to a good place where folks need it.”
Every week, volunteers visit Bangor-area markets to ask for donations, as part of an aftermarket gleaning program — which is the practice of collecting extra produce after the main harvest or market is over. Farmer’s markets donate extra products to organizations such as Crossroads Ministry in Old Town, which then distributes them to residents in the area.
“This is top-quality food, this is not seconds — although seconds are good too — but this is the stuff your or I’d be getting from the market, good stuff, breads, cheeses and meats,” said Garland.
Mark Brewer, political scientist at UMaine, was quoted in an article that appeared in the Portland Press Herald, commenting on Gov. LePage’s analogy comparing Maine’s tax revenue, to a stool with three legs — Income tax, sales tax and property tax. Brewer said that it’s common for politicians to use phrases repeatedly, referring to it as message reinforcement. “This one does seem inherently flawed. It’s a bit of a head-scratcher,” Brewer said of the analogy. “But Governor LePage is widely recognized for his colorful and inventive use of language.”
85-year old Alan Switzer, former men’s swimming and diving coach for the University of Maine’s Division I swim team, was feature in an article that appeared in Swimming World Magazine, focused on his extensive career as a swimming coach at Hebron Academy, the University of Maine, and Plymouth State University. Switzer spent 19 years coaching swimming at UMaine before taking a position at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, where he has led the women’s Division III swimming and diving program for the last 25 years.
Switzer has been inducted into the University of Maine and Hebron Academy Halls of Fame and was added to the state of Maine’s Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame in April 2015. Switzer completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Harvard University before he pursued his successful coaching career.
The Sanford Harmony program, an early-childhood social skills program, was cited in an Education Week blog post about a $20 million anonymous donation made to the San Diego-based National University. The University of Maine is one of nine university partners around the country that is promoting the program and training teachers through a professional development series called Sanford Inspire. The program aims to promote understanding and tolerance among children of different racial and ethnic groups and among children with disabilities. The donation will be used to expand the program nationwide. Collaborators hope to have 2,000 schools participating by the end of the year. As of June 2, UMaine has expanded its initiative statewide, and will be disseminated by the UMaine’s College of Education and Human Development.
WhatTheyThink.com announced Kelsey Bolduc, a chemical engineering major at the University of Maine, as recipient of the Engineering Division Scholarship. The scholarship is presented to science and engineering students interested in pursuing an engineering career in the pulp and paper industry. Bolduc is one of two students who will be awarded scholarships at the 2015 Pulping, Engineering, Environmental, Recycling, Sustainability (PEERS) conference Oct. 25–28 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Jennifer Sapiel Neptune — University of Maine graduate, anthropologist, artist and member of the Penobscot Nation — was featured in a Bangor Daily News article. The story described how Neptune re-created a beaded ceremonial Penobscot headdress, two cuffs and a collar that Penobscot Nation Chief Kirk Francis wore last year at his inauguration. The original collar and cuffs, which served as models for her re-creations, can be found at UMaine’s Hudson Museum. “All the objects in our collection provide links to the past and inspiration to contemporary artists,” said Gretchen Faulkner, director of the Hudson Museum. “We are stewards of these objects for the community. Jennifer’s work brings the objects full circle; it’s a living collection.”
The Bangor Daily News advanced a Bangor exhibit of the pop-up art series “The Lexicon of Sustainability.” The University of Maine Office of Sustainability and Bangor Area Food Council were selected as curators of the exhibition designed to spur community dialogue to help strengthen local food systems. “The whole [pop-up show] series is focused on the words we use and educating people about the language of sustainability and what that means,” said Dan Dixon, UMaine’s sustainability coordinator and member of the food council who applied to bring the show to Bangor. The exhibit is located at COESPACE, 48 Columbia St., Bangor and will be open at noon June 5 and from 5—9 p.m. as part of the Bangor Artwalk.
The University of Maine was recognized as one of the best colleges or universities for employers who want to hire high-quality engineering graduates.
UMaine ranked fifth on College Recruiter’s list of the “Top 12 Hidden Gem Colleges for Employers Hiring Electrical and Communications Engineering Majors.”
College Recruiter is the leading niche job board used by recent college graduates to find entry-level jobs and students to find internships.
Institutions on the list featured high SAT/ACT scores for entering students, high average starting salaries for the regions in which the schools were located, a high percentage of graduates working in their chosen field of study, and a majority of the graduating class available for recruitment by employers.
The full College Recruiter release is online.
Blaine Livingston, a nontraditional student, is a husband, father and veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
Originally from North Anson, Maine, Livingston is working on a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Part of Livingston’s responsibilities at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center involve manufacturing composite parts for a Department of Defense research project.
He was tasked recently with manufacturing armor panels for a mobile Armored Command Trailer (ACT) for the U.S. Army. Livingston successfully fabricated the composite laminates which included the use of methyl methacrylate adhesives, vacuum infusion, and a special water jet cutting process.
The fabrication of the armor panels is beyond what is traditionally asked of a student in his position. He exhibited excellent leadership by recruiting and instructing other qualified student laborers to help him prepare the panels.
Livingston says he enjoys working at the UMaine Composites Center because “everything we do is interesting, exciting, and has the potential to positively impact so many people’s lives.” He says he appreciates the level of trust and responsibility he is given by his supervisors.
Tracy Vassiliev, a middle school science teacher at the James E. Doughty School in Bangor, and David Neivandt, a University of Maine professor, associate vice president for research and graduate studies, and director of the Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering, co-wrote Let Them Eat Cake … OE-Cake!, which was published in the April/May 2015 issue of “Science Scope.”
In summer 2014, Vassiliev took part in a research experience for teachers (RET) program, funded by the National Science Foundation, with Neivandt at UMaine’s Forest Bioproducts Research Institute (FBRI).
RET’s objectives include fostering STEM partnerships between K–12 teachers and university faculty and inspiring the teachers to translate cutting-edge research being done at universities and make it relevant to their students.
Vassiliev experienced and, in turn, has been introducing her students to OE-Cake! (Octave Engine Cake Version 1.1.2b), which was unveiled in 2007 by Prometech Software, a company that specializes in high-performance simulation and computer graphics. OE-Cake! is a digital sandbox and learning platform.
When used to support science content, Neivandt and Vassiliev say OE-Cake! can engage students in ways that encourage critical thinking and creativity, and encourage them to explore hydrodynamics of liquids, small particle systems and solids.
In the classroom, the educators say it can help students understand the nature of science empirically by exploring the physical properties of virtual materials.
“By embracing the software, students discover that research in the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) fields is fun and exciting. … As educators, if there is a given technology that your students enjoy exploring, then embrace it, and help reveal the STEAM connections. This will reinforce the idea that STEAM content can truly be found everywhere,” Neivandt and Vassiliev wrote in the article.
“Teachers do not have to be experts in all computer applications, but instead they can be guides in helping students explore and experiment. Teachers need to be sure to provide students with a clear purpose, STEAM connections, and parameters. After that, you can allow your students to impress you with their applications of the scientific process, discoveries, iterations, and evidence-backed reasoning.”
The Bangor Daily News and WCYY 94.3 FM reported the Maine Sea Grant Program at the University of Maine partnered with O’Chang Comics to produce a short video on lobsters and climate change. The video, which was based on the UMaine report “Maine’s Climate Future: 2015 Update,” explains how rising sea temperatures in southern New England have caused lobster populations in the area to drop, according to the BDN. The full video is online.
WLBZ (Channel 2) spoke with George Kinghorn, director and curator of the University of Maine Museum of Art, about the current exhibit “Andy Warhol: Photographs & Screenprints.” The museum is featuring dozens of works from its permanent collection by well-known American pop artist Andy Warhol through June 6. “This is really nice because you really get a sense of Warhol’s life in the studio. And he would often take over 200 images of one subject, like Farrah Fawcett,” Kinghorn said. The exhibit also will be part of the Bangor Artwalk from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 5, according to the report. The museum will switch to the summer exhibit season starting June 19 with the exhibit “With Ties to Maine,” a collection of Maine related-art celebrating the 150th anniversary of UMaine, the report states.
The Sun Journal reported that John Belding, director of the University of Maine’s Advanced Manufacturing Center, was a moderator at the Manufacturers Association of Maine’s annual Manufacturing Summit in New Gloucester. More than 150 manufacturers attended the event at Pineland Farms to hear from other companies and weigh in on the association’s legislative agenda, according to the article.
Enjoy the taste of summer fruits and vegetables all year long by taking the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Preserving the Harvest workshop 1–4 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, at the Franklin County UMaine Extension office, 138 Pleasant St., Farmington.
UMaine Extension staff will lead the workshop, which will include hands-on, USDA-recommended food preservation methods, including hot water bath canning. Participants will make pickled dilly beans to take home. Fresh produce, canning jars and other canning equipment will be provided. Participants should bring a pot holder.
Cost is $20 per person; partial scholarships are available. Register online by July 3. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call 781.6099, 800.287.1471 (toll-free in Maine).
The “Something Funny’s Going on Here” exhibit will open with a reception 5–8 p.m. June 19, at the H. Alan and Sally Fernald Art Gallery at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast. Sixteen of Maine’s prestigious artists have pieces inspired by humor or irony in the exhibit, which runs until Aug. 14. Participating artists are Nancy Barnes, Kenny Cole, Julie Cyr, Kris Engman, David Estey, Mike Fletcher, Harold Garde, Robert Hamilton, Stew Henderson, Sheep Jones, Alan Magee, George Nashon, Willy Reddick, Wes Reddick, Sally Savage and Rob Shetterly. Patrons, students and community members are invited. The reception and admission to the exhibit are free. More information is available online or by calling Nancy Bergerson at 338.8049.
WABI (Channel 5) reported that University of Maine students and researchers are studying the science of tree ring dating during the 25th annual North American Dendroecological Fieldweek (NADEF) in Acadia National Park. NADEF is funded in part by the National Science Foundation and aims to train students in dendrochronology, or the scientific method of dating based on the analysis of tree ring patterns, during an intensive week of fieldwork, laboratory exercises and lectures. The program, which has been run by Indiana State University since 2003, offers six lab groups led by 13 instructors from institutions across the country, each representing a specialty within the field of dendrochronology. Shawn Fraver, an assistant professor of forest ecosystems science in UMaine’s School of Forest Resources, is co-leading the stand dynamics group. Kara Costanza, a UMaine Ph.D. student working with Fraver, is co-teaching the introductory dendrochronology group. Fraver said researchers view tree ring patterns as a biological archive that contains the history of a tree’s growth. “From that growth pattern we can make inferences about the history of the stand,” Fraver said. Forty students from around the country, as well as Canada and India, are participating in the course. Four of the students are from UMaine.
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. Murphy, who has more than 20 years of experience teaching the UMaine Extension Master Gardener course, offered advice for the show that focused on what it takes to make a garden grow.
MaineToday magazine reported that pieces from the University of Maine Museum of Art’s permanent collection will be featured in a Portland Museum of Art exhibition that runs from through September 20. “Directors’ Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail,” will present highlights of Maine’s art history from the state’s most-renowned museums, including UMMA, Bates College, Bowdoin College, Colby College, the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Monhegan Museum of Art and History, the Ogunquit Museum of American Art and the Portland Museum of Art. In the exhibit, UMMA offers photos by Berenice Abbott, one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, according to the article. Abbott was best known for her New York photos, which are included in the exhibit, as well as some of her lesser-known work from Maine, the article states.
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Tick ID Lab was mentioned in the Bangor Daily News article, “More tick diseases showing up in dogs and cats (plus new treatments).” The article states that according to the Tick ID Lab, there are 14 different tick species found in Maine. To learn about all of the species, or to submit a tick to be identified, the article suggests readers visit the lab’s website.