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Target Technology Center Hosts Open House

University of Maine News - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 11:17

Members of the public, including innovators and entrepreneurs, are invited to a free open house from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 11, at the Target Technology Center, 20 Godfrey Drive, Orono.

There will be tours of the facility, including available office space, as well as a barbecue and opportunities to meet innovators in the Target Technology Center community. The Target Technology Center, a partnership of Bangor Area Target Development Corporation, the town of Orono, the University of Maine and the state of Maine, offers physical space and business counseling services to technology companies. Located near the UMaine campus and I-95, the facility has high-speed Wi-Fi, conference rooms, video conferencing, a comprehensive security system and a kitchen.

“The open house is an opportunity to have lunch with us, meet our amazing tenants and take a tour of our great facility,” says Jesse Moriarity, co-director.

Located in Orono, the Target Technology Center is home to a variety of local companies. Since 2002, it has provided convenient and comprehensive office spaces to businesses in all stages of development. To learn more, visit its website or call 866.2406.

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Bishop, Darling Make History, Face Off in Stanley Cup Final

University of Maine News - Wed, 06/03/2015 - 15:23

Two former University of Maine goaltenders are competing for the NHL Stanley Cup.

Ben Bishop is the starting goalie for Tampa Bay and Scott Darling is the valuable backup for Chicago. It is the first time in Stanley Cup Final history that goalies who played at the same university will contend for the coveted cup.

Bishop played in 99 games for the Black Bears from 2005 to 2008, and posted a mark of 55–35–7, with a 2.29 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. He recorded five shutouts for the Black Bears and led UMaine to the 2007 Frozen Four, which was played in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri.

Darling played at UMaine during the 2008–09 and 2009–10 seasons. He compiled a record of 25–20–3, with a 2.92 goals-against average and a .895 save percentage.

One will have his name engraved on the chalice, sometimes referred to as Lord Stanley’s Cup or the Holy Grail.

Chicago and Tampa split two meetings in 2014–15, each winning at home. Chicago earned a 3–2 shootout win Nov. 11 and Tampa Bay won 4–0 on Feb. 27

Bishop has had an outstanding season for Tampa Bay. In the playoffs, he is 12–8–0, with a 2.15 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage. He has notched three shutouts and three assists. Bishop posted shutouts in games 5 and 7 in the Eastern Conference final against the New York Rangers. He becomes the third goalie in NHL history to record two Game 7 shutouts in a single season, joining Patrick Roy (2002) and Tim Thomas (2011). Bishop became the first goalie in NHL history to record shutouts in each of his first two Game 7 starts of his career, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Darling has played in five playoff games for Chicago, making four starts. He is 3–1, with a 2.21 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage. Darling stopped all 42 shots he faced after replacing Corey Crawford in a first-round game with Nashville on April 15. He made 50 saves in a triple-overtime win over Nashville on April 21.

The best-of-seven Stanley Cup Final series begins at 8 p.m. June 3, in Tampa. NBC is televising the contest. The series continues at 7:15 p.m. June 6, in Tampa, (NBC). The series then moves to Chicago; Game 3 will be played at 8 p.m. June 8 and Game 4 will be June 10 (NBCSN). Game five, if necessary, will be played in Tampa at 8 p.m. June 13 (NBC). Game 6, if necessary, will be in Chicago at 8 p.m.  June 15 (NBC), while Game 7, if necessary, would be played in Tampa at 8 p.m. June 17 (NBC).

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Summer Dissertation Writing Fellowship 2015

Grad School NEWS - Wed, 06/03/2015 - 13:49
The Graduate School is again offering 5 summer dissertation writing fellowships. With support from Auxiliary Services and the Provost’s Fellowship Fund, each fellow will receive an office in Stodder and a $1,000 monthly stipend at the end of June, July, and August.  Please share with potential candidates. 
Applications are due at grad.awards@umit.maine.edu (subject line “Summer Diss”) by midnight June 12.  Awards will be announced on June 19.  Award recipients may occupy their office space starting June 22.   Additional information is available here.
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Retirement Reception for Dottie Poisson

Grad School NEWS - Wed, 06/03/2015 - 13:48
​​Please Join the Graduate School in Honoring

Dottie A. Poisson

for her 25 years of  dedicated service,

achievement, and leadership 
to the University of Maine

 

A Retirement Reception for Dottie will be held 

Monday, June 22, 2015

2:00pm to 4:00pm*

Graduate Commons, 57 Stodder Hall

*Remarks to be made at 3:00pm

Light refreshments will be served

 

For more information please contact Crystal Burgess at crystal.burgess@maine.edu

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Holly Stewart is the America East Woman of the Year

University of Maine News - Wed, 06/03/2015 - 13:21

University of Maine graduate and former field hockey star Holly Stewart was named the America East Woman of the Year at the annual conference meeting Tuesday, June 2, in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire.

Stewart, from North Vancouver, British Columbia, is the first Black Bear to earn the honor, which is presented to the league’s senior female student-athlete who best distinguished herself during collegiate career with academic achievement, athletic excellence, service and leadership.

Stewart, selected from 11 nominees, graduated in December 2014 with a degree in kinesiology and physical education. Her grade-point average was 3.97.

The 2014 Academic All-American and America East Presidential Scholar-Athlete was a two-time America East first-team selection and an All-Region choice. She is competing with the Canadian Women’s National Team that is striving for a berth in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

Stewart is eligible for NCAA Woman of the Year. The NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee selects the Top 30 – 10 from each division (I, II and III), then three finalists from each division. The Committee on Women’s Athletics selects the winner from the top nine.

The University of Maine is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2015. In conjunction, the athletic department will celebrate 150 student-athletes achievements during the year. To follow these achievements, visit goblackbears.com/150achievements.

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Multiple Media Outlets Report on Sanford Collaborative

University of Maine News - Wed, 06/03/2015 - 12:37

A number of media outlets covered the announcement of the newly formed Sanford Education Collaborative — a nine-university network that includes the University of Maine. The College of Education and Human Development at UMaine was awarded $65,000 to help implement the Sanford Harmony Program in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes in several area schools. The program is designed to enhance peer relationships and focuses on developing interpersonal skills of communication, collaboration, inclusion and empathy to provide a foundation for a healthier society. The Times of San Diego, The San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego Source: The Daily Transcript, seattlepi.com and KPBS reported on the $30 million nationwide initiative, which is administered by San Diego-based National University and is inspired by the vision of philanthropist and entrepreneur T. Denny Sanford.

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Student Loans Topic of Channel 7 Story

University of Maine News - Wed, 06/03/2015 - 12:36

University of Maine community members provided information about student loans in a segment on WVII (Channel 7). Gianna Marrs, director of student financial aid, as well as Zachary Sheltra, director of enrollment operations, and recent graduate Cody Emerson shared their perspectives. Marrs addressed services the university offers to engage students in debt management and financial literacy. Sheltra, who earned an MBA at UMaine in 2013, said for him it’s a matter of understanding his finances and setting priorities.

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AP, MPBN Reports on $1.1M Collaborative Plankton Study

University of Maine News - Wed, 06/03/2015 - 12:36

The Associated Press and Maine Public Broadcasting Network reported on a $1.1 million collaborative project involving the University of Maine and four other research institutions in the region that aims to better understand the physical and biological processes that control the abundance of a plankton species essential to the food web of the Northeast coastal ocean. The researchers will look at the effects of ocean warming on the marine copepod Calanus finmarchicus, the primary prey for herring and other forage fish, as well as for the endangered North Atlantic right whale. “The expectation from the statistical analysis is that this species may well disappear and that would have a pretty dramatic effect on the Gulf of Maine food web,” said Jeffrey Runge, a professor in UMaine’s School of Marine Sciences who will serve as project coordinator/principal investigator and is responsible for biological measurements throughout the study. FOX 25 (in Boston), Portland Press Herald and WABI (Channel 5) carried the AP article. CapeCod.com also reported on the project.

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Medical Amnesty, Good Samaritan Reporting Program Covered in BDN Piece

University of Maine News - Wed, 06/03/2015 - 12:35

The Medical Amnesty and Good Samaritan reporting program at the University of Maine was mentioned in a Bangor Daily News article about a bill aimed at encouraging minors to seek help for alcohol poisoning that its supporters say is at risk of being vetoed. Rep. Joyce Maker, a Calais Republican and member of the education committee, said in the article she sponsored LD 263, An Act To Provide a Minor with a Defense to Prosecution in a Situation That Involves Risk of Alcohol Overdose, to help save lives. Maker said in the article she put the bill forward after being asked to do so by Old Town school board member Lee Jackson, a UMaine political science student. Robert Dana, UMaine’s vice president for student life and dean of students, spoke about a similar policy the university began in 2010. The Medical Amnesty and Good Samaritan reporting program is a campuswide undertaking that encourages students to report extremely intoxicated classmates, the article states. “You don’t want a minor saying, ‘I’m not going to call because the cops [could arrest me].’ You want them saying, ‘I’m going to help. I’m going to call and help save someone’s life,’” Dana said.

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PPH Remembers 1965 UMaine Graduation

University of Maine News - Wed, 06/03/2015 - 12:34

The Portland Press Herald’s “50 Years Ago Today” feature showed the front page of the June 3, 1965 paper that contained an article titled “7,000 See UM Award Largest Class Degrees.” In 1965, 1,100 seniors were awarded degrees at the Bangor Municipal Auditorium. It was the largest graduating class in the university’s 100-year history, according to the article. Robert Strider, president of Colby College, was the primary Commencement speaker.

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 Ellsworth American Covers TRC Commission

University of Maine News - Wed, 06/03/2015 - 12:34

Gail Werrbach, director of the University of Maine School of Social Work, was mentioned in an Ellsworth American story about the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Werrbach is one of the five commissioners of the TRC, which June 14 is slated to issue a report about the state welfare system’s treatment of children from Wabanaki tribes.

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Former Black Bear Goalies in NHL Get Press

University of Maine News - Wed, 06/03/2015 - 12:33

Two former University of Maine men’s ice hockey goalies set to compete in the NHL Stanley Cup Final were included in a sports column in the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel. Ben Bishop is the starting goalie for Tampa Bay and Scott Darling is the backup goalie for Chicago. Bishop also was featured and Darling mentioned in a Bangor Daily News article. The first game of the best-of-seven series is at 8 p.m. June 3.

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WABI, BDN Announce Stewart Named America East Woman of the Year

University of Maine News - Wed, 06/03/2015 - 12:33

WABI (Channel 5) and the Bangor Daily News announced UMaine graduate and former field hockey star Holly Stewart won the America East Woman of the Year Award. Stewart, from North Vancouver, British Columbia, is the first Black Bear to receive the honor, presented to the league’s senior female student-athlete who best distinguished herself during collegiate career with academic achievement, athletic excellence, service and leadership. Stewart, selected from 11 nominees, graduated in December with a degree in kinesiology and physical education. Her grade-point average was 3.97. The 2014 Academic All-American and America East Presidential Scholar-Athlete was a two-time America East first-team selection and an All-Region choice. She is competing with the Canadian Women’s National Team that is striving for a berth in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. Stewart is eligible for NCAA Woman of the Year. Naja Harvey, a member of the UMaine women’s swimming and diving team, was the runner-up for the award. In addition, UMaine student-athletes Liz Wood, who plays women’s basketball, and Ryan Fahey, a men’s swim team member, were named to the America East 2015 Helping Hands Team for their dedication to bettering communities through service.

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Lichtenwalner Featured in National Geographic Article on Moose, Ticks

University of Maine News - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 11:03

Anne Lichtenwalner, a University of Maine professor, veterinarian and director of UMaine’s Animal Health Laboratory, was featured in the National Geographic article “What’s a ghost moose? How ticks are killing an iconic animal.” Sightings of ghost moose, an animal so irritated by ticks that it rubs off most of its dark brown hair, exposing its pale undercoat and bare skin, have increased in recent years around New England, according to the article. Biologists say climate change is likely the reason for the shorter, warmer winters that are boosting winter tick populations, the article states. Lichtenwalner, who studies the lungs of moose calves who die in the wild, has found that up to 80 percent of the animals she sees have abnormal lung tissue consistent with lungworm, a common parasite in Maine moose that restricts air movement in the lung. “There you go — we’ve got winter tick and we’ve got lungworm — that’s our problem here in Maine,” Lichtenwalner said.

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Camire Explains Differences Between Farm-Raised, Wild-Caught Fish for WTOP

University of Maine News - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 11:02

Mary Ellen Camire, University of Maine professor of food science and human nutrition and president of the Institute of Food Technologists, spoke with WTOP-FM: Washington’s Top News for the report “What you need to know about farm-raised vs. wild-caught fish.” Camire, who explained the differences between the types of fish as quite simple, said farm-raised fish are grown in pens that are often submerged in ponds, lakes and saltwater, while wild-caught fish are caught in natural environments by fisherman. Some fish can even be both, she added. “Sometimes they just take the wild fish as babies and they grow them in a pen and fatten them up and then sell them at market, so there’s virtually no difference,” Camire said. Similar to wild game or poultry, there may be a slight difference in taste between the two varieties, she said. “Farm fish tend to have a little bit more fat in their diet, so they might be a little more tender or softer, compared to a wild-caught fish which might be a little leaner,” Camire said.

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Graduating Mechanical Engineering Students Talk to Mainebiz About Capstone

University of Maine News - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 11:02

A group of graduating mechanical engineering students — Philip Bean Jr., Matt Harkins, Isaac Walton and Ethan Ray — spoke with Mainebiz about the “autonomous boat” they constructed for their capstone project. The students, all from Maine, said a boat that doesn’t have a human at the wheel could save money in data retrieval for tidal power projects, such as Portland-based Ocean Renewable Power Co.’s pilot project in Cobscook Bay off Eastport that involves 24/7 tracking of the power turbines’ impact on their environment. The students described how they created and tested the boat. The students said they were able to navigate their boat to a specific point and get it to return, but getting it to recognize the buoy will require more testing. Another team of students — Timothy Abraham, Michael White, Robert Daniels and Jacob St. Peter — also spoke about their 12-foot Ted Williams fiberglass skiff and GPS navigation system that they plan to pass on to next year’s senior engineering students.

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Sustainability Exhibit to be Part of Bangor Artwalk, Maine Edge Reports

University of Maine News - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 11:01

The Maine Edge published a University of Maine news release announcing the University of Maine Office of Sustainability has been selected to be one of the 100 curators nationwide of the Lexicon of Sustainability pop-up shows — art exhibitions designed to spur community dialogue to help strengthen local food systems. The next pop-up show will be hosted June 5 at COESPACE, 48 Columbia St., Bangor. The exhibit will be open at noon, and from 5—9 p.m. as part of the Bangor Artwalk. Collaborating on the exhibit is the Bangor Area Food Council. The Lexicon of Sustainability, founded in 2009 by farmers and filmmakers Douglas Gayeton and Laura Howard-Gayeton, focuses on sharing stories that explain sustainability.

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Top Gun Finalists to Compete for $10,000 Prize, Press Herald Reports

University of Maine News - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 11:00

The Portland Press Herald reported 10 finalists will compete Wednesday, June 3 for the $10,000 Top Gun Showcase grand prize at the University of Southern Maine’s Abromson Center in Portland. The competitors were chosen from 35 startups that were members of the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development’s (MCED) 2015 Top Gun program. The Top Gun entrepreneurship accelerator is a five-month program that engages entrepreneurs in growing their businesses. It combines education, mentoring, pitch-coaching and networking opportunities. The program is a partnership of the MCED, Maine Technology Institute, Blackstone Accelerates Growth and the University of Maine.

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Maine Edge Reports ‘Man and Superman’ Broadcast Rescheduled at CCA

University of Maine News - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 11:00

The Maine Edge published a University of Maine news release announcing the NT Live production of “Man and Superman” will be broadcast at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine. Originally scheduled for May 14, technical difficulties forced the postponement of the broadcast of Simon Godwin’s reinvention of Bernard Shaw’s 1903 classic. Tickets, which are $18 for adults and $8 for students, are available online or by calling 581.1755, 800.622.TIXX.

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Conference to Highlight Maine Beach Concerns

University of Maine News - Tue, 06/02/2015 - 10:59

Registration is open for the 10th annual Maine Beaches Conference, scheduled for July 17 at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland.

The conference seeks to provide continuing opportunities for communication and exchange of the most current information among beach stakeholders with diverse interests.

Charles S. Colgan, professor of public policy and management in the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine, will present the opening plenary talk about an ongoing study of beach visitors in southern Maine and New Hampshire.

The survey of more than 3,000 visitors, the largest of its kind to be conducted, provides key information for understanding the beach as a tourist resource.

Since the conference’s inception, a primary purpose has been to present results of the state’s beach monitoring programs, including the Maine Healthy Beaches water quality monitoring program and the Southern Maine Beach Profiling Program.

There also will be discussion about efforts to prepare for and adapt to rising sea levels and storm surge in Damariscotta, one of the most vulnerable towns on the Maine coast. The study recommends measures that property owners can take as well as community-level adaptation strategies, and it compares costs and benefits of various methods.

Other featured topics include managing coastal erosion, preparing for hurricanes, beach wildlife, beach access, legal updates, flooding and flood plains.

“This year will be our 10th conference, and we expect to host more than 225 participants,” says conference coordinator Kristen Grant, a marine extension associate with Maine Sea Grant and University of Maine Cooperative Extension based at Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve at Laudholm Farm.

In addition to presentations and panel discussions, there will be an exhibit area for sponsors and partner organizations, an art and photography show and outdoor activities.

The draft conference program and registration information are available online and by calling the Wells Reserve, 646.1555, ext. 157.

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