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L&K Manufacturing Inc., didn’t always reside in a 1,500-square-foot space in Bangor Maine. The company was initially founded in a college apartment by Vincent Lewis and Andrew Katon who were UMaine engineering undergraduates. Once Katon, company president, and Lewis, CFO, launched L&K Manufacturing, they were able to utilize space at UMaine’s Advanced Manufacturing Center before making their move to Bangor. L&K Manufacturing helps entrepreneurs and businesses improve their products with rapid prototyping services, including precision 3D-printing, silicone molding and wearable biotechnology. In this video, Katon talks about UMaine and how the UMaine Top Gun Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program helped him gain business skills and develop an extensive network in the community.
The Top Gun entrepreneurship accelerator is a five-month program that engages entrepreneurs in growing their businesses. Top Gun combines education, mentoring, pitch-coaching and networking opportunities. The program is a partnership of the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development, Maine Technology Institute, Blackstone Accelerates Growth and the University of Maine. UMaine organizes and hosts a Bangor region class and has also developed curriculum to support the statewide program. More information about Top Gun is online.
For more information about these and other innovation and economic development initiatives at UMaine, visit umaine.edu/econdev.
Reliawire reported on recent climate change research by University of Maine scientists Paul Mayewski and Sean Birkel. Two different climate scenarios appear plausible for Antarctica in the 21st century, according to Mayewski, director of the Climate Change Institute at UMaine. An examination of climate models as well as records of climate change developed through ice cores reveal a potential for future climate surprises in the Southern Hemisphere, he said. Mayewski and fellow researchers with AntClim21 (Antarctic Climate in the 21st century), a Scientific Research Programme of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), discovered potentially different forecasts as part of a published review they developed for the scientific community. “In a nutshell, the review describes how the examination of past analogs compared to model projections differ, and the implications,” Mayewski said. Birkel, also of the Climate Change Institute, took part in the study.
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Restorative Justice Project, the University of Maine Hutchinson Center will host “Justice Matters: When We Cry for Justice, What Do We Really Mean?” from 8:30 a.m.–noon. Sept. 18.
The UMaine Peace and Reconciliation Studies program and the Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast, which promotes fundamental change in the justice system and schools, will present the event that will feature a keynote address by the Honorable Judge Nancy Torresen, chief judge of the U.S. District Court of Maine.
A panel of five guests will join Torresen — Jon Wilson, director of JUST Alternatives; Judith Josiah-Martin, UMaine School of Social Work faculty; Jeffrey Trafton, Waldo County high sheriff; Margaret Micolichek, MPA, Restorative Justice consultant; and Kevin Martin, Restorative Justice advocate and UMaine student. Publisher, entrepreneur and Restorative Justice advocate Reade Brower will introduce Torresen.
The $15 registration fee may be paid at the door; students may attend free of charge. Registration information is online.
For 21 years, Torresen worked for the United States Attorney for the District of Maine and the Maine Attorney General’s office, handling civil cases and criminal prosecutions. In 2011, President Barack Obama appointed her to become a federal U.S. district judge. Torresen became the first woman to sit as an Article III judge in the district of Maine since the court was established in 1789.
Since 2012, Torresen has led a federal drug court program called SWiTCH (Success with the Court’s Help) that aims to help high-risk, high-needs offenders re-enter their communities, conquer their addiction and become productive members of society.
For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Kim Raymond, conference services coordinator, at 338.8034, email@example.com; or the Restorative Justice Project office at 338.2742, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Franco-American Centre at the University of Maine will host a free concert Aug. 31 to celebrate the launch of a new after-school program.
A 5 p.m. potluck will precede the 6 p.m. Quebec fiddle music concert by Le Bruit Court dans la Ville (The Buzz Around Town) at the center on campus.
The event will mark the start of a new French language instruction program the center will provide for elementary school children in Old Town and Orono. During the concert, parents will have the opportunity to register their children for classes that begin Sept. 21.
Guests are encouraged to bring food to share.
The program is the result of collaboration among UMaine’s Franco American Studies program, Modern Languages and Classics Department and the College of Education, as well as local school officials.
The event is sponsored by the Franco American Studies program, Canadian-American Center and University of Maine Humanities Center.
More about Le Bruit Court dans la Ville is on the group’s website.
The Bangor Daily News reported on University of Maine research that could help NASA put humans on Mars. Engineers at UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center are working closely with NASA on the Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator, or HIAD. The HIAD, which is made up of a series of large, inner tube-like inflatable rings, slows a spacecraft as it enters a planet’s atmosphere. The technology may make it possible for a spaceship large enough to carry astronauts and heavy loads of scientific equipment to explore Mars. “It seems like a bit of a leap for a bunch of civil engineers to start working on something that slows down a spacecraft,” said Bill Davids, chair of the UMaine Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and the John C. Bridge Professor. “But at the end of the day, it’s an inflatable fabric structure, and we’ve built a lot of expertise and infrastructure here at this lab around that.” The university is in the third year of a four-year grant to study various inflatable braided fabrics, using a machine provided by NASA, according to the article. “[NASA is] really pushing the envelope all the time; they’re looking for the best materials,” Davids said. Popular Mechanics and WLBZ (Channel 2) also reported on the research.
The Maine Public Broadcasting Network spoke with University of Maine art professor Michael Grillo and UMaine archivist Desiree Butterfield-Nagy as part of a series that focuses on the importance of humanities. In part three, Grillo and Butterfield-Nagy discuss the future of archives in a digital age. Both wrote articles in the special issue of Maine Policy Review earlier this year on the humanities and policy, produced by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center in cooperation with the UMaine Humanities Center.
The Portland Press Herald reported on pollinator gardens planted in May by University of Maine researchers at the former Pine Tree Landfill in Hampden. The gardens — one mostly flowers on the capped landfill itself, and the other shrubs at its edge — are intended to attract threatened native bees and nourish them with pollen and nectar, according to the article. Frank Drummond, an entomology specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and a UMaine professor of insect ecology, said the idea often occurred to him as he drove by the old landfill on the way to work. He said he thought “it would be nice to make the landscape a little more beneficial to the biodiversity of animals in the area.” Drummond mentioned the idea to his colleague, Alison Dibble, now the project’s lead researcher. She wrote and received a grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, a branch of the USDA, and then reached out to Casella Waste Systems, the company that manages the old landfill, the article states. “Usually, what happens is the first year, the bees will begin to discover it, but it’s the second, third and fourth year when you tend to get large amounts of flowering and the bees can take advantage,” Drummond said.
Kathy Hopkins, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator and professor, was a recent guest on WABI (Channel 5). Hopkins spoke about a free UMaine Extension introductory workshop on designing, constructing and maintaining root cellars for winter food storage. The workshop will be held from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at the UMaine Extension Somerset County office, 7 County Drive, Skowhegan. “Winter food storage is growing in popularity, and root cellars are a traditional method of putting food by for the winter,” Hopkins said. “This is nothing new; we’re kind of re-encouraging some of the practices of the past.”
Jake Ward, UMaine’s vice president for innovation and economic development, was quoted in a Portland Press Herald analysis on offshore wind farms. According to the article, a project affiliated with the University of Maine, called Maine Aqua Ventus, could get another shot at the federal Department of Energy’s $47 million grant to help build an experimental floating wind farm. None of the three proposals that beat out Maine’s venture 15 months ago have been able to sign a power purchase agreement by July 31, a condition for getting the $47 million, and none can meet a target date of being online by 2017, the article states. As a runner-up, Maine Aqua Ventus was awarded $3 million to finish design and engineering work on the floating, concrete hull. Ward said the work has led to refinements in weight, cost and performance.“The work over the last year has improved our technology,” he said. “Having that time to go to 100 percent design has us feeling pretty strongly that this approach is a viable solution.”
Richard Kersbergen, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator on sustainable dairy and forage systems, spoke with the Bangor Daily News about fall gardening. Kersbergen said he wanted to let readers know it’s not too late to do another round of planting for fall harvest. He spoke about ideal crops for late-season planting, such as spinach, beet greens, turnips and arugula, and suggested using low tunnels, or a polyester material laid over crops, to protect them from early frosts.
A 2011 study by the University of Maine School of Economics was cited in a Portland Press Herald article on composting in Maine. The study found 38.41 percent of what Mainers disposed of could have been composted. Plenty of Maine supermarkets, corporate customers, schools and other institutions have already embraced composting, according to the article, which also cited UMaine’s on-campus composting facility.
The Mount Desert Islander reported University of Maine geographer Stephen Hornsby will speak Aug. 25 about the “Historical Atlas of Maine,” as part of the College of the Atlantic’s final Coffee and Conversation event. Sarah Hall, COA’s Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Chair in Earth Systems and Geosciences, also will discuss the book in COA’s Dorr Museum of Natural History. The atlas, which is an extensive collection of maps, facts and photos, culminates a 15-year scholarly project led by UMaine researchers. Hornsby and historian Richard Judd edited the book that contains cartography by Michael Hermann.
Marcella Sorg of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center will be among the state’s leaders participating in the Drug Crisis Summit organized by Gov. Paul LePage on Aug. 26. A news release about the summit is online.
Two different climate scenarios appear plausible for Antarctica in the 21st century, says Paul Mayewski, director of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine.
An examination of climate models as well as records of climate change developed through ice cores reveal a potential for future climate surprises in the Southern Hemisphere, he says.
Mayewski and fellow researchers with AntClim21 (Antarctic Climate in the 21st century), a Scientific Research Programme of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), discovered potentially different forecasts as part of a published review they developed for the scientific community.
“In a nutshell, the review describes how the examination of past analogs compared to model projections differ, and the implications,” he says.
Climate models suggest that continued strengthening and poleward contraction of the Southern Ocean westerly wind belt will affect Antarctica’s 21st century environment, Mayewski says.
Ice core records suggest continued southward displacement of the westerlies, but weakened westerlies that allow greater entry of warm marine air masses into Antarctica.
Mayewski says implications for the ice core-derived past analog scenario are serious; wind-driven infiltration of warmed water into the coastal zone could result in abrupt collapses of glaciers in these regions and accelerated global sea-level increase.
Changes in the westerly jet structure could cause other surprises on a regional scale that could significantly affect weather extremes, ocean circulation, carbon uptake, sea ice extent and sea-level rise.
Evidence from Earth’s climate history supports the possibility of such a surprise in the rate of ice-sheet response and climate change in the Southern Hemisphere, he says.
For instance, around 14,500 years ago, global sea level rose by 20 meters, at a rate of 4 meters per 100 years. Marine sediment reconstructions and modeling studies indicate the rise was partially due to a rapidly collapsing West Antarctic ice sheet.
The review, titled “Potential for Southern Hemisphere climate surprises,” is in the Journal of Quaternary Science’s “Rapid Communication.”
Mayewski was joined in the study by AntClim21 researchers from the United States, including Sean Birkel of the Climate Change Institute, as well as scientists from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Korea.
Contact: Beth Staples, 207.581.3777
Want to preserve garden vegetables and fruits to be able to enjoy them throughout the year?
University of Maine Cooperative Extension staff and volunteers are offering hands-on Preserving the Harvest workshops that incorporate USDA-recommended food preservation methods, including hot water bath canning, pressure canning and fermenting.
Participants will make samples to take home. Fresh produce, canning jars and other canning equipment will be provided.
September workshops include:
- Canning and Freezing Fruit Preserves, 5:30–8:30 p.m. Sept. 3, Frinklepod Farm, 244 Log Cabin Road, Arundel. Cost is $20 per person.
- Boiling Water Bath Canning Tomato Salsa, 1–4 p.m. Sept. 4, Nezinscot Farm, 284 Turner Center Road, Turner. Cost is $25 per person.
- Hot Water Bath Canning and Freezing, 6–9 p.m. Sept. 9, Messalonskee High School, 131 Messalonskee High Drive, Oakland. Cost is $25 per person.
- Fermenting Vegetables, 6–8 p.m. Sept. 22, Old Orchard Beach High School, 40 E. Emerson Cummings Boulevard, Old Orchard. Cost is $24 per person.
- Pressure Canning Vegetables, 5:30–8:30 p.m. Sept. 29, Traip Academy, 12 Williams Ave., Kittery. Cost is $25 per person.
Register at extension.umaine.edu/food-health/food-preservation/hands-on-workshops. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.781.6099 or 800.781.6099 (toll-free in Maine).
Alum survived Alaskan mudslide, Sun Journal reports
The Sun Journal interviewed University of Maine graduate Dave Longtin, ’92, who survived Tuesday’s deadly landslide in Sitka, Alaska.
Longtin, a public works engineer who was inspecting culverts, ran to escape the mudslide. Two people died and one is missing, according to reports.
“[T]he guy I was running with turned around. He saw a house surfing on top of the mud. (Then that house disappeared into the mud.) There’s no evidence it was there. It’s gone,” Longtin is quoted as saying in the article.
The Bangor Daily News reported that a number of former Black Bears are slated to be inducted into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
University of Maine hoop standouts slated to be inducted are Wayne Champeon, Liz Coffin, Steve Condon, Emily Ellis, Keith Mahaney, John Norris and Bob Warner.
The Republican Journal promoted two informational sessions about the new online Master’s in Business Administration program, as well as the traditional program, offered by the Maine Business School at the University of Maine.
The Sept. 10 session is 4–6 p.m. at the UMaine Hutchinson Center in Belfast and the Sept. 17 session is 4–6 p.m. at the D.P. Corbett Business Building on the Orono campus.
The University of Maine was mentioned in a Portland Press Herald article about children of migrant blueberry workers reaping an education through the Migrant Education Program, administered by the Maine Department of Education.
In addition to breakfast, lunch, snacks, tutoring and weekly field trips connected to the summer educational curriculum, children 14 and older are invited to tour UMaine on weekends.
Jacqueline Gill, a paleoecologist at the University of Maine, was interviewed for a Christian Science Monitor article titled “In climate change era, new idea for conservation takes shape.”
“The question we’d really like to answer,” says Gill, “is whether geodiversity has corresponded to biodiversity through time – and how landform durability influences biodiversity.”
The article outlines a recent alternative approach to conservation that has been gaining momentum. It focuses on conserving biodiverse regions, rather than preserving specific species or communities of species. This allows researchers to focus on conserving landforms in regions that incorporate diverse geophysical traits.
Gill says the approach may not be appropriate for keystone species, which require species-specific intervention.