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The Maine Edge reported on scheduled public star shows in April at the University of Maine’s Emera Astronomy Center. The Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium shows are held 7 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Friday nights in April feature “Stars,” narrated by Mark Hamill of “Star Wars” fame, and “Astronaut,” which gives visitors a glimpse of the training, danger and challenges of those who travel in space. For younger sky watchers, Sunday afternoon shows introduce introduce a talking astronomy book that leads two children in their homemade cardboard rocket on an adventure around the solar system in “Secret of the Cardboard Rocket.” Admission to all shows is $6, and seating is limited.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Poultry Growers Association are offering a school for poultry producers from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Kennebec Valley Community College, 92 Western Ave., Fairfield.
Topics will include raising poultry on pasture in Maine, proper nutrition and health, predation prevention and efficient management. The school is designed for small- and medium-size producers who raise poultry for eggs or meat. Many topics are suitable for poultry enthusiasts and 4-H teens.
The fee is $25 for MPGA members, $35 for others. Refreshments, lunch and a reference notebook are included. Registration and more information is online. To request a disability accommodation, call 781.6099 or 800.287.1471 (in Maine).
The Amernet String Quartet will unite with University of Maine pianist Philip Silver in a concert that features composers affected by the Holocaust at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at the Collins Center for the Arts.
Concert selections for Silver and the award-winning quartet — Misha Vitenson (violin), Marcia Littley (violin), Michael Klotz (viola) and Jason Calloway (cello) — will include: Viktor Ullmann’s Quartet No. 3, op. 46; Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s Quartet No. 5, op. 27; and Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Piano Quintet in E major, op. 15.
Before the concert, at 2 p.m. in Miller’s Cafe at the CCA, Silver will give a free historical lecture about the featured composers and the Holocaust. Silver has presented similar lectures in commercial recordings and at international recitals. The University of Maine Humanities Center is co-presenting the lecture. Coffee and tea will be served.
A reception for musicians and concert-goers will be held following the performance.
Concert tickets are $15 for students, $35 for others; group rates are available. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 581.1755, 800.622.TIXX (toll-free).
Jon Ippolito, a new media professor at the University of Maine, was a recent guest on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s “Maine Calling” radio program. The show, titled “Social Media 101,” focused on the longevity of social media and how best to use and navigate it.
Two members of the Top Gun program’s Class of 2015 shared their experiences for the recent Maine Women article, “Aiming for success.” Kym Dakin and Abi Barnes spoke about why they wanted to sign up for the entrepreneurial development training. The Top Gun program is offered by Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development (MCED) and UMaine’s Target Technology Incubator as part of the Blackstone Accelerates Growth initiative. Participants of the entrepreneur accelerator program attend classes in Portland, Orono or Rockland and work with mentors who help them apply what they learn to accelerate growth. “It has been interesting to learn from others in the process,” Dakin said. “It’s incredibly inspiring, and I feel deeply honored to be in the room with people doing so many creative and interesting projects.”
The Huffington Post’s HuffPost Live published a report on Lee Jackson, a third-year student at the University of Maine, titled “How this college kid won a local election on a $200 budget.” When Jackson was 19 years old, he was elected to the Regional School District No. 34 School Board in Old Town, while maintaining his grades and working a part-time job at McDonald’s, according to the report. “For me it was, ‘Here’s my budget, it’s $200. How can I best spend these $200?’” he said. “It was a lot of knocking on doors, and coalition building, and organizing, and pizza nights, and photo ops. It’s definitely something that’s not easy.”
Amy Fried, a political science professor at the University of Maine, sat down with WABI (Channel 5) to speak about Gov. Paul LePage’s recent remarks on author Stephen King in relation to income taxes. Fried also was quoted in a related Washington Post article.
A 2011 study by the University of Maine School of Economics was cited in the Maine Public Broadcasting Network report, “Lawmakers seeking to reduce waste with composting bill.” The study found more than 40 percent of waste generated in the state is organic, with lesser amounts accounted for by paper and plastic. Sarah Lakeman, Sustainable Maine Policy Advocate for the Natural Resources Council of Maine, said addressing the organic component will help the state meet its waste recycling goals.
The Ellsworth American reported Florence Reed of Surry is one of three Maine women and a teen who will be honored as leaders in social justice, community advocacy and cultural preservation at the 29th annual Maryann Hartman Awards on March 24 at the University of Maine. Reed will be recognized for her initiative in creating Sustainable Harvest International, which connects Maine to the global community. The Maryann Hartman Awards Ceremony will be held March 24 in UMaine’s Buchanan Alumni House. This year, the free public event is part of Women’s Leadership Week, a University of Maine 150th anniversary observance.
The Maine Edge published a University of Maine news release about Women in Leadership Week, March 24–26. The week is part of UMaine’s yearlong 150th anniversary celebration and will feature a series of public events leading to the Installation of UMaine President Susan J. Hunter. “Women in Leadership Week is a celebration of the installation of UMaine’s first woman president, but it is also a time to reflect on the many ways that women have shaped our university, to recognize the challenges that women continue to face, and to recommit ourselves to nurturing the next generation of women leaders,” said Jeffrey E. Hecker, UMaine executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, and chair of the Women in Leadership Week committee.
Installation of the University of Maine’s 20th President Susan J. Hunter will take place 3 p.m. March 26 at the Collins Center for the Arts.
Highlighting the ceremony will be a keynote address, “Leading with a Cause,” by Nancy Zimpher, chancellor of the State University of New York System.
In 2009, Zimpher became the 12th chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY), the nation’s largest comprehensive system of higher education. Prior to joining SUNY, Zimpher served as president of the University of Cincinnati, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and executive dean of the Professional Colleges and dean of the College of Education at Ohio State University. She has written or co-written numerous books, monographs and academic journal articles on teacher education, urban education, academic leadership and school/university partnerships.
Immediately following the Installation, a reception for President Hunter will be held at the CCA.
The installation is one of a series of public events during Women’s Leadership Week, part of UMaine’s yearlong 150th anniversary celebration.
The Geddes W. Simpson Lecture Series Selection Committee is calling for nominations for the 14th annual Geddes W. Simpson Lecture, which will be held in fall 2015.
The Geddes W. Simpson Lecture invites speakers of prominence that have provided significant insight into the area where science and history intersect.
The Geddes W. Simpson Lecture Series Fund was established in the University of Maine Foundation in 2001 by the family of Geddes Wilson Simpson, a well-respected faculty member who began his 55-year career with the College of Life Sciences and the Maine Agricultural Experiment Station in 1931. Simpson was named chair of the Entomology Department in 1954 and remained in that position until his retirement in 1974. Upon his retirement he was awarded emeritus status and thereafter worked part time with the Experiment Station as editor.
To nominate a speaker, submit a one-page letter of nomination along with the nominee’s curriculum vitae to Kathleen Bell at email@example.com or School of Economics, 5782 Winslow Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5782. The nomination deadline is Monday, April 20.
Speakers are welcome from any field that bridges science and history. The lecture series has hosted a broad range of speakers from various academic disciplines.
Geddes W. Simpson Distinguished Lecturers (2008–2014):
Robert R. Steneck, professor of oceanography, University of Maine;
“Considering the Future of our Seas Through the Lens of History” (2008)
David R. Foster, professor of organismic and evolutionary biology and director of the Harvard Forest, Harvard University;
“Reading and Conserving New England: Using History to Interpret and Manage Nature” (2009)
Michelle Murphy, associate professor of history and women and gender studies, University of Toronto;
“Avertable Life, Investable Futures: A Cold War Story of Sex and Economy” (2010)
Joseph T. Kelley, professor of marine geology, University of Maine;
“People and Beaches: A Coupled Human and Natural System” (2011)
James R. Fleming, professor of science, technology and society, Colby College;
“Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control” (2012)
Grace S. Brush, professor of geography and environmental engineering, Johns Hopkins University;
“A Paleoecological Record of Long Term Connections Between Land and Water” (2013)
William B. Krohn, Ph.D., wildlife biologist;
“Using Historical Information in Wildlife Science: A Personal Journey” (2014)
More than 300 students and teachers from 36 middle and high schools from around the state will participate in the Maine National History Day competition at the University of Maine on March 28.
For the second year in a row, a partnership between UMaine and the Margaret Chase Smith Library, with support from the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine Historical Society, brings the event for students in grades 6–12 to the UMaine campus.
National History Day (NHD) is an academic program that began in 1980 to promote critical thinking, research and presentation skills through project-based learning for students of all abilities. More than a half million students, working with thousand of teachers, participate in the national contest annually.
Student exhibits, websites, documentaries and performances will be judged from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at several locations on campus including Wells Conference Center, which will house the museum exhibit category that is open to the public.
A history scavenger hunt also will take place for participants throughout the day.
Charles Stanhope, chairman of the Maine Arts Commission who has worked at the Library of Congress and is a UMaine alumnus, is scheduled to speak at the 2:30 p.m. awards ceremony in Wells. Awards will be given in several categories, and the top state winners will be eligible to compete in the national contest in Washington, D.C. in June.
A public recognition ceremony for the state NHD award winners will be held 3:30–4:30 p.m. April 7 in Augusta’s Cultural Building atrium in partnership with the Maine State Archives, Museum and Library. A Maine student’s museum exhibit that won first place in the nation in 2014 also will be on display. The NHD recognition ceremony will be followed by the third annual Maine Humanities Summit from 5–7:30 p.m. at the Senator Inn in Augusta. More information about the summit is online.
For questions or to request a disability accommodation, contact John Taylor, NHD state coordinator with the Margaret Chase Smith Library, 317.626.8438, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Liam Riordan, UMaine history professor, 207.581.1913, email@example.com. More information on Maine NHD is online.
A research paper by University of Maine psychologists continues to be in the top 10 most-read articles in the journal Clinical Case Studies. The research focused on the effectiveness of two years of multicomponent treatment of severe body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) in a 14-year-old girl. As defined by the American Psychiatric Association, BDD is a psychiatric disorder characterized by obsessive thoughts about perceived physical defects. A person with BDD can develop compensatory behaviors, depression and social withdrawal. Treatment at UMaine’s Psychological Services Center involved counseling two times per week and periodic home visits focused on exposure with response prevention (ERP) in conjunction with medication, case management, and crisis intervention. The two-year treatment resulted in partial remission of BDD, with significant reductions in obsessive-compulsive behavior and depression, and increased school attendance.
The journal article, “ERP, Medication, and Brief Hospitalization in the Treatment of an Adolescent With Severe BDD,” was authored by Rachel D. Burrows, a former UMaine graduate student who is now a clinical psychologist at Maine General Medical Center; graduate student Janine Slavec; Douglas W. Nangle, professor of psychology; and April C. O’Grady, director of the UMaine Psychological Services Center. It was published in February 2013.
For more about Clinical Case Studies most-read articles: ccs.sagepub.com/reports/most-read.
WABI (Channel 5) covered the inaugural Maine Science Festival that was held throughout downtown Bangor and at the Cross Insurance Center. Several UMaine facilities and community members offered events as part of the festival. UMaine’s Virtual Environment and Multimodal Interaction (VEMI) Laboratory provided hands-on, virtual reality activities, including a driving simulator. “Little kids are pretty excited about how cool some of the virtual reality is. The older kids are stopping and talking to our programmers and asking them how it’s done,” said Richard Corey, the lab’s director of operations. Nicholas Giudice, a professor in the School of Computing and Information Science who directs the lab, said he hopes the lab and festival inspire others. “A lot of these kids that are coming in have never thought about this stuff and are leaving going, ‘Wow, that’s amazing,’” Giudice said.
The Morning Sentinel reported on Waterville High School students who are participating in the Bridge Year Program, an educational collaborative involving UMaine that aims to increase the number of Maine students who earn a college degree by giving them access to college classes during their junior and senior years in high school. The program offers credits at a fraction of the cost of attending college, according to the article. In Waterville, 14 students are taking part in the collaboration between the high school, UMaine and Mid-Maine Technical Center. The students travel together to English, math, science and social studies classes taught by high school teachers who have become adjunct UMaine professors and work with the university’s professors to ensure that the students are meeting standards of both the high school and college, the article states.
Syracuse University reported the University of Maine was one of 10 colleges to compete during the 2015 Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense competition March 20–22. The team earned its spot in the contest hosted by Syracuse and the School of Information Studies (iSchool) after placing fifth in a preliminary competition with 13 other schools that was held in January. According to the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, the contest simulates security operations for a small company. Teams must quickly familiarize themselves with network systems and software before beginning to defend against attacks while also providing customer service to users.
Marcella Sorg, a forensic anthropologist for the state and a research professor at the University of Maine, spoke to the Bangor Daily News about drug overdose deaths for the article, “Maine’s methadone debate puts spotlight on addiction treatment.” Most of the overdose fatalities from methadone don’t involve doses dispensed at clinics, according to the article. Methadone also is prescribed as a pain medication, and it’s that form turning up in the majority of drug deaths involving methadone in Maine, said Sorg, who analyzes statistics on drug fatalities. In 2013, 37 of the 176 drug deaths in Maine involved methadone, she said.
The Associated Press, Maine Public Broadcasting Network and Kennebec Journal/Morning Sentinel cited University of Maine economist Todd Gabe’s 2014 study on the maple industry’s financial impact on the state. Gabe’s study found the industry contributes an estimated $27.7 million directly to the state’s economy and generates 567 full- and part-time jobs and $17.3 million in labor income. Including multiplier effects, the industry annually contributes about $49 million in revenue, 805 full- and part-time jobs and $25 million in wages to the state’s economy. Beaumontenterprise.com and timesunion.com carried the AP report.
Richard Judd, a history professor at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Sun Journal article about the summer of 1816, which is referred to in Maine as “the year without a summer” and “the summer that never was.” A massive volcano that erupted in Indonesia a year earlier was credited for causing the yearlong winter, according to the article. The summer of 1817 also was cold and prompted many Mainers to move to Ohio, which “promised opportunity, cheap property, better soil and warmer weather,” the article states. Even though the soil was rich in Ohio, the weather wasn’t warm because the state was in the same weather pattern as New England. Many Mainers returned, but Judd said he doesn’t think it ever equalled the amount of people who left.