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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com; or Liam Riordan, UMaine history professor, 207.581.1913, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Tufts University reported the university’s School of Medicine and Maine Medical Center recently celebrated the third group of students in the Maine Track MD program during Match Day, when medical students across the country learn where they will begin their residency training following graduation this spring. A partnership between Tufts University School of Medicine and Maine Medical Center, the Maine Track MD program trains medical students interested in practicing medicine in underserved urban and rural communities in Maine. The program annually reserves a limited number of seats for sophomores from University of Maine System institutions, Bowdoin, Bates and Colby. The program was established in 2008 — students were first admitted in 2009 — with the hope that a significant number of graduates would go on to practice medicine in Maine.
Robert Seymour, the Curtis Hutchins Professor of Forest Resources at the University of Maine, wrote an opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News titled “Let’s celebrate the success of public lands forestry, not ruin it.” Seymour also was quoted in the Portland Press Herald article, “Public land becomes epicenter in state fight.” According to the Press Herald article, Seymour frequently takes his forestry students to tour the public reserved lands, which he considers model examples of timber management.
Joshuah Salkind, a first-year student at the University of Maine, spoke with the Portland Press Herald for an article about the cost of attending public universities. Salkind, who was senior class president and valedictorian at Easton Junior-Senior High School in Aroostook County, said he decided to attend UMaine because he liked its size and that it wasn’t too far from home. “I like a larger environment just in terms of the opportunities,” he said.
First-year student Samantha Frank is a 2015 National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Association champion.
The 105-pound Frank pinned two-time All-American Mikayla Pica of Southwestern Oregon Community College to capture the crown in March in Allen, Texas.
Frank, a nursing major, was voted Most Outstanding Wrestler at the meet and earned All-American status.
While Frank was the sole female wrestler for the Black Bears, her win catapulted UMaine to a fifth-place finish (21.5 points) in the 15-team field.
Southwestern Oregon Community College won its fourth consecutive women’s team title with 128 points. Ottawa University in Kansas (98), Springfield Technical Community College (64.5) and University of Massachusetts Amherst (26.5) placed second through fourth, respectively.
Frank began wrestling in middle school. She wanted to play football, but says her father persuaded her to wrestle because she would be competing with people of similar size.
After all her accomplishments, Frank could have executed a quality celebratory cheer; the Windham High School graduate also is a cheerleader at UMaine.
“I like being the face of the school and being a positive example,” she says.
Frank, who is training to be a resident assistant at UMaine, also strives to be a positive role model to young girls she coaches.
UMaine wrestling coach Don McCann says Frank has a lot of natural talent but that her work ethic and determination distinguish her as a wrestler. At practice, McCann says Frank’s teammates, all men, outweigh her by about 20-25 pounds.
Two of those men — Jacob Powers and River Robertson — also earned All-America honors as they led the Black Bears to a fourth-place finish (49.5 points ) among 57 Division II teams. Washington State University won the Division II men’s team crown with 66.5 points.
Powers, a senior who graduated from Camden Hills Regional High School, garnered a fourth-place finish in the 174-pound division. And Robertson, a first-year wrestler who graduated from Bucksport High School, placed fifth in the 184-pound class.
Powers and Robertson, both state champions in high school, are captains of the UMaine squad.
McCann, Mike Carter and Aaron James are UMaine coaches, and Bill Osmer is an adviser.
Bob Bayer, executive director of the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine, spoke with the Bangor Daily News for the article, “Study: Green crabs pose parasite threat as lobster bait.” There has been heightened interest in recent years for finding a commercial application for invasive green crabs, and using the crabs as lobster bait has been considered, according to the article. However, a new study by a pair of Canadian scientists determined a parasite has been found in lobsters baited with the crabs. Bayer said he recommends lobstermen do not use green crabs as bait, at least until further studies can be conducted. “These are credible people,” he said of the scientists who conducted the study. “Don’t do it.” Bayer also said the cold weather this winter could have drastically reduced the green crab population.
Michael Alpert, president of the Greater Bangor Area NAACP, was a recent guest on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s “Maine Calling” radio show. The show, titled “Anniversary of the march on Selma,” celebrated the march and examined where the nation stands in regards to civil rights 50 years later. Alpert also is the director of the University of Maine Press, a division of UMaine’s Raymond H. Fogler Library.
Richard Kersbergen, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator on sustainable dairy and forage systems, wrote an article for the Bangor Daily News titled “How Maine’s vast pastureland can help farmers grow revenue.” Even though Maine is seeing a surge in small farms, Kersbergen suggests farm revenues and viability can be increased by tapping into an underutilized resource: grass. “Maine has a huge amount of grass pastures and hayfields that can produce quality milk and meat at a low cost,” Kersbergen wrote. He added Maine has a lot of acreage that could potentially produce high-quality forage for beef and lamb production.
WLBZ (Channel 2) spoke with first-year student Samantha Frank about becoming a 2015 National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Association champion. The 105-pound Frank recently captured the crown in Texas. Frank, a nursing major who also is on the UMaine cheering squad, was voted most outstanding wrestler at the meet and earned All-American status. While the Windham High School graduate was the sole female wrestler for the Black Bears, her win catapulted UMaine to a fifth-place finish in the 15-team field. “Wrestling for Maine is huge because it’s home,” Frank said.
The Free Press reported U.S. Sen. Susan Collins will give the Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Lecture at the University of Maine on March 31. Collins’ address, “Incivility and Hyperpartisanship: Is Washington a Symptom or the Cause?” begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Collins Center for the Arts. RSVP is required for the free public event by calling 581.1648 or writing MCSPC@maine.edu.
The Free Press published an article about University of Maine student Sacre Bahati and his drive to be a professional bodybuilder. Bahati of South Portland is training for the OCB Pine Tree State Bodybuilding Competition this April in Westbrook, according to the article. “As long as I bring my best and have done my best, I don’t care if I come in 10th place. If I was my best self, that’s more than what most people can say,” Bahati said.