University of Maine News
WVII (Channel 7) spoke with a Corinth farmer who followed advice from the University of Maine for a report on this year’s pumpkin harvest. Despite poor harvesting reports around the state due to wet weather, Beverly Tate said her fields are doing well after following a tip from UMaine to cut pumpkins from vines with mildew in order to keep the crop healthy.
Todd Gabe, an economics professor at the University of Maine, was quoted in the Bangor Daily News article “Cross Insurance Center gets high marks for comfort, quality, but patrons say food prices on high side” after a performance by the Harlem Globetrotters, the first ticketed event, was held in the new Bangor arena. Gabe said he thinks the value for the ticket price is “pretty good” for the market and is “what you would expect to pay at a comparable venue in other places similar to Bangor.”
The Bangor Daily News published the opinion piece, “Suicide prevention is not what you think,” by Charles McKay, a clinical intern and graduate assistant at the University of Maine Counseling Center and Touchstone Resources. UWire also carried a piece by McKay previewing a free seminar on relationship skills that is being offered by the center.
Kennebec Journal, Times Union and Sun Journal were among several news organizations to carry an Associated Press report on documents that show Gov. Paul LePage’s administration worked to derail Statoil’s agreement with the state for an offshore wind project, paving the way for the University of Maine to submit a proposal. The Maine Public Broadcasting Network also carried a report about UMaine’s proposal titled “Key lawmakers call on PUC to release UMaine wind project details.”
A Portland Press Herald article about the University of Maine System’s three-year-old effort to scrutinize and possibly eliminate any degree program with fewer than five graduates a year included information about UMaine programs. Officials at UMaine are looking at ways to collaborate with other departments or campuses to offer programs, and plans to fold majors such as wood science and technology, aquaculture and forest ecosystem science into similar majors.
Working with children who experience bullying will be the focus of a conference for Maine school counselors and leaders that is sponsored by the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development.
The free professional development opportunity will take place 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 in the Wells Conference Center on the Orono campus.
This is the college’s second annual “Flagship Forum: Conference for Maine School Counselors and Leaders.” About 250 participants including school counselors, administrators and faculty, as well as UMaine students and staff, took part in last year’s conference that focused on school law, ethics and financial education.
Four presentations are scheduled for this year’s conference:
9:15 a.m. morning keynote: “Bullying, Harassment and Working with Children: What is the Law and How can you Follow it?” by Daniel Rose, attorney at Drummond Woodsum, a New England-based law firm providing legal and consulting services to colleges and universities, schools and municipalities. Rose is chairman of Drummond Woodsum’s Labor and Employment Practice Group, representing school districts throughout the state, and is co-author of “Maine School Law (Fourth Edition, 2012)” and “Significant Cases in Maine School Law (Second Edition).”
10:45 a.m. morning presentation: “Addressing Bullying Through Multitiered Systems of Support: Building Sustainable Models of Prevention and Intervention” by James Artesani, associate professor of special education.
12:15 p.m. afternoon presentation: “Peer Mentoring Model” by Yung-Wei “Dennis” Lin, assistant professor of counselor education; Annette Nelligan, lecturer in counselor education; and Ph.D. student Josh Jones.
12:45 p.m. afternoon keynote: “Hazing in View — High School Students at Risk” by Elizabeth Allan, professor of higher education leadership, and Mary Madden, associate research professor of education.
For more information, to register or to request a disability accommodation, visit the forum’s Web page.
Douglas Gardner, a professor of wood science and technology at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Bangor Daily News article about four companies — including UMaine — submitting proposals to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection on how to reuse 27,000 tons of fiber materials that have been stored in Warren for 14 years. Gardner said the university’s proposal is to conduct a feasibility study on whether the waste fiber can be used as material for road construction.
Steven Barkan, a sociologist at the University of Maine, was interviewed for a Marketplace article about the abuse of generous store return policies. The article focused on “wardrobing,” when someone buys a product, uses it once and then returns it. Barkan said it’s possible people might see others get away with these returns from posts on YouTube or blogs and might want to try it themselves.
The Maine Public Broadcasting Network spoke with Ann Acheson, a researcher at the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine, about the latest census data on Mainers living in poverty. Acheson said poverty data from the American Community Survey is important to pay attention to, but tends to underestimate the degree of economic hardship people are having. She also said in Maine, where there are more elderly people and fewer young wage earners, the climb out of the recession may be steeper than anticipated.
The Weekly previewed the Sept. 24 talk by retired University of Maine forestry professor David Field at the Buchanan Alumni House on campus. Field, who has been a longtime member of the Maine Appalachian Trail Club, will speak about the history of the Appalachian Trail in Maine. The Sun Journal also previewed Field’s Sept. 21 talk at the Mason House Exhibit Hall in Bethel.
The Weekly Observer, serving Sanford, Springvale, Acton and Lebanon, previewed a five-week introductory beekeeping course that will start Oct. 15 in Springvale. The York County Beginner Bee School is co-sponsored by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine State Beekeepers Association.
The latest post in the Bangor Daily News column “5 Things to do this Weekend,” mentions the Pretty Lights concert slated Friday, Sept. 20 at the Alfond Arena on the University of Maine campus.
An entry in the Bangor Daily News blog “State & Capitol: Maine politics from the BDN State House Bureau” previews an eight-week lecture series called “Politics Then and Now, in Maine and the Nation” that will take place at the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Amy Fried, a University of Maine political science professor, is scheduled to speak during the series.
Steve Abbott, athletic director at the University of Maine, spoke with the Bangor Daily News for an article about the factors that play a role in determining the salary of UMaine athletics coaches.
A five-part series of workshops provided by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension titled “From Recipe to Market: Cashing in on Value-Added Opportunities” was previewed in the Portland Press Herald “Food & Dining Dispatches” column. The workshops begin Oct. 3 in Falmouth.
Supporting Maine’s R&D capacity through workforce development, technology and science communication is the focus of the 2013 Maine EPSCoR State Conference at the University of Maine Sept. 30.
The conference, which begins at 8 a.m., in Wells Conference Center, is free and open to the public.
This year’s annual conference of Maine EPSCoR — an Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research funded by the National Science Foundation — will be highlighted by a keynote address, “Technology and Communication for Maine’s Future,” by Rafael Grossmann, a trauma surgeon at Eastern Maine Medical Center. His 3 p.m. presentation about the importance of applying innovations in technology and integrating them into society will include a demonstration of Google Glass.
Morning presentations include discussions led by NSF EPSCoR Program Director Sian Mooney and NSF Directorate for Education and Human Resources Program Director Carol Van Hartesveldt. A panel discussion will focus on Maine EPSCoR’s innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program for Native American youth. Connecting Maine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative (SSI) to school curriculum development and learning activities will be the focus of two other morning panels.
In the afternoon, two panels will highlight SSI’s multifaceted efforts to communicate science via technology and innovative partnerships.
For more information about the Maine EPSCoR conference or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.581.2285 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is online.
Lucille Zeph, associate provost and dean of the Division of Lifelong Learning at the University of Maine, was interviewed for an EdTech magazine article about overcoming technological challenges for rural students and UMaine’s use of distance education. Zeph said providing students with many options through a variety of technologies is key to successfully serving rural students, but there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to providing access.
John Mahon, a management professor and John M. Murphy Chair of International Business Policy and Strategy at the University of Maine, spoke with the Sun Journal for the article “Cumberland Farms invests millions in Maine stores, remodels.” Mahon said investing while your brand might be a little tired and while the economy is recovering makes sense so the business can be prepared when the economy does improve.
Bruce Watt, a plant disease diagnostician with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke to the Bangor Daily News for the article “Good outlook for foliage despite pockets of discoloring leaf fungus in Maine.” Watt said he has had fewer diseased leaf samples sent to him this year than in past years, which makes him think the fungus is less widespread.
Mark Brewer, a political science professor at the University of Maine, spoke with the Maine Public Broadcasting Network about Independent Eliot Cutler’s short book that outlines his vision for Maine if he is elected governor. Brewer said voters may read a more than 100-page political manifesto if they’re trying to make an informed decision on who to vote for in the upcoming gubernatorial election.