University of Maine News
Robert Wagner, a forestry professor at the University of Maine, spoke with the Bangor Daily News for the editorial “A devastating infestation of spruce budworms is coming — and we need to be ready.” Wagner, who is director of the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit that was formed in 1975 during the last spruce budworm outbreak, calls the state’s upcoming infestation a slow-moving hurricane and estimates the pest will start destroying forest stands in northern Maine within the next two to four years. He said UMaine, the Maine Forest Service and landowners with the Maine Forest Products Council are putting together a disaster preparedness plan that will identify the anticipated level of the outbreak and how the state can respond.
Dick Brucher, professor and chair of the University of Maine’s English Department, will star in the Orono Community Theatre’s production of “Proof,” The Weekly reports. The play, a psychological drama, begins Thursday, Jan. 16 at Cyrus Pavilion Theatre on the UMaine campus.
The Bangor Daily News included the University of Maine’s involvement with offshore wind in the article “Tragedy, trade and turbines: The top Maine business stories of 2013.” The article said UMaine made history in June when its prototype VolturnUS became the first floating wind turbine to provide electricity to the power grid. The university also made headlines for the competition between the UMaine-led consortium Maine Aqua Ventus and Norwegian company Statoil for subsidies to help develop an offshore wind farm in the Gulf of Maine.
The Associated Press and Portland Press Herald reported on the concerns of some Monhegan residents over the proposed offshore wind project by Maine Aqua Ventus, which includes the University of Maine and partner companies. Some residents wonder if the 12-megawatt project with two turbines will disrupt the island’s tranquility and hurt tourism. Jake Ward, UMaine’s vice president for innovation and economic development, said the project is a “huge opportunity for an island that has a diminishing year-round population.” Boston.com, NECN, WLBZ (Channel 2), Houston Chronicle, MPBN and Sun Journal carried the AP report.
The Bangor Daily News published an opinion piece titled “Goodbye, Dirigo Health: What Maine’s program accomplished over 10 years,” by Trish Riley, a senior fellow at the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service, lecturer at George Washington University and principal architect of Dirigo Health Reform. The complete version of the article first appeared in Maine Policy Review, published by the University of Maine’s Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center.
The Maine Bound Adventure Center at the University of Maine was mentioned in a Bangor Daily News article about an outing club formed by and for Bangor High School students. The group’s most recent outing was to the center where they learned how to rock climb on indoor climbing walls. For $110, the students were given instruction, gear and hours to test out different routes, according to the article.
The Bangor Daily News published the fourth article in a yearlong series by Sandra Butler, a professor of social work at the University of Maine, and Luisa Deprez, a professor and department chair of sociology and women and gender studies at the University of Southern Maine. “Could your family live on $1.40 per meal?” is the pair’s latest column to share stories of Mainers struggling in today’s economy.
Due to ongoing power outages resulting from this week’s ice storm, the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast remains closed. Updates on when the center will reopen are posted online.
Rep. Mick Devin of Newcastle, a researcher at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center in Walpole, was interviewed for a Bangor Daily News story about winter wet storage of Maine oysters.
Devin submitted a bill to the state Legislature that would fast-track the wet storage permit application process so aquaculturists could more easily access stocks in the winter and improve the competitiveness of the fishery. The bill, he said, would keep public comment as part of the permitting process.
Oyster consumption has been on the rise, Devin said, and to “compete with other states, our oyster growers have to sell year-round.”
The Bangor Daily News reported the Maine Medical Center Research Institute’s tick submission program, which has identified ticks for Maine residents for 25 years, is expected to end because it has run out of funding. The staff members say they hope to see the program transferred to University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
Mainebiz reported Invisible Intelligence LLC, a Maine company producing a computer system for smaller airports that records radio transmissions, plans to hire an intern from the University of Maine. The intern will help develop the company’s software for Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS platforms.
The Bangor Daily News reported on Spike TV’s upcoming reality show “10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty” that will feature Michael Merchant, a 2007 University of Maine graduate from Hampden. Merchant, who holds a bachelor’s degree in biology, will pair with another Maine resident to compete against eight other teams of hunters who will try to capture Bigfoot or provide visual and DNA proof the creature exists. The show premieres Friday, Jan. 10.
Mark Brewer, a political science professor at the University of Maine, spoke with the Portland Press Herald for an article about a Medicaid study being conducted by a contractor who was hired by Gov. Paul LePage. The study aims to look at ways MaineCare, Maine’s Medicaid program, could grant health insurance to an additional 70,000 uninsured residents. Brewer said LePage’s one-time praise of alternative methods of expanding health care coverage is unlikely to make results in the upcoming election year.
WVII (Channel 7) reported Bangor High School will benefit from a three-year, $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study stormwater runoff and its effect on local waterways. The University of Maine’s College of Engineering is partnering with Bangor High School, as well as schools and water officials in Auburn and Portland, to complete the project that aims to encourage STEM education.
The Bangor Daily News published an opinion piece titled “What’s unfair, volatile? A state tax structure that just won’t change,” by Sen. Richard Woodbury, a Yarmouth independent who has served five terms in the Legislature. The complete version of the article first appeared in Maine Policy Review, published by the University of Maine’s Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center.
The proposed floating offshore wind project led by the University of Maine and its partner companies was cited in a Bangor Daily News editorial titled “The year in arguments: Five Maine, national matters we haven’t seen the end of.” The article states the pilot project “relies on developing technology that’s innovative and Maine-grown.”
The 2014 senior capstone art exhibition runs through Jan. 31.
Contact: Margaret Nagle, 207.581.3745
Lord Hall Gallery through Jan. 31, 2014 [see the SlideDeck]
The Bangor Daily News reported Bangor High School will benefit from a three-year, $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study stormwater runoff and document its effect on pollution in local waterways. The University of Maine’s College of Engineering is partnering with Bangor High School, as well as schools and municipal water officials in Auburn and Portland, to complete the project that aims to encourage STEM education.
Sharon Barker, director of the Women’s Resource Center at the University of Maine, was interviewed for a Maine Public Broadcasting Network article on women’s advocates challenging Gov. Paul LePage’s claims of welfare abuse in the state. LePage said during his weekly radio address that he thinks recipients are using taxpayers’ money to buy alcohol and gamble at casinos. Barker said there’s no reason abuses like those LePage claims couldn’t be verified, and she urges him to put his effort into making welfare-to-work programs more effective.
The Bangor Daily News, Portland Press Herald and WABI (Channel 5) reported University of Maine senior cornerback Kendall James and senior tight end Justin Perillo were recognized as Football Championship Subdivision All-Americans by The Sports Network. The Black Bears were among 11 Colonial Athletic Association players to be named to All-American teams. James was named to the first team and Perillo made the second team.