University of Maine News
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.
The Village Soup reported on the Maine Green Crab Summit held at the University of Maine and posted audio from the conference on its website. Several hundred fishermen, regulators and scientists gathered for the conference to talk about the invasive European green crab and the effects it has on the state’s coastal and marine resources. Attendees and presenters talked about different approaches for control and future management.
WABI (Channel 5) reported the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast is offering an introduction to geology class starting in January. Students will learn about the formation of rocks, evolution of mountains and how Maine was shaped.
University of Maine alumna Carrie Enos has been named president of the University of Maine Pulp & Paper Foundation.
She replaces Jack Healy, who has held the position since 2007 and is retiring this spring.
Enos graduated from UMaine in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. She has worked in the paper industry since 1997, most recently in the position of finished products business unit manager at the Verso Paper Mill in Bucksport. Enos has also been employed at International Paper in Jay (now Verso Paper), Sappi Fine Paper in Skowhegan and Eastern Fine Paper (now Lincoln Paper and Tissue) in Lincoln.
“After an extensive national search, we are pleased to have someone of Carrie’s background and caliber to lead our organization,” says John Donahue, chair of the Pulp & Paper Foundation’s Executive Committee. “She will do an outstanding job of executing our strategic plan, working with our partners and donors, and assisting and guiding scholarship students.”
Enos and her family live in Bangor. She will begin her new role in mid-January.
Incorporated in 1950, the University of Maine Pulp & Paper Foundation manages the Consider Engineering Program, and supports 87 scholarships at both full tuition and other levels to encourage UMaine engineering students to consider a career in the pulp and paper industry.
The Bangor Daily News reported on the Maine Green Crab Summit held at the University of Maine. Several hundred fishermen, regulators and scientists gathered for the conference to talk about the invasive European green crab and the effects it has on the state’s coastal and marine resources. Attendees and presenters talked about different approaches for control and future management, such as creating a market for the crabs before the softshell clams disappear and marsh banks collapse.
WMTW (Channel 8) and the Bangor Daily News reported on a robotics and engineering event hosted by the University of Maine Brunswick Engineering Program in partnership with Southern Maine Community College for students at Portland and Kennebunk high schools and Lewiston Regional Technical Center. The event was held at the Maine Advanced Technology & Engineering Center in Brunswick with the goal of spurring students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math.
The Maine Edge reported on and listed winners of the 14th annual Maine FIRST Lego League Championship hosted by Maine Robotics and Time Warner Cable in Augusta. The University of Maine College of Engineering and Cooperative Extension 4-H program were also sponsors as part of Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds initiative to address the nation’s declining proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math.
“The Global Politics of Food and Water” will be the theme of the 2014 Camden Conference and accompanying course offered by the University of Maine’s Division of Lifelong Learning.
The 27th annual Camden Conference will take place Feb. 21–23 in Camden and will also be part of a three-credit UMaine course with classes on Saturday, Jan. 25, March 22 and April 12.
The conference and course will explore water and food security topics from many perspectives around the world as they relate to human life, global climate change and relationships between countries.
The course will be taught by UMaine faculty G. Paul Holman, Libra Professor of International Affairs; Timothy Cole, an associate professor of political science and associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and Capt. James Settele, director of the School of Policy and International Affairs. Guest lecturers will also be featured.
To receive credit, students in the course must attend all three sessions and the three-day conference in Camden or at satellite broadcast venues at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast or the Strand Theatre in Rockland.
Frederick Kirschenmann, a distinguished fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University and president of the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, N.Y., will be the conference’s keynote speaker. Andreas Merkl, president and CEO of Ocean Conservancy, will be the featured speaker.
The Camden Conference was founded in 1987 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization that aims to foster education and discussion on world issues.
More information about the 2014 Camden Conference is available online. More information about the accompanying UMaine course is available by calling Marlene Charron at 207.581.4095 or visiting the Division of Lifelong Learning’s website.
The Maine Public Broadcasting Network and WVII (Channel 7) reported on the Maine Green Crab Summit held at the University of Maine. Scientists, state officials and fishermen met to discuss the invasive European green crab and the effects it has on the state’s coastal and marine resources, including shellfish harvesting. Attendees and presenters talked about different approaches for control and future management. Maine Sea Grant, Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR), Maine Coastal Program and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) organized event.
Jack Cosgrove, head coach of the University of Maine football team, finished third in voting for the Eddie Robinson Award, and freshman linebacker Christophe Mulumba placed sixth in voting for the Jerry Rice FCS Rookie of the Year recognition, The Sports Network announced. The Portland Press Herald, WLBZ (Channel 2), Bangor Daily News and WABI (Channel 5) carried the report.
WVII (Channel 7) covered a concert at the University of Maine that was held in remembrance of the victims of last year’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn. About 70 students, adults and professional musicians from around the state performed during the concert. UMaine student Olivia Bean said it was a great opportunity to be a part of the concert and it “brought the community together by playing music to help heal the Newtown community and even here in Greater Bangor.”
Wicked Local’s Westborough News from Westborough, Mass., reported on a book written by Lenard Kaye, director of the University of Maine Center on Aging and professor in the UMaine School of Social Work, and Westborough native Edward H. Thompson Jr., a professor emeritus of sociology and former director of the women and gender studies program at the College of the Holy Cross. “A Man’s Guide to Healthy Aging: Stay Smart, Strong, and Active,” discusses issues related to the mind and body in relation to aging and presents the latest medical and psychological advice on actions men can take to stay healthy.
The Bangor Daily News reported the Maine National Guard honored Lt. Col. Diane Dunn for her work in organizing a statewide emergency and disaster simulation held in November. The “Vigilant Guard” exercises took place at several locations around the state including the University of Maine and was called the “largest emergency response exercise ever conducted in New England,” according to Maj. Michael Steinbuchel.
Michael Merchant, a 2007 University of Maine graduate from Hampden, will appear on Spike TV’s new reality show “10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty.” Merchant, who holds a bachelor’s degree in biology, will compete against eight other teams of Bigfoot and big game hunters to try to capture Bigfoot or provide definitive visual and DNA proof of the creature’s existence. The show will be hosted by actor Dean Cain and will feature scientific experts Todd Disotell and Natalia Reagan. In 2011, Merchant also appeared on the Discovery Channel’s “Out of the Wild: Venezuela,” a reality show that featured volunteers who were abandoned in a remote area of Venezuela and had to travel 70 miles back to civilization with only basic supplies. “10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty” premieres 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 on Spike TV.
The Associated Press previewed the Dec. 16 Maine Green Crab Summit at the University of Maine. Maine officials, researches and fisherman are expected to discuss the invasive European green crab and the effects it has on the state’s coastal and marine resources. Maine Sea Grant, Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR), Maine Coastal Program and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are organizing the event. News OK, WGME (Channel 13), San Francisco Chronicle, The Republic, Portland Press Herald, WLBZ (Channel 2) and WABI (Channel 5) carried the AP report.