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Catch the Women’s Basketball WNIT Game

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 10:28

Fans can catch all the action of the University of Maine women’s basketball team’s first-round WNIT contest with Villanova at 7 p.m. Friday.

An online stream is available and the Black Bear Sports Network is broadcasting the contest at 94.1 FM/1230 AM on the radio dial.

This will be the third time in program history that UMaine (23–8) has played Villanova (19–13). Each squad has won once.

Because UMaine was a co-regular season America East champion, it earned an automatic bid to the 64-team WNIT field. The Wildcats of Villanova earned the automatic qualifier for the Big East conference.

This is UMaine’s fourth appearance in the WNIT; the Black Bears also participated in 1990, 2003 and 2005. In 1990, UMaine topped Wyoming, 68-48.

If the Black Bears win Friday night, they will play Old Dominion University on Monday; the Monarchs (21-12) bested University of Virginia, 69-62 on Thursday night.

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UMaine to Host Salsa-Based Artist Residency

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 10:27

The University of Maine College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will host a three-day artist residency on salsa and jazz that will include interactive workshops, classes, a community jam session and a concert.

Salsa for Everyone! will feature Bobby Porcelli and his Afro Latin Jazz Group with members of the Arturo-O’Farrill Orchestra. The performers will be on campus from March 26–28 and will offer a variety of programs for the UMaine community and general public.

Porcelli of New York is considered one of Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz’s most accomplished saxophonist and flautist.

Events begin Thursday, March 26 with an interactive workshop with Sam Burtis, a New York jazz scene veteran who has lived in Maine; followed by a percussion studio class and history of jazz class.

Friday’s activities include an advanced improv class, salsa clinic, community music jam session, brass workshop with Burtis for UMaine students and area high schoolers, and recording session with the Maine Public Broadcasting Network hosted by Rich Tozier that is open to the public.

Saturday will close the residency with an open rehearsal, Q&A session and concert.

Most events are free and open to the public. The full schedule is online. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Eleanor Kipping at 581.4721,

The residency is supported by the UMaine departments of history, modern languages and music.

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Kelly Speaks with Press Herald About Innovate for Maine, Blackstone Accelerates Growth

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 10:54

Renee Kelly, director of economic development initiatives at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Portland Press Herald article about the planned end of the $3 million Blackstone Accelerates Growth (BxG) initiative that aimed to support entrepreneurship in Maine. Among the programs created through BxG is the Innovate for Maine Fellows program that is based in UMaine’s Foster Center for Student Innovation. The internship program connects Maine college students with growing companies as a way to create jobs in Maine through innovation and entrepreneurship. Since it was founded in 2012, it has placed roughly 100 college students at Maine companies, according to the article. “We saw a real need because we interact with students every day,” Kelly said. “They feel like they don’t know about opportunities and have to leave the state to find good opportunities, and at the same time we work with companies that are desperate for talent. We felt there must be a better way, and this program is a way to build those connections. And the Blackstone funding was critical to help get that off ground.”

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WVII Advances Fourth Annual Bearfest Dance Marathon

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 10:53

WVII (Channel 7) reported the University of Maine is holding the fourth annual 12-hour Bearfest Dance Marathon on March 21 at the New Balance Student Recreation Center. Since 2012, the event has raised more than $130,000 to help area hospitals support local children. This year, UMaine student organizers hope to raise $75,000 for EMHS Foundation Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, including Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. Starting at 3 p.m., participants will stay at the center for 12 hours, where they will dance and play games, as well as be joined by several children who have received treatment at the hospital, according to the report.

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UMaine to Participate in Maine Science Festival, Maine Edge Reports

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 10:51

The Maine Edge advanced the inaugural Maine Science Festival to be held throughout downtown Bangor and at the Cross Insurance Center from March 20–22. Kate Dickerson, a research associate in the School of Economics at the University of Maine, is the festival’s founder and director. Several UMaine facilities and community members will offer events as part of the festival, according to the article. UMaine’s Virtual Environment and Multimodal Interaction (VEMI) Laboratory will provide hands-on, virtual reality activities, including a driving simulator; the University of Maine Museum of Art will host several workshops, panel discussions and a gallery talk; and Joshua Plourde, communications specialist at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center, and Sam Hess, a UMaine professor of physics and astronomy, will present a drone demonstration and discussion.

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UMaine Extension to Offer Introductory Beekeeping Course in Bangor, WVII Reports

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 10:48

WVII (Channel 7) reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer an introduction to beekeeping class on April 23 at the Extension Office in Bangor. The free three-hour class will be facilitated by a lifelong beekeeper who will discuss the importance of backyard beekeeping in Maine. Topics will include the required equipment, licensing, insurance, inspections and memberships, according to the report.

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Dickerson Writes Op-Ed on Maine Science Festival for BDN

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 10:47

Kate Dickerson, a research associate in the School of Economics at the University of Maine, wrote an opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News titled “Science isn’t just for lab-coat wearing researchers.” The article focuses on the inaugural Maine Science Festival to be held in Bangor from March 20–22. Dickerson is the festival’s founder and director.

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UMaine Extension Publication Cited in Sun Journal Article on Start of Growing Season

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 10:44

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension publication “Starting Seeds at Home,” by Extension educator Marjorie Peronto and Extension master gardener Theresa Guethler was cited in a Sun Journal article about gardeners getting a jump on this year’s growing season. The publication states growing seedlings inside and transplanting them outside is important for plants that take longer to mature or are sensitive to frost, such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and melons. “You can start enjoying flowers and harvesting vegetables four to six weeks earlier than if you had waited for the ground to warm up enough for you to sow the seeds outside,” the bulletin states.

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Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Scholarship Accepting Applications

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 10:42

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015–2016 Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Scholarship. The $3,500 scholarship is open to undergraduate students of all majors who are conducting research on a topic related to public policy.

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be a Maine resident currently enrolled at UMaine and taking at least 12 credits, be an undergraduate student with a GPA of at least 3.0, and have completed 40 credit hours before the current semester.

The scholarship will be awarded in two installments of $1,750 per semester. The scholarship program is administered by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center with the assistance of a university selection committee. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 17. More information, including the application, is available online.

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Hopkins Quoted in KJ, Morning Sentinel Article on Maine Maple Sunday

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 10:46

Kathy Hopkins, a maple syrup expert with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was quoted in a Morning Sentinel and Kennebec Journal article titled, “Maple Sunday to go on in central Maine even if sap doesn’t.” More than 100 sugar houses across the state will open their doors to the public as part of the 32nd annual Maine Maple Sunday, even though producers have little sap to boil, according to the article. Hopkins said syrup production began last week in most places, but there is still a shortage of sap. The ideal conditions for sap collection are temperatures that dip into the 20s during the night and rise into the mid-40s during the day — plus plenty of sun and little wind, the article states. “We’ll still have a good season, I think,” Hopkins said.

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BDN Publishes Op-Ed by Butler

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 10:45

The Bangor Daily News published the opinion piece “Older, poor adults get short shrift in LePage’s budget proposal” by Sandra Butler, a professor of social work at the University of Maine. Butler also is a member of the Maine Regional Network, part of the Scholars Strategy Network, which brings together scholars across the country to address public challenges and their policy implications. Members’ columns appear in the BDN every other week.

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Fellowship Allows Maine Graduates to Explore Marine Policy in Washington

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 10:40

The National Sea Grant College Program has awarded Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships to three Maine graduates.

Jeffrey Vieser, Liana James and Andrew Strosahl join 49 fellow graduates from around the country who will spend a year working on marine policy in Washington, D.C. The fellowships provide the opportunity for recent graduates to apply their scientific background to marine and coastal policymaking at the national level.

Vieser of Metuchen, New Jersey is one of two Maine Sea Grant scholars selected in 2012 for a year of Sea Grant graduate student research support in the dual degree program in marine science and policy at the University of Maine. As part of his graduate research, Vieser evaluated the potential environmental impacts of the first grid-connected, in-stream tidal power device in the United States. Vieser has worked at the NY/NJ Baykeeper and AmeriCorps, where he faced challenges solving freshwater and marine environmental issues. For his Knauss Fellowship, Vieser will work as a fisheries science coordinator for the National Marine Fisheries Service Office of Science and Technology.

James of Boulder, Colorado, a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law, completed her undergraduate degree at Juniata College. As an undergraduate, James sailed aboard the Robert C. Seamans during her semester with Sea Education Association (SEA). During her time with SEA, James sailed to Christmas Island, part of the Republic of Kiribati, where sea-level rise poses an immediate danger to island communities. James has been appointed policy liaison to the executive director of the Committee on the Marine Transportation System.

Strosahl of Southington, Connecticut and Dover, New Hampshire is a graduate of Maine Maritime Academy and received his law degree at the University of Maine School of Law, where he developed legal briefs for the Law School and the Conservation Law Foundation. Before completing his law degree, he worked in the merchant marine as a civilian with the U.S. Navy. He received several awards for his service with the Navy, as well as a Commandant’s Citation at Maine Maritime Academy. Strosahl will serve in the office of U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii during his Knauss Fellowship.

The Knauss Fellowship was established in 1979 for students interested in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and the national policy decisions that affect those resources. Qualified graduate students spend a year with hosts in the legislative and executive branch of government. The program is named in honor of one of the founders of the National Sea Grant College Program, former NOAA Administrator John A. Knauss.

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Sen. Susan Collins to give Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Lecture at UMaine March 31

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 08:30

Political gridlock in Washington, D.C., will be the focus of an address by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins when she gives the Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Lecture at the University of Maine on March 31, 2015.

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

Collins is currently serving her fourth term in the United States Senate. Whether it’s in her role as chair of the Senate Aging Committee, or chair of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, or in her role on the Senate Intelligence Committee, she is constantly working to make both Maine and our nation a better place.

UMaine’s Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center brings to campus a person of national status to deliver a lecture in the field of civic and public life. The Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Lecture Series was endowed in 1989 by the Margaret Chase Smith Foundation in honor of Sen. Smith’s contributions to Maine and to the nation.

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Moxley Wins National Award for Poetry Book

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 15:36

The Poetry Society of America has named Jennifer Moxley, an English professor at the University of Maine, the recipient of the 2015 William Carlos Williams Award for her book, “The Open Secret.”

The award, named after American poet William Carlos Williams, is presented annually by the PSA for a book of poetry written by an author who is a permanent resident of the United States. The book must be published by a small, nonprofit or university press.

Moxley’s book was published in October 2014 by Flood Editions, an independent publishing house for poetry and short fiction based in Chicago.

“I’m thrilled to be given an award that is named for a poet who has been a central figure both to me and to the University of Maine’s National Poetry Foundation,” Moxley says.

A Los Angeles Times review of “The Open Secret” stated “Moxley’s earnest and introspective new poems feel almost like personal essays: They take up questions that vex her in daily life, then try to explain why they won’t go away.”

The award, which includes a purchase prize between $500 and $1,000, is endowed by the family and friends of Geraldine Clinton Little, a poet and author of short stories and former vice president of the PSA. Moxley’s book will be distributed to PSA members.

“By addressing us, her readers, as intimates, and by showing us her human face — its anxious or querulous aspects as well as its calm and self-determined ones — she enlarges the possibilities of friendship and camaraderie through poetry. She enlarges, that is, faith, in poetry, for all of us,” wrote poet Ange Mlinko of Moxley’s poetry.

Moxley is the author of six books of poetry, as well as a book of essays and a memoir. She also has translated three books from French. In 2005, she received the Lynda Hull Poetry Award from Denver Quarterly. The award is given for the best poem, or poems, published in a volume year.

The Poetry Society of America was founded in 1910 and is the nation’s oldest poetry organization. It aims to build a larger, more diverse and appreciative audience for poetry while supporting poets through programs and awards.

More about PSA and the award is online. More information about Moxley and her poetry is on her website.

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Kelsey Rosebeary: Top Cadet

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 12:03

Kelsey Rosebeary of Poulsbo, Washington is a fourth-year nursing major with minors in French and military science. She is a member of the U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) and has received the 2015 Nurse Cadet Excellence Award.

According to Lt. Col. Charles Rote, professor of military science of the Army ROTC program at UMaine, the award is given annually to the top Army ROTC nursing cadet in the nation.

“Every year, thousands of Army cadets compete to receive a commission from the president of the United States to serve as a second lieutenant in the Army,” Rote says. “This past year, 5,617 cadets participating as a part of one of the 275 Army ROTC host detachments were evaluated and rank-ordered on their academic, leadership and athletic abilities. Of the 215 nurses who underwent this process, Ms. Rosebeary was No. 1.”

What does it mean to receive the Nurse Cadet Excellence Award?
When I first received the news that I had received the Nurse Cadet Excellence Award, I did not know it was even an award to be won. Since beginning my career as a student at the University of Maine, I have done what I know how to do, and that is work hard to reach my goals.

Hearing the words, “No. 1 nursing cadet in the nation” is absolutely surreal. I still have difficulty believing it.

Receiving this award not only represents the hard work I have put in, but it also speaks volumes about the nursing school here at the university and the ROTC program. Both programs have instilled leadership qualities and attributes in me that have made me deserving of this award.

I am absolutely honored to have received the Nurse Cadet Excellence Award, and am honored to have received my education at the fine institution that is the University of Maine.

What made you want to study nursing?
This is a question we get asked a lot as nursing students. Every story is unique, and mine is no exception. When my grandmother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, my paternal grandfather became her primary caretaker. He had no medical experience or training prior to her being diagnosed, but what he had was love and a caring discipline. Never once did she get a bedsore, and my grandfather was sure to keep her hygiene in immaculate condition.

About six years after my grandmother passed away, my grandfather had a stroke and was in the hospital, unconscious. One of the nurses who took care of him was so rough and careless in his tasks and treatments. My grandfather had received no professional training in how to care for my grandmother, but he showed more care and compassion than someone who was supposed to be a professional.

It was there that I made a personal vow to show the same amount of compassion toward every patient I took care of that my grandfather showed to my grandmother.

Why did you decide to join ROTC?
There are many reasons students join ROTC. A major reason I joined ROTC was the financial stability that it could provide me as a student, as well as the occupational stability it would provide me once I graduated and became an officer.

In addition, I joined for the experiences I would receive in the field of nursing. Instead of being in a static position as a civilian nurse, the Army would provide me with opportunities to travel the country and the world.

Why UMaine?
The University of Maine sent me a packet in the mail my junior year of high school describing the school of nursing and what the university had to offer. My first choice, at this point and time was the University of Washington in Seattle. After applying and being accepted to both universities, I changed my mind.

The University of Maine treated me with such friendliness and respect when I called their offices, and they made me feel like I already had a purpose.

After much discussion with my family and friends, I decided to send in my letter of acceptance to the University of Maine and pack my bags for the East Coast.

Describe your internship experience:
During the summer of 2014, I had the opportunity to attend a nursing internship through the ROTC program. I spent four weeks at the Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii working alongside an Army registered nurse.

I was able to perform tasks and gain skills that many nursing students do not get the opportunity to do. I learned how to perform venipuncture and start IVs. I was able to hang blood transfusions, do blood draws and help intubate patients for surgery.

Over the course of four weeks, I worked 150 clinical hours and gained an extraordinary amount of confidence in my abilities to perform quality nursing care and be a leader on a nursing unit.

What’s your most memorable UMaine moment so far?
When I got to ride in a Black Hawk to one of our ROTC training events my sophomore year. My smile was from ear to ear, and lasted the entire weekend.

What difference has UMaine made in your life and in helping you reach your goals?
A tremendous difference. The education I have received here, the opportunities I have had to lead others and travel around the world, and the people I have met have all impacted my last four years, and surely the next 50.

I have met people that I will know and keep in contact with for the rest of my life. The professors I have had and the cadre I have had through ROTC will always be there to give me advice or send my future employers letters of recommendation. And the education and training I have received will stick with me for the rest of my life.

I am very grateful that I chose the University of Maine for my undergraduate experience.

What are your plans for after graduation and long-term career goals?
The day after graduation, I will be getting married, planning to take my board exam for nursing, and spending my last free summer with my family back in Washington before I head to Fort Sam Houston in Texas for my basic officer leader course. Nine weeks later I will be on my way to my first duty station.

I plan to make the Army my career — serving this nation the best I can, learning from soldiers I work with, and providing the best nursing care to every patient I come into contact with.


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Female UMaine Wrestler Wins National Title, BDN Reports

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 10:32

The Bangor Daily News published a University of Maine news release announcing first-year student Samantha Frank as 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 this past weekend in Allen, 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.

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Maine Edge Previews Everything Equine 4-H Science Saturday

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 10:29

The Maine Edge published a University of Maine news release advancing “Everything Equine,” a University of Maine 4-H Science Saturday workshop to be held April 4 at the J.F. Witter Teaching and Research Center in Orono. Youth in grades K–12 are invited to learn about horses with Anne Lichtenwalner, a UMaine Extension veterinarian; and Robert Causey, an associate professor of animal and veterinary sciences.

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Soil Conservation Expert to speak at Grass Farmers Network Conference

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 10:28

Gabe Brown, farmer and rancher from Bismarck, North Dakota, will deliver the keynote address at the Maine Grass Farmers Network annual conference scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 21 at Kennebec Valley Community College, 92 Western Ave., Fairfield.

Brown, a pioneer of soil conservation farming, practices integration of crop and livestock production and no-till methods of farming to improve soil health and increase profits. Conference sessions will feature marketing grass-fed livestock products, forage quality and animal welfare in the livestock industry. Speakers include Don Hoenig, retired Maine state veterinarian and president of MIM consulting; and Jason Rowantree, Michigan State University assistant professor of beef cattle and forage utilization.

Cost is $70 for MGFN members, $85 for others. Lunch is included. The schedule and registration information are online. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Waldo County office, 342.5971, 800.287.426 (in Maine).

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Haskell Appointed to Maine’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 10:27

Jane Haskell, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension professor and educator, has been appointed to Maine’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women.

Haskell was nominated by Maine Senate President Michael Thibodeau and holds a public member appointment.

The Permanent Commission on the Status of Women is a government-appointed group dedicated to improving opportunities for women and girls. It is tasked with advising the governor and legislature about opportunities for women in the state.

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Yarborough Awarded Funds to Improve Integrated Pest Management for Blueberry Farmers

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 10:26

David Yarborough, a blueberry specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and professor in the School of Food and Agriculture, was awarded funds to improve integrated pest management practices for Maine’s wild blueberry growers.

The Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine awarded Yarborough and fellow researchers Francis Drummond and Seanna Annis $116,268 from the Maine Department of Agriculture for the yearlong study.

The Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine proposes to develop and implement an integrated pest management (IPM) program on weeds, diseases and insects for Maine’s 510 wild blueberry growers.

The study aims to address important crop management needs to ensure wild blueberry production isn’t threatened by developing IPM programs. If IPM practices are not developed to address the challenges, Maine’s wild blueberry crop and $250 million in annual economic impact are at significant risk, according to the researchers.

The integrated proposal contains three focus areas:

  • To develop effective weed resistance strategies and educate growers on weed resistance management.
  • To provide growers with disease forecasts to reduce crop loss and fungicide use while developing new IPM disease and insect management enhancements.
  • To develop an IPM program for the blueberry tip midge and determine the impact of wild blueberry damage from sap-feeding insects resulting from current fertility and disease management practice.
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