University of Maine News
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.
The Bangor Daily News reported a group of Japanese academics and University of Maine representatives visited Ocean Renewable Power Co. in Eastport to learn about the company’s pilot project that uses tides to produce electricity. The Japanese delegation also attended the Marine Energy International Symposium, a three-day conference held at UMaine.
WABI (Channel 5) reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering free Eat Well Nutrition Workshops starting in October in Dover-Foxcroft to help people improve their eating habits.
Information from the University of Maine’s Lobster Institute was cited in a Maine Public Broadcasting Network article about animal rights activists claiming they found evidence of animal cruelty at a Maine lobster-processing facility. The institute’s website describes the nervous system of a lobster as very primitive, comparable to that of an insect.
The Maine Folklife Center’s Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) Oral History Project, which includes 50 interviews with people associated with the start of MOFGA and the group’s Common Ground Country Fair, was mentioned in two more entries of the Portland Press Herald blog “The Root: Dispatches from Maine’s food sources,” following “PART ONE — MOFGA Oral History Project at the University of Maine.” The collection was cited in part two of the series as well as in a post remembering Russell Libby, former executive director of MOFGA.
WABI (Channel 5) previewed upcoming weekend shows at the Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium at the University of Maine in Orono. Friday night’s show is titled “Ice Worlds” while Saturday’s three shows will focus on space and Earth.
The University of Maine Department of Mathematics and Statistics will host number theorists from New England, Québec and beyond to present and discuss their research during the 2013 Maine-Québec Number Theory Conference Oct. 5–6.
Approximately 60 participants are expected to attend the event’s 38 scheduled lectures in Neville Hall on campus. Barry Mazur, a Harvard professor and 2013 recipient of the National Medal of Science, will give the plenary lecture at the annual meeting at 8:40 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6 in 101 Neville.
The conference, which is free and open to the public, provides an opportunity for young mathematicians and graduate students to interact with leading scholars.
This year’s conference will be held in honor of event founders UMaine professor Chip Snyder and Laval University professor Claude Levesque, on the occasion of their retirement.
The event is funded by the National Science Foundation, University of Maine Office for the Vice President for Research, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
For more information or to request disability accommodations, call Benjamin Weiss, 207.581.3954.
The latest entry in the Portland Press Herald blog “The Root: Dispatches from Maine’s food sources,” included a reference and link to the Maine Folklife Center’s Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) Oral History Project. The collection includes 50 interviews with people associated with the start of MOFGA and the group’s Common Ground Country Fair.