University of Maine News
Mark Brewer, a political science professor at the University of Maine, spoke with the Maine Public Broadcasting Network and the Portland Press Herald about current political campaigns. MPBN interviewed Brewer for a report about the National Rifle Association endorsing Kevin Raye, a candidate in the Republican primary in the 2nd Congressional District. Brewer said the state’s 2nd Congressional District is relatively rural and has a high percentage of gun owners. He said primary voting turnout is likely to be low, and “anything that might possibly make a difference,” such as an NRA endorsement, could work in Raye’s favor. The Press Herald quoted Brewer in an article about U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, a Democratic candidate for governor, facing criticism over the Department of Veterans Affairs scandal. Brewer said he’s not surprised Michaud’s opponents are using the scandal against him. “It’s clear that, for Michaud, veterans issues has been his No. 1 priority since he’s been in Washington,” Brewer said. “It’s also safe to say he recognizes how important veterans are to elections here in Maine. They are a big voting group and he thinks he has a fair amount of support from them. Anything that could weaken that could potentially be problematic.”
University of Maine President Paul Ferguson has appointed Emily Haddad as the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, effective July 28. Haddad comes to UMaine from the University of South Dakota, the state’s flagship institution, where she has served for three years as associate dean for academics in the College of Arts & Sciences.
“We are pleased to have Emily join the UMaine community to lead the state’s largest and most diverse liberal arts and sciences college,” says President Ferguson. “Her record as an academic administrator, and a faculty member involved in teaching and research make her an excellent fit for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and its vital role in students’ educational experiences.”
As associate dean at the University of South Dakota, Haddad works closely with faculty and staff on curriculum development, course scheduling, program assessment and academic policies. She also assists students with academic issues and participates in college financial decisions. She co-led the University of South Dakota’s strategic planning process and participated in the college’s implementation of a new, responsibility-centered management budget model. She has recently been involved in projects to increase student success in remedial mathematics, establish an academic program in sustainability, revise the college degree requirements to improve graduation rates, and create a workforce development program for information technology. She has chaired the South Dakota Board of Regents’ English Discipline Council and is an elected regional delegate to the Modern Language Association.
Haddad joined the University of South Dakota faculty in 1997 and was promoted to full professor in 2008. Before moving to the dean’s office, she chaired the Department of English for six years. She continues to teach a course each semester and to mentor graduate students in English. Her research focuses on intercultural contact in 19th-century British literature. She is the author of a book, Orientalist Poetics: The Islamic Middle East in Nineteenth-Century English and French Poetry (Ashgate 2002), as well as articles and other publications. She earned her Ph.D. at Harvard University in comparative literature. Prior to entering graduate school, she spent two years studying Arabic at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.
Originally from Massachusetts, Haddad lives in Vermillion, South Dakota with her husband and three sons.
The May issue of Down East magazine carries a story titled “Seeing Double” that explores the possibility that a carved Northwest Coast transformation mask in the University of Maine’s Hudson Museum is the model for the logo of the 2014 Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.
Hudson Museum Director Gretchen Faulkner said Richard Emerick, the late UMaine anthropologist and founder of the Hudson Museum, told her years ago that the brightly painted wooden mask was the inspiration for the logo. The mask has been attributed to the Kwakwakaëwakw — Indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest Coast.
When the Seahawks’ logo was unveiled in 1975, John Thompson, then-general manager of the team, was quoted saying the logo designers referenced books about Northwest Coast art for inspiration.
And then, in a blog post prior to Super Bowl XLVIII, Robin K. Wright, curator of Native American art at Burke Museum at the University of Washington, included a photo of the mask that was likely the inspiration for the logo. The photo, published in a 1950s book on Northwest Coast art, is a picture of the mask in the Hudson Museum.
In 1982, avid baseball fan William Palmer of Falmouth Foreside, Maine, bequeathed the mask, as well as other Northwest Coast art and a collection of Pre-Colombian artifacts, to UMaine.
John Jemison, a soil and water quality specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with WVII (Channel 7) for the latest installment of its “Backyard Gardener” series. Jemison spoke about how to prepare soil for gardening.
The Free Press reported Paul Mayewski, a University of Maine professor and director of UMaine’s Climate Change Institute (CCI), will appear June 9 on the series finale of the Showtime series “Years of Living Dangerously.” The show is a nine-part documentary series about the impact of climate change on people and the planet. Mayewski was filmed gathering ice cores 20,000 feet atop a glacier on Tupungato, an active Andean volcano in Chile. He also was filmed at home, where he enjoys his family, dogs and sailing. Mayewski said climate change is causing and will continue to cause destruction, and how scientists and media inform people about the subject is important.
A bill proposed by Rep. Mick Devin of Newcastle, who is also a researcher and shellfish hatchery manager at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center, was mentioned in a column published in the Working Waterfront, titled “Gulf of Maine uniquely susceptible to ocean acidification.” Devin, who has shown concern about the vulnerability of Maine’s marine ecosystems and fisheries-dependent communities, proposed a bill last fall to establish a commission that would study the effects of coastal and ocean acidification on species that are commercially harvested along Maine’s coast, according to the article. The bill gained support from diverse interest groups and became law April 30. Global Ocean Health also carried the column.
The University of Maine has become the newest member of HathiTrust, a partnership of major academic and research libraries collaborating in a digital library initiative to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form.
Launched in 2008, HathiTrust currently has more than 90 partners. Over the last five years, the partners have contributed more than 11 million volumes to the digital library. More than 3.7 million of the contributed volumes are in the public domain and available online.
By joining HathiTrust, UMaine’s Fogler Library is taking steps to assure the preservation of its digital copies and contribute or sustain those volumes in a comprehensive digital archive.
“We are very pleased to have the University of Maine join us in this important enterprise,” said Mike Furlough, executive director of HathiTrust. “The University of Maine has been a significant player in shared print initiatives, an area of particular focus for HathiTrust. It is the combined expertise of our members that helps us thrive, and we look forward to working with the University of Maine to pursue our collective goals.”
The University of Maine Counseling Center and Touchstone Resources has been reaccredited by the International Association of Counseling Services Inc. (IACS), an Alexandria, Virginia-based organization of United States, Canadian and Australian counseling agencies.
The UMaine services were evaluated by IACS using high standards of counseling practice and were found to be competent, reliable and professional. IACS approval also depends on evidence of continuing professional development as well as demonstration of counseling performance excellence.
The UMaine Counseling Center and Touchstone Resources is directed by psychologist Douglas Johnson, and offers a range of mental health counseling services to students.
IACS was established to encourage and aid counseling agencies to meet high professional standards through peer evaluation and to inform the public about dependable agencies.
Effective July 1, Lucille Zeph will resign as associate provost and dean of the Division of Lifelong Learning (DLL) to allow her to focus solely on her duties as director of the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies at the University of Maine. For the past three years, Zeph has held both positions.
“I am extremely grateful to Lu for her leadership of the Division of Lifelong Learning these past three years,” says Jeff Hecker, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. “Few people could have stepped in to lead an organization as complex as DLL. While I will miss the wisdom and creativity she brought to the Provost’s leadership team, I support her decision to turn her full attention to the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies.”
Zeph was tapped to serve as interim associate provost and dean of the Division of Lifelong Learning in 2011 upon the retirement of longtime dean Robert White. She was appointed associate provost and dean on an ongoing basis last July, all the while continuing to serve as director of the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies (CCIDS).
During her tenure, she managed the complex operations of DLL that include the Hutchinson Center in Belfast, Conference Services, the Continuing Education Division, Summer University, UMaine’s online programs and several centers and interdisciplinary academic programs. Her benchmarks in DLL include implementation of UMaine’s 24–7 initiative offering online certificates and degree programs, and creation of the Lifelong Learning Advising Center specifically for adult and nontraditional students who aspire to complete their degrees at UMaine.
Zeph, a UMaine associate professor of education, joined the College of Education faculty in 1979 and founded CCIDS in 1992. The center is Maine’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, part of a national network of centers congressionally authorized under the Development Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000. CCIDS conducts interdisciplinary education, research, and community engagement to positively affect the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families throughout Maine and beyond.
WLBZ (Channel 2) spoke with Barbara Murphy, a gardening expert and University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator in Oxford County, for a report about home gardens being affected by overnight frost. Murphy said it has been a very cold and slow start to the growing season and advises home gardeners to wait for consistently warm daytime and nighttime temperatures before planting. “The soils are very cold — much colder than the air temperature — and they’re absolutely saturated. No seeds germinate very well under these conditions, and seedlings don’t get established well under these conditions. So just be patient,” she said.
Kathryn Hopkins, a maple syrup expert and University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator and professor, was mentioned in a Sanford News article about Hilltop Boilers of Newfield being named “top boilers” for the state at the Southern Maine Maple Sugar Makers Association’s annual maple syrup contest. About 60 participants from York, Cumberland and Oxford counties attended. Hopkins, who also is host of the Maple Grading School, has made the program and contest possible for Maine’s syrup producers, according to the article.
Mainebiz reported on the 12 panelists who have been named for the 2014 Top Gun Showcase on June 4. At the showcase, 12 of the 20 companies that went through the Top Gun entrepreneur mentor program will have their pitches evaluated by the panelists who come from a variety of industries. The University of Maine’s Target Technology Incubator is co-hosting the event with the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development, which runs the Top Gun program. The event is supported by the Blackstone Accelerates Growth initiative, the Maine Technology Institute, business sponsors, mentors and program advisers.
Elmira Star-Gazette and Press and Sun-Bulletin reported that U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to pick a joint proposal by Cornell, the University of Rhode Island and the University of Maine for a risk-management software package to help farmers, particularly in the Northeast, plan their crop insurance and price support participation. The report states the farm bill adopted by Congress set aside $3 million for online tools to assist farmers in their decisions about the new farm risk management programs, according to Schumer’s staff.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a free weed identification walk at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 12, at Stutzman’s Farm, 891 Douty Hill Road, Sangerville.
Common weeds that invade vegetable, fruit and other cultivated crops will be the focus of the walk led by Extension Educator Donna Coffin. She’ll have references available for those who want to learn how to identify and manage weeds. Participants are encouraged to bring a digital photo of problematic weeds in their farms and gardens. Two hours of pesticide recertification credit are available for private pesticide applicators.
For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Coffin at 207.564.3301, 800.287.1491 (in Maine) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blueberry health benefits research by Dorothy Klimis-Zacas, a clinical nutritionist and professor at the University of Maine, was cited in a Prevention magazine article titled “10 new ways to lower your blood pressure naturally.” Klimis-Zacas’ research was mentioned under the section that advises readers to “snack on wild blueberries.” She found wild varieties, as opposed to conventional blueberries, may help blood vessels relax and have more antioxidant compounds, which researchers believe also helps maintain a healthy blood pressure, the article states. The Fresno Bee also carried the Prevention report.
Barbara Murphy, a gardening expert and University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator in Oxford County, and Mark Hutchinson, a UMaine Extension professor in Knox and Lincoln counties, were quoted in the Bangor Daily News article, “Cold, wet spring means slow start for farmers, gardeners.” Murphy said it may be the most sluggish start to the growing season in almost a decade, but she advises gardeners to be patient and assume it’s going to be a good season. “There’s no reason to assume this year will be different from any other successful year,” she said. Hutchinson said he has heard from other experts that the slow spring is a lot like what has been normal in past years.
The Portland Press Herald published an article on a startup founded by two former University of Maine hockey coaches Dan Kerluke and David Alexander, along with Tim Westbaker, a computer programmer and UMaine alumnus. The trio created Double Blue Sports Analytics to create an iPad app that allows hockey goalies and goaltending coaches to easily capture performance data and analytics. The startup is the first to market with such a goalie-specific data analytics product, but already has plans to tap into the much broader global market for sports science and training, the article states. The company is a tenant of the Target Technology Incubator, an Orono facility that was developed by UMaine and the Bangor Target Area Development Corporation to provide an environment for business development and commercialization activities for innovation-based startups. Kerluke told the Press Herald he met Westbaker through Jesse Moriarity, coordinator of UMaine’s Foster Center for Student Innovation. Kerluke calls Moriarity the company’s “guardian angel.”
Lenard Kaye, director of the University of Maine Center on Aging and professor in the UMaine School of Social Work, wrote an opinion piece published by the Bangor Daily News titled “Can Maine keep its aging population safe?” Kaye also is a member of the Maine chapter 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.
The University of Maine student group Male Athletes Against Violence (MAAV) was mentioned in a Morning Sentinel article about the “Party With Consent” movement started by a graduating student at Colby College. The initiative aims to encourage healthy interactions between the sexes at college parties. In 2010, Mark Tappan, a professor of education at Colby, brought a chapter of MAAV to the college, after the group was started at UMaine. Student Jonathan Kalin became president of the Colby group, whose name has since changed to Mules Against Violence, and started Party With Consent as an initiative of that organization.
A CD of Leone Sinigaglia’s chamber music performed by University of Maine artists Noreen Silver, cello, and Phillip Silver, piano, performing with violinist Solomia Soroka, was reviewed on MusicWeb International. Reviewer Jonathan Woolf notes, “these elegant readings set a standard for future Sinigaglia performances, and I truly hope that more will follow the lead of the intrepid Solomia Soroka and Noreen and Philip Silver.”