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BDN Advances Orono Community Theatre Play in Cyrus Pavilion

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 10:28

The Bangor Daily News reported Ten Bucks Theatre Company and Orono Community Theatre are coming together for the first time to offer Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” at the Cyrus Pavilion Theater on the UMaine campus. The Cyrus Pavilion Theater was named after Orono Community Theatre director Sandy Cyrus’ late husband and former UMaine theatre professor Edgar Allan “Al” Cyrus. Bringing both acting groups to the theater means a lot to the directors — Sandy Cyrus and UMaine theatre instructor Julie Lisnet, who was a student of Al Cyrus, according to the article. “We all feel so much affection for this building. Al had his eye on the building for so long. It was a sheep barn when I was a student at UMaine,” Lisnet said. “There’s a lot of memories here. It means a lot to all of us.” The play is slated for 7 p.m. Jan. 16–17 and Jan. 23–24; and 2 p.m. Jan. 18 and 25.

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Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology Celebrates New Name

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 09:03

The University of Maine’s Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology (WFCB) formally recognized its new name and celebrated the department’s tradition of education and research at a recent event.

The division, previously known as the Department of Wildlife Ecology, officially changed its name in September 2014 to better reflect its current graduate and undergraduate programs.

About 300 supporters of the department were invited to the Jan. 15 event on campus.

“The change directly mirrors the department’s academic structure,” says Lindsay Seward, an instructor and coordinator of the undergraduate ecology and environmental sciences program.

Wildlife education at UMaine began with the establishment of the Maine Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit in 1935 and approval of a master’s degree in wildlife management. A bachelor’s degree in wildlife management was created in the mid-1940s, and master’s and Ph.D. degrees were offered in 1983 with the creation of the Department of Wildlife in a new College of Forest Resources. In 1994, the name was changed to the Department of Wildlife Ecology.

The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology offers programs that lead to undergraduate and graduate degrees. Undergraduate students pursue concentrations in fisheries, wildlife science and management, and conservation biology.

Over the past several years, WFCB has experienced growth in both academics and research. Undergraduate enrollment has nearly doubled over a four-year period and research productivity continues to be high, according to department officials.

“We look forward to a promising future as our program continues to grow and evolve to meet the conservation needs of today,” says Daniel Harrison, current chair of the department.

The curriculum offered through the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology allows students to meet the requirements for professional certification by the American Fisheries Society and The Wildlife Society.

Aquatic and fisheries work within the department has increased over the last decade. More than 40 percent of current graduate students have projects that are directly linked to commercial and recreational fisheries, according to Joseph Zydlewski, an associate professor in the department and assistant leader of fisheries for the Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.

The name change also conforms to similar college departments throughout the country, as well as state agencies and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Contact: Elyse Kahl, 207.581.3747

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Kersbergen Speaks with MPBN About Organic Milk Shortage in Maine

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 11:03

Richard Kersbergen, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator on sustainable dairy and forage systems, was interviewed by the Maine Public Broadcasting Network for the report, “Organic milk scarce on Maine store shelves as demand outstrips supply.” The shortage is caused by basic supply and demand, according to the report. “Organic milk production has been relatively flat in terms of the amount of milk being produced, but the demand is obviously going up,” Kersbergen said. He added that transitioning from being a conventional dairy farmer to an organic dairy farmer could take up to three years.

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UMaine Services Cited in Reports on Maine Agricultural Trades Show

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 11:02

Programs and services offered by the University of Maine and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension were mentioned in articles about the Maine Agricultural Trades Show in Augusta. The Kennebec Journal reported on a talk given by a state inspector who described how to obtain a home food processing license in order to sell homemade jellies, jams and baked goods. The inspector said acidified foods, such as salsa, pickles, dilly beans and relishes, need to have the process approved by UMaine’s Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, the article states. The Sun Journal article included quotes from Alexandra Tomaso, a business assistant at Pietree Orchard in Sweden, Maine, who is on the board of Maine AgrAbility, a program that assists farmers, loggers and fishermen with disabilities and chronic illnesses so they can remain active in production agriculture. AgrAbility is a nonprofit partnership between UMaine Extension, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England and Alpha One. “The coolest thing, I think, is [AgrAbility will] come to the farms and they do free assessments,” Tomaso said. “There are so many options that people don’t know are there. We just want to get the word out on how to stay safe and farm as long as you can.”

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One-Bid Wonders Features Friendship of UMaine Basketball Players

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 11:00

One-Bid Wonders carried a feature about the friendship of University of Maine men’s basketball teammates Zarko Valjarevic, a Serbian, and Marko Pirovic, a Croatian. While killing along ethnic lines occurred for more than a decade in the former Yugoslavia, these two are as close as brothers. Valjarevic was born in Belgrade, Serbia, in 1991, months before war was declared. Pirovic was born in 1994 to Croatian parents who had escaped to Canada. Basketball, they both said, brought them comfort. “You can tell their friendship is really deep right away,” UMaine men’s basketball coach Bob Walsh was quoted in the article. “They’re both really intelligent — it’s not like they don’t know the history: they’ve been through it, they understand the history from their country. They get along so well, they’re literally like brothers on the court and off the court.”

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UMaine Facilities, Researchers Mentioned in Press Herald Article on Aquaculture

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 11:00

The University of Maine was mentioned in a Portland Press Herald article about Maine’s growing aquaculture industry. The article states fish farms are having an easier time getting loans from commercial lenders and are attracting capital from private equity investors, according to industry leaders and financial experts. Sebastian Belle, executive director of the Maine Aquaculture Association, said Maine’s research facilities, such as UMaine’s Darling Marine Center in Walpole and UMaine’s Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research (CCAR) in Franklin, are the best in North America, but the state faces a shortage of “intellectual capital” because few researchers specialize in aquaculture. Paul Anderson, director of the Aquaculture Research Institute, said there will be more opportunity for research projects soon, thanks to a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the article states.

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‘Growing the Taste of Maine’ Theme of Portland Flower Show Youth Essay Contest

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:59

Maine youth are invited to describe their “Growing the Taste of Maine” garden in the Portland Flower Show student essay contest.

Three prizes ($50, $30 and $20) will be awarded in each of three age categories (6–9, 10–13 and 14–18). Essays will be judged on creativity, focus and passion in describing the garden and what grows in it. Winning essays will be announced at the opening night preview Wednesday, March 4; selected essays will be posted for viewing during the show, which runs March 5–8, 2015, at the Portland Company Complex, 58 Fore St., Portland.

Wednesday, Feb. 11 is the deadline to enter the ninth annual contest, which is co-sponsored by University of Maine Cooperative Extension. For an application and rules, call 800.287.1471 or email Applications and information also are available at and

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Extension Brings Seaweed Into Maine Kitchens

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 13:47

Three experts will discuss sourcing, selecting and preparing seafood and seaweed Saturday, Feb. 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Cumberland County office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth.

Barton Seaver, Hillary Krapf and Sarah Redmond will share their knowledge about Maine seafood and edible seaweed during the February edition of the yearlong “From Scratch: Your Maine Kitchen” series.

Seaver, a National Geographic Fellow, chef and author, seeks to restore people’s relationship with the ocean, land and with each other — through dinner. In his book, “For Cod & Country,” he showcases seasonal seafood, vibrant spices and farm-fresh produce with recipes for family-friendly meals. In 2009, “Esquire” magazine named Seaver Chef of the Year and in 2008, “Bon Appetit” named his restaurant Hook one of the top 10 eco-friendly restaurants in America. Seaver, who accepted a Fellowship with the Explorer Program at the National Geographic Society, believes sustainability is an ecological and a humanitarian issue. He directs the Healthy and Sustainable Food Program at the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard’s School of Public Health.

Krapf founded the 2014 Maine Seaweed Festival, which highlighted diverse uses and benefits of seaweed as well as the seaweed industry in the state. She says while seaweed is low in calories, eating seaweed and sea vegetables shouldn’t be viewed as a fad diet trend. Krapf will showcase how to incorporate seaweed in soups and salads and demonstrate that it can be a comfort food. Seaweed, she says, is an ideal source of iodine, which is key for healthy thyroid function and overall health. Vitamin K, calcium, iron and essential trace minerals not easily found in other foods also are in seaweed and sea vegetables.

Redmond, a marine associate with the Maine Sea Grant College Program at the University of Maine, says sea vegetables, which are both vegetables and seafood, bridge the gap between land and ocean. Maine is a major producer of wild foraged and cultivated sea vegetables. Maine seafood — including cod, clams, herring, lobster, mackerel, mussels and oysters — is a half-billion dollar industry that supports fishing families, working waterfronts, local economies and the state’s heritage. Redmond will discuss when each seafood is in season, where it is fished and what to look for when choosing, buying and preparing it.

Cost is $40; proceeds benefit the UMaine Extension Nutrition Program in Cumberland County. Register at For more details, or to request a disability accommodation, contact 207.781.6099, 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine),

Additional installments in the “From Scratch: Your Maine Kitchen” series are slated to include “Weird Maine Fermentables” in March, as well as “Maine Cheese Pairings,” “Foraging Maine Greens” and “Drinking the Maine Harvest.” Some topics may change.

Contact: Beth Staples, 207.581.3777

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Students Talk About Upcoming School of Performing Arts Benefit Concert on WABI

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 11:37

University of Maine students Ben McNaboe and Tori Mason spoke with WABI (Channel 5) about the upcoming student-run benefit concert “150 Years of American Song: A Celebration of the University of Maine.” The Jan. 23 event at the Collins Center for the Arts will celebrate UMaine’s 150th anniversary and serve as a School of Performing Arts fundraiser. More than 75 students will bring to the stage selections from the Great American Songbook through performances by a full big band, string orchestra and singing groups. “It really showcases the dynamic nature of our students because not all of these students are majoring in music or even theatre or performing arts,” Mason said. “We’re all equally involved in the arts and really engaged.” UMaine alumnus and Broadway performer Merritt David Janes will perform during the concert and teach a free master class on musical theater on Jan. 22.

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Nelson’s Water Quality Research Cited in Valley News Report

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 11:36

Sarah Nelson, a researcher with the George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of Maine, spoke with Valley News for an article about high school students in Hartford, Vermont who are acting as citizen scientists to study the presence of mercury in the environment. Nelson, who studies environmental water quality issues, works with the data the students produce, according to the article. Nelson and her colleagues decided studying dragonflies would be the best way to measure mercury levels, and in the fall the students gathered dragonfly larvae for the study, the article states. Nelson said citizen science can promote scientific understanding throughout communities and help train a new generation of scientists. “There’s a kind of stereotypical view of a scientist in a white lab coat working on highly technical equipment that’s very expensive,” she said. “We help students understand there’s lots of ways to do science. Science is just figuring out how the world works.”

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University Forest Cross-Country Ski Trail Focus of BDN Article

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 11:06

Dorion Loop, a cross-country ski trail located in the University Forest, was the focus of a Bangor Daily News “1-minute ski” article. BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki wrote about the trail and her experience skiing through the 2.9-mile loop. The article also mentioned skis are available to rent at the Maine Bound Adventure Center.

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Camden Conference Seats Available at Hutchinson Center, Village Soup Reports

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 11:06

Village Soup reported the Camden Conference has announced that seats for the 28th annual conference at the Camden Opera House are sold out. The Feb. 20–22 event, “Russia Resurgent,” will also be live streamed at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast and the Strand Theatre in Rockland. Seats are still available at the remote locations, according to the article. “Russia Resurgent” will go behind the news to examine Russia’s role in the world from multiple perspectives. The University of Maine also is offering an accompanying course on the topic. More about the 2015 Camden Conference is online.

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UMaine Public Health Reminder

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 11:04

The University of Maine has been informed by the Maine Center for Disease Control about widespread influenza activity across the state in December and January. This activity includes both 33 newly reported outbreaks and increased hospital admission related to influenza across the state. These two metrics are indicators of the severity of illness this flu season.

Given this information, the University of Maine is working to increase campus community awareness of the Maine Center for Disease Control influenza prevention recommendations. The latest information is online.

Influenza vaccination is still strongly encouraged to prevent or lessen the severity of influenza, especially to protect those persons at risk of more severe disease. The vaccine is widely available. January is not too late to get vaccinated. After administration, the vaccination takes about two weeks to take full effect. For questions about vaccination, contact the Maine Immunization Program,; 800.867.4775.

Be familiar and follow the Maine CDC “No Flu 4 You” prevention guidelines, which include:

  • Wash your hands: Remember to wash your hands frequently to prevent transmission of influenza. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer between hand washings.
  • Cover your cough: Use tissues, or cough into your sleeve or elbow
  • Stay home when you are sick: To lessen the spread of the virus, symptomatic individuals should remain home and practice social distancing while sick. Maine CDC recommends staying home until 24 hours after fever resolves without the use of medications.
  • Get Vaccinated: Maine CDC recommends vaccination for everyone age 6 months and older. Influenza vaccine is provided at no cost by the state of Maine for young adults under age 19. For your convenience, vaccine is still available through UMaine’s Cutler Health Center; call for an appointment, 207.581.4000, or contact your personal health care provider for vaccine availability. Visit and input your local zip code to locate a flu shot offering in your area.
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UMaine Career Fair Jan. 28

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 11:03

The University of Maine Career Center will hold its 17th annual UMaine Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28 at the New Balance Student Recreation Center.

More than 110 employers from Maine and around the country with job and internship opportunities are expected to exhibit at the fair. Several graduate and professional schools, as well as branches of the military, also will be represented at the event.

“We have every sector of employment represented: business and industry, health care, human services/nonprofits, communications, education, military, environmental and forestry, sciences, engineering, and state and federal government,” says Patty Counihan, director of the Career Center.

Students attending the fair are encouraged to dress professionally and bring their resume.

The UMaine Career Fair is the largest career fair in the state. While the event is held each year for UMaine students and alumni of all majors, students from colleges and universities around the state are welcome to attend. About 950 students attended the 2014 UMaine Career Fair.

The event is underwritten by General Dynamics/Bath Iron Works and Camden National Bank with additional support from sponsors including athenahealth, Bangor Savings Bank, Community Health and Counseling Services, Tyler Technologies, Inc., AAA Northern New England, BTG, Catholic Charities Maine, Maine Army National Guard, Providence Services, Seven Islands Land Company, Spurwink Services and St. Joseph Healthcare.

More information, including a list of participating employers, is available online or by contacting Counihan at or 581.1355.

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Weekly, Maine Edge Advance Public Humanities Day

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 12:04

The Weekly and The Maine Edge previewed events that are scheduled as part of the University of Maine Humanities Center’s third annual Downtown Bangor Public Humanities Day on Jan. 24 with a kickoff event Jan. 23. Free events for participants of all ages will be offered at venues including the University of Maine Museum of Art (UMMA), Bangor Public Library and Maine Discovery Museum. This year’s Humanities Day is co–hosted by the Maine Folklife Center and UMMA. Free bus service will be available from the UMaine campus to Bangor and is supported by the UMaine Office of Student Life. More about Downtown Bangor Public Humanities Day is online.

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WVII Covers Annual Skate with the Bears Event

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 12:03

WVII (Channel 7) reported on the annual Skate with the Bears event that was hosted by Friends of Maine Hockey at the Alfond Arena. Members of the University of Maine men’s and women’s ice hockey teams were on the ice meeting fans, signing autographs and posing for photos. UMaine men’s ice hockey player Brady Campbell said the event serves as a reminder of what it was like to be a child and look up to and cheer for college athletes. “It’s cool to know that little girls are looking up to us and want to be us one day. It’s really just an honor,” said women’s ice hockey player Kelsey MacSorely.

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Peterson’s Track Review Cited by New York Racing Association

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 12:02

Mick Peterson, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Maine, was mentioned in an official New York Racing Association (NYRA) statement addressing the health and safety of equine athletes and jockeys at Aqueduct Racetrack. In December 2014, the NYRA secured an independent review of Aqueduct’s inner track led by Peterson, who returned in January 2015 to further evaluate the track, according to the release. “New York has set the bar for the standard of care of racetrack surfaces. What stands out in New York is the record-keeping and the ability to compare measurements from year to year,” Peterson said. “We owe it to the fans, the riders, and horsemen to ensure this safety and accountability.” Horse Racing Nation published the article.

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‘Historical Atlas of Maine’ Inspires MCF Trivia Quiz

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 12:00

Maine Community Foundation CEO Meredith Jones compiled a trivia quiz based on the “Historical Atlas of Maine,” a 15-year project led by University of Maine researchers, including historian Richard Judd, geographer Stephen Hornsby and now-deceased Professor of English Burton Hatlen. Jones said she would give a polar fleece vest with the MCF logo to the person who posted correct responses to all eight trivia questions.

One of the eight questions: Ice cut from the Kennebec River in the 1880s was shipped to which of the following countries:

  1. India
  2. New Zealand
  3. China
  4. South Africa
  5. Bermuda

Mainebiz also reported on the long-awaited printing of the “Historical Atlas of Maine.”

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Kinghorn, UMMA Summer Exhibition Mentioned in BDN Article

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 11:58

George Kinghorn, director and curator of the University of Maine Museum of Art, was cited in a Bangor Daily News article about the Bangor City Council approving a $1,000 matching grant that could allow a 10-foot-tall “buoy-like floating sculpture” to be anchored in the Kenduskeag Stream in downtown Bangor this summer. The buoy, created by Eastport artist Anna Helper, will be part of her exhibition on display from June through September at the museum, according to the article. Helper is Bangor’s first recipient of an Individual Artist Grant, and she was encouraged by Kinghorn to apply for the grant through the city, the article states.

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Kennebec Journal, Morning Sentinel Promote Master Gardener Volunteers Program

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 11:55, the website of the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel, carried the announcement that the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers Program will start from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at the UMaine Extension Piscataquis County office, 165 East Main St. in Dover-Foxcroft. Live video conferencing of the training is also provided at Extension offices in Skowhegan, Fort Kent, Presque Isle and Houlton. Applications are due Thursday, Feb. 19.

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