University of Maine News
Learning more about the invasive European green crab and its effects on Maine’s coastal and marine resources will be the focus of a Dec. 16 conference at the University of Maine.
Maine Sea Grant, Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR), Maine Coastal Program and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will hold the Maine Green Crab Summit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wells Conference Center on the Orono campus.
The public is welcome to attend the free event that aims to offer an opportunity for researchers, fishermen and coastal community members to share information about green crabs, as well as discuss different approaches for green crab control, future management and research.
“Although these invaders have been here for decades, in recent years they have proliferated to a level that is causing severe impacts on the clam fishery and is having other impacts on coastal ecosystems,” says Paul Anderson, Maine Sea Grant director and marine extension program leader.
During the conference, DMR officials plan to release data from a coast-wide survey the organization conducted in August to gain a better understanding of how severe the European green crab invasion in Maine is.
Researchers from UMaine, DMR, University of Maine at Machias, USGS and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Maine Coastal Program are among those scheduled to present.
Online registration is required by Dec. 9, and limited funding is available to commercial fishermen to help with travel costs. Lunch will be provided. The summit will also be streamed live online and recorded for those unable to attend.
More information about the summit, including the event’s agenda and details for accessing the webcast, can be found on Maine Sea Grant’s website. A snow date of Dec. 18 has been set.
The Maine Sea Grant college program at UMaine is one of 33 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) programs throughout the coastal and Great Lakes states and is focused on improving Maine’s coastal communities.
The Portland Press Herald and the Bangor Daily News reported four members of the University of Maine football team and head coach Jack Cosgrove were honored by the New England Football Writers’ Association. Cosgrove was named the Jack Grinold New England Coach of the Year and quarterback Marcus Wasilewski was named the Gold Helmet Player of the Year. Wasilewski was also named to FCS All-New England team along with offensive lineman Jeff Gakos, linebacker Christophe Mulumba and cornerback Kendall James.
The winter 2013 issue of the London-based Watkins Mind Body Spirit magazine features an article written by University of Maine sociologist Kyriacos Markides. The article, based on Markides’ work, is titled “Inner River: A Pilgrimage to the Heart of Christian Spirituality.”
James McConnon, an economics professor at the University of Maine and a University of Maine Cooperative Extension specialist, was interviewed by the Sun Journal for an article titled “Shopping forecasts call for increase in holiday spending.” McConnon said holiday shoppers are predicted to spend between 2.4 and 3.9 percent more this year, even though consumer confidence is still cautious. He said with the shorter shopping season, retailers are going to provide good deals and consumers will be looking for them.
The Working Waterfront reported on the publication of a journal article written by University of Maine marine scientists Robert Steneck and Richard Wahle. “American lobster dynamics in a brave new ocean,” was published in a special issue of the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science titled “American Lobster in a Changing Ecosystem: U.S.-Canada Science Symposium.” The journal includes scientific presentations made at the symposium in November 2012. Steneck and Wahle’s research states that due to fewer predators, warming water, an influx of warm-water species and risks of disease, traditional conditions of the American lobster in the North Atlantic no longer exist.
The Bangor Daily News previewed the upcoming Penobscot Theatre Co. production of “Cinderella: A New Telling of an Old Tale.” University of Maine student Ira Kramer is starring in the play as the prince.
The 2013 Maine Indian Basketmakers Sale and Demonstration will be Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine.
The 19th annual event features baskets, carvings and beadwork, as well as demonstrations, storytelling, music, drumming and dancing. It is free and open to the public.
Native American artists from Maine, including national award-winning members of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance, will showcase their talents, as will members of the next generation of weavers and artists.
For more information, call 207.581.1904 or visit umaine.edu/hudsonmuseum.
The University of Maine School of Computing and Information Science is hosting the COS 125 Student Game Exhibition 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 in Jenness Hall’s Soderberg Center. There will be 11 teams competing for three cash prizes. Members of the public are invited to attend the free event to view and try the games and vote for their favorite teams.
Fans of the University of Maine football team can show their spirit during “Go Blue” festivities prior to Saturday’s first-ever home playoff football contest. At 2 p.m., the 10–2 Black Bears host 8–4 University of New Hampshire at Alfond Stadium.
Students and staff are invited to write a good luck message to the Black Bears on a 16-foot banner that will be in the dining commons in Hilltop, York and Wells this week. Dining staff will wear football jerseys when the banner is in their respective facility. The banner will be presented to the football squad at Thursday’s pep rally in Memorial Union.
Blue snow cones will be given out Monday in the union and blue cotton candy will be handed out Tuesday. An ice sculpture showcasing the UMaine-UNH rivalry will be carved Wednesday, starting at approximately 11 a.m., outside the union on the library side. And, a pep rally will kick off Thursday just prior to noon in the Bear’s Den.
Student Life will purchase the $2 game tickets for the first 1,000 students who enter the gates; Athletics Engagement will pay for all other students who attend. In addition, the first 1,000 university students admitted will receive a $5 food voucher to use at the concession stand. All UMaine students will get free hot chocolate at halftime and all other fans can purchase hot cocoa for $1. A warming tent will be available for fans adjacent to the south end zone.
Tailgating for the 2 p.m. game begins at 11 a.m.; gates open at 12:30 p.m. ESPN3 is streaming the game live.
UNH crushed Lafayette College 45–7 on Nov. 30 to advance to play the fifth-seeded Black Bears in the second round of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. The UNH Wildcats topped the Black Bears 24–6 in the regular season finale Nov. 23.
Ways in which commercial fishermen, aquaculturists and those in the tourism industry can work together to create greater economic success will be the focus of three workshops offered by Maine Sea Grant and University of Maine Cooperative Extension in partnership with the Lobster Institute, Island Institute and Maine Aquaculture Association.
The Fisheries, Aquaculture and Tourism workshops will take place 5–8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the UMaine Hutchinson Center in Belfast; 5–8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 at Machias Savings Bank Community Room in Machias; and 1–4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 at University of Southern Maine’s Abromson Building in Portland.
Anyone involved in the fisheries, aquaculture or tourism industry or related support organizations is invited to attend any of the free workshops. Sessions will include information from guest speakers on topics such as the legal issues pertaining to offering boat or farm tours and ways seafood producers can enhance their businesses by building relationships with tour operators, restaurant owners and innkeepers.
“The workshops are intended to respond to the need for information expressed by fishermen and aquaculture farmers who seek to diversify their earnings by tapping into the tourism market by offering activities such as lobster boat tours or fish farm tours,” says Natalie Springuel, a marine extension associate with Maine Sea Grant. “Likewise, these workshops respond to the growing interest in the tourism industry to provide customers with fisheries and fish-farming-related experiences.”
Scott Gunst, an attorney with the admiralty and maritime law practice Reeves McEwing LLP in Philadelphia, Pa., will present at each session. Other guest speakers will vary depending on location. They will include fishermen and/or aquaculture farmers who will talk about their businesses, as well as members of the tourism industry who will share opportunities for marketing and partnerships.
The workshops will include an information session about the legal framework of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism, followed by interactive conversations with those who work in the field and a question-and-answer period with representatives of related resources, including the United States Coast Guard, insurance companies and the host organizations.
Pizza will be offered at the Belfast and Machias sessions and snacks will be provided at the Portland workshop.
This is the second time this workshop series has been offered. The first was offered at the Maine Fishermen’s Forum in Rockland in February 2013.
A registration form and more information, such as fact sheets and legal research produced for the series, are available on the Maine Sea Grant’s website. Registration is required.
The Maine Sea Grant college program at UMaine is one of 33 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) programs throughout the coastal and Great Lakes states and is focused on improving Maine’s coastal communities. The University of Maine Marine Extension Team (MET), is a collaboration of Maine Sea Grant and UMaine Extension, that provides educational and applied research programs in coastal community development, ecosystem health, fisheries, aquaculture and tourism.
Provost Jeff Hecker will lead three Academic Affairs Faculty Forums beginning this week. The first forum, Dec. 3, focuses on signature and emerging programs.
All the Academic Affairs Faculty Forums will be from 3–4 p.m., 57 Stodder Hall. Two more forums are scheduled for Feb. 4 and April 1.
In year three of the Blue Sky Project, the focus is on integrating the plan’s strategies and goals into the organizational structure of the university. Just as the Blue Sky Strategic Plan was developed through an inclusive process, integration will emerge through collaboration.
Over the course of the academic year, the Provost’s Office, in collaboration with the Faculty Senate leadership, is holding Academic Affairs Faculty Forums to create a venue for meaningful sharing of ideas about important initiatives in Academic Affairs. Collaboration between the faculty and administration of the university is essential to advance toward UMaine’s strategic goals.
A website is being developed to extend the collaboration beyond the public meetings. After each forum, relevant materials will be posted. The Academic Affairs Faculty Forums website, which will be linked off the Provost’s Office homepage, also will create a space where faculty members can submit reactions, comments or questions generated by the forum.
Mary Ellen Camire, a professor of food science and human nutrition at the University of Maine and president-elect of the Institute Food Technologists, offered advice for the Bangor Daily News article “I gobbled too much! How to recover after Thanksgiving.” Camire said one calorie-packed meal won’t hurt you nutritionally if you return to healthy habits quickly. She suggests getting exercise through holiday shopping or playing football and watching portion sizes when eating leftovers.
WVII (Channel 7) and the Bangor Daily News reported on wreath-making workshops hosted by the University of Maine Page Farm and Home Museum Nov. 30 and Dec. 3–5. The 15th annual workshops cost $15 per person and include instruction and materials to complete one wreath.
Sarah Newcomb, a doctoral student in behavioral economics at the University of Maine and research assistant at UMaine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative, was featured in a Bangor Daily News column about a shopper-friendly phone app she developed. Newcomb won the first Big Gig networking and pitch-off event in October with her proposed app, “Who’s Your Daddy?,” that allows shoppers to scan products to learn more about the product’s parent company and its practices. The Big Gig was organized by the University of Maine, Husson University and the towns of Old Town and Orono to bring together innovators and entrepreneurs.
A 2010 University of Maine study was cited in a Morning Sentinel article titled “Maine’s road salt comes from unexpected places.” The study determined a year’s worth of road salt in Maine — an estimated billion pounds — weighs about four times more than the state’s population.
Allyson Eslin, a first-year political science major at the University of Maine, wrote an opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News titled “We might feel helpless in face of mass violence, but we’re not.”
Richard Reichenbach and Sara Simard Reichenbach, interim head coaches of the University of Maine women’s ice hockey team, were featured in a Bangor Daily News article titled “Newlywed UMaine coaches enjoying marriage, hockey.”
John Bear Mitchell, a Wabanaki studies lecturer at the University of Maine and associate director of UMaine’s Wabanaki Center, was interviewed by the Bangor Daily News for the article “Maine’s own Thanksgiving story: How the Indians saved 18th century shipwreck victims.” Mitchell said people can learn a lot from the stories of positive interactions between Europeans and Indians instead of concentrating on the myths of settlement and conquering.
Robert Milardo, a professor of family relations at the University of Maine, was interviewed for the Down East magazine article “Splitsville, USA: When it comes to divorce in the United States, Maine is second only to Nevada. Why?” Milardo said he believes the rate reflects Maine’s aging population. “People who are older have more experience with divorce, and Maine has the oldest population in the U.S.,” he said. Milardo also said he expects the rate to decrease because people who are marrying today are experiencing less divorce.
The Portland Press Herald, Bangor Daily News and Kennebec Journal were among news organizations to report Jack Cosgrove, head coach of the University of Maine football team, and 10 players were recently honored by the team’s conference. The Colonial Athletic Association selected Cosgrove as Coach of the Year, freshman linebacker Christophe Mulumba was named Defensive Rookie of the Year and senior quarterback Marcus Wasilewski was given the second annual Chuck Boone Leadership Award. Wasilewski and Mulumba were also among the 10 Black Bears to earn all-Colonial Athletic Association honors.