University of Maine News
University of Maine researchers Elizabeth Allan and Mary Madden who led a national study on student hazing were interviewed for articles on the topic. Madden, an education professor, was quoted in an article by The Guardian, titled “Student-athlete hazing victims may number 800,000 per year.” Madden spoke about some of the researchers’ findings including escalation in hazing incidents. “What we often see is that students like, sort of one-up the year before,” Madden said. “So, ‘Oh, we can we can haze them even worse than we were hazed.’” Allan, an associate professor of higher education leadership, was quoted in a post from the U.S. News & World Report blog “High School Notes.” She spoke about how hazing isn’t always recognized as a problem. “Some people think of it as a type of group bullying, but that can be misleading,” she said, adding hazing is about inclusion, while bullying is about exclusion. She defines hazing as, “any activity expected of someone joining or participating in a group that humiliates, degrades, abuses or endangers them, regardless of a person’s willingness to participate.”
The Bangor Daily News published the article, “UMaine sports clubs provide varied, valuable athletic and educational experiences.” UMaine has 30 active sports clubs that will provide athletic and recreational opportunities for more than 700 students this year, according to the article. “It’s really about the students’ passion for their sport. Some of them come with it, and some of them discover it [here],” said Jeff Hunt, UMaine’s director of campus recreation.
Mick Peterson, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Maine, was mentioned in the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary article, “Do what is best for the horse: Drug testing, doping agents, racing surfaces, and more.” Peterson was cited for his research on racetrack surfaces to reduce horse injuries. Peterson said that while tracks are only one factor, they can improve safety and build confidence in racing, according to the article. “Peterson and his colleagues have applied significant advances in the science of racing surface management and the tools for tracking the condition of a racing surface, be it synthetic, turf or dirt,” the article states.
The Bangor Daily News published the opinion piece, “The Kon-Tiki man at 100 — and his kindred spirits in Maine,” by Dan Sandweiss, a professor of anthropology and quaternary and climate studies at the University of Maine.
The Bangor Daily News, WABI (Channel 5) and WVII (Channel 7) covered Gov. Paul LePage’s visit to the University of Maine. The Republican governor, who is campaigning for re-election, spoke on the steps of UMaine’s Fogler Library with a group of about 20 students standing behind him. He shared two ideas for programs he said would reduce student debt and would encourage graduates to stay in Maine, according to the BDN. UMaine junior Lee Jackson introduced LePage, calling him a friend and mentor. The Sun Journal also carried the BDN report.
The Bangor Daily News published an article about University of Maine graduate student Travis Blackmer and his study on pay-as-you-throw programs in Maine. In the program, households must purchase special trash bags for a fee, otherwise their waste is not collected by the town, according to Blackmer. “The purpose of this research is to provide insight into how citizens in Maine view pay-as-you-throw programs, including their behavioral changes in response to this program being implemented at the town level,” Blackmer told the BDN.
Nearly 700 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students and their teachers from 13 area schools will take part in the 2014 Northern Maine Children’s Water Festival at the University of Maine from 9:30 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14.
Students will spend the day at the New Balance Field House learning about clean water, wetland ecosystems and the importance of stewarding Maine’s most rapidly renewable resource.
Activities include a quiz show on water issues; classroom activities led by some of the state’s leading environmental educators; a stage show presented by Tanglewood 4-H Camp & Learning Center; and a tour of the exhibit hall that will contain interactive displays explaining topics such as what makes soil healthy, how pollution gets into water, and how to find leaky pipes.
The Northern Maine Children’s Water Festival is organized through a partnership of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s 4-H; Maine Sea Grant; UMaine’s Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions; Maine Department of Environmental Protection; Maine Drinking Water Program; as well as other agencies, businesses and nonprofit organizations.
Participating schools include Hichborn Middle School in Howland, Dr. Lewis S. Libby School in Milford, Hermon Middle School, Brewer Community School, Glenburn Elementary School, Union Elementary School, Fort Fairfield Middle School, Enfield Station School, Surry Elementary School, Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School, All Saints Catholic School in Bangor, Sedgwick Elementary School and George B. Weatherbee School in Hampden.
The Associated Press reported that Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King announced the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is giving nearly $500,000 to the Maine Sea Grant Program at the University of Maine. The money will be used to help coastal communities protect themselves against the challenges caused by climate change, according to the article. The funding is part of a larger $15.9 million announcement that will support more than 300 projects nationwide, the article states. Designated as a Sea Grant College, the University of Maine is one of 33 NOAA Sea Grant Programs throughout the coastal and Great Lakes states. Maine Public Broadcasting Network, WABI (Channel 5), The Republic, WLBZ (Channel 2) and Portland Press Herald carried the AP report.
The St. John Valley Times reported John Rebar, executive director of the University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension, will present an informational session on Question 2 of the November ballot as part of the University of Maine at Fort Kent Board of Visitors’ Business Breakfast Series on Oct. 15. The bond would give $8 million to UMaine Extension to build a new animal and plant disease and insect control laboratory. WVII (Channel 7) also carried a report on the bond question and interviewed Jim Dill, a pest management specialist with UMaine Extension. Dill said the facility would be a resource that a large percentage of Mainers would use for services such as tick-borne disease monitoring.
Mark Brewer, a political science professor at the University of Maine, spoke with the Maine Public Broadcasting Network for the report, “New poll indicates gains for Cutler, LePage in Maine governor’s race.” Brewer spoke about the latest polls and some possible race outcomes. “I’ve thought all along that if it were a Michaud-LePage, or for that matter a Cutler-LePage, that LePage would be on the short end of the stick by a relatively substantial margin and he’s not — at least according to this poll,” he said.
Phys.org published a University of Maine article on research by marine scientist Nathan Briggs. Briggs is studying the movement of carbon dioxide into the deep ocean to improve climate projections and understanding of deep-sea ecosystems. He begins a two-year postdoctoral fellowship research project in France that’s funded, in part, by a $194,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). He will collaborate with Hervé Claustre, a senior scientist at Laboratoire d’Oceanographie de Villefranche (LOV) on the Mediterranean Sea.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering its annual sheep and goat seminar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at Kennebec Valley Community College, 92 Western Ave., Fairfield.
The seminar will focus on animal health and strive to equip producers with skills and knowledge to keep their animals healthy and productive. Topics will include prevention and detection of common diseases, health-related tools and a program used to eradicate Scrapie, a degenerative disease that attacks the central nervous system of sheep and goats. Scheduled instructors are Richard Brzozowski, Anne Lichtenwalner and James Weber.
The fee of $35 per person includes lunch and materials. More information and registration are online. To request a disability accommodation, call 207.781.6099, 800.287.1471 (in Maine).
Announcements of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry honored three recipients and cited other researchers involved in similar pioneering research, including UMaine physicist Sam Hess. Eric Betzig of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), Stefan Hell of the Max Planck Institute of Biophysical Chemistry, and William Moerner of Stanford were awarded the $1.1 million Nobel Prize for development of super-resolution fluorescence microscopy. The technology, called photoactived localization microscopy (PALM), provides nanoscale views of the molecule. It was developed in 2006. That same year, similar methods were independently developed by Hess (fluorescence PALM or fPALM) and Xiaowei Zhuang of Harvard University (stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy or STORM). Stories about the award-winning research are online, including the announcement from HHMI.
The Bangor Daily News reported members of University of Maine football team and head coach Jack Cosgrove participated in a send off of a Hudson Museum artifact to Seattle’s Burke Museum. The native mask may be the inspiration of the original team logo for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. The wooden Northwest Coast transformation mask depicts a bird of prey when closed and reveals a painted depiction of a human face when opened. The artifact is part of the William P. Palmer III collection and will be on temporary display in Seattle, according to the article.
The Bangor Daily News reported on a University of Maine talk given by environmentalist and author Bill McKibben. McKibben’s lecture, “Making a life on a tough new planet,” was hosted by the UMaine Honors College as part of its Honors Read program. The 2014–2015 Honors Read is McKibben’s book, “Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet.” He spoke about the importance of coming together to make a difference against climate change. “I can’t promise you that we’re going to win, but I can promise you that we’re going to fight,” McKibben said. “This is by far the biggest problem that humans have ever stumbled into.”
Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel published an opinion piece by Howard Segal, a history professor at the University of Maine. “Rest assured, traditional liberal arts education is alive and well at Colby,” was posted on centralmaine.com.
WLBZ (Channel 2) was one of three news stations to report the University of Maine’s Onward program will no longer accept new students. The program is designed to help students who otherwise might not be able to get into college whether it is due to financial hardships, struggles finishing high school, or other barriers, according to the report. Current Onward students will not be affected by the closing of the program. The university is ending the program after the 2014–15 academic year due to a combination of factors, including the opportunity to meet critical teaching and advising needs in two academic colleges. Current Onward faculty will be reassigned to those units.
Kenneth Palmer, a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Governing magazine article that looks at why there aren’t more female governors. In some states, like Maine, Congress is a more attractive office to run for than governor, according to the article. Maine’s small size and powerful state legislature “make it possible for strong women candidates to move directly from the legislature to the Congress, with the governorship less relevant as a career route,” Palmer said.
A University of Maine graduate student who is studying the effects of diet on the eating quality of fresh green sea urchin roe (uni) is seeking participants for a taste test that will take place Thursday, Oct. 16 in Hitchner Hall’s Sensory Evaluation Center.
Volunteers who evaluate all four samples will receive $10. Sessions last no longer than 30 minutes, and appointments are required.
Participants must be at least 18 years of age and eat uni at least twice a year. Those who do not eat uni; are allergic to uni, eggs or other seafood; or do not want to eat raw seafood are asked not to participate.
For more information, or to make an appointment, email email@example.com or call 207.581.1733.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a workshop for those interested in starting a small specialty or value-added food business from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 23, at the UMaine Extension Penobscot County Office, 307 Maine Ave., Bangor.
Workshop topics include personal goals, key business concepts, product development and licensing. Scheduled presenters are Extension faculty Louis Bassano, small business educator; Beth Calder, food science specialist; and Jim McConnon, business and economic specialist.
Cost for the workshop is $15. To register or request a disability accommodation, call 207.942.7396 or 800.287.1485 (in Maine). More information is available online.