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Lambert explains dangers of late blight, WABI reports

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 08:46

Dave Lambert, University of Maine research assistant, was interviewed by WABI about late blight, an infectious disease of plants that can be ecologically and economically devastating.

“It’s a very infectious disease,” says Lambert. “The organism produces thousands of spores in a single lesion. It occurs very rapidly. You can lose an entire crop in two weeks.”

To avoid an outbreak, Lambert recommends treating all crops early in the season.

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Computer engineering professor talks contra dancing with BDN

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 08:45

Rick Eason, organizer of the Bangor contradance and professor of computer engineering at the University of Maine, talked with the Bangor Daily News about contra dancing in the state.

“It reminds me of those old movies, where people get dressed up on a Saturday night and the whole community comes together,” Eason said in the article. “It’s something you’ve gotta try before you say you don’t like it.”

Contra dance groups in Maine have recently sought to get more community members involved, including families and young people, the article states.

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STEM project to benefit Down East youth

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 10:59

A new program based in Machias aims to immerse at least 600 10- to 18-year-olds in innovative, out-of-school science and math opportunities.

The three-year STEM Guides Downeast project is a collaborative effort among the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA), Axiom Education and Training Center and University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H, according to an Axiom Technologies news release.

STEM Guides Downeast will launch during a public event at 3 p.m. Sept. 1 at the University of Maine at Machias. Registration for the event is online.

Attending the event for UMaine Extension are Lisa Phelps, program administrator; Jennifer Lobley, a professor based out of Washington County who supports 4-H and volunteer development; and Greg Kranich, a 4-H science youth development professional who works with northern and coastal counties.

U.S. Sen. Angus King is expected to be on hand to celebrate the new partnership, and U.S. Sen. Susan Collins has been invited, the release states.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, STEM Guides Downeast is one of four regional models being developed and tested in Maine by MMSA. The model supports local people who are passionate about education and science to be STEM Guides and serve as informal science advisers and mentors to area youth.

STEM Guides will be based at the Axiom Education and Training Center where they will work with local partners to identify existing STEM resources and connect youth with opportunities in creative ways. Youth will participate in 4-H STEM programs and in science clubs based at libraries, schools and after-school programs.

“We always work in partnership with local people, projects and programs to show young people that they are surrounded by science,” says Jan Mokros, project director.

STEM Guides Downeast will be guided by a partners council that includes the University of Maine at Machias, Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education, 4-H, Sunrise County Economic Council, Washington County Government and local schools and libraries.

The full Axiom Technologies release is online.

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STEM Project to Benefit Down East Youth

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 10:40

A new program based in Machias aims to immerse at least 600 10- to 18-year-olds in innovative, out-of-school science and math opportunities.

The three-year STEM Guides Downeast project is a collaborative effort among the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA), Axiom Education and Training Center and University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H, according to an Axiom Technologies news release.

STEM Guides Downeast will launch during a public event at 3 p.m. Sept. 1 at the University of Maine at Machias. Registration for the event is online.

Attending the event for UMaine Extension are Lisa Phelps, program administrator; Jennifer Lobley, a professor based out of Washington County who supports 4-H and volunteer development; and Greg Kranich, a 4-H science youth development professional who works with northern and coastal counties.

U.S. Sen. Angus King is expected to be on hand to celebrate the new partnership, and U.S. Sen. Susan Collins has been invited, the release states.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, STEM Guides Downeast is one of four regional models being developed and tested in Maine by MMSA. The model supports local people who are passionate about education and science to be STEM Guides and serve as informal science advisers and mentors to area youth.

STEM Guides will be based at the Axiom Education and Training Center where they will work with local partners to identify existing STEM resources and connect youth with opportunities in creative ways. Youth will participate in 4-H STEM programs and in science clubs based at libraries, schools and after-school programs.

“We always work in partnership with local people, projects and programs to show young people that they are surrounded by science,” says Jan Mokros, project director.

STEM Guides Downeast will be guided by a partners council that includes the University of Maine at Machias, Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education, 4-H, Sunrise County Economic Council, Washington County Government and local schools and libraries.

The full Axiom Technologies release is online.

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Redmond talks to Press Herald about Seaweed Festival

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 10:35

Sarah Redmond, a marine extension associate with the Maine Sea Grant College Program at the University of Maine, spoke with the Portland Press Herald about the Maine Seaweed Festival to be held Aug. 29 in South Portland. Event organizers, including Redmond, held the first festival last year and hoped for a decent turnout, according to the article. About 1,500 people attended to learn more about and sample different varieties of seaweed, the article states. Redmond said the event was “a remembering of what we have right here in our own backyards.”

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LaBouff mentioned in Bustle article on how to feel more grateful

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 10:34

University of Maine psychologist Jordan LaBouff was cited in the Bustle article, “10 ways to feel more grateful every day.” No. 10 on the list — “Be Humble” — mentioned research by LaBouff that was cited by Time magazine in 2012. LaBouff told Time that humility goes a long way in our personal lives and careers, according to the article. LaBouff, who led a team of researchers that highlighted the connection between being humble and helping others, said it’s difficult to be compassionate if you’re not modest, the article states.

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Kaye writes BDN op-ed on social security’s future

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 10:33

Lenard Kaye, director of the University of Maine Center on Aging and professor in the UMaine School of Social Work, wrote an opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News titled, “Let’s keep the faith in Social Security’s future.” Kaye is a member of the Maine chapter of the national 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.

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Redmond Talks to Press Herald about Seaweed Festival

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 10:13

Sarah Redmond, a marine extension associate with the Maine Sea Grant College Program at the University of Maine, spoke with the Portland Press Herald about the Maine Seaweed Festival to be held Aug. 29 in South Portland. Event organizers, including Redmond, held the first festival last year and hoped for a decent turnout, according to the article. About 1,500 people attended to learn more about and sample different varieties of seaweed, the article states. Redmond said the event was “a remembering of what we have right here in our own backyards.”

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LaBouff Mentioned in Bustle Article on How to Feel More Grateful

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 10:12

University of Maine psychologist Jordan LaBouff was cited in the Bustle article, “10 ways to feel more grateful every day.” No. 10 on the list — “Be Humble” — mentioned research by LaBouff that was cited by Time magazine in 2012. LaBouff told Time that humility goes a long way in our personal lives and careers, according to the article. LaBouff, who led a team of researchers that highlighted the connection between being humble and helping others, said it’s difficult to be compassionate if you’re not modest, the article states.

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Kaye Writes BDN Op-Ed on Social Security’s Future

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 10:09

Lenard Kaye, director of the University of Maine Center on Aging and professor in the UMaine School of Social Work, wrote an opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News titled, “Let’s keep the faith in Social Security’s future.” Kaye is a member of the Maine chapter of the national 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.

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Bangor Whoopie Pie Business

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 09:25

Transcript

James Gallagher has friends in sweet places. Take Eliza Butler, co-founder of Specialty Sweets candy in Bangor and an alum of the Top Gun Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program at UMaine. It was on her recommendation that Gallagher joined the Top Gun program to help grow his business. As president and chief baker at the Whoopie Pie Cafe on Hammond Street in Bangor, he sells over 25 whoopie pie varieties, in addition to homemade breads and sandwiches. In this video, Gallagher talks about the Top Gun Program and his small business.

The Top Gun entrepreneurship accelerator is a five-month program that engages entrepreneurs in growing their businesses. Top Gun combines education, mentoring, pitch-coaching and networking opportunities. The program is a partnership of the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development, Maine Technology Institute, Blackstone Accelerates Growth and the University of Maine. UMaine organizes and hosts a Bangor region class and has also developed curriculum to support the statewide program. More information about Top Gun is online.

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Campus parking lot and road closures Aug. 24–28

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 14:20

This year’s Maine Hello is Friday, Aug. 28 — the day that all new students are invited to move into their residence halls. Most of the 2,000 students are assigned to the six first-year residence halls in the Hilltop area of campus, requiring some parking lot and road closures in the vicinity. Signs noting all parking lot closures will be placed in the parking lots on Aug. 21.

The following parking lots will be closed effective Monday, Aug. 24:

  • Hilltop Parking Lot, from the Emera Astronomy Center to the New Balance Student Recreation Center
  • Knox Hall Parking Lot
  • Stewart Quad Area Parking Lots

The following parking lots will be closed effective Thursday, Aug. 27 to set up the necessary traffic patterns for Maine Hello:

  • New Balance Student Recreation Center Parking Lot
  • Somerset Parking Lot
  • Jenness North and South Parking Lots
  • Gannett/Cutler Parking Lot

The following parking areas will be closed or will have limited access on Friday, Aug. 28:

  • Stewart Commons Parking Lot off of Hilltop Road
  • Collins Center for the Arts Parking Lot
  • Belgrade Parking Lot

Traffic pattern changes from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28:

  • Long Road will be closed between Androscoggin and Knox Halls
  • Flagstaff Road will be restricted to one-way traffic southbound between Long Road and Beddington Road
  • Belgrade Road will be restricted to one-way traffic westbound from Rangeley Road to Belgrade Spur

All parking lots except Somerset Parking Lot are expected to re-open by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28. The Somerset Lot will re-open Monday, August 31.

More about the event is online.

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Bangor Whoopie Pie Business

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 14:12

Transcript

James Gallagher has friends in sweet places. Take Eliza Butler, co-founder of Specialty Sweets candy in Bangor and an alum of the Top Gun Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program at UMaine. It was on her recommendation that Gallagher joined the Top Gun program to help grow his business. As president and chief baker at the Whoopie Pie Cafe on Hammond Street in Bangor, he sells over 25 whoopie pie varieties, in addition to homemade breads and sandwiches. In this video, Gallagher talks about the Top Gun Program and his small business.

The Top Gun entrepreneurship accelerator is a five-month program that engages entrepreneurs in growing their businesses. Top Gun combines education, mentoring, pitch-coaching and networking opportunities. The program is a partnership of the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development, Maine Technology Institute, Blackstone Accelerates Growth and the University of Maine. UMaine organizes and hosts a Bangor region class and has also developed curriculum to support the statewide program. More information about Top Gun is online.

Categories: Combined News, News

Campus parking lot and road closures Aug. 24–28

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 14:05

This year’s Maine Hello is Friday, Aug. 28 — the day that all new students are invited to move into their residence halls. Most of the 2,000 students are assigned to the six first-year residence halls in the Hilltop area of campus, requiring some parking lot and road closures in the vicinity. Signs noting all parking lot closures will be placed in the parking lots on Aug. 21.

The following parking lots will be closed effective Monday, Aug. 24:

  • Hilltop Parking Lot, from the Emera Astronomy Center to the New Balance Student Recreation Center
  • Knox Hall Parking Lot
  • Stewart Quad Area Parking Lots

The following parking lots will be closed effective Thursday, Aug. 27 to set up the necessary traffic patterns for Maine Hello:
New Balance Student Recreation Center Parking Lot

  • Somerset Parking Lot
  • Jenness North and South Parking Lots
  • Gannett/Cutler Parking Lot

The following parking areas will be closed or will have limited access on Friday, Aug. 28:

  • Stewart Commons Parking Lot off of Hilltop Road
  • Collins Center for the Arts Parking Lot
  • Belgrade Parking Lot

Traffic pattern changes from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28:

  • Long Road will be closed between Androscoggin and Knox Halls
  • Flagstaff Road will be restricted to one-way traffic southbound between Long Road and Beddington Road
  • Belgrade Road will be restricted to one-way traffic westbound from Rangeley Road to Belgrade Spur

All parking lots except Somerset Parking Lot are expected to re-open by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28. The Somerset Lot will re-open Monday, August 31.

More about the event is online.

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BDN reports on building renovations

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 13:40

The Bangor Daily News published an article about work winding down on about $25 million in construction and renovation projects at the University of Maine less than two weeks ahead of the start of the fall semester. The projects include about $5.5 million in work funded through a voter-approved bond to improve outdated labs, lecture halls and heating systems, according to the article. As part of the renovations, Aubert Hall, where most students studying the sciences or engineering take chemistry courses and labs, now has six newly renovated labs, the article states. “You can’t be doing today’s science and engineering in labs that are 50 years old,” said Barbara Cole, professor and chairwoman of the UMaine Department of Chemistry. The remainder of the $5.5 million bond funding was split among renovations at Little, Boardman and Bennett halls, according to Jeffrey Aceto, assistant director of construction administration.

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Blackstone interviewed on MPBN’s ‘Maine Calling’

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 13:38

Amy Blackstone, a sociology professor at the University of Maine, was a recent guest on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s “Maine Calling” radio program. The show, titled “Childless by choice,” focused on the decision not to have children, why some people make that choice, and the related cultural effects.

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BDN publishes op-ed by Peterson

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 13:36

The Bangor Daily News published the opinion piece “A ticket into the shrinking middle class,” by Mick Peterson, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Maine.

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Food safety training to focus on cooking for crowds

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 13:33

University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County announces the fall schedule for “Cooking for Crowds: Food Safety Training for Volunteer Cooks.”

The first session will be held 9 a.m.–noon Tuesday, Sept. 29 at University of Maine Regional Learning Center, 75 Clearwater Drive, Suite 104, Falmouth. Additional classes also are scheduled for Oct. 14 and Nov. 5.

Many organizations and community groups rely on volunteers for food events such as fundraising, fellowships, food pantries or other service to the community. The workshop offers up-to-date information on safely preparing, handling, transporting, serving and storing food for large group functions.

Participants receive “Cooking for Crowds,” a manual designed for volunteer cooks, a certificate of attendance, posters and an instant-read thermometer. The class meets the Good Shepherd Food Bank food safety training requirements.

The cost is $15 per person; scholarships are available. Registration is online. Call 781.6099 or email extension.rlreception@maine.edu to be placed on a list for future dates. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call 781.6099 or 800.287.1471 (in Maine).

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BDN Reports on Building Renovations

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:42

The Bangor Daily News published an article about work winding down on about $25 million in construction and renovation projects at the University of Maine less than two weeks ahead of the start of the fall semester. The projects include about $5.5 million in work funded through a voter-approved bond to improve outdated labs, lecture halls and heating systems, according to the article. As part of the renovations, Aubert Hall, where most students studying the sciences or engineering take chemistry courses and labs, now has six newly renovated labs, the article states. “You can’t be doing today’s science and engineering in labs that are 50 years old,” said Barbara Cole, professor and chairwoman of the UMaine Department of Chemistry. The remainder of the $5.5 million bond funding was split among renovations at Little, Boardman and Bennett halls, according to Jeffrey Aceto, assistant director of construction administration.

Categories: Combined News, News

Blackstone Interviewed on MPBN’s ‘Maine Calling’

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:41

Amy Blackstone, a sociology professor at the University of Maine, was a recent guest on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s “Maine Calling” radio program. The show, titled “Childless by choice,” focused on the decision not to have children, why some people make that choice, and the related cultural effects.

Categories: Combined News, News