University of Maine News
WABI (Channel 5) reported on the latest visit by certified therapy dogs to the University of Maine’s Fogler Library. The dogs were on hand to offer stress relief and comfort to students, staff and faculty members as the semester winds down. UMaine students said visiting with the dogs helps them relax.
The Maine Edge advanced the University of Maine School of Performing Arts’ presentation of “Ein deutsches Requiem” by Johannes Brahms on Dec. 15 in Hampden. The Oratorio Society, along with the University Orchestra, are dedicating the performance to the memory of victims of the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
The Maine Aqua Ventus 1 pilot project, the proposed floating offshore wind project led by the University of Maine and its partner companies, was the focus of the Bangor Daily News editorial “How to prepare for Maine’s next big, windy industry.” The Working Waterfront also published an article about the concern of Monhegan residents over the proposed project’s effect on island tourism.
The Maine Edge previewed the 14th annual Maine FIRST Lego League Championship hosted by Maine Robotics and Time Warner Cable Dec. 14 in Augusta. The University of Maine College of Engineering and Cooperative Extension 4-H program are also supporting the event as part of Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds initiative to address the nation’s declining proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math.
The Maine Edge 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 article proposes 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 Tamara Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry recently published an article co-authored by several University of Maine faculty members who were part of a Community Engaged Research Teaching and Service (CERTS) learning circle. In “Moving Beyond the Single Discipline: Building a Scholarship of Engagement that Permeates Higher Education,” the co-authors, led by Linda Silka, director of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center and a professor in the School of Economics, and Robert Glover, an Honors preceptor of political science, use the example of the Sustainability Solutions Initiative to explore the challenges and opportunities associated with engaged scholarship that is designed to address community problems, according to co-author Amy Blackstone, an associate professor of sociology. Other co-authors include Laura Lindenfeld and Claire Sullivan, associate professors in the Department of Communication and Journalism; Karen Hutchins, visiting assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism; Catherine Elliott, an associate extension professor with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension; and Melissa Ladenheim, an adjunct assistant professor in Honors.
Six people are being inducted into the College of Engineering’s Francis Crowe Society during a ceremony Friday, Dec. 13, 1–3 p.m., in Arthur St. John Hill Auditorium, Engineering Science Research Building at the University of Maine.
In the Distinguished Engineer category, inductees are:
Paul Durocher, class of 1982, Chemical and Biological Engineering
David Kinney, class of 1986, Civil and Environmental Engineering
William Pike, class of 1980, Engineering Physics
Scot MacDonald, class of 1990, School of Engineering Technology
In the Faculty Engineer category, the inductee is:
Assistant Professor of Physics Rob Meulenberg, Engineering Physics
And, in the Honorary Engineer category, the inductee is:
Master Sgt. Thomas Banister, senior military instructor for the UMaine Army ROTC Battalion.
The Francis Crowe Society recognizes UMaine engineering graduates and others who have made considerable contributions to the engineering profession. The society is named in honor of Francis Trenholm Crowe, who earned a degree in civil engineering from UMaine in 1905 and was chief engineer of the Hoover Dam. Crowe also was involved in the construction of 18 other major dams in the United States, facilitating farming in a number of areas.
Lenard Kaye, director of the University of Maine Center on Aging and professor in the UMaine School of Social Work, and Carol Kim, UMaine’s vice president for research, wrote an opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News titled “Older Mainers are an answer to the state’s economic woes.” The op-ed says as part of the Blue Sky Project, UMaine is considering new opportunities to “collaborate and form interdisciplinary teams to catalyze Maine’s renewal and include older Mainers.”
Scott Johnson, a professor at and director of the School of Earth and Climate Sciences at the University of Maine, spoke with WGME (Channel 13) for a report on ancient volcanoes in Maine. Johnson and other UMaine geologists said there is evidence of an ancient supervolcano on Mount Desert Island. Johnson also simulated a volcanic eruption by using a trash can full of water, liquid nitrogen and a soda bottle.
The Portland Press Herald, Morning Sentinel, WABI (Channel 5), Bangor Daily News and WGME (Channel 13) reported Jack Cosgrove, head coach of the University of Maine football team, was named Co-Coach of the Year for Region 1 of the Football Championship Subdivision by the American Football Coaches Association. This is the first time Cosgrove has received this recognition in his 21-year career.
WVII (Channel 7) reported on the second pitch-off event for the Big Gig, a program designed to bring together innovators and entrepreneurs in the Bangor-Orono area and offer networking opportunities. The Big Gig was started by a partnership between the University of Maine, Old Town, Orono, and Husson University and is supported by Blackstone Accelerates Growth. Three groups were selected to pitch their products or companies to a panel of judges at the event. UMaine students John and Christine Carney won for their pitch of their business Through Thick and Thin that offers quirky acrylic cupcake toppers, jewelry and ornaments.
WABI (Channel 5), Morning Sentinel, Kennebec Journal, Portland Press Herald and the Bangor Daily News reported the University of Maine has announced three finalists for its director of athletics position. The finalists are Karlton Creech of the University of North Carolina, Jim Herlihy of the University of Montevallo and Scott Kull of Texas Christian University. On-campus interviews will begin Dec. 15 with the intention of filling the position early in 2014.
“A Man’s Guide to Healthy Aging: Stay Smart, Strong, and Active,” written by Lenard Kaye, director of the University of Maine Center on Aging and professor in the UMaine School of Social Work, and Edward Thompson Jr., was cited by the Wall Street Journal as one of six 2013 top guides to life after 50. The book discusses issues related to the mind and body in relation to aging and presents the latest medical and psychological advice on actions men can take to stay healthy.
Kenneth Hillas, a retired senior foreign service officer who teaches a graduate seminar in global politics at the University of Maine, wrote an opinion piece published in the Bangor Daily News titled “As we remember Mandela, don’t simplify his history, legacy.
WGME (Channel 13) reported University of Maine researchers are working with the Maine Forest Service to track destructive winter moths that are returning to Maine. So far the moths have been found in Harpswell and Cape Elizabeth. The moths can be harmful to plants and crops, such as apples and blueberries.
The Bangor Daily News published an opinion piece by University of Maine first-year student Grace Marshall, who is studying English. Marshall’s article is titled “If they’re terminal, let Mainers choose how they die.”
Howard Segal, a history professor at the University of Maine, attended the annual meeting of the Phi Beta Kappa Senate in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 5 — the date America’s oldest scholastic honor society was founded at the College of William and Mary in 1776. Segal served as president of the University of Maine chapter for 23 years and was elected as PBK’s New England District Senator. PBK recently launched a nationwide liberal arts and sciences initiative.
The University of Maine School of Performing Arts’ presentation of “Ein deutsches Requiem” by Johannes Brahms on Dec. 15, conducted by retiring Professor Ludlow Hallman, is dedicated to the memory of those killed during the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
The Oratorio Society Concert will be presented with the University Orchestra in the 900-seat Hampden Academy Performing Arts Center in Hampden, Maine. Kelly Scheetz, soprano, and Justin Zang, baritone, will be soloists.
Brahms’ Opus 45 is a prayer for the souls of the departed. “Brahms’ text addresses those who are left behind, with words of comfort and consolation,” Hallman says. “It is a very personal and heartfelt master work. He envisioned it as a work for all of humanity, transcending specific religious belief or nationality.”
Hallman has conducted the University Orchestra, an auditioned group of 45 musicians, and the Oratorio Society, a mixed choral ensemble of community members and university students. He has also directed the Opera Workshop, chaired UMaine’s Music Department and served as resident director of the New England Universities in Salzburg program — which was the immersion training for students of German. In addition, he has conducted and directed music for multiple operas and musical comedies and served as assistant conductor of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra.
Admission is $10, free with a student MaineCard. For tickets or disability accommodations, call 207.581.1755. Tickets will also be available at the door prior to the performance.
WVII (Channel 7) and WABI (Channel 5) spoke with students in the introduction to research diving course offered at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center. Students in the class visited the Orono campus to use the pool to prepare for their final that will allow them to become certified scientific research divers.
WABI (Channel 5) reported on the 2013 Maine Food Summit, a daylong conference sponsored by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and held on the Orono campus. The summit provided an opportunity for food producers, business owners and anyone involved with and interested in Maine’s food system to share ideas about growing the state’s agriculture and fishery, supporting the economy and improving food security. Attendees also participated in a question-and-answer session with Maine Food Strategy directors.