University of Maine News
WABI (Channel 5) and WVII (Channel 7) reported on the University of Maine’s test of its full emergency notification system. The system, which was established in 2007, allows university safety and communications professionals to use mechanisms such as sirens, text alerts and social media to quickly communicate information to the community during emergency situations. UMaine’s Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Robert Dana and Wayne Maines, UMaine’s director of safety and environmental management, spoke with WABI about the importance of emergency drills and preparedness. UMaine community members are reminded to register to receive emergency notifications of public safety issues, as well as announcements about class cancellations due to inclement weather. Registration for texts and/or email alerts is available online.
The Bangor Daily News reported more than 100 University of Maine students are heading to New York City this weekend to take part in the People’s Climate March, which is being called the biggest demonstration in the history of the climate justice movement. “We are going because the climate crisis is the biggest challenge our world faces today, and it needs to be addressed, plain and simple,” said Michael Bailey, a UMaine student who helped organize the trip. The Sun Journal also carried the BDN report.
WVII (Channel 7) reported the University of Maine Counseling Center and St. Joseph Healthcare, in conjunction with several area sponsors, will host the sixth annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Oct. 5 at UMaine. Funds raised from the event will benefit research initiatives of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
University of Maine programs were mentioned in an opinion piece by Sen. Angus King that was posted on Fosters.com, a service of Sanford News. In the column, titled “Education must be dynamic to keep pace with changing world,” King wrote about partnerships between UMaine and state high schools, including the Bridge Year Program and the College of Engineering’s agreement with Thornton Academy in Saco. “These partnerships and programs all recognize the same truth: If Maine is to grow and succeed in an increasingly complex world, the way we deliver education to our students must be as dynamic as the world into which we’re sending them,” King wrote.
The Free Press reported University of Maine Assistant Libra Professor of Mechanical Engineering Andrew Goupee will discuss “Floating Offshore Wind: Becoming a Reality?” at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery in Searsport on Sept. 25. Goupee is an engineer at UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center.
Ryan Low, interim vice president for administration and finance at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Portland Press Herald article titled, “Cost of Maine’s public colleges tops legislative panel’s agenda.” For the last three years, University of Maine System tuition has been frozen and the state hasn’t cut the allocation, according to the Press Herald. University officials have said they plan to ask for more state funding this year, which Low said will be difficult given the tough economic climate, the article states.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant are offering a five-session fall workshop for people interested in improving their facilitation skills.
“Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills, Level 1,” will be held 4–8 p.m. Oct. 14, Oct. 28, Nov. 10, Nov. 25 and Dec. 9, at North Berwick Town Hall, 21 Main St., North Berwick.
The workshop features experiential learning, including a chance to practice facilitation skills and receive feedback in a safe environment. The $120 fee covers instruction, a resource notebook and light meals.
For 20 years, instructor Kristen Grant has created programs that build individual skills and group capacities. She has a background in providing interactive, educational programs and works extensively in team settings.
Enrollment is limited to the first 15 registrants. To register or to request a disability accommodation, contact UMaine Extension, 207.324.2814. For more information, call 207.646.1555, ext. 115, email email@example.com or visit the website.
On Sept. 18, the Maine Development Foundation and the University of Maine’s School of Economics released the fourth quarterly report analyzing critical economic indicators in Maine.
The latest report, “Strategic Land Conservation in Maine,” looks at the multiple benefits of conserved land, such as recreational opportunities and protection of habitats and working landscapes, and the distribution of conserved acreage in an attempt to understand the impacts of conserved lands, set priorities and ensure a high return on investment.
Michelle Johnson of the USDA Forest Service’s Northern Research Station, who recently received her doctorate in ecology and environmental sciences from UMaine, wrote the report.
Mario Teisl, director of the UMaine School of Economics and professor of resource economics and policy, is overseeing the series of reports that further explore the economic indicators in “Measures of Growth in Focus,” an annual report issued by the Maine Economic Growth Council.
The Maine Development Foundation news release and the full report are online.
Karlton Creech, the University of Maine’s director of athletics, spoke with the Bangor Daily News for an article about UMaine lowering its season ticket prices and cutting the cost of single-game seats for several home games. “We made some price changes based on the opponent, the game time and the time of year,” Creech said. “I think it will be beneficial for both revenue and attendance. The goal is to make sure the arena is full for every game.”
Information from the University of Maine’s Lobster Institute was mentioned in a Portland Press Herald article about the new Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative and the fate of the state’s lobster industry. According to the Lobster Institute, the industry is estimated to have a $1.7 billion annual impact on the state.
The University of Maine Counseling Center and St. Joseph Healthcare, in conjunction with several area sponsors, will host the sixth annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Sunday, Oct. 5 on the UMaine campus.
Funds raised from the event will benefit research initiatives of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).
Registration for the noncompetitive 5K walk through campus and surrounding areas will begin at 1 p.m. The walk, which is open to the public, begins at 2 p.m., preceded by an opening ceremony.
More information, including how to register, is online.
The Orono walk is one of more than 200 Out of the Darkness walks that take place in communities across the country each year. Approximately 350 people participated in last year’s Orono walk which raised more than $10,000 for AFSP.
Other major sponsors for this year’s walk include Emera Maine, Acadia Hospital, Community Health and Counseling Services, Veazie Veterinary Clinic, Bangor Savings Bank and Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Northern New England.
University of Maine Dining is promoting double dining discounts for the fall semester for UMaine students, faculty and staff who use Black Bear Bucks for food purchases in the Memorial Union.
A total of 18 percent savings will be offered when MaineCard funds are used. Black Bear Bucks always grant students and employees state sales tax exemption and an automatic discount of 5 percent, saving the student 13 percent off their total purchase year round. This fall, the dining discount doubles to 10 percent plus the sales tax savings.
The savings apply to purchases made at the Bear’s Den, previously known as the Marketplace; Going Bananas frozen yogurt shop; the Cafe and Pub; as well as the Oakes Room in Fogler Library. Discounts do not apply to alcohol purchases.
“Hundreds of thousands of dollars go to the banks because of credit card purchases,” says Daniel Sturrup, executive director of Auxiliary Services. “There are only minimum costs for UMaine when using Black Bear Bucks. The university keeps more of that money on campus and the students save money on meals. It’s really a win-win situation for everyone involved.”
Funds now can be transferred into Black Bear Bucks at dining registers in the Union, as well as through the MaineCard website and at several MaineCard kiosks around campus.
WABI (Channel 5) reported on the new wind and wave laboratory being built at the University of Maine. Earlier this summer, UMaine broke ground for an $8 million facility that will house W² — the world’s first wind and wave lab to feature a rotating open-jet wind tunnel above a 100-foot-long by 30-foot-wide by 15-foot-deep wave basin. Waves and wind can be created from different directions converging at a point and creating a storm. The W² facility is an expansion of the UMaine Advanced Structures and Composites Center. “We’ve surveyed over 50 companies across the U.S. that are in different sectors — in the oil and gas sector, in the ocean energy sector, as well as in the boat-building sector. And they all are excited about a facility like this, where they can come and test their devices,” said Habib Dagher, director of the UMaine Composites Center. “If you’ve seen the movie ‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,’ essentially we’ll be shrinking ships here, we’ll be shrinking offshore wind devices, tidal devices and testing them here under these extreme storms.” The Maine Edge also carried a report about the facility.
The Portland Press Herald spoke with James Breece, an economics professor at the University of Maine, for the article, “Economic growth in Portland, Bangor, Lewiston-Auburn lagging behind nation.” According to new statistics from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the economies of Maine’s three metropolitan areas grew sluggishly in 2013, significantly lagging behind the nation, the article states. Breece said the figures, especially for Portland, were a surprise. “I expected there to see mild growth, but not this mild,” Breece said, noting Portland has attracted a lot of young residents. He told the Press Herald some factors that may have contributed to the slow growth include a skills gap, higher salaries to attract workers from out of state with the necessary skills, higher utility costs and increased transportation costs.
WVII (Channel 7) reported on a talk on the role of women in war by Clark University political scientist Cynthia Enloe. The award-winning scholar specializing in feminism, politics and global affairs discussed “Where are Women in Violent Conflicts? Finding out will Make us Smarter!” in Minsky Recital Hall. She addressed situations in Syria, Ukraine, Gaza and Israel during the free, public lecture. “Where are the women? Why aren’t they at the table when they see the next photograph of all men at the peace negotiations?” Enloe asked the audience. “I want them to ask, ‘Why are there just guys from both sides? What about all those women we just heard about who are organizing and have ideas of their own? Why aren’t they at the peace table?’ That’s my hope.”
A retired wildlife biologist, author and outdoor enthusiast will deliver the 13th Annual Geddes W. Simpson Lecture at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the McIntire Room in Buchanan Alumni House at the University of Maine.
William Krohn’s free, public talk is titled “Using Historical Information in Wildlife Science: A Personal Journey.”
Krohn, who earned his master’s degree at UMaine, uses historical documents to understand changes in wildlife populations and distributions.
For nearly 40 years, Krohn held various research and administrative posts in bureaus of the U.S. Department of the Interior, which is charged with protecting America’s natural resources and heritage. Those jobs were with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and, for 27 years, the U.S Geological Survey’s Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at UMaine.
Krohn also has written books about two Maine naturalists and is senior author of Early Maine Wildlife, a reference book about deer, moose, Canada lynx, wolves and other animals. In addition to lecturing about Maine’s outdoor heritage and wildlife, Krohn, an avid angler, is researching early fishing lures and the Mainers who made them.
In 2001, Simpson’s family established the Geddes W. Simpson Lecture Fund. Simpson was a well-respected faculty member whose 55-year career in the College of Life Sciences and the Maine Agricultural Experiment Station began in 1931. He chaired the entomology department from 1954 until his retirement in 1974. The lecture was established to support a series that highlights speakers who have provided significant insight into the area where science and history intersect.
A reception will follow Krohn’s lecture.
Renae Moran, a tree fruit specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was a recent guest on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s “Maine Calling” radio show. The show, titled “Apples, apples and more apples,” included discussion about favorite apple types and recipes.
Jason Bolton, a food safety specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with WVII (Channel 7) about safe canning practices. Bolton said the best part of canning is that it gives your food shelf life. He stressed the importance of using accurate and reliable resources, such as UMaine Extension classes, that are tested and approved to make sure you hit the appropriate times and temperatures and are using the right equipment. Bolton said when instructions are followed and the basics are learned, canning is a fairly easy process.
Amy Fried, a political science professor at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Maine Public Broadcasting Network report about one of Gov. Paul LePage’s recent appointments to the University of Maine System Board of Trustees. LePage nominated Susan Dench, who leads the Falmouth-based Informed Women’s Network that encourages women to advocate for conservative views and is a former blogger for the Bangor Daily News where she wrote a controversial column on the influence of feminism in schools, the report states. “Most appointees to the board of trustees are not particularly well known. In this case, Gov. LePage has picked someone who has a very strong public profile,” Fried said, adding that by choosing Dench, the governor is sticking with his well-established, political approach of appealing to his voting base.
WVII (Channel 7) reported on a panel discussion about how science is represented on film at the Penobscot Theatre in Bangor. Neil Comins, a University of Maine professor of physics and astronomy, and Marcella Sorg, a medical and forensic anthropologist at UMaine, were part of the panel that touched on the silver-screen portrayals of topics from physics to zombies. The talk, titled “Good, Bad and Ugly: Science in Film,” was a preview event for the first Maine Science Festival to be held in March 2015.