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Village Soup reported the Maine Steiners, the University of Maine’s premiere all-male a cappella group, will perform Jan. 6 at the Camden-Rockport Middle School in Camden. The Steiners also will hold workshops throughout the day with interested students, according to the article.
Terence Hughes, a professor emeritus of the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute and School of Earth and Climate Sciences, spoke with the Capital Journal of South Dakota for the article, “Glacier scientist: Global warming is good, not bad.” Hughes said it doesn’t matter whether human activity is driving climate change because global warming is more preferable than global cooling.
The Maine Edge published a University of Maine release announcing Nory Jones as the 2014 Steve Gould Award recipient. Jones is a professor of management information systems in the Maine Business School and is the founder and faculty adviser of the community outreach organization MBS Corps. Jones joined UMaine in 2001 and established MBS Corps in 2005 as a way for students to help small Maine-based nonprofit organizations while developing leadership, organizational, management, marketing, networking and other business skills. The annual Steve Gould Award was created to honor the former UMaine police chief who had a 14-year career with the Maine State Police before joining the UMaine community in 1956. During his 13 years as UMaine police chief, Gould was noted for his student-centered approach.
The University of Maine International Programs’ Study Abroad Fair will be held Thursday, Jan. 22 to inform UMaine students, faculty and staff about the programs available for all majors to study, intern, research or teach abroad. The free event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the first-floor ballroom of Estabrooke Hall. Information will be available on UMaine’s direct exchange and recommended programs, as well as scholarships and financial aid. Former UMaine study abroad and current exchange students will be available to answer questions. More information on UMaine’s study abroad program is online.
The Associated Press, North American Windpower, 4-traders, Composites World, Wind Energy Industry Today, reNews and Mainebiz reported the University of Maine has tested its largest wind turbine blade to date. UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center completed static strength testing of a 56-meter (184-foot) wind turbine blade for Spain-based Gamesa, a global technological leader in the wind industry. The blade was manufactured in North America and delivered to UMaine in August. In the testing, the blade was subjected to loads in four directions to prove the structure met international strength standards. “We are honored to have served one of the world’s leading wind turbine manufacturers,” said Habib Dagher, director of the UMaine Composites Center. The Boston Globe, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, Sun Journal and Illinois Business Journal carried the AP report.
Robert Milardo, a professor of family relations at the University of Maine, was interviewed by the Bangor Daily News for the article, “Have a New Year’s goal? Focusing resolutions on family can help.” According to the article, family and relationship experts say spending more time with family may increase the likelihood of keeping resolutions all year. “I think the rituals of holidays, whatever they are, are really important for families,” Milardo said. “They offer an opportunity to establish family identities, which in many ways are unique to that family and are really important.” He said family traditions and activities, allow people to start talking about what they believe and get to know one another on a deeper level. “Spending time together or having meals together, meeting up more often, all of those things are really important to our overall health and well-being,” he said. Milardo also offered suggestions on how to set and keep New Year’s resolutions as a family, such as modeling positive goal setting and checking in often.
The Maine Public Broadcasting Network spoke with Warren Riess, a research associate professor of history, anthropology and marine sciences at the University of Maine, about his new book, “The Ship That Held Up Wall Street.” When an 18th-century ship was unearthed during a 1982 pre-construction dig in Lower Manhattan, Riess was called in to find out how it got there. After a year of fieldwork that included co-excavating the remains of the merchant ship, as well as more than 30 years of analysis, interpretation and writing, Riess documented his findings in the book.
Robert Steneck, a marine scientist at the University of Maine, spoke with Modern Farmer for the article, “The accidental lobster farmers.” According to the article, lobster landings rose to 125 million pounds in 2012 and 2013, five times the historic average. The increase in crustaceans caused a drop in price that could harm Maine’s industry, the article states. Steneck said the situation in the Gulf of Maine has come to resemble a monoculture, with lobsters prevailing over other fisheries. He added he would like to see Maine diversify and develop industries around other species such as black sea bass. “When you realize 80 to 85 percent of all marine resource value in Maine comes from a single species, you realize how precarious it is,” Steneck said. “We don’t have a Plan B.”
Sharon Tisher, a lecturer in the University of Maine’s School of Economics and Honors College, and Peter Mills, the executive director of the Maine Turnpike Authority and a former state senator, wrote an opinion piece published by the Bangor Daily News titled “Bruce Poliquin has a chance to make his mark, emulate Maine’s environmental heroes.” Tisher is a member of the Maine chapter of the 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.
The Mount Desert Islander reported Rhian Waller, an associate research professor at the University of Maine’s School of Marine Sciences, will speak about coral gardens that were discovered in the Gulf of Maine. Waller was part of a team of researchers that used a remotely controlled submersible vehicle during the summer to find the dense coral gardens in the Schoodic Ridges region of the Gulf. She will speak at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9 at the Jesup Memorial Library.
Harold “Trey” Stewart III, a third-year University of Maine student majoring in political science and sociology, wrote an opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News titled “What I learned fighting to reclaim Maine elections for Mainers.” Stewart is the president of the General Student Senate and recently completed an internship at Maine Citizens for Clean Elections.
The Bangor Daily News published the latest article in the yearlong “The People Next Door” series by Sandra Butler, a professor of social work at the University of Maine, and Luisa Deprez, a professor and department chair of sociology and women and gender studies at the University of Southern Maine. “She escaped domestic violence, but now she needs to start over in Maine,” is the pair’s latest column to share stories of Mainers struggling in today’s economy.
The University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center has completed static strength testing of a 56-meter (184-foot) wind turbine blade for Gamesa, a global technological leader in the wind industry, based in Spain. The blade was manufactured in North America and delivered to the University of Maine in late August.
In the testing, the blade was subjected to loads in four directions to prove the structure met international strength standards.
The Gamesa blade was the largest tested to date in the UMaine Offshore Wind Laboratory. The full-service facility offers testing and material characterization services for every stage of blade development. The lab, which opened in 2011, was funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Maine Technology Asset Fund through the Maine Technology Institute, and a 2010 Maine bond.
“We are honored to have served one of the world’s leading wind turbine manufacturers,” said Habib Dagher, director of the UMaine Composites Center. “This is the biggest structure we have tested to date, extending nearly 80 percent of the length of our blade test lab.”
“Our engineers, technicians and students did a great job designing, building and operating the equipment needed to safely rotate and test the 56-meter blade,” said John Arimond, the business development executive with the UMaine Composites Center. Arimond joined UMaine in 2013 after 28 years in industry, most recently serving as CTO of a New Zealand-based manufacturer of 500-kilowatt wind turbines.
Juan Diego Díaz, marketing director for Gamesa, said his company is excited to be partnering with UMaine for blade testing. “North America was a logical place to conduct this important step in our product development, supporting our growing commercial opportunities in that region and globally. We were impressed by the testing quality, safety and attention to detail provided by the UMaine team in successfully testing our blade,” said Díaz.
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In a holiday tips story Dec. 23, health reporter Diane Atwood cited the research of UMaine psychologist Sandy Sigmon and ways to avoid the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
A Bangor Daily News story about events statewide for welcoming in the new year includes the children’s activities planned at the University of Maine Museum of Art. More information about the Dec. 31 UMMA family event is online.
UMaine School of Economics energy expert Jonathan Rubin was quoted in a Detroit News story on the downside of low gas prices. Rubin and other economists told the Detroit News that, while low fuel prices have short-term economic benefits, there can be serious long-term consequences, including increased sales of larger, less energy-efficient vehicles. “It’s a lost opportunity,” Rubin said. “New vehicles last for 16 years, on average. So whatever momentum we saw toward smaller cars will slow.”
The founder and faculty adviser of the community outreach organization MBS Corps at the University of Maine is this year’s recipient of the Steve Gould Award.
Nory Jones is a professor of management information systems in the Maine Business School who joined the UMaine community in September 2001.
MBS Corps was established in 2005 in the Maine Business School as a way for students to help small Maine-based nonprofit organizations while developing their leadership, organizational, management, marketing, networking and other business skills.
MBS Corps won the 2013 Active Citizenship Award from UMaine’s Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism.
This academic year, 20 students are actively involved in MBS Corps, participating in projects that include food drives to benefit community pantries, and volunteer efforts with the Ronald McDonald House, Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, Spruce Run and the Bangor Humane Society.
Most recently, MBS Corps students worked with Aunt Nellie’s Attic in Holden, the retail arm of Hammond Street Senior Center in Bangor, providing operations analysis and a marketing plan to increase revenues.
The students also have served as Troop Greeters at Bangor International Airport — an initiative Jones has been volunteering for since 2008. At UMaine, Jones chairs the UMaine Student Veterans Advisory Committee.
In nominating Jones, the staff of the Maine Business School noted that she “epitomizes the spirit, achievement and zest for life that Steve Gould espoused.”
The annual Steve Gould Award was created to honor the former UMaine police chief. Gould had a 14-year career with the Maine State Police before joining the UMaine community in 1956. During his 13 years as UMaine police chief, Gould was noted for his student-centered approach. Gould was an active community volunteer and musician who went on to serve in the Maine House of Representatives.
The Steve Gould Award will be presented to Jones as part of the Employee Recognition Luncheon in March.
The woodworking art of UMaine new media major Travis Higgins was featured in a Bangor Daily News story. Higgins makes 3-D cribbage boards using the state-of-the-art tools at UMaine’s Innovative Media Research and Commercialization (IMRC) Center.
The Portland Press Herald noted that the University of Maine Museum of Art is featuring the works of four artists — John Gallagher, Suzanne Laura Kammin, Roz Leibowitz and Matt Phillips. The exhibits are on display through Jan. 3.
Six new faculty grant projects, including two based in the community, have been funded by the University of Maine Humanities Center (UMHC).
Jordan LaBouff, assistant professor of psychology and honors, is collaborating with the Penobscot Theatre on the play End Days, opening in March as part of the Maine Science Festival. The collaboration will include panel discussions with the creative team, local faith leaders, audiences and undergraduate researchers who will measure changes in attitudes toward science and the humanities as a result of this work.
The second UMHC-funded public engagement project is led by Kirsten Jacobson, associate professor of philosophy, who has gathered a large group of Orono High School faculty and students, as well as UMaine faculty, staff and students to develop shared humanities programs in the area.
A third UMHC-funded project supports the joint work of Jennifer Moxley, professor of English, and Beth Wiemann, professor of music, who have co-authored the chamber opera Until the War Is Over, adapted from an autobiographical novel by the American poet H.D. (Hilda Doolittle), and set during air raids on London in World War I.
Two summer research projects also have been funded: Josh Roiland, assistant professor of communications and journalism and honors, will examine extensive manuscript material by the pioneering nonfiction and creative writer David Foster Wallace at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin; Carlos Villacorta, assistant professor of Spanish, will do archival work in Lima, Peru, on that metropolis’ distinctive poetry during an era of rapid political and economic change in the 1970s.
In the History Department, Mazie Hough, associate professor of history and director of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, and Howard Segal, the Adelaide C. and Alan L. Bird Professor of History, will convene a series of discussions about pedagogy that will culminate with an end-of-semester conference to highlight the work of undergraduates, graduate students and faculty, and will include online publication of the best research papers by history majors in the senior seminar capstone course.
The UMaine Humanities Center, established in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2010, advances exceptional research and teaching by humanities faculty and works to share our rich resources through meaningful collaboration with communities across the state. UMHC’s next grant deadline is Jan. 26, 2015. More information about UMHC is available online (umaine.edu/umhc) or by contacting director Liam Riordan, email@example.com; 207.581.1913.