University of Maine News
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.
The Portland Press Herald spoke with Kaitlyn O’Donnell, a graduate student in entomology at the University of Maine, for an article on destructive winter moths returning to Maine. O’Donnell, who has been working in Harpswell for the last 18 months, said research there has revealed the moths prefer apples and oaks, and they haven’t been spreading very far or fast. She added they have stripped oaks almost completely and their effect on apple trees could eventually concern commercial growers if the insects extend their range.
WVII (Channel 7) reported on the University of Maine Standardbred Drill Team’s second annual “Meet Santa’s Reindeer” event at the J.F. Witter Teaching and Research Center. Greater Bangor area residents were able to meet the UMaine mares, enjoy snacks and make holiday cards in an effort to spread awareness about the farm and involve the community.
The Bangor Daily News, Portland Press Herald, New Hampshire Union Leader and The Boston Globe were among several news organizations to report on the University of Maine football team’s first-ever home playoff game against the University of New Hampshire. Despite UMaine’s 41–27 loss, players told the BDN they enjoyed the big-game atmosphere that attracted one of the largest crowds in program history — 7,992 — despite the 30-degree temperatures. The Portland Press Herald also reported on the financial aspect of hosting a playoff game.
The Bangor Daily News quoted Doug Allen, a philosophy professor at the University of Maine, for an editorial titled “Let Mandela be the example, and offer others hope.” In a stand against apartheid, Allen and other activists launched an effort in the late 1970s to convince the University of Maine System to sell all of its investments in companies that were doing business with South Africa. In 1982, after years of meetings, sit-ins and protests, the system agreed to divest in a moment Allen calls “one of those intense peak experiences you have in life.”
The Penobscot Bay Pilot reported on University of Maine professor Stephen Butterfield’s recent trip to Beijing, China. Butterfield, a professor and chair of UMaine’s Department of Exercise Science and STEM Education, traveled to China to help train students at Beijing Sport University on how to test motor proficiency of children with intellectual disabilities.
Charles Hastings, a graduate student in the University of Maine’s School of Policy and International Affairs, wrote an opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News titled “Public-private partnership or corporate welfare? However you view it, Maine’s prosperity depends on it.”
WABI (Channel 5) reported on the University of Maine Museum of Art’s 6th annual Art Factory. A variety of art stations were set up throughout the museum for families to make cards, ornaments or gifts. The event was sponsored by WBRC Architects and Engineers.
Doug Allen, a philosophy professor at the University of Maine, was interviewed by NPR’s Marketplace Morning Report and the Portland Press Herald about Nelson Mandela’s influence on UMaine to take actions against apartheid. During the anti-apartheid movement when Mandela’s fight against racial oppression in South Africa was felt around the world, the University of Maine System trustees voted in 1982 to sell all of the system’s investments in companies that were doing business with South Africa. Allen, who led the committee that made the case for the system to divest, said UMaine was “one of the first 10 universities in the whole United States to completely divest.”
The University Volunteer Ambulance Corps at UMaine was featured in a WABI (Channel 5) report on the organization and its recent award for community commitment. UVAC was recently named by the Atlantic Partners EMS as the best in its region of 79 EMS providers. UVAC members Dakota Turnbull and Alana Silverman gave a tour of the group’s headquarters on campus and spoke about the importance of the organization in the UMaine community.
The Bangor Daily News reported on the UMaine Business Challenge for the article, “UMaine competition seeks to create entrepreneurs and keep them in the state.” The competition was started in 2011 by a small group of 2010 UMaine graduates who wanted to give back to their alma mater while creating more opportunities for student entrepreneurs. Spencer Wood, last year’s second-place winner who is now a UMaine graduate student, and James Morin, one of the competition’s founders, were interviewed for the article.
WABI (Channel 5) reported on a pep rally held in the Memorial Union in anticipation of the University of Maine football team’s first-ever home playoff game against the University of New Hampshire. Coach Jack Cosgrove urged students to attend the game and spoke about the positive influence the fans’ presence has on the players.
Emma Twitchell, a senior at the University of Maine, was interviewed by WLBZ (Channel 2) for a report on Maine’s high ranking for student loan debt. Twitchell said she’s nervous about finding an entry-level job after graduation in time to start paying off her loans.
Jeffrey Thaler, assistant university counsel and a visiting professor of energy policy, law and ethics at the University of Maine, and Jake Ward, UMaine’s vice president for innovation and economic development, were interviewed for a Mainebiz article on the release of estimated cost and economic impact details of a proposed floating offshore wind project led by UMaine and its partner companies. The details filed by the Maine Aqua Ventus project say the project will create at least 340 jobs and make the state a hub for development. Utility customers would pay 23 cents per kilowatt hour for electricity, which is higher than market rates. Thaler said for the price of a movie ticket, Mainers will be investing in helping the state become a leader in the offshore wind industry. Ward said Maine Aqua Ventus is also pledging to develop a STEM curriculum related to the project for high school students.
A 2009 study conducted by researchers at the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development’s Center for Research and Evaluation was cited in a Portland Press Herald editorial on high school accreditation. The study found 102 of the state’s 119 public secondary schools were accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The study also found some schools dropped accreditation in the early 1990s because of budget constraints and that high school accreditation rarely comes into play when New England colleges review applications.