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UMaine Student Featured in BDN Article on Maine GOP Youth Movement

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 12:27

Lee Jackson, a 19-year-old University of Maine student and Old Town school board member, was featured in a Bangor Daily News article titled “With cadre of young leaders, Maine GOP launches youth movement.” Jackson said problems facing Maine and the country will only be solved through bipartisan conversations. He added “neither party has a monopoly on good ideas” and to be on his team, all that’s needed is a goal of helping Maine people. The Sun Journal also carried the BDN report.

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Cooperative Extension Mentioned in Press Herald Gardening Column

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 12:26

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension was mentioned in the latest column in the Portland Press Herald’s Maine Gardener series. The article focused on the state of Maine preparing to hire a specialist in invasive plants whose first project will be to develop a list of invasive plants for Maine. UMaine Extension currently has a list of potentially invasive plants, the article states.

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UMaine Museum of Art Exhibitions Focus of Press Herald Article

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 12:25

The Portland Press Herald reported on the University of Maine Museum of Art’s winter exhibitions that will run through March 22. The exhibits, “From Piranesi to Picasso: Master Prints from the Permanent Collection,” Hannah Cole’s “Time’s Wife” and Kenny Cole’s “Parabellum (Prepare for War)” include art from a Maine local to famous artists such as Francisco Goya and Pablo Picasso.

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Kepware Donates $30,000 Worth of Software to UMaine Students

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 15:10

Kepware Technologies, a software development company focused on communications for automation, announced it is donating $30,000 worth of software to the University of Maine’s Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) Program. Kepware will outfit each of the 12 computers in the programmable logic controller lab with licenses for its professional-grade suite. About 100 students in the EET program will use Kepware’s software for required classes, which the other 370 full-time students in the School of Engineering Technology can also take as electives. Kepware Technologies’ office is located in Portland, Maine. The full news release is available online.

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Bangor Business Helps Raise Funds for BearFest, WABI Reports

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 13:10

WABI (Channel 5) reported Sweet Frog, a frozen yogurt shop in Bangor, hosted a spirit night to raise funds for the University of Maine’s third annual BearFest. During the event, 20 percent of the shop’s proceeds went to the 12-hour BearFest Dance Marathon that is being held Feb. 1 to raise money for Eastern Maine Medical Center, an EMHS Foundation Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. About 600 students are expected to dance during the event.

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Program Founded by Thaler Focus of BDN Article

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 13:09

The Bangor Daily News reported on an immersive program founded by Jeff Thaler, assistant university counsel and a visiting professor of energy policy, law and ethics at the University of Maine, that places Williams College students in the homes of Portland immigrants and asylum seekers. The experience aims to help students of the private school in rural Massachusetts gain insight into the lives of people who came to urban America for safety from persecution. Thaler, a Williams College alumnus who helped found the Williams-at-Home program, said families who host students also learn more about America and its culture.

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Engineering Students Volunteer at Challenger Learning Center Event, WVII Reports

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 13:08

University of Maine students were on hand at the Challenger Learning Center’s Family Engineering Night in Bangor, WVII (Channel 7) reported.

The annual event is held to get children and their families excited about math and science. Evelyn Fairman, vice president of UMaine’s Society of Women Engineers, said at the event children are given a task and challenge to complete, which is similar to engineering in real life.

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Rice Quoted in MPBN Report on Mill Merger

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 13:07

Robert Rice, a professor of wood science and technology at the University of Maine, spoke with the Maine Public Broadcasting Network for a report titled “Maine paper mill merger plans hit snag.” Verso Paper recently announced it would buy NewPage Holdings, but in a letter released this week, Verso told the NewPage Board of Directors that not enough of its debt holders are willing to participate in a swap required to finance the deal. Rice said on paper the deal looks good, and after an adjustment period the mills would likely be in a more competitive position in the market.

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Righthand Talks to BDN About Juvenile Offenders, Treatment

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 13:06

The Bangor Daily News spoke with Sue Righthand, a clinical psychologist who works with the Department of Corrections and an associate professor of psychology at the University of Maine, for the article “Experts: Sex assaults by children in Maine not rare, but treatment works.” Righthand, who has published several reports on sexual offenders in Maine, said educating young people about what is appropriate behavior and helping offenders develop healthy relationships are keys to preventing recurrence and should be a statewide goal.

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Athletic Training Student Featured in BDN Photos, Article

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 13:05

Patrick Hapworth, an athletic training major at the University of Maine, was featured in a Bangor Daily News article and series of photos about him and his gymnastics hobby. Hapworth, a former high school wrestler, said he became interested in gymnastics after he saw a wrestler from a competing school celebrate a state title by doing a backflip. He then taught himself gymnastics by watching YouTube videos.

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MPBN Interviews Rebar for Report on Farm Bill, Hemp Growing

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 13:04

The Maine Public Broadcasting Network spoke with John Rebar, executive director of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, for a report about how the final enactment of the current version of the Farm Bill, which is expected to be approved in the U.S. Senate, would remove a federal ban on growing hemp. Although growing hemp is already legal in Maine, Rebar said with federal bans in place, UMaine Extension never cultivated a crop or studied the issue beyond a 2003 study that found hemp could be a possible crop for Maine. He said if the bill passes, UMaine Extension will take time to understand what it would mean to grow hemp and the implications.

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Free Press Advances Stancioff’s Talk on Coastal Maine’s Changes

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 13:04

The Free Press reported the Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association of Newcastle, Maine, will host a talk by Esperanza Stancioff, an educator with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant, as part of its winter talk series “Citizen Science in the Sheepscot Watershed.” Stancioff will speak Feb. 5 about the current research on how coastal Maine’s climate is changing, how it might change in the future and the current adaptations that are under way.

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Rural Media Group to Air UMaine Cooperative Extension Videos

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 13:03

Rural Media Group (RMG), a privately held corporation that owns and operates a portfolio of rural-based entertainment companies, is slated to air University of Maine Cooperative Extension videos on their morning “Market Day Report” and “Rural Evening News” programs. Videos likely to air include “How to Frost Seed,” “Working with Maine Business,”“How Do I Tap a Maple Tree?” and “Darling Marine Center Scallop Research.” RMG’s two channels, RFD-TV and RURAL TV, are dedicated to serving the needs and interests of people living in rural America with programming focused on agriculture, rural lifestyle, traditional country music, and live news and daily market coverage with a focus on the business and policy issues of rural America. RMG’s programming is available internationally and is currently distributed into more than 53 million homes through satellite and cable providers including DISH Network, DIRECTV, Time Warner Cable and Comcast.

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Blackstone’s Research Doesn’t Kid Around

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 15:21

American family formations have evolved over the years: from multiple generations under one roof; to a unit with father, mother and 2.5 children; to blended stepfamilies; to a single parent and child.

University of Maine sociologist Amy Blackstone says childfree couples are also part of the mix.

“When we talk about families, be it in politics, in the workplace, or in our popular culture, the childfree often get left out of the conversation,” Blackstone says.

“Yet the reality is that the childfree do form families just as those with children do. Recognizing that the childfree form families — and how they do so — is an important step toward destigmatizing the choice not to have kids.”

And more people are making that choice.

In 1976, 10 percent of women ages 40–44 in the United States had never had a child, says the UMaine associate professor and chair of the Sociology Department. By 2006, the rate had doubled to 20 percent.

Childfree couples fulfill nearly all the same functions as families with children, Blackstone says, and research on them is needed to reflect evolving realities of American family life.

In her January 2014 article in Sociology Compass titled “Doing Family without Having Kids,” Blackstone says childfree couples provide the same functions of emotional and sexual companionship, economic support, home life, and social reproduction as families with children do.

In studies, adult childfree couples cite a desire to nurture emotional closeness and a desire to maintain a satisfying sex life as reasons not to have children, Blackstone says. And, research shows that among married couples, childfree couples generally report higher levels of marital satisfaction than couples with children.

Pets also play an important role in childfree families, she says. Adults form strong emotional bonds with pets and often refer to them as family members.

Research indicates that both members of childfree couples generally contribute economically to the household. Childfree women are more likely to have careers outside the home than women with children, she says. In addition, earned incomes of childfree women are likely to be higher than earned incomes of women with children.

With regard to maintaining a home, Blackstone suggests research could be done on whether childfree couples more equitably divide household labor than couples with children.

And while childfree couples do not biologically reproduce, Blackstone says they regularly participate in social reproduction — helping youth become participating and contributing members of society — as relatives, teachers, counselors and role models.

Contact: Beth Staples, 207.581.3777

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Media Cover Annual UMaine Career Fair

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 12:10

WABI (Channel 5), WVII (Channel 7) and WLBZ (Channel 2) covered the University of Maine Career Center’s 16th annual UMaine Career Fair. About 126 employers took part in the event at the New Balance Student Recreation Center. Patty Counihan, director of the UMaine Career Center, said networking is key to finding a job and the career fair allows students to get experience networking and to learn about what job opportunities exist. She said many of the employers at the fair were alumni who got their jobs through the career fair and have returned to recruit new students. WLBZ reported the event is the largest career fair in the state.

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WVII Attends Jones’ E-Commerce Class to Learn About Bitcoins

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 12:09

WVII (Channel 7) spoke with Nory Jones, a professor of management information systems in the Maine Business School at the University of Maine, and students in her e-commerce class about bitcoins. Bitcoins are the first online currency that doesn’t use a central bank to exchange money, and today one Bitcoin is valued at just under $795, but the rate is constantly fluctuating. Jones referred to bitcoins as “complete fantasy” and her class is trying to determine why the unaffiliated currency is gaining popularity.

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Media Report on UMaine’s Unveiling of Field House Renovations

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 12:07

The Bangor Daily News and WABI (Channel 5) were among news organizations to report on the University of Maine’s unveiling of the renovated New Balance Field House. The construction included the installation of a new track with an added fourth lane, a second long jump/triple jump pit, a permanent throwing circle with retractable cage, new netting, an updated air circulation/heating system and ADA accessibility. Members of the UMaine track and field team and coach Mark Lech spoke about the building’s changes. Lech said the field house now fulfills all of the team’s needs. Will Biberstein, UMaine’s associate athletic director, told the BDN the field house is essential for UMaine and the whole eastern Maine community.

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UMaine Student Shares Google Glass Experience with WABI

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 12:06

David Grant, a University of Maine sophomore, spoke with WABI (Channel 5) about his experience as a Google Glass Explorer. Grant is testing Google Glass, a technology not yet on store shelves, that allows the user to check the weather, get directions, take photos and make calls from the glasses they’re wearing. Grant sends Google regular feedback on what’s working and what should be changed.

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Rebar Talks to Press Herald for Article on Legality of Growing Hemp

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 12:05

John Rebar, executive director of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was interviewed by the Portland Press Herald for the article “Growing hemp nears legality in Maine, but just for research.” The article states Maine is one of a dozen states in which hemp could be grown for research purposes if the farm bill passed Wednesday in the U.S. House of Representatives becomes law. Rebar said as long as commercial hemp production remains a violation of federal law, it’s unlikely Maine research institutions would be interested in studying it. He also said the potential market for hemp remains unknown because it is illegal to grow commercially in the United States, and the farm bill wouldn’t change that.

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Baker Interviewed by BDN for Article on Play Coming to Bangor

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 12:04

The Bangor Daily News spoke with Travis Baker, who teaches English at the University of Maine, about the inspiration for and creation of his award-winning play “One Blue Tarp.” Baker’s play was named Best Play for the state of Maine in the 2013 Clauder New England Playwright Competition. “One Blue Tarp” runs from Jan. 30 to Feb. 16 at the Penobscot Theatre in Bangor. Tom Mikotowicz and Julie Lisnet, both theatre instructors at UMaine, will star in the play.

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