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National History Day Student Research Workshop March 3

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 12:16

Middle and high school students who are interested in history are welcome to attend a National History Day (NHD) research workshop at the University of Maine on March 3.

Students, along with parents and/or teachers, will have the opportunity to meet with UMaine history faculty, graduate students and library staff from 2:30–4:30 p.m. on campus to help advance their research. Students can come with a fully developed idea or seek help starting a project for the national competition that encourages independent research.

The workshop will begin in Fogler Library, where students can discuss their research project, seek assistance with online database searches, and connect with experts who can point to primary sources in Fogler Library’s Special Collections and the Maine Folklife Center.

For more information about the workshop or to request a disability accommodation, email Liam Riordan at

More than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers, participate in NHD annually. Students choose historical topics and conduct extensive primary and secondary research related to the annual theme. Students present their work in the form of original papers, websites, exhibits, performances or documentary videos. Projects are evaluated by judges in a statewide competition, and state winners move on to the national contest in Washington, D.C.

UMaine is hosting the Maine National History Day competition March 28. Registration for the state contest is online and closes March 7. The national contest will take place June 14–18 at the University of Maryland, College Park.

More information about Maine National History Day is available on the UMaine website, Facebook and by contacting John Taylor, the NHD state coordinator, at or 207.474.7133.

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Woodsmen’s Team, Forestry Students to Volunteer for Belfast Wood Bank

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 16:16

A dozen students from the University of Maine Woodsmen’s Team and Society of American Foresters Student Chapter will volunteer their services for Maine’s newest wood bank in Belfast on Feb. 14.

At Maine Grilling Woods in Waldo, the students will help chop nine cords of firewood that was purchased through a fundraising effort by Waldo County Woodshed, a nonprofit that seeks to provide firewood to low-income residents.

The UMaine Woodsmen’s Team is a co-ed organization dedicated to maintaining the old woods skills and competing on the intercollegiate level in logging sports throughout the Northeast and Canada. The team has been a UMaine tradition for more than 40 years.

The Society of American Foresters is the national, scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the United States. The student chapter at UMaine is dedicated to furthering professionalism, networking and the learning experience of forestry students and related majors.

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UMaine Climate Change Report Cited in Seacoast Online Article

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 11:41

A 2009 University of Maine climate change study was mentioned in a Seacoast Online article about state Rep. Lydia Blume, D-York, sponsoring a bill to help Maine’s coastal towns prepare for sea level changes. The report, “Maine’s Climate Future,” showed that Maine’s sea levels are rising and the frequency of severe storms will increase, according to the article. The report also estimates that more than 260 businesses in York County are at risk of flooding, the article states.

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Blueberry Commission Director to Help UMaine Extension Get Funding, Mainebiz Reports

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 11:40

Mainebiz reported the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine has named former attorney Nancy McBrady its new executive director. McBrady is expected to help grow and advocate for Maine’s wild blueberry industry, according to the article. She also will help the University of Maine Cooperative Extension obtain funding for research and development programs related to the state’s blueberry industry, the article states. The Portland Press Herald also carried a report.

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Art Department Accepting Applications for After-School Program

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 11:39

The University of Maine Department of Art is accepting applications for the after-school ArtWorks! program.

For more than 30 years, UMaine’s Art Education Program has offered the program for students in grades K–8. ArtWorks! provides children an opportunity to explore the world of art through hands-on experiences with a variety of visual media, the history of art, and the viewing of art works.

The spring ArtWorks! session will run five consecutive weeks with classes held 3:30–5 p.m. Fridays in Lord Hall on the UMaine campus. Classes begin March 20 and continue through April 17.

Classes are organized by grade level and are taught by art education majors, who are preparing to become art teachers. The program is supervised by Laurie Hicks, professor of art.

Participants will have the opportunity to work with diverse media as they explore the ways experiences with art help encourage creative expression and manipulative skills, as well as aid in viewing and understanding the visual world. This semester, students will consider and make art as a form of storytelling.

A $25 fee covers the cost of materials. The program is offered on a first come, first served basis. Applications are available through the Department of Art and are due no later than Feb. 25.

For more information or an application, contact Hicks at 581.3247 or Lord Hall is wheelchair accessible.

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Office of International Programs Offering Passport Day Feb. 18

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 11:38

The Office of International Programs is offering a Passport Day on Wednesday, Feb. 18 to help UMaine students, faculty and staff apply for a new passport or renew an expiring one.

Those who visit Estabrooke Hall, Room 240 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will get their photo taken and be able to pick up a U.S. passport application. The cost for two photos is $10; exact amount in cash is required. Passport applications can be processed at post offices in Orono and Old Town.

For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call the Office of International Programs at 581.3437.

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Journal Article on Wireless Sensor Research One of the Most Downloaded

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 11:42

An paper co-authored by Ali Abedi, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, was one of the 50 most downloaded articles in the IEEE Sensors Journal in October-November 2014. The paper, “Wireless Sensor Systems for Space and Extreme Environments: A Review” (Vol. 14, No. 11, November 2014), was co-authored by Abedi and Habib Rashvand, School of Engineering, University of Warwick; Jose M. Alcaraz-Calero, School of Computing, Telecommunications and Networks, University of the West of Scotland; Paul Mitchell, University of York; Subhas Chandra Mukhopadhyay, Massey University. The latest Top 50 papers are online.

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UMaine Career Fair Featured on WLBZ

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 11:36

WLBZ (Channel 2) covered the University of Maine Career Center’s 17th annual UMaine Career Fair at the New Balance Student Recreation Center. About 120 employers from Maine and around the country with job and internship opportunities exhibited at the fair. Several graduate and professional schools, as well as branches of the military, also were represented at the event. “It’s really rewarding to be able to come back to your alma mater and be on the other side of the table and help students just like yourself identify if it’s the right opportunity for them, and figuring out what they want to do, and being in a position to provide them that opportunity,” said Nathan Kinney, a 2012 UMaine graduate who is now a small business manager for Key Bank. Patty Counihan, director of the Career Center, said about 800 students attended the fair.

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WABI Previews Annual Play 4Kay Women’s Basketball Game

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 11:36

WABI (Channel 5) reported the University of Maine women’s basketball team is prepared to play the annual Play 4Kay breast cancer awareness game on Feb. 15. Play4Kay is named after Kay Yow, a longtime North Carolina State women’s coach who died of breast cancer in 2009. Funds raised for the game go to the Kay Yow Foundation to support breast cancer research. Coach Richard Barron said if the team raises $10,000, he will shave his head. Barron also visited WABI‘s studio to talk about the game.

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UMaine Road Snow, Ice Removal Research Cited in Hartford Courant Article

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 11:35

Research conducted at the University of Maine was mentioned in a Hartford Courant article about a debate in Connecticut over road snow and ice removal methods. The Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE) is currently studying whether widely used effective salt compounds are corroding vehicles faster than sand and/or salt, as several truckers claim, according to the article. In Maine, the DOT protocol for snow removal uses the same ingredients as in Connecticut, but in different concentrations. UMaine has also studied road snow and ice removal methods, similar to what CASE is researching now, the article states.

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UMaine Extension Offers Course to Veterans Interested in Farming

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 11:33

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering “So You Want to Farm in Maine?” to military veterans beginning 6–9 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, at University of Maine at Augusta, Richard Randall Student Center, 46 University Drive, Augusta.

Extension educators Tori Jackson and Caragh Fitzgerald and other area experts will teach the course, which will be held six consecutive Tuesdays. The class is designed for farmers and those who want to operate a farm. It will cover knowledge and skills necessary to start, adapt and maintain a profitable land-based business.

Cost is $50, which includes the textbook and all materials; the fee covers more than one farm business partner if they share materials. Online registration is required; the course is limited to 25 participants. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.353.5550 or email

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UMaine Business Challenge Expands to Other Schools, Mainebiz Reports

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:30

Organizers of the UMaine Business Challenge, the state’s largest student entrepreneurship competition, recently announced the contest is no longer limited to Maine’s public universities, according to Mainebiz. The organizers said students at all of Maine’s higher education institutions looking to pitch their business ideas are eligible to compete for a total of $20,000 in cash and consulting prizes, including free entry into the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development’s Top Gun program, the article states. The UMaine Business Challenge was founded in 2011 by a group of 2010 UMaine graduates who wanted to give back to their alma mater while creating more opportunities for student entrepreneurs. “Our two main goals have never changed: Support collegiate entrepreneurs and help contribute to Maine’s economic growth. Opening up the competition helps us accomplish both of those,” said organizer James Morin in a prepared statement.

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Media Cites Simons-Legaard’s Declining Deer Habitat Research

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:29

A study by Erin Simons-Legaard, an assistant research professor in forest landscape modeling in the School of Forest Resources, was the focus of a segment on Bob Duchesne’s “Wild Maine” radio show on 92.9 FM The Ticket. Simons-Legaard’s research focuses on the decline of wintering habitat for deer in the Northern Maine woods. The interview also was cited in a Bangor Daily News blog post by George Smith titled, “Homeless deer may be doomed in Maine’s North Woods.”

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WABI Advances UMaine Extension’s Cooking on a Budget Class in Skowhegan

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:28

WABI (Channel 5) reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and FoodCorps are hosting a four-session class in Skowhegan for parents to learn tips about cooking on a budget. Participants who complete the program will receive a cooking kit with recipes and tools. Classes start March 4.

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Professor Emeritus Donaldson Guest on MPBN’s ‘Maine Calling’

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:28

Gordon Donaldson, professor emeritus of education at the University of Maine, was a recent guest on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s “Maine Calling” radio show. Donaldson and other guests spoke about “The past, present and future of rural education in Maine.”

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RSU 10 Planning Trips to 4-H Camp, Sun Journal Reports

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:27

The Sun Journal reported the Regional School Unit 10 board of directors approved trips to the University of Maine 4-H Learning Center at Bryant Pond. Rumford Elementary School fifth-graders will take part in an overnight nature experience June 1 and 2, and Dixfield Elementary students in grades three through five will take part in a daylong visit May 18, according to the report. “Our goal is to get kids outside into the natural world,” said Lyndsey Smith, lakeside classroom coordinator at Bryant Pond, during her presentation to the board.

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New Haven Register Publishes Article on Student Finishing Hometown Mural

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:26

The New Haven Register reported University of Maine student Laura Bollert recently returned home to Milford, Connecticut to fill in a mural she painted in high school. In 2012, Bollert sketched and painted an 8-by-20-foot mural of a tidal marsh on a wall of the Milford Point Coastal Center, according to the article. She returned over winter break to fill it in after a broken television was removed from the middle of the mural, the article states. “I’m really happy with it,” said Bollert, who plans to be a wildlife researcher.

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UMaine to Host 11th Annual International Dance Festival Feb. 21

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 11:25

The University of Maine will hold the 11th annual International Dance Festival (IDF) on Feb. 21 at the Collins Center for the Arts. The performances, which are free and open to the public, will take place at 2 and 7 p.m.

The event will feature performances by dancers from more than a dozen regions around the world including Vietnam, Brazil, India and the Caribbean.

The IDF was a student-led initiative that began in 2005. The festival is organized by the Office of International Programs and the International Student Association. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, visit the Office of International Programs website or call 581.3437.

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Wu Talks to Food Safety Magazine About Latest Research

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 12:19

Vivian Wu, a professor of microbiology and food safety in the School of Food and Agriculture, was interviewed by Food Safety Magazine about her latest research on food-borne pathogens. Wu’s project recently received a $150,000 research grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) method to better understand food-borne pathogens. Wu said the research team’s goal is not only to better understand the process by which harmful bacteria move into the edible parts of fresh produce, but to come up with ways to prevent pathogen internalization in food.

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Fairman, Mason Write Op-Ed on Education Research for BDN

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 12:18

Janet Fairman, an associate research professor of education at the University of Maine, and Craig Mason, a professor with Maine Education Policy Research Institute and the Center for Research and Evaluation at UMaine, wrote an opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News titled “Maine schools can do more to engage parents effectively to help students learn.” The op-ed focused on research investigating the role of parent engagement in supporting students’ academic learning. Katie Thompson and Theresa Gillis, doctoral students in the educational leadership program at UMaine, contributed to the research. A full version of the report is online.

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