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Updated: 10 hours 43 min ago
The Maine Public Broadcasting Network spoke with Ryan Neal, program director of the Maine Development Foundation, about the fourth quarterly report analyzing critical economic indicators in Maine released by the foundation and the University of 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.
Mainebiz published an article on Dan Kerluke, a former associate head coach for the University of Maine hockey team, and the startup he co-founded to create a hockey goaltending analytics app. Kerluke started Double Blue Sports Analytics with David Alexander, who was a UMaine goalie coach, and Tim Westbaker, a computer programmer and UMaine alumnus. The company’s 360 Save Review System has earned praise from one NHL.com writer and professional goalies for the Tampa Bay Lightning and St. Louis Blues, according to the article. The company is a tenant of the Target Technology Incubator, an Orono facility that was developed by UMaine and the Bangor Target Area Development Corporation to provide an environment for business development and commercialization activities for innovation-based startups.
The University of Maine was mentioned in a SeacoastOnline article about a Kittery business owner who hopes to open Maine’s first sake brewery. Dan Ford, owner of Blue Current Brewery, launched a Kickstarter campaign to help launch his company. Ford said he designed his own fermentation and storage tanks, and the rice steamer he uses was created to his specifications by UMaine engineering students.
Staff from the University of Maine’s Highmoor Farm in Monmouth will be on the Orono campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, selling apples and pumpkins. The sale will be located by the Cyrus Pavilion Theatre between Winslow Hall and Fogler Library, weather permitting. A rain date is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16. For more information, including pricing information, visit the Highmoor Farm website or contact Greg Koller, Highmoor Farm superintendent, at 207.933.2100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lord Hall Gallery at the University of Maine presents a new installation, “Ground/Underground,” by sculptor and painter Dudley Zopp.
The exhibition, which runs from Oct. 10 through Nov. 14, is a continuation of Zopp’s “Erratics” sculptures, and features new, large-format watercolor paintings and 700 smaller oil paintings that suggest geological sediments.
For “Ground/Underground,” Zopp will install a series of articulated builder’s paper forms that reference glacial erratics, grouping these articulations with four oversized watercolor paintings inspired by Chinese landscape scrolls. The installation will also feature a “river” of 700 8-by-10-inch oil paintings. Taken together, the installation’s components serve as reminders of the limitations of humanity’s ability to control the forces of nature.
Zopp was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and attended the University of Kentucky where she earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in modern foreign languages, and went on to study painting and drawing at the University of Louisville’s Hite Art Institute. She lives and works in Lincolnville, Maine, and has exhibited at universities and nonprofit galleries in Maine and nationally, with a recent solo exhibition at June Fitzpatrick Gallery in Portland, Maine.
Zopp is scheduled to speak during a reception from 5:30–7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Lord Hall Gallery is open from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday through Friday and is wheelchair accessible.
“Ground/Underground” is funded in part by a grant from UMaine’s Cultural Affairs and Distinguished Lecture Series; and the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.
WABI (Channel 5) reported on the University of Maine Foundation’s “Ensuring the Future” 80th anniversary celebration. During the event, the foundation awarded one graduate from each of UMaine’s colleges with the President Abram W. Harris Award. Each awardee was a scholarship recipient as a UMaine student, and evidences exemplary and extraordinary leadership, contributions to his or her community and/or service to UMaine. “We wanted to honor each one of the representatives from the different colleges to show other students, give them aspirations at the University of Maine and also show the importance of scholarship support because none of these people would have been able to go on to have the careers they have today without private donations of scholarships,” said Jeffery Mills, president and CEO of the University of Maine Foundation.
The Associated Press reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Poultry Growers Association are looking for entries into the 2015 Maine Poultry Coop Contest. The groups are accepting submissions from farmers and hobbyists until Nov. 1. The contest is to recognize poultry keepers who have valuable and creative ideas for coop use and design. As many as three photos may accompany each entry, which may be submitted online. The winner of the contest will receive $150. WABI (Channel 5) and Beaumont Enterprise carried the AP report.
WABI (Channel 5) and WVII (Channel 7) reported on the sixth annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk held at the University of Maine. Funds raised from the 5K walk through campus and surrounding areas will benefit research initiatives of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). “We are here to raise awareness about the issues of suicide and suicide prevention efforts in our community in hopes that we can — by talking about it — reduce the number of people who die every year to suicide,” said Kelly Shaw, outreach coordinator and clinical psychology resident at the UMaine Counseling Center.
Frank Drummond, an entomology specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and a UMaine professor of insect ecology, was quoted in a CBC News article about a workshop sponsored by Dalhousie University and held in Montague, Prince Edward Island that focused on pollinating crops during a global decline in bee populations. Drummond, who attended the workshop, was one of several researchers that presented ideas for growing the population and attracting more wild pollinating bees. Drummond spoke about the importance of trying to get municipalities involved by mowing fields, and private companies, such as landfills, involved by using pollinator plantings. “It’s a whole sort of village approach — not to put all of the responsibility on individual farmers,” he said.
WABI (Channel 5) covered the 35th Black Bear Triathlon held at the University of Maine. The event was sponsored by UMaine Campus Recreation and sanctioned by USA Triathlon. The race featured a 525-yard swim in UMaine’s Wallace Pool, and a 12.5-mile bike race and 3.1-mile run along the UMaine trails and local roadways.
Mick Peterson, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Maine, was quoted in an Augusta Chronicle article about Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky, beginning its fall meeting with a new state-of-the-art dirt surface to replace the synthetic surface known as Polytrack. Peterson, head of the Racing Surfaces Testing Lab at UMaine, became heavily involved in testing surfaces for the Keeneland horse racing track, according to the article. “We developed standard tests for both synthetic and dirt surfaces,” Peterson said. “Dirt tracks are never as simple as synthetics, which are less dependent on weather. We can’t change the weather, so the dominant issue becomes maintenance. We’re working hand-in-hand with Keeneland’s maintenance crew to assure that the new surface will be fair and safe.”
WVII (Channel 7) reported on the Black Bear Attack Adventure Race held at the University of Maine. The 3.5-mile race began at the New Balance Student Recreation Center and led participants through an obstacle course in the wooded trails behind the gym where runners encountered mud, tire obstacles and a climbing wall. Race director Lauri Sidelko said 350 people participated in the race, raising about $1,200 for the charity StopHazing.org.
Mark Brewer, a political science professor at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Kennebec Journal article about Maine’s 2nd Congressional District race, as well as an Associated Press article about the state’s gubernatorial candidates preparing for debates. Brewer told the AP the debates in the state’s governor race have the potential to be significant because there appears to be a relatively large group of “swayable” voters. Portland Press Herald and SFGate carried the AP report. Brewer also spoke with Maine Public Broadcasting Network and Portland Press Herald about how the closing of the Verso Paper mill in Bucksport could potentially affect the outcome of the gubernatorial race. “Anytime something like this happens, those who are in office at least have a greater likelihood of being impacted by that than a challenger who wasn’t in office and didn’t have anything to do with these things,” Brewer said.
The Associated Press, WABI (Channel 5), Bangor Daily News, WLBZ (Channel 2), Maine Public Broadcasting Network, WVII (Channel 7) and Portland Press Herald reported on Michelle Obama’s visit to the University of Maine to campaign for Maine gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud. The first lady; Michaud; Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund; Emily Cain, the Democratic candidate in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District; and UMaine President Sue Hunter spoke at the rally that was held in the Collins Center for the Arts. Fox News carried the AP report.
The Portland Press Herald reported master beekeepers Jack Hildreth, Peter Richardson and Chris Rogers will lead two beginner beekeeping schools at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension office in Falmouth. One class will be held on five consecutive Thursdays from Oct. 16 through Nov. 13, and another from Feb. 5 through March 5. Hildreth and Richardson will also be instructors for an intermediate beekeeping school, offered on six consecutive Tuesdays, from Jan. 6 to Feb. 10. The beginner school is suitable for beekeepers with one to two years of experience, and the intermediate school is designed for beekeepers with two or more years of experience.