University of Maine News
WVII (Channel 7) and the Bangor Daily News reported on Martin Luther King Jr. Day events held at the University of Maine in collaboration with the Greater Bangor Area NAACP. The afternoon kicked off with a march that started at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King Memorial Plaza and was led by the Black Student Union, a UMaine student organization. Muna Abdullahi, director of multicultural initiatives and diversity at UMaine, told WVII seeing people come out to march on a cold and snowy day shows they care and are willing to voice their opinions and be part of a movement, just like Martin Luther King Jr.
The Times of London interviewed Michael Socolow, an associate professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Maine, for the article “Net neutrals are set to be losers after court ruling.” The article focuses on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decision to strike down the FCC’s network neutrality rule that would make it illegal for cable and phone companies to block sites to users. Socolow said he has little faith in the FCC’s commitment to action on net neutrality, but added he also thinks neither content providers such as Netflix nor the big telecom companies such as Verizon would rush to raise prices.
The Maine Edge previewed a University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H Science Saturday on Jan. 25 that will focus on the science behind cooking and eating potatoes. Jason Bolton, assistant extension professor and food safety specialist, and Kate Yerxa, a Cooperative Extension educator, will lead the program for youth in grades six through eight at Hitchner Hall on campus. Participants will bake potatoes, prepare a potato bar with toppings for lunch and discuss how potatoes can be part of a healthy diet.
WVII (Channel 7) reported on the University of Maine School of Performing Arts’ presentation of “Ein deutsches Requiem” by Johannes Brahms at the Hampden Academy Performing Arts Center in Hampden. Retiring Professor Ludlow Hallman conducted the concert, which was dedicated to the memory of those killed during the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., as well as in tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. Soloists Kelly Scheetz, soprano; and Justin Zang, baritone, spoke about the concert and Hallman.
The Maine Edge previewed a Jan. 23 talk by Steve Sader, a professor of forest resources at the University of Maine, as part of an invasive species program offered by Bangor Land Trust. Sader will discuss invasive woody species common to the Bangor area and give the history of how these species were introduced and became invasive.
The Bangor Daily News published a feature article on Marcella Sorg, a medical and forensic anthropologist in the University of Maine’s Department of Anthropology, Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center and the Climate Change Institute. Sorg is also the forensic anthropologist for the Maine medical examiner’s office where she does forensic skeletal investigations to determine a person’s identity or cause of death. Sorg is also a regularly published author and involved in multiple research projects.
The Bangor Daily News reported University of Maine athletic trainer Paul Culina worked his 500th Black Bear hockey game Jan. 17, and he will be honored for it at the 2014 Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society and Society of Professional Hockey Equipment Managers annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. Culina spoke to the BDN about the milestone, and his love of UMaine and Orono.
The Portland Press Herald reported on a current exhibition at the University of Maine Museum of Art that features work by Monroe, Maine, artist Kenny Cole. Cole’s “Parabellum,” an interactive painting installation that rewrites some Civil War history, is one of the museum’s three exhibits running January through March. George Kinghorn, UMMA director and curator, offered Cole a spot after visiting his studio and admiring his work and commitment. Kinghorn said he likes how Cole’s work is immersive and interactive.
University of Maine student-athletes, coaches and staff members were interviewed for a Bangor Daily News article about the use of social media and how it affects UMaine’s Athletics Department. Eileen Flaherty, UMaine’s associate athletics director for compliance, said the university tells student-athletes what they post represents themselves, their family, their school and their team. Flaherty, who meets with each team annually to go over compliance rules, says she tries to instill a skill set so student-athletes make good decisions about their postings. Social media posts are regulated by the UMaine Student-Athlete Code of Conduct and sometimes by team rules, and student-athletes must sign to acknowledge they understand the terms of the university’s written social media policy.
David Handley, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension vegetable and small fruit specialist, was mentioned in the Portland Press Herald’s latest Maine Gardener column, “Pests bound to bug Maine this year.” Handley and other UMaine Cooperative Extension crop specialists at Highmoor Farm in Monmouth, Maine, are working to improve traps for the spotted-wing drosophila, the column states. Previously, traps were being used to determine when the pests will appear to schedule spraying. Now the goal is to create traps that will kill the flies that would damage crops.
Mark Brewer, a political science professor at the University of Maine, was interviewed by the Associated Press for an article about independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler saying he would like to debate with the other candidates early and often. Brewer said general election debates normally begin in late summer or fall, and those issuing a call for debates are usually good debaters or are trailing in the polls. He added there’s nothing to lose for Cutler in issuing a call for debates. The San Francisco Chronicle and Seacoast Online carried the AP report.
WABI (Channel 5) reported on the University of Maine women’s ice hockey team’s game against Providence on pink ice at the Alfond Arena to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. The ice was dyed pink as part of Hockey East’s Skating Strides Against Breast Cancer and donations raised went to the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing. The men’s team also played on pink ice earlier in the week.
The Bangor Daily News included events at the University of Maine in a report on Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities scheduled throughout the state. UMaine in collaboration with the Greater Bangor Area NAACP will celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. with events including a march, lunch and panel discussion from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Jan. 20. The events are free and open to the public.
Accounting students in the Maine Business School at the University of Maine are offering free federal and state income tax filing assistance, under the supervision of Steven Colburn, associate professor of accounting.
Except for the weeks of March 2 and 9, free help sessions will be held 2-4:30 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 6 to April 10 at 312 Corbett Business Building and noon to 3 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 31 to April 11 at the Orono Public Library, 39 Pine St.
Filers are asked to bring their tax information for 2013, including:
W-2 forms received from employer(s)
Documentation for other income, including interest, dividends or tax refunds received during 2013, if any
Information regarding deductions they hope to claim (property taxes, mortgage interest, student loan interest paid, etc.)
Social Security numbers for all dependents
Copies of 2012 federal tax and state income tax returns; a copy of the federal return is needed to electronically file the 2013 return
All filers’ information is treated confidentially. Colburn will review all tax returns before they are filed. People who receive assistance will get a printed copy of their state and federal tax returns.
Appointments, which generally last an hour, are required. To make an appointment, contact Colburn, 207.581.1982, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bangor Daily News reported on the Big Gig and spoke to the first two winners of its pitch-off events. The Big Gig is designed to bring together Bangor-Orono area innovators and entrepreneurs and offer networking opportunities. It was started by a partnership between the University of Maine, Old Town, Orono and Husson University and is supported by Blackstone Accelerates Growth. UMaine students and married couple John and Christine Carney won the second pitch-off event for their business Through Thick and Thin, which offers quirky acrylic cupcake toppers, jewelry and ornaments. Christine Carney said it’s invaluable to get feedback from other entrepreneurs in a face-to-face setting. Sarah Newcomb, a doctoral student at UMaine who won the first pitch-off event for a phone app she developed, said the Big Gig event gave her the opportunity to get encouragement and specific next steps for her idea.
WABI (Channel 5) and WVII (Channel 7) spoke with Michael Wittmann, an associate professor of physics at the University of Maine, about a professional development course for science teachers called “Energy Theater.” The program is part of the Maine Physical Sciences Partnership, a collaboration between rural schools, nonprofits and the University of Maine, that aims to advance the teaching methods and learning of physical science in grades six through nine. Wittmann, the evening’s instructor, said hands-on learning gets everybody involved and is as interesting for teachers as it is for students.
Biomass Magazine reported on a new venture between Sierra Resins Inc. and Jason Bolton, a food safety specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Bolton is working with the company as a food safety consultant to advise them on remediation testing and food safety regulations related to the development of next-generation bioplastics for the food services and food processing industry using fisheries waste material.
WVII (Channel 7) spoke with University of Maine nursing student Shannon Lyons about her upcoming trip with other nursing majors to Belize during spring break. About 20 UMaine nursing students will take part in a 10-day medical volunteer program. Lyons called the trip a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and said it’s unbelievable to be able to gain clinical hours in a place like Belize.
Boston.com, Seacoast Online, Winnipeg Free Press and WLBZ (Channel 2) carried an Associated Press report on the performance of an offshore wind turbine prototype that was deployed last summer off Castine. Habib Dagher, director of the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center, said the 65-foot-tall turbine has performed as engineers expected even as the waves exceeded the platform’s design limits in November and December. The Free Press also reported the town of Bristol has appointed a Wind Power Advisory Committee that has created a website to inform residents on the offshore wind project proposed off Monhegan Island by Maine Aqua Ventus, which includes UMaine and partner companies.
WVII (Channel 7) reported on the University of Maine Museum of Art’s winter exhibitions that will open to the public on Jan. 17 and 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 Maine locals to famous artists such as Francisco Goya and Pablo Picasso. George Kinghorn, the museum’s director and curator, said some of the works UMMA is lucky to own are also owned by museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.