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Grad Student to Conduct Vegetable Study

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 14:50

Is a purple potato more appealing than a white one?

Kelly Koss, a University of Maine student pursuing a master’s degree in food science and human nutrition, plans to find out.

Since many children in the United States do not eat the recommended daily amount of vegetables, Koss has decided to test whether they are more apt to eat a veggie that has a novel, bright color. Koss is seeking 100 children from 8 to 10 years of age to take part in a 50-minute study during February vacation. Participating children will be asked to sample two cooked potatoes (one purple, one white), as well as raw cauliflower (orange and white) and raw carrots (yellow and orange), then answer several questions.

The study will be conducted in the Consumer Testing Center in Hitchner Hall on the UMaine campus. Volunteers who complete the study will earn $10. Mary Ellen Camire, professor of food science and human nutrition in the School of Food and Agriculture, is Koss’ adviser.

All of the vegetables are grown naturally and are not artificially colored, Koss says. Children who are allergic to cooked potatoes, raw cauliflower, raw carrots, dairy, eggs or ranch dressing are not permitted to participate. If interested, and for more information, contact Koss at 207.581.1733 or

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WABI Talks With 7th-Grader Committed to UMaine

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 12:11

WABI (Channel 5) interviewed Oliver Wahlstrom, a seventh-grader who plays varsity ice hockey at North Yarmouth Academy and who earlier this year verbally committed to attend the University of Maine and play hockey, in 2019.

Wahlstrom, 13, told WABI that he wants to enroll at UMaine because he loves the school, is not a city guy and that the Black Bear coaching staff is “unbelievable.”

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BDN Previews Inaugural Event at Renovated Field House

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 12:09

The Bangor Daily News wrote about Saturday morning’s scheduled opening of the renovated University of Maine New Balance Field House.

The public will get its first look at the nearly $5 million in renovations at Saturday’s Penobscot Valley Conference-Eastern Maine Indoor Track League.

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WVII Interviews Sophomore About 4K for Cancer

Fri, 01/24/2014 - 12:08

WVII (Channel 7) talked with University of Maine sophomore Matt Dexter about his summer plans — taking part in the 4K for Cancer.

For 42 days, Dexter and 33 other college students will team up to complete a 4,000-mile team run from San Francisco, Calif. to Baltimore, Md. Their goals are to raise awareness of cancer and raise money for cancer research.

“It’s important to me because my mother passed away from cancer in 2008. I realized I wasn’t alone and there’s a lot of people out there who are affected by this terrible, terrible disease,” says Dexter, who is majoring in psychology.

Along the way, Dexter and his teammates will visit hospitals and give college scholarships to young adults fighting cancer.

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UMaine Researchers Quoted in Pathfinder Buzz Article

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 11:37

A Pathfinder Buzz article titled “Maine turning new tricks from old industries” includes quotes from University of Maine researchers about how they are developing new applications to extend the state’s traditional strengths such as fishing and forestry. Those innovations include the development of golf balls from lobster shells and bio-jet fuel and biomass pellets from trees. David Neivandt, a biological and chemical engineering professor at UMaine, spoke about the golf balls saying the university is employing an underused byproduct of the lobster canning industry into a value-added consumer product “which hopefully has come cachet in the market.”

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Research by UMaine Nutritionists Cited in Science Codex Article

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 11:36

The Science Codex article “Disadvantaged, non-college bound young adults at risk for excessive weight gain” cited research conducted by a team of registered dietitians from the University of Maine in collaboration with scientists from multiple institutions from around the country. The researchers developed a weight management intervention program that is particularly relevant for disadvantaged young adults. Their results were published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

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UMaine Accounting Students Offering Free Tax Help, WVII Reports

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 11:35

WVII (Channel 7) reported 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. Colburn said people should bring tax forms, tax information, W2 forms and documentation of any pension or social security income.

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Media Advance World Series Trophy Viewing at UMaine

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 11:34

The Portland Press Herald, Morning Sentinel and Kennebec Journal reported Red Sox staff and mascot Wally the Green Monster will bring the 2013 Commissioner’s Trophy — presented annually to the Major League Baseball World Series Champions — to the University of Maine on Sunday, Jan. 26. The trophy will be available for public viewing from 2–4 p.m. in the Alfond Arena on the Orono campus, as well as from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

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UMaine Career Fair Jan. 29

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 11:33

The University of Maine Career Center will hold its 16th annual UMaine Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 29 at the New Balance Student Recreation Center.

More than 120 employers from Maine and nine other states with job and internship opportunities are expected to attend the fair. Students attending the career fair are encouraged to dress professionally and bring their resumes.

The UMaine Career Fair is the largest career fair in the state. While the event is held each year for UMaine students and alumni, students from all colleges and universities in the state are welcome to attend. Nearly 1,000 students attended the 2013 UMaine Career Fair.

More information, including a list of participating employers, is available online or by contacting Patty Counihan at or 207.581.1355.

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Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow Sen. Anne Haskell to be Honored

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 11:32

Sen. Anne Haskell, a Margaret Chase Smith Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow will be honored at a reception held at the University Club in Fogler Library at 4 p.m. Jan. 31.

Assistant Majority Leader Anne Haskell is serving her first term in the Senate, representing Maine’s District 9, which includes parts of Portland and Westbrook. She previously served six terms in the Maine House — three representing Gorham and three representing Portland. Haskell has been recognized as a fellow of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, as she is a distinguished individual with a past or current career as a policymaker in the state of Maine.

The Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center brings its fellows to campus for a day to teach an undergraduate class, engage faculty about research and public policy, and meet with UMaine administration and graduate students.

The event is open to the public, and no RSVP is required.

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Dexter Makes Strides to ‘Change Lives’

Thu, 01/23/2014 - 11:13

Matthew Dexter was 13 when his mother, Christine died of stomach cancer. Running, he says, eventually helped him get his life back on track.

The University of Maine sophomore is now planning to run to help others. This summer, for 42 days, Dexter will jog from sea to shining sea to spread awareness about cancer and raise money for research and for young cancer survivors.

Dexter and 33 other college students from around the country will team up to log 4,000 miles in the second annual Ulman Cancer Foundation’s 4K for Cancer, a running relay from San Francisco, Calif. to Baltimore, Md.

The psychology major from Acton, Mass. will begin the trek June 15 near the Golden Gate Bridge. Each member of the relay team will run six to 10 miles a day, and finish the fund-raising journey July 26 on Federal Hill in the Charm City.

Dexter is about $1,000 shy of raising his goal of $5,000. Last year, runners and bikers taking part in the annual event contributed almost $775,000 to the Ulman Cancer Foundation’s 4K for Cancer fund.

The motto for the relay is “Change Lives” and that’s what Dexter has his sights set on doing. “I want to change at least one person’s life,” he says.

On the 42-day journey, he’ll have a number of opportunities to do so; he says he’s eager to visit patients, hand out chemo packs (comfort items for patients undergoing chemotherapy) and deliver college scholarships to young adults fighting cancer.

Dexter plans to blog and post photos throughout the trek so friends and family can vicariously experience highlights along the way.

4K for Cancer is a program of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults that Doug Ulman started in 1997. Ulman was 19 and about to begin his sophomore year at Brown University when he was first diagnosed with cancer. He formed the nonprofit organization to enhance “lives by supporting, educating and connecting young adults, and their loved ones, affected by cancer.”

Ulman, a former soccer player for the Division I Brown Bears, is now a three-time cancer survivor and is president and CEO of LIVESTRONG Foundation.

Striving to make a positive difference runs in Dexter’s family as well. His father, Jim participates in the Pan-Mass Challenge, a bike-a-thon in Massachusetts that raises money for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dexter, who completed an ultra marathon this past fall in New Hampshire, was considering how he could contribute when he spied an ad for 4K for Cancer on Facebook.

To learn more, to contribute and to read his blog during the trek, visit

Contact: Beth Staples, 207.581.3777

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Coghlan Demonstrates Kick Screening on ‘Aqua Kids’ Episode

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 12:08

Stephen Coghlan, an assistant professor of freshwater fisheries ecology at the University of Maine, appeared in an episode of the nationally syndicated children’s television show “Aqua Kids.” The program seeks to motivate young people to take an active role in protecting and preserving marine environments. In the episode set in Maine and titled “Maine Dead Creek and Clam Shells,” Coghlan demonstrates how to use a kick screen in a stream to catch aquatic invertebrates that help determine water quality.

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Caron Talks to WABI About Latest Book

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 11:54

WABI (Channel 5) interviewed Sandra Caron, a University of Maine professor of family relations and human sexuality, about her book, “The Sex Lives of College Students: Two Decades of Attitudes and Behaviors.” Caron’s book is based on the results of a sexuality survey she administered to thousands of students over the past 20 years. She said the survey was designed to provide a glimpse into the sex lives of college students, their attitudes and their behaviors, as well as trends over time.

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WLBZ Previews World Series Trophy Viewing at UMaine

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 11:53

WLBZ (Channel 2) reported Red Sox staff and mascot Wally the Green Monster will bring the 2013 Commissioner’s Trophy — presented annually to the Major League Baseball World Series Champions — to the University of Maine on Sunday, Jan. 26. The trophy will be available for public viewing from 2–4 p.m. in the Alfond Arena on the Orono campus, as well as from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.

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WABI Reports on Hallman’s Last Oratorio Society Concert

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 11:52

WABI (Channel 5) reported on the retirement of Ludlow Hallman, a music professor and conductor at the University of Maine. Hallman conducted his last Oratorio Society concert Jan. 20 at the Hampden Academy Performing Arts Center in Hampden. Hallman, who plans to spend the first year of his retirement in Italy, said this is a good time to say goodbye and try something different. His longtime colleague Anatole Wieck said Hallman has created an environment in which all the good things he has worked for will continue.

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Strong Cited in BDN Article on Oxford Networks’ Proposed Deal with Canadian Firm

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 11:51

Robert Strong, a professor of finance at the University of Maine, was interviewed for a Bangor Daily News article about shareholders of Oxford Networks speaking out about a proposed deal in which a Canadian private equity firm would acquire the company. Strong said he was hesitant to comment on the complex deal without studying the details, but said it was “unusual” for common shareholders to get nothing from such a deal. Mainebiz also cited the BDN report.

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Maine Edge Reviews Play Starring UMaine Student, Faculty, Alums

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 11:50

The Maine Edge reviewed Orono Community Theatre’s production of “Proof,” a psychological drama, that is being performed in the Cyrus Pavilion Theatre on campus. The play, directed by UMaine alumna and Orono Community Theatre Director Sandy Cyrus, stars Dick Brucher, a professor in and chair of the UMaine English Department; Jennifer Hancock, a current UMaine student; and Hailey and Joel Crabtree, UMaine alumni. “Proof” runs until Jan. 26.

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Cosgrove Among Maine Sports Hall of Fame Inductees, Media Report

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 11:48

The Bangor Daily News and The Maine Edge reported Jack Cosgrove, head coach of the University of Maine football team, is one of nine people to be inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in May at its 39th annual awards banquet. Other inductees include Joseph L. Ferris, who pitched for UMaine in the 1964 College World Series, and Edward J. Flaherty, an All-American performer at UMaine in 1975.

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The Weekly Reports on ‘Literacy to Go’ Kits

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 11:42

The Weekly reported parents in the Orono and Old Town area will be able to encourage reading with “Literacy to Go” kits that include informational text, a storybook and a storyboard in a themed pizza box. The University of Maine Raymond H. Fogler Library in partnership with UMaine’s College of Education and Human Development, Old Town Elementary School and Old Town Public Library will train librarians how to use the kits to promote early literacy.

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Retention, Graduation Focus of Second Academic Faculty Forum on Feb. 3

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 11:41

Provost Jeff Hecker will lead the second of three Academic Faculty Forums 3–4 p.m. Feb. 3 in the Bangor Room of the Memorial Union. The forum will focus on retention and graduation.

The third forum is scheduled for March 31.

In year three of the Blue Sky Project, the focus is on integrating the plan’s strategies and goals into the organizational structure of the university. Just as the Blue Sky Strategic Plan was developed through an inclusive process, integration will emerge through collaboration.

Over the course of the academic year, the Provost’s Office, in collaboration with the Faculty Senate leadership, is holding a series of Academic Affairs Faculty Forums. The forums are designed to create a venue for meaningful sharing of ideas about important initiatives in Academic Affairs. Collaboration between the faculty and administration of the university is essential if we are to advance toward our strategic goals.

A website has been developed to extend the collaboration beyond the public meeting. Relevant materials have been posted and there is a space where faculty members can submit reactions, comments or questions generated by the forum. Additional information, including a summary of key topics discussed at the forum, will be added after Feb. 3. The website is linked on the Provost’s Web page.

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