University of Maine News
The Maine Public Broadcasting Network spoke with Mark Brewer, a political science professor at the University of Maine, about the $150 million in borrowing that’s to go before Maine voters this fall. Brewer said voters tend to look at bond proposals skeptically and are more likely to pass the transportation and state armories upgrade bonds than the three bonds benefiting the state’s public higher education institutions totaling $35.5 million.
WVII (Channel 7) reported the University of Maine is one of 17 recipients to split $16 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to fund projects related to efficiently capturing energy from waves, tides and currents. UMaine received $394,000 to study fish interactions with a power system in Cobscook Bay to predict the probability of fish naturally encountering deployed energy devices.
SmartPlanet recently published an article, “How to build a bridge in 10 days,” that focuses on the Bridge-in-a-Backpack technology that was developed at the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center.
The Free Press reported the University of Maine and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension will be two of 18 exhibitors at Bug Maine-ia at the Maine State Museum in Augusta on Sept. 11. The exhibitors will provide hands-on displays and demonstrations for visitors of all ages at the free event.
A post on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s official blog, FDA Voice, mentioned the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and its executive director, John Rebar. The post, “Hearing the concerns of Maine growers striving for agricultural diversity,” is part of a series to see agricultural practices first-hand and to discuss the produce-safety standards the FDA is proposing. Rebar was described as being “committed to food safety and the welfare of Maine’s farmers.”
SJH Pulse, news and information for the St. Joseph Healthcare community, reported first-year University of Maine students from Somerset Hall spent their first weekend at college volunteering with SJH Community Networks and Foundation. The students cleaned around the hospital and the new Clift Darling House.
The Morning Sentinel reported Peter Koons, a professor at the University of Maine School of Earth and Climate Sciences, will share research on the intersection of global mountain ranges, glaciation, oceans and atmosphere Sept. 18 at the South Solon Meeting House in Solon.
The latest post on the Portland Press Herald blog “The Root: Dispatches from Maine’s food sources,” mentions the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s hands-on food preservation workshops and includes a link to the full class schedule. Experts will teach class participants the basics of canning and freezing, including how to use pressure canners and water bath canners to preserve pickles, jam and vegetables. Produce and canning jars are provided at the classes.
The Bangor Daily News reported Tempus Jets, an aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul business, has leased space at Brunswick Landing and plans to employ 50 workers by the end of 2014. Steve Levesque, executive director of the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, said Tempus plans to work with the University of Maine and Southern Maine Community College to train future employees.
The Weekly reported on research by Dorothy Klimis-Zacas, a clinical nutritionist and professor at the University of Maine, that found eating 2 cups of wild blueberries a day for two months can reduce chronic inflammation, improve metabolism of fat and lower LDL cholesterol. She also found a diet enriched with the fruit can normalize gene expression of inflammatory markers and those related to lipid and lipoprotein metabolism.
The Bangor Daily News reviewed “Sedges of Maine: A Field Guide to Cyperaceae,” a book that was published in August by the University of Maine Press.
The University of Maine School of Performing Arts music faculty will present its annual Cadenzato concert 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 in Minsky Recital Hall on the Orono campus. The concert will feature vocal and music ensembles. Admission is $9 or free with a valid student MaineCard. For tickets or disability accommodations, contact the Collins Center for the Arts, 207.581.1755. Tickets may also be purchased at the door one hour before the show.
The first exhibit in a series illustrating the evolution of the University of Maine is currently on display in the Oakes Room at Fogler Library. “Campus Views, 1873–1899,” uses photographs from the library archives to follow the building of the campus and the UMaine community. Photo captions provide additional insight into life on campus during the early years of the institution. The exhibit was designed by Jerry Lund, circulation manager at Fogler, and Gretchen Gfeller, public relations manager of the library. The exhibit will be on display through November. For more information, contact Gfeller at 207.581.1696.
The University of Maine is one of 17 recipients to split $16 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to fund projects related to efficiently capturing energy from waves, tides and currents.
The projects are expected to increase the power production and reliability of wave and tidal devices and help collect data on how deployed devices interact with the surrounding environment, according to a Department of Energy press release issued Thursday, Aug. 29.
“Wave and tidal energy represent a large, untapped resource for the United States and responsible development of this clean, renewable energy source is an important part of our all-of-the-above energy strategy,” said Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy David Danielson in the statement.
The UMaine project is one of seven “Environmental Monitoring of Marine and Hydrokinetic Projects” under the funding. The $494,000 project received $394,000 from the Department of Energy to use data on fish interactions with Ocean Renewable Power Company’s TidGen Power System in Cobscook Bay, Maine to predict the probability of fish naturally encountering deployed energy devices.
The project will build on research that began in 2009 that established baseline patterns of fish abundance and distribution at the turbine location, according to the project proposal.
The funding will allow the project to provide post‐deployment data for comparison, improve techniques for distinguishing between fish species using undersea acoustic sensors, and implement a probability‐of‐encounter model. The research will also aid in the assessment and understanding of the effects of marine and hydrokinetic devices on local fish populations, the press release states.
Gayle Zydlewski, associate professor and researcher in the UMaine School of Marine Sciences and member of the Maine Tidal Power Initiative, is the principal investigator of the project which is expected to last two years and include five researchers under the DOE funding.
“This funding will enable our research team to provide quantitative data on fish behavior in tidally dynamic regions and how fish interact with a tidal power device that’s not being collected anywhere else in the U.S. or globally,” Zydlewski says. “In addition, it will allow us to retrospectively analyze data to enhance their utility for natural resource decision makers.”
Contact: Elyse Kahl, 207.581.3747
The Associated Press, Portland Press Herald and Bangor Daily News were among several news organizations to report on the University of Maine’s submission of a proposal to the state Public Utilities Commission for a long-term contract for an offshore wind energy project. Details of the proposal are confidential, according to a PUC official. Miami Herald, WLBZ (Channel 2), MPBN and The Republic were among organizations to carry the AP report.
The Forecaster spoke with Christopher White, director of the Pride of Maine Black Bear Marching Band, about the group’s Friday performance at Falmouth High School’s first football game of the season. White said the band will perform its “Fire and Ice” show during halftime and will play the same show Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., during the Black Bears’ game against UMass Amherst.
Renae Moran, a tree fruit specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with WVII (Channel 7) about this year’s apple crop. Moran said southern Maine is having an above average year due to the good weather conditions during pollination when trees were in bloom. She said a week later trees in northern Maine came into bloom when there was a long period of rainy, cold weather.
Mainebiz published an article about clean technology growth in Maine and cited a report released by E2Tech, Maine’s energy and environmental engineering industry group. The report, “The Clean Technology Sector in Maine 2013,” was prepared by Innovation Policyworks and the University of Maine School of Economics. In the Mainebiz article, study co-author Catherine Renault, principal of Innovation Policyworks, said Maine has its own areas of specialty and mentioned the international interest in UMaine’s pioneering work in cellulose nanofibers.
An opinion piece published in the Bangor Daily News titled “For a strong economic future, education must be forefront” cites a study by Philip Trostel, a University of Maine economist. Trostel’s study, “Path to a Better Future: The Fiscal Payoff of Investment in Early Childhood in Maine,” looks at the fiscal benefits of creating a statewide early childhood education system for those with low incomes.
Elizabeth Chalecki, a nonresident research fellow at the Stimson Center in Washington, D.C., will give a talk titled “Environmental Security: A Guide to the Issues,” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11 in 140 Little Hall on the University of Maine campus.
Chalecki’s book of the same name focuses on understanding the links between international security and ecological health, such as climate change, deforestation and extreme weather events.
Her areas of research include climate change and security, international environmental policy, environmental terrorism and nontraditional security threat analysis.
The Stimson Center, where Chalecki is a research fellow, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank devoted to enhancing international peace and security.
The School of Policy and International Affairs is sponsoring the free event as part of its lecture series. The talk is open to the public and no registration is required.
For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.581.1835 or visit the School of Policy and International Affairs website.