University of Maine News
The Morning Sentinel reported on Waterville-based chemical processing company, Cerealus Holdings LLC, unveiling an additive it says can save paper mills money by improving the papermaking process. The product — Cerenano — was developed in the University of Maine’s Process Development Center in Orono. Cerenano enhances the properties of nanocellulose — nano-sized wood fiber — providing a more efficient way to make paper, the article states. A statement from Mike Bilodeau, director of UMaine’s Process Development Center who worked with Cerealus as a chief scientific adviser, said Cerenano “represents a significant break-through in the ability to leverage the unique properties of cellulose nanofibrils in paper and paperboard products.”
Elissa Koskela, an assistant coordinator of the Signs of the Seasons program coordinated by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Sea Grant, wrote an opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News titled “Wondering how climate change is affecting us now? Citizen scientists have a role to play.” Signs of the Seasons is a phenology program that helps scientists document the local effects of global climate change through the work of volunteer citizen scientists who are trained to record the seasonal changes of common plants and animals in their communities.
Gretchen Faulkner, director of the University of Maine’s Hudson Museum of Art, was interviewed by the Portland Press Herald for the article about a photography exhibit on display at Harvard, titled “Thoreau’s Maine Woods: A Journey in Photographs with Scot Miller.” Jane Pickering, Harvard Museum’s executive director, and Janis Sacco, the museum’s director of exhibits, believe when the exhibit closes in February 2015 it should travel to Maine, according to the article. Faulkner, who has not seen the exhibit, said the story of Thoreau’s journey through the Maine woods with Penobscot guides is important. “We would probably be interested in it,” she said. “It is definitely something on topic for the Hudson Museum, as our collection includes Maine Indian holdings and we have a Maine Indian gallery. It is the path Thoreau took that is central to the native people of Maine. Katahdin is sacred to them. Mainers should learn about that.”
The Bangor Daily News published an opinion piece titled “Maine inventors have a natural advantage,” by David Kappos, a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York who also served as under secretary of commerce for intellectual property and director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from 2009 to 2013. “Continued promulgation of fabrication labs is crucial to Maine’s ascent in innovation. The University of Maine has wisely made bold investments in such facilities,” the article states. The complete version of the article first appeared in Maine Policy Review, published by UMaine’s Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center.
Mark Brewer, a political science professor at the University of Maine, spoke with the Maine Public Broadcasting Network and the Portland Press Herald about current political campaigns. MPBN interviewed Brewer for a report about the National Rifle Association endorsing Kevin Raye, a candidate in the Republican primary in the 2nd Congressional District. Brewer said the state’s 2nd Congressional District is relatively rural and has a high percentage of gun owners. He said primary voting turnout is likely to be low, and “anything that might possibly make a difference,” such as an NRA endorsement, could work in Raye’s favor. The Press Herald quoted Brewer in an article about U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, a Democratic candidate for governor, facing criticism over the Department of Veterans Affairs scandal. Brewer said he’s not surprised Michaud’s opponents are using the scandal against him. “It’s clear that, for Michaud, veterans issues has been his No. 1 priority since he’s been in Washington,” Brewer said. “It’s also safe to say he recognizes how important veterans are to elections here in Maine. They are a big voting group and he thinks he has a fair amount of support from them. Anything that could weaken that could potentially be problematic.”