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UMaine’s Mechanical Engineering Design Open House May 8

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 10:09

More than 60 mechanical engineering students will showcase their capstone projects May 8 at the University of Maine’s Mechanical Engineering Design Open House.

Students have spent the year working in groups to develop a range of projects. One team has designed a surgical device that can be used for adult circumcision, which is linked to the reduction of HIV transmission rates in Africa. Another developed a snowmobile powered by compressed natural gas.

The majority of projects have focused on the development of heat pumps and other energy-related devices. Each team of mechanical engineers has worked diligently to design, construct and test their devices.

In addition to the showcase, the afternoon will begin with a 1 p.m. lecture by UMaine professor emeritus of mechanical engineering Dick Hill titled, “Engineering as a Liberal Study.” Hill is known for his practical perspective on energy based on sound engineering principles. His talk will use examples from bricklaying to fire hydrant design to show how an engineering education changes one’s view of daily life.

The open house will take place in Crosby Lab and the adjacent Cloke Plaza until 6 p.m.

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Judy Ryan and Megan Sanders appointed to posts in Administration and Finance, and Human Resources

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 16:20

University of Maine President Paul Ferguson has announced the appointment of Judy Ryan as vice president for administration and finance (VPAF) and Megan Sanders as associate vice president for human resources and administration (AVPHR), effective May 1.

These appointments result from the departure of Janet Waldron, former UMaine senior vice president for administration and finance, who began her appointment as vice chancellor for finance at the University of North Texas System on April 28.

Although Waldron will be available on a limited consulting basis to ensure continuity and finalization for FY14 and FY15 budget completion, the timing of Waldron’s departure requires a competent, experienced administrator overseeing the functions of the eight departments currently reporting to the VPAF. Over the next year, Ryan will lead the Office of the VPAF to examine its various functions and reporting structure, and to make recommendations regarding the management and operation of the many units that currently report to the VPAF.

Ryan is well-suited to fill the VPAF position on a one-year, fixed-length basis. She has considerable administrative experience in positions at UMaine, the University of Maine System and the University of Southern Maine (USM), including vice president for human resources and senior advisor to the president at USM; vice president for student affairs at USM; vice president for student development at USM; special assistant to the president at USM; and chief of staff and senior advisor to the chancellor of the University of Maine System.

Since 2012, Ryan has served as associate vice president for human resources and administration at UMaine. She has had a key role in the implementation and integration phases of UMaine’s Blue Sky Plan. Ryan’s broad knowledge of UMaine and the University of Maine System, and her relationships and professional connections at UMaine have prepared her to lead the departments reporting to the VPAF.

With Ryan’s reassignment, Megan Sanders, currently the associate director of human resources, will assume the position of associate vice president for human resources and administration.

The responsibilities of the AVPHR position match well with Sanders’ skills and background. She has enjoyed considerable success in her position as associate director of human resources at UMaine, and plays an integral role in the delivery of human resources-related guidance and counsel to individuals positioned at all levels of the institution. Prior to joining UMaine Human Resources, Sanders practiced law at one of northern New England’s largest law firms, focusing on labor and employment matters.

“I am very grateful that Judy and Meg have graciously agreed to step into these significant management positions at a critical time for UMaine,” said President Ferguson. “It is essential that we ensure continuity and excellence of operations while we prepare for timely and appropriate management searches. Judy and Meg will bring that continuity and excellence.”

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Maine Day Activities Featured in BDN, WABI Coverage

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 11:41

Activities of Maine Day, the annual campus-wide spring cleanup tradition, were featured on reports by the Bangor Daily News and WABI (Channel 5). The BDN published a slide show of photos from the oozeball — mud volleyball — championship. WABI reported on other highlights including car smashing, a campus-wide barbecue, a 1k run to benefit the Ronald McDonald House and 75 volunteer projects aimed at sprucing up the campus.

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WABI, WVII Report on UMaine Students’ Lombard Steam Log Hauler Restoration

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 11:40

WABI (Channel 5) and WVII (Channel 7) covered a Lombard steam log hauler restoration demonstration given by University of Maine mechanical engineering technology seniors at the Maine Forest and Logging Museum in Bradley. The log hauler was invented and built in Waterville between 1910 and 1917, and was the first successful tracked vehicle. Six student teams restored the log hauler to working condition, one of only three in the world. The public was invited to learn about each team’s project and for a Lombard demonstration with compressed air. Engineering student Emmett Hodder said the restoration process was a fantastic learning experience. “I think it’s really special being one of only a couple people alive who knows how to tune one of these,” he said. Engineering student Peter Roberts told WABI he’s excited to return in 20 years to show his children the log hauler.

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UMaine Student-Athletes Host Bone Marrow Drive, WLBZ, WABI Report

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 11:39

WLBZ (Channel 2) and WABI (Channel 5) reported on the University of Maine football team hosting its seventh bone marrow drive. The drive is part of “Be the Match,” a national organization that works to save lives through transplants, and is held in honor of Jeff Cole, a former UMaine assistant football coach who died of cancer in 2004, according to the WLBZ report. The Maine women’s basketball and soccer teams also volunteered at the drive. Jack Cosgrove, head coach of the football team, told WLBZ it’s invigorating to know their efforts could save a life. Noelle Leon-Palmer, a member of the women’s soccer team, told WABI she believes student-athletes have an influence on other students, and the drive is a great way to encourage others to do something positive.

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WVII, WABI Cover St. Baldrick’s Head-Shaving Event at UMaine

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 11:38

WVII (Channel 7) and WABI (Channel 5) reported on the 4th annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation head-shaving event at the University of Maine. Dozens of volunteers had their heads shaved in the the Steam Plant Lot during Maine Day to raise funds for and awareness of childhood cancer. UMaine sophomore Melissa Thompson told WABI she chose to shave her head after a six-year-old she knows was diagnosed with leukemia. “We’re just one big, huge Black Bear family,” she said about the university’s charity efforts.

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Three UMaine Football Players Earn National Academic Honors, BDN Reports

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 11:38

The Bangor Daily News reported University of Maine football players Arron Achey, Michael Mangiarelli and Marcus Wasilewski have been named to the 2014 National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Hampshire Honor Society. The Hampshire Honor Society is made up of college football players from all divisions who maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career. The BDN also reported that Seth Woodcock, UMaine’s associate director of athletic development, is serving as the chair of the committee conducting a nationwide search for a new men’s basketball head coach.

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‘Sustainable Maine’ Episode Nominated for Boston/New England Emmy

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 11:37

The “Return of a River” episode of the “Sustainable Maine” series has been nominated for a Boston/New England Emmy in the Environmental category.

The Maine Public Broadcasting Network (MPBN) show highlights the research of Maine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative (SSI), based at UMaine’s Senator George J. Mitchell Center. SSI is helping communities solve interconnected economic problems while advancing sustainability science. SSI and Maine EPSCoR collaborated with MPBN to create the series.

The “Return of a River” episode features SSI researchers from the University of New England and the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve studying the Saco River Estuary to develop a grading system to assess the health of the estuary using key indicators that matter to local stakeholders.

MPBN will rebroadcast “Return of a River” at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 4. Boston/New England Emmy winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Saturday, June 7. More information about the “Sustainable Maine” series is online.

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Mortal Sea Event Focus of Maine Sea Grant Blog Post

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 11:35

Maine Sea Grant published a report about “Maine and The Mortal Sea: Taking Stock of the Past, Present and Future of Our Living Sea,” an April event held at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center in Walpole. Fishermen, historians, marine scientists, authors, students, economists and fisheries managers gathered to discuss University of New Hampshire historian W. Jeffrey Bolster’s award-winning book “The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail” during the interdisciplinary symposium. The event was hosted by several UMaine departments, including the History Department, Sustainability Solutions Initiative at the Senator George J. Mitchell Center, School of Marine Sciences, Humanities Initiative and Maine Sea Grant.

The entire blog post is online.

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Spring 2014 Maine EPSCoR Newsletter Available Online

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 11:33

Maine EPSCoR, an Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research funded by the National Science Foundation, has published its most recent newsletter. The Maine EPSCoR spring 2014 newsletter is available online.

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