University of Maine News
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.
The Maine Edge 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.
The Times Higher Education (London) published a weekly “From Where I Sit” column by Howard Segal, a history professor at the University of Maine. The article, titled “Demonisation and hatred,” focuses on the American Studies Association’s boycott of Israel.
Skylar Bayer, a marine biology graduate student at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center, will participate as a storyteller in The Story Collider event “Charting New Territory” Jan. 28 in Cambridge, Mass. During the live show, which may be recorded for later use as a podcast, Bayer and four other science enthusiasts will share stories about “charting the abyss and mapping the beyond — from inside ourselves to deep underwater.” The Story Collider is a group that believes everyone has a story about science and is dedicated to letting people share their stories to depict how science is important in all our lives.
The Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) has launched the Research Fellows Program, a new Blue Sky initiative to support University of Maine faculty efforts in promoting undergraduate research opportunities. Emerging from 2011 stimulus funding of CUGR as one of six initiatives through the 2011 Presidential Request for Visions of University Excellence (PRE-VUE) Program, this CUGR Research Fellows Program is intended to improve undergraduate research and scholarship mentoring skills, expand curricula to include research and scholarship experiences, and develop proposals for further funding specifically involving undergraduate students.
Twenty-three faculty members who were nominated by their deans to be CUGR Research Fellows will participate in the two-year development program. Workshops will focus on topics such as mentoring undergraduate students, funding sources, responsible conduct of research and grant writing. Each CUGR Research Fellow receives a modest stipend and one undergraduate assistant.
The CUGR Research Fellows are:
Laura Artesani, Associate Professor of Music
Dan Bilodeau, Assistant Professor of Theatre
Tim Bowden, Assistant Professor of Aquaculture
Steven Elmer, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Physical Education
Nuri Emanetoglu, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Nick Giudice, Associate Professor of Spatial Information Sciences
Rob Glover, CLAS-Honors Preceptor and Assistant Professor of Political Science
Will Gramlich, Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry
Hamish Greig, Associate Professor of Stream Ecology
Mark Haggerty, Associate Rezendes Preceptor for Civil Engagement
Sarah Harlan-Haughey, Assistant Professor of English and Assistant Professor of Honors
Kim Huisman, Associate Professor of Sociology
Karl Kreutz, Professor of Geological Sciences and Climate Change Institute
Jordan LaBouff, CLAS-Honors Preceptor and Assistant Professor of Psychology
Roberto Lopez-Anido, Professor of Civil Engineering
Benildo de los Reyes, Professor of Molecular Genetics
Shannon McCoy, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Reinhard Moratz, Associate Professor of Spatial Information Sciences
Balunkeswar Nayak, Assistant Professor of Food Processing
Brian Robinson, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Climate Change Institute
Mary Shea, Assistant Professor of Nursing
Ebru Ulusoy, Assistant Professor of Marketing
Faren Wolter, Lecturer
Contact: Margaret Nagle, 207.581.3745
For reports on fatal overdoses in Maine, the Bangor Daily News and Portland Press Herald cited research by 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 has been tracking drug-related death patterns in Maine with Margaret Greenwald, the state’s chief medical examiner, since 1997 and found heroin deaths in 2013 are likely to exceed those in 2012. Sorg also said drug abuse in Maine affects other aspects beyond overdoses such as number of arrests and treatment admissions for addicts.
Boston.com, WLBZ (Channel 2), WGME (Channel 13), San Antonio Express-News and News OK carried an Associated Press report about the University of Maine’s plans to deliver an update on the performance of its offshore wind turbine prototype that was deployed last summer off Castine. Habib Dagher, director of UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center, is scheduled to speak Jan. 16 about the 65-foot-tall turbine at the University of Southern Maine. The Maine Public Utilities Commission voted Jan. 15 to approve the terms of an agreement between the state and Maine Aqua Ventus, which includes UMaine and partner companies, granting initial approval for the consortium’s offshore wind pilot project. The Bangor Daily News also published an editorial on the project titled “Maine’s offshore wind project is worth the risk.”
The Bangor Daily News reported John Patches, executive director of the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine, announced he will retire effective Jan. 31. Patches, 70, has been the head of the center since 1992 and said he is retiring to spend more time with family in Maine and California.
Slate published an opinion piece on net neutrality by Michael Socolow, an associate professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Maine. 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.
The Maine Edge reported on the dedication of the University of Maine’s new Innovative Media Research and Commercialization (IMRC) Center in the renovated Stewart Commons on campus. The center is home to UMaine’s Department of New Media and the MFA in Intermedia Program, and is also available to Maine entrepreneurs. The program was led by Jeff Hecker, UMaine’s executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.
Maine Insights magazine reported on the progress of a marine protection bill put forward by Rep. Mick Devin of Newcastle who is also a researcher at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center. Devin’s bill proposes the establishment on a commission to look at the effects of ocean acidification and its potential effects on commercial shellfish harvested along Maine’s coast.
The Maine Edge reported on research on the sexual selection of birds conducted by Brian Olsen, assistant professor in the University of Maine’s School of Biology and Ecology and Climate Change Institute. Olsen found when looking for a mate, female coastal plain swamp sparrows choose males with large bills. He also found small-billed males are more at risk of being cheated on by their mates.
Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi was recently awarded the United Arab Emirates Head of State Merit Award in recognition of his patriotism and achievements. United Arab Emirates president H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan presented Al-Suwaidi with the award in December 2013. Al-Suwaidi is the director general of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) in Abu Dhabi and a professor of political science at the United Arab Emirates University in Al-Ain. He has been a University of Maine School of Policy and International Affairs board member since 2007 and has served as director general at two conferences in Abu Dhabi co-hosted by the school and paid for by the ECSSR. Al-Suwaidi said winning the award is an honor that fills him with pride for his home country. More information on the award and the UMaine School of Policy and International Affairs is available online.
John Patches, the longtime director of the University of Maine Collins Center for the Arts, has announced he will retire effective Jan. 31 in order to spend more time with his family. Patches will be dividing his time between Maine and California to be with his grandson. Recognition of Patches’ 22-year legacy and role in Maine’s cultural arts will be held in the fall in conjunction with the Collins Center for the Arts Annual Gala.
“Under John’s direction, the Collins Center has become a cultural focal point in the state and region,” says Janet Waldron, senior vice president for administration and finance. “We appreciate his passion for the arts and his service to UMaine. He will be missed.”
Patches has been a member of the UMaine community since 1992, first as director of the then-named Maine Center for the Arts. In 1999, he also was named UMaine’s associate dean of cultural affairs and, in 2002, was named executive director of the Collins Center.
Patches came to UMaine from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he spent more than a decade as the associate director of the Fine Arts Center.
He has served on the boards of the Association of College, University and Community Arts Administrators, and of the Atlantic Presenters Association. His awards include the 2009 Vincent Hartgen Award and the 2006 Wilma Award at UMaine, and the 2003 Professional Presenters Award from the Atlantic Presenters Association.
Patches is the second director of the Collins Center/Maine Center for the Arts since its opening in 1986.
Contact: Margaret Nagle, 207.581.3745
The Associated Press, MPBN, Bangor Daily News, WABI (Channel 5), WLBZ (Channel 2), WVII (Channel 7) and the Portland Press Herald reported the Maine Public Utilities Commission voted to approve the terms of an agreement between the state and Maine Aqua Ventus, which includes the University of Maine and partner companies, granting initial approval for the consortium’s offshore wind pilot project. Maine Aqua Ventus is seeking to build two turbines off the coast of Monhegan Island and supply power to 7,000 homes. Habib Dagher, director of UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center, told the AP he and his team are glad the PUC saw the long-term benefits of the project for Maine and the U.S. Yahoo Finance, Boston.com and the San Francisco Chronicle carried the AP report.
FoodService Director published a Q&A with Kerry Chasteen, quality assurance manager and interim dining services manager at the University of Maine. Kathy Kittridge, director of dining operations at UMaine, told FoodService Director Chasteen has made a difference at work by displaying a sense of urgency, expanding UMaine Dining’s quality assurance program, and having a great eye for detail. Chasteen said she is proud of the programs UMaine Dining offers and is able to assure that students will be able to eat safely depending on dietary restrictions and be a part of the social dining environment.
University of Maine students and musicians spoke to WABI (Channel 5) and WLBZ (Channel 2) about “An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein Classics,” an upcoming fundraiser for the University of Maine School of Performing Arts. Ben McNaboe, a senior music education major, will direct about 90 musicians and vocalists for the student-produced show he created. McNaboe and Olivia Bean, a violist in the show, were interviewed for WLBZ’s show “207” and spoke about their hopes of expanding the School of Performing Arts’ outreach efforts. Show soloists Justin Zang, Hope Milne and Ira Kramer spoke to WABI about the uniqueness of the show and faculty member Liz Downing said tickets are selling fast.
The Maine Edge reported the University of Maine and the Greater Bangor Area NAACP will celebrate the life and service of Martin Luther King Jr. with events including a march, lunch and panel discussion from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Jan. 20. The Maine Edge also reported the UMaine School of Performing Arts’ presentation of “Ein deutsches Requiem” by Johannes Brahms has been rescheduled for Jan. 20, in the 900-seat Hampden Academy Performing Arts Center in Hampden.
WLBZ (Channel 2) 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.
WLBZ (Channel 2) spoke with Karlton Creech, University of Maine’s new director of athletics, about a controversy at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill that surrounds allegations of academic fraud involving classes heavily attended by student-athletes. Creech, who served as senior associate director of athletics at UNC, said when the alleged events took place several years ago he was in a development role and had no knowledge of student-athletes being enrolled in classes that did not meet. He added “it’s very important” for student-athletes to meet the same expectations as other students.