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Football Team Earns Solid Rankings in National Polls

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 12:46

The University of Maine football team, led by 21-year head coach Jack Cosgrove, finished the 2013 season ranked No. 11 in the NCAA FCS Coaches Poll and No. 12 in The Sports Network FCS National Top-25 Poll.

The Black Bears — 10–3 overall — had one of their best seasons in school history. They won the Colonial Athletic Association title with a 7–1 league record, made their seventh overall NCAA postseason appearance and captured 10 wins for the first time since 2002.

In both national polls, FCS national champion North Dakota State (15–0) earned the No. 1 ranking and runner-up Towson University (13–3) of the CAA attained the No. 2 ranking.

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UMaine Staff Member Mary Lou Friedman Passes Away

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 12:46

Mary Lou Friedman, who was employed at the University of Maine’s Sawyer Environmental Chemical Lab for 18 years, passed away Jan. 11, 2014 at 57 years old. Her obituary is available online.

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UMaine Museum of Art Announces Winter Exhibitions

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 16:20

The University of Maine Museum of Art has announced three winter exhibitions.

Hannah Cole’s “Time’s Wife”; Kenny Cole’s “Parabellum (Prepare for War)”; and “From Piranesi to Picasso: Master Prints from the Permanent Collection” will run from Jan. 17 to March 22 at the museum in downtown Bangor.

“From Piranesi to Picasso” will feature more than 60 prints from the museum’s permanent collection. Established in 1946, the collection contains original prints by internationally renowned artists.

Highlights of the selected works, which date from the 18th century to the late 1980s, include Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s etchings from 1748–1772 that document Rome’s architectural landmarks; Francisco Goya’s aquatint and etchings from “Los Caprichos;” and Pablo Picasso’s “Faun Unveiling a Woman,” considered to be one of the artist’s most significant graphic works.

Winslow Homer’s 1887 etching “Eight Bells,” John Marin’s 1910 etching “Chartres Cathedral,” and Edward Hopper’s “The Lonely House” from 1922 will also be featured in the exhibit that will demonstrate diverse printmaking processes such as etching, silkscreen, woodcut, lithograph, drypoint and engraving.

Museum admission in 2014 is free thanks to the Penobscot Financial Advisors. More information is available online or by calling Assistant Museum Coordinator Kathryn Jovanelli at 207.561.3350.

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Caron Writes Book After 20 Years of Research, BDN Reports

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 12:12

The Bangor Daily News reported on a new book published by Sandra Caron, a University of Maine professor of family relations and human sexuality. Caron’s book, “The Sex Lives of College Students: Two Decades of Attitudes and Behaviors,” is based on the results of a sexuality survey she administered to thousands of students over the past 20 years. Caron said she thinks people would be surprised to know sex-related ideas and culture haven’t changed much from 20 years ago. Sun Journal and Seacoast Online also carried the BDN report.

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Waldron Speaks About Blue Sky Plan for New England Journal of Higher Education Article

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 12:11

Janet Waldron, senior vice president for administration and finance at the University of Maine, was interviewed for a New England Journal of Higher Education article titled “Another Brick in the Wall? Increased Challenges Face the Physical Campus.” Waldron spoke about UMaine President Paul Ferguson’s Blue Sky Plan which includes aggressive enrollment management and a multiyear strategy to address the needs of aging buildings. She said UMaine’s strategy for meeting the facilities challenges requires the coordination of multiple plans.

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WVII Interviews UMaine Students About Rodgers and Hammerstein Show

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 12:10

WVII (Channel 7) advanced “An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein Classics,” a student-run fundraiser for the University of Maine School of Performing Arts. On Jan. 17, Ben McNaboe, a senior music education major at UMaine, will direct about 90 musicians and vocalists in the show he created. He said organizing the event has been a team effort. UMaine students and musicians Justin Zang, Hope Milne and Ira Kramer also spoke to WVII about their experiences being involved in the production.

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UMaine’s Climate Reanalyzer Data Cited in Christian Science Monitor Article

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 12:10

The Christian Science Monitor cited data from the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute in the article “Global Warming? Public attitudes often at mercy of the weather, study finds.” The article stated when much of North America had unusually cold weather, other areas such as the West Coast of the United States, eastern Asia and northern Europe experienced temperatures 5 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit above normal, according to UMaine’s Climate Reanalyzer. The Climate Reanalyzer is a climate analysis and visualization project.

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Press Herald Editorial Mentions Proposed UMaine Offshore Wind Project

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 12:09

The Portland Press Herald editorial “Our View: Offshore wind the right investment for Maine,” focuses on the proposed offshore wind pilot project being put forward by Maine Aqua Ventus, which includes the University of Maine and partner companies. The Maine Public Utilities Commission is expected to vote Jan. 14 on whether to grant initial approval for Maine Aqua Ventus to build two turbines off the coast of Monhegan Island.

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92 Moose Reports on Barron’s Promise to Shave Head for Cancer Fundraiser

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 12:08

92 Moose reported University of Maine women’s basketball coach Richard Barron has pledged for the third consecutive year to shave his head if the UMaine community contributes $10,000 for the Kay Yow Foundation to support breast cancer research. Barron said if the goal is reached, he will shave his head after his team’s annual Play4Kay game Feb. 9. Play4Kay is named after Yow, a longtime North Carolina State women’s coach who died of breast cancer in 2009.

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Moxley, Evans to Speak at Acadia Senior College Event on Poetry

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 12:00

Jennifer Moxley and Steve Evans, both associate professors of English at the University of Maine, are scheduled to take part in an Acadia Senior College lunch-and-learn event titled “Demystifying Contemporary Poetry.”

Evans, who also serves on the UMaine Humanities Initiative faculty advisory board, and Moxley will lead the conversation about the challenges and rewards of contemporary poetry. The event takes place Friday, Jan. 24 at Birch Bay Village Inn in Hulls Cove with lunch at 11:30 a.m. and the lecture from noon to 1 p.m.

“Demystifying Contemporary Poetry” is part of “Food for Thought,” a series of lunch-and-learn events offered by Acadia Senior College on the fourth Friday of the month. Acadia Senior College is an educational organization on Mount Desert Island that provides courses and community events for adults 50 and older.

Jim Acheson, a research professor of anthropology at UMaine and author of “The Lobster Gangs of Maine,” is scheduled to give a “Food for Thought” talk April 25.

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Hockey Teams to Play on Pink Ice for Breast Cancer Awareness

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 17:04

The University of Maine men’s and women’s ice hockey teams will play on pink ice at the Alfond Arena this week to raise breast cancer awareness. The men’s team will take on St. Francis-Xavier at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 and the women’s team will play Providence at 2 p.m. Jan. 19. During the men’s game, members of the women’s ice hockey team will be taking donations for the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing. Tickets for the men’s game start at $15 and are available online or by calling 581.BEAR.

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WVII Interviews Grad Student About Lobster Shell Research

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 12:23

WVII (Channel 7) interviewed University of Maine graduate student Beth Fulton about her research on using lobster shell waste to create a pigment extract as a green alternative to synthetic versions found in fish food. Fulton decided to find more uses for discarded lobster shells because it is “a large-volume material that has no value, aside from composting which is done on a minimal scale.” She said the project is still in the early stages, but she has laid the groundwork for the study to continue.

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AP Reports on Upcoming PUC Vote on Offshore Wind Project

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 12:22

The Associated Press reported the Maine Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to vote Tuesday, Jan. 14 on whether to grant initial approval for a state contract to Maine Aqua Ventus, which includes the University of Maine and partner companies. Maine Aqua Ventus is seeking to build two turbines off the coast of Monhegan Island for its pilot offshore wind project. The Portland Press Herald,, Seymour Tribune, WLBZ (Channel 2) and The Republic were among news organizations to carry the AP report.

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BDN, Press Herald Report on 13-Year-Old Committing to UMaine Hockey Team

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 12:19

The Bangor Daily News and the Portland Press Herald reported seventh-grader Oliver Wahlstrom of Yarmouth, Maine, has committed to play hockey at the University of Maine, making him the youngest player to commit to an NCAA college hockey program. When Wahlstrom was nine years old, he became an Internet sensation for making a shootout goal during a skills competition hosted by the Boston Bruins. Wahlstrom said he chose UMaine because he likes the campus, training facilities and coaches, as well as the outdoors. Wahlstrom’s father, Joakim Wahlstrom, is a former Black Bear forward.

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Village Soup Reports on UMMA Exhibit Featuring Monroe Artist’s Work

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 12:17

Village Soup’s The Republican Journal reported one of the University of Maine Museum of Art’s January exhibitions will feature work by Monroe, Maine resident Kenny Cole. The exhibits will open to the public on Jan. 17 and run through March 22. The three exhibits are Kenny Cole’s “Parabellum (Prepare for War);” Hannah Cole’s “Time’s Wife;” and “From Piranesi to Picasso: Master Prints from the Permanent Collection.”

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Orono Community Theatre to Perform in Cyrus Pavilion

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 12:14

University of Maine students, faculty, staff and alumni are taking part in the Orono Community Theatre’s production of “Proof,” a psychological drama, that will be performed in the Cyrus Pavilion Theatre on campus.

UMaine alumna and Orono Community Theatre Director Sandy Cyrus will direct the production. “Proof” will be the first play Cyrus has directed in the theater since 1994, when the building was named after her late husband and former UMaine theatre professor Edgar Allan “Al” Cyrus.

The cast is composed of 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.

The production team includes stage manager Kaleigh Knights, a UMaine student; scenic designer Deb Puhl, a UMaine alumna; costume designer Hannah Cyrus; and assistant stage manager Andrea Littlefield,  communications and program coordinator of Maine EPSCoR.

“Proof” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16–18, 24 and 25; and at 2 p.m. Jan. 19 and 26. Tickets are $12, $6 for students with a valid MaineCard, and are sold in advance at Orono Pharmacy and at the door 30 minutes before each show.

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UMaine Inclement Weather Policy Reminder

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 10:00

Members of the University of Maine community are reminded that the inclement weather policy is online (, complete with the best options for getting up-to-date information about delays and class cancellations.

For the most timely notification of weather-related class cancellations or postponements, members of the University of Maine community are strongly encouraged to sign up for text and/or email message alerts (

Notifications also are posted on the UMaine website ( and portal; in FirstClass folders (Announcements & Alerts; Provost/Academic Affairs and UMaine Forum); and on University of Maine Facebook ( and Twitter ( These notification options are considered the most reliable options.

In addition, updates can be heard by calling 581.SNOW (1.800.581.SNOW outside the local area), with early morning notifications recorded by 6 a.m., and others made throughout the day. Local media also are notified of UMaine’s weather-related cancellations and delays.

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WVII, WABI Report on IMRC Center’s Dedication Ceremony

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 16:29

WVII (Channel 7) and WABI (Channel 5) reported on the dedication of the University of Maine’s new Innovative Media Research and Commercialization (IMRC) Center at the renovated Stewart Commons on the UMaine campus. The IMRC Center is home to UMaine’s Department of New Media and the MFA in Intermedia Program and is available to Maine entrepreneurs. Owen Smith, director of the center and the MFA in Intermedia Program; Larry Latour, chair of the New Media Department; and Jeff Hecker, the executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, spoke to reporters about the importance of the center and what it provides to students, faculty and the community.

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BDN Interviews UMaine Student About School of Performing Arts Fundraiser

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 16:28

The Bangor Daily News spoke with Ben McNaboe, a senior music education major at the University of Maine, about the upcoming School of Performing Arts fundraiser show he created and organized. On Jan. 17 McNaboe will lead about 90 musicians and vocalists in a student-produced show titled “An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein Classics.” It will be the largest student-run performing arts production at UMaine in more than a decade, the BDN reports. McNaboe said he chose the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein because “the audience for their music is huge” and “all generations can relate to it.”

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Steneck Quoted in Huffington Post Blog on Shrimp, Lobster Populations

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 16:27

Robert Steneck, a marine scientist at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Huffington Post blog post titled “Shrimp down, lobster up: Is there a connection?” Warming temperatures are leading to a thriving lobster population in the Gulf of Maine while lobster numbers are declining farther south, according to the report. Steneck said the shift is happening because warming waters in the area have aided the lobster boom, but he worries if temperatures get too warm — above 20 C (68 F) — the area could become too stressful for lobster.

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