University of Maine News
The Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel previewed the Maine Water & Sustainability Conference to be held April 1 at the Augusta Civic Center. The conference, organized by the Senator George J. Mitchell Center at the University of Maine, will focus on the future of energy, clean water and safe beaches and shellfish beds. The annual event, founded in 1994 as the Maine Water Conference, was renamed the Maine Water & Sustainability Conference to reflect the addition of sustainability science research. The conference has become one of the largest environmentally related conferences in Maine attracting more than 350 attendees each year.
The Weekly and The Maine Edge reported on three exhibitions that will be on display at the University of Maine Museum of Art this spring. “Amy Beeler: Passion and Adornment,” “Looking Back Six Years — Part One: Selected New Acquisitions” and “Jay Kelly: Works from 2007–2014” will run from April 4 to June 7 at the museum in downtown Bangor.
WVII (Channel 7) reported on the performance of the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus at the Collins Center for the Arts. The University of Maine School of Performing Arts and the Bangor Daily News sponsored the show, which included 16 UMaine students as guest performers and Christopher White, UMaine Symphonic Band director, as a guest conductor for one piece.
The Free Press reported applications are now being accepted for Dive In, a two-day summer immersion program offered to college-bound high school students who are interested in marine sciences. The first 20 students who register will be accepted to the program that offers hands-on, field-oriented activities at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center in Walpole and the UMaine campus in Orono. The program will showcase the university’s marine science faculty and facilities and the academic and research opportunities available to students.
The Bangor Daily News spoke with several University of Maine faculty members for the article “UMaine faculty avoid layoffs, saddened by budget cuts.” UMaine’s Vice President for Administration and Finance Janet Waldron recently announced that UMaine will cut about $10 million from its annual budget without laying off faculty or cutting academic programs. Michael Socolow, associate professor of communication and journalism, said many of the facts presented during Waldron’s presentation, such as increasing enrollment, retention and out-of-state students, show UMaine is in a different situation than other campuses in the system, which is a relief to many faculty. The Sun Journal also carried the BDN report.
The Bangor Daily News published an opinion piece by University of Maine graduate student and small-business owner Charles E. Scott II, who received his bachelor of social work from UMaine and is currently in the master of social work program. Scott’s article is titled “From a small-business owner: Why Maine shouldn’t let corporations hide profits offshore.”
Bangor Metro reported two new potato varieties — the Easton and the Sebec — that were developed by the University of Maine and the Maine Potato Board over the past several growing seasons will make their debut this year. The varieties are targeted at the french fry and potato chip industries. Kris Burton, director of technology commercialization in the UMaine Department of Industrial Cooperation, said several other varieties are currently being evaluated for release over the next few years through the university’s partnership with the Maine Potato Board. “Working closely with the board allows us to commercialize the best varieties to support the Maine potato industry and further research in the field,” Burton said.
This month, three finalists for the position of dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will be on campus — Bryan DePoy of Youngstown State University, Emily Haddad of the University of South Dakota and Pamela Kalbfleisch of Concordia University Chicago. Complete vitaes are posted on the Academic Affairs website.