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Samantha Frank: Three Cheers

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 10:34

First-year student Samantha Frank is a 2015 National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Association champion.

The 105-pound Frank pinned two-time All-American Mikayla Pica of Southwestern Oregon Community College to capture the crown in March in Allen, Texas.

Frank, a nursing major, was voted Most Outstanding Wrestler at the meet and earned All-American status.

While Frank was the sole female wrestler for the Black Bears, her win catapulted UMaine to a fifth-place finish (21.5 points) in the 15-team field.

Southwestern Oregon Community College won its fourth consecutive women’s team title with 128 points. Ottawa University in Kansas (98), Springfield Technical Community College (64.5) and University of Massachusetts Amherst (26.5) placed second through fourth, respectively.

Frank began wrestling in middle school. She wanted to play football, but says her father persuaded her to wrestle because she would be competing with people of similar size.

After all her accomplishments, Frank could have executed a quality celebratory cheer; the Windham High School graduate also is a cheerleader at UMaine.

“I like being the face of the school and being a positive example,” she says.

Frank, who is training to be a resident assistant at UMaine, also strives to be a positive role model to young girls she coaches.

UMaine wrestling coach Don McCann says Frank has a lot of natural talent but that her work ethic and determination distinguish her as a wrestler. At practice, McCann says Frank’s teammates, all men, outweigh her by about 20-25 pounds.

Two of those men — Jacob Powers and River Robertson — also earned All-America honors as they led the Black Bears to a fourth-place finish (49.5 points ) among 57 Division II teams. Washington State University won the Division II men’s team crown with 66.5 points.

Powers, a senior who graduated from Camden Hills Regional High School, garnered a fourth-place finish in the 174-pound division. And Robertson, a first-year wrestler who graduated from Bucksport High School, placed fifth in the 184-pound class.

Powers and Robertson, both state champions in high school, are captains of the UMaine squad.

McCann, Mike Carter and Aaron James are UMaine coaches, and Bill Osmer is an adviser.

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Bayer Discourages Use of Green Crabs as Lobster Bait in BDN Article

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 10:31

Bob Bayer, executive director of the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine, spoke with the Bangor Daily News for the article, “Study: Green crabs pose parasite threat as lobster bait.” There has been heightened interest in recent years for finding a commercial application for invasive green crabs, and using the crabs as lobster bait has been considered, according to the article. However, a new study by a pair of Canadian scientists determined a parasite has been found in lobsters baited with the crabs. Bayer said he recommends lobstermen do not use green crabs as bait, at least until further studies can be conducted. “These are credible people,” he said of the scientists who conducted the study. “Don’t do it.” Bayer also said the cold weather this winter could have drastically reduced the green crab population.

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Alpert Guest on MPBN’s ‘Maine Calling’ Radio Show

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 10:30

Michael Alpert, president of the Greater Bangor Area NAACP, was a recent guest on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s “Maine Calling” radio show. The show, titled “Anniversary of the march on Selma,” celebrated the march and examined where the nation stands in regards to civil rights 50 years later.  Alpert also is the director of the University of Maine Press, a division of UMaine’s Raymond H. Fogler Library.

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Kersbergen Writes Article for BDN on Growing Farmers’ Revenue

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 10:30

Richard Kersbergen, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator on sustainable dairy and forage systems, wrote an article for the Bangor Daily News titled “How Maine’s vast pastureland can help farmers grow revenue.” Even though Maine is seeing a surge in small farms, Kersbergen suggests farm revenues and viability can be increased by tapping into an underutilized resource: grass. “Maine has a huge amount of grass pastures and hayfields that can produce quality milk and meat at a low cost,” Kersbergen wrote. He added Maine has a lot of acreage that could potentially produce high-quality forage for beef and lamb production.

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WLBZ Interviews Female UMaine Wrestler After Winning National Title

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 10:29

WLBZ (Channel 2) spoke with first-year student Samantha Frank about becoming a 2015 National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Association champion. The 105-pound Frank recently captured the crown in Texas. Frank, a nursing major who also is on the UMaine cheering squad, was voted most outstanding wrestler at the meet and earned All-American status. While the Windham High School graduate was the sole female wrestler for the Black Bears, her win catapulted UMaine to a fifth-place finish in the 15-team field. “Wrestling for Maine is huge because it’s home,” Frank said.

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Free Press Advances Sen. Susan Collins Lecture

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 10:29

The Free Press reported U.S. Sen. Susan Collins will give the Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Lecture at the University of Maine on March 31. Collins’ address, “Incivility and Hyperpartisanship: Is Washington a Symptom or the Cause?” begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Collins Center for the Arts. RSVP is required for the free public event by calling 581.1648 or writing

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UMaine Student Shares Bodybuilding Journey with Free Press

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 10:28

The Free Press published an article about University of Maine student Sacre Bahati and his drive to be a professional bodybuilder. Bahati of South Portland is training for the OCB Pine Tree State Bodybuilding Competition this April in Westbrook, according to the article. “As long as I bring my best and have done my best, I don’t care if I come in 10th place. If I was my best self, that’s more than what most people can say,” Bahati said.

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Catch the Women’s Basketball WNIT Game

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 10:28

Fans can catch all the action of the University of Maine women’s basketball team’s first-round WNIT contest with Villanova at 7 p.m. Friday.

An online stream is available and the Black Bear Sports Network is broadcasting the contest at 94.1 FM/1230 AM on the radio dial.

This will be the third time in program history that UMaine (23–8) has played Villanova (19–13). Each squad has won once.

Because UMaine was a co-regular season America East champion, it earned an automatic bid to the 64-team WNIT field. The Wildcats of Villanova earned the automatic qualifier for the Big East conference.

This is UMaine’s fourth appearance in the WNIT; the Black Bears also participated in 1990, 2003 and 2005. In 1990, UMaine topped Wyoming, 68-48.

If the Black Bears win Friday night, they will play Old Dominion University on Monday; the Monarchs (21-12) bested University of Virginia, 69-62 on Thursday night.

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UMaine to Host Salsa-Based Artist Residency

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 10:27

The University of Maine College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will host a three-day artist residency on salsa and jazz that will include interactive workshops, classes, a community jam session and a concert.

Salsa for Everyone! will feature Bobby Porcelli and his Afro Latin Jazz Group with members of the Arturo-O’Farrill Orchestra. The performers will be on campus from March 26–28 and will offer a variety of programs for the UMaine community and general public.

Porcelli of New York is considered one of Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz’s most accomplished saxophonist and flautist.

Events begin Thursday, March 26 with an interactive workshop with Sam Burtis, a New York jazz scene veteran who has lived in Maine; followed by a percussion studio class and history of jazz class.

Friday’s activities include an advanced improv class, salsa clinic, community music jam session, brass workshop with Burtis for UMaine students and area high schoolers, and recording session with the Maine Public Broadcasting Network hosted by Rich Tozier that is open to the public.

Saturday will close the residency with an open rehearsal, Q&A session and concert.

Most events are free and open to the public. The full schedule is online. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Eleanor Kipping at 581.4721,

The residency is supported by the UMaine departments of history, modern languages and music.

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Kelly Speaks with Press Herald About Innovate for Maine, Blackstone Accelerates Growth

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 10:54

Renee Kelly, director of economic development initiatives at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Portland Press Herald article about the planned end of the $3 million Blackstone Accelerates Growth (BxG) initiative that aimed to support entrepreneurship in Maine. Among the programs created through BxG is the Innovate for Maine Fellows program that is based in UMaine’s Foster Center for Student Innovation. The internship program connects Maine college students with growing companies as a way to create jobs in Maine through innovation and entrepreneurship. Since it was founded in 2012, it has placed roughly 100 college students at Maine companies, according to the article. “We saw a real need because we interact with students every day,” Kelly said. “They feel like they don’t know about opportunities and have to leave the state to find good opportunities, and at the same time we work with companies that are desperate for talent. We felt there must be a better way, and this program is a way to build those connections. And the Blackstone funding was critical to help get that off ground.”

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WVII Advances Fourth Annual Bearfest Dance Marathon

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 10:53

WVII (Channel 7) reported the University of Maine is holding the fourth annual 12-hour Bearfest Dance Marathon on March 21 at the New Balance Student Recreation Center. Since 2012, the event has raised more than $130,000 to help area hospitals support local children. This year, UMaine student organizers hope to raise $75,000 for EMHS Foundation Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, including Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. Starting at 3 p.m., participants will stay at the center for 12 hours, where they will dance and play games, as well as be joined by several children who have received treatment at the hospital, according to the report.

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UMaine to Participate in Maine Science Festival, Maine Edge Reports

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 10:51

The Maine Edge advanced the inaugural Maine Science Festival to be held throughout downtown Bangor and at the Cross Insurance Center from March 20–22. Kate Dickerson, a research associate in the School of Economics at the University of Maine, is the festival’s founder and director. Several UMaine facilities and community members will offer events as part of the festival, according to the article. UMaine’s Virtual Environment and Multimodal Interaction (VEMI) Laboratory will provide hands-on, virtual reality activities, including a driving simulator; the University of Maine Museum of Art will host several workshops, panel discussions and a gallery talk; and Joshua Plourde, communications specialist at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center, and Sam Hess, a UMaine professor of physics and astronomy, will present a drone demonstration and discussion.

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UMaine Extension to Offer Introductory Beekeeping Course in Bangor, WVII Reports

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 10:48

WVII (Channel 7) reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer an introduction to beekeeping class on April 23 at the Extension Office in Bangor. The free three-hour class will be facilitated by a lifelong beekeeper who will discuss the importance of backyard beekeeping in Maine. Topics will include the required equipment, licensing, insurance, inspections and memberships, according to the report.

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Dickerson Writes Op-Ed on Maine Science Festival for BDN

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 10:47

Kate Dickerson, a research associate in the School of Economics at the University of Maine, wrote an opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News titled “Science isn’t just for lab-coat wearing researchers.” The article focuses on the inaugural Maine Science Festival to be held in Bangor from March 20–22. Dickerson is the festival’s founder and director.

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UMaine Extension Publication Cited in Sun Journal Article on Start of Growing Season

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 10:44

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension publication “Starting Seeds at Home,” by Extension educator Marjorie Peronto and Extension master gardener Theresa Guethler was cited in a Sun Journal article about gardeners getting a jump on this year’s growing season. The publication states growing seedlings inside and transplanting them outside is important for plants that take longer to mature or are sensitive to frost, such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and melons. “You can start enjoying flowers and harvesting vegetables four to six weeks earlier than if you had waited for the ground to warm up enough for you to sow the seeds outside,” the bulletin states.

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Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Scholarship Accepting Applications

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 10:42

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015–2016 Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Scholarship. The $3,500 scholarship is open to undergraduate students of all majors who are conducting research on a topic related to public policy.

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be a Maine resident currently enrolled at UMaine and taking at least 12 credits, be an undergraduate student with a GPA of at least 3.0, and have completed 40 credit hours before the current semester.

The scholarship will be awarded in two installments of $1,750 per semester. The scholarship program is administered by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center with the assistance of a university selection committee. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 17. More information, including the application, is available online.

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Hopkins Quoted in KJ, Morning Sentinel Article on Maine Maple Sunday

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 10:46

Kathy Hopkins, a maple syrup expert with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was quoted in a Morning Sentinel and Kennebec Journal article titled, “Maple Sunday to go on in central Maine even if sap doesn’t.” More than 100 sugar houses across the state will open their doors to the public as part of the 32nd annual Maine Maple Sunday, even though producers have little sap to boil, according to the article. Hopkins said syrup production began last week in most places, but there is still a shortage of sap. The ideal conditions for sap collection are temperatures that dip into the 20s during the night and rise into the mid-40s during the day — plus plenty of sun and little wind, the article states. “We’ll still have a good season, I think,” Hopkins said.

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BDN Publishes Op-Ed by Butler

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 10:45

The Bangor Daily News published the opinion piece “Older, poor adults get short shrift in LePage’s budget proposal” by Sandra Butler, a professor of social work at the University of Maine. Butler also is a member of the Maine Regional Network, part of the Scholars Strategy Network, which brings together scholars across the country to address public challenges and their policy implications. Members’ columns appear in the BDN every other week.

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Fellowship Allows Maine Graduates to Explore Marine Policy in Washington

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 10:40

The National Sea Grant College Program has awarded Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships to three Maine graduates.

Jeffrey Vieser, Liana James and Andrew Strosahl join 49 fellow graduates from around the country who will spend a year working on marine policy in Washington, D.C. The fellowships provide the opportunity for recent graduates to apply their scientific background to marine and coastal policymaking at the national level.

Vieser of Metuchen, New Jersey is one of two Maine Sea Grant scholars selected in 2012 for a year of Sea Grant graduate student research support in the dual degree program in marine science and policy at the University of Maine. As part of his graduate research, Vieser evaluated the potential environmental impacts of the first grid-connected, in-stream tidal power device in the United States. Vieser has worked at the NY/NJ Baykeeper and AmeriCorps, where he faced challenges solving freshwater and marine environmental issues. For his Knauss Fellowship, Vieser will work as a fisheries science coordinator for the National Marine Fisheries Service Office of Science and Technology.

James of Boulder, Colorado, a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law, completed her undergraduate degree at Juniata College. As an undergraduate, James sailed aboard the Robert C. Seamans during her semester with Sea Education Association (SEA). During her time with SEA, James sailed to Christmas Island, part of the Republic of Kiribati, where sea-level rise poses an immediate danger to island communities. James has been appointed policy liaison to the executive director of the Committee on the Marine Transportation System.

Strosahl of Southington, Connecticut and Dover, New Hampshire is a graduate of Maine Maritime Academy and received his law degree at the University of Maine School of Law, where he developed legal briefs for the Law School and the Conservation Law Foundation. Before completing his law degree, he worked in the merchant marine as a civilian with the U.S. Navy. He received several awards for his service with the Navy, as well as a Commandant’s Citation at Maine Maritime Academy. Strosahl will serve in the office of U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii during his Knauss Fellowship.

The Knauss Fellowship was established in 1979 for students interested in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and the national policy decisions that affect those resources. Qualified graduate students spend a year with hosts in the legislative and executive branch of government. The program is named in honor of one of the founders of the National Sea Grant College Program, former NOAA Administrator John A. Knauss.

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Sen. Susan Collins to give Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Lecture at UMaine March 31

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 08:30

Political gridlock in Washington, D.C., will be the focus of an address by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins when she gives the Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Lecture at the University of Maine on March 31, 2015.

Collins’ address, “Incivility and Hyperpartisanship: Is Washington a Symptom or the Cause?” begins at 3:30 p.m., in the Collins Center for the Arts. RSVP is required for the free public event by calling 581.1648 or writing

Collins is currently serving her fourth term in the United States Senate. Whether it’s in her role as chair of the Senate Aging Committee, or chair of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, or in her role on the Senate Intelligence Committee, she is constantly working to make both Maine and our nation a better place.

UMaine’s Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center brings to campus a person of national status to deliver a lecture in the field of civic and public life. The Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Lecture Series was endowed in 1989 by the Margaret Chase Smith Foundation in honor of Sen. Smith’s contributions to Maine and to the nation.

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