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UMaine Public Health Reminder

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 11:04

The University of Maine has been informed by the Maine Center for Disease Control about widespread influenza activity across the state in December and January. This activity includes both 33 newly reported outbreaks and increased hospital admission related to influenza across the state. These two metrics are indicators of the severity of illness this flu season.

Given this information, the University of Maine is working to increase campus community awareness of the Maine Center for Disease Control influenza prevention recommendations. The latest information is online.

Influenza vaccination is still strongly encouraged to prevent or lessen the severity of influenza, especially to protect those persons at risk of more severe disease. The vaccine is widely available. January is not too late to get vaccinated. After administration, the vaccination takes about two weeks to take full effect. For questions about vaccination, contact the Maine Immunization Program,; 800.867.4775.

Be familiar and follow the Maine CDC “No Flu 4 You” prevention guidelines, which include:

  • Wash your hands: Remember to wash your hands frequently to prevent transmission of influenza. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer between hand washings.
  • Cover your cough: Use tissues, or cough into your sleeve or elbow
  • Stay home when you are sick: To lessen the spread of the virus, symptomatic individuals should remain home and practice social distancing while sick. Maine CDC recommends staying home until 24 hours after fever resolves without the use of medications.
  • Get Vaccinated: Maine CDC recommends vaccination for everyone age 6 months and older. Influenza vaccine is provided at no cost by the state of Maine for young adults under age 19. For your convenience, vaccine is still available through UMaine’s Cutler Health Center; call for an appointment, 207.581.4000, or contact your personal health care provider for vaccine availability. Visit and input your local zip code to locate a flu shot offering in your area.
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UMaine Career Fair Jan. 28

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 11:03

The University of Maine Career Center will hold its 17th annual UMaine Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28 at the New Balance Student Recreation Center.

More than 110 employers from Maine and around the country with job and internship opportunities are expected to exhibit at the fair. Several graduate and professional schools, as well as branches of the military, also will be represented at the event.

“We have every sector of employment represented: business and industry, health care, human services/nonprofits, communications, education, military, environmental and forestry, sciences, engineering, and state and federal government,” says Patty Counihan, director of the Career Center.

Students attending the fair are encouraged to dress professionally and bring their resume.

The UMaine Career Fair is the largest career fair in the state. While the event is held each year for UMaine students and alumni of all majors, students from colleges and universities around the state are welcome to attend. About 950 students attended the 2014 UMaine Career Fair.

The event is underwritten by General Dynamics/Bath Iron Works and Camden National Bank with additional support from sponsors including athenahealth, Bangor Savings Bank, Community Health and Counseling Services, Tyler Technologies, Inc., AAA Northern New England, BTG, Catholic Charities Maine, Maine Army National Guard, Providence Services, Seven Islands Land Company, Spurwink Services and St. Joseph Healthcare.

More information, including a list of participating employers, is available online or by contacting Counihan at or 581.1355.

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Weekly, Maine Edge Advance Public Humanities Day

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 12:04

The Weekly and The Maine Edge previewed events that are scheduled as part of the University of Maine Humanities Center’s third annual Downtown Bangor Public Humanities Day on Jan. 24 with a kickoff event Jan. 23. Free events for participants of all ages will be offered at venues including the University of Maine Museum of Art (UMMA), Bangor Public Library and Maine Discovery Museum. This year’s Humanities Day is co–hosted by the Maine Folklife Center and UMMA. Free bus service will be available from the UMaine campus to Bangor and is supported by the UMaine Office of Student Life. More about Downtown Bangor Public Humanities Day is online.

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WVII Covers Annual Skate with the Bears Event

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 12:03

WVII (Channel 7) reported on the annual Skate with the Bears event that was hosted by Friends of Maine Hockey at the Alfond Arena. Members of the University of Maine men’s and women’s ice hockey teams were on the ice meeting fans, signing autographs and posing for photos. UMaine men’s ice hockey player Brady Campbell said the event serves as a reminder of what it was like to be a child and look up to and cheer for college athletes. “It’s cool to know that little girls are looking up to us and want to be us one day. It’s really just an honor,” said women’s ice hockey player Kelsey MacSorely.

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Peterson’s Track Review Cited by New York Racing Association

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 12:02

Mick Peterson, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Maine, was mentioned in an official New York Racing Association (NYRA) statement addressing the health and safety of equine athletes and jockeys at Aqueduct Racetrack. In December 2014, the NYRA secured an independent review of Aqueduct’s inner track led by Peterson, who returned in January 2015 to further evaluate the track, according to the release. “New York has set the bar for the standard of care of racetrack surfaces. What stands out in New York is the record-keeping and the ability to compare measurements from year to year,” Peterson said. “We owe it to the fans, the riders, and horsemen to ensure this safety and accountability.” Horse Racing Nation published the article.

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‘Historical Atlas of Maine’ Inspires MCF Trivia Quiz

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 12:00

Maine Community Foundation CEO Meredith Jones compiled a trivia quiz based on the “Historical Atlas of Maine,” a 15-year project led by University of Maine researchers, including historian Richard Judd, geographer Stephen Hornsby and now-deceased Professor of English Burton Hatlen. Jones said she would give a polar fleece vest with the MCF logo to the person who posted correct responses to all eight trivia questions.

One of the eight questions: Ice cut from the Kennebec River in the 1880s was shipped to which of the following countries:

  1. India
  2. New Zealand
  3. China
  4. South Africa
  5. Bermuda

Mainebiz also reported on the long-awaited printing of the “Historical Atlas of Maine.”

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Kinghorn, UMMA Summer Exhibition Mentioned in BDN Article

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 11:58

George Kinghorn, director and curator of the University of Maine Museum of Art, was cited in a Bangor Daily News article about the Bangor City Council approving a $1,000 matching grant that could allow a 10-foot-tall “buoy-like floating sculpture” to be anchored in the Kenduskeag Stream in downtown Bangor this summer. The buoy, created by Eastport artist Anna Helper, will be part of her exhibition on display from June through September at the museum, according to the article. Helper is Bangor’s first recipient of an Individual Artist Grant, and she was encouraged by Kinghorn to apply for the grant through the city, the article states.

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Kennebec Journal, Morning Sentinel Promote Master Gardener Volunteers Program

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 11:55, the website of the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel, carried the announcement that the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers Program will start from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at the UMaine Extension Piscataquis County office, 165 East Main St. in Dover-Foxcroft. Live video conferencing of the training is also provided at Extension offices in Skowhegan, Fort Kent, Presque Isle and Houlton. Applications are due Thursday, Feb. 19.

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Village Soup Previews UMaine Museum of Art’s Winter Exhibitions

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 11:33

Village Soup reported on the University of Maine Museum of Art’s winter exhibitions that will open to the public on Jan. 16 and run through March 21. The exhibits are, Barbara Putnam and Deborah Cornell’s “Global Change: The Dance of Contingencies,” Dan Estabrook’s “King & Clown” and Rachel Hellmann’s “Infra/Structure.”

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Campus Intersection Now a Four-Way Stop

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 11:31

The University of Maine Police Department advises campus motorists that two new stop signs have been installed on Munson Road where it intersects with Schoodic and Moosehead roads, making this now a four-way stop. The goal is to improve pedestrian safety in the area and along Munson Road, where there are numerous crosswalks. Drivers and pedestrians: PLEASE USE CAUTION in this area as everyone adjusts to this new traffic pattern change.

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Scientists Face Frontiers at Storytelling Event

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 14:37

A field biologist, science writer, river restorer and senior producer will share their experiences at a science storytelling project 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, at One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., in Portland.

Skylar Bayer and Ari Daniel are co-producers of the event for The Story Collider, which creates live shows and podcasts in which people convey how science has personally affected their lives.

Frontier is the theme for the storytellers, who will talk about learning about themselves and their disciplines. Scheduled participants are: Chuck Lubelczyk, field biologist at Maine Medical Research Institute; Laura Poppick, science journalist and educator; Molly Payne Winn, monitoring coordinator with Penobscot River Restoration Trust; and Erin Barker, senior producer for The Story Collider, two-time winner of The Moth’s GrandSLAM competition and guest on the Peabody Award-winning show “The Moth Radio Hour.”

Bayer is pursuing her Ph.D. in marine reproductive ecology at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center in Walpole, Maine. She was featured in a prior podcast of The Story Collider titled “Phoning Home from Alvin.” Bayer manages, edits and writes the blog Strictlyfishwrap and was the “the lonely lady scientist” in a 2013 feature titled “The Enemy Within” on “The Colbert Report.”

Daniel tells stories about science using radio and multimedia. He has reported for PRI’s The World, NOVA, Radiolab and NPR. Daniel earned a Ph.D. in biological oceanography at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

For more information, visit Tickets are $10 online at and $12 at the door.

Contact: Beth Staples, 207.581.3777

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Students Reminded to File Their 2015–16 FAFSA

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 12:26

The Office of Student Financial Aid reminds students that as of Jan. 1, they can file their 2015–16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which must be completed each year in order to receive financial aid at the University of Maine.

March 1 is the University of Maine’s priority filing deadline for FAFSA. Students who file their FAFSA after that date risk losing potential eligibility for some types of financial aid.

The 2015–16 FAFSA requires students and parents of dependent students to submit their 2014 tax information. If you have not yet filed your 2014 tax return, use estimated information to submit the FAFSA by the March 1 priority filing deadline. Once your tax return is complete, you can use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to upload your tax information directly from the IRS to your FAFSA. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool will be available for use starting Feb. 1.

To complete FAFSA, go to For more information on filing the FAFSA, visit or contact the Office of Student Financial Aid, 207.581.1324.

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Ocean Garden Topic of Redmond’s Talk

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 12:25

Sarah Redmond, a marine extension associate with the Maine Sea Grant College Program at the University of Maine, will be a guest speaker at a free brown bag luncheon at noon Wednesday, Jan. 28, in Moore Auditorium at Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park. She’ll discuss “Our Ocean Garden: Sea Vegetables of Maine.” For more information, call 207.288.1310.

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Breece Provides Context about Oil Prices

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 12:24

University of Maine economist James Breece was interviewed for a story in the Morning Sentinel about dropping oil prices. He said oil prices have plummeted due to a host of reasons, including that increased production of shale oil in North America has increased global supplies. In addition, Breece said as the Chinese economy and the European economy declined, the demand for oil has dropped. While Breece said oil prices will likely increase when the economies of China and Europe recover, he doesn’t believe they’ll reach previous record levels.

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MTM Interviews Neivandt About Foreign Technology Workers

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 12:23

David Neivandt, associate vice president for research and graduate studies and director of the Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering at the University of Maine, was cited in a MaineToday Media story about the state lagging behind in hiring foreign technology workers. The story reported that, despite a shortage of technically skilled professionals in Maine, businesses have, for the most part, not utilized the federal H-1B visa program that allows them to hire foreign guest workers with expertise in science, medicine, computers and engineering. Colleges and universities in Maine appear to be the exception. Neivandt said that in 2001, when he came to the U.S. from Australia, he obtained a visa in a few months. One major drawback, he said, is that spouses may not work unless they obtain their own H-1B visas.

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Minnesota Meteorologist Utilizes Climate Reanalyzer

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 12:22

In his Jan. 12 online edition of the Minnesota-based Star Tribune, meteorologist Paul Douglas used the University of Maine Climate Change Institute’s Climate Reanalyzer’s Global Forecast System Model. The Climate Reanalyzer indicated the Gopher State would come out of the deep freeze and have several days with temperatures in the 30s.

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Courier Gazette Announces Shields’ Victory

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 12:21

The Rockland-based Courier Gazette carried a story about Don Shields being named the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association’s Maine Sportscaster of the Year. Shields, who calls University of Maine women’s basketball games for Learfield Sports/Black Bear Sports Properties, also has called area high school basketball contests for 30 years.

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Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Jan. 19 on Campus

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 09:56

Wabanaki reconciliation will be the focus of a keynote address at the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast on Jan. 19, sponsored by the Greater Bangor Area NAACP and the University of Maine.

Doors open at 8 a.m. in UMaine’s Wells Conference Center. Tickets are $20; $12.50 for children 12 and under; free for students with a MaineCard. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance. Early ticket purchase is recommended ( For ticket information or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.581.4095.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast will open with welcoming remarks by Michael Alpert, president of the Greater Bangor Area NAACP; UMaine President Susan Hunter; and UMaine Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Robert Dana.

Keynote speakers Esther Attean and Denise Altvater will speak on “Truth, Healing and Change: Maine-Wabanaki Reconciliation.” Attean and Altvater are the advisers to the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission.

Attean, a member of the Passamaquoddy Nation, co-directs Maine-Wabanaki REACH and is a training specialist with the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine, working with young people transitioning out of foster care. Attean was part of the Indian Child Welfare Act Training Workgroup and for seven years worked for the Penobscot Nation Department of Human Services, providing family support and community program development services.

Altvater is the youth outreach and education coordinator of Maine-Wabanaki REACH, and directs Maine’s Wabanaki Youth Program of the American Friends Service Committee. She is the Passamaquoddy representative to the Maine Indian Tribal State Commission and is the Wabanaki liaison on the Board of Overseers for the Maine State Prison. For decades, she has worked to create a support and communication network for Native communities in the region.

Other community leaders expected to participate in the King Breakfast include gkisedtanmoogk, a commissioner with the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission; and Mother Marguerite A.H. Steadman of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Bangor.

For more information about the breakfast, call 207.581.1406.

Michael Alpert is the newly named president of the Greater Bangor Area NAACP. Alpert directs the University of Maine Press in Orono, a division of UMaine’s Raymond H. Fogler Library.

The Greater Bangor Area NAACP holds monthly meetings and special programs on issues of concern to the civil rights community. More information is available by calling 207.548.2081.

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UMaine Researchers Aiding Efforts to Develop American Eel Aquaculture

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 14:45

University of Maine Marine Extension associates are involved in emerging efforts to develop aquaculture for American eel. Last October, scientists, eel biologists, eel merchants, entrepreneurs and government regulators attended a workshop on the eel industry sponsored by the USDA Northeastern Regional Aquaculture Center and organized by Barry Costa-Pierce (University of New England), Michael Timmons (Cornell University), Dana Morse (Maine Sea Grant) and David MacNeill (New York Sea Grant). Despite complications resulting from the potential listing of American eel as an endangered species, workshop participants concluded that the development of a local industry would benefit both wild fishermen and aquaculture entrepreneurs. Discussions will continue at the Northeast Aquaculture Conference and Exposition (Jan. 14–16 in Portland, Maine) and the Maine Fishermen’s Forum (March 5–7 at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine).

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Fri, 01/09/2015 - 10:06 reported Jim Dwyer, a crops specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, will give a talk at the 74th Maine Agricultural Trades Show set for Jan. 13–15 at the Augusta Civic Center. Dwyer is scheduled to do a presentation on potato pest management on Jan. 13. Since 1941, the annual show has offered a place for agriculture producers and consumers to experience a variety of exhibitors, meetings, seminars and  activities related to farming, according to the article.

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