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‘Rainforests of the Sea’

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:51

University of Maine marine scientist Bob Steneck encouraged Dominican Republic officials and stakeholders to preserve and improve coral reefs — what he calls the tropical rainforests of the sea — in a keynote address on World Oceans Day, in Santo Domingo.

“They contain 25 percent of all species on Earth. However, they are also among the world’s most endangered ecosystems and, as such, the biodiversity, breakwater function, food resources and ecotourism value they provide for people are all at risk,” says Steneck.

“They are threatened worldwide but this is especially obvious in the Dominican Republic, where competing activities, such as coastal development and fishing pressure, have taken their toll.”

Steneck encouraged the Dominican Republic government and nongovernment organizations to work together to preserve reefs that are healthy and continue efforts to improve those that are degraded. His recommendations included banning the harvesting of parrotfish and investing in enforcement.

Although coral reefs suffer from global climate change and ocean acidification, Steneck says there are remarkable bright spots.

While quantifying corals, seaweed and sponges in transects in March, Steneck says he and fellow researchers found a wide range of reef conditions, from the bright spots — some of the best coral in all of the Caribbean — to some of the most degraded.

Repeatedly, it appeared the presence of healthy fish populations, especially parrotfish, corresponded with the healthiest coral reefs, says Steneck, a professor of oceanography, marine biology and marine policy based at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole, Maine.

“The Dominican Republic is a remarkably diverse country,” says Steneck. “However, its greatest diversity may lie underwater and out of sight of most people.”

The vibrant reefs, he says, were within sight of the border with Haiti, while reefs adjacent to Punta Cana, the heavily populated easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic, were the most degraded.

About 400 people attended Steneck’s keynote at the conference, which was sponsored by Propagas Foundation. Creative lighting and decorations made the conference room appear to be underwater, he says.

Several media outlets, including El Dia, covered Steneck’s speech ( Steneck also was a guest on two radio shows before returning to Maine.

Contact: Beth Staples, 207.581.3777

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What’s Buzzin’

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:50

A group of University of Maine researchers is working to enhance native and honey bee populations by increasing beneficial pollinator flowers across Maine’s landscape. This is not a new idea — what is new is their choice of research location. Some might describe one of their sites as trashy, but the researchers think it’s just what they need.

The researchers — Alison Dibble, Lois Stack, Megan Leech, and Frank Drummond — are planting pollinator demonstration gardens at the inactive Pine Tree Landfill in Hampden and at G.W. Allen’s Blueberry farm located in Orland. Both plots will be used to educate farmers and community members about strategies that they can adopt to help keep bee communities thriving in the state.

“This project is important because one of the many hypothesized stressors that have been implicated in bee decline, including honey bees and native bees, is not having enough floral resources, which provides the pollen and nectar essential for bees,” says Drummond, professor of insect ecology.

Funded by the Natural Resource Conservation Service, the two-year project’s objective is to identify plantings — annuals, herbaceous perennials and woody shrubs — that are most beneficial to bees across Maine’s terrain, which is dominated by forest ecosystems that are not particularly conducive to bee life.

By enhancing habitats to fit the needs of pollinators, the researchers are giving back to the tiny buzzing insects that provide our agricultural systems with the crucial service of pollination.

As bees forage for food, they pollinate flowering plants by depositing pollen on the flower’s stigma, the receptive part of the plant’s female reproductive organ. The pollen will then germinate and fertilize the flower to produce fruits and seeds.

Conservation biologists in Maine, as well as worldwide, have raised concerns about declines in bee abundance and species diversity. Due to conversion of landscape for residential and commercial uses, natural bee habitats are being eliminated, which could have serious implications to various agricultural crops in Maine, such as blueberries.

According to David Yarbrough, professor of horticulture and a wild blueberry specialist for University of Maine Cooperative Extension, last year’s harvest of wild blueberry crops in Maine brought in a $250 million monetary return.  In 2014, Maine produced and harvested more than 104 million pounds of blueberries made possible, in part, by the free services bees provide.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, bees provide pollination to 80 percent of all flowering plants and 75 percent of fruits, nuts and vegetables grown in the U.S. About 25,000 species of bees are known throughout the world and Maine is home to more than 270 species of native bees.

During the demonstrations, researchers and educators will discuss plants that are best utilized by bees and will stress the need to avoid flowers and shrubs treated with systemic insecticides because they can be detrimental to bees, says Drummond.

“It’s not just about planting flowers: it’s about planting flowers that are safe for the bees,” he says. Both sites will help researchers, farmers and educators better understand how these plots should be managed in order to be successful both agriculturally and ecologically. The first demonstration date has not been set, but the researchers are aiming to hold one in mid-August.

Pine Tree landfill, the first site for the demonstration, is managed by Casella Waste Services, which owns more than 400 landfills in the Northeast. If all goes well, the company hopes to host more pollinator gardens on their landfills, transforming unused land into flower-filled paradises for bees.

“I think the landfill is a great location for this project because it’s a piece of land that is not currently being used. Right now they use the methane that comes from the landfill to produce energy. So if we can use the same land for something else that is a good cause, it’s a win-win,” says Leech, a graduate student working with Drummond.

Leech’s master’s thesis is focused on flower nutrition, specifically whether bees visit flowers with higher nutritional value more frequently. She’s also looking at other floral characteristics that would impact flower nutrition such as nectar and pollen. The idea for her thesis sprouted while working on Dibble’s bee module project, when she observed bees showing a preference for some flowers over others, and wondered if it was related to nutrition.

The bee module — a five-year project started in 2012 — is aimed at determining which plants elicit the most bee visitations in order to create a baseline of what plants should be selected for the pollinator demonstration sites. In order to collect the data, Dibble setup 36 plots within 100-foot-by-100-foot areas on three Maine blueberry fields and at the University of Maine Rogers farm. By placing plots side-by-side, researchers were able to collect observations of bee visitations on a variety of different planting selections, which will help to better inform their recommendations to farmers.

The data they collect, which will focus on the success of flowering plant germination and bee visitation preferences, will be looked at over the next two years to determine if the increase in floral resources was beneficial to the bee populations.

Promoting the health of bee populations is relatively inexpensive in terms of the alternative, which is trying to pollinate plants without bees. If farmers planted pollinator plots next to their agricultural crops, they could decrease rental costs for honeybees, which are usually imported by farmers during the planting season, says Drummond.

Drummond hopes the project will encourage nonfarmers to invest in pollinator plantings for municipalities, private homes and state agencies, so — on a landscape level — bee numbers can increase.

“In the past, we’ve mostly been focusing on the farmers. But what makes this project more unique is that we are trying to provide outreach for the nonfarmers who can also have an impact on improving bee communities on the landscape,” says Drummond.

Contact: Amanda Clark, 207.581.3721

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Hungry Bluefin Tuna in a Sea of Plenty

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:49

Bluefin tuna are going hungry in a sea full of fish because their foraging habits are most efficient with larger — not necessarily more abundant — prey, according to a study led by a University of Maine marine scientist.

Walter Golet, assistant research professor in the School of Marine Sciences and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, led a research team that involved marine scientists from five institutions, including Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Simon Fraser University.

How can bluefin tuna go hungry in a sea full of fish?

In a paper in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series titled “The paradox of the pelagics: why bluefin tuna can go hungry in a sea of plenty,” the seven authors outlined how the overall condition (fat content) of Atlantic bluefin tuna Thunnus thynnus in the Gulf of Maine declined despite an abundance of Clupea harengus, Atlantic herring — their preferred prey.

The Gulf of Maine is an important foraging ground for bluefin tuna, which spend up to six months there consuming high-energy prey such as the herring and in doing so accumulate as much as 200 pounds in fat. Energy acquired in the Gulf of Maine is vital to support bluefin tuna migration and reproduction.

The population of Atlantic herring has increased over the past two decades suggesting that foraging conditions should have been favorable for bluefin tuna. A decline in bluefin tuna condition despite abundant prey resources was puzzling, so the researchers tested hypotheses related to the energetic payoff of eating herring of different sizes, comparing this across different regions of the northwest Atlantic. Researchers had expected to find that due to the high abundance of herring in the Gulf of Maine, foraging would have been favorable for the bluefin tuna, thereby increasing their lipid stores and overall body condition. Their results suggest bluefin tuna are more sensitive to the size of their prey rather than prey abundance (i.e., for bluefin, bigger prey is better than smaller prey).

Researchers identified a correlation between bluefin tuna body condition, the relative abundance of large Atlantic herring and the energetic payoff resulting from consuming different sizes of herring. The correlation is consistent with the optimal foraging theory, a model used to predict how an animal behaves when it’s searching for food.

These correlations could explain why the condition of bluefin tuna suffers even when prey is abundant. According to the researchers, this may also explain a shift in distribution of bluefin tuna to offshore banks and locations further north on the northwest Atlantic shelf where herring (and their corresponding energetic payoff) are larger.

Management strategies for small pelagic fish, including sardines, herrings and anchovies, have the potential to alter food web dynamics and energy flow through changes in the size and abundance of these species. Changes in these fish stocks impact marine mammals and other large warm-bodied fish (like bluefin tuna) whose physiology is geared toward high energetic returns while foraging.

The researchers utilized the extensive data collected from the Maine Department of Marine Resources, the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Contact: Amanda Clark, 207.581.3721

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Josiah-Martin Keynote Speaker at Child Welfare Conference, Media Report

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:26

The Bangor Daily News and WVII (Channel 7) covered the 21st annual Maine Child Welfare Conference held at the University of Maine. Judith Josiah-Martin, director of the Office of Multicultural Programs director and lecturer in the School of Social Work, was the keynote speaker at the event. Diversity should be embraced in order to provide the best care, Josiah-Martin told the more than 200 nurses, child protection caseworkers, social workers, law enforcement personnel, students and mental health and educational professionals in attendance, according to the BDN.

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PennLive Cites UMaine Hazing Study

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:25

PennLive cited a 2008 University of Maine study in the article “‘A culture problem, not a college problem’: The discussion on combating hazing continues.” The study, which was conducted by researchers Elizabeth Allan and Mary Madden, found 74 percent of students that experienced at least one hazing behavior were in varsity athletics, while 73 were in a social fraternity or sorority, according to the report.

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Hay Growers Encouraged to Update Directory Listings

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:19

Growers and marketers of hay and hay products are reminded to update their listings on the University of Maine Cooperative Extension online hay directory.

“Extension has maintained the hay directory for many years and growers and consumers have found the resource valuable,” says Rick Kersbergen, UMaine Extension educator in Waldo County. Kersbergen also advises having an analysis done when buying or selling forage products to ensure appropriate quality.

To list hay for sale on the directory, contact the Waldo County Extension office at 342.5971, 800.287.1426 (in Maine), or complete the online form. For more information about quality testing, contact Kersbergen at or watch UMaine Extension’s educational videos on YouTube.

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UMaine Student-Athletes Post 3.21 Cumulative GPA

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:06

University of Maine student-athletes posted a 3.21 cumulative grade-point average during the 2014-15 academic year.

The 3.21 GPA placed the Black Bears third in the 2015 America East Academic Cup standings. The Academic Cup, established by the America East Board of Directors in 1995, is presented to the institution whose student-athletes post the highest grade-point average during the academic year. The University of Hartford and the University of New Hampshire tied for the 2015 America East Academic Cup, each posting a 3.23 GPA.

The UMaine women’s basketball team, the 2015 America East co-regular season champion, led all league women’s basketball squads with a 3.39 GPA. It was one of three squads in the America East to both win/share a championship and finish with the highest GPA in their respective sports.

All nine of UMaine’s women’s sports teams recorded a 3.00 GPA or better this season, led by the cross-country and ice hockey squads, both of which finished with 3.46 GPAs. Basketball (3.39) and swimming and diving (3.33) followed. Field hockey, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field and soccer all finished with a 3.27 grade-point average and softball earned a 3.25 GPA.

The UMaine men’s squads were led by the cross-county team with a 3.31 GPA, followed by ice hockey (3.21) and indoor track and field (3.13).

After Hartford, UNH and UMaine, the University of Vermont was fourth in the AE with a 3.16 GPA. Binghamton University and the University of Massachusetts Lowell tied for fifth, each recording a 3.10 GPA. The University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Stony Brook University tied for seventh with a 3.08 GPA, while the University at Albany compiled a 3.06 GPA.

Each of America East’s nine member institutions and 79 percent of its teams (110-of-139) compiled grade-point averages higher than 3.0 in 2014–15.

In all, America East student-athletes have averaged better than a 3.0 GPA for 10 straight years. The league’s 3,400-plus student-athletes averaged a 3.14 GPA, the highest single-year mark in league history. It’s the third consecutive year a new standard has been set.

The University of Maine is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2015. The athletic department is noting 150 student-athlete achievements during the year; visit

Contact: Beth Staples, 207.581.3777

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NSF Awards UMaine Grads $225,000 to Create Eco-Friendly Thermal Insulation Foam Board

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 15:18

An Orono-based company founded by two University of Maine graduates has been awarded $224,996 from the National Science Foundation to create a prototype for the first completely eco-friendly thermal insulation foam board.

Nadir Yildirim, a graduate of UMaine’s innovation engineering program and current Ph.D. student in the Wood Science and Technology Program in the School of Forest Resources, and Alexander Chasse, a 2013 civil engineering graduate from UMaine who works at the university conducting nanomaterial research, created Revolution Research, Inc. to develop recyclable and reusable products using cellulose nanofibrils (CNFs) for several industries.

“I believe RRI will open a new page in the insulation industry,” says Yildirim, the project’s principal investigator.

The pair started RRI in 2014 to develop and commercialize replacements of petroleum-based thermal insulation products. RRI’s current focus is the creation and commercialization of thermal and acoustical insulation foam boards for use in the construction industry.

One of the largest uses of energy is heating and cooling buildings, according to the researchers, which drives construction companies to search for products that improve insulation performance.

Foam board insulation products currently on the market are produced from petroleum-based chemicals. RRI aims to use CNFs and green polymers to produce an eco-friendly thermal insulation board with a lower carbon footprint as well as the necessary mechanical and thermal properties to meet market needs. The researchers also hope to offer the board at a comparable price to current insulation products.

CNFs have the ability to reinforce weak materials, permitting new composite products. The raw material, cellulose, is abundant and obtainable from renewable sources including plants and sea animals. Green polymers that will be used in the project also are a readily available renewable resource, but are weak and brittle without CNF reinforcement.

“RRI’s novel foam boards will not only be better for the environment than current petroleum-based products, but will also provide improved energy efficiency,” Yildirim says. “With a better thermal insulation you can save the environment; you can save lots of money.”

The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project also will allow the team to rent space and buy equipment for a laboratory. Currently RRI doesn’t have any employees, but within the next five years, Yildirim hopes the company will have its own Maine-based production facility with about 30 employees.

Successful completion of the project will provide the opportunity for Phase II, which would allow RRI to apply for a grant up to $750,000.

Since the company began, RRI has received a $5,000 award from the Maine Technology Institute, as well as $5,000 for winning first place at the 2015 UMaine Business Challenge, the state’s largest student entrepreneurship competition.

Contact: Elyse Kahl, 207.581.3747



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WABI Interviews Student, Shaler About Orono Startup

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 11:32

WABI (Channel 5) reported on an Orono-based company founded by two University of Maine graduates that has been awarded $224,996 from the National Science Foundation. The grant will allow Revolution Research, Inc. to create a prototype for the first completely eco-friendly thermal insulation foam board. Nadir Yildirim, a graduate of UMaine’s innovation engineering program and current Ph.D. student in the Wood Science and Technology Program in the School of Forest Resources, and Alexander Chasse, a 2013 civil engineering graduate from UMaine who works at the university conducting nanomaterial research, created RRI to develop recyclable and reusable products using cellulose nanofibrils (CNFs) for several industries. “There is no product on the market that can compete with this one,” Yildirim said of the foam board. Stephen Shaler, director of the School of Forest Resources and Yildirim’s adviser, told WABI it’s everyone’s job to contribute to protecting the environment. “As we have increasing populations, as we have pressures on the environment, energy demands and the impact that has on sustainability and on the environment; we need to do things in a better way. We need green materials,” Shaler said. The Bangor Daily News also reported on the company.

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Recent Graduates Featured in BDN Article on Millennial Farmers

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 11:31

Several recent University of Maine graduates who have turned to farming as a career were mentioned in the Bangor Daily News article, “Forward, not back: The odds are Millennial farmers will fail. Why they pursue the good life anyway.” Margaret McCollough, who graduated in May with a degree in sustainable agriculture, has since returned to Arundel where she and her partner and UMaine alumnus Garth Douston started an organic vegetable farm in 2014, according to the article.  McCollough and Douston gained the knowledge for starting a farm from a classroom, which allowed them the comfort of learning without fear of failure or making ends meet, the article states. As a student, Douston gained experience as a farm worker at UMaine’s Rogers Farm, and McCollough was farm manager at UMaine Greens where she grew salad mix for the university’s dining facilities. Jon Noyes, a 2012 UMaine graduate with a degree in international affairs and history, also was mentioned in the article. Noyes, who works on his family’s farm in Woodland, said farming appealed to him because he enjoys the solitude. The article was written by Danielle Walczak, a recent UMaine Honors graduate who studied journalism, creative writing and sustainable food systems.

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DMC Mentioned in Current Publishing Article on Marine Science School for Girls

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 11:31

The Darling Marine Center was mentioned in a Current Publishing article on the Freeport-based Coastal Studies for Girls. The program is a semester-long, or 16-week, science and leadership school for 10th grade girls located on Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport, where students become immersed in a marine science-based curriculum, according to the article. Recent student Heather Sieger said a memorable experience from the course was a weekend field trip to the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center in Walpole. At the center the students collected marine creatures from a boat, including sea cucumbers and spider crabs, to examine under a microscope, the article states. “It was so exciting to look at everything that’s on the ocean bottom in that area,” Sieger said. “This was definitely one of the moments where I thought to myself, this is what I want to study for the rest of my life.”

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Sen. Collins Meets State National History Day Winners, WVII Reports

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 11:30

WVII (Channel 7) reported U.S. Sen. Susan Collins met with students from around Maine who are visiting Washington, D.C. as they prepare to compete in the final round of the National History Day contest. NHD is an academic program that promotes critical thinking, research and presentation skills through project-based learning for students of all abilities. More than 300 students and teachers from 36 middle and high schools took part in this year’s state contest held at the University of Maine in March. Exhibits, papers, websites, documentaries and performances were judged, with the top winners becoming eligible to compete alongside nearly 3,000 students in the national contest. The students presented Collins with a T-shirt that featured this year’s NHD theme of “Leadership and Legacy,” according to the report.

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Sorg Mentioned in TribLIVE Article on Long Unidentified Korean War Veteran

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 11:30

Marcella Sorg, a research professor of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine, was mentioned in the TribLIVE article “Korean War veteran, unidentified for decades, laid to rest in Pittsburgh.” Sorg was contacted to help identify a Korean War veteran whose remains were unnamed for 64 years. In 2012, the veteran’s remains were ordered to be exhumed from the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii. After almost three years in the lab, investigators believed they matched his teeth and clavicle to the dental and X-ray records of a Marine missing in action at Chosin, North Korea, according to the article. The team then called Sorg, a forensic anthropologist, for a second opinion before officially naming the man, the article states.

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UMMA Summer Exhibitions Previewed in Maine Edge

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 11:29

The Maine Edge advanced the University of Maine Museum of Art’s summer exhibitions that will open to the public on June 19 and run through Sept. 19. The exhibits include Niho Kozuru’s “Inter/Dimension,” Anna Helper’s “Blind Spot,” and “With Ties to Maine,” a collection of Maine-related art celebrating the 150th anniversary of UMaine. The exhibit will feature more than 20 pieces from the museum’s permanent collection by artists who spent significant time in Maine. Artists include John Marin, Andrew Wyeth, Alex Katz, Berenice Abbott and Neil Welliver.

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Press Herald Publishes Op-Ed by Segal

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 11:29

The Portland Press Herald published the opinion piece “To avoid ‘anything goes,’ let’s seriously evaluate transfer credits to UMaine” by Howard Segal, a history professor at the University of Maine.

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PBS Program on Human Evolution to Feature Gill

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 11:28

Jacquelyn Gill, assistant professor of paleoecology and plant ecology at the University of Maine, will appear in a new five-part PBS program on human evolution.

Gill will be featured in the premiere episode “Americas,” airing 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 24.

“First Peoples” is a global detective story that traces the arrival of the first Homo sapiens on five continents. The program travels across the world to tell the story of our primitive ancestors by combining archaeology, genetics and anthropology.

A team of international scientists, including Gill, reveals evidence and discoveries that cast new light on 200,000 years of history and advance the scientific understanding of how humans came to be the modern beings we are today.

“First Peoples” airs at 9 and 10 p.m. Wednesdays June 24 and July 1, as well as 9 p.m. July 8.

More information, including a trailer for the show, is online.

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Lichtenwalner, Yerxa Speak with BDN About Rising Egg Prices

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 11:21

University of Maine professors Anne Lichtenwalner and Kate Yerxa were interviewed by the Bangor Daily News for an article about an expected rise in egg prices due to an avian flu outbreak that has killed 47 million chickens and turkeys across the country. “Eggs have been a really inexpensive source of quality protein for a long time,” said Lichtenwalner, a veterinarian and director of UMaine’s Animal Health Laboratory. “On average, eggs will cost more. We may see a temporary spike for a while, but it will equilibrate. I don’t think we will have the very inexpensive eggs in the future.” Lichtenwalner added she thinks the outbreak will only be temporary. “I think we will step up and resupply and end up with a good industry again,” she said. Yerxa, a registered dietitian with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, said protein in eggs can be found in other sources such as lean meats, fish, cooked dry beans, peas and lentils.

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Camire Quoted in WebMD Article on Trans Fats

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 11:21

Mary Ellen Camire, a University of Maine professor of food science and human nutrition and president of the Institute of Food Technologists, was quoted in a WebMD article about the FDA cutting the use of partially hydrogenated oils, the main source of artificial trans fats, in processed food. Food makers will have three years to remove partially hydrogenated oils from products, the agency said in a statement. Experts can’t determine if there’s any safe level of trans fats to eat, and food makers have found substitutes for the controversial fats, according to the article. “In my gut, I don’t think it’s that big a threat to public health,” Camire said. “But in light of consumer concerns it probably is a good thing to do.”

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Wyoming Public Radio Interviews Kaye About Aging Population

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 11:20

Lenard Kaye, director of the University of Maine Center on Aging and professor in the UMaine School of Social Work, spoke with Wyoming Public Radio for the report “Wyoming elderly tough it out even as younger generations migrate away.” According to the report, 15 percent of Wyoming’s population is over 65 and a high percentage of them live on ranches and in small towns. With younger generations leaving for more urban jobs, few are staying behind to take care of their elders, the report states. “The bad news is that in rural communities, our formal network of health and human services is uneven at best and resources are scarce,” Kaye said. He added it takes a whole community to make a difference in helping seniors. “Local communities need to take action,” he said. “They need to be advocates for themselves. Frequently, the kind of programs we’re talking about can be organized and maintained at very little cost.”

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Academ-e Program Cited in Sun Journal Article on Envirothon Competition

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 11:20

The Sun Journal reported that a Spruce Mountain Envirothon team has won the state competition and is studying and raising money to travel to Missouri for the national contest. Envirothon is the nation’s largest environmental science competition and includes tests in forestry, aquatic ecology, wildlife biology, and soil science, according to the article. Teams also do a prepared presentation on a chosen current issue topic, which this year is Urban and Community Forestry, the article states. Four members of the Spruce Mountain team from Jay took a UMaine Academ-e online class on Urban and Community Forestry for high school and college credit. UMaine’s Academ-e is the first early college distance education program in Maine. The online program is open to Maine high school juniors and seniors who are nominated by principals, guidance counselors and teachers.

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