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UMaine Students Featured in BDN Article on Big Gig Pitch Finale

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 11:52

University of Maine students and married couple John and Christine Carney were featured in a Bangor Daily News report about the three married couples who are finalists for the $1,000 grand prize of the Big Gig. The Big Gig is a series of business pitch events for entrepreneurs in Greater Bangor designed to bring together Bangor-Orono area innovators and entrepreneurs and offer networking opportunities. It was started by a partnership between UMaine, Old Town, Orono and Husson University and is supported by Blackstone Accelerates Growth. The Carneys will pitch their business Thick & Thin Designs, a company that specializes in laser-cut acrylic cupcake toppers, during the finale on April 8, at UMaine’s Foster Center for Student Innovation.

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UMaine Humanities Initiative Featured in Maine Campus

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 11:48

The Maine Campus reported on the University of Maine Humanities Initiative (UMHI) in the article “UMaine elevates humanities through community engagement.” Jeff Hecker, UMaine’s executive vice president of academic affairs and provost; Justin Wolff, UMHI director and an associate professor of art history; and Liam Riordan, a UMHI advisory board member and associate professor of history, spoke about the importance of the initiative at UMaine and in the surrounding community. “Culture is a big part of what Maine is,” Hecker said. Wolff added the humanities and arts can give people a rich cultural experience and uplift communities.

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Morning Sentinel, Kennebec Journal Cover Maine Water & Sustainability Conference

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 11:47

The Morning Sentinel and Kennebec Journal reported on the Maine Water & Sustainability Conference held at the Augusta Civic Center and organized by the Senator George J. Mitchell Center at the University of Maine. Several hundred people who work with or are interested in water resources and environmental sustainability, such as water resource professionals, engineers and environmental advocates, attended the conference. Session topics included the effect of water withdrawals on water supply and quality, lake management strategies, Maine’s energy future, climate-related trends, safe beaches and shellfish beds, and management approaches for sustainable urban streams.

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BDN Publishes Op-Ed by UMaine Journalism, Political Science Student

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 11:46

The Bangor Daily News published an opinion piece by fourth-year University of Maine student Liam Nee, who is studying journalism and political science. Nee’s article is titled “What’s in it for a recent college graduate to stay in Maine?”

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BDN Reports on Chancellor Page’s Budget Forum at UMaine

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 11:45

The Bangor Daily News reported on University of Maine System Chancellor James Page’s budget forum held at the University of Maine. Page told UMaine community members that reducing faculty size is the inevitable result of a budget shortfall that the entire system is facing. Page spoke alongside UMaine President Paul Ferguson and UMS trustees Samuel Collins and Gregory Johnson. Throughout the forum, UMaine was recognized for putting itself in a better financial position than other universities in the system. “The work that you have done has been, I think, in many respects exemplary,” Page said.

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President Ferguson to Judge Business Competition, The Forecaster Reports

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 11:45

The Forecaster reported University of Maine President Paul Ferguson will be one of three judges of the final round of Gorham Savings Bank’s Launchpad competition April 10 in Portland. Five independent Maine businesses will pitch their products and services to the judges for a chance to win $30,000. The Bangor Daily News also carried the report.

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Free Press Advances Training Sessions to Help with Climate Research

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 11:43

The Free Press reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant will offer free training sessions for Signs of the Seasons, a program for volunteers to contribute local plant and animal life-cycle data for climate change research. Sessions are open to all interested volunteers, and registration is required. Sessions in the midcoast area will be held March 22 in Newcastle, March 25 in Belfast and April 5 in Boothbay.

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2014 Undergraduate Research and Academic Showcase Winners

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 11:41

Student research was displayed during the 5th annual Undergraduate Research and Academic Showcase on April 1.

The event, sponsored by UMaine’s Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR), was open to any undergraduate at the university and featured presentations from 149 students in the form of 77 posters, 21 oral presentations or performances, and nine exhibits. Several presentations included multiple students.

Following are the winning presentations:

Exhibits

  • Nicole Curtis-Bray (electrical and computer engineering), “Remote Excitation of the Resonant Transverse Shear Mode in AT-cut quartz;” adviser: John Vetelino

Oral Presentations

  • Paige Martin (molecular and biomedical sciences), “Exosome-Mediated Drug Delivery for Treatment of Brain Cancer;” adviser: Carol Kim (first place)

  • Christine Gilbert (Honors), “Sustainability Inconvenient Discourse;” adviser: Mark Haggerty (second place)

Posters

  • Samuel Hatch and Emily Blackwood (anthropology), “Pollen and Phytolith Analysis of a Possible Medication Bundle in Machias Bay;” adviser: Brian Robinson (first place)

  • Chi Truong (chemical and biological engineering), “Separation of Sodium Acetate from Maine hardwood extract via Electrodialysis;” adviser: Joseph Geneco (second place)

  • Elizabeth Chenevert, Rebekah Flanders, Lindsay Thornton and Sylvia Paradis-Reynolds (nursing), “Radon in Dover-Foxcroft;” adviser: Elizabeth Bicknell (third place)

Also announced at the showcase were the 10 winners of a $3,000 Summer Research and Creative Academic Achievements Fellowship:

  • Danielle Walczak (communication and journalism), “Fresh Light: Maine’s Young Small Diversified Farmers Growing Hope in Maine;” adviser: Margaret Nagle

  • Gwendolyn Beacham (molecular and biomedical sciences), “Towards Understanding Cluster E Phage Integration and Maintenance of Lysogeny;” adviser: Sally Molloy

  • Marissa Bovie (anthropology), “Landscape Evolution and Human Agency Along Croatia’s Adriatic Coast;” adviser: Greg Zaro

  • Tyler Roy (psychology), “Activated Microglia in a Mouse Model of Chemo-Brain;” adviser: Thane Fremouw

  • Julia Sell (physics), “Platinum-Zirconium Diboride (Pt-ZrB2) Multilayer Thin Film Structures for Sensor Applications in Harsh High;” adviser: Robert Lad

  • Torey Bowser (marine sciences), “Arsenic Exposure of Zebrafish (Danio rerio) Embryos and the Potential to Affect Adult Fish Behavior;” adviser: Rebecca Van Beneden

  • Katrina Harris (molecular and biomedical sciences), “Identification of Genome and Integration Morphology of Mycobacteriophages ChipMunk and EvilGenius;” adviser: Keith Hutchison

  • Amy Fish (food and agriculture), “Evaluation of Persistence Factors in C.pseudotuberculosis;” adviser: Anne Lichtenwalner

  • Taylor Merk-Wynne (mechanical engineering), “Micromechanical Modeling of Fiber Reinforced Composites;” adviser: Senthil Vel

  • Juliana Tavora (marine sciences), “Satellite-Measured Bio-Optical Measurements of Lagoa dos Patos, Brazil;” adviser: Andrew Thomas

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Collegiate Chorale to Take Minsky Stage April 6

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 11:39

The University of Maine Collegiate Chorale and its Chamber Choir will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at Minsky Recital Hall.

Christian Giddings, a UMaine graduate student in music education and choral conducting, will conduct the Collegiate Chorale. Bangor native Clayton Smith, who has a degree in piano accompanying, will accompany the musicians. The chorale is a mixed ensemble open to all UMaine students.

Featured soloists are Lexie Dix, soprano; Rogan Winch, tenor; Rob Gelinas, bass; Dana Douglass, soprano; Peggy Hoare, soprano; and Rogan Winch, tenor. Selections to be performed include “O Radiant Dawn” by James Macmillan; “When Jordan Hushed His Waters Still,” by Stanford Scriven; “The Seal Lullaby” by Eric Whitacre; “Gaudeamus!” by Mary Lynn Lightfoot; and “There Was a Time” by Eric William Barnum.

Cost is $9, or free with a MaineCard. For tickets, call 207.581.1755. To request disability accommodations, call 207.581.1781.

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BDN Interviews Milardo About Family Relations

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 11:54

The Bangor Daily News spoke with Robert Milardo, a professor of family relations at the University of Maine, for the article “Glenburn family upset after 13-year-old girl, older sister turned away from father-daughter dance.” Milardo said father-daughter and mother-son dances are “wonderful ideas in principle” because they recognize the important roles parents play in children’s lives, but many children in the U.S. don’t have those relationships. “The demographic reality of families today is that they are more diverse than they were in the past,” he said, adding that the dances can be “hurtful” to children in nontraditional families. Milardo says organizations that host such events should provide alternate options, such as “surrogate dads,” to ensure all students feel included.

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Brinkley Discusses Quebec Elections on MPBN’s ‘Maine Calling’

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 11:07

Tony Brinkley, professor of English at the University of Maine and faculty associate at UMaine’s Franco-American Centre, was a guest on Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s “Maine Calling” radio show. The show focused on the April 7 Quebec elections and the debate surrounding choosing a new government and considering independence from Canada.

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Kennebec Journal, Morning Sentinel Advance Maine Water & Sustainability Conference

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 11:06

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.

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The Weekly, Maine Edge Preview UMaine Museum of Art’s Spring Exhibitions

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 10:51

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.

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WVII Covers Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus Concert at CCA

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 10:50

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.

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Applications Being Accepted for Summer Marine Science Program, Free Press Reports

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 10:47

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.

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BDN Interviews UMaine Faculty About Budget Cuts

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 10:43

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.

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BDN Publishes Op-Ed by UMaine Grad Student

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 10:42

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.”

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Bangor Metro Reports on Potato Varieties Developed by UMaine, Maine Potato Board

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 10:41

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.

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Three Finalists for College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean Coming to Campus

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 10:40

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.

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Media Report on UMaine Cooperative Extension’s Tick ID Lab

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:01

WABI (Channel 5), WLBZ (Channel 2), Portland Press Herald, Morning Sentinel and Kennebec Journal reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension has taken over state tick identification from the Maine Medical Center Research Institute, which had operated the program for 25 years. UMaine Extension’s Insect and Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab, which identifies 3,000 plant, pest and insect species each year, will expand its services with the Tick ID Lab. The lab is expected to receive up to 1,300 additional tick specimens this year. Jim Dill, pest management specialist with UMaine Extension, said the lab is excited for the opportunity and is ready for the increased workload.

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