University of Maine News
Bangor Daily News editorial page editor Erin Rhoda highlights University of Maine graduate student Rachael Joyce in a blog titled Arguably.
Joyce, who is studying civil engineering and works at the university’s Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center developing offshore wind turbine technology, also assists her boyfriend with Volition Ski Co. — a startup company that hand-builds skis. Consider the positive impact, writes Rhoda, if 2,000 more young, talented people from Maine chose to stay and work and create businesses in the state.
WVII (Channel 7) spoke with University of Maine alumni Dave Manz (2007) and Jonathan Englehart (2013), who work for PC Construction, the Portland, Maine, company refurbishing the New Balance Field House. Manz, the project engineer, ran track and field for the Black Bears, WVII reported.
The Bangor Daily News reported that Orono, Maine, native Steve Abbott’s three-year tenure as athletic director was a period of “competitive teams, key coaching changes and considerable growth.”
Abbott stepped aside as athletic director Friday, Nov. 15 to again serve as U.S. Sen. Susan Collins’ chief of staff. UMaine President Paul Ferguson appointed Seth Woodcock as interim AD while a national search is underway.
A number of media outlets, including the Portland Press Herald, reported that the UMaine football team captured its first-ever Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) football crown when it blanked Rhode Island 41–0 on Saturday to improve to 8–0 in the conference and 10–1 overall. The Bangor Daily News, WCSH6, and WMTW also covered the feat.
The Morning Sentinel reported on the chance for University of Maine graduate Lucie (Belanger) Amundsen, formerly of Winslow and now of Wrenshall, Minn., and her husband, to win a free Super Bowl ad for their egg farm company, Locally Laid.
Locally Laid is one of four finalists in an online contest sponsored by Intuit titled Small Business Big Game. The public votes on which of the four businesses it wants to win a commercial to be broadcast during the Super Bowl on Feb. 2. Amundsen calls her 2,500-chicken flock “salad-eating poultry athletes.” To vote, visit smallbusinessbiggame.com.
Mark Brewer, University of Maine associate professor of political science, was interviewed for a WVII (Channel 7) story about problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Brewer said the Obama administration should quickly fix the website problems and move swiftly to entice young people to enroll rather than opt to pay a penalty.
The Wiscasset Newspaper reported on a public meeting Nov. 14 in Bristol about the proposal by Maine Aqua Ventus, a public-private consortium led by the University of Maine that seeks to develop two full-scale floating wind turbines off the coast of Monhegan Island.
The paper said that Jake Ward, UMaine vice president for innovation and economic development, addressed the scope of the project, answered questions about the proposed six-megawatt turbines and said that benefits to Bristol would include tax relief and sustainable, environmentally friendly energy.
The Bangor Daily News carried a story by the Sun Journal that reported state energy regulators with the Maine Public Utilities Commission will soon release information contained in a proposal by Maine Aqua Ventus, a public-private consortium led by the University of Maine that seeks to develop two full-scale floating wind turbines off the coast of Monhegan Island.
The Bangor Daily News was among the news outlets that announced the University of Maine System Board of Trustees meeting Sunday and Monday, Nov. 17–18, at the University of Maine at Farmington. Trustees will vote on whether to approve a new doctoral program in communications at the University of Maine. The Portland Press Herald, The Sun Journal, WLBZ2 (Channel 2) and WABI-TV (Channel 5) also previewed the agenda.
Lucille Zeph, an associate professor of education and director of the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies at the University of Maine, attended the White House’s observance of the 50th anniversary of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act.
The event was held Nov. 15 to offer those involved in the intellectual and developmental disability community an opportunity to review past accomplishments, examine current challenges and consider the future of disability policy, according to “The White House Blog.”
President Kennedy signed the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act into law in 1963.
Students in the University of Maine Intermedia MFA Program and the University of New Hampshire Department of Theatre and Dance will perform one play simultaneously at both universities by streaming audio and video, and using other technology, including social media.
The universities will premiere the telematic multimedia performance piece “eStranged,” which is based on Albert Camus’ novel “L’Etranger” (“The Stranger”). The piece examines the idea that people exist in two forms — a “real self” and a media-produced and publicly broadcast “virtual self.”
The performance will exist for the audiences in both the physical and virtual realms in Maine and New Hampshire.
The play was written and directed by Nate Aldrich, assistant professor of intermedia at UMaine, and David Kaye, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at UNH. The production includes actors, designers and technicians from the Intermedia MFA program at UMaine and the Department of Theatre and Dance at UNH.
“There is not an abundance of telematic performances to study, as the history of this genre is just beginning to be written,” Aldrich says. “As a result, we have experimented at every stage of the process, and the performance is an experimental exploration of the form and content of contemporary online existence.”
The show runs 7 p.m. Nov. 20–23 and 2 p.m. Nov. 24 at the IMRC Center in Stewart Hall on the UMaine campus and at UNH’s Paul Creative Arts Center in Durham, N.H. Admission is free. For more information and to request a disability accommodation for the UMaine showing, contact Bethany Engstrom at 207.581.4390 or email@example.com.
Mary Ellen Camire, president-elect of the Institute Food Technologists and professor of food science and human nutrition at the University of Maine, was interviewed about trans fats for IFT’s website. Camire explained what consumers need to know about trans fat in the wake of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) announcement that it is taking steps to further reduce artificial trans fat from processed food. She said people are becoming more concerned about the negative health effects trans fatty acids cause, and there has been more evidence suggesting the acids may be bad for cardiovascular health.
La Tercera, a Chilean newspaper, recently reported on coral research by Rhian Waller, an associate research professor in the School of Marine Sciences at the University of Maine. The article, “Corals of cold water: the unknown forest under the Patagonian sea,” focuses on Waller’s findings from a deep-sea coral expedition in Chile, which she blogged about on the National Geographic website.
A University of Maine Cooperative Extension class was mentioned in the latest entry of the Portland Press Herald blog, “The Root: Dispatches from Maine’s food sources.” The article, titled “Food safety and preservation training with UMaine Extension crosses borders,” focused on a two-part training program offered in Falmouth to people from the Democratic Republic of Congo who came to Maine for farm business and food safety training with the UMaine Extension.
RTTNews reported on blueberry health benefits research by Dorothy Klimis-Zacas, a clinical nutritionist and professor at the University of Maine, that was recently published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. The study found a diet rich in blueberries may improve conditions associated with metabolic syndrome, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
University of Maine Dean of Education and Human Development William “Dee” Nichols recently received an Outstanding Alumni Award from Texas A&M University. Nichols and four other alumni were recognized at the 2013 College Awards Celebration, which was held by the College of Education and Human Development of Texas A&M University on Oct. 25. The Outstanding Alumni Award is given to graduates who are accomplished, reputable and have contributed to society. Nichols graduated from Texas A&M University in 1995 with a doctoral degree in educational curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on literacy from Texas A&M University.
The University of Maine’s Office of Multicultural Student Life and the African Students Association will host the second annual Hunger Banquet on Nov. 22. The event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Wells Conference Center on the UMaine campus.
The Hunger Banquet aims to raise awareness about the issues of hunger and poverty in Maine and other parts of the world, as well as raise funds to donate to the Crossroads Ministries in Old Town, Maine.
The event will feature three speeches, a raffle and a pasta dinner. The speakers scheduled to present include Pious Ali, who has worked with organizations including Maine Interfaith Youth Alliance and Seeds of Peace; Elizabeth McLellan, president and founder of Partners for World Health; Hector M. Tarraza, volunteer medical director at Partners for World Health; and Roosevelt Boone, a UMaine graduate assistant and founder and director of Strong Mind-Strong Body.
The event is free for students with a valid MaineCard, $20 for adults and $10 for seniors. For more information, contact Hawa Mohamud at 207.581.1428 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Maine’s Canadian-American Center and the Office of International Programs are co-hosting a Fulbright Canada webinar to provide UMaine faculty, undergraduate academic advisers and undergraduate students with information about the Killam Fellowships Program.
The webinar will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 in the Bumps Room of the Memorial Union. Registration is not required.
The Killam Fellowship Program offers $5,000 for students to study abroad at any Canadian university for a semester. The scholarships are open to undergraduate students in any major. Students can study in English at one of the many Canadian universities or at a French-speaking university in Quebec for a language-immersion program.
The webinar will be co-hosted by Betsy Arntzen, education outreach coordinator in the Canadian-American Center, and Orlina Boteva, assistant director of Study Abroad in the Office of International Programs.
For more information and to request disability accommodations, contact Boteva at 207.581.1509 or email@example.com.
UMaine has worked with the Killam Fellowship since 2009 and is one of 13 university partners in the United States. A full list of university partners in Canada and the U.S. is available online.
Competition for the 2014–15 academic year is open, and applications must be submitted by Jan. 17, 2014. Contact Arntzen at 207.581.4225 or firstname.lastname@example.org to apply. More information about the Killam Fellowships is available online.
The Kenway Composite Materials Laboratory will be dedicated Friday, Nov. 15 at 3 p.m. at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the University of Maine.
The lab is being named for Kenway Corporation, a third-generation family business in Augusta, Maine. Founded in 1947, the company produces fiberglass pleasure boats and composite, industrial components.
Kenway Corporation, Kenneth Priest II, Michael Priest and Ian Kopp Families contributed a $100,000 endowment held in the University of Maine Foundation. The earnings support UMaine staff, students, research and scientific advancement of polymer matrix composites and related materials at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center.
Kenway Corporation is also a manufacturing partner with Advanced Infrastructure Technologies to produce Composite Arch Bridges, formerly known as Bridge-in-a-BackpackTM.
A tour and an infusion demonstration will be held following the dedication.
WVII (Channel 7) reported on the upcoming performance of “Metamorphoses” by the University of Maine School of Performing Arts. The play explores transformations and takes place in an 18-inch-deep, 30-foot-wide-by-14-foot-long pool filled with 8,500 gallons of water. Marcia Joy Douglas, an associate professor of theatre at UMaine, is the director of the play which opens Nov. 25. She said the “water is like a character in the play” and it “represents a lot of different things at different times.”