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WABI Reports on UMaine’s Chem-E-Car Team’s Trip to Regional Competition

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:00

WABI (Channel 5) reported members of the University of Maine’s Chem-E-Car team will take their shoebox-sized car to the University of Connecticut this weekend to participate in the Northeast Regional competition. The Chem-E-Car Competition is a program of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). College students design and build cars powered by a chemical energy source. The goal is to carry a specified load over a determined distance and stop as close as possible to the finish line. UMaine student Barbara Bemis said during practice that the team still has to make tweak the car’s fuel cell.

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WVII Covers Art Education Students’ Presentation on Shaw House Project

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 09:59

WVII (Channel 7) reported on a presentation about an art service learning project given by three University of Maine students in an advanced art education course. Charlotte Gaylord, Julie Roach and Lowansa Sprague Tompkins spoke about the art-making and fundraising project they created to aid the purchase of musical instruments for the Shaw House, a Bangor organization that works with youth who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless. The students helped the youth make ceramic pins to be sold at shops in downtown Bangor. A total of 380 pins and 20 small sculptures were made for the project. The students said they project sales of $1,900 if all the items are sold.

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UMaine Recycling Study Cited in Morning Sentinel Article

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 09:58

A 2012 University of Maine study was cited in a Morning Sentinel article about the Skowhegan Recycling Center agreeing to take Cornville’s recycled cardboard and paper, saving the town from having to truck its items to Dexter. The study suggested Maine was falling short of its goal of recycling at least 50 percent of the trash going to state landfills. A survey of 17 communities found that as much as 60 percent of what’s thrown away could have been recycled or composted.

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Chamber Music Concert Slated for April 8

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 09:56

The University of Maine School of Performing Arts presents its Chamber Music concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in Minsky Recital Hall.

Noreen Silver, music professor and cellist in Silver Duo, has put together a program of chamber works performed by student ensembles. Faculty members Phillip Silver, Eric Thomas and Liz Downing have provided coaching for the two- to eight-member groups.

The concert opens with W.A. Mozart’s “Trio in E flat K. 498,” performed by Benjamin McNaboe (clarinet), Olivia Bean (viola) and Abigail Gower (piano). Later, cellist Noreen Silver joins students Perla Fernandez, Gabrielle Price and Norah Bird for Antonin Dvořák’s “String Quartet Op. 96,” also known as the “American” Quartet. A sensuous arrangement of Maurice Ravel’s “Pavane for a Dead Princess” will be presented, as will the seldom-heard “Romance” by Sergei Rachmaninov. The University of Maine flute ensemble will complete the program with “Prelude and Rondo,” by Anne McGinty.

Admission is $9, or free with a student MaineCard. For tickets, call 207.581.4721. For disability accommodations, call 207.581.1755.

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Foster Center for Student Innovation Hosting Big Gig Finale April 8

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 09:55

The University of Maine’s Foster Center for Student Innovation is hosting the Big Gig finale from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8. Finalists from the last three Big Gig pitch-off events will compete for a $1,000 grand prize sponsored by University Credit Union.

The winner will be chosen by audience vote. Admission is free, but online registration is requested. Food and a cash bar will be available.

Finalists are John and Christine Carney of Thick & Thin Designs; Bruce and Kathy Chamberlain of Stone Fox Farm Creamery; and Jessica Jewell of Northern Maine Distilling Co.

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. More information about Big Gig is online.

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UMaine to Host Maine National History Day April 12

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 09:53

More than 300 students, teachers and chaperones from about 20 Maine middle and high schools are expected to gather at the University of Maine from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12 to participate in the Maine National History Day competition.

A new partnership between UMaine and the Margaret Chase Smith Library, with support from the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine Historical Society, brings the event for students in grades 6–12 to the UMaine campus for the first time since the national program began in 1980.

National History Day (NHD) is an academic program that promotes critical thinking, research and presentation skills through project-based learning for students of all abilities. More than a half million students, working with thousand of teachers, participate in the national contest annually.

Student exhibits, websites, documentaries and performances will be judged from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at several locations on campus including Wells Conference Center, IMRC Center, Fogler Library and Memorial Union.

Travel prizes donated by Joe and Suzanne Cyr of John T. Cyr & Sons, Inc./Cyr Bus Line in Old Town will be awarded to state winners who are eligible to compete in the national contest in Washington, D.C. in June. Awards will be presented during the 2:30 p.m. ceremony in Wells Conference Center.

A scavenger hunt with activities from a half dozen museums and history organizations, including a Civil War re-enactment group, will be offered to students. Maine NHD participants can also use UMaine’s New Balance Student Recreation Center at a discounted rate of $3.

State NHD contestants are invited to display their work at the Bangor Public Library and the Maine Discovery Museum in downtown Bangor for five weeks after the contest. Performance category winners also are invited to perform at the Bangor Public Library on May 17 during Bangor Public Humanities Day organized by the UMaine Humanities Initiative. More information about the Bangor event is online.

For questions or to request a disability accommodation, contact John Taylor, NHD state coordinator with the Margaret Chase Smith Library, 317.626.8438, john.m.taylor@maine.edu; or Liam Riordan, UMaine history professor, 207.581.1913, riordan@umit.maine.edu. More information on Maine NHD is online.

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WIA Report Announces Two Women Among Finalists for CLAS Dean

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:37

Women in Academia Report published an article about two of the three finalists for the position of dean of the University of Maine College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The article focused on the female finalists — Emily Haddad of the University of South Dakota and Pamela Kalbfleisch of Concordia University Chicago. Bryan DePoy of Youngstown State University is also a candidate. The three finalists will visit campus in April for interviews and presentations.

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UMaine Grad Student’s Sap Research Featured in Huffington Post

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:35

The Huffington Post reported on maple syrup research being conducted by Jenny Shrum, a Ph.D. candidate in the ecology and environmental sciences graduate program in the University of Maine School of Biology and Ecology. Shrum is researching the biophysical relationships between weather and sap flow. Her goal is to better understand what drives flow and how expected trends in climate may affect the processes and harvesters in the future. Shrum said she’s also trying to understand the links between people’s relationship with their land, where they get their information from, how they perceive climate change, and their motivation for harvesting. “I’m trying to piece together how those four things are related. I think that also plays into whether people will want to collect maple syrup in the future, and which people,” she said.

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WVII Covers UMaine Symphonic Band’s Spring Tour Concert in Bucksport

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:34

WVII (Channel 7) reported on the first concert of the University of Maine Symphonic Band’s annual spring tour. The 45-member instrumental ensemble, which includes music majors and students pursuing a variety of academic disciplines, kicked off a four-day, nine-performance state tour at Bucksport High School. Christopher White, who conducts the group, said unique parts of the tour include hearing other local bands play and giving the students an opportunity to visit communities they may end up working in someday. Katie DeRoche, a senior who plays clarinet in the band, said what she enjoys most about the tour is interacting with children and community members. “It’s nice to see that people appreciate music and all the work we put into it,” she said.

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UMaine 4-H Camp Collaborating with Paris Elementary School, Sun Journal Reports

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:32

The Sun Journal reported the University of Maine 4-H Camp & Learning Center at Bryant Pond is working on a service project with a sixth-grade class at Paris Elementary School in Paris, Maine. Students in the class are seeking to educate tourists and locals about the history of one-room schoolhouses and other local historic sites through a geocaching game they are developing as part of the project.

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Pride Week Begins April 7

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:30

University of Maine Student Life LGBT Liaison Services announces that a stand-up comedian, concert and documentary will be part of Pride Week, scheduled for April 7-12 on campus.

Pride Week begins at noon Monday, April 7, with a flag raising on the Mall. It concludes at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12 in North Pod with a drag show featuring Ivy Winters, a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5.

Alison Grillo, “New York City’s Woman Trapped Inside A Woman’s Body,” will perform a stand-up comedy routine at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in DP Corbett Room 100; Magdalen & Greane will be in concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in North Pod; a NOH8 Photo Shoot to promote marriage equality will be held 12-4 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in the Rainbow Resource Center in Memorial Union; and “God Loves Uganda,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, will be screened at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in DP Corbett Room 100.

A complete schedule is online. To request disability accommodations, call Chelsea Barker, 207.581.1439.

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Maine Masque Shares ‘Crimes of the Heart’

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:29

The Maine Masque will perform Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Crimes of the Heart,” at 7:30 p.m. April 9-12 and at 2 p.m. April 13, in Hauck Auditorium at the University of Maine.

Third-year theatre and history major Nellie Kelly will direct the tragic comedy set in 1974 in a small Mississippi town. “Crimes of the Heart” shares the stories of three Magrath sisters: the oldest is 30 and unmarried; the middle sibling has a failed career; and the youngest shot her husband.

The Maine Masque is an independent group under the jurisdiction of UMaine Student Government. It works with the School of Performing Arts to support theater activities.

Admission is $10, or free with a student MaineCard. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online. To request disability accommodations, call 207.581.1781.

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WABI Covers Undergraduate Research and Academic Showcase

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 11:53

WABI (Channel 5) reported on the 5th annual Undergraduate Research and Academic Showcase sponsored by UMaine’s Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR). Presentations from 149 students in the form of 77 posters, 21 oral presentations or performances, and nine exhibits were featured. Several presentations included multiple students. Ali Abedi, director of CUGR, told WABI the showcase gives students an opportunity to learn how to present themselves and their project, as well as write proposals. Awards were given to students in each presentation category. Ten winners of $3,000 Summer Research and Creative Academic Achievements Fellowships were also announced at the event.

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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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