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Kelley Speaks with Free Press about Proposed Belfast Bay Dredge Disposal Dump Site

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 12:15

Joseph Kelley, a professor of marine geology in the University of Maine School of Earth and Climate Sciences and Climate Change Institute, spoke with The Free Press about his concerns over the proposal to dump almost a million cubic yards of marine dredge spoils from Searsport Harbor into deep holes on the seafloor near Islesboro. The holes, or pockmarks, are a feature of coastal muddy bays, and scientists know the pockmarks are formed by the release of methane trapped in the marine sediments, but they don’t know what triggers a release of gas, according to the article. Kelley, who has studied pockmarks over the past two decades, said at least one hole he researched in Belfast Bay using a submersible is about 1,000 feet in diameter and more than 120 feet deep. “The pockmarks are very steep sided and have no crater rim, so we were going along over the floor of the bay and then this big black hole opens up right in front of you,” he said. “It’s really something.” Researchers have found the pockmarks have not measurably changed in 10 years, but no tests have been done to determine how the sites will react when filled with dredge spoils, or with anything that creates pressure, the article states. “Using the pockmarks for dumping of dredge spoils is potentially a good idea, but no one knows what will happen,” Kelley said.

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Darling Marine Center Anniversary, Research Focus of MPBN’s ‘Maine Calling’

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 10:29

Marine science research and the Darling Marine Center’s 50th anniversary were the focus of a recent episode of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s “Maine Calling” radio show. Guests were University of Maine marine scientist Bob Steneck; Heather Leslie, the center’s new director; and Chris Davis, executive director of the Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center. The guests spoke about the role of the Darling Marine Center in helping develop Maine’s aquaculture.

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UMaine Assisting Police in Cold Case Search, Media Report

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 10:27

WGME (Channel 13 in Portland), the Sun Journal and the Daily Bulldog reported the University of Maine is assisting with a search for a teenage woman who went missing in 1986. The new search for Kimberly Moreau is a coordinated effort with state police, the Maine Warden Service, and local and county police, according to reports. Ground-penetrating radar equipment from UMaine is being used in the search of a property in Canton, the reports state. “We actually have a couple of professors that have come down and given us their time, as well as their equipment,” Detective Sgt. Mark Holmquist from the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit told the Sun Journal. “Basically, (the ground-penetrating radar) scans the ground underneath and looks for any signs of any gaps within the ground that aren’t normal.”

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Caron’s College Sex Lives Research Cited in BDN Article

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 10:26

A book written by Sandra Caron, a University of Maine professor of family relations and human sexuality, was cited in the Bangor Daily News article, “People are probably having more sex now — especially men.” The article mentioned research from Caron’s book, “The Sex Lives of College Students: Two Decades of Attitudes and Behaviors,” which is based on the results of a sexuality survey she administered to nearly 6,000 college students from 1990 to 2015. Caron found the average number of sex partners for college students is three to four, and love as an important factor in sex has declined in the past 25 years for college students, according to the article. Caron also found that the rate of having five or more partners in college hasn’t changed in the last 25 years, the article states.

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UMaine Extension Mentioned in BDN Report on Preparing for Avian Flu

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 10:24

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension was mentioned in a Bangor Daily News report about state officials announcing they are preparing for a possible avian flu outbreak and taking steps to alert the public about how to help prevent or minimize its effect on domestic poultry. The state veterinarian and UMaine Extension veterinarians are closely monitoring the avian influenza viruses that have been detected in poultry flocks in western states and are offering disease prevention tips to poultry producers, including backyard chicken farmers, according to the article. The program is a joint effort between the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and UMaine Extension, with support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to monitor for infectious diseases in Maine poultry, including avian influenza viruses. Dead birds may be submitted to the University of Maine Animal Health Lab in Orono for free virus testing, the article states. Call the lab, 581.2788, for details before submitting.

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Sun Journal Cites Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center Drug Death Statistics

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 10:23

In an article on a Greene family’s struggle and loss associated with drug addiction, the Sun Journal cited statistics compiled by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine and the Maine Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Research professor Marcella Sorg conducted the analysis that determined 57 people died from heroin or morphine overdoses last year — Maine’s deadliest year on record, according to the article. Another opioid, fentanyl, was behind 43 deaths in 2014, as opposed to nine in 2013, the article states.

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UMaine Extension Gardening Tips Included in Farm and Dairy Article

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 10:22

Advice from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension was mentioned in the Farm and Dairy article, “August’s gardening to-do list.” Saving seeds from a garden helps save money on new seeds in the spring, according to the article. In the bulletin, “An introduction to seed saving for the home gardener,” UMaine Extension offers information such as pollination methods and choosing “mother plants” from which to save seed, the article states.

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From Recipe to Market: Cash in on Value-Added Opportunities

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 10:20

University of Maine Cooperative Extension will offer a five-session workshop about taking a specialty food product to market, 5:30–9 p.m., Thursdays, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, at UMaine Extension Cumberland County office, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth. Topics include licensing, safely preparing and packaging food products, assessing potential profits and locating resources to support a developing business. The workshop is for people operating a value-added business or those seriously considering doing so. Participants must have a specific food product or recipe and are expected to attend all sessions. Fee is $95 per person; scholarships are available. Register online by Sept. 23. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact 781.6099, 800.287.1471 (in Maine);  extension.rlreception@maine.edu.

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Environmental Horticulture Major Benefiting from Upward Bound Program

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 15:59

When Phil Buchstaber graduates from the University of Maine in spring 2016, he will be the first person in his family to step off the stage holding a college diploma.

He credits much of his success to the Upward Bound program.

Buchstaber will attend Upward Bound’s 50th anniversary reunion at the University of Maine on Aug. 8 to celebrate the program’s commitment to providing opportunities for first-generation college students from low-income families.

“I’m stoked to be going to the reunion. I wouldn’t miss it. I feel like I owe them everything,” he says.

When Buchstaber was a sophomore at Central High School in Corinth, his guidance counselor gave him a hall pass to attend an informational session about the program.

He vividly remembers the director of the program, Lori Wingo, showing the statistics of college graduates within his demographic.

He said it gave him the push he needed.

“She made it abundantly clear that the time you are in Upward Bound is the time where you can make something of your life,” he says. “She would say,  ‘you are going to be successful, and you’re gonna do it on your own.’”

For the next three years, Buchstaber of Stetson spent six weeks of his summer at UMaine preparing and learning how to be successful in college. The weeks were filled with classes, workshops, community meetings and educational field trips.

The program — which began at UMaine in 1965–66 — provides students with resources for scholarship opportunities, financial aid and college applications with the goal of increasing the rate at which participants complete secondary education.

Even during the school year, counselors from the program stay engaged with students; creating a network of support for participants.

Every two weeks, Faith Erhardt came to Buchstaber’s school to see how he was doing. For an hour, he could talk about whatever he wanted.

“If it wasn’t for all of what Upward Bound did while I was in high school and through the program and through the 18 total weeks of summer camp, I don’t know where I’d be,” Buchstaber says. “They planted the seed for what you needed to do and the goals you should have when it comes to college.”

Buchstaber participated in the Classic Program, which provided academic guidance for students looking to go into fields that were not science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Due to federal funding cuts, the Classic Program was eliminated at UMaine in 2012. The math and science program remains.

Today, Buchstaber is thriving at UMaine as an environmental horticulturist major with a minor in business.

“What I enjoy most about college is the amount of growth one is able to achieve,” Buchstaber says. “If you had freshman-year Phil sitting here, it would be two different people. At 16, I would have hoped to be where I am today.”

He is currently apprenticing with Brad Libby, manager of the Lyle E. Littlefield Ornamentals Trial Garden and the Roger Clapp greenhouses. Libby also teaches woody landscape plants at UMaine, which has been Buchstaber’s favorite class.

“Phil is one of the most exuberant students that I have worked with and he has maintained the same high level of enthusiasm and curiosity all summer,” Libby says. “I am looking forward to working with Phil as he continues his education in horticulture. Students like Phil are a big part of what makes working here at UMaine so rewarding.”

During the third summer Buchstaber attended the Upward Bound Program, he received a scholarship which allowed him to attend college and be debt free.

“During community meeting one day, someone stood up to make an announcement. They announced that I got the Travelli scholarship,” Buchstaber says. “I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about it. It was an amazing moment. Upward Bound made it clear that you had to get academic scholarships.”

Buchstaber looks forward to the days when money isn’t a constant worry.

“I’m tired of ends being met so closely. I want ends to meet and be able to throw it into savings, instead of shaving by. Having a degree will help make that possible,” he says.

“I had a great childhood; my house was great, my parents are great and everyone loves each other. I wouldn’t change a thing. It just has to do with quality of living.”

After graduation, Buchstaber would like to travel and become a licensed arborist.

“I wish I could put into words how much this program should be offered to kids. I mean, especially for the kids it is already offered to. That’s huge. But also for other kids that need a boot in the pants. It’s an opportunity to get an education. It’s an unbelievable program.”

Contact: Amanda Clark, 207.581.3777

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WABI Reports on UMaine’s Princeton Review College Ranking

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 11:25

WABI (Channel 5) reported Princeton Review named the University of Maine among the 380 best colleges nationwide for 2016 in its annual guide. For the second consecutive year, UMaine is the only public university in Maine to be profiled in the publication. This spring, UMaine also was named one of the Top 50 Green Colleges in the nation by Princeton Review. UMaine students told Princeton Review the university’s strengths are in providing “a quality education, preparing us for the working world and helping to promote an environmentally friendly future.”

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Rolling Stone Cites Gill’s Extinction Research in Article on Climate Change

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 11:23

Research by Jacquelyn Gill, an assistant professor of paleoecology and plant ecology at the University of Maine, was mentioned in a Rolling Stone article about how the worst predicted effects of climate change are starting to happen, and much faster than scientists thought. Gill, who researchers extinction, is studying how to save species that are alive now by learning more about what killed off the ones that aren’t, according to the article. The data she studies shows “really compelling evidence that there can be events of abrupt climate change that can happen well within human life spans. We’re talking less than a decade,” she said.

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BDN Previews Art Exhibit Commemorating Anniversary of Hiroshima Bombing

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 11:22

The Bangor Daily News advanced an audio-visual art installation at the University of Maine to commemorate the anniversary of the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing. UMaine new media artists N.B. Aldrich and John Carney worked with Maine poet and musician Duane Ingalls and Japanese sound artist Adachi Tomomi on the project that was led by Aldrich. The installation incorporates images of the bomb’s devastation taken from historical documentary films that are combined with “a bilingual spoken word composition,” the article states. The exhibit will be on display from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at UMaine’s Innovative Media Research and Commercialization Center. The center is in Stewart Commons; admission is free. UMaine’s Masters of Fine Arts in Intermedia program, the IMRC Center and Maine Arts Commission are sponsoring the exhibit.

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AP Quotes Drummond in Article on Maine Bee Population, Census Project

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 11:21

The Associated Press spoke with Frank Drummond, an entomology specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and a UMaine professor of insect ecology, for an article about a Maine bumblebee counting project. The Maine Bumble Bee Atlas project enlists citizen scientists to help determine bee range and abundance. Maine’s bumblebees appear to be affected by climate change, Drummond said, adding the numbers of spring days when bumblebees can visit blueberries and other plants has been reduced by half since the early 1990s because of increased rain. “At that critical time of blueberry pollination, we’ve been getting lots of wet springs,” Drummond said. ABC News, Portland Press Herald and Sun Journal carried the AP report. FOX Business also carried an AP report on the study.

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WLBZ Interviews Handley about Climate Change Effects

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 11:19

David Handley, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension specialist of vegetables and small fruits, spoke with WLBZ (Channel 2) for a report about both positive and negative effects of climate change occurring in Maine. Handley said a benefit of climate change is that Maine’s growing season is now 10 to 14 days longer than it was several decades ago. The longer season gives farmers more time to grow crops without a serious fear of frost, as well as plant new crops such as grapes, which Handley said was unthinkable when he started work 33 years ago. However, Handley warned, warmer weather also is letting new insects survive and damage Maine crops, and the state appears to be seeing more extreme weather events.

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Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting Cites Study on Economic Effects of Lead Poisoning

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 11:18

A study by former University of Maine environmental economist and researcher Mary Davis was mentioned in a Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting article on the state’s challenges of preventing lead poisoning in children. Davis’ study on the economic effects of lead poisoning on children born in 2008 concluded that as a group, they would earn “nearly $240 million less (in 2008 dollars) throughout their lifetime as a result of the cognitive and neurological deficits related to lead,” according to the article, which is the second report in a four-part series. Portland Press Herald and Sun Journal carried the report.

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Free ‘Lego Movie’ Screening Postponed, WABI Reports

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 11:16

WABI (Channel 5) reported that due to predicted thunderstorms, the University of Maine’s free screening of “The Lego Movie” originally slated for Aug. 5 on Morse Field at Alfond Stadium has been rescheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6. Members of the public are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs to watch the film on the high-definition video scoreboard.

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Wiscasset Newspaper Advances Darling Marine Center Open House

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 11:15

Wiscasset Newspaper published a news release from the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center announcing an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8. The event marks the 50th anniversary of the Walpole center. Research laboratories will be open, oceanographic equipment and scuba gear will be on exhibit, and scientists will be on hand to answer questions. There also will be a children’s tent and touch tank, a low-tide walk along the waterfront, a historical slide show, and activities for visitors of all ages.

 

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IMRC to Offer Summer/Fall Workshop Series

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 11:13

The Innovative Media, Research and Commercialization (IMRC) Center at the University of Maine is offering a new workshop series using the various technology available at the center.

The IMRC Center serves as a technology and start-up incubator for local communities by providing training and access to cutting-edge technology.

Summer/fall workshops include:

Wooden Automata — Blending Old and New Technologies

Familiarize yourself with the tools and techniques used in making wooden, hand-cranked automata with both new and old forms of technology. Create automata with IMRC fabrication equipment, including the laser cutter, 3-D printer and wood shop.

Designing with a Laser Cutter

Learn how to use vector design software such as Adobe Illustrator to print/cut with a laser cutter and get hands-on experience with the center’s Universal Laser System.

Apple Products Professional

Learn professional user techniques on a variety of Apple software platforms.  Three workshops — one per day — will focus on Mac fundamentals, iPad/iPhone fundamentals and iBooks Author.

From 3-D Scanning to 3-D Printing

Learn how to 3-D scan an object or person with a variety of techniques, then 3-D print it on one of the center’s 3-D printing systems.

CNC Design, Setup and Machining

Learn to create 2.5 and 3-D designs in Aspire V8 to then send to the CNC machine for cutting. Learn to understand how to delineate speeds and feeds for basic CNC machining on the ShopSabre 4896.

A full list of workshops, including dates, times, fees and registration information, is online.

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Upward Bound Celebrates 50th Anniversary Aug. 8 at UMaine

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 16:14

Dr. Betty McCue-Herlihy will attend Upward Bound’s 50th anniversary reunion at the University of Maine on Saturday, Aug. 8 to celebrate the organization’s power to change lives.

It did hers.

Growing up in the 1960s, McCue-Herlihy says her family was poor. She, her nine siblings and their wonderful parents lived in a home without indoor plumbing in a small, rural Maine town.

She vividly remembers being called names and despite doing well in school, being routinely placed in classes that were below her ability.

“In the 1960s, being poor was equated with not being able to succeed,” she says.

When McCue-Herlihy entered her first year of high school, the then-director of Upward Bound invited her to attend the summer program at UMaine.

That summer, and the next three, McCue-Herlihy says she didn’t have to worry about being hungry or sleeping in a crowded bed with siblings.

She went on trips to Prince Edward Island and Mount Katahdin. She remembers feeling welcome, included and equal in all the discussions and activities.

“They told me, ‘You are somebody,’” she says. “It didn’t matter that I was poor. I was treated as a person that had smarts and I was rewarded for that. Going back to [high] school was very difficult.”

Upward Bound, which began at UMaine in 1965–66, provides support to youth from low-income families to prepare for college. The goal is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from colleges and universities.

McCue-Herlihy went on to earn her undergraduate degree in sociology, her master’s in community agency counseling and her Ed.D. in counselor education, all at UMaine.

Today, she is the assistant director for the TRIO Cornerstone Program at the University of Maine at Augusta-Bangor. The program assists students from low-income families, as well as first-generation college students and students with disabilities.

Her email signature block contains a quote from Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

McCue-Herlihy says her job is most rewarding when students believe they can do something and find their voice.

“Poverty takes voices away,” she says.

A couple of years ago, McCue-Herlihy was presented with a Maryann Hartman Award for her demonstrated leadership and role modeling in her field and for reflecting and honoring Hartman’s commitment to women and community.

McCue-Herlihy says she’s looking forward to celebrating the power of people at Upward Bound’s 50th reunion and meeting others who have been buoyed by the program.

As many as 400 alumni are expected at the celebration, says Becky Colannino, director of TRIO Upward Bound Math Science at UMaine. Colannino says since 1966, Upward Bound at UMaine has served approximately 2,000 students.

The agenda for the reunion, which will be held 1–5 p.m. Aug. 8 at the New Balance Student Recreation Center on campus, will be posted online at umaine.edu/ub/ub-50th-anniversary-reunion-event.

Contact: Beth Staples, 207.581.3777

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‘Lego Movie’ Screening at Alfond Stadium Postponed

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 13:42

Due to predicted thunderstorms, the University of Maine’s free screening of “The Lego Movie” originally slated for Wednesday, Aug. 5 on Morse Field at Alfond Stadium has been rescheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6.

Members of the public are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs to watch the film on the high-definition video scoreboard.

UMaine football team members will greet fans and provide free snow cones during the event presented by CU Promise.

More information is available by calling 207.581.1086.

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