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AP Reports on UMaine Extension Poultry Coop Contest

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 12:34

The Associated Press reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Poultry Growers Association are looking for entries into the 2015 Maine Poultry Coop Contest. The groups are accepting submissions from farmers and hobbyists until Nov. 1. The contest is to recognize poultry keepers who have valuable and creative ideas for coop use and design. As many as three photos may accompany each entry, which may be submitted online. The winner of the contest will receive $150. WABI (Channel 5) and Beaumont Enterprise carried the AP report.

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WABI, WVII Cover Out of the Darkness Walk

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 12:33

WABI (Channel 5) and WVII (Channel 7) reported on the sixth annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk held at the University of Maine. Funds raised from the 5K walk through campus and surrounding areas will benefit research initiatives of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). “We are here to raise awareness about the issues of suicide and suicide prevention efforts in our community in hopes that we can — by talking about it — reduce the number of people who die every year to suicide,” said Kelly Shaw, outreach coordinator and clinical psychology resident at the UMaine Counseling Center.

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Drummond Quoted in CBC News Article on Farmers Looking Beyond Bees for Pollination

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 12:32

Frank Drummond, an entomology specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and a UMaine professor of insect ecology, was quoted in a CBC News article about a workshop sponsored by Dalhousie University and held in Montague, Prince Edward Island that focused on pollinating crops during a global decline in bee populations. Drummond, who attended the workshop, was one of several researchers that presented ideas for growing the population and attracting more wild pollinating bees. Drummond spoke about the importance of trying to get municipalities involved by mowing fields, and private companies, such as landfills, involved by using pollinator plantings. “It’s a whole sort of village approach — not to put all of the responsibility on individual farmers,” he said.

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WABI Reports on 35th Black Bear Triathlon

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 12:31

WABI (Channel 5) covered the 35th Black Bear Triathlon held at the University of Maine. The event was sponsored by UMaine Campus Recreation and sanctioned by USA Triathlon. The race featured a 525-yard swim in UMaine’s Wallace Pool, and a 12.5-mile bike race and 3.1-mile run along the UMaine trails and local roadways.

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Peterson Quoted in Augusta Chronicle Article on New Track Surface

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 12:31

Mick Peterson, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Maine, was quoted in an Augusta Chronicle article about Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky, beginning its fall meeting with a new state-of-the-art dirt surface to replace the synthetic surface known as Polytrack. Peterson, head of the Racing Surfaces Testing Lab at UMaine, became heavily involved in testing surfaces for the Keeneland horse racing track, according to the article. “We developed standard tests for both synthetic and dirt surfaces,” Peterson said. “Dirt tracks are never as simple as synthetics, which are less dependent on weather. We can’t change the weather, so the dominant issue becomes maintenance. We’re working hand-in-hand with Keeneland’s maintenance crew to assure that the new surface will be fair and safe.”

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WVII Covers Black Bear Attack Adventure Race

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 12:29

WVII (Channel 7) reported on the Black Bear Attack Adventure Race held at the University of Maine. The 3.5-mile race began at the New Balance Student Recreation Center and led participants through an obstacle course in the wooded trails behind the gym where runners encountered mud, tire obstacles and a climbing wall. Race director Lauri Sidelko said 350 people participated in the race, raising about $1,200 for the charity

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Brewer Quoted in Media Reports on Maine Politics

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 12:28

Mark Brewer, a political science professor at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Kennebec Journal article about Maine’s 2nd Congressional District race, as well as an Associated Press article about the state’s gubernatorial candidates preparing for debates. Brewer told the AP the debates in the state’s governor race have the potential to be significant because there appears to be a relatively large group of “swayable” voters. Portland Press Herald and SFGate carried the AP report. Brewer also spoke with Maine Public Broadcasting Network and Portland Press Herald about how the closing of the Verso Paper mill in Bucksport could potentially affect the outcome of the gubernatorial race. “Anytime something like this happens, those who are in office at least have a greater likelihood of being impacted by that than a challenger who wasn’t in office and didn’t have anything to do with these things,” Brewer said.

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Media Cover First Lady’s UMaine Appearance

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 12:26

The Associated Press, WABI (Channel 5), Bangor Daily News, WLBZ (Channel 2), Maine Public Broadcasting Network, WVII (Channel 7) and Portland Press Herald reported on Michelle Obama’s visit to the University of Maine to campaign for Maine gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud. The first lady; Michaud; Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund; Emily Cain, the Democratic candidate in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District; and UMaine President Sue Hunter spoke at the rally that was held in the Collins Center for the Arts. Fox News carried the AP report.

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Press Herald Reports on Beekeeping Classes Offered by UMaine Cooperative Extension

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 12:25

The Portland Press Herald reported master beekeepers Jack Hildreth, Peter Richardson and Chris Rogers will lead two beginner beekeeping schools at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension office in Falmouth. One class will be held on five consecutive Thursdays from Oct. 16 through Nov. 13, and another from Feb. 5 through March 5. Hildreth and Richardson will also be instructors for an intermediate beekeeping school, offered on six consecutive Tuesdays, from Jan. 6 to Feb. 10. The beginner school is suitable for beekeepers with one to two years of experience, and the intermediate school is designed for beekeepers with two or more years of experience.

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Washington Post Piece Cites Markides’ Research

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 14:42

University of Maine sociologist Kyriacos Markides was cited in The Washington Post piece “Why Hispanic-Americans live longer: The mystery that has puzzled researchers for decades.” The article noted that Hispanics in the U.S. die at slower rates than non-Hispanic whites, even before taking into account discrepancies in incomes and health care accessibility, which put Hispanics at a disadvantage. Markides noted the irony in his 1986 paper “The Health of Hispanics in the Southwestern United States: an Epidemiologic Paradox.” He reported that Hispanics in the Southwest had lower death rates from cardiovascular disease and cancer than whites, as well as lower rates of infant mortality. Hispanic culture, in which close families tend to care for sick loved ones, could play a role, Markides said. Hispanics, especially immigrants, also tend to smoke and drink less than whites, he said.

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Tajvidi Talks to WABI About Development of Eco-Friendly Particleboard

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 14:41

Mehdi Tajvidi, an assistant professor of renewable nanomaterials at the University of Maine, spoke with WABI (Channel 5) about research he is involved in to develop eco-friendly particleboard panels with adhesive made of cellulose nanofibrils (CNF). Tajvidi is working with several other UMaine researchers — William Gramlich, Doug Bousfield, Doug Gardner and Mike Bilodeau — as well as John Hunt from the USDA Forest Service to make strong, stiff and fully recyclable particleboard panels that can be used in countertops, door cores and furniture. “The materials that we are working with are just coming from mother nature. We don’t synthesize them, we just extract them from wood,” Tajvidi said. “And so this is basically biomaterial and has a very good potential because it has very exciting properties such as very high stiffness and strength, and a very wide range of applications for that.”

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UMaine Mentioned in BDN Article on Economic Boost to Ashland Region

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 14:40

The University of Maine was mentioned in a Presque Isle Star-Herald article published in the Bangor Daily News about officials celebrating job creation at four forestry-based businesses in Ashland. One of the businesses — shingle manufacturer Ecoshel — worked with UMaine’s Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC) to produce cedar shingle panels. Brian Kirkey, CEO of Ecoshel, gave a tour of the facility and explained how the company worked with UMaine to create state-of-the-art equipment that will reduce waste and improve production, according to the article.

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VEMI Lab Featured on WVII

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 14:36

WVII (Channel 7) covered the second annual open house of the Virtual Environment and Multimodal Interaction (VEMI) Laboratory at the University of Maine. The lab, located in Carnegie Hall, is part of the spatial informatics program in the School of Computing and Information Science and houses Maine’s only research facility that combines a fully immersive virtual reality installation with augmented reality technologies in an integrated research and development environment. Nicholas Giudice, a professor in the School of Computing and Information Science, and Richard Corey, the lab’s director of operations, spoke about some of the lab’s technology, as well as the latest research projects. “Our argument is, if you can provide the same information through accessible means, nonvisual means, you can learn it in the same exact way and activate the same parts of the brain,” Giudice said.

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Star 97.7 FM Interviews Breece About Closing of Bucksport Mill

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 14:35

James Breece, an economics professor at the University of Maine, spoke with Star 97.7 FM about the closing of the Verso Paper mill in Bucksport. Breece said the ripple effect from the closure could be devastating and that laying off nearly 600 people will have a multiplier effect. He said some towns do recuperate from similar losses, but it can be a long and painful process.

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WABI Covers Mitchell Lecture on Sustainability

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 14:34

WABI (Channel 5) reported on the 7th annual Mitchell Lecture on Sustainability, hosted by the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of Maine. This year’s talk featured Harvard University’s William Clark who spoke about “Mobilizing knowledge to shape a sustainable future.” Mitchell, who also spoke at the event, talked about the importance of finding a long-term solution to climate change in order to create opportunity for Maine’s future. “The real issue is, if we wait much longer the effects will be irreversible,” Mitchell said.

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Maginnis Quoted in Press Herald Article on Enterovirus

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 14:33

Melissa Maginnis, a microbiology professor at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Portland Press Herald about the first confirmed case of enterovirus D68 by Maine health officials. Maginnis said people should be concerned about the virus because it has quickly spread across the U.S. this year, and was not contained to a region. “It’s really hard to predict what’s going to happen. This is a very serious virus, and there is potential for it to continue to spread,” she said, adding the virus has the potential to become more widespread than West Nile virus.

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BDN Covers Butler’s Survey on Poverty

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 14:33

A survey designed and analyzed by Sandra Butler, professor in the University of Maine School of Social Work, was referenced in the Bangor Daily News story “Study reveals most Mainers agree poverty caused by outside forces, not personal decisions.” The report from the 2014 survey is titled “Maine People Agree Opportunity is the Bridge to a Better Future.” Three of four Mainers polled indicated the primary cause of poverty is “that the economy is failing to produce enough jobs that pay decent wages.”

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Get the Scoop on Poultry Coop Contest

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 14:32

Got a great design idea for a poultry coop? The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Poultry Growers Association (MPGA) are accepting entries for the 2015 Maine Poultry Coop Contest until Saturday, Nov. 1.

The contest is to recognize poultry keepers — hobbyists and farmers from Maine — who have valuable and creative ideas for coop use and design. Entries may be designed and used with any species of poultry. As many as three photos may accompany each entry, which may be submitted online.

The first-place winner will be awarded $150; second place will win $100; and third place will earn $50. Fourth- and fifth-place finishers will receive one-year subscriptions to Backyard Poultry Magazine. All entrants will get free 2015 memberships in MPGA, which is providing all the awards. Winners will be announced Jan. 14, 2015 at the State of Maine Agricultural Trades Show in Augusta. For more information, contact Lynne Hazelton at 207.781.6099 or

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Markowsky to Deliver Cybersecurity Talk

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 14:31

University of Maine professor George Markowsky will present a talk about cybersecurity at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the Margaret Chase Smith Library.

The talk is the library’s Ada E. Leeke Lecture on International Affairs. Markowsky is a professor of computer science and cooperating professor in the School of Policy and International Affairs.

The library, at 56 Norridgewock Ave., Skowhegan, is owned by the Margaret Chase Smith Foundation and operated under its auspices by the University of Maine.

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Nature Profiles Rademaker’s Pioneering Research in Peruvian Andes

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:59

The research of Kurt Rademaker, a University of Maine visiting assistant professor in anthropology and alumnus (Ph.D. 2012), is profiled in the Oct. 1 issue of the international weekly journal Nature. The story’s author, Barbara Fraser, accompanied Rademaker and his research team on a recent expedition high in the Peruvian Andes.

In recent years, Rademaker’s research has made international science headlines for his findings of the earliest evidence of extreme high-altitude occupation anywhere in the world. The “Nature” story traces Rademaker’s work in the Andes to understand when colonization began and what the hunter-gatherers did to survive, beginning with his research with UMaine anthropologist Daniel Sandweiss and, later, UMaine geologist Gordon Bromley.

The story is online.

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