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The Lidral Duo to Appear on ‘The Nite Show’

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:41

University of Maine associate professor of music Karel A. Lidral will tape a performance with The Lidral Duo on “The Nite Show with Dan Cashman” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, at the Next Generation Theatre, 39 Center St., Brewer.

The jazz duo includes Karel Lidral on soprano saxophone and Terry Lidral on piano. Tickets for the taping of the show are free and required; they can be obtained at tickets@theniteshowmaine.com.

The show will air Saturday, April 12 at 10 p.m. on WPXT-TV (CW) in Portland; 11:30 p.m. on WABI-TV 5 in Bangor; and midnight on WAGM-TV in Presque Isle.

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Undergraduate Research and Academic Showcase April 1

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:04

University of Maine undergraduate research will be highlighted during the 5th annual Undergraduate Research and Academic Showcase, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Tuesday, April 1 at Wells Conference Center.

The event is sponsored by UMaine’s Center for Undergraduate Research and is open to any undergraduate at the university. Presentations from 149 students in the form of 77 posters, 21 oral presentations or performances, and nine exhibits will be featured. Several presentations include multiple students.

Students presenting projects that receive the highest scores from judges in each format will receive awards ranging from $100 to $200 in various categories, according to Ali Abedi, director of the Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR).

Vice President for Research Carol Kim will deliver opening remarks at 8:30 a.m. Students are encouraged to pose questions for Kim via Twitter using #CUGR2014.

UMaine President Paul Ferguson is expected to give closing remarks during the awards presentation starting at 4:30 p.m., followed by the announcement of the Summer Research and Creative Academic Achievements Fellowship winners by Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Jeff Hecker. Ten students will each be awarded a $3,000 fellowship for their research.

The UMaine community and general public are welcome to attend the free event. For more information or to request disability accommodations, call CUGR, 207.581.3583. More information on the showcase is available online.

Contact: Elyse Kahl, 207.581.3747

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More Than 100 Students to Showcase Work During GradExpo

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:04

University of Maine graduate students will showcase their research and artistic works during the Graduate Student Government’s 2014 Graduate Academic Exposition.

More than $8,000 in prizes will be awarded to participants of the GradExpo. The event will be held 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 3–4 in the Innovative Media Research and Commercialization (IMRC) Center on campus.

The GradExpo will feature four areas of competition — posters, oral presentations, intermedia and fine arts exhibits, and a PechaKucha, or rapid-fire slide show event. About 106 submissions are expected at this year’s event.

The poster and oral presentations will highlight the physical sciences and technology, natural sciences, humanities and social sciences. The intermedia and fine arts exhibits will include art works, projects and performances. The PechaKucha competition, open to students in all academic disciplines, invites participants to share their work in a slide show lasting under seven minutes. Unlike the other presentations, the PechaKucha talks will be judged by the audience rather than faculty reviewers.

Two new awards have been added this year, and will be presented during the awards gala, slated for 6 p.m. Friday, April 4 at the IMRC Center.

The Provost’s Innovative/Creative Teaching Award worth $500, $300 and $150 will be given to graduate students who are lead instructors of a UMaine course and use innovative and creative teaching methods. Eligible candidates will present at the expo. Jeffrey Hecker, UMaine’s executive vice president of academic affairs and provost, will designate judges to select the winners.

The UMaine Alumni Association Alum Award worth $250 will be given to a graduate student who earned their undergraduate degree at the University of Maine. Selected candidates will present their research to Alumni Association staff members who will select the winner.

Other awards will include:

  • Graduate Student Government Awards — Presented to three students in each of the four presentation divisions. Faculty judges choose winners based on academic worthiness, excellence of presentation and skill in making the work understandable to a wide audience. Prizes are worth $600, $300 and $150.

  • Graduate Student Photo Contest Awards — Presented to graduate students who submitted photos in the categories of graduate student life, graduate student research, and graduate student teaching. The awards are worth $100, $50 and $25.

  • The Graduate Dean’s Undergraduate Mentoring Award — Presented for effective undergraduate mentoring in research, with awards worth $500, $250 and $100.

  • The President’s Research Impact Award — A $2,000 award given to the graduate student and their adviser who best exemplify the UMaine mission of teaching, research and outreach.

  • Innovation Award — $100.

Details of the expo are online. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Robin Arnold, Graduate Student Government vice president, at robin.arnold@umit.maine.edu or 207.581.2398.

Contact: Elyse Kahl, 207.581.3747

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FY 2015 Community Budget Presentation March 28

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 12:29

Members of the University of Maine campus community are welcome to attend one of two identical public forums that will provide preliminary information about UMaine’s FY 2015 budget.

The presentation will be held at Wells Conference Center on Friday, March 28 with one session scheduled to run from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and the second from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

UMaine President Paul Ferguson, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Jeffrey Hecker, and Assistant Vice President of Financial and Budget Services Claire Strickland will join Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance Janet Waldron as she presents the budget information to the campus community.

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Kennebec Journal Advances Cooperative Extension Poultry Producers School

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 10:16

The Kennebec Journal reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Poultry Growers Association will offer a daylong school for poultry producers Saturday, April 5, at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield. The school is designed for farmers with a poultry enterprise and is appropriate for backyard keepers, bird fanciers and 4-H teenagers. Topics will include best management practices, bird health and disease prevention for egg layers and meat birds, poultry nutrition, poultry product quality and organic practices.

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UMaine Dining Offers Taste of the World Event March 27

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 10:15

University of Maine students will be able to sample cuisine from Germany, Greece and the South Pacific region at three resident dining locations during UMaine Dining’s Taste of the World event on Thursday, March 27.

During the annual event, menus and decor in each of the dining facilities are transformed, often in consultation with students or other resident experts from the university’s international community.

This year, Greece will be featured at York and the South Pacific will be the theme at Hilltop. A taste of Germany at Wells Central will be showcased as UMaine’s entry in the special event category of the National Association of College & University Food Services dining awards.

A few examples of the authentic German cuisine menu are speckknoedel (bacon dumplings), kirschsuppe (sour cherry soup), sauerbraten (pot roast), wiener schnitzel, knockwurst, bratwurst and vegetarian brats. Classic German desserts will also be available such as schwarzwalder kirschtorte (black forest cake), bienenstich kuchen (custard-filled bee sting cake) and apfelstrudel (apple strudel).

UMaine Dining uses local foods and produce. Part of of UMaine Dining’s mission is to raise awareness of the value and sustainability of supporting locally sourced produce and products.

Although aimed primarily at resident students, anyone in the UMaine community can enjoy any of these all-you-care-to-eat menus for a small entrance fee of $11.00 per adult and $5.50 per child 12 or under. The international fare will be served during dinner starting at 4:30 p.m.

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MPBN to Rebroadcast ‘Sustainable Maine’ Series in May

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 10:12

In May, the Maine Public Broadcasting Network will rebroadcast episodes from the three seasons of the “Sustainable Maine” series. The show highlights the research of Maine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative (SSI), based at UMaine’s Senator George J. Mitchell Center. SSI is helping communities solve interconnected economic problems while advancing sustainability science. SSI and Maine EPSCoR collaborated with MPBN to create the Emmy-nominated series. More information about “Sustainable Maine” is online.

The rebroadcast schedule is:

  • “Return of a River,” 1 p.m. Sunday, May 4

  • “Culvert Operations,” 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4

  • “Preserving Paradise,” 1 p.m. Sunday, May 11

  • “Saving our Lakes,” 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 11

  • “Basket Trees — Saving a Tradition,” 1 p.m. Sunday, May 18

  • “Pools, Policy and People — Maine’s Vernal Pools,” 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 18

  • “Desperate Alewives,” 1 p.m. Sunday, May 25

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UMaine Extension Selling Blueberry, Strawberry, Asparagus Plants

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 10:10

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is taking orders for highbush blueberry plants, asparagus crowns and strawberry plants.

A set of three blueberry plants costs $39.95; varieties are appropriate for Maine’s climate. A set of 25 strawberry plants costs $15 and a set of 10 asparagus crowns totals $15. A packet with links to online videos comes with each order and provides information about site selection, planting and care of the specific plants.

Proceeds from this “Grow it Right!” sale go toward scholarships for UMaine Extension’s statewide Master Gardener Volunteer Program and fund statewide community-based horticulture projects. UMaine Extension educators and industry experts annually provide research-based horticulture training to more than 250 Master Gardener Volunteers, who then share what they’ve learned with community neighbors.

Orders can be placed online until May 1. Plants will be available for pickup May 17 at various locations throughout the state.

For more information, contact Richard Brzozowski at 207.781.6099, 800.287.1471 (toll-free in Maine) or richard.brzozowski@maine.edu; or contact Marjorie Peronto at 207.667.8212, 800.287.1479 (toll-free in Maine) or marjorie.peronto@maine.edu.

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WABI Interviews Hopkins About Maine Maple Syrup Season

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 11:12

WABI (Channel 5) spoke with Kathryn Hopkins, a maple syrup expert and University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator and professor, about the current state of Maine’s maple syrup season. Hopkins said while some people may be concerned about the slow start to this year’s season, it’s actually back to the traditional time frame for maple syrup production following a couple of earlier seasons. She said the maple syrup season in Maine can range from the end of January until the middle of April and predicts there will be plenty of syrup available in April.

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Media Report on UMaine’s Pro Day with NFL Scouts

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 11:12

The Bangor Daily News, WABI (Channel 5), WVII (Channel 7) and the Portland Press Herald were among several news organizations to cover the University of Maine’s football Pro Day. Fourteen members of the Black Bear football team’s senior class got the chance to perform tests and drills for nine scouts in hopes of getting noticed by an NFL team. Among the hopefuls was standout cornerback Kendall James, who was the focus of an SB Nation article titled “Steelers scouts at University of Maine Pro Day, CB Kendall James one to watch.”

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Kaye Writes ‘Age Smart’ Column for BDN

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 11:11

Len Kaye, director of the University of Maine Center on Aging and professor in the UMaine School of Social Work, co-wrote a column with Cliff Singer, chief of Geriatric Mental Health and Neuropsychiatry at Acadia Hospital and Eastern Maine Medical Center. “Should I retire? Four rules of thumb for maximizing your golden years” was published by the Bangor Daily News as an “Age Smart” column.

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Morning Sentinel Previews Hops Growing Workshop

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 11:09

The Morning Sentinel reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and RSU 19 Adult Education are sponsoring a workshop on how to grow hops in home gardens. The workshop will be held Tuesday, April 1 at Nokomis Regional High School in Newport. Participants will learn the history of hops production in New England, what is needed for hops to thrive in Penobscot County, basics of planting and care, pests that can affect hops, and harvesting.

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Sun Journal Advances Talk at UMaine 4-H Camp and Learning Center

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 11:09

The Sun Journal reported the Mahoosuc Land Trust will host a third presentation in its Changing Nature series Wednesday, March 26, at the University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center in Bryant Pond. Ryder Scott, the camp’s program director, will present “Changing Nature of Education for a Sustainable World.” Scott said the “world is changing more rapidly and dramatically than ever before” and people must lay the groundwork for a sustainable society by informing the next generation.

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Maine’s Energy Future, Safe Beaches, Clean Water Focus of Conference

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 11:07

The Senator George J. Mitchell Center at the University of Maine invites the public to attend a series of informative sessions on Maine water and sustainability issues from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 1 at the Augusta Civic Center.

The Maine Water & Sustainability Conference will include several sessions on sustainability science research in Maine, as well as sessions with a joint focus on water resources and sustainability.

The Maine Water Conference was founded in 1994 by the Senator George J. Mitchell Center at the University of Maine as an annual forum for water resource professionals, researchers, consultants, citizens, students, regulators and planners to exchange information and present new findings on water resource issues in Maine. The conference has grown to become one of the largest environmentally related conferences in Maine attracting more than 350 attendees each year. The Maine Water Conference Steering Committee is made up of key water resource stakeholders from across the state.

Cost to attend is $55. More information, including how to register and session times, is online.

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Tanglewood 4-H Camp Offers April Vacation Adventure

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 11:06

Tanglewood 4-H Camp and Learning Center in Lincolnville will host an April vacation day camp for children ages 5–10 that celebrates the outdoors. The camp will be held Tuesday, April 22 through Friday, April 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Games, art and exploration will encourage personal growth in harmony with nature. Cost is $150 per child. Register online by April 11. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Patti Chapman at 207.789.5868 or patricia.chapman@maine.edu.

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Former Faculty Member Kenneth Allen Passes Away

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 11:05

Kenneth Allen, who worked at the University of Maine for 25 years in many positions, including acting president and a zoology professor, passed away March 19, 2014. His obituary is online.

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Thirty-two UMaine Faculty Members Receive Tenure and/or Promotion

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 08:33

The University of Maine System Board of Trustees has approved promotion and/or tenure for 32 University of Maine faculty members. The professors were nominated by University of Maine President Paul Ferguson based on a peer and administrative review of their successful work in teaching, research and public service.

“This annual process and recognition of excellence constitutes an important tradition to celebrate the University of Maine’s faculty and their role in the distinctiveness of Maine’s flagship, land grant university,” says President  Ferguson. “Their teaching, research and community outreach reaffirm the impactful role of public higher education in the quality of life for Maine citizens.”

University of Maine Faculty Promoted and/or Tenured, 2013–14

Promoted to professor

College of Engineering
Howard Gray, Civil Engineering Technology
M. Clayton Wheeler, Chemical Engineering

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Francois Amar, Chemistry
Mark Brewer, Political Science
Samuel Hess, Physics and Astronomy
Jon Ippolito, New Media
Richard Powell, Political Science
Liam Riordan, History

College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture
Robert Lilieholm, Forest Resources
Ann Rosebush Sossong, Nursing
Vivian Chi-Hua Wu, Food Science and Human Nutrition

Promoted to associate research professor

Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Environmental and Watershed Research
Sarah Nelson

Promoted to associate professor with tenure

College of Engineering
Nuri Emanetoglu, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Melissa Maynard, Civil Engineering

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Daniel Bilodeau, Theatre
Dylan Dryer, English
Mary Hough, History and Women’s Studies
Shannon McCoy, Psychology
Robert Meulenberg, Physics and Astronomy and Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology
Kathleen Yoon, Psychology

Maine Business School
Niclas Erhardt, Human Resources
Jason Harkins, Entrepreneurship
Patti Miles, Operations Management

College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture
Julie Gosse, Biochemistry
Teresa Johnson, Marine Policy
Robert Wheeler, Microbiology

Promoted to associate Extension professor with continuing contract

Tori Jackson, Cooperative Extension
Kristy Ouellette, Cooperative Extension
Andrew Plant, Cooperative Extension

Promoted to associate Extension professor and associate professor with continuing contract

Anne Lichtenwalner, Cooperative Extension and Animal and Veterinary Sciences
Ellen Mallory, Cooperative Extension and Sustainable Agriculture

Granted tenure at current rank of associate professor

Honors College
Margaret Killinger, Rezendes Preceptor of the Arts

Contact: Margaret Nagle, 207.581.3745

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Three Honored With The First ADVANCE Career Recognition Awards

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:56

Three University of Maine faculty members — Kate Beard-Tisdale, Susan Brawley and Mary Tyler — are the recipients of ADVANCE Career Recognition Awards by UMaine’s Rising Tide Center.

Beard-Tisdale is a member of the School of Computing and Information Science; Brawley is in the School of Marine Science; and Tyler is in the School of Biology and Ecology.

The Career Recognition Awards highlight the significant accomplishments of women faculty at UMaine through their teaching, research, constituent service and campus leadership. Sharing the professional successes of UMaine faculty raises the profile of women scientists and is intended to inspire colleagues at every rank.

The honor includes a travel award to support the honorees’ participation at a prestigious conference where their work will be showcased on an international stage.

On campus, the award winners will give lectures about their research and will lead a panel discussion. Tyler will speak on, “Students Are Scientists: Implementing Inquiry-Based Learning,” noon, March 27, Coe Room, Memorial Union; Beard-Tisdale will speak on, “A Passage in Space and Time,” noon, April 10, Coe Room, Union.

Brawley will speak on, “Small Is Beautiful: Marine Eggs, Spores and Bacteria,” 2 p.m., April 16, Wells Conference Center, followed by the awards ceremony and reception. The event will feature a panel discussion with the awardees and accomplished junior faculty offering perspectives on the challenges and opportunities for women in science.

All events are free and open to the public. To register or to request a disability accommodation, call or write the ADVANCE Rising Tide Center, 207.581.3439; risingtide@maine.edu. More information is available online.

UMaine’s ADVANCE Rising Tide Center, funded by a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation, seeks to develop systemic approaches to retaining and advancing women faculty in academic science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and social-behavioral science careers.

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Alumna and WEX CEO to Speak on Campus March 26

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:19

“From Orono to Wall Street: One UMaine Grad’s Journey” will be the focus of a talk March 26 by UMaine alumna Melissa D. Smith, Class of ’91, president and CEO of WEX, based in South Portland. The free public lecture begins at 5 p.m. in Wells Conference Center. In January, Smith became chief executive officer at WEX and joined its board of directors. WEX is a leading provider of corporate payment solutions. The Girl Scouts of Maine presented Smith with the 2013 Woman of Distinction award and Mainebiz recognized her as a 2012 Woman to Watch. Smith previously served in a variety of capacities at WEX, including: president, president–The Americas; chief financial officer and executive vice president, finance and operations. She was chief financial officer in 2005 when WEX went public on the New York Stock Exchange. Smith, who started her career at Ernst & Young, is a co-founder of the Women’s Executive Forum, which seeks to attract, retain and advance women in the information security, IT risk management and privacy industries.

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WABI Covers UMaine’s Engineering EXPO

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 11:30

WABI (Channel 5) reported on the 2014 Engineering EXPO held at the University of Maine. UMaine engineering students Haylea Ledoux and Blake Bourque spoke about the importance of engineering and getting children interested in science. Victoria Wingo, communications specialist for the College of Engineering, said the event strives to raise awareness about engineering with people of all ages, especially children. At the event, Maine’s top engineering firms, schools, educators, government agencies and societies offered hands-on activities and exhibits.

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