University of Maine News
A Morning Sentinel article on immigrants relocating to Maine and a recent influx of Iraqi families moving to Augusta cited research by Kim Huisman, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Maine. According to a 2009 study by Huisman, 95 percent of the Somali population in Maine can be classified as secondary immigrants, or refugees who come to Maine after initially settling in other parts of the country.
A Bangor Daily News editorial titled “Want Bangor to be Silicon Valley East? Here are 3 ideas to start making it happen” cited the University of Maine’s Foster Center for Student Innovation and the Target Technology Incubator as important resources in the Bangor region that can help entrepreneurs grow their businesses.
Sachiko Akiyama, an artist with work currently on display at the University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor, will give a gallery talk and answer questions at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15 at the museum.
Akiyama creates sculptures — carved primarily from wood — that are often self-portraits. The artist will discuss the works in her UMMA exhibition “On Finding Home,” her creative process and the inspiration behind her work.
Sachiko Akiyama is a professor of sculpture at Boston University.
The event is free and open to the public.
WVII (Channel 7), WABI (Channel 5) and the Bangor Daily News covered the 2013 William S. Cohen Lecture at the University of Maine. “The State of Our Nation: Hardball vs. Civility” was the focus of the lecture featuring former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson, co-chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. Simpson was joined by former Secretary of Defense William Cohen in the discussion moderated by Mark Woodward, UMaine alumnus and former BDN executive editor. Simpson and Cohen spoke about the need for Americans to take control of government and demand that elected officials work together.
Paul Knowles, a lecturer in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Maine, was interviewed in an Education Week blog post titled “Entrepreneurial approach could help struggling schools, educator says.” Knowles said with shrinking resources and declining enrollments in Maine, educators need to learn more lessons from entrepreneurs. He calls for this entrepreneurial-style leadership in a commentary for the American Association of School Administrators titled “Superintendents who are inviting, entrepreneurial and gritty.”
The University of Maine will hold three public meetings in Friendship, Bristol and Port Clyde to share updates on the planned 12-megawatt offshore wind demonstration project by Maine Aqua Ventus GP LLC.
The meetings, from 6–8 p.m., will be held: Nov. 12, Friendship Town Office; Nov. 14, Bristol Consolidated School; and Nov. 25, Herring Gut Learning Center, Port Clyde. Moderating the meetings will be Maine Sea Grant Director Paul Anderson.
Community members interested in learning more about the offshore wind demonstration project are urged to attend.
Registration is underway for the 2013 Maine Food Summit, a daylong conference Friday, Dec. 6 at the University of Maine. The event, sponsored by University of Maine Cooperative Extension, will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Wells Conference Center on the Orono campus.
The summit is an opportunity for food producers, business owners and anyone involved with and interested in Maine’s dynamic food system to share ideas about growing Maine’s agriculture and fishery, supporting the state’s economy and improving food security.
Tim Griffin, associate professor and director of the Agriculture, Food and Environment Program of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy at Tufts University, and Patrick Keliher, commissioner of the Maine Department of Marine Resources, are keynote presenters. In addition, there will be panel discussions, workshops and opportunities to meet others interested in food systems.
Cost is $30 ($20 students) for those who register by Nov. 22 and $40 ($30 students) for those who register from Nov. 23 until the Nov. 27 deadline. Lunch is included. To register, or to request a disability accommodation, call Meghan Dill at 207.581.3878. For more information, contact John Jemison at 207.581.3241 or visit umaine.edu/agriculture/maine-food-summit.
Contact: Meghan Dill, 207.581.3878
The Associated Press, Renewable Energy News, Bangor Daily News and Mainebiz reported the University of Maine and its partner companies have released additional details about their offshore wind project proposal. Maine Aqua Ventus released information about plans to supply power directly to Monhegan Island. Jeffrey Thaler, assistant university counsel and a visiting professor of energy policy, law and ethics at UMaine, told the AP the project aims to provide power to the island where residents currently have high energy costs due to their reliance on generators. Jake Ward, UMaine’s vice president for innovation and economic development, said the proposal highlights the university and its partner companies’ strong approach that they believe gives them a good shot at winning a $46 million federal energy grant. The Boston Herald, Sun Journal, WLBZ (Channel 2), Tri-City Herald, Miami Herald, Recharge News, Portland Press Herald and Bloomberg Businessweek were among organizations to carry the AP report. The BDN also published an editorial on the project and Before it’s News mentioned the project in the article “Offshore wind experiences its best growth in 2013.”
Research by Dorothy Klimis-Zacas, a clinical nutritionist and professor at the University of Maine, was recently published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. Klimis-Zacas’ found eating 2 cups of wild blueberries a day for two months can improve metabolism of fat, reduce chronic inflammation and lower LDL cholesterol. She also found a diet enriched with the fruit can normalize gene expression of inflammatory markers and those related to lipid and lipoprotein metabolism. NRC Research Press, Allvoices.com, Examiner.com, News Medical and Science Codex reported on the journal article and research findings.
The Bangor Daily News published a feature article on Regina Marquis, course scheduling and data support coordinator in Continuing and Distance Education at the University of Maine, who ran the New York City Marathon this past weekend. It was a triumph in her long career of running and in light of her recent health challenges.
Mark Brewer, an associate professor of political science at the University of Maine, was interviewed for a Portland Press Herald article about Gov. Paul LePage officially launching his re-election campaign. Brewer said LePage faces obstacles in his run but has “a decent chance” at a second term because in a race against Cutler and Michaud, vote-splitting could lead LePage to a narrow victory.
WABI (Channel 5) reported the University of Maine ROTC will host about 80 collegiate ROTC cadets from the area for this year’s Veterans Day 5K. The race is a way for ROTC members to honor veterans. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and the 20th Maine Honor Society.
The University of Maine University Singers will perform during two concerts, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 in Minsky Recital Hall on campus.
Under the direction of Dennis Cox, the group will sing pieces by a variety of composers, including Leonard Bernstein and Beth Wiemann, UMaine music division chair and professor of composition and clarinet. The program will also feature several student musicians, accompanists and conductors.
Members of this select choir come from a variety of academic disciplines; nearly half concentrate in subject areas outside of music. The singers annually perform at multiple concerts on campus, tour New England for a week each spring and perform abroad every four years. Auditions, open to all students, are at the start of each fall semester.
Admission to each performance is $9, or free with a valid student MaineCard. For tickets or disability accommodations, call 207.581.1755. Tickets may also be purchased at the door one hour before the show.
The University Singers will join other UMaine choral groups in the annual Yuletide concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 in the Collins Center for the Arts.
The Orono Comprehensive Plan Committee encourages members of the UMaine community to participate in a public workshop on the town’s comprehensive plan. The forum, 6–9 p.m., Nov. 12, Orono Municipal Building, will focus on policies and actions for housing, the economy and in-town land use. The committee seeks public input on such issues as zoning for more in-town housing for families; the need to preserve single-family neighborhoods; ways to encourage startups, food-related businesses, R&D and light manufacturing; and downtown improvements. Draft proposed policies are online.
WABI (Channel 5) and WVII (Channel 7) reported on a Maine National Guard emergency preparedness exercise held at the University of Maine. The event was one of several emergency scenarios occurring consecutively at venues around the state. Wayne Maines, director of safety and environmental management at the University of Maine, spoke about the mock laboratory in Holmes Hall where emergency response teams practiced investigating and eliminating risks that might arise in real-life settings. He said it’s important to build relationships and improve communication with emergency responders. The Bangor Daily News and WLBZ (Channel 2) also reported on the drills around the state.
The Bangor Daily News reported officials connected to the University of Maine’s offshore floating wind turbine will meet with residents of three coastal towns — Friendship, Bristol and Port Clyde — to outline early plans for a power transmission line that might pass through one of their communities in the future. Jake Ward, UMaine’s vice president for innovation and economic development, said UMaine representatives will present possible locations of where the line could come ashore and that research is continuing to determine a location. He added the line is a “fairly small transmission line, not too different from what you’d see on a utility pole.”
The Bangor Daily News editorial, “Maine has lots of businesses, and we can get them to grow,” stated research conducted at the University of Maine to help startups is one of the state’s most valuable resources related to economic growth.
The Kennebec Journal reported on Maine National Guard emergency preparedness exercises planned around the state. Maine National Guard soldiers, as well as local, state, federal and international agencies, will respond to several emergency scenarios occurring consecutively at venues around the state. The University of Maine is hosting an exercise Nov. 5–6 and is providing a mock laboratory in Holmes Hall where emergency response teams will practice investigating and eliminating risks that might arise in real-life settings.
Habib Dagher, director of the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center and leader of the DeepCwind Consortium, was featured in an episode of 207 on WLBZ (Channel 2). Dagher spoke about the consortium’s mission to establish Maine as a national leader in deepwater offshore wind technology. In May, the Advanced Structures and Composites Center launched VolturnUS 1:8, the first grid-connected offshore wind turbine to be deployed off the coast of North America.
The Portland Daily Sun reported on a study by Richard Powell, an associate professor of political science at the University of Maine, that found opposition to same-sex marriage is greater on Election Day than indicated in pre-election polls. Powell’s study states the reason for the discrepancy is that people being surveyed tend to say they’ll vote the way they think is socially desirable, regardless of their real position on the issue.