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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

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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One of the best

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 11:27

The University of Maine is one of the 380 best colleges nationwide, and for a second consecutive year, the only public university in Maine to be profiled by Princeton Review in its annual guide.

UMaine’s inclusion in The Best 380 Colleges: 2016 Edition marks a decade of recognition by Princeton Review. This spring, UMaine also was named one of the Top 50 Green Colleges in the nation by Princeton Review, part of the sixth annual guide to the most environmentally responsible higher education institutions in the country.

According to Princeton Review, colleges are selected based on the quality of their academic programs. Profiles of the colleges and universities reflect the perspectives of 136,000 students surveyed on academics, campus life and the student body.

UMaine students told Princeton Review that the university’s strengths are in providing “a quality education, preparing us for the working world and helping to promote an environmentally friendly future.” They cited UMaine’s comprehensive academic offerings, extensive undergraduate research opportunities and world-class faculty who “genuinely care about the progress of their students.”

The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its tutoring, test-prep programs, books, admission services, and other resources for students. UMaine’s full profile is online.

More excerpts from the “Students Say” section of UMaine’s profile in The Best 380 Colleges: 2016 Edition are below:

Many students, particularly those for whom the Orono campus is “close to home,” love that the school’s “tuition is affordable” and “financial aid was fantastic.” But UMaine’s value doesn’t compromise academic quality: the university offers a “great engineering program,” a “wonderful music program,” “highly respected forestry and natural resource programs,” a great “marine science program and Semester by the Sea program,” and a host of other academic concentration opportunities. UMaine makes sustainability learning and practice a priority: It’s a “very ‘green’ school that both cares about its students and the environment.” The university’s “difficult professors” will “ensure you learn the material,” and provide students with a connection to “to highly recognized people in (their) field.” One student says: “The majority of the faculty members are brilliant and genuinely care about the progress of their students.” Another student extols, “I’ve had three of the greatest teachers I’ve ever had here already.” From the undergrads’ perspective, “The majority of my professors really enjoy what they teach, and I think that really has an impact on whether their students do well or not.” Faculty and staff are “supportive and helpful people that make me proud to be a Black Bear” who facilitate valuable undergrad research opportunities in any field. Students cited the “top-notch” campus resources, especially the Career Center, library and Counseling Center, helping ensure that “UMaine students are prepared to handle college life, as well as post-grad.” Students also appreciate the honors program, “which is a fantastic group of thinkers from all majors.” In all aspects of UMaine’s education, “I am encouraged to think for myself, and work on projects that I want to be a part of, in a wide range of subjects.” True to its motto, UMaine’s students call it the “College of our hearts, always.”

Campus Life
UMaine students love to join “clubs that take advantage of natural beauty that Maine has to offer” or hike “beautiful trails around Orono.” “Outdoor activities” like “skiing and walking” abound, and “Frisbee is a pretty big thing.” The campus is “very active and the people are very open and friendly.” People display some “health awareness,” appreciate the tobacco-free campus and transportation services, and find that the dorms are great. “Generally, everyone is really nice and neighborly,” there’s always something to do either on campus or off, and there’s a sense of community.

Contact: Margaret Nagle, 207.581.3745

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NOAA Fisheries Reports on Ph.D. Student’s Atlantic Salmon Smolt Research

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 11:24

NOAA Fisheries reported on new Atlantic salmon smolts research led by Dan Stich, a NOAA Fisheries biologist who conducted the study as a Ph.D. student at the University of Maine. The study, which recently appeared in the journal Marine and Coastal Fisheries, showed that even if young smolts survive the initial hazard of passing through and around dams, they may suffer injuries that make them more likely to die days or weeks later in the estuary, according to the article. “The effects of dams aren’t limited to a 500-meter stretch below the dam, but extend tens of kilometers out to sea,” Stich said. “In fact, the number of fish killed by the delayed effects of dams can be greater than the number killed at the dam itself.” Atlantic salmon are endangered in the United States, and these findings suggest that making dam passage safer for smolts can help the recovery of the species, the article states.

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UMaine Study Cited in Psychology Today Blog Post on Friendship

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 11:23

A 2003 University of Maine study led by psychology professor Douglas Nangle was cited in a Psychology Today blog post titled “What I’ve learned about friendships in my 20s (so far).” The researchers found support that emphasizes the importance of having mutual friendships that extend beyond one best friend, according to the article. They found that having friends and acquaintances outside a best friend can help protect against feelings of loneliness and depression, the article states.

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Concord Monitor Reports on Student’s Summer Construction Job

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 11:22

The Concord Monitor published an article on University of Maine student Austyn Shea’s summer construction job. Shea of Concord just completed his freshman year at UMaine where he is studying construction management. Shea, who said he wanted to use his summer to gain valuable real-world experience in the construction industry, secured a summer internship with Concord-based Milestone Engineering & Construction, according to the article. “One of the most important things these days is having actual experience and not just a degree,” Shea said.

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Acadia Harvest’s Research Operations at UMaine Cited in Huffington Post Blog Article

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 11:22

Acadia Harvest Inc., a startup business housed at the University of Maine’s Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research (CCAR) in Franklin, was included in the Huffington Post blog article, “As Maine’s waters warm, a seafood investor fosters climate resiliency.” Coastal Enterprises Inc. (CEI), a nonprofit community development lender based in Wiscasset, has provided capital for a lobster processing plant, sea-vegetable producers and Acadia Harvest to help fishermen and women diversify their incomes in the face of changing fishing patterns, according to the article. Acadia Harvest, which is pioneering techniques for sustainable aquaculture, needed matching funds to qualify for state funds to grow several thousand California yellowtail, the article states. CEI provided $100,000 to Acadia Harvest to increase the scale of its research operations at UMaine.

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Brewer Speaks with MPBN about Presidential Race

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 11:17

Mark Brewer, a political science professor at the University of Maine, was interviewed for the Maine Public Broadcasting Network report, “Maine could become lightning rod in 2016 presidential race.” As the number of candidates seeking the GOP nomination for president grows, Maine could draw some of national political spotlight, depending on how Republicans in the state decide to select their 23 delegates, according to the report. Brewer said Iowa and other caucus states have shown candidates can have an effect that carries forward to other states by helping with momentum and fundraising, the report states. “Caucuses generally tend to bring out the most committed partisans and also tend to highly reward boots on the ground and strong organization,” he said.

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Mahon Writes Op-Ed for Press Herald

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 11:17

John Mahon, the John M. Murphy Chair of International Business Policy and Strategy at the University of Maine, wrote an opinion piece for the Portland Press Herald on the University of Maine System’s finances.

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Maine Insights Reports on Scientists’ Discovery of Ocean Chloride Buried in Sediment

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 11:16

Maine Insights carried a University of Maine news release about Darling Marine Center researchers being part of a team that discovered chloride — the most common dissolved substance in seawater — can leave the ocean by sticking to organic particles that settle out of surface water and become buried in marine sediment. The discovery helps explain the fate of chloride in the ocean over long time periods, including ocean salt levels throughout geological history, said marine scientists Lawrence Mayer and Kathleen Thornton.

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BuzzFeed News Quotes Camire in Article on Artifical Ingredients

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 14:05

Mary Ellen Camire, a University of Maine professor of food science and human nutrition and Institute of Food Technologists president, was interviewed for the BuzzFeed News article, “What is an artificial ingredient, anyway?” Some of America’s biggest fast-food chains have recently announced their menus are going natural, and giant food manufacturers including General Mills and Kraft have announced they are removing artificial ingredients, according to the article. However, removing artificial ingredients isn’t likely to have any effect on health because natural and artificial flavors really aren’t that different, the article states. Camire said the fixation on paring down ingredients is “elitist.” “Certainly for people who are starving, [preservatives] would be nice to have,” she said, adding that many people assume — without scientific evidence — that food is bad if it’s a chemical or produced by a big company. DailyNews724 also carried the BuzzFeed report.

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Mayewski Guest on TideSmart Talk Radio Show

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 14:04

Paul Mayewski, director of the University of Maine Climate Change Institute, was a recent guest on the national weekly radio show TideSmart Talk with Stevoe. Mayewski spoke about leading the CCI, current research and how climate change will affect Maine.

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