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Reminder: Academic Affairs Faculty Forum Feb. 4

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 12:23

The second Academic Affairs Faculty Forum, focusing on evaluation of student learning outcomes in foundational areas, will be held from 3–4:40 p.m., Feb. 4, in the Bangor Room, Memorial Union. The open forum will continue the dialogue started at the Oct. 6 Faculty Forum focused on “Foundational Competencies for the 21st Century.” In addition, the Feb. 4 forum will include discussion of the Multi-State Collaborative (MSC), an agreement among signatory states to work together on a pilot project to test a process for learning outcomes assessment based on the LEAP VALUE rubrics, that UMaine has been invited to join.

More about the Feb. 4 forum is online.

You can find relevant background materials, including video of the Oct. 4 forum, linked on the Provost’s Web page.

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Milardo Speaks with BDN About Maine’s High Divorce Rate

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 10:43

Robert Milardo, a professor of family relations at the University of Maine, was quoted in the Bangor Daily News article, “Despite recent decline, Maine’s divorce rate is still among highest in U.S. Why?” Milardo said the majority of divorces occur by the seventh year of marriage because around year five to seven, the romance starts to decline and conflicts increase. He also said having young children can put stress on a relationship, and couples are less likely to divorce the older they are when they get married. “Those people who are marrying in their late 20s or early 30s develop more stable relationships. They enter the marriage more financially secure and more secure in themselves,” Milardo said.

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Mayewski Co-Writes Op-Ed on Climate Change for BDN

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 10:42

Paul Mayewski, director of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, co-wrote an opinion piece on climate change for the Bangor Daily News with Darryl W. Lyon, a lieutenant colonel in the Maine National Guard. The article is titled “Maine is a leader in confronting climate change in the High North.”

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Murphy, Harvest for Hunger Featured in Press Herald Article

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 10:41

The Portland Press Herald mentioned the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Harvest for Hunger program and interviewed program organizer and UMaine Extension educator Barbara Murphy for the article “Maine food pantries connecting with farmers to provide fresh produce.” For more than 15 years, gardeners across Maine have grown nearly 1.9 million pounds of produce for Harvest for Hunger, according to the article. In most counties, the food is taken to food pantries to distribute, but in Oxford County, the program hosts weekly distribution nights where 180 families pick up produce, watch cooking demonstrations and sample dishes made with the food they receive that week, the article states. Murphy said it’s encouraging to hear the Oxford County families say they are changing their eating habits or are better able to pay household bills because of the program.

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Op-Ed by Leahy, Student Cited in BDN Article on Wood Banks

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 10:39

An op-ed on local wood banks written by Jessica Leahy, an associate professor of human dimensions of natural resources at the University of Maine, and Sabrina Vivian, a senior studying ecology and environmental sciences, was mentioned in the Bangor Daily News article, “Wood banks start to catch on in Maine, but not without some growing pains.” Waldo County Woodshed, a Belfast-based nonprofit that seeks to provide firewood to low-income residents, began after a local business owner read the pair’s op-ed in the BDN, according to the article. “Each one has to be grassroots, to fit the need of the community,” Leahy said about starting wood banks. “The more the idea spreads, the more the communities can be proactive. It’s people being self-sufficient, spending time together and helping each other,” she said. The Sun Journal also published the BDN report.

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Teachers from China Attend Workshop at UMaine, BDN Reports

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 10:35

The Bangor Daily News reported about 40 English teachers from Harbin, China, and the surrounding area toured John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor, met city officials and visited the University of Maine to learn about American education and government. According to the article, the delegates were scheduled to attend a foreign language education workshop at UMaine, which has actively recruited foreign students, including from China.

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BDN Publishes Latest Column in Butler’s ‘People Next Door’ Series

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 10:34

The Bangor Daily News published the latest article in the yearlong “The People Next Door” series by Sandra Butler, a professor of social work at the University of Maine, and Luisa Deprez, a professor and department chair of sociology and women and gender studies at the University of Southern Maine. “Living in a house of cards: A look back at people in Maine who are just scraping by,” is the pair’s latest column to share stories of Mainers struggling in today’s economy.

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Today’s Energy Solutions Cites UMaine Advanced Manufacturing Center, Maine MEP Partnership

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 10:32

Today’s Energy Solutions published a Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Maine MEP) news release announcing a new agreement between Maine MEP and the University of Maine’s Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC). The partnership, which will place a Maine MEP project manager at AMC, will promote closer collaboration between the organizations with the goal of enhancing the services available to manufacturers in the state, according to the release.

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UMaine Extension Offers Beekeeping Course

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 10:30

A five-session University of Maine Cooperative Extension beginning beekeeping course starts 6:30–8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Washington County UMaine Extension office, 28 Center St., Machias.

Master Beekeeper Andrew Dewey will teach the course, which will be held Thursday nights, except for March 19, through April 2. The course also will be available remotely at Washington County Community College, 1 College Drive, Calais.

Course topics include the honeybee colony, constructing hives, seasonal management, pests and diseases and honey production. Students will visit a local hive for observation and hands-on experience during a field lab. Class graduates will become members of the Washington County Beekeepers, a chapter of the Maine State Beekeepers Association.

Course fee is $60 per person or per couple to help cover the cost of materials. Class size is limited to 15 people in Machias and 10 in Calais. Thursday, Feb. 19 is the registration deadline. To register, and for more information, visit or email To request a disability accommodation, call 800.287.1542 (in state) or 207.255.3345.

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Helping Maine Entrepreneurs

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 09:43

The Top Gun Entrepreneurship Acceleration program is an annual five-month business accelerator for entrepreneurs. Top Gun combines mentoring and curriculum in three locations statewide: Orono, Portland and Rockland. The program is offered through a partnership among the University of Maine, the Maine Technology Institute and the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development.

The University of Maine’s Target Technology Incubator coordinates and hosts the Orono Top Gun class as a part of its focus on helping Maine-based startups and innovative companies grow their businesses.

Entrepreneurs enrolled in the program:

  • Participate in biweekly training sessions, each one focused on a single business topic
  • Are assigned one or more mentors who provide guidance and answer questions throughout the five-month period
  • Engage with other entrepreneurs who share successes, failures and lessons learned
  • Receive guidance, practice, and feedback on business pitches
  • Get a chance to deliver a business pitch and/or showcase a business to an audience of over 300 potential investors, business leaders and journalists

Participants from the 2013 class from Penobscot, Hancock, and Piscataquis counties include:

  • The Juice Cellar, Belfast
  • Specialty Sweets, Bangor
  • The Loyal Biscuit Company, Belfast, Camden, Rockport, Waterville
  • The Northern Maine Distilling Company, Brewer
  • GenoTyping Center of America, Bar Harbor
  • Oats Any Time, Palmyra
  • Sandra B. Dressing and Dressage, Dover-Foxcroft

Of Top Gun’s 79 graduates, close to 95 percent are still in business. To date, Top Gun graduates have landed over $8 million in grants and other financing.

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Maine Edge Advances Emera Center’s Winter Star Shows

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 11:38

The Maine Edge reported on scheduled public star shows for the month of February at the Emera Astronomy Center. The Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium’s winter series of programs begins with “Stars” every Friday at 7 p.m. The show examines the lives of stars with close-up images and narration by the original Luke Skywalker, Mark Hamill. For the younger crowd, at 2 p.m. Sundays, the star dome fills with models and simulations that explain the mysterious, often vital interactions of “Earth, Moon & Sun” with the help of a foolish coyote. Admission to all shows is $6, and seating is limited.

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Moriarity Speaks About Foster Center, Top Gun Program on Pulse Morning Show

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 11:37

Jesse Moriarity, coordinator of the University of Maine’s Foster Center for Student Innovation, was a recent guest on WZON’s Pulse Morning Show. Moriarity spoke about the 2015 edition of the Top Gun entrepreneur accelerator program. The program is offered by Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development (MCED) and UMaine’s Target Technology Incubator as part of the Blackstone Accelerates Growth initiative. Top Gun participants attend biweekly classes at the University of Southern Maine, the Target Technology Center or University College at Rockland and work with mentors who will help them apply what they have learned to accelerate growth. Moriarity said this year’s class is the largest yet.

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Two Exhibitions to Open in Lord Hall Gallery Feb. 6

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 11:37

The Lord Hall Gallery at the University of Maine will present two new exhibitions that display art created by current and former UMaine faculty.

Featured Faculty/2015
An exhibition of new work by Department of Art faculty will be held in the Lord Hall Gallery from Feb. 6 to March 13. Work by Constant Albertson, Louise Bourne, Susan Camp, John Eden, Michael Grillo, Laurie E. Hicks, Samantha Jones, Gregory Ondo and Matt Smolinsky will be featured. Art will include photography, painting, ceramics, glass and mixed media installations. The exhibition presents an overview of the research and creative accomplishments of studio, art education and art history faculty.

Illusions and Reality: The Photographs of Alan Stubbs
A small retrospective of photographs by Alan Stubbs will be held in his memory in the Lord Hall Gallery from Feb. 6 to March 13. Stubbs, who retired as a psychology professor at UMaine, also was an accomplished photographer who often taught courses in the Department of Art. His research at the university was on visual perception, and his photographs — diverse in form and subject — reflect his interest in and understanding of the ways people perceive their surroundings. Stubbs died in October 2014. The exhibition honors his contributions to the department’s faculty and students, as well as the university.

The exhibitions are free and open to the public. Lord Hall Gallery is open from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday through Friday and is wheelchair accessible.

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UMaine Planetarium Announces Winter Star Show Schedule

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 11:34

The new Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium in the Emera Astronomy Center at the University of Maine launches its first year of operation with family star shows that will let audiences experience space through the most advanced sky theater in Maine.

In February, the planetarium’s programs include “Stars” at 7 p.m. every Friday, starting Feb. 6. The show examines the energetic lives of stars with close-up images and narration by the original Luke Skywalker, Mark Hamill.

For the younger crowd, at 2 p.m. Sundays, starting Feb. 1, the star dome fills with models and simulations that explain the mysterious, often vital interactions of “Earth, Moon & Sun” with the help of a foolish coyote.

The planetarium’s Definiti digital visualization theater features a model of the universe that will recreate a cluster of the moon, Mars and Venus that takes place in late February. Star show visitors will learn how to view the rare grouping in the Maine sky and how the planets and moon align from an astronaut’s point of view.

In March, “Undiscovered Worlds” will explore the planets of distant stars on Friday evenings; and “The Little Star That Could,” a show of stars and success for younger children, will play Sunday afternoons.

Admission to all shows is $6, and seating is limited. Tickets can be purchased in advance by phone, mail or in person at the Jordan Planetarium, 5799 Emera Astronomy Center, Orono ME 04469-5799. More information, show descriptions and a full schedule are available at the Emera Astronomy Center website. For more information about visits and programs, call 581.1341.

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Brady Presents at Water Quality Forum, Boothbay Register Reports

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 09:56

The Boothbay Register reported Damian Brady, an assistant research professor in the University of Maine’s School of Marine Sciences at the Darling Marine Center and assistant director for research at Maine Sea Grant, spoke at a January public meeting of the Damariscotta River Association (DRA). The meeting was held to discuss the Damariscotta Estuary, its water quality and overall condition, according to the article. For his presentation, Brady used data from 1968 through 1977 compared to recent monitoring by Mary Jane Perry, interim director of the Darling Marine Center. The data showed dramatic temporal changes in phytoplankton blooms, the article states.

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‘Historical Atlas of Maine’ Called Ambitious, Fascinating in George Smith Review

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 09:55

The “Historical Atlas of Maine,” a geographical and historical interpretation of the state from the end of the last ice age to 2000, was recently reviewed on “It’s so big it’s hard to pick up, but it’s even harder to put down,” the review states of the book that culminates a 15-year scholarly project led by University of Maine researchers. “While the text is certainly informative and interesting, you will spend a lot of time studying the amazing maps and charts,” Smith writes.

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Maine Edge, Free Press Preview 4-H Science Saturday Workshop at UMaine

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 09:54

The Maine Edge and The Free Press published a University of Maine news release about an upcoming 4-H Science Saturday workshop on campus. Youth in grades 6–8 will design a container to assist a UMaine Climate Change Institute professor with research on Feb. 14 at the Edward T. Bryand Global Sciences Center. Participants will build a canister to keep ice core samples gleaned from the Peruvian Andes frozen and intact for research. Children also will tour the Sawyer Environmental Research Center, eat lunch, and have the option to swim at the pool in the New Balance Student Recreation Center.

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Fourth Annual Bearfest Dance Marathon March 21

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 09:53

The University of Maine is holding the fourth annual 12-hour Bearfest Dance Marathon on Saturday, March 21 at the New Balance Student Recreation Center.

Since 2012, the event has raised more than $130,000 to help area hospitals support local children. This year, UMaine student organizers want to make the event the largest community fundraiser on campus. Organizers hope to raise $75,000 for EMHS Foundation Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, including Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

More information, including how to donate and register, is online.

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UMaine Extension Taking Orders for Asparagus, Rhubarb, Berry Plants

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 09:51

University of Maine Cooperative Extension is taking orders for its “Grow It Right!” plant sale, which is a fundraiser for the Master Gardener Volunteers program.

Available plants are a highbush blueberry three-pack, two varieties per pack, $35.95; 10-pack of asparagus crowns, $15; 25 young dormant strawberry plants, $15; five raspberry canes, $18; three blackberry canes, $25; and rhubarb crowns, $12 each. All are suitable for Maine’s climate and will be ready for spring planting.

Graduates of the UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteers program have been active for more than 30 years, doing demonstrations, creating community gardens, organizing educational events, growing food for Maine Harvest for Hunger and leading community-based volunteer efforts. Sale proceeds will support these projects and provide need-based program scholarships.

Orders must be placed by May 1. Plants will be available for pickup at Extension county offices Saturday, May 16 or Monday, May 18, depending on location. Purchase plants and get more information, including video clips on site selection and soil testing online.

To place a mail order, call Andrea Herr, 207.781.6099. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Richard Brzozowski, 207.781.6099, 800.287.1471 (in Maine),; or Marjorie Peronto, 207.667.8212, 800.287.1479 (in Maine),

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Making Waves

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 09:22
 Ivona Cetinić plays with son Veles
on a beach in Rhode Island
after her four-week research cruise
aboard R/V Endeavor (in background)
in summer 2014.

University of Maine researcher Ivona Cetinić is one of four Maine scientists featured in The Oceanography Society’s “Women in Oceanography: The Next Decade,” a supplement to the December issue of “Oceanography” magazine.

The special report released Jan. 26 reviews progress in career advancement for female oceanographers over the last 10 years and where additional attention is needed.

Three oceanographers from Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences — Beth N. Orcutt, Patricia Matrai and LeAnn Whitney — also contributed to this second volume. The first was published in March 2005.

Orcutt and Cetinić, a research associate in the School of Marine Sciences at UMaine’s Darling Marine Center in Walpole, joined forces to articulate the continuing challenges that women face in the field:

“The ratio of women to men at higher ranks in oceanography still lags, even though women have comprised roughly half of oceanography graduate students during the past decade,“ says Orcutt. “We not only looked at recent trends but tried to identify some of the reasons behind this advancement lag.”

“While there have been positive improvements over the past 10 years, such as increasing numbers of female professors, there are still signs of barriers to women advancing in their careers,“ says Cetinić.

“We hope that our analysis is useful to students and early career women oceanographers, who will have the tools to break the glass ceiling that still exists in oceanography.”

More than 200 autobiographical sketches in the supplement provide a broad view of oceanography. The scientists describe rewarding aspects of their careers, as well as challenges and how they balance work and personal lives.

“I love being an oceanographer. I see the ocean as my playground, and gliders, sensors, and filters as my toys. My play buddies are some of the smartest people in the world,” Cetinić says.

“I wake up every day happy and looking forward to facing issues and solving problems that help us to better understand nature and ultimately to be better inhabitants of this planet.”

“Women in Oceanography: The Next Decade” is available online.

The Oceanography Society was founded in 1988 to disseminate knowledge of oceanography and its application through research and education, to promote communication among oceanographers, and to provide a constituency for consensus building across all the disciplines of the field. It is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization incorporated in the District of Columbia.

The Darling Marine Center, the marine laboratory of the University of Maine, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015. It is located on the Damariscotta River Estuary in Maine’s midcoast region, 100 miles south of the Orono campus. Resident faculty and students are associated with UMaine’s School of Marine Sciences. Their research interests range from biogeochemistry, remote sensing and ocean optics to invertebrate taxonomy and ecology, deep-sea biology, phytoplankton physiology and marine archaeology.

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, an independent not-for-profit research institution on the coast of Maine, conducts research ranging from microbial oceanography to large-scale ocean processes that affect the global environment. Recognized as a leader in Maine’s emerging innovation economy, the Laboratory’s research, education, and enterprise programs are spurring significant economic growth in the state.

Contact: Beth Staples, 207.581.3777

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