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Fosters.com reported the annual plant sale of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers in York County will be May 16 at the UMaine Extension office in Springvale. Annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, trees, shrubs and houseplants will be for sale, as well as gently used gardening books and tools, according to the article. Master Gardener Volunteers will be available to answer questions. Maine Harvest for Hunger representatives also will be in attendance to sign up gardeners who would like to plant an extra row of vegetables to donate to a local food pantry.
The Maine Edge reported on scheduled public star shows in May at the University of Maine’s Emera Astronomy Center. The Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium shows are held 7 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Friday nights in May feature “Cosmic Journey” and Sunday afternoons feature “Magic Tree House: Space Mission,” for younger sky watchers. Admission to all shows is $6, and seating is limited.
University of Maine graduates and distinguished engineers will be inducted into the Francis Crowe Society during two ceremonies on Saturday, May 9.
The College of Engineering will host a ceremony from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Collins Center for the Arts. The School of Engineering Technology will host a ceremony from 10 to 11 a.m. in Hauck Auditorium.
The Francis Crowe Society recognizes UMaine engineering graduates and others who have made considerable contributions to the engineering profession. The society is named in honor of Francis Trenholm Crowe, who earned a degree in civil engineering from UMaine in 1905 and was chief engineer of the Hoover Dam.
For more information on either ceremony, call Vicky Wingo in the College of Engineering at 581.2204 or Scott Dunning in the School of Engineering Technology at 581.2341. More information about the Francis Crowe Society is online.
University of Maine students, faculty and staff will take part in Maine Day, the annual campuswide spring cleanup tradition, on Wednesday, April 29. UMaine community members will complete service projects aimed at sprucing up the campus, enjoy a free barbecue, and compete for the oozeball — mud volleyball — championship.
About 40 projects will include raking, planting flowers, picking up litter and painting at various locations on campus, the bike paths and downtown Orono. Beautification of UMaine’s historic district, including Lord, Alumni, Holmes and Winslow halls; the President’s House; The Maples; and the Cyrus Pavilion Theatre, will help mark the university’s 150th anniversary.
Festivities will begin at 8 a.m. with a parade featuring student organizations, residence halls, fraternities and sororities. The parade, themed “Celebrating 150 Years of UMaine,” will travel around campus starting from Hilltop and ending on the Mall in front of Fogler Library. Parade line up begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Emera Astronomy Center.
From 9 to 11:30 a.m., volunteers will take part in service projects on and off campus. A list of projects is available on the Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism website. Online registration ends at 11:59 p.m. April 27. In-person registration for remaining projects will be available on the Mall (or in the Memorial Union in the event of rain).
Projects will continue until the annual Maine Day barbecue takes place in the Steam Plant Lot from noon to 2 p.m. Several student organization philanthropy events, as well as the annual oozeball championship, also will take place in the lot from noon to 3 p.m.
Activities taking place in the Steam Plant Lot include the Sophomore Owls’ battle of the bands, human curling with the UMaine Curling Club, the Delta Tau Delta car bash, and the St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event hosted by UMaine Circle K International.
Drop by the UMaine 150th anniversary celebration table at the barbecue to be part of the photo and video series wishing the university happy birthday. Free 150th anniversary tote bags and window clings will be available.
Also on Maine Day, Seven teams of University of Maine Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) students will unveil their design challenge projects from 9 a.m. to noon in rooms 137 and 140 of Bennett Hall. The 2015 senior capstone projects were created so a local 8-year-old girl born without a left hand can play a Baroque soprano recorder in music class. The girl will select the design that best suits her.
President Arthur Hauck first inaugurated Maine Day in 1935. It is traditionally held on the last regular Wednesday of the spring semester. Classes with three or more weekly meetings are canceled to allow students to participate in volunteerism.
The Maine Day Committee organizes the event, and funding is provided from The University of Maine President’s Office, the Division of Student Affairs, the Vice President for Administration and Finance, Facilities Management and Black Bear Dining.
The Associated Press reported seven teams of University of Maine Mechanical Engineering Technology students are preparing to unveil devices they designed to allow an 8-year-old girl with one hand to play the recorder. The students will present their projects on Maine Day, April 29, in Bennett Hall. Maine Day at the university is about providing service, and for MET students, it’s typically when they debut their senior capstone projects, which often are created to meet needs of people with challenges. A local girl, who was born without a left hand, will select the winner and take home the design that best helps her play a Baroque soprano recorder. WABI (Channel 5), WLBZ (Channel 2), WGME (Channel 13 in Portland), New York’s Times Union and Indiana’s Daily Reporter carried the AP report.
The Bangor Daily News covered the birth of a lamb at the University of Maine’s J. Franklin Witter Teaching and Research Center. Students in the Animal and Veterinary Sciences Program provided care during and after the birth. James Weber, associate professor in the School of Food and Agriculture and the university’s attending veterinarian, is coordinating the student participation. “There’s no better way to learn obstetrics, baby care, the whole thing … we’ll have 20 sheep when we’re all done. That’s a great chance for the students to get immersed and gain a lot of confidence,” Weber said. “That’s how you learn — by getting in there and doing it,” said Jaime Boulos, a student in the program. The sheep have recently returned to campus after the farm’s herd was sold six years ago because of financial constraints. Weber’s $200,000 USDA grant for research on a deadly sheep and goat parasite helped bring the lambs back to the farm. The three-year Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) study aims to develop and implement a winter management protocol for the barber pole worm in northern New England.
The Associated Press and the Bangor Daily News reported on the New England Regional Concrete Canoe Competition hosted by the University of Maine. More than 200 students from 11 New England universities, including UMaine, subjected their concrete canoe creations to judging on a variety of characteristics in Orono. The contest is a precursor for teams aiming to compete in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ National Concrete Canoe Competition to be held in June at Clemson University in South Carolina. Due to ice conditions on Lake George in Skowhegan, the race portion of the competition was canceled. Eric Farnsworth, co-captain of the design team, told the BDN the focus this year was on improving the formula of the concrete so it could better withstand being in the water. The UMaine team placed seventh in the competition, Farnsworth told the BDN. “It was really disappointing not to be in the water this year, but we are going to try again next year,” he said. Maine Public Broadcasting Network, Sun Journal, SFGate, seattlepi and Kennebec Journal/Morning Sentinel carried the AP report.
The Portland Press Herald reported Acadia Harvest, a startup company that is developing a land-based, indoor fish farm to raise black sea bass and California yellowtail, recently was awarded two grants. The company, which is located at the University of Maine Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research (CCAR) in Franklin, was awarded $657,000 from the National Science Foundation to develop alternative technology to help build a commercial-scale operation with zero fish waste, as well as $367,500 from the Maine Technology Institute, according to the article. CCAR is operated by UMaine as a business incubator for several aquaculture companies that pay user fees and rent to the university. Acadia Harvest is partnering with the center and the university, according to the article. Stephen Eddy, a biologist at CCAR, said Acadia Harvest has brought a lot of energy and much-needed investment to the facility.
The Kennebec Journal reported on a sheep-shearing course in Washington, Maine that was sponsored by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Sheep Breeders Association. Richard Brzozowski, agriculturist and small ruminant and poultry specialist with UMaine Extension, led the daylong intermediate course. Along with the hands-on experience, the six students in the class were given a manual, a “How to Shear Sheep” poster and DVD, the article states. “They keep learning after this,” Brzozowski said.
University of Maine student-athletes and coaches spoke with the Bangor Daily News for the article, “UMaine student-athletes thrive in classroom despite difficult schedules.” During 2013–2014, UMaine’s America East “All Sport” grade point average was 3.19. Student-athletes exceeded a 3.0 average for the 11th consecutive year and placed third among the conference schools, according to the article. Overall, 70 percent of Maine’s student-athletes were named to the 2013–2014 America East Academic Fall Honor Roll, the article states. “We are fortunate that we have got really good, focused and committed students. We have some truly gifted scholars,” said women’s basketball head coach Richard Barron who named Liz Wood as one of his standout performers in the classroom. “Balancing school work is something you have to adjust to. The biggest thing is getting into a routine,” said Wood, a biology major with a chemistry minor who received the 2015 “M” Club Dean Smith Award.
The Bangor Daily News cited a University of Maine Cooperative Extension video and an online how-to guide in the article, “Here’s everything you need to know to start growing strawberries.” The report referenced the UMaine Extension bulletin, “Growing Strawberries,” by David Handley, a specialist of vegetables and small fruit, as well as a video on planting strawberry beds that features Handley.
John William Mukose, a third-year chemical engineering major and Honors College student, is the winner of the 2015 John M. Rezendes Annual Ethics Essay Competition.
Mukose of Kampala, Uganda received $2,800 and a commemorative sculpture for his essay, “The Ethics of Using Indoor Residual Spraying of DDT to Control Malaria in Uganda.”
Afton Hupper, a sophomore from Owls Head, Maine received the second-place prize of $300 for the essay, “A World for Everyone: The Common Good Approach to Reaching Global Peace Through Sustainability.” Hupper is an ecology and environmental sciences major and Honors College student.
All UMaine undergraduates were invited to submit an 8- to 10-page essay for the annual competition. The 2015 theme was “Impacting Nature: The Ethics of Energy, Ecology and the Environment.”
A financial gift from Dennis and Beau Rezendes provides the university the opportunity to annually offer the John M. Rezendes Ethics Essay Competition in conjunction with hosting the John M. Rezendes Visiting Scholar in Ethics.
Baird Callicott, a philosophy professor at the University of North Texas, delivered this year’s John M. Rezendes Visiting Scholar in Ethics Lecture on Earth Day. The topic was “Thinking Like a Planet: The Land Ethic and the Earth Ethic.”
Seven teams of University of Maine Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) students will unveil their design challenge projects from 9 a.m. to noon on Maine Day, Wednesday, April 29, in Bennett Hall on campus.
Maine Day at the university is about providing service. And for MET students, it’s typically when they debut their senior capstone projects, which often are created to meet needs of people with challenges.
An 8-year-old girl from a local community will be particularly interested in the demonstrations. Not only will she select the winner, the project will benefit her. The girl, who was born without a left hand, will take home the design that best helps her play a Baroque soprano recorder.
Last summer, the girl’s music teacher proposed the project to UMaine MET personnel. The teacher wants the girl to be able to fully participate in music class.
Criteria for the device include that it allows the girl to use both arms in some way and play nine Baroque notes. It also needs to be able to be disinfected and continue to function as she grows. The girl needs to be able to put the discrete device together and take it apart. And, if possible, it should be her favorite color — purple.
For about six months, UMaine student teams have been brainstorming, building, testing and tweaking the devices. MET teaching assistant Emmett Hodder says the 50 participating seniors have become more knowledgeable about music and instruments, as well as better educated about the engineering design process.
“The ability to play music has been an inspiration for many throughout generations,” writes Team 4 scholars Gentry Burch of Owls Head, Maine; Corey Denis of Waterville, Maine; Justin Dobrovich of Kennebunk, Maine; Dylan Johnson of Bennington, N.H.; Brian Kearns of Eddington, Maine; Aaron Koss of Vermont; and Travis Sherman of Winthrop, Maine.
“Opportunities to assist someone in need and allow for their personal enjoyment is an inspiration to create the best product possible.”
Previous years’ MET projects have included a stair-climbing wheelchair and a human-powered watercraft for a person without arms.
The first portion of the design challenge begins at 9 a.m. Sessions run back-to-back, thus the end time could be between 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Events will be in Room 137, Bennett Hall unless otherwise noted.
- Musical tone testing, Room 140, Bennett Hall
- Judging at team tables
- Case Race — Students will be timed removing the device from the case, assembling it, playing a note, disassembling it and returning it to the storage case.
- Cleaning demonstration — Teams will show how to maintain the device and give directions for disassembly and cleaning.
- Presentations — Each team will provide a 10-minute description about how it came up with the design and why it’s the best choice for the client.
- Musical competition — One member per team will play “Camptown Races” on a recorder equipped with his or her team’s respective design. This is the only event the audience will judge
Contact: Beth Staples, 207.581.3777
Stellar seniors — who come from throughout Maine, and Canada and Nepal — share their UMaine experiences. Learn about their research, community service and world travels, and their plans for the next chapter in their lives.
Outstanding Graduating International Student
College of Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
Zoe Berkey of Duncan, British Columbia, Canada, majored in civil engineering. A midfielder on the UMaine field hockey team, her America East Conference honors include All-Academic Team since 2012. Most recently and for the fourth consecutive year, Berkey also was named to the National Academic Squad of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, Division I. In the summers of 2012 and 2013, Berkey worked as an engineering summer student in the municipal wastewater treatment plant of North Cowichan, Duncan, British Columbia. Her plans include pursuing a career in hydrology and environmental engineering.
Outstanding Graduating Student
Maine Business School
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting with an additional major in Finance
Katherine Bolster of Walpole, Maine, majored in accounting and finance. Bolster is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and Alpha Lambda Delta honor societies, and served as a peer tutor. She is Bloomberg certified. Bolster has accepted an internship at State Street in Boston, Massachusetts, and ultimately plans to pursue certification as a public accountant.
Outstanding Graduating Student
College of Education and Human Development
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education
Samantha Dunton of Winterport, Maine, majored in elementary education and secondary education, with concentrations in science and mathematics, and a minor in French. She received a Galen Cole Family Foundation Scholarship and a Project Reach Endorsement to be certified to teach English as a Second Language. Last summer, Dunton served as an undergraduate research assistant for the Maine Physical Science Partnership, conducting research on problem solving in a college chemistry course. In 2012, she studied abroad at the University of Angers. She completed her student teaching at Dedham School and Hermon Middle School. Dunton was involved in the Student Education Association of Maine and worked in an after-school program in Bangor. In addition, for the past six years, Dunton has worked for Bangor Parks and Recreation as a coach, counselor and assistant supervisor. She plans to teach in Maine.
Outstanding Graduating Student
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Physics
Robert Fasano of Jefferson, Maine, majored in physics, with a minor in mathematics. His academic honors include a Theodore and Dorothy Whitehouse Scholarship, and a Creative and Academic Achievement Fellowship from the Center for Undergraduate Research. For the past two years, Fasano has been conducting research to develop a fast, flexible code to construct model galaxies in dynamical equilibrium — models that can be used in conjunction with N-body simulators to investigate galactic instabilities and dynamics over long time scales. Last summer, as part of a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates at the University of Colorado, he developed a semiclassical model of cavity-assisted atom cooling for narrow line-width atoms, with the ultimate goal of harnessing synchronization of atoms as a new laser cooling technique. For the past two years, Fasano has been a Maine Learning Assistant and a member of UMaine’s Society of Physics Students, this year serving as president. He served as secretary of Black Bear Robotics and was a member of the design team for the UMaine chapter of Engineers Without Borders, translating into Spanish a septic system operations and maintenance manual used in a rural Honduran community. In August, he will join the Optical Frequency Measurements Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado, conducting research on cavity-stabilized laser systems for use in cutting-edge atomic clocks. This fall, he will enter the Ph.D. program in physics at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Outstanding Graduating Student
Division of Lifelong Learning
Bachelor of University Studies
Michael Munson of Hudson, Maine, majored in university studies and minored in Maine studies. After attending UMaine and earning professional certification at Eastern Maine Technical College in the early 1980s, Munson went on for licensing in the state of Maine in the oil and natural gas service fields. At UMaine, he pursued interdisciplinary coursework, with particular focus on Maine history, environmental and climate change, and respect for cultural diversity and preservation. He developed a series of experiential learning videos on reverence for life and cultures, veteran recovery programs and a living history trail of the 1775 Arnold mission to Quebec. The videos were created for nontraditional students who are challenged in making Maine’s often resource-based historical patterns relevant to their employment, education and community involvement.
Outstanding Graduating Student
College of Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
Benjamin Pomeroy of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, majored in civil engineering. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international development studies from McGill University, which he earned in 2011. Pomeroy served as president of the UMaine chapter of Tau Beta Pi honor society, and since 2012, has been a member of Engineers Without Borders, which took UMaine student crews to Honduras for a wastewater treatment project and a clean water initiative in Ecuador. For two years, he worked for UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center, first in lab research and design related to VolturnUS, UMaine’s 1:8 scale model floating wind turbine platform, and engineering design related to composite arch bridges. Last summer, he had a structural bridge design internship with HNTB Corporation in Westbrook, Maine. Pomeroy plans to pursue a career in structural bridge design in Maine.
Outstanding Graduating International Student
College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture
Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry
Riju Shrestha of Katmandu, Nepal, majored in biochemistry. She received the Frederick H. Radke Award and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Last summer, Shrestha received a research fellowship from the Maine IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) to serve as a research assistant at Bowdoin College, examining the impact of phenotypic and genotypic changes in the fungal pathogen Candida albicans during host adaptation. In the previous summers, and throughout the past academic year, Shrestha has been a research assistant at UMaine, analyzing host-pathogen interaction using zebrafish and Candida albicans, a commensal fungal organism that can cause severe infections in immunocompromised individuals. For the past three years, she has worked as a resident assistant on campus, and has been an active member of the International Student Association, South Asian Association of Maine, Partners for World Health and the UMaine chapter of the Maine Society for Microbiology. Shrestha plans to pursue a career in public health research.
Outstanding Graduating International Student
College of Education and Human Development
Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Physical Education
Holly Stewart of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, majored in kinesiology and physical education, with a concentration in exercise science. Stewart, a forward on the UMaine field hockey team, received the 2014 “M” Club Dean Smith Award and was on the Gladiator National Academic Squad from 2011–13. She was named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-Region Team and the America East Conference First Team, both in 2013 and 2014. Stewart also was an SGI/NFHCA Division I Scholar of Distinction in 2013 and 2014. Last summer in Vancouver, she had a physical therapy internship at the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre and volunteered in a stroke rehabilitation class in the North Vancouver Community Recreation Centre. Stewart has been playing for Team Canada, and hopes to help the team qualify for the 2016 Olympics. She also plans to pursue graduate work in physical therapy.
Contact: Margaret Nagle, 207.581.3745
University of Maine associate professor Denise Skonberg and graduate student Dhriti Nayyar are working with a Bristol company to study the shelf life and nutritional values of aquacultured sea vegetable products.
Maine Fresh Sea Farms, a startup based on the Damariscotta River, is one of five Maine companies to share $471,571 in Value Added Producer Grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Program. The federal grants were awarded in August 2014 to preserve rural jobs at companies that process and add value to agricultural products.
Maine Fresh Sea Farms received $71,673 to help “study the feasibility of delivering fresh aquacultured sea vegetable products to the marketplace using agricultural produce and seafood distribution systems,” in addition to helping it create a business plan, the USDA said. The funds also will help the company retain 21 jobs and create 10 more over the next decade.
To study the products, the company turned to Skonberg, a professor of food science and human nutrition in the School of Food and Agriculture. Skonberg and Nayyar are collecting baseline data on the length of time several species of sea vegetables can be considered fresh while under refrigeration. They also are conducting basic nutritional analyses to help meet nutritional labeling requirements.
Skonberg anticipates the study will provide key information about the nutritional benefits and shelf-life stability of four varieties of sea vegetables that are farm raised in Maine.
“This information will help the newly developing seaweed industry in Maine with marketing their products, and will help them make decisions about how best to harvest, handle, process, store and distribute products to their customers,” Skonberg says. “The results will promote the production of locally sourced, high-quality and nutritious seaweed products from Maine and help in job creation along the coast.”
Throughout the yearlong project, the researchers will look at four species of freshly harvested aquacultured seaweeds — sugar kelp (Saccharina latissima), dulse (Palmaria palmata), Gracilaria, and winged kelp (Alaria) — grown on the company’s Clark Cove farm.
Basic nutritional analyses will be conducted on the raw sea vegetables on a wet weight basis — not dried — for use on nutrition labels. Samples of each species will be collected throughout the year during the time period that each would normally be available for harvest and sale. Using standard harvesting and handling procedures, Maine Fresh Sea Farms will transport the vegetables to UMaine where they will be refrigerated and then stored for up to 12 days, or until they are unfit for human consumption. Whole fronds along with a shredded seaweed salad version of three species — sugar kelp, winged kelp and dulse — will be periodically tested for quality.
Although some nutrient data already exist for dried sugar kelp and dulse, it has been shown that growing conditions, region, strain and time of harvest can affect the nutrient profile of sea vegetables, according to Skonberg. The sea vegetables will be assessed for basic nutrient composition — water, fat, protein, total minerals and carbohydrates.
The shelf-life studies will be conducted at two holding temperatures, one close to freezing at 35 F and another at 45 F, which is on the high end of normal holding temperatures.
The researchers will look at how each species performs at different temperatures and forms. Soluble protein content, which has been shown to be a good indicator of quality loss in fresh seaweed, will be monitored through protein analyses, Skonberg says.
An in-house sensory evaluation will be conducted by an experienced panel to assess quality deterioration of the whole fronds and seaweed salad. Panel members will rate aroma, texture, color and overall quality of the samples.
Nayyar has already conducted shelf-life studies on sugar kelp and dulse, and will be starting another shelf-life study on winged kelp this spring. The researchers have found that sensory evaluation, as well as instrumental color and texture were better indicators for assessing shelf life than microbial analyses.
The shelf life studies and basic nutritional analysis are expected to be completed in December 2015.
Maine Fresh Sea Farms also has worked with Maine Sea Grant, the Brawley Laboratory at UMaine, and the Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research. One result of the collaborations is Sea Belt, a Scotch Ale brewed by Marshall Wharf Brewing in Belfast using dried sugar kelp grown at the Damariscotta River sea farm.
In addition to funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Program, Maine Fresh Sea Farms won a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research Grant from the National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration and has applied for a Phase II. The Maine Technology Institute has provided grant writing assistance and a Business Accelerator Grant.
Restaurants interested in the company’s fresh sea greens can email email@example.com or call 800.944.7848. Maine Fresh Sea Farms also supplies wholesale dried sugar kelp; more information is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Elyse Kahl, 207.581.3747
Anne Lichtenwalner, a University of Maine professor, veterinarian and director of UMaine’s Animal Health Laboratory, was interviewed by the Bangor Daily News for the article, “Once shunned, eggs again deemed healthy convenience food.” “I’m a big supporter of eggs as an important part of good nutrition,” Lichtenwalner said. “Eggs are a quality food, [and] they have a lot of potential for enriching family life with kids learning a lot about nature being around the birds.” Lichtenwalner also spoke about how people can supply the protein-rich eggs for themselves and teach children about sustainability and where their food comes from.
The Maine Edge published a University of Maine news release announcing the Maine Business School’s International Trade Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28 at the D.P. Corbett Business Building on campus. Fourteen teams, each with 10 students, will showcase their respective international trade exhibitions that promote doing business in Brazil, China, Japan, Argentina, Sweden, Ireland, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Australia, Mexico, France, Singapore and Austria. Area professionals will judge the exhibitions on content as well as overall appearance, creativity and appearance of effort.
Mainebiz reported funds for Blackstone Accelerates Growth, a $3 million initiative launched in 2011 by the Blackstone Charitable Foundation, will run out this fall and won’t be renewed in the program’s current form. Blackstone Accelerates Growth is a partnership among the Maine Technology Institute, the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development and the Foster Center for Student Innovation at the University of Maine. The Blackstone Charitable Foundation is reengineering its giving, so the Maine partners will focus on other ways to get money, including from the foundation, according to the report. Blackstone Accelerates Growth has helped expand the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development’s Top Gun program, create the Accelerated Ventures program, the Foster Center’s Innovate for Maine Fellows program and Maine Startup and Create Week, which debuted last year, the article states. The effort also set up innovation hubs in Portland and Bangor.
The College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture has presented its 2015 top student and faculty awards:
Undergraduate Awards: Stephanie Wood, Wallace C. and Janet S. Dunham Prize; Riju Shrestha, Outstanding International Student; and Gwendolyn Beacham, Frank B. and Charles S. Bickford Memorial Prize.
Graduate Awards: Kaitlyn O’Donnell, Norris Charles Clements Graduate Student Award; Noah Oppenheim, George F. Dow Graduate Scholarship Award; Daniel Stich, Fred Griffee Memorial Award; David Carter, Outstanding Master’s Degree Student Award; Nadir Yildirim, Edith M. Patch Outstanding Ph.D. Award; Skylar Bayer, Outstanding Service Award; Jie Cao, Graduate Research Excellence Award; and Jessica LeBlanc, Jean A. and David A. Webb Professional Master’s Award.
Faculty Awards: Seanna Annis, professor of mycology, Outstanding Public Service Award; Emmanuel Boss, professor of oceanography, Outstanding Research Award; and Brian Olsen, professor of biology and ecology, Outstanding Teaching Award.
The University of Maine softball team will host a Friends of Jaclyn Day at its noon game Saturday, April 25, with the University of Hartford, at Kessock Field.
The FOJ Foundation, based in Cortlandt Manor, New York, works to improve the quality of life for children battling pediatric brain tumors and other childhood cancers, as well as to improve the quality of life of the children’s family members. The foundation pairs youth with athletic teams from around the country that provide them with love, support and friendship.
Sisters Kylee and Jordan, whose brother Tripp is battling a brain tumor, are special members of the Black Bear squad. The family will be at Saturday’s noon game and has been invited to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.