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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; or contact Marjorie Peronto at 207.667.8212, 800.287.1479 (toll-free in Maine) or

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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

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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; 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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BDN Covers Panel Discussion on Wabanaki Tribes, Treaty History

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 11:29

The Bangor Daily News reported on a panel discussion about the history of Wabanaki treaty-making that was held at the University of Maine. Four Wabanaki scholars spoke at the event that was part of a series aimed to educate the public on the relationship between Maine’s tribes and settlers. The speakers were Andrea Bear Nicholas, former chair of the studies of aboriginal cultures of Atlantic Canada at St. Thomas University in New Brunswick and a member of the Maliseet tribe; Vera Francis, Passamaquoddy economic development planner; Mark Cavaree, legal counsel for the Penobscot Indian Nation; and Gail Dana-Sacco, assistant research professor and former director at the Wabanaki Center. About 80 people attended the discussion.

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Brewer Quoted in Morning Sentinel Article on 2014 Maine Legislature Races

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 11:29

Mark Brewer, a political science professor at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Morning Sentinel article titled “Health care to dominate the 2014 Maine Legislature races.” Brewer said it’s unusual to see both parties agree on what they’re going to be fighting over, referring to the health care debate. He also said how the health care arguments are defined and accentuated between now and November could determine which party is successful.

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UMaine Marine Science Major Featured in Boothbay Register Article

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 11:28

University of Maine student Andrew Goode, who is studying marine science, was featured in the Boothbay Register article, “‘Goode’ work ethic drives marine science pursuit.” Goode was raised in Boothbay and lobsters in the Damariscotta River when school is not in session. Goode said he loves attending UMaine to pursue his interest in ocean environments. “The teachers and advisers are incredibly hands on. I couldn’t be happier with the situation,” he said of attending college in Orono.

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Gabe’s Study Cited in Morning Sentinel Article on Maine Maple Sunday

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 11:27

University of Maine economist Todd Gabe’s study on the maple industry’s financial impact on the state was cited in a Morning Sentinel article about Maine Maple Sunday. According to Gabe’s study, Maine has the third-largest maple syrup industry in the country, and each year, the industry directly contributes about $27.7 million in revenue, 567 full- and part-time jobs and $17.3 million in wages to Maine’s economy.

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Socolow Quoted in Morning Sentinel Article on Gun Tattoo Debate

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 11:26

Michael Socolow, an associate professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Morning Sentinel article about a Norridgewock man whose gun tattoo was mistaken for a real one by police. The incident sparked a national media debate about gun rights and civil liberties with some people saying police overreacted. “A realistic gun tattoo is so rare that the situation is really unique,” Socolow said.

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WABI Advances UMaine’s Postponed Maple Syrup Celebration

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 11:25

WABI (Channel 5) reported the University of Maine’s maple sugar celebration originally scheduled for Maine Maple Sunday on March 23 has been postponed to Sunday, March 30 because the sap hasn’t started flowing freely. The event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at UMaine’s Page Home and Farm Museum and Thomas J. Corcoran Sugar House. Family-friendly activities and a guided walking tour of the sugar bush and sugar house will be available. Attendees can also sample syrup from the evaporator, served on ice cream with a dill pickle and doughnut.

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