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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.
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 GeorgeSmithMaine.com. “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.
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.
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.
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), firstname.lastname@example.org; or Marjorie Peronto, 207.667.8212, 800.287.1479 (in Maine), email@example.com.
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.
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: tos.org/oceanography/archive/27-4_supp_orcutt.html.
“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
WABI (Channel 5) reported the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture have awarded a $150,000 research grant to the University of Maine to help fund the university’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. The project aims to develop a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) method to better understand food-borne pathogens, according to the report. U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King announced the award in a press release. “Federal funding is crucial to supporting our university system and this announcement is great news for the University of Maine. Their continued exemplary research and the advancements these programs produce are an important contribution to the Maine economy,” the senators said in a joint statement. The full release is online.
Gretchen Faulkner, director of the University of Maine Hudson Museum, was heralded in a Yahoo Sports piece for her efforts in loaning the museum’s transformation mask that inspired the Seattle Seahawks logo to the Burke Museum at the University of Seattle. A Kwakwaka’wakw (kwock-KWOCKY-wowk) artist or artists carved the cedar mask in the late 19th or early 20th century. Kwakwaka’wakw is an Indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Faulkner, a New England Patriots fan, said that for years she showed off what she refers to as the Seahawks mask. “I wouldn’t get much response,” Faulkner said. “People were Patriot fans, so they were like, ‘Yeah, sure.’” Interest in the mask has increased considerably since it was unveiled Nov. 18 at a welcome ceremony at the Burke, which included Kwakwaka’wakw community members George Me’las Taylor and Andy Tanis Everson, as well as former Seahawks quarterback Jim Zorn. The Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks square off Sunday in Super Bowl XLIX.
Roy Ulrickson III, a graduate student in his final year of the University of Maine’s Master of Social Work program, wrote an opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News titled “Equal opportunity: Why the state should pick up 100% of school costs.” Ulrickson of Dexter has worked in education since 2006.
James Breece, an economics professor at the University of Maine, was interviewed for a China Daily USA article about the Maine International Trade Center (MITC) recently opening an office in Shanghai. The office will focus on foreign direct investment, according to the article. Breece, who teaches a Chinese economy course and has traveled to China many times, said the Chinese don’t know much about Maine because of its size and remote location. He said the Shanghai office will educate the Chinese more about the state and can work to improve tourism, as well as the state’s economic activity with China, including through biomedicine, optical instruments, pharmaceuticals and real estate. “The opportunities in education are endless,” Breece said. “Our educational system particularly is already attracting a great number of Chinese students.”
Brooke Lyons-Justus, a University of Maine sophomore, was quoted in a Bangor Daily News article about the University of Maine System board of trustees voting to partially divest from investments in the coal industry. The decision makes the university the first land grant, higher-education institution in the country to cut fossil fuel from its portfolio, according to the report. Lyons-Justus is a student advocate with Divest UMaine, which is part of a national movement calling on higher education institutions to divest from fossil fuels, the article states. As part of a public comment before the vote, Lyons-Justus said divestment advocates are a concerned group of people who have invested in the university and will play an important role in the planet’s future. “The risk [of divestment] is low, but the message is strong,” she said.
Designing a container to assist a University of Maine Climate Change Institute professor with research is the focus of a UMaine 4-H Science Saturday workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 14 at Edward T. Bryand Global Sciences Center on campus.
Youth in grades 6–8 will build a canister to keep ice core samples gleaned from the Peruvian Andes frozen and intact for research. Participants also will tour the Sawyer Environmental Research Center. And, after lunch, youth will have the option to swim at the pool in the New Balance Student Recreation Center.
The $15 fee includes the science program and lunch; the optional swim is $3. Registration materials are available online. Maximum enrollment is 20; Feb. 6 is the deadline to register. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Jessica Brainerd, 581.3877.
Nominations are being accepted for the 2015 Barbara Hikel Retiree Award, established in memory of an exemplary University of Maine employee who stayed involved with the university for many years after her retirement. The award goes to a UMaine retiree who provides extraordinary voluntary service to the university. The award will be presented at the 2015 President’s Council of Retired Employees Homecoming. The recipient of the Barbara Hikel Award must be a university retiree (at least 10 years of service and age 55 or older). Typically, those eligible will have retired at least three years before their nomination for the award. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a nomination form.
The University of Maine Humanities Center has organized a screening of Selma on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 6:20 p.m., at Bangor Mall Cinemas on Stillwater Avenue. The general admission cost for the screening will include a brief discussion by historians Nathan Godfried of the University of Maine and Dave Haus of Husson University. For more information, contact Liam Riordan, director of the UMaine Humanities Center, 581.1913.
The University of Maine’s Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC) has entered into a new agreement with the Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Maine MEP) that will expand the center’s capacity, Maine MEP announced.
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 a Maine MEP news release.
Forest Wentworth, a UMaine graduate with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology, has been hired as the MEP/AMC project manager. Wentworth will provide research, design and manufacturing services to private sector clients and will serve as Maine MEP’s liaison with AMC, the release states.
“This partnership expands the capacity of AMC to offer engineering and manufacturing solutions to Maine companies,” says John Belding, director of AMC.
Belding said although Wentworth will be mainly responsible for supervising projects in the AMC machine and fabrication shop, he will also contribute to outreach efforts by regularly visiting manufacturers around the state to promote the center’s services.
The Maine MEP is a program of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development and an affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) under the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The full release is online.
The University of Maine is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2015 with events on campus and statewide, and an interactive website to encourage community engagement by the many constituents of the state’s land and sea grant university.
In a Jan. 23 letter to the community, UMaine President Susan Hunter noted the significance of this anniversary for the state and its many constituents — an opportunity to celebrate UMaine’s legacy and to understand how that history informs the university’s future.
“The University of Maine’s 150th anniversary observance will reaffirm the teaching, research and economic development, and outreach mission of a 21st-century land grant institution, and its potential to change lives,” President Hunter said in her community letter.
“For 150 years, the University of Maine has had a leadership role in the state. Because Maine’s potential is our purpose, UMaine serves as the state’s major research and cultural hub, linking our resources with the needs of industries and businesses, schools, cultural institutions, Maine government and communities. In this, our 150th year, there is more recognition than ever that the land grant university can — and must — play a key role in enhancing the quality of life for citizens all across Maine and beyond,” Hunter said.
President Abraham Lincoln signed the first Morrill Act establishing the land grant mission with the goal to provide “practical education that had direct relevance” to people’s daily lives.
The Maine legislature passed a bill to create Maine’s land grant institution on Feb. 24, 1865. Gov. Samuel Cony signed it the next day.
The first board of trustees, chaired by Hannibal Hamlin of Bangor, addressed the Maine people three months later, noting that “it is by the union of scientific knowledge with physical industry, that labor becomes most productive, and the laborer gains.”
UMaine welcomed its first class of 12 students in September 1868; the first graduation was held in 1872.
Today, UMaine enrolls more than 11,200 undergraduate and graduate students from throughout Maine and the U.S., and more than 65 countries, and has more than 105,000 alumni worldwide.
UMaine’s 150th anniversary events began with the School of Performing Arts benefit production, “150 Years of American Song: A Celebration of the University of Maine,” Jan 23.
Other 150th celebration events during this anniversary year:
- University of Maine Day at the State House in Augusta, Feb. 24 — the date 150 years ago that the Maine legislature passed the bill creating the Maine State College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts.
- Women in Leadership Week, March 23–27, featuring a Presidential Installation on March 26, Collins Center for the Arts.
- Maine Day, April 29.
- Commencement, May 9.
- Open University Day and Homecoming, Oct. 17–18.
More information about these and other anniversary events will be on the 150th website.
The 150th website provides news, archival photos and historical information, and opportunities for members of the UMaine community and its many constituents to share their memories of the university.
Contact: Margaret Nagle, 207.581.3745
University of Maine marine scientist Pete Jumars was quoted in a ScienceInsider article about a report on the future of ocean research that was recently released by a National Research Council (NRC) panel. The report calls for cutting spending on major ocean infrastructure, such as new ships and fixed seafloor observatories, in order to increase available funding for research, which has been on the decline, the article states. Jumars said bolting expensive equipment in specific places makes less sense now than in the past, due to advances in technology and especially “at a time when oceanographic processes are undergoing tremendous, rapid, climatic spatial shifts.”
WABI (Channel 5) reported on the third annual Downtown Bangor Public Humanities Day, hosted by the University of Maine Humanities Center. Program events for all ages highlighted the arts, literature and history at community venues including the University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor Public Library and Maine Discovery Museum. Liam Riordan, a UMaine history professor, board member of the Maine Humanities Council and director of the UMaine Humanities Center, said the day offers a chance to take the humanities out of the classroom and into the community to engage the public more effectively. He added that the diverse group of participants made the day a success.
The University of Maine was mentioned in a Mainebiz article about companies in Greater Portland that are finding creative solutions to attract new and talented employees. Kepware Technologies, a communications software company, plans to increase its staff by one third in 2015, according to the article. UMaine’s Electrical Engineering Department, has been a steady source of junior-level talent for the company, which funds three scholarships and hosts five paid summer internships each year, the article states. Kepware’s president told Mainebiz the relationship with UMaine allows the company to get to know the students, and for the students to get to know Kepware. Company officials also sit on UMaine’s advisory board, so they can provide curriculum advice and ensure that students have the skills they need to work in current and emerging markets, the article states.
The Portland Press Herald spoke with Robert Steneck, a marine scientist at the University of Maine, for the article, “As the scallop fishery rebounds, divers hope for a break.” Steneck spoke about the early days of diving for scallops, which began in the 1970s, as an alternative to dragging. “Back then I was not alone in thinking this resource seemed almost unlimited and as far as the eye could see,” Steneck said. “Obviously I was dead wrong about that.” He said both methods of harvesting scallops can disrupt the environment. Steneck said he doesn’t see a perfect way of going forward, but he likes the approach the Department of Marine Resources has been taking, the article states.