University of Maine News
The Maine Edge previewed the Nov. 2 open forum of the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine. The center provides several services in the Bangor area including a library with books on peace, reconciliation and conflict resolution that are available to the public by a donation from the Peace and Reconciliation Studies Program at the University of Maine. The center maintains connections to the UMaine student peace group, the Maine Peace Action Committee and the HOPE Festival, which comes to UMaine every spring.
SeacoastOnline previewed a Nov. 3 presentation at the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, N.H. by John Bear Mitchell, associate director of the University of Maine’s Wabanaki Center. Mitchell, who is also a Wabanaki studies lecturer at UMaine, will present a program on Wabanaki culture and storytelling traditions as part of the museum’s speaker series commemorating the 300th anniversary of the 1713 Treaty of Portsmouth between the English and Native Americans of the Maine and New Hampshire coast. Mitchell is a member of the Penobscot Nation on Indian Island.
The Maine Edge reported a new study by a University of Maine-led research team found a decline in renal function in early stages of kidney disease is associated with stiffening of the arteries, which is a risk for stroke and dementia. Team leader Merrill Elias, UMaine professor of psychology and cooperating professor in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering, determined worsening kidney function is associated with higher pulse wave velocity (PMC) values that create higher levels of arterial stiffness in the heart and brain.
The Maine Army National Guard and Maine Emergency Management Agency announced the Maine Vigilant Guard exercise 2013 will kick off Tuesday, Nov. 5. National Guard soldiers and airmen, first-responders, emergency managers and voluntary agencies will conduct large-scale training exercises at venues across the state.
The University of Maine will host one of the exercises on the Orono campus Nov. 5–6. UMaine will provide a mock laboratory in Holmes Hall where emergency response teams will practice investigating and eliminating risks that might arise in real-life settings. Maine National Guard and local first-responder units, including the Orono Fire Department, will be on campus for the two-day event. UMaine’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) also will be activated.
The Vigilant Guard exercise is part of a series of training sponsored by the U.S. Northern Command and the National Guard Bureau aimed at improving command, control, operational relationships and interagency coordination with local, state and regional civilian and military emergency response partners.
A Maine Army National Guard news release describing the statewide exercise is available online.
The University of Maine Chamber Jazz Ensemble will perform Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Minsky Recital Hall on campus.
Under the direction of Karel Lidral, the ensemble will play a variety of jazz literature by composers Theodore Walter “Sonny” Rollins, William “Red” Garland and others. The 12 highly skilled UMaine musicians, who have a variety of academic backgrounds, will showcase improvisations and jazz expressions.
Admission is $9, or free with a valid student MaineCard. For tickets or disability accommodations, call 207.581.1755. Tickets may also be purchased at the door one hour prior to the show.
The ensemble will also give a free concert Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. at Union Central in Memorial Union.
J.F. White Contracting Co., based in Framingham, Mass., has donated $5,000 to the John H. Dearborn Scientific Diving Scholarship fund, which was established in 2011 with a gift from J.F. White to recognize former University of Maine professor Dearborn’s contributions to marine and underwater science.
The fund provides financial assistance to UMaine students majoring in marine sciences and enrolled in a scientific diving class.
Christopher Rigaud, UMaine diving safety officer, accepted the donation from Doug Kesling of J.F. White at the 2013 American Academy of Underwater Sciences/European Scientific Diving Panel Joint International Scientific Diving Symposium in Curacao.
Rigaud is featured in an article about ocean careers in the November 2013 issue of Dive Training Magazine.
President Paul Ferguson wrote an opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News titled “Why UMaine deserves your vote.” The president urged voters to support Question 2 on Nov. 5. He wrote the bond issue is designed to enhance educational and employment opportunities for Maine students and residents. If approved, the bond will provide $15.5 million to the University of Maine System — $5.5 million to UMaine — for renovations and improvements to existing laboratory and classroom facilities. The BDN also published an editorial titled “Yes on Question 2: Why $15.5 million in renovations at Maine’s universities is a smart investment.”
Lenard Kaye, director of the University of Maine Center on Aging and professor in the UMaine School of Social Work, visited WABI (Channel 5) to talk about his new book and give his list of the top 10 healthy choices men and women should make. His list includes eating well, not smoking, staying physically and mentally active, getting plenty of sleep and staying connected to others. Kaye recently published a book with Edward H. Thompson Jr. titled “A Man’s Guide to Healthy Aging: Stay Smart, Strong, and Active.”
Emily DeWitt, president of the Paranormal Investigation Club at the University of Maine, gave WVII (Channel 7) a tour of reportedly haunted places on campus. DeWitt and other students shared ghost stories involving Balentine Hall, Somerset Hall and the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house.
Janet Fairman, an associate professor of education at the University of Maine, spoke with the Maine Public Broadcasting Network for a report titled “Study: Maine should boost education funding by $260 million.” Fairman said “Maine needs to move to a funding formula that relies less on local property taxes,” which would mean raising more money for education through fees or higher state taxes. She added that formula would be difficult in the currently strong anti-tax environment and concerns over the state’s slow economic recovery.
The Maine Public Broadcasting Network and AK 24syv, a Denmark radio program, interviewed Michael Socolow, an associate professor in the Communication and Journalism Department at the University of Maine, about the overblown reports of panic following Orson Welles’ 1938 radio broadcast of “War of the Worlds.” Socolow spoke about the reported mass hysteria and disputes it, saying newspapers created the hype in an attempt to discredit radio and win over advertisers.
The Bangor Daily News and WLBZ (Channel 2) reported on the resignation of University of Maine women’s ice hockey head coach Maria Lewis. Lewis had been on paid administrative leave pending an investigation focusing on potential NCAA compliance issues. UMaine Athletic Director Steve Abbott told the BDN this is “a difficult situation” but “it’s good to have it resolved.”
Richard Barron, the University of Maine women’s basketball coach, visited WABI (Channel 5) to talk about his team’s upcoming Play 4Kay Pink charity game that aims to raise breast cancer awareness and research funds. The game will take place against Binghamton on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
The Republican Journal reported on the 10th annual Ecopeace Sustainability Training and International Affiliations (ESTIA) conference that was held at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast. Ninety people attended the event titled “Reclaiming the Water Commons: Water Ethics & Nature Rights in Maine.”
University of Maine alumni, Dave Manz and Jon Englehart, have returned to their alma mater as members of the PC Construction team to assist in the renovation of the Memorial Gym and New Balance Field House. Manz, a project engineer with PC Construction, earned his construction management technology degree from the University of Maine’s School of Engineering Technology in 2007. Englehart, a PC Construction intern and third-generation UMaine alumnus, graduated from UMaine in 2013. The $15 million renovation project is the first substantial upgrade and modernization for the adjoining buildings since they were built more than 80 years ago. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2014. The full PC Construction news release regarding the involvement of the alumni in the project is available online.
University of Maine faculty will present at the annual meeting of the Eastern States Archaeological Federation (ESAF)/Maine Archaeological Society Oct. 31-Nov. 3 in South Portland. Approximately 400 archaeologists, scholars and historians from every state on the Eastern Seaboard are expected to attend.
Raymond Pelletier, associate director of the Canadian-American Center at UMaine, will serve on the panel of presenters at the session titled “The Archaeology of Acadian Maine,” on Nov. 2. Gretchen Faulkner, director of the Hudson Museum at UMaine, will present one of the featured papers at the conference, titled “At the Edge of Acadia.”
Brian Robinson, a professor of archaeology at UMaine, and Joseph and Alice Kelley of the UMaine School of Earth and Climate Sciences are also expected to present.
This will be the 80th annual meeting of the ESAF, which focuses on the study of American archaeology. The event will also feature a Saturday evening banquet with a focus on “Futurescapes of the Northern Gulf Coast of Florida: How Thousands of Years of Rising Sea Promoted Cultural Resilience,” as well as free tours of the Tate House and the Osher Map Library at the University of Southern Maine.
More information, including registration, is available online.
Michael Socolow, an associate professor in the Communication and Journalism Department at the University of Maine, was interviewed by several news organizations about the overblown reports of mass hysteria following Orson Welles’ 1938 radio broadcast of “War of the Worlds.” Socolow says media coverage claiming mass panic was created by newspapers in an attempt to discredit radio and win over advertisers. Oct. 30 marks the 75th anniversary of the broadcast. Socolow was interviewed by Gizmodo, the Gil Gross show on Talk 910AM in San Francisco, ABC Radio National’s “Counterpoint” and CBC Radio’s “As it Happens.”
The University of Maine Orchestra will perform Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Minsky Recital Hall on campus.
Under the direction of Dan Barrett, the UMaine Orchestra will play pieces by Hector Berlioz, Wilhelm Richard Wagner, Franz Peter Schubert, Frederick Delius and Jean Sibelius.
The auditioned group of 45 musicians annually performs three concerts on campus. In recent years, it has also played at the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor and at other venues across the state. On Dec. 15, the orchestra and UMaine’s Oratorio Society will perform Johannes Brahms’ “Ein Deutsches Requiem” at Hampden Academy in Hampden, Maine.
Admission to the Nov. 2 performance is $9, or free with a valid student MaineCard. For tickets or disability accommodations, call 207.581.1755. Tickets may also be purchased at the door one hour prior to the show.
Harvey Kail, coordinator of the University of Maine English Department’s Writing Center, and student tutors Lindsey Hutchins and Anthony Elkins will attend the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing in Tampa, Fla. Nov. 1–3.
Kail is expected to be the respondent for a panel — “Props for Harvey Kail” — dedicated to his work at the Writing Center. Elkins will present a paper on “Navigating Authority as a Student Writer,” and Hutchins will give a poster presentation on “Examining the Tutor/Teacher Dichotomy as it Relates to the Writer.”
More information on the conference is available online.
Paul Mayewski, director of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, was featured in a Q&A article for GlobalPost. Mayewski spoke about the importance of climate change for the article titled “Calamity Calling: Climate change expert says Earth is having its ‘Independence Day’ moment.” He is also the science adviser for Calamity Calling, GlobalPost’s yearlong investigation into climate change.