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John Rebar, executive director of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with the Maine Public Broadcasting Network for the report, “In Maine, more hipsters choosing life on the farm.” Rebar spoke about the increase in farming among younger adult couples. “Certainly in Maine, farmers under the age of 35 have increased 40 percent, when nationally that increase is 1.5 percent,” Rebar said. “So, in our state, we are way ahead of that national trend.” He added Maine, which was a hotbed of activity during the first back-to-the-land movement in the 1970s, has many knowledgeable people working in the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), which offers a training program for new farmers, the report states.
The Bangor Daily News, WVII (Channel 7), WLBZ (Channel 2), Q106.5, WMTW (Channel 8 in Portland) and WABI (Channel 5) were among several news organizations to report comments made by Robert Dana, the University of Maine’s vice president for student life and dean of students, in response to a report about Christmas decorations that were taken down on campus. The original report stemmed from an email that was sent by a supervisor to employees in response to complaints about decorations in the Memorial Union. Dana, who spoke to media at the university, said the email was not based on an official university policy. “We welcome every single faith tradition and we welcome displays of those faith traditions and the university is a place where indeed there is a great deal of diversity and that’s what we want, that’s what we expect,” Dana said. The email also coincided with the planned removal of 16 Christmas trees from the union that were part of the Alpha Tau Omega annual competition-based philanthropy event that collects donations for Crossroads Ministries. The event ended Dec. 7 when the trees were judged and scheduled to be taken down. “Every expression of faith is an open, honest expression and students, faculty and staff have every encouragement and right to have a freedom of speech,” Dana said. Campus Reform and Business 2 Community also reported the story.
Sandra Caron, a University of Maine professor of family relations and human sexuality, spoke with United Educators about peer education at UMaine for the article, “Student-to-student interactions help campuses manage risks.” Caron said when she came to UMaine in 1988, she focused peer education on visible groups such as athletic teams and Greek organizations. In 1990, she found the Greek Peer Education Program and Athletes for Sexual Responsibility. In 2004, she spun off another group, Male Athletes Against Violence, according to the report. “Universities benefit because they have students who are standing up to other students and trying to change the campus from within, as opposed to me as a professor going to a residence hall and talking,” Caron said.
Times Higher Education recently published the column, “‘They’ has arrived at the pronoun party,” by Deborah Rogers, an English professor at the University of Maine.
KFVS (Channel 12), a CBS affiliate in southeast Missouri, carried the Raycom News Network report, “Clean kitchens keep holidays happy, healthy.” The report mentioned the importance of washing fruits and vegetables to help remove any microbes that may be on produce and cited tips from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
The last day of operation this semester for the Black Bear Orono Express is Dec. 19. The shuttle service will resume operation at 7 a.m., Jan. 12.
Robert Dana, the University of Maine’s vice president for student life and dean of students, was a guest on the George Hale, Ric Tyler Radio Show on WVOM, The Voice of Maine. Dana spoke in response to a WABI (Channel 5) report about Christmas decorations that were taken down on campus. The original report was about an email that was sent by a supervisor to employees in response to complaints about decorations in the Memorial Union. Dana said the email was not based on an official university policy. “We welcome every single faith tradition and we welcome displays of those faith traditions and the university is a place where indeed there is a great deal of diversity and that’s what we want, that’s what we expect,” Dana said. WABI also reported Christmas trees were taken down in the union. The trees were part of the Alpha Tau Omega annual competition-based philanthropy event that collects donations for Crossroads Ministries. The trees were judged and scheduled to be taken down before the email was sent. “The university is not the Grinch,” Dana said. “We’re not saying ‘no’ to anybody.” WVII (Channel 7) also reported the story.
University of Maine engineering graduates were mentioned in the Business Climate article, “Tech entrepreneurs flock to Maine’s quality of life, innovative culture.” The report focuses on Portland-based Kepware Technologies and states half of the company’s employees are UMaine graduates, including its CEO Tony Paine, who started as an engineer at the firm. Kepware also provides software and scholarships for UMaine engineering students.
WABI (Channel 5) reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension was one of five local groups or businesses to be recognized by the Eastern Maine Development Corporation for its work serving the community’s economic needs. EMDC Champion Awards were presented during the EMDC Annual Meeting of Corporations in Bangor. The Katahdin Region Transition Team, U.S. Small Business Administration of Maine, Cianbro and Penobscot Theatre were honored along with UMaine Extension.
Lenard Kaye, director of the University of Maine Center on Aging and professor in the UMaine School of Social Work, and David Wihry, a research associate at the UMaine Center on Aging, wrote an opinion piece published by the Bangor Daily News titled “It’s time for a serious transportation policy for Maine’s older, disabled adults.” Kaye also is a member of the Maine chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network, which brings together scholars across the country to address public challenges and their policy implications. Members’ columns appear in the BDN every other week.
As part of Bangor’s New Year’s Eve Downtown Countdown, the University of Maine Museum of Art will host a free Crown Creation Celebration from 6–8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31. The public is invited to create a crown or tiara to wear throughout the evening. All supplies are provided for free. For more information, contact Eva Wagner, UMMA education coordinator, at 561.3360 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bangor Daily News, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, WABI (Channel 5) and WVII (Channel 7) reported Pew Charitable Trusts hosted an event and panel discussion at the University of Maine and unveiled the findings of its report “Clean Economy Rising.” The nonprofit found Maine is one of eight states leading the way in developing clean energy economies. Tom Swanson, manager of Pew’s clean energy initiative, said Pew took interest in UMaine’s efforts to expand the state’s wind energy to the Gulf of Maine with the deployment of VolturnUS, the first offshore floating wind turbine to be connected to an electric grid in the United States. Swanson added Pew heard many references to UMaine when researching energy initiatives in other states. The university helped companies across the nation with product testing and development in many forms, he said. “We were really impressed with the breadth of what the university is undertaking,” Swanson said. While at UMaine, Swanson toured the Advanced Structures and Composites Center and the Forest Bioproducts Research Institute, the BDN reported.
James Dill, a pest management specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, spoke with the Portland Press Herald for an article about the state’s increase in Lyme disease cases and the new research lab at UMaine that will help with treatment. In November, voters approved an $8 million bond to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to build a new animal and plant disease and insect control laboratory. Testing at the lab will allow researchers to more quickly get information on infected ticks to doctors, which would increase the effectiveness of treatments, Dill told the Press Herald. He said the waiting period for Lyme test results should decrease from several weeks to about 48 hours. The Associated Press also reported on the increase in Maine Lyme disease cases and the new lab. The Maine Public Broadcasting Network carried the AP report.
WVII (Channel 7) reported on Boulder Bash 2014, the 16th annual indoor rock climbing competition hosted by the University of Maine’s Maine Bound Adventure Center. Adults and children participated in the day of bouldering that included divisions for men, women and children from beginner through expert climbers. Prizes were provided by local community outdoor retail partners.
Studio art majors at the University of Maine will showcase their work at the Department of Art’s annual Senior Exhibition that runs from Dec. 12 to Jan. 16 in Lord Hall Gallery.
“BRICOLAGE” will feature about 80 pieces of art in the form of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures and ceramics that have been created by 15 students in art professor James Linehan’s Studio Art Capstone Class.
An opening reception with appetizers and a cash bar will be held at 5 p.m. Dec. 12.
The exhibition is run by the student artists who select the artwork; curate the show; frame, matt and hang the pieces; make gallery arrangements and publicize the event.
The gallery is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call the Department of Art at 581.3245.
The Portland Press Herald said the recently released “Historical Atlas of Maine” tells the state’s story with “masterful depth and visuals.” Burton Hatlen, a University of Maine English professor, poet and mentor to Stephen King, envisioned and proposed the idea for an atlas in 1997. When Hatlen died in 2008, UMaine colleagues Stephen Hornsby and Richard Judd took on completing the vision. The 208-page atlas covering 13,000 years of Maine’s history has 300 specially made maps. Book launch events are slated for 6–8 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 10, at Osher Map Library, University of Southern Maine; and 3:30–5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, Buchanan Alumni House, University of Maine.
The Portland Press Herald covered a conference sponsored by University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry that focused on the plight of honeybees. Honeybees experience colony collapse disorder and presenters said perils for the bees include pesticides, malnutrition, being attacked by mites and being overworked.
FEMA News Today ran a University of Maine release about Brian Olsen’s research on the restoration of tidal marshes and birds impacted by Superstorm Sandy. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awarded Olsen, a UMaine assistant professor of biology and ecology, a $1.4 million grant to conduct a 22-month study on the recovery of birds associated with tidal marshes from Virginia to Maine. The Bangor Daily News and The Maine Edge also carried the report.
A story in the Star Gazette about a first-year football player being hazed at Groton High School in New York included a citation of a 2008 study conducted by Elizabeth Allan and Mary Madden, then-associate professors at the University of Maine. The UMaine study indicated 47 percent of high school students who belonged to a group reported that they had been hazed.
The Lakes Region Weekly published a piece about University of Maine alumnus Merle B. Shaw, born 123 years ago in North Windham. When Shaw died in 1977 at age 86, he bestowed $300,000 to the University of Maine Foundation for scholarships for Windham students. Shaw earned a degree in chemical engineering at UMaine, served in World War I and worked for the National Bureau of Standards in Washington, D.C., where he helped to develop paper on which money is printed.