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University of Maine graduate and former field hockey star Holly Stewart was named the America East Woman of the Year at the annual conference meeting Tuesday, June 2, in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire.
Stewart, from North Vancouver, British Columbia, is the first Black Bear to earn the honor, which is presented to the league’s senior female student-athlete who best distinguished herself during collegiate career with academic achievement, athletic excellence, service and leadership.
Stewart, selected from 11 nominees, graduated in December 2014 with a degree in kinesiology and physical education. Her grade-point average was 3.97.
The 2014 Academic All-American and America East Presidential Scholar-Athlete was a two-time America East first-team selection and an All-Region choice. She is competing with the Canadian Women’s National Team that is striving for a berth in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
Stewart is eligible for NCAA Woman of the Year. The NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee selects the Top 30 – 10 from each division (I, II and III), then three finalists from each division. The Committee on Women’s Athletics selects the winner from the top nine.
The University of Maine is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2015. In conjunction, the athletic department will celebrate 150 student-athletes achievements during the year. To follow these achievements, visit goblackbears.com/150achievements.
A number of media outlets covered the announcement of the newly formed Sanford Education Collaborative — a nine-university network that includes the University of Maine. The College of Education and Human Development at UMaine was awarded $65,000 to help implement the Sanford Harmony Program in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes in several area schools. The program is designed to enhance peer relationships and focuses on developing interpersonal skills of communication, collaboration, inclusion and empathy to provide a foundation for a healthier society. The Times of San Diego, The San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego Source: The Daily Transcript, seattlepi.com and KPBS reported on the $30 million nationwide initiative, which is administered by San Diego-based National University and is inspired by the vision of philanthropist and entrepreneur T. Denny Sanford.
University of Maine community members provided information about student loans in a segment on WVII (Channel 7). Gianna Marrs, director of student financial aid, as well as Zachary Sheltra, director of enrollment operations, and recent graduate Cody Emerson shared their perspectives. Marrs addressed services the university offers to engage students in debt management and financial literacy. Sheltra, who earned an MBA at UMaine in 2013, said for him it’s a matter of understanding his finances and setting priorities.
The Associated Press and Maine Public Broadcasting Network reported on a $1.1 million collaborative project involving the University of Maine and four other research institutions in the region that aims to better understand the physical and biological processes that control the abundance of a plankton species essential to the food web of the Northeast coastal ocean. The researchers will look at the effects of ocean warming on the marine copepod Calanus finmarchicus, the primary prey for herring and other forage fish, as well as for the endangered North Atlantic right whale. “The expectation from the statistical analysis is that this species may well disappear and that would have a pretty dramatic effect on the Gulf of Maine food web,” said Jeffrey Runge, a professor in UMaine’s School of Marine Sciences who will serve as project coordinator/principal investigator and is responsible for biological measurements throughout the study. FOX 25 (in Boston), Portland Press Herald and WABI (Channel 5) carried the AP article. CapeCod.com also reported on the project.
The Medical Amnesty and Good Samaritan reporting program at the University of Maine was mentioned in a Bangor Daily News article about a bill aimed at encouraging minors to seek help for alcohol poisoning that its supporters say is at risk of being vetoed. Rep. Joyce Maker, a Calais Republican and member of the education committee, said in the article she sponsored LD 263, An Act To Provide a Minor with a Defense to Prosecution in a Situation That Involves Risk of Alcohol Overdose, to help save lives. Maker said in the article she put the bill forward after being asked to do so by Old Town school board member Lee Jackson, a UMaine political science student. Robert Dana, UMaine’s vice president for student life and dean of students, spoke about a similar policy the university began in 2010. The Medical Amnesty and Good Samaritan reporting program is a campuswide undertaking that encourages students to report extremely intoxicated classmates, the article states. “You don’t want a minor saying, ‘I’m not going to call because the cops [could arrest me].’ You want them saying, ‘I’m going to help. I’m going to call and help save someone’s life,’” Dana said.
The Portland Press Herald’s “50 Years Ago Today” feature showed the front page of the June 3, 1965 paper that contained an article titled “7,000 See UM Award Largest Class Degrees.” In 1965, 1,100 seniors were awarded degrees at the Bangor Municipal Auditorium. It was the largest graduating class in the university’s 100-year history, according to the article. Robert Strider, president of Colby College, was the primary Commencement speaker.
Gail Werrbach, director of the University of Maine School of Social Work, was mentioned in an Ellsworth American story about the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Werrbach is one of the five commissioners of the TRC, which June 14 is slated to issue a report about the state welfare system’s treatment of children from Wabanaki tribes.
Two former University of Maine men’s ice hockey goalies set to compete in the NHL Stanley Cup Final were included in a sports column in the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel. Ben Bishop is the starting goalie for Tampa Bay and Scott Darling is the backup goalie for Chicago. Bishop also was featured and Darling mentioned in a Bangor Daily News article. The first game of the best-of-seven series is at 8 p.m. June 3.
WABI (Channel 5) and the Bangor Daily News announced UMaine graduate and former field hockey star Holly Stewart won the America East Woman of the Year Award. Stewart, from North Vancouver, British Columbia, is the first Black Bear to receive the honor, presented to the league’s senior female student-athlete who best distinguished herself during collegiate career with academic achievement, athletic excellence, service and leadership. Stewart, selected from 11 nominees, graduated in December with a degree in kinesiology and physical education. Her grade-point average was 3.97. The 2014 Academic All-American and America East Presidential Scholar-Athlete was a two-time America East first-team selection and an All-Region choice. She is competing with the Canadian Women’s National Team that is striving for a berth in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. Stewart is eligible for NCAA Woman of the Year. Naja Harvey, a member of the UMaine women’s swimming and diving team, was the runner-up for the award. In addition, UMaine student-athletes Liz Wood, who plays women’s basketball, and Ryan Fahey, a men’s swim team member, were named to the America East 2015 Helping Hands Team for their dedication to bettering communities through service.
Anne Lichtenwalner, a University of Maine professor, veterinarian and director of UMaine’s Animal Health Laboratory, was featured in the National Geographic article “What’s a ghost moose? How ticks are killing an iconic animal.” Sightings of ghost moose, an animal so irritated by ticks that it rubs off most of its dark brown hair, exposing its pale undercoat and bare skin, have increased in recent years around New England, according to the article. Biologists say climate change is likely the reason for the shorter, warmer winters that are boosting winter tick populations, the article states. Lichtenwalner, who studies the lungs of moose calves who die in the wild, has found that up to 80 percent of the animals she sees have abnormal lung tissue consistent with lungworm, a common parasite in Maine moose that restricts air movement in the lung. “There you go — we’ve got winter tick and we’ve got lungworm — that’s our problem here in Maine,” Lichtenwalner said.
Mary Ellen Camire, University of Maine professor of food science and human nutrition and president of the Institute of Food Technologists, spoke with WTOP-FM: Washington’s Top News for the report “What you need to know about farm-raised vs. wild-caught fish.” Camire, who explained the differences between the types of fish as quite simple, said farm-raised fish are grown in pens that are often submerged in ponds, lakes and saltwater, while wild-caught fish are caught in natural environments by fisherman. Some fish can even be both, she added. “Sometimes they just take the wild fish as babies and they grow them in a pen and fatten them up and then sell them at market, so there’s virtually no difference,” Camire said. Similar to wild game or poultry, there may be a slight difference in taste between the two varieties, she said. “Farm fish tend to have a little bit more fat in their diet, so they might be a little more tender or softer, compared to a wild-caught fish which might be a little leaner,” Camire said.
A group of graduating mechanical engineering students — Philip Bean Jr., Matt Harkins, Isaac Walton and Ethan Ray — spoke with Mainebiz about the “autonomous boat” they constructed for their capstone project. The students, all from Maine, said a boat that doesn’t have a human at the wheel could save money in data retrieval for tidal power projects, such as Portland-based Ocean Renewable Power Co.’s pilot project in Cobscook Bay off Eastport that involves 24/7 tracking of the power turbines’ impact on their environment. The students described how they created and tested the boat. The students said they were able to navigate their boat to a specific point and get it to return, but getting it to recognize the buoy will require more testing. Another team of students — Timothy Abraham, Michael White, Robert Daniels and Jacob St. Peter — also spoke about their 12-foot Ted Williams fiberglass skiff and GPS navigation system that they plan to pass on to next year’s senior engineering students.
The Maine Edge published a University of Maine news release announcing the University of Maine Office of Sustainability has been selected to be one of the 100 curators nationwide of the Lexicon of Sustainability pop-up shows — art exhibitions designed to spur community dialogue to help strengthen local food systems. The next pop-up show will be hosted June 5 at COESPACE, 48 Columbia St., Bangor. The exhibit will be open at noon, and from 5—9 p.m. as part of the Bangor Artwalk. Collaborating on the exhibit is the Bangor Area Food Council. The Lexicon of Sustainability, founded in 2009 by farmers and filmmakers Douglas Gayeton and Laura Howard-Gayeton, focuses on sharing stories that explain sustainability.
The Portland Press Herald reported 10 finalists will compete Wednesday, June 3 for the $10,000 Top Gun Showcase grand prize at the University of Southern Maine’s Abromson Center in Portland. The competitors were chosen from 35 startups that were members of the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development’s (MCED) 2015 Top Gun program. The Top Gun entrepreneurship accelerator is a five-month program that engages entrepreneurs in growing their businesses. It combines education, mentoring, pitch-coaching and networking opportunities. The program is a partnership of the MCED, Maine Technology Institute, Blackstone Accelerates Growth and the University of Maine.
The Maine Edge published a University of Maine news release announcing the NT Live production of “Man and Superman” will be broadcast at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine. Originally scheduled for May 14, technical difficulties forced the postponement of the broadcast of Simon Godwin’s reinvention of Bernard Shaw’s 1903 classic. Tickets, which are $18 for adults and $8 for students, are available online or by calling 581.1755, 800.622.TIXX.
Registration is open for the 10th annual Maine Beaches Conference, scheduled for July 17 at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland.
The conference seeks to provide continuing opportunities for communication and exchange of the most current information among beach stakeholders with diverse interests.
Charles S. Colgan, professor of public policy and management in the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine, will present the opening plenary talk about an ongoing study of beach visitors in southern Maine and New Hampshire.
The survey of more than 3,000 visitors, the largest of its kind to be conducted, provides key information for understanding the beach as a tourist resource.
Since the conference’s inception, a primary purpose has been to present results of the state’s beach monitoring programs, including the Maine Healthy Beaches water quality monitoring program and the Southern Maine Beach Profiling Program.
There also will be discussion about efforts to prepare for and adapt to rising sea levels and storm surge in Damariscotta, one of the most vulnerable towns on the Maine coast. The study recommends measures that property owners can take as well as community-level adaptation strategies, and it compares costs and benefits of various methods.
Other featured topics include managing coastal erosion, preparing for hurricanes, beach wildlife, beach access, legal updates, flooding and flood plains.
“This year will be our 10th conference, and we expect to host more than 225 participants,” says conference coordinator Kristen Grant, a marine extension associate with Maine Sea Grant and University of Maine Cooperative Extension based at Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve at Laudholm Farm.
In addition to presentations and panel discussions, there will be an exhibit area for sponsors and partner organizations, an art and photography show and outdoor activities.
The draft conference program and registration information are available online and by calling the Wells Reserve, 646.1555, ext. 157.
This fall, children in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes in several schools in Maine will be introduced to a lovable stranded visitor from outer space named Zappazipplezenzoozery, or Z.
In a series of books, the children will help Z learn about life on Earth and getting along with others. The stories, as well as practice and lessons, emphasize positive interactions, discovery of shared and unique characteristics and a sense of community.
In 1,200 classrooms in New York, Florida and California, the Sanford Harmony Program is making a difference. Initial research indicates it improves academic performance in reading and math, increases positive attitudes about school, encourages greater empathy and reduces gender stereotyping and classroom aggression.
The University of Maine is expanding the initiative statewide as a member of the newly formed Sanford Education Collaborative, which was announced June 2.
The collaborative is made up of nine inaugural university members, including nonprofit National University, which is leading the effort. Collaborative members are advancing the research-based education programs originally developed by Arizona State University that incorporate a range of lessons, curriculum resources and activities.
“In this day and age, it is more important than ever to provide opportunities for our children and school communities to understand and value diversity,” says Susan K. Gardner, Interim Dean of the College of Education and Human Development at UMaine.
The Sanford Harmony program is designed to enhance peer relationships in pre-K through sixth-grade classrooms. It focuses on developing interpersonal skills of communication, collaboration, inclusion and empathy to provide a foundation for a healthier society.
UMaine will receive $65,000 to advance the program within the state. The $30 million nationwide initiative to expand the Sanford Education Programs — Sanford Harmony and another program called Sanford Inspire — is administered by San Diego-based National University and inspired by the vision of philanthropist and entrepreneur T. Denny Sanford.
In Maine, the university’s College of Education and Human Development will help disseminate the Sanford Harmony Program to participating schools.
“We are excited to participate in this national consortium and to collaborate with other universities in these efforts,” says Mary Mahoney-O’Neil, Associate Dean of the College of Education and Human Development at UMaine.
The University of Maine was chosen for the collaborative because of the quality of the College of Education and Human Development; its application of research-based knowledge; and field-tested experience to address changing needs of schools, children and families; its strong partnerships with school districts throughout Maine; its professional development programs; and its location.
Allyson Handley, former president of the University of Maine at Augusta, is executive director of Sanford Education Center at National University. She was hired in August 2014 to lead the national implementation of programs dedicated to “A Better Tomorrow,” including the Sanford Harmony Program.
In addition to UMaine, inaugural members of the Sanford Education Collaborative are: National University (California); Long Island University (New York); Nova Southeastern University (Florida); City University of Seattle (Washington); South Dakota State University; University of South Dakota; Touro College (New York); and University of Central Florida.
To read more about the Sanford Education Collaborative, visit sanfordeducationcenter.org/education-collaborative.cfm.
To read more about the Sanford Harmony Program, visit sanfordeducationcenter.org/harmony.cfm.
Contact: Beth Staples, 207.581.3777
Mick Peterson, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Maine, spoke with Newsday for a report about the 147th Belmont Stakes thoroughbred horse race held at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Belmont is one of several elite tracks at the center of a national movement to push for more precise maintenance and measurement of racing surfaces and conditions that affect them, according to the article. Glen Kozak, vice president in charge of facilities and racing surfaces for the New York Racing Association, and other top track managers consult with Peterson on track safety, the article states. Peterson’s lab analyzes track samples, and he also visits tracks to test for safe, well-maintained surfaces. “Our philosophy has been that tracks should not vary,” Peterson said, adding the load on horses’ legs and other factors should be as consistent as possible.
Mark Hutton, a vegetable specialist and associate professor of vegetable crops with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension; and Renae Moran, a tree fruit specialist with UMaine Extension, spoke to the Portland Press Herald for an article about how much of New England is experiencing a drier than normal spring. The lack of rain early in the season could help farmers get crops started without dealing with mud that can often delay the planting season, according to the article. Hutton said the lack of rainfall has helped complete tasks such as field work and preparation that are often delayed by rain, but says it is “a double-edged sword.” Farmers are “not being delayed because of excessive moisture, but they’re having to spend time irrigating crops,” he said. Because of the drier weather, Moran said she has applied fewer fungicide sprays and is expecting fewer diseases and hail damage. Hutton and Moran said if the dry weather continues, it could cause a problem, especially for farmers without access to rivers or ponds for irrigation.
A partnership between the University of Maine’s Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC) and Aroostook County-based company Ecoshel was mentioned in a Mainebiz article about a grassroots effort to advance the forest products sector and job creation in Aroostook County. Aroostook Partnership for Progress, a public-private organization created to spur economic development in Maine’s northernmost county, is leading the effort, according to the article. Ecoshel, a cedar shingle maker, relocated from Georgia and opened a mill in Ashland using a new high-tech assembly line developed by the AMC, the article states. The new process can produce a shingle every second.