University of Maine News
Amy Fried, a political science professor at the University of Maine, co-wrote an opinion piece with Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois. The piece, titled “Affordable Care Act — Women’s history in the making,” was published by Huffington Post.
David Sturm, an instructional laboratory and lecture demonstration specialist at the University of Maine, visited WABI (Channel 5) to give engineering physics demonstrations and talk about the 2014 Engineering Expo that will take place Saturday, March 22 in the University of Maine’s New Balance Field House. At the expo, Maine’s top engineering firms, schools, educators, government agencies and societies will offer hands-on activities and exhibits to encourage children to pursue careers in engineering.
Members of the University of Maine Woodsmen Team showed off their chopping and chain sawing skills for WLBZ (Channel 2). Members of the team spoke about Maine’s tradition of timber sports and its appeal to a diverse group of students.
University of Maine College of Engineering Dean Dana Humphrey was quoted in the BDN Maine Special Sections article “Home-grown engineers key to Maine’s economy” that appeared in the publication BDN Maine Outlook: Business & Economic Development. Humphrey said he believes the state can decrease “brain drain” by exposing youth to engineering at an early age. “If you don’t have the engineers to design it, you can’t build it, whether it be a bridge or a jet engine,” Humphrey said, adding that engineers are a force multiplier in terms of economic development. An article on research by Beth Fulton, a UMaine Ph.D. student studying food science, was also including in the publication. Fulton is researching ways to use lobster shell waste to create a pigment extract as a green alternative to synthetic versions found in fish food.
Kathryn Hopkins, a maple syrup expert and University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator and professor, was a guest on Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s “Maine Calling” radio show. The show focused on tree tapping and maple syrup making in Maine.
WABI (Channel 5) reported on a recent visit to the University of Maine by a group of middle school girls from Bucksport. The students participated in Sustainable Energy Leaders of the Future (SELF), a program led by UMaine’s Forest Bioproducts Research Institute and the College of Engineering that aims to interest females in science and technology at a young age. “The idea is to get them aware of what their opportunities are and what exciting things are being done in science-related fields today,” said Amy Luce, manager of UMaine’s Technology Research Center. Sheila Pendse, project development associate with the College of Engineering, told WABI the college wants the next generation of engineers to know there is also more related to working with forests than just paper mills and logging.
Karen Keim, associate director of the Maine Educational Opportunity Center and Maine Educational Talent Search at the University of Maine, spoke with Bangor Daily News columnist Kathryn Olmstead about her experience becoming a kidney donor. When Keim learned that her colleague Darylen Cote, director of the TRIO College Access Services at the University of Maine in Presque Isle, needed a kidney, she knew she could be the donor. She said she wanted to donate a kidney to save her brother 13 years ago, but he was too ill to undergo the surgery. “I knew at some time I’d make a donation. It needed to be the right time,” Keim said.
WABI (Channel 5) previewed the March 31 performance of the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus at the Collins Center for the Arts. The University of Maine School of Performing Arts and the Bangor Daily News are sponsoring the show, which will include 16 UMaine students as guest performers and Christopher White, UMaine Symphonic Band director, as a guest conductor for one piece.
WVII (Channel 7) reported on a free public talk at the University of Maine that focused on the Russia-Ukraine conflict. The discussion titled, “Why are we always wrong about Russia?” was co-sponsored by the UMaine School of Policy and International Affairs and the UMaine Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Suzanne Massie, author of “Trust but Verify: Reagan, Russia and me,” spoke at the event and autographed copies of her book.
The public is invited to take part in hands-on activities and view demonstrations at the 2014 Engineering EXPO from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22 in the University of Maine’s New Balance Field House. The event is free and open to the public with a suggested $2 donation. Maine’s top engineering firms, schools, educators, government agencies and societies will offer activities and exhibits to encourage children to pursue careers in engineering during Maine Engineers Week. More than 1,500 people are expected to attend. The first 600 visitors will receive a free 2014 EXPO shirt.
Daniel Williams, who was recently appointed to serve a two-year term as interim executive director of the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine, spoke with the Bangor Daily News about his new role within the university. Williams has been a member of the UMaine community since 1986 and was most recently the associate director of planned giving with the University of Maine Foundation. He described the job as perfect. “It combines my passion for the University of Maine, and my passion for the arts. I’ve also spent the last 10 years fundraising for the university, which is critical for this organization.”
The Bangor Daily News reported four Wabanaki scholars will discuss the history of Wabanaki treaty-making at 7 p.m. March 20 at Wells Conference Center. The discussion is part of a series meant to educate the public on the relationship between Maine’s tribes and settlers. 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, will deliver the keynote address. 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 at UMaine, are also scheduled to speak.
WABI (Channel 5) reported on the University of Maine’s third annual Summer Camp Fair for Kids held in the New Balance Student Recreation Center on campus. Representatives from more than 60 Maine summer camps provided informational materials and answered questions about the programming available for children and teens at the free event.
The Bangor Daily News and Portland Press Herald were among the news organizations to report University of Maine quarterback Marcus Wasilewski was chosen as the Colonial Athletic Association’s Student-Athlete of the Year. Wasilewski was recently honored with an “M” Club Dean Smith Award, presented annually to UMaine’s top male and female student-athletes. He previously earned the second annual Chuck Boone Leadership Award, given to the conference player who embodies the highest standards of leadership, integrity, teamwork and sportsmanship in academic and athletic achievements.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension insect diagnostician Clay Kirby told the Bangor Daily News that the long, cold winter may not have made a dent in the local tick population.
“I hope I’m wrong,” he said. “But I can’t foresee much of a decrease [in the tick population] just because we’ve had so much snow cover, which acts as insulation. Some years, we’ve had ticks brought into the lab as early as the last two weeks of March.”
Kirby also saw one during a hike in December 2013 in the Orono area. “It was 43 degrees when I stepped out of the woods, and I did an instinctive tick check and I was wearing khakis and found a deer tick crawling up my leg.”
For more information on ticks, visit the UMaine Cooperative Extension Tick ID Lab’s website.
Shelby Saucier, a University of Maine student and graduate assistant in the Student Wellness Resource Center, spoke with WABI (Channel 5) about the University Credit Union’s seventh annual Healthy High 5k/10k and 1-Mile Fun Run to be held at UMaine on April 13. WABI reported registration for the races is now open. Saucier said anyone who participates in the race gets a finisher’s medal, and the first 700 participants will receive T-shirts. Race proceeds benefit the Black Bear Exchange Food Pantry and Thrift Store.
Robert Rice, a professor of wood science and technology at the University of Maine, was quoted in the Bangor Daily News article “$25 million FAME loan remains intact despite changes in Millinocket pellet mill plan.” Rice was selected by the Finance Authority of Maine as an independent forest industry analyst to review Cate Street Capital’s plan to build a pellet mill in Millinocket after the company decided to change the project’s technology and scope. Rice said he thinks the new steam-exploded technology will yield a better product that is easier to manufacture than the microwave-based torrefaction process Cate Street originally planned to use. Mainebiz also reported on the BDN article.
Foster’s Daily Democrat reported Jack Cosgrove, head coach of the University of Maine football team, is one of nine people to be inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in May at its 39th annual awards banquet. Other inductees include Joseph L. Ferris, who pitched for UMaine in the 1964 College World Series, and Edward J. Flaherty, an All-American performer at UMaine in 1975.
The Maine Edge spoke with Dennis Cox, professor of music and director of the Choral Music Program at the University of Maine, about the University Singers’ spring tour. Over spring break, the group performed free public concerts in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Cox, who plans to retire at the end of the school year, directs the group. “This group right now is as good as any I’ve had. I’ve been with the Singers for almost 36 years, and it has been amazing,” Cox said.
Sap is not yet flowing freely so the University of Maine is moving its Maple Sugar Celebration from Sunday, March 23 to Sunday, March 30.
Festivities, scheduled for 1-3 p.m., begin with a video titled “The Maple Sugaring Story” at UMaine’s Page Farm and Home Museum on Portage Road. Children in grades K-5 are invited to take part in learning activities and games and to hear stories about one of Maine’s oldest traditions and seasonal business enterprises.
Guests can caravan to UMaine’s Thomas J. Corcoran Sugar House on Lucy Thompson Road, off College Avenue Extension. There will be a guided walking tour of the sugar bush and sugar house, where sap is simmered into syrup. Attendees can take part in the Sugar on Snow party and sample sweet syrup right from the evaporator, served on ice cream with a dill pickle and doughnut.
Space is limited; preregistration is required. Cost is $4. For more information, to register, or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.581.4100. Children must be chaperoned by an adult with transportation.