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Kinghorn Talks with WLBZ About UMMA Exhibits

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 09:51

WLBZ (Channel 2) spoke with George Kinghorn, director and curator of the University of Maine Museum of Art, about the current exhibit “Andy Warhol: Photographs & Screenprints.” The museum is featuring dozens of works from its permanent collection by well-known American pop artist Andy Warhol through June 6. “This is really nice because you really get a sense of Warhol’s life in the studio. And he would often take over 200 images of one subject, like Farrah Fawcett,” Kinghorn said. The exhibit also will be part of the Bangor Artwalk from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 5, according to the report. The museum will switch to the summer exhibit season starting June 19 with the exhibit “With Ties to Maine,” a collection of Maine related-art celebrating the 150th anniversary of UMaine, the report states.

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Belding Moderator at Manufacturing Summit, Sun Journal Reports

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 09:50

The Sun Journal reported that John Belding, director of the University of Maine’s Advanced Manufacturing Center, was a moderator at the Manufacturers Association of Maine’s annual Manufacturing Summit in New Gloucester. More than 150 manufacturers attended the event at Pineland Farms to hear from other companies and weigh in on the association’s legislative agenda, according to the article.

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UMaine Extension Demonstrates How to ‘Preserve the Harvest’

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 09:50

Enjoy the taste of summer fruits and vegetables all year long by taking the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Preserving the Harvest workshop 1–4 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, at the Franklin County UMaine Extension office, 138 Pleasant St., Farmington.

UMaine Extension staff will lead the workshop, which will include hands-on, USDA-recommended food preservation methods, including hot water bath canning. Participants will make pickled dilly beans to take home. Fresh produce, canning jars and other canning equipment will be provided. Participants should bring a pot holder.

Cost is $20 per person; partial scholarships are available. Register online by July 3. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call 781.6099, 800.287.1471 (toll-free in Maine).

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‘Something Funny’s Going on Here’ at UMaine Hutchinson Center

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 09:49

The “Something Funny’s Going on Here” exhibit will open with a reception 5–8 p.m. June 19, at the H. Alan and Sally Fernald Art Gallery at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast. Sixteen of Maine’s prestigious artists have pieces inspired by humor or irony in the exhibit, which runs until Aug. 14. Participating artists are Nancy Barnes, Kenny Cole, Julie Cyr, Kris Engman, David Estey, Mike Fletcher, Harold Garde, Robert Hamilton, Stew Henderson, Sheep Jones, Alan Magee, George Nashon, Willy Reddick, Wes Reddick, Sally Savage and Rob Shetterly. Patrons, students and community members are invited. The reception and admission to the exhibit are free. More information is available online or by calling Nancy Bergerson at 338.8049.

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Students, Researchers Study Tree Ring Dating in Acadia, WABI Reports

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 11:20

WABI (Channel 5) reported that University of Maine students and researchers are studying the science of tree ring dating during the 25th annual North American Dendroecological Fieldweek (NADEF) in Acadia National Park. NADEF is funded in part by the National Science Foundation and aims to train students in dendrochronology, or the scientific method of dating based on the analysis of tree ring patterns, during an intensive week of fieldwork, laboratory exercises and lectures. The program, which has been run by Indiana State University since 2003, offers six lab groups led by 13 instructors from institutions across the country, each representing a specialty within the field of dendrochronology. Shawn Fraver, an assistant professor of forest ecosystems science in UMaine’s School of Forest Resources, is co-leading the stand dynamics group. Kara Costanza, a UMaine Ph.D. student working with Fraver, is co-teaching the introductory dendrochronology group. Fraver said researchers view tree ring patterns as a biological archive that contains the history of a tree’s growth. “From that growth pattern we can make inferences about the history of the stand,” Fraver said. Forty students from around the country, as well as Canada and India, are participating in the course. Four of the students are from UMaine.

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Murphy Speaks About Gardening on MPBN’s ‘Maine Calling’

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 11:19

Barbara Murphy, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator and gardening expert, was a guest on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s “Maine Calling” radio show. Murphy, who has more than 20 years of experience teaching the UMaine Extension Master Gardener course, offered advice for the show that focused on what it takes to make a garden grow.

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UMMA Art Included in Portland Exhibit, MaineToday Reports

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 11:19

MaineToday magazine reported that pieces from the University of Maine Museum of Art’s permanent collection will be featured in a Portland Museum of Art exhibition that runs from through September 20. “Directors’ Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail,” will present highlights of Maine’s art history from the state’s most-renowned museums, including UMMA, Bates College, Bowdoin College, Colby College, the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Monhegan Museum of Art and History, the Ogunquit Museum of American Art and the Portland Museum of Art. In the exhibit, UMMA offers photos by Berenice Abbott, one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, according to the article. Abbott was best known for her New York photos, which are included in the exhibit, as well as some of her lesser-known work from Maine, the article states.

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UMaine Extension Tick ID Lab Cited in BDN Article on Disease Increase Among Pets

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 11:18

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Tick ID Lab was mentioned in the Bangor Daily News article, “More tick diseases showing up in dogs and cats (plus new treatments).” The article states that according to the Tick ID Lab, there are 14 different tick species found in Maine. To learn about all of the species, or to submit a tick to be identified, the article suggests readers visit the lab’s website.

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Target Technology Center Hosts Open House

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 11:17

Members of the public, including innovators and entrepreneurs, are invited to a free open house from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 11, at the Target Technology Center, 20 Godfrey Drive, Orono.

There will be tours of the facility, including available office space, as well as a barbecue and opportunities to meet innovators in the Target Technology Center community. The Target Technology Center, a partnership of Bangor Area Target Development Corporation, the town of Orono, the University of Maine and the state of Maine, offers physical space and business counseling services to technology companies. Located near the UMaine campus and I-95, the facility has high-speed Wi-Fi, conference rooms, video conferencing, a comprehensive security system and a kitchen.

“The open house is an opportunity to have lunch with us, meet our amazing tenants and take a tour of our great facility,” says Jesse Moriarity, co-director.

Located in Orono, the Target Technology Center is home to a variety of local companies. Since 2002, it has provided convenient and comprehensive office spaces to businesses in all stages of development. To learn more, visit its website or call 866.2406.

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Bishop, Darling Make History, Face Off in Stanley Cup Final

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 15:23

Two former University of Maine goaltenders are competing for the NHL Stanley Cup.

Ben Bishop is the starting goalie for Tampa Bay and Scott Darling is the valuable backup for Chicago. It is the first time in Stanley Cup Final history that goalies who played at the same university will contend for the coveted cup.

Bishop played in 99 games for the Black Bears from 2005 to 2008, and posted a mark of 55–35–7, with a 2.29 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. He recorded five shutouts for the Black Bears and led UMaine to the 2007 Frozen Four, which was played in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri.

Darling played at UMaine during the 2008–09 and 2009–10 seasons. He compiled a record of 25–20–3, with a 2.92 goals-against average and a .895 save percentage.

One will have his name engraved on the chalice, sometimes referred to as Lord Stanley’s Cup or the Holy Grail.

Chicago and Tampa split two meetings in 2014–15, each winning at home. Chicago earned a 3–2 shootout win Nov. 11 and Tampa Bay won 4–0 on Feb. 27

Bishop has had an outstanding season for Tampa Bay. In the playoffs, he is 12–8–0, with a 2.15 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage. He has notched three shutouts and three assists. Bishop posted shutouts in games 5 and 7 in the Eastern Conference final against the New York Rangers. He becomes the third goalie in NHL history to record two Game 7 shutouts in a single season, joining Patrick Roy (2002) and Tim Thomas (2011). Bishop became the first goalie in NHL history to record shutouts in each of his first two Game 7 starts of his career, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Darling has played in five playoff games for Chicago, making four starts. He is 3–1, with a 2.21 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage. Darling stopped all 42 shots he faced after replacing Corey Crawford in a first-round game with Nashville on April 15. He made 50 saves in a triple-overtime win over Nashville on April 21.

The best-of-seven Stanley Cup Final series begins at 8 p.m. June 3, in Tampa. NBC is televising the contest. The series continues at 7:15 p.m. June 6, in Tampa, (NBC). The series then moves to Chicago; Game 3 will be played at 8 p.m. June 8 and Game 4 will be June 10 (NBCSN). Game five, if necessary, will be played in Tampa at 8 p.m. June 13 (NBC). Game 6, if necessary, will be in Chicago at 8 p.m.  June 15 (NBC), while Game 7, if necessary, would be played in Tampa at 8 p.m. June 17 (NBC).

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Holly Stewart is the America East Woman of the Year

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 13:21

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.

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Multiple Media Outlets Report on Sanford Collaborative

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 12:37

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.

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Student Loans Topic of Channel 7 Story

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 12:36

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.

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AP, MPBN Reports on $1.1M Collaborative Plankton Study

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 12:36

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.

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Medical Amnesty, Good Samaritan Reporting Program Covered in BDN Piece

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 12:35

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.

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PPH Remembers 1965 UMaine Graduation

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 12:34

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.

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 Ellsworth American Covers TRC Commission

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 12:34

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.

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Former Black Bear Goalies in NHL Get Press

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 12:33

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.

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WABI, BDN Announce Stewart Named America East Woman of the Year

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 12:33

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.

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Lichtenwalner Featured in National Geographic Article on Moose, Ticks

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 11:03

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.

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