University of Maine News
Len Kaye, director of the University of Maine Center on Aging and professor in the UMaine School of Social Work, co-wrote a column with Cliff Singer, chief of Geriatric Mental Health and Neuropsychiatry at Acadia Hospital and Eastern Maine Medical Center. “Should I retire? Four rules of thumb for maximizing your golden years” was published by the Bangor Daily News as an “Age Smart” column.
The Morning Sentinel reported the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and RSU 19 Adult Education are sponsoring a workshop on how to grow hops in home gardens. The workshop will be held Tuesday, April 1 at Nokomis Regional High School in Newport. Participants will learn the history of hops production in New England, what is needed for hops to thrive in Penobscot County, basics of planting and care, pests that can affect hops, and harvesting.
The Sun Journal reported the Mahoosuc Land Trust will host a third presentation in its Changing Nature series Wednesday, March 26, at the University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center in Bryant Pond. Ryder Scott, the camp’s program director, will present “Changing Nature of Education for a Sustainable World.” Scott said the “world is changing more rapidly and dramatically than ever before” and people must lay the groundwork for a sustainable society by informing the next generation.
The Senator George J. Mitchell Center at the University of Maine invites the public to attend a series of informative sessions on Maine water and sustainability issues from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 1 at the Augusta Civic Center.
The Maine Water & Sustainability Conference will include several sessions on sustainability science research in Maine, as well as sessions with a joint focus on water resources and sustainability.
The Maine Water Conference was founded in 1994 by the Senator George J. Mitchell Center at the University of Maine as an annual forum for water resource professionals, researchers, consultants, citizens, students, regulators and planners to exchange information and present new findings on water resource issues in Maine. The conference has grown to become one of the largest environmentally related conferences in Maine attracting more than 350 attendees each year. The Maine Water Conference Steering Committee is made up of key water resource stakeholders from across the state.
Cost to attend is $55. More information, including how to register and session times, is online.
Tanglewood 4-H Camp and Learning Center in Lincolnville will host an April vacation day camp for children ages 5–10 that celebrates the outdoors. The camp will be held Tuesday, April 22 through Friday, April 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Games, art and exploration will encourage personal growth in harmony with nature. Cost is $150 per child. Register online by April 11. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Patti Chapman at 207.789.5868 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kenneth Allen, who worked at the University of Maine for 25 years in many positions, including acting president and a zoology professor, passed away March 19, 2014. His obituary is online.
The University of Maine System Board of Trustees has approved promotion and/or tenure for 32 University of Maine faculty members. The professors were nominated by University of Maine President Paul Ferguson based on a peer and administrative review of their successful work in teaching, research and public service.
“This annual process and recognition of excellence constitutes an important tradition to celebrate the University of Maine’s faculty and their role in the distinctiveness of Maine’s flagship, land grant university,” says President Ferguson. “Their teaching, research and community outreach reaffirm the impactful role of public higher education in the quality of life for Maine citizens.”
University of Maine Faculty Promoted and/or Tenured, 2013–14
Promoted to professor
College of Engineering
Howard Gray, Civil Engineering Technology
M. Clayton Wheeler, Chemical Engineering
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Francois Amar, Chemistry
Mark Brewer, Political Science
Samuel Hess, Physics and Astronomy
Jon Ippolito, New Media
Richard Powell, Political Science
Liam Riordan, History
College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture
Robert Lilieholm, Forest Resources
Ann Rosebush Sossong, Nursing
Vivian Chi-Hua Wu, Food Science and Human Nutrition
Promoted to associate research professor
Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Environmental and Watershed Research
Promoted to associate professor with tenure
College of Engineering
Nuri Emanetoglu, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Melissa Maynard, Civil Engineering
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Daniel Bilodeau, Theatre
Dylan Dryer, English
Mary Hough, History and Women’s Studies
Shannon McCoy, Psychology
Robert Meulenberg, Physics and Astronomy and Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology
Kathleen Yoon, Psychology
Maine Business School
Niclas Erhardt, Human Resources
Jason Harkins, Entrepreneurship
Patti Miles, Operations Management
College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture
Julie Gosse, Biochemistry
Teresa Johnson, Marine Policy
Robert Wheeler, Microbiology
Promoted to associate Extension professor with continuing contract
Tori Jackson, Cooperative Extension
Kristy Ouellette, Cooperative Extension
Andrew Plant, Cooperative Extension
Promoted to associate Extension professor and associate professor with continuing contract
Anne Lichtenwalner, Cooperative Extension and Animal and Veterinary Sciences
Ellen Mallory, Cooperative Extension and Sustainable Agriculture
Granted tenure at current rank of associate professor
Margaret Killinger, Rezendes Preceptor of the Arts
Contact: Margaret Nagle, 207.581.3745
Three University of Maine faculty members — Kate Beard-Tisdale, Susan Brawley and Mary Tyler — are the recipients of ADVANCE Career Recognition Awards by UMaine’s Rising Tide Center.
Beard-Tisdale is a member of the School of Computing and Information Science; Brawley is in the School of Marine Science; and Tyler is in the School of Biology and Ecology.
The Career Recognition Awards highlight the significant accomplishments of women faculty at UMaine through their teaching, research, constituent service and campus leadership. Sharing the professional successes of UMaine faculty raises the profile of women scientists and is intended to inspire colleagues at every rank.
The honor includes a travel award to support the honorees’ participation at a prestigious conference where their work will be showcased on an international stage.
On campus, the award winners will give lectures about their research and will lead a panel discussion. Tyler will speak on, “Students Are Scientists: Implementing Inquiry-Based Learning,” noon, March 27, Coe Room, Memorial Union; Beard-Tisdale will speak on, “A Passage in Space and Time,” noon, April 10, Coe Room, Union.
Brawley will speak on, “Small Is Beautiful: Marine Eggs, Spores and Bacteria,” 2 p.m., April 16, Wells Conference Center, followed by the awards ceremony and reception. The event will feature a panel discussion with the awardees and accomplished junior faculty offering perspectives on the challenges and opportunities for women in science.
All events are free and open to the public. To register or to request a disability accommodation, call or write the ADVANCE Rising Tide Center, 207.581.3439; email@example.com. More information is available online.
UMaine’s ADVANCE Rising Tide Center, funded by a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation, seeks to develop systemic approaches to retaining and advancing women faculty in academic science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and social-behavioral science careers.
“From Orono to Wall Street: One UMaine Grad’s Journey” will be the focus of a talk March 26 by UMaine alumna Melissa D. Smith, Class of ’91, president and CEO of WEX, based in South Portland. The free public lecture begins at 5 p.m. in Wells Conference Center. In January, Smith became chief executive officer at WEX and joined its board of directors. WEX is a leading provider of corporate payment solutions. The Girl Scouts of Maine presented Smith with the 2013 Woman of Distinction award and Mainebiz recognized her as a 2012 Woman to Watch. Smith previously served in a variety of capacities at WEX, including: president, president–The Americas; chief financial officer and executive vice president, finance and operations. She was chief financial officer in 2005 when WEX went public on the New York Stock Exchange. Smith, who started her career at Ernst & Young, is a co-founder of the Women’s Executive Forum, which seeks to attract, retain and advance women in the information security, IT risk management and privacy industries.
WABI (Channel 5) reported on the 2014 Engineering EXPO held at the University of Maine. UMaine engineering students Haylea Ledoux and Blake Bourque spoke about the importance of engineering and getting children interested in science. Victoria Wingo, communications specialist for the College of Engineering, said the event strives to raise awareness about engineering with people of all ages, especially children. At the event, Maine’s top engineering firms, schools, educators, government agencies and societies offered hands-on activities and exhibits.
The Bangor Daily News reported on a panel discussion about the history of Wabanaki treaty-making that was held at the University of Maine. Four Wabanaki scholars spoke at the event that was part of a series aimed to educate the public on the relationship between Maine’s tribes and settlers. The speakers were 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; 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. About 80 people attended the discussion.
Mark Brewer, a political science professor at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Morning Sentinel article titled “Health care to dominate the 2014 Maine Legislature races.” Brewer said it’s unusual to see both parties agree on what they’re going to be fighting over, referring to the health care debate. He also said how the health care arguments are defined and accentuated between now and November could determine which party is successful.
University of Maine student Andrew Goode, who is studying marine science, was featured in the Boothbay Register article, “‘Goode’ work ethic drives marine science pursuit.” Goode was raised in Boothbay and lobsters in the Damariscotta River when school is not in session. Goode said he loves attending UMaine to pursue his interest in ocean environments. “The teachers and advisers are incredibly hands on. I couldn’t be happier with the situation,” he said of attending college in Orono.
University of Maine economist Todd Gabe’s study on the maple industry’s financial impact on the state was cited in a Morning Sentinel article about Maine Maple Sunday. According to Gabe’s study, Maine has the third-largest maple syrup industry in the country, and each year, the industry directly contributes about $27.7 million in revenue, 567 full- and part-time jobs and $17.3 million in wages to Maine’s economy.
Michael Socolow, an associate professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Morning Sentinel article about a Norridgewock man whose gun tattoo was mistaken for a real one by police. The incident sparked a national media debate about gun rights and civil liberties with some people saying police overreacted. “A realistic gun tattoo is so rare that the situation is really unique,” Socolow said.
WABI (Channel 5) reported the University of Maine’s maple sugar celebration originally scheduled for Maine Maple Sunday on March 23 has been postponed to Sunday, March 30 because the sap hasn’t started flowing freely. The event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at UMaine’s Page Home and Farm Museum and Thomas J. Corcoran Sugar House. Family-friendly activities and a guided walking tour of the sugar bush and sugar house will be available. Attendees can also sample syrup from the evaporator, served on ice cream with a dill pickle and doughnut.
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.