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UMHC, BDN Team up for ‘My Maine Culture’ Project, Seek Digital Postcards
The University of Maine Humanities Center has partnered with the Bangor Daily News on “My Maine Culture,” a project to celebrate Maine’s sense of place.
The public is encouraged to submit a digital postcard — an image or video with accompanying text — to the BDN by Dec. 16. Visuals should capture participants’ Maine culture or what they love about the state. Submissions should include 200 words or fewer that explain what the image or video depicts and why it was chosen.
Submissions can be sent to Erin Rhoda, BDN Maine Focus editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or can be posted on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #MyMaineCulture.
The BDN will publish highlights from the digital postcard collection before the Downtown Bangor Public Humanities Day on Jan. 24, to contribute to the day’s events. The Downtown Bangor Public Humanities Day is hosted by UMHC and began in 2013 to create a better forum for connecting UMaine faculty, staff and students with the general public.
The Maine Folklife Center at UMaine also may choose to preserve the digital postcards in its archives.
Artisans to Highlight Ye Olde Holiday Shoppe on Dec. 6
Looking to give unique, locally crafted gifts this holiday season?
Check out the Ye Olde Holiday Shoppe from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the University of Maine Page Farm and Home Museum. Twenty-seven area artisans, including woodcarvers, bread-makers, felters, photographers, knitters, jewelers and quilters, will be selling their wares at the annual holiday market.
The public event is free, as is parking. For more information, including directions and to request disability accommodations, call 581.4100.
CUGR Announces 2014–2015 Research Fellows Assistants
The University of Maine’s Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) has named the 2014–2015 Research Fellows Assistants.
The CUGR Research Fellows Program supports faculty efforts toward improving undergraduate research mentoring skills, expanding curricula to include research and scholarship experiences, and developing proposals for further funding specifically involving undergraduate students.
Each student selected as a Research Fellow Assistant is awarded a $1,000 stipend to assist a CUGR Research Fellow during the 2014–2015 academic year on a research topic of their choice. The faculty participants in this program were nominated by their respective deans and participated in a series of professional development workshops last spring.
More information about the CUGR Research Fellows Program is online.
The 2014–2015 CUGR Research Fellows Student Assistants:
- Ashlyn Boyle of Belfast, Maine; sociology
- Abigail Bradford of Westport Island, Maine; Earth and climate sciences
- Hanjuan Cao of Changsha, China; food science and human nutrition
- Audrey Cross of Brunswick, Maine; ecology and environmental sciences
- Megan Dunphy of Pittsfield, Maine; psychology
- Joseph Goodin of Orono, Maine; anthropology and Earth science
- Thomas P. Hastings of Bear, Delaware; conservation biology
- Cameron Huston of Washburn, Maine; political science, legal studies and sociology
- Katherine Keaton of Caribou, Maine; theatre and dance
- Amber Makela of Lyndeborough, New Hampshire; psychology, child development and disability studies
- Aman Maskay of Kathmandu, Nepal; electrical engineering
- Timothy McGrath of Carmel, Maine; mechanical engineering
- Thomas McOscar of Bangor, Maine; chemistry
- Seraphina Orsini of South Berwick, Maine; computer science
- Kyle Pfau of Westfield, Massachusetts; marine science
- Christopher Plaisted of Jonesboro, Maine; music education
- Ethan Stetson of Woodland, Maine; psychology and military science
- Ashley Thibeault of South Hamilton, Massachusetts; ecology and environmental sciences
- Alex Lee Tuttle of Old Town, Maine; marketing and legal studies
- Eric Veitch of Guilford, Connecticut; biology
- Christopher Vincent of Nashua, New Hampshire; marketing and legal studies
- Eric Wold of Freeport, Maine; mechanical engineering
The 2014–2015 CUGR Faculty Research Fellows:
- Laura Artesani
- Daniel Bilodeau
- Tim Bowden
- Nuri Emanetoglu
- Nicholas Giudice
- Robert Glover
- William Gramlich
- Hamish Greig
- Mark Haggerty
- Sarah Harlan-Haughey
- Kim Huisman
- Karl Kreutz
- Jordan LaBouff
- Roberto Lopez-Anido
- Shannon McCoy
- Reinhard Moratz
- Balunkeswar Nayak
- Brian Robinson
- Mary Shea
- Ebru Ulusoy
- Faren R. Wolter
Free Art Factory Family Fun Day at UMMA Dec. 6
The University of Maine Museum of Art in downtown Bangor will host its seventh annual Art Factory Family Fun Day on Saturday, Dec. 6. Members of the public are invited to drop by the museum anytime between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to take part in the art-making event. Multiple art stations will be set up, each offering creative seasonal art projects. All supplies are free and museum staff will be available to assist families. The event is sponsored by WBRC Architects and Engineers. For more information, contact Eva Wagner, UMMA education coordinator, at 561.3360 or email@example.com.
UMaine Extension Workshop to Cover Food Safety System Law
University of Maine Cooperative Extension is offering a free workshop on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that starts at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at the UMaine Extension office, 24 Main St., Lisbon Falls.
Ben Tettlebaum, a Rhodes Fellow with the Farm and Food Initiative at the Conservation Law Foundation Maine, and Dave Colson, a farmer from Durham and director of agricultural services at Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, will make presentations.
Each year, about 3,000 people in the United States die and 128,000 are hospitalized due to foodborne diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The FSMA, signed into law in 2011, seeks to build in prevention throughout the food safety system and requires farmers to incorporate steps to avoid food contamination.
Through Dec. 15, the FDA is accepting public comments about FSMA; computers will be available at the workshop to send suggestions. For more information, to register or request a disability accommodation, contact KymNoelle Sposato at 207.353.5550 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The free workshop is also being offered via video conference at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at the UMaine Extension office, 9 Olson Road, South Paris. For more information, to register or request a disability accommodation, contact Katelyn Duval, 207.743.6329, email@example.com.
2014–2015 CUGR Fall Creative and Academic Achievement Fellowship Winners Announced
The University of Maine’s Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) has announced the recipients of the CUGR Fall Creative and Academic Achievement Fellowships for 2014–15.
The fellowships were developed to enhance and increase undergraduate student involvement in faculty-supervised research, and awarded by the President’s Office.
Each fellowship provides a $1,000 award for the student to help cover costs of the project. The awards are supported through a PRE-VUE grant with additional funding from the Maine Economic Improvement Fund (MEIF).
The winning projects:
- Wilson Adams of Barrington, Rhode Island, bioengineering, “A device for entrapment and microinjection of larval zebrafish”
- Gwendolyn Beacham of Farmington, Maine, biochemistry, “Characterization of lysogeny regulation in the Cluster E mycobacteriophage Ukulele”
- Jennifer LF Burnham of Bangor, Maine, microbiology, “Vaccine awareness assistance within the Greater Bangor area healthcare system”
- Nina Caputo of Canaan, New Hampshire, chemistry, mathematics and environmental sciences, “Fluorescence monitoring of contaminant mixtures in surface fresh water”
- Tyler Carrier of Barre, Vermont, “Cellular and molecular responses of sea urchin embryos to dissolved saxitoxins from the toxic dinoflagellate Alexandrium fundyense”
- Nicklaus Carter of Franklin, Maine, bioengineering, “Magnetic properties of iron nanoparticles”
- Joshua Deakin of Hampden, Maine, business, “Rituals in restaurants: Exploring how newcomers learn organizational culture”
- Vincent DiGiovanni of Belmont, Massachusetts, biology and chemistry, “New approach to the treatment of Type 2 diabetes using inhibitors based on the acarviostatin family of natural products”
- Nathan Dunn of Berwick, Maine, mathematics and computer science, “An enhancement of the P301dx application using advanced statistics”
- Robert Fasano of Jefferson, Maine, physics, “Initialization of composite galaxies in dynamic equilibrium”
- Scott Forand of Hermon, Maine, new media, “Tiny tactics”
- Thomas Fouchereaux of Yarmouth, Maine, new media, “Commentrain”
- Samuel Gates of Old Town, Maine, computer science, “Multi-tag radio frequency indication for indoor positional tracking system enhanced with accelerometer for fall detection”
- Allison Goodridge of Bowdoin, Maine, mechanical engineering, “Motors and power: Generating physical phenomena for examination of spatial cognition and impulse response in virtual environments”
- Katrina Harris of Ellsworth, Maine, business and microbiology, “Characterization of the integration morphology of mycobacteriophage ChipMunk including de novo assembly of the genome”
- Hina Hashmi of Veazie, Maine, microbiology, “Is the ubiquitous antibacterial agent triclosan an uncoupler of mammalian mitochondria?”
- Leslie Hood of Bangor, Maine, new media, “Epitaph: A humanistic approach to mortality and human-computer interaction”
- Meghan Hurlburt of Union, Maine, computer science, “Noninvasive monitoring using radio frequency indicator technology: An inexpensive solution for independent aging in place”
- Eliza Kane of Deer Isle, Maine, anthropology, “The geochemistry and historical ecology of a burnt Mississippian house at the Lawrenz Gun Club site in the central Illinois River Valley”
- Charm Tharanga Karunasiri of Caribou, Maine, biochemistry, “Characterizing the catalytic domain of Calpain 5”
- Jay Knowlton of Camden, Maine, biology, “Transplacental arsenic exposure effects on mouse hepatic protein expression”
- Kathryn Liberman of Sumner, Illinois, marine science and aquaculture, “Developing a zebrafish model for Saprolegnia parasitica to investigate pathogenesis and alternate treatments”
- Jason Lively of Wilbraham, Massachusetts, Earth sciences, “Neutralization capacity of major rock types found in Maine”
- William London of Carrabassett Valley, Maine, mechanical engineering, “Experimental characterization of fatigue response of mechanically fastened joints in 3-D woven carbon composites”
- Isaiah Nathaniel Mansour of Fairfield, Connecticut, marine science, “A comparative study of the hemocyanins of the giant keyhole limpet (Megathura crenulata) and the red abalone (Haliotis rufescens)”
- Zakiah-Lee Meeks of Bangor, Maine, biology and pre-medicine, “Methylation patterns in OPRM1 and COMT variants during opioid withdrawal in the neonate”
- Alexander William Moser of York, Maine, mechanical engineering and mathematics, “Clean CNG snowmobile”
- Chelsea Ogun of North Providence, Rhode Island, anthropology, “Promoting and advancing climate education in Maine middle and high schools”
- Brenden Peters of Orono, Maine, computer science, “Low-power device for indoor mapping and navigation”
- Samuel Reynolds of Ellsworth, Maine, psychology and biology, “Investigating the role of NMDA receptors in long-term ethanol withdrawal”
- Jena Rudolph of Old Town, Maine, human dimensions of climate change, “Assessing the efficacy of scenario building to alter perceptions of climate risk and stimulate climate adaptation planning”
- Andrea Santariello of Tolland, Connecticut, marine science and zoology, “How prey selection contributes to Arctic tern breeding success and chick health at fledging”
- Julia Sell of Cushing, Maine, physics, “Development of a combinatorial deposition method to allow for rapid synthesis and testing of nanolaminate thin film structures”
- Adam Simard of Shelburne, New Hampshire, microbiology, “JCPyV internalization: Insight into scaffolding proteins and associated intracellular binding domains of serotonin 5-HT2 receptors”
- Dustin Sleight of Orono, Maine, mechanical engineering, “Dynamic motion control: Generating physical phenomena for examination of spatial cognition and impulse response in virtual environments”
- Bryer Sousa of Shapleigh, Maine, chemistry and mathematics, “Two-temperature model molecular dynamics study of the coalescence of metal nanoparticles”
- Margaret Stavros of Freeport, Maine, biochemistry, “Prenatal exposure to methadone’s effect on the oxytocin receptor pathway”
- Cody Thies of Pittsfield, Maine, psychology, “Adrenergic modulation of voluntary ethanol intake in C3H/HeJ mice in a chronic intermittent exposure protocol”
- Ethan Tremblay of Mariaville, Maine, economics and journalism, “An examination of the pro-social impacts of local food purchasing”
- Ryan A. Wahle of Round Pond, Maine, new media and Spanish, “New age versatile furniture”
- Emily Whitaker of Westport Island, Maine, molecular and cellular biology, “Identification and characterization of mycobacteriophage Ukulele integration site attP”
UMaine Franco-American Centre Receives Book Donation
The University of Maine’s Franco American Studies program has announced the donation of more than 4,500 books, maps and research materials to the Franco-American Centre’s genealogical library.
The gift was made by Celeste Ringuette in memory of her late husband, Adrien Lanthier Ringuette. In pursuing family genealogy, Adrien Ringuette built an extensive library of research resources.
The collection includes unbroken runs of most of the major periodicals in French Canadian genealogical research; genealogical dictionaries; historical biographical dictionaries; 17th and 18th French Canadian census records; and a library of supporting materials relating to French, French Canadian, and Franco American history.
“This is an important milestone in the ongoing establishment of a Franco American research center at the University of Maine,” said Susan Pinette, interim director of the Franco American Studies program.
Franco American Studies program staff is in the process of cataloging the collection; once completed it will be open to the public.
For more information about the collection, contact Lisa Michaud at 581.3789, firstname.lastname@example.org or Susan Pinette at 581.3791, email@example.com.
Call for Honorary Degree Nominations for 2016
The University of Maine Honorary Degree Committee seeks nominations for honorary degrees to be awarded at the May 2016 Commencement ceremonies. A call for nominations and nomination form are online. For more information, contact Suzi Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org; 207.581.1516.
Learn to Calmly Handle Cattle
A low-stress cattle-handling demonstration will be held 2–4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at East Ridge Stable, 405 East Ridge Road, Charleston.
Curt Pate, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association stockman instructor, will conduct the free, live demonstration, which is co-sponsored by the Maine Beef Producers Association and University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
The demonstration is a prelude to the 25th annual Beef Conference, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Ramada Inn, 357 Odlin Road, Bangor.
Registration is required. To pre-register, or to request a disability accommodation, contact Melissa Libby, 800.287.7170 (in Maine), 207.581.2788.
UMMA to Host Drop and Shop Nov. 29
The University of Maine Museum of Art in downtown Bangor will host Drop and Shop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29. Parents are invited to drop off their children, who are in grades three through six, while they shop downtown and support local business on Small Business Saturday. Participants will be able to explore the galleries and create holiday cards and gifts. Children should bring a bag lunch. Cost is $25 for non-members and $20 for members. To learn more or register, contact Eva Wagner, UMMA education coordinator, at 561.3360 or email@example.com.