University of Maine political scientist Mark Brewer was quoted in a USA Today story about Maine being one of six states where it appears voter turnout was higher than 50 percent. “The bear-baiting referendum brought out plenty of people who are not normally regular voters,” says Brewer. “This time, it was seen as more controversial because more outside money came in on both sides. … Anytime there are accusations of outsiders controlling Maine politics, it rubs the multigenerational Mainers the wrong way.”
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University of Maine philosophy Professor Michael Howard penned a column in the Bangor Daily News about the need to build political will for a climate-protecting carbon fee. Howard, a member of the Maine Regional Network that brings together scholars to address public challenges, said the U.S-China deal on carbon emissions “is a significant step in the right direction after years of impasse on global climate cooperation. It will set in motion policies that will make renewable energy more affordable and set the stage for more meaningful global climate negotiations in Paris in 2015.”
The Penobscot Bay Pilot ran the University of Maine media release about the launch of the Historical Atlas of Maine, a new geographical and historical interpretation of the state from the end of the last ice age to the year 2000. The atlas is the culmination of a 15-year scholarly project led by University of Maine researchers. UMaine historian Richard Judd and UMaine geographer Stephen Hornsby edited the 208-page atlas that has 367 original maps, 112 original charts and 248 other images. University of Maine Press, a division of UMaine’s Raymond H. Fogler Library, published the volume.
The Free Press previewed a book signing by author and University of Maine marine archaeologist Warren Riess at 11a.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at Maine Coast Book Shop in Damariscotta. After 30 years of research, Riess’ book “The Ship That Held Up Wall Street,” is on bookshelves. Riess recounts his experiences as co-director of the investigation of an 18th-century British merchant ship unearthed beneath a Manhattan construction site in 1982.
The Free Press in Rockland previewed the 20th annual Maine Indian Basketmakers Holiday Market to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine. Molly Neptune Parker and her grandson, George Soctomah Neptune will be two of the featured artists.
Tori Jackson, University of Maine Extension educator, was cited in a Sun Journal story about Maine having the second-highest rate of farms in the United States.
The number of farms in Maine increased by nearly 1,000 from 2002 (7,196) to 2012 (8,136), according to the article. In 2013, UMaine Extension worked with more than 1,000 people who expressed interest in farming, says Jackson, an associate professor of agriculture and natural resources. “Physically, economically, it’s a tough business to be in. I really attribute it to the huge interest in local foods. Maine and Vermont are at the top of the list in saying ‘I value local food’ and then actually buying it,” she says.
Hal Borns’ interactive Maine Ice Age Trail Map and Guide: Down East was featured in a Maine Sunday Telegram piece.
Borns, professor emeritus with the University of Maine Climate Change Institute and School of Earth and Climate Sciences, created the guide to document interesting landscape features — including Cadillac Mountain and Somes Sound fjord — formed as sheets of glacial ice moved across Maine. For more information, maps and directions to 46 stops along the trail, including a drowned forest, in Lubec, glacial grooves at Roque Bluffs State Park and the Agassiz historical outcrop in Ellsworth, visit iceagetrail.umaine.edu.
Mary Ellen Camire, University of Maine professor of food science and human nutrition, was cited in a Bangor Daily News article about a man who has lost 120 pounds since joining TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) in 2011. Camire says there’s not a one-size-fits-all approach to weight loss. Some people may need a structured program and others might excel with programs that include peer support. “Having a community where they’re all in it together I think is a very helpful tool for many individuals,” she says.
University of Maine economist Todd Gabe’s 2012 study that indicated the annual medical cost of obesity in Maine topped the scale at $452.7 million was cited in an opinion piece about childhood obesity published in the Bangor Daily News.
Several media outlets, including MPBN, WCSH-6 and the Bangor Daily News carried stories about the federal government recognizing the University of Maine System (UMS) for its leadership in cyber-security education. UMS is the first public university system in the nation to be designated by the National Security Agency as a Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. The Portland Press Herald carried the AP report.