Dollars & Sense: Real World Economics published, “Maine farmers and climate change: Reactive or proactive?” by three University of Maine professors. The article was written by Stephanie Welcomer, an associate professor of management and associate dean of the Maine Business School; Mark Haggerty, an associate professor of Honors and Rezendes Preceptorship of Civil Engagement; and John Jemison, a soil and water quality specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
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The Kansas City Star article “Kansas and Missouri move to tighten welfare rules” cites a 2013 study by Sandra Butler, a University of Maine social work professor. Butler’s study, “TANF Time Limits and Maine Families: Consequences of Withdrawing the Safety Net,” found that families kicked off Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) because exceeding lifetime benefits in Maine experienced an increased reliance on food banks, inability to pay utility and other bills, and overcrowded housing conditions or reliance on homeless shelters, according to the article.
The Village Soup reported Julia Sell of Cushing is one of two University of Maine seniors who have been awarded Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation. Sell is a physics major, honors student and undergraduate researcher at UMaine’s Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology. Gwendolyn Beacham of Farmington, a biochemistry major and honors student at UMaine, also was among 2,000 students nationwide selected from among 16,500 applicants in the 2015 competition.
Gary Anderson, a University of Maine Cooperative Extension professor, was quoted in a Castine Patriot article about the latest legislative push to allow unlicensed raw milk sales in Maine. Two proposed bills would require milk and milk products to be labeled as unpasteurized, that farmers undergo a dairy sanitization course, and prohibit the advertising of products, according to the article. Anderson recently testified that while no illnesses related to drinking raw milk have been reported in Maine, 26 states reported 81 raw milk outbreaks from 2007 to 2012, causing 979 illnesses and 73 hospitalizations, the article states.
The Free Press reported the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast has received $500,000 from the estate of Marilyn Duane. The gift was one of four grants totaling $2 million that were presented to local organizations at a meeting of the Belfast Rotary Club at the Hutchinson Center. Duane, originally from Bangor, retired to Belfast in 1987 with her late husband, James T. Duane; James Duane was a member of Belfast Rotary Club, and Marilyn Duane was a member of the Belfast Garden Club and Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), according to the article. Marilyn Duane was inspired by UMaine alumnus James Patterson, founding director of the Hutchinson Center and member of Belfast Rotary, who, she said, helped students access affordable higher education in a supportive and flexible environment, the article states.
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The Bangor Daily News and WABI (Channel 5) reported Katelyn Massey of Waterville is the 2015 salutatorian at the University of Maine. Massey is a psychology major with a concentration in development and a minor in communication sciences and disorders. Her academic honors include the Frederick W. and Marianne Hill Scholarship, the Marcus L. Urann Scholarship, Class of 1945 Scholarship, and the Jane Gerry Chase Hangar Scholarship. She also was named a Kornetsky Scholar as the graduating psychology student with the highest GPA. For the past four years, Massey has been a forward on the UMaine women’s ice hockey team, serving as assistant captain this year and taking Hockey East Top Scholar Athlete honors from 2012–14. This fall, Massey will pursue graduate work in communication sciences and disorders at UMaine. She also has been selected for a clinical assistantship in UMaine’s Audiology Clinic.
Lisa Morin, coordinator of the Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism at the University of Maine, was one of 10 people and three organizations to be honored at the 18th annual Red Cross Real Heroes Breakfast in Brewer, WLBZ (Channel 2) reported. Morin has been the lead on UMaine’s blood drive program for five years, according to the report. Since beginning her work with the Red Cross, Morin has organized more than 30 blood drives, which have recruited more than 3,000 donors and collected 2,852 units of blood, the report states.
Orono High School students visited the University of Maine to prepare for an upcoming engineering and design competition, WABI (Channel 5) and WVII (Channel 7) reported. Instructors from the Advanced Structures and Composites Center helped students transform raw materials into solid, functional wind blades in advance of the seventh annual Wind Blade Challenge that will be held at UMaine on May 1, according to WABI.
Patrick Nason, an undergraduate student in social work at the University of Maine, wrote an opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News titled “How Upward Bound helps low-income, first-generation students succeed.” Nason participated in Upward Bound Math and Science at UMaine from 2012–2014. The article is one of several student pieces produced in an American government class taught by political science professor Amy Fried. Students in the class write and submit letters to the editor or elected officials, or op-eds.
The Village Soup reported University of Maine geographer Stephen Hornsby will discuss the newly published “Historical Atlas of Maine” April 28 as part of Camden Public Library’s Maritime Month. The atlas is a geographical and historical interpretation of the state, from the end of the last ice age to 2000. It culminates a 15-year scholarly project led by UMaine researchers. Hornsby and UMaine historian Richard Judd edited the book that contains cartography by Michael Hermann.