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NSF Story Highlights STEM Education Research of Michelle Smith

The research of Michelle Smith, assistant professor in the School of Biology and Ecology, is the focus of a National Science Foundation Discovery feature, “Rules of engagement: Transforming the teaching of college-level science.” Smith is the principal investigator on four projects and a co-principal investor on another, all aimed at improving nationwide science instruction and assessments. The Dec. 18 NSF story notes that Smith is a science education advocate and molecular biologist who “uses her analytical background to create teaching strategies that energize both students and faculty.” The story quotes UMaine faculty Mary Tyler and Farahad Dastoor, and includes photos by UMaine student Amanda Clark.

CNF Potential at Paper Mill Covered By

The University of Maine was highlighted in a story about Paperlogic, a 120-year-old paper mill in Turners Falls, Massachusetts, seeking to make new products with innovative cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) produced at the university. UMaine was recently awarded $350,000 to construct a commercial-scale CNF manufacturing plant with a capacity of 2 tons per day. The plant will accelerate CNF commercialization by making large quantities of it available to support the growth in application development activities. Paperlogic is a collaborator on the plant project that is funded by P3Nano.

Foster’s Publicizes Master Gardener Volunteer Training

Foster’s Daily Democrat carried a University of Maine Cooperative Extension release announcing that Jan. 5 is the deadline to apply for the Master Gardener Volunteer training in York County that begins Jan. 27 at the Anderson Learning Center, 21 Bradeen St., Springvale.

CCI Scientists Guests on Maine Calling Radio Program

University of Maine Climate Change Institute scientists Paul Mayewski, Sean Birkel and Ivan Fernandez shared their research about climate change with Keith Shortall on MPBN’s Maine Calling, an interactive radio program.

Media Report Gendron to Donate Portion of Salary to Standbrook Fund

Several media outlets, including the Portland Press Herald, Bangor Daily News, WABI (Channel 5) and WVII (Channel 7) reported University of Maine men’s ice hockey coach Red Gendron will annually donate 5 percent of his salary to the Grant Standbrook Maine Hockey Forever Fund. Tom and Sally Savage have pledged $1 million to match endowment gifts from UMaine men’s ice hockey players and coaches. Standbrook, UMaine’s assistant men’s ice hockey coach and primary recruiter from 1988 to 2008, won national titles with the Black Bears in 1993 and 1999.

Bangor Metro Highlights Entrepreneurial Graduates

Several Bangor Metro entrepreneurial award recipients are graduates of the University of Maine.

Abe and Heather Furth, who graduated in 2004, own Verve, Woodman’s Grill and The Orono Brewing Co. “Brewery tourism is growing, and we hope that our brewery will help bring more people to Orono. We think this will help Orono become the college town we know it can be,” said Heath Furth about the recent opening of the brewery.

Winner Gerry Nasberg, owner of Pat’s Pizza in Ellsworth and Bar Harbor, earned an MBA at UMaine. He says 20,000 UMaine grads who live in the Ellsworth area most likely ate a pizza or two at Pat’s when they were in school. He thought that nostalgia would attract customers and it has.

Hall of Famer Touts Teammates, UMaine in BDN

After being inducted into the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame, University of Maine graduate and football all-star John Huard spoke highly of his Black Bear teammates in a Bangor Daily News article.

“The University of Maine was phenomenal and our guys were really close … I just reflect back to the fact that we were never bigger, we were never faster or stronger, but we always found a way to win. To me that speaks volumes to the character and the type of people in Maine and at the University of Maine,” says Huard, a two-time All-Yankee Conference first-team selection, played for the Denver Broncos and New Orleans Saints.

Darling Mentioned in Washington Post Blog

Former University of Maine men’s ice hockey goalie Scott Darling was included in a Washington Post blog that recapped “Road to the NHL Winter Classic” on Epix.

Darling has made his way to the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL after he quit drinking alcohol several years ago and sought help for social anxiety. He rattled off the squads he’s been on since he left UMaine: Louisiana IceGators, Reading Royals, Florida Everblades, Mississippi RiverKings, Las Vegas Wranglers, Wheeling Nailers, Wichita Thunder, Cincinnati Cyclones, Charlotte Checkers, Hamilton Bulldogs, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Milwaukee Admirals, Rockford Ice Hogs and Chicago Blackhawks.

WVII Reports on Pen Pal Program Between Business Students, Active Marines

WVII (Channel 7) interviewed Nory Jones, a professor of management information systems at the University of Maine, and several business students about a pen pal program that connects the students with a group of active marines. Students in MBS Corps, the Maine Business School’s community outreach organization, send letters and care packages to the marines who are their age and serving in the Middle East. “We have these wonderful students who take time from their busy schedules to just help; to make a difference in the community with all kinds of projects,” Jones said of MBS Corps members.

UMaine Students Cited in BDN Report on Plans for Hampden Solid Waste Processing Plant

University of Maine students were mentioned in a Bangor Daily News article about the Municipal Review Committee, a group representing the trash disposal interests of 187 Maine communities, announcing it plans to develop a $60 million solid waste recycling and processing facility in Hampden. The proposed garbage-to-energy facility will feature technology from Maryland-based Fiberight that reuses organic materials in trash to make biofuels, according to the article. In October, the Municipal Review Committee hired a team of students from UMaine’s Forest Bioproducts Research Institute (FBRI) led by Hemant Pendse, a UMaine professor who leads the FBRI research team focused on creating and commercializing new bioproducts. The team is tasked with studying the operations of Fiberight to determine if its technology will work in the colder temperatures of Maine, the article states. The report is scheduled to be finished in January.


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