The Bangor Daily News spoke with several University of Maine Cooperative Extension staff members about Question 2 on the November ballot that will ask Maine voters to approve an $8 million bond for animal and plant diagnostic services. The bond would allow UMaine Extension to build a new facility on campus to house labs for the monitoring and testing of insects and pests that plague domestic and wild plants and animals in Maine, the article states. Anne Lichtenwalner, director of UMaine’s Animal Health Laboratory; John Rebar, executive director of UMaine Extension; and Jim Dill, a pest management specialist, spoke about the proposed lab’s benefits, such as early Lyme disease detection.
WABI (Channel 5) and WVII (Channel 7) reported on the University of Maine’s test of its full emergency notification system. The system, which was established in 2007, allows university safety and communications professionals to use mechanisms such as sirens, text alerts and social media to quickly communicate information to the community during emergency situations. UMaine’s Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Robert Dana and Wayne Maines, UMaine’s director of safety and environmental management, spoke with WABI about the importance of emergency drills and preparedness. UMaine community members are reminded to register to receive emergency notifications of public safety issues, as well as announcements about class cancellations due to inclement weather. Registration for texts and/or email alerts is available online.
The Bangor Daily News reported more than 100 University of Maine students are heading to New York City this weekend to take part in the People’s Climate March, which is being called the biggest demonstration in the history of the climate justice movement. “We are going because the climate crisis is the biggest challenge our world faces today, and it needs to be addressed, plain and simple,” said Michael Bailey, a UMaine student who helped organize the trip. The Sun Journal also carried the BDN report.
WVII (Channel 7) reported the University of Maine Counseling Center and St. Joseph Healthcare, in conjunction with several area sponsors, will host the sixth annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Oct. 5 at UMaine. Funds raised from the event will benefit research initiatives of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
University of Maine programs were mentioned in an opinion piece by Sen. Angus King that was posted on Fosters.com, a service of Sanford News. In the column, titled “Education must be dynamic to keep pace with changing world,” King wrote about partnerships between UMaine and state high schools, including the Bridge Year Program and the College of Engineering’s agreement with Thornton Academy in Saco. “These partnerships and programs all recognize the same truth: If Maine is to grow and succeed in an increasingly complex world, the way we deliver education to our students must be as dynamic as the world into which we’re sending them,” King wrote.
The Free Press reported University of Maine Assistant Libra Professor of Mechanical Engineering Andrew Goupee will discuss “Floating Offshore Wind: Becoming a Reality?” at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery in Searsport on Sept. 25. Goupee is an engineer at UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center.
Ryan Low, interim vice president for administration and finance at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Portland Press Herald article titled, “Cost of Maine’s public colleges tops legislative panel’s agenda.” For the last three years, University of Maine System tuition has been frozen and the state hasn’t cut the allocation, according to the Press Herald. University officials have said they plan to ask for more state funding this year, which Low said will be difficult given the tough economic climate, the article states.
Karlton Creech, the University of Maine’s director of athletics, spoke with the Bangor Daily News for an article about UMaine lowering its season ticket prices and cutting the cost of single-game seats for several home games. “We made some price changes based on the opponent, the game time and the time of year,” Creech said. “I think it will be beneficial for both revenue and attendance. The goal is to make sure the arena is full for every game.”
Information from the University of Maine’s Lobster Institute was mentioned in a Portland Press Herald article about the new Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative and the fate of the state’s lobster industry. According to the Lobster Institute, the industry is estimated to have a $1.7 billion annual impact on the state.
WABI (Channel 5) reported on the new wind and wave laboratory being built at the University of Maine. Earlier this summer, UMaine broke ground for an $8 million facility that will house W² — the world’s first wind and wave lab to feature a rotating open-jet wind tunnel above a 100-foot-long by 30-foot-wide by 15-foot-deep wave basin. Waves and wind can be created from different directions converging at a point and creating a storm. The W² facility is an expansion of the UMaine Advanced Structures and Composites Center. “We’ve surveyed over 50 companies across the U.S. that are in different sectors — in the oil and gas sector, in the ocean energy sector, as well as in the boat-building sector. And they all are excited about a facility like this, where they can come and test their devices,” said Habib Dagher, director of the UMaine Composites Center. “If you’ve seen the movie ‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,’ essentially we’ll be shrinking ships here, we’ll be shrinking offshore wind devices, tidal devices and testing them here under these extreme storms.” The Maine Edge also carried a report about the facility.