The Portland Press Herald interviewed Janet Fairman, an associate professor of education at the University of Maine, for the article, “Tax relief scarce in school consolidations.” Fairman, who co-wrote two studies on school reorganization in Maine, said research showed consolidation did seem to work when it came to expanding opportunities for students across the district. “Our research did not show a tremendous cost savings. One of the main reasons was districts that chose to consolidate then chose to use those savings to expand or improve educational programs for students,” she said. Fairman also said she thinks more studies are needed to evaluate the effectiveness of consolidation, both financially and academically.
The Associated Press reported the University of Maine is part of a group of scientific and academic institutions called the Northeast Consortium that is leading a research initiative about the groundfish stocks in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank. The consortium, which includes UMaine, the University of New Hampshire, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, was given $800,000 by the federal New England Fishery Management Council for proposals related to the project, according to the report. Officials said they will give priority to proposals that seek to demonstrate ways to grant access to closed areas and increase catch of haddock without impacting cod, yellowtail flounder and windowpane flounder, the article states. Foster’s Daily Democrat and the Portland Press Herald carried the AP report.
The Portland Press Herald reported a group called Lobster Unlimited LLC is developing a product that transforms ground lobster shells into an organic pelletized soil amendment to fend off pests for use by large commercial agricultural growers and golf courses. The initiative grew from a collaboration between Bob Bayer, executive director of the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine; Cathy Billings, associate director of the Lobster Institute; UMaine senior Matthew Hodgkin; New York entrepreneur Stewart Hardison; North Carolina engineering consultant Ron Reed; and Mark Elizer, president of a Florida company that creates organic fertilizer for golf courses. “We’d like to see it trickle down to the fishermen, to bring more value to their landings,” Billings said. “If more demand is created for these other components of the lobster, and these byproducts become valuable, they could be more or as valuable as the meat and a huge boon to everyone in the industry.”
The Bangor Daily News reported on the 10th annual Rock Against Rape concert hosted by a University of Maine fraternity to raise awareness of rape and sexual assault on college campuses and to collect funds for Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance. Jeffrey Rogers, a Sigma Phi Epsilon member who helped organize this year’s event, said the group is looking to donate as much as it can. “We feel it’s a really strong issue, especially on college campuses,” he said.
Amy Fried, a political science professor at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Portland Press Herald article about Gov. Paul LePage confirming he will participate in gubernatorial debates after saying he wouldn’t share the stage with Democratic challenger U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud. Fried called LePage’s previous indecision about the debates erratic. “Politically speaking, it wasn’t working,” she said.
WABI (Channel 5) covered a peace rally held on the Bangor Waterfront over the weekend Michael Bailey, a University of Maine student, participated in the rally and spoke with WABI. “I think as a young person, I think of my future and I think of my children’s future, and I don’t want it to be one in which it’s difficult for humans to live on this planet, and I don’t want it to be one in which people are still stereotyped by their race, and I don’t want it to be one in which the poor can barely survive,” Bailey said. About 38 organizations participated in the event, according to the report.
The Portland Press Herald advanced the Maine Technology Institute’s second annual TechWalk to be held at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on Oct. 2. More than 90 Maine high-tech firms and organizations will showcase their innovations at the event, and the University of Maine will have a strong presence, the article states. The exhibition, which is free to the public, is expected to draw about 800 attendees, according to the article. UMaine will have several representatives in attendance including those from its centers for aquaculture research, advanced manufacturing, and advanced structures and composites.
University of Maine students Hayden Ciomei and Tegan McGuire were interviewed by the Bangor Daily News for an article about a college prep program they participated in through Deer Isle-Stonington High School. The program, Project Launch, was started in 2012 and helps high school seniors feel supported as they begin college by pairing them with graduates who have already made the transition. The graduates work as mentors, reaching out to the high schoolers before they come to campus and providing support during their first months at the new school. “It was a way to gain a friend without stepping out of your comfort zone,” said Ciomei who was paired with McGuire.
WABI (Channel 5) reported members of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at the University of Maine have been camping out on the Mall for the past week to raise awareness and educate other students about domestic violence and sexual assault. The group has been using resources from Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance and collecting donations for the organization, according to the report. “By and large in the media it’s been a fairly male-dominated problem, and I think it’s good to show that a lot of fraternities on campus and campus as a whole stands against this and stands fairly united to help eradicate this problem and raise awareness to it,” said Spencer Warmuth, a Sigma Phi Epsilon member.
Mark Brewer, a political science professor at the University of Maine,was quoted in a Portland Press Herald article about the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife actively campaigning to defeat the bear-hunting referendum on the November ballot. The Nov. 4 referendum asks voters: “Do you want to ban the use of bait, dogs or traps in bear hunting except to protect property, public safety, or for research?” Brewer said it’s rare to see a state department advocating a position in a referendum. “It’s unusual, but at the same time there would seem to be a legitimate reason for them to get involved with this,” Brewer said.