The Bangor Daily News and Portland Press Herald reported that Ryan Low, vice president of administration and finance at the University of Maine, will become the chief financial officer for the University of Maine System. The promotion is part of the system’s move toward combining the financial management of the seven universities, according to the Press Herald. Low is tasked with overseeing the system’s Unified Finance and Administrative Model, which trustees approved in May as part of Chancellor James Page’s One University initiative, according to the BDN. Under that model, the system creates the budget and passes allocations down to campuses instead of campuses proposing their own budgets to the system, the BDN article states. “Ryan has the financial acumen, commitment to collaboration and credibility needed to unify our seven, siloed, financial systems into one seamless, statewide model,” said Samuel Collins, UMS board of trustees chairman.
An archival University of Maine photograph of cows grazing in front of Carnegie Hall Library in the early 1900s is on the cover of the July issue of College and Research Libraries News. Andrew Carnegie donated $50,000 to construct Carnegie Hall as the campus library in 1907, according to the Association of College & Research Libraries publication. In 1947 the library moved to what is now the Raymond H. Fogler Library. The image is part of Fogler Library’s DigitalCommons collections.
Ivan Fernandez, a professor in the Climate Change Institute and School of Forest Resources at the University of Maine, was mentioned in the Portland Press Herald article, “Sea change: Challenge of climate change presents opportunity for new energy.” The article focused on a recent Envision Maine event to discuss climate change and Maine’s economy. More than 300 business owners, civic leaders and scientists attended the event which featured 30 presentations on the many threats associated with a warming climate, according to the article. Fernandez suggested the best response for dealing with climate change challenges is to multiply the ways residents creatively address interlinked economic and ecological challenges.
The Weekly and The Maine Edge published a University of Maine news release about scientists who traveled to Mongolia to learn about processes that launch Earth out of an ice age. Aaron Putnam, a research associate with UMaine’s Climate Change Institute, is conducting glacial geology research with doctoral student Peter Strand. Fieldwork will include mapping and collecting samples of moraines and glacial geomorphologic features around Khoton Nuur. Strand and Putnam are blogging about their experiences during the monthlong trek, which is being done in collaboration with Mongolia University of Science and Technology.
The University of Maine was mentioned in a Portland Press Herald article about a manuscript by author and UMaine alumnus Stephen King. An Auburn bookstore manager believed he had the working version of a manuscript that eventually became “Under the Dome,” a King novel that was turned into a TV series, according to the article. Marsha DeFilippo, King’s assistant, said the manuscript is a copy and not an original, the article states. DeFilippo said King has donated many of his original papers to Fogler Library. “Most of it is already at the University of Maine,” she said.
The Maine Edge reported on scheduled public star shows in July at the University of Maine’s Emera Astronomy Center. The Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium shows are held 7 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Additional shows at 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays will run throughout the summer. Friday nights in July feature “Astronaut” and Sunday afternoons feature “Magic Tree House: Space Mission,” for younger sky watchers. “Secret of the Cardboard Rocket” will be shown on Tuesdays, with “Cosmic Journey” on Thursdays. Admission to all shows is $6, and seating is limited.
Mainebiz mentioned the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center in an article about Brunswick-based Harbor Technologies Inc. which creates hybrid composite beams for bridge construction. The company works with research facilities including the UMaine Composites Center for testing, according to the article. Roberto Lopez-Anido, a civil engineering professor at UMaine, said he has seen the lab grow from nothing when he first arrived on campus 17 years ago to a world-class accredited testing facility whose industry clients range from Fortune 500 companies to startup firms developing innovative products and processes, the article states. Lopez-Anido said the center provides a valuable service to Harbor Technologies and other Maine composites companies. “Our mission is to support industry in this region, to help them get products into the market,” he said. “We’re also training students to get proficient in working with these products so that they have the skills to work at these Maine companies after they graduate.”
David Yarborough, a blueberry specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and professor in the School of Food and Agriculture, was quoted in an Associated Press article about the abundance of rain in June and how it has affected Maine farmers. The rain has saturated some low-lying crops, made fields too muddy for farm machinery and delayed the first cutting of hay in some parts of northern New England, according to the article. Yarborough said wild blueberry growers needed rain after a dry spring, but the timing of the rain and cooler weather prevented maximum pollination, potentially reducing the crop’s size. The Portland Press Herald, Times Union and The Caledonian-Record carried the AP report.
Jessica Miller, a clinical bioethicist at Eastern Maine Medical Center and chair of the Philosophy Department at the University of Maine, was quoted in the Bangor Daily News article “Should the Internet pay for your health care? Maine kidney surgery raises ethical quandary.” A 24-year-old South Portland mother who used an online crowdfunding campaign to cover her kidney transplant raised nearly $50,000, eight times the amount sought, according to the article. Royles’ transplant surgery was delayed because the hospital was leery of federal regulations that prohibit individuals from profiting off the donation of an organ, the article states. Miller said online campaigns for medical care raise a unique set of issues. “The spaghetti supper draws on community relationships and community identity,” Miller said. “The GoFundMe, the Indigogo, the YouCaring [sites] draw on strangers. It’s almost like you have to fill in your own gaps. In your mind, what is a deserving patient? There’s no context,” Miller said, adding the gaps leave room for morally loaded judgements. “It rewards the perfect patient,” she said. “The cute child with cancer might be more likely to have their campaign funded than, say, a woman who has a campaign to obtain an abortion.”
The Portland Press Herald spoke with Gianna Marrs, director of student financial aid at the University of Maine, for the article “In many Maine households, parents shoulder high costs of college.” According to Sallie Mae, the nation’s largest private education lender, two-thirds of parents help pay for college, while the average amount saved in advance by parents is only $10,400, the article states. Marrs told the Press Herald her office receives the most calls in March, April and May, as parents seek help calculating costs and explore borrowing options. “We’re not being a good nation of savers, whether it’s for retirement or our children’s college education,” she said. “That really puts pressure on students to pay their own way through college.”