Tori Jackson, University of Maine Extension educator, was cited in a Sun Journal story about Maine having the second-highest rate of farms in the United States.
The number of farms in Maine increased by nearly 1,000 from 2002 (7,196) to 2012 (8,136), according to the article. In 2013, UMaine Extension worked with more than 1,000 people who expressed interest in farming, says Jackson, an associate professor of agriculture and natural resources. “Physically, economically, it’s a tough business to be in. I really attribute it to the huge interest in local foods. Maine and Vermont are at the top of the list in saying ‘I value local food’ and then actually buying it,” she says.
Hal Borns’ interactive Maine Ice Age Trail Map and Guide: Down East was featured in a Maine Sunday Telegram piece.
Borns, professor emeritus with the University of Maine Climate Change Institute and School of Earth and Climate Sciences, created the guide to document interesting landscape features — including Cadillac Mountain and Somes Sound fjord — formed as sheets of glacial ice moved across Maine. For more information, maps and directions to 46 stops along the trail, including a drowned forest, in Lubec, glacial grooves at Roque Bluffs State Park and the Agassiz historical outcrop in Ellsworth, visit iceagetrail.umaine.edu.
Mary Ellen Camire, University of Maine professor of food science and human nutrition, was cited in a Bangor Daily News article about a man who has lost 120 pounds since joining TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) in 2011. Camire says there’s not a one-size-fits-all approach to weight loss. Some people may need a structured program and others might excel with programs that include peer support. “Having a community where they’re all in it together I think is a very helpful tool for many individuals,” she says.
University of Maine economist Todd Gabe’s 2012 study that indicated the annual medical cost of obesity in Maine topped the scale at $452.7 million was cited in an opinion piece about childhood obesity published in the Bangor Daily News.
Several media outlets, including MPBN, WCSH-6 and the Bangor Daily News carried stories about the federal government recognizing the University of Maine System (UMS) for its leadership in cyber-security education. UMS is the first public university system in the nation to be designated by the National Security Agency as a Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. The Portland Press Herald carried the AP report.
An AP report indicated the University of Maine athletic department’s designs on setting a Guinness World Record for most people wearing plaid or tartan-patterned clothing in one place — Alfond Stadium — fell short Saturday at the UMaine-University of New Hampshire football game. NESN, the Portland Press Herald, the Sun Journal and MPBN were among the outlets that carried the report.
AP reported approximately 1,000 people attended the contest; 1,090 plaid-adorned fans were needed to set the record.
WABI (channel 5) and the Bangor Daily News reported a group of students activists from Divest UMaine gathered Friday outside Fogler Library on the Orono campus to demand the University of Maine System dissociate itself from investments in fossil fuel companies. MPBN carried the AP report.
James Breece, an economics professor at the University of Maine, spoke with the Portland Press Herald for the article, “A surprise: Aroostook County has sharpest rise in personal income.” The article states Aroostook County’s personal income grew by 4.4 percent in 2013; above the national average for the year of 1.3 percent. In Piscataquis County, which has been Maine’s poorest county for several years, personal income rose by 4.2 percent, ranking second in the state, according to newly released Bureau of Economic Analysis figures. Breece said the state’s northern region has had solid, but not amazing, economic growth since the 2008–09 recession. He said the figures likely reflect the exodus of people from the area, adding Aroostook County’s population dropped by more than 1 percent last year and many people who left were likely looking for better job opportunities and would have negatively affected the county’s average income.
WABI (Channel 5) reported on an annual memorial service held at the University of Maine honoring the life of Laurence A. Jones, Jr., a 1992 UMaine graduate who held a psychology degree. Jones was killed while he was a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University. Jones’ mother, Yong Jones, established a scholarship in memory him to be awarded to students who demonstrate excellence in psychology. This year’s recipient, Amber Rowley, spoke at the event that was held near the Laurence A. Jones, Jr. memorial tree on campus. “The recipient today — Amber Rowley — is also planning to study and also work in the field of child psychology and so we are hoping that she will do that and continue on the living memory of Laurence,” said Jeffery Mills, president and CEO of the University of Maine Foundation. Yong Jones attended the memorial.
Dana Morse, a Maine Sea Grant researcher who works at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center, was quoted in an article published by The Free Press about Maine Foodie Tours — tours of restaurants and markets that offer local food — coming to Rockland in the summer of 2015. The Rockland tour will include information on Maine aquaculture. Morse said fish farming in the state is booming. He listed mussels, hard- and soft-shell clams, scallops, sugar kelp, oysters and salmon as the focus of sea-farm industries in Maine.