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Maine Edge Advances Emera Center’s Winter Star Shows

The Maine Edge reported on scheduled public star shows for the month of February at the Emera Astronomy Center. The Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium’s winter series of programs begins with “Stars” every Friday at 7 p.m. The show examines the lives of stars with close-up images and narration by the original Luke Skywalker, Mark Hamill. For the younger crowd, at 2 p.m. Sundays, the star dome fills with models and simulations that explain the mysterious, often vital interactions of “Earth, Moon & Sun” with the help of a foolish coyote. Admission to all shows is $6, and seating is limited.

Moriarity Speaks About Foster Center, Top Gun Program on Pulse Morning Show

Jesse Moriarity, coordinator of the University of Maine’s Foster Center for Student Innovation, was a recent guest on WZON’s Pulse Morning Show. Moriarity spoke about the 2015 edition of the Top Gun entrepreneur accelerator program. The program is offered by Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development (MCED) and UMaine’s Target Technology Incubator as part of the Blackstone Accelerates Growth initiative. Top Gun participants attend biweekly classes at the University of Southern Maine, the Target Technology Center or University College at Rockland and work with mentors who will help them apply what they have learned to accelerate growth. Moriarity said this year’s class is the largest yet.

Brady Presents at Water Quality Forum, Boothbay Register Reports

The Boothbay Register reported Damian Brady, an assistant research professor in the University of Maine’s School of Marine Sciences at the Darling Marine Center and assistant director for research at Maine Sea Grant, spoke at a January public meeting of the Damariscotta River Association (DRA). The meeting was held to discuss the Damariscotta Estuary, its water quality and overall condition, according to the article. For his presentation, Brady used data from 1968 through 1977 compared to recent monitoring by Mary Jane Perry, interim director of the Darling Marine Center. The data showed dramatic temporal changes in phytoplankton blooms, the article states.

‘Historical Atlas of Maine’ Called Ambitious, Fascinating in George Smith Review

The “Historical Atlas of Maine,” a geographical and historical interpretation of the state from the end of the last ice age to 2000, was recently reviewed on “It’s so big it’s hard to pick up, but it’s even harder to put down,” the review states of the book that culminates a 15-year scholarly project led by University of Maine researchers. “While the text is certainly informative and interesting, you will spend a lot of time studying the amazing maps and charts,” Smith writes.

Maine Edge, Free Press Preview 4-H Science Saturday Workshop at UMaine

The Maine Edge and The Free Press published a University of Maine news release about an upcoming 4-H Science Saturday workshop on campus. Youth in grades 6–8 will design a container to assist a UMaine Climate Change Institute professor with research on Feb. 14 at the Edward T. Bryand Global Sciences Center. Participants will build a canister to keep ice core samples gleaned from the Peruvian Andes frozen and intact for research. Children also will tour the Sawyer Environmental Research Center, eat lunch, and have the option to swim at the pool in the New Balance Student Recreation Center.

UMaine Awarded $150,000 Grant for Food, Agriculture Research, WABI Reports

WABI (Channel 5) reported the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture have awarded a $150,000 research grant to the University of Maine to help fund the university’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. The project aims to develop a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) method to better understand food-borne pathogens, according to the report. U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King announced the award in a press release. “Federal funding is crucial to supporting our university system and this announcement is great news for the University of Maine. Their continued exemplary research and the advancements these programs produce are an important contribution to the Maine economy,” the senators said in a joint statement. The full release is online.

Yahoo Sports Covers Mask That Inspired Seahawks Logo

Gretchen Faulkner, director of the University of Maine Hudson Museum, was heralded in a Yahoo Sports piece for her efforts in loaning the museum’s transformation mask that inspired the Seattle Seahawks logo to the Burke Museum at the University of Seattle. A Kwakwaka’wakw (kwock-KWOCKY-wowk) artist or artists carved the cedar mask in the late 19th or early 20th century. Kwakwaka’wakw is an Indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Faulkner, a New England Patriots fan, said that for years she showed off what she refers to as the Seahawks mask. “I wouldn’t get much response,” Faulkner said. “People were Patriot fans, so they were like, ‘Yeah, sure.’” Interest in the mask has increased considerably since it was unveiled Nov. 18 at a welcome ceremony at the Burke, which included Kwakwaka’wakw community members George Me’las Taylor and Andy Tanis Everson, as well as former Seahawks quarterback Jim Zorn. The Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks square off Sunday in Super Bowl XLIX. The Hudson Museum was also mentioned in a publisher’s note about the mask in Inlander, a Pacific Northwest weekly.

Grad Student Writes Op-Ed for BDN

Roy Ulrickson III, a graduate student in his final year of the University of Maine’s Master of Social Work program, wrote an opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News titled “Equal opportunity: Why the state should pick up 100% of school costs.” Ulrickson of Dexter has worked in education since 2006.

Breece Speaks with China Daily USA About Maine, China Relations

James Breece, an economics professor at the University of Maine, was interviewed for a China Daily USA article about the Maine International Trade Center (MITC) recently opening an office in Shanghai. The office will focus on foreign direct investment, according to the article. Breece, who teaches a Chinese economy course and has traveled to China many times, said the Chinese don’t know much about Maine because of its size and remote location. He said the Shanghai office will educate the Chinese more about the state and can work to improve tourism, as well as the state’s economic activity with China, including through biomedicine, optical instruments, pharmaceuticals and real estate. “The opportunities in education are endless,” Breece said. “Our educational system particularly is already attracting a great number of Chinese students.”

Student Quoted in BDN Article on University System’s Partial Coal Divestment

Brooke Lyons-Justus, a University of Maine sophomore, was quoted in a Bangor Daily News article about the University of Maine System board of trustees voting to partially divest from investments in the coal industry. The decision makes the university the first land grant, higher-education institution in the country to cut fossil fuel from its portfolio, according to the report. Lyons-Justus is a student advocate with Divest UMaine, which is part of a national movement calling on higher education institutions to divest from fossil fuels, the article states. As part of a public comment before the vote, Lyons-Justus said divestment advocates are a concerned group of people who have invested in the university and will play an important role in the planet’s future. “The risk [of divestment] is low, but the message is strong,” she said.


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