Archive for the ‘Campus Announcements’ Category

Bangor Native Honored with Bequest to UMaine Foundation Scholarship Fund

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

University of Maine Foundation President/CEO Jeffery Mills, UMaine President Susan Hunter, George Predaris, John Rozos

University of Maine President Susan J. Hunter and University of Maine Foundation President/CEO Jeffery Mills recently accepted a check for $300,000 from the Helen Skoufis estate. Skoufis and her husband, Peter, a member of the UMaine Class of 1941, were longtime UMaine supporters. In 1996, the Skoufises established the Helen M. and Peter J. Skoufis Scholarship at the University of Maine Foundation. Distributions from the fund provide scholarship assistance for undergraduate students who are graduates of Bangor High School and John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor. A news release about the bequest is online.

Student Film Part of Maine International Film Festival

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

“Harvey’s Dream,” a 12-minute film written and directed by Ryan Shelley, a graduate student from Gray, Maine, in the Intermedia MFA program, will have two screenings as part of the Maine Shorts series of the Maine International Film Festival. The film, based on the short story by Stephen King, will be shown at 9:15 p.m. Thursday, July 16 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 18 at Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville. UMaine professor Owen Smith is the executive producer of the film, which also will be part of the Online New England Film Festival in September. Shelley also wrote “Telling Hannah,” a film directed by Neil Shelley that was accepted in the 2013 Rockland Shorts Film Series.

Science On Tap: Urchins, Crabs and Kelp in the Gulf of Maine

Monday, July 6th, 2015

The University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center (DMC) will host the Science on Tap Seminar series at the Newcastle Publick House on Wednesday evenings, from 6–7 p.m.

The first Science On Tap Seminar will be presented by Dr. Bob Steneck on July 8. Where green sea urchins once roamed over a pavement of crustose coralline algae, Jonah crabs now rule supreme in dense kelp forests. When and how this change occurred will be the topic of Steneck’s seminar titled “Some lasting effects of fisheries on Maine’s hidden kelp forests.”

Steneck is a Professor of Oceanography, Marine Biology and Marine Policy in the University of Maine’s School of Marine Sciences and based at the DMC. He is a world-renowned ecologist whose research focuses on the structure, function and health of coastal marine ecosystems from the frigid waters of the Gulf of Maine and the Bering Sea to the tropical coral reefs of the Caribbean and Indo-Pacific Ocean. Steneck is a resident of Whitefield.

The Science On Tap Seminar series continues through July with more great talks by UMaine/DMC scientists. Future talks will focus on the history of aquaculture in the Damariscotta River, robotic explorations of the ocean, and novel marine biological studies going on at the Darling Marine Center.

The DMC is also offering Wednesday Walking Tours of its waterfront facility through Aug. 19. Tours begin at 10:30 a.m. and last about 90 minutes.

On Aug. the DMC will host an Open House from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public.

The Darling Marine Center, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015, is the marine laboratory of the University of Maine. It is located on the Damariscotta River Estuary in Maine’s midcoast region, 100 miles south of the Orono campus. Resident faculty and students are associated with UMaine’s School of Marine Sciences. Their research interests range from biogeochemistry, remote sensing and ocean optics to invertebrate taxonomy and ecology, deep-sea biology, phytoplankton physiology and marine archaeology.

Additional information on all these events, as well as Darling Marine Center history, can be found on the DMC’s website dmc.umaine.edu.

Darling Marine Center Hosts “Wednesday Walking Tours”

Monday, July 6th, 2015

The University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center (DMC) will host “Wednesday Walking Tours” for the months of July and August. The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will last approximately 90 minutes.

Staff will give a walking tour of their waterfront laboratories and speak about current research projects focusing on lobster ecology and fisheries management, shellfish aquaculture, remote sensing, coastal food webs and ocean acidification.

The event is open to the public and will run through Aug. 19.

The Darling Marine Center, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015, is the marine laboratory of the University of Maine. It is located on the Damariscotta River Estuary in Maine’s midcoast region, 100 miles south of the Orono campus. Resident faculty and students are associated with UMaine’s School of Marine Sciences. Their research interests range from biogeochemistry, remote sensing and ocean optics to invertebrate taxonomy and ecology, deep-sea biology, phytoplankton physiology and marine archaeology.

Interview with UMaine Historian Part of Re-release of ‘Breaker Morant’

Monday, July 6th, 2015

An interview with University of Maine history professor Stephen Miller about the Boer War is part of a 35th anniversary edition of “Breaker Morant,” the 1980 film about the court-martial of three Australian army lieutenants for alleged war crimes in South Africa. The film, based on true events, was directed by Bruce Beresford and starred Edward Woodward, Bryan Brown and Jack Thompson. The anniversary edition by The Criterion Collection includes new interviews with Beresford, Brown and cinematographer Donald McAlpine. A Criterion film crew came to UMaine to tape an interview with Miller, chair of the History Department, whose internationally recognized research focuses on the British Empire, military history and South Africa. Information about the re-release of the film is online.

Lexicon of Sustainability Exhibit Now in Brewer

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

The next Lexicon of Sustainability pop-up art show, sponsored by the University of Maine Office of Sustainability, is on display at Tiller & Rye, 20 South Main St., Brewer.

The exhibition, part of a national effort, is designed to spur community dialogue to help strengthen local food systems. Most recently, it was on display as part of the Bangor Artwalk.

The Lexicon of Sustainability, founded in 2009 by farmers and filmmakers Douglas Gayeton and Laura Howard-Gayeton, focuses on sharing stories that explain sustainability. Lexicon uses information artworks, pop-up shows, street art, short films series and other formats to educate and engage people to pay closer attention to how they eat, what they buy and where their responsibility begins for creating a healthier, safer food system in America. Nearly 200 leaders in food and farming from across the country have shared their experiences as part of Lexicon of Sustainability.

Annually, Lexicon offers 100 artwork sets to curators. The UMaine Office of Sustainability and the other 2015 curators each will organize at least five pop-up art shows that involve local communities, then will act as lending libraries to schools and community groups.

At UMaine, the Sustainability Office is collaborating in its shows with the Humanities Center and the Innovative Media Research and Commercialization Center (IMRC).

Make Dilly Beans at UMaine Extension Workshop

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Learn to make dilly beans at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Preserving the Harvest workshop 5:30–8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, at the UMaine Extension office, 24 Main St., Lisbon Falls.

Extension food preservation staff member Kate McCarty will lead the workshop, which features hands-on, USDA-recommended food preservation methods, including hot water bath canning. Participants can take home the dilly beans they make.

Fresh produce, canning jars and other canning equipment will be provided. Participants should bring a pot holder.

Cost is $20 per person; partial scholarships are available. Register online by July 13. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call 353.5550 or 800.287.1458 (toll-free in Maine).

Graduate Student to be Guest on MPBN’s ‘Maine Calling’

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Skylar Bayer, a graduate student at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center, will talk about storytelling on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s “Maine Calling” radio show at noon Thursday, July 2.

Bayer studies scallop reproduction and the sustainability of the scallop fishery in the Gulf of Maine. She also enjoys storytelling and recognizes it as an important tool for scientists.

“We need to be able to do more than communicate our findings to other scientists,” Bayer says. “We must be able to share our science with anyone. Scientists are people, too, and science affects all of us.”

After Bayer shared a story about calling her father from the submersible Alvin on the science podcast “The Story Collider,” she became a producer for the program.

Bayer also edits and writes for the StrictlyFishwrap blog, which she created to give graduate students an opportunity to practice their writing skills and share anecdotes about conducting research and job hunting. In 2013, she appeared on “The Colbert Report.”

2015 UMaine Football TV Schedule Announced

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

The University of Maine football team will have six of its contests broadcast on television throughout the 2015 season. Three games will be shown nationally under the league’s television package and several will air on WVII-ABC 7 Bangor, the official Black Bear television affiliate.

Maine’s home opener against Rhode Island will kickoff at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 26 on the American Sports Network. The Black Bears homecoming showdown with Yale at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 17 will be shown locally on WVII. The following week, Maine will host Stony Brook on WVII, with kickoff set for 12:30 p.m. Oct. 24.

On Oct. 31, the Black Bears will travel to Villanova for a nationally televised broadcast on the NBC Sports Network beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Maine’s final two home contests will close out the TV package for the Black Bears with the Nov. 7 date with Towson kicking off at 7 p.m. on the American Sports Network and on WVII at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 14 against Elon.

The TV schedule is subject to change. All broadcasts on WVII also will be shown on WPME-Portland and Fox College Sports.

Tickets to home Black Bear football games are available online or by calling the ticket office at 207.581.BEAR.

More information, including the full 2015 UMaine football schedule is online.

Former UMaine Field Hockey Player to Compete in Olympic Qualifying Tournament

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

University of Maine graduate and former field hockey standout Holly Stewart will compete at the 2015 Pan American Games, a qualifying tournament for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Stewart of North Vancouver, British Columbia was one of 16 women selected to the Canadian field hockey team that will compete in the Toronto  tournament from July 10–26.

The winner of the Pan American Games will earn a spot at next year’s summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Stewart wrapped up her UMaine career this past fall. Earlier in June, she was named the 2015 America East Woman of the Year.

Team Canada’s schedule is online.