The Bangor Daily News reported members of the University of Maine Nepalese community are working to generate awareness and raise money to help victims of the recent earthquake. Riju Shrestha, a senior biochemistry major from Kathmandu, said the group is raising money to send to Grande International Hospital, which is currently providing free medical service to earthquake victims. UMaine student Sujita Pandey’s father works at that hospital so the students have a reliable contact, according to the article. “The [Nepalese] government is trying, but because the destruction is so huge, it’s difficult to reach people,” Shrestha said. “There’s millions out there without food, water. The numbers of people injured goes up daily. We need short-term and long-term help.” A candlelight vigil was held April 30 on the steps of Fogler Library. On Friday, May 1, the group will be accepting donations from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. in the Memorial Union, and again during a coffee hour organized by the International Student Association at 4 p.m. in the Union. From 10 p.m.–1 a.m. Saturday, May 2, there will be a fundraiser at the Bear Brew in Orono.
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WABI (Channel 5) reported on the presentation of seven teams of University of Maine Mechanical Engineering Technology students who unveiled devices they designed to allow an 8-year-old girl with one hand to play the recorder. The students presented their senior capstone projects to several judges, as well as Nia, the local girl who was born without a left hand. Nia tested the devices and selected her favorite to take home. “I wanted it [the project] to have some real world application where it would help someone, and you know Nia’s the perfect example,” said engineering student Mackenzie Sutter.
Bruce Sidell, a former University of Maine professor and founding director of the university’s School of Marine Sciences who passed away in 2011, was mentioned in a Valdosta State University article about an international research team studying in Antarctica. Theresa Grove, a comparative physiologist and biochemist, and associate professor in the Department of Biology at Georgia’s VSU, was invited to participate in a three-month research study at Palmer Station, according to the article. Grove will join Kristin O’Brien from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and Lisa Crockett from Ohio University, the article states. “One interesting note about the research team is that Kristin, Lisa and I earned our Ph.D.’s from the University of Maine under the guidance of Dr. Bruce D. Sidell, a leader in the field of fish physiology and cold adaptation. As academic siblings, we are looking forward to again working together in Antarctica,” Grove said.
The Maine Public Broadcasting Network spoke with Michael Socolow, an associate professor of communication and journalism at the University of Maine, for a report about the recent announcement that MaineToday Media’s current owner S. Donald Sussman plans to sell the company to Camden media executive Reade Brower. The union representing more than half of MaineToday Media’s nearly 400 employees said its members are anxious about the company’s latest ownership change, according to the report. Socolow spoke about former publisher Richard Connor who ran the Press Herald and associated newspapers for 27 months. “I think what’s being forgotten with the new purchase is that the Connor years were very, very difficult for the Portland Press Herald,” Socolow said citing the selling of the paper’s headquarters in downtown Portland, letting go of several reporters and fights with the union. “He sucked a lot of money out of that company,” Socolow added.
WABI (Channel 5) reported on Maine Day, the University of Maine’s annual campuswide spring cleanup tradition. Throughout the day, UMaine community members completed service projects aimed at sprucing up campus, enjoyed a free barbecue, and competed for the oozeball — mud volleyball — championship. “We use the university grounds for everything, and we live here so it’s only fitting that we take at least one day to give back to the school that provides us living, food, etc.,” said junior Justin Duncan. Despite a few spring showers, students enjoyed the day’s events, according to the report. “It’s definitely all about the community, giving back to campus, spending time with good people, eating some good food, and being together and celebrating UMaine and oozeball. Go Black Bears,” said junior Jefferson Adams.
The Bangor Daily News reported a recent discovery of vernal pools near Lincoln Regional Airport threatens the town’s ability to develop an industrial zone outside of a local paper mill’s campus, according to officials. The town is paying students from the University of Maine’s School of Forest Resources about $1,050 to determine the environmental significance of the vernal pools, the article states. As part of the study, the students will deploy sensors via airplane, and their report is due May 6.
Times Higher Education of London recently published the column, “Worker bees are doing more for less of the honey,” by Deborah Rogers, an English professor at the University of Maine.
The Portland Press Herald reported University of Maine Ph.D. student Nadir Yildirim and UMaine alumnus Alexander Chasse won the 2015 UMaine Business Challenge for their company that aims to develop forest-based, environmentally friendly materials for the construction, insulation and food-packaging industries. Yildirim, a student in the Wood Science and Technology Program in the School of Forest Resources, and Chasse, a 2013 civil engineering graduate and current UMaine researcher, received $5,000 to further develop their business, Revolution Research, Inc. RRI’s first product is a foam insulation board that is made from natural resources and 100 percent recyclable, unlike similar petroleum-based products, according to the article. “Our mission is to protect and improve global human health,” Yildirim said. “Winning the UMaine Business Challenge means we are on to something. It means that the judges have faith in our company and that we can make a difference.”
David Fuller, an agricultural and non-timber forest products professional with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, wrote an article for the Bangor Daily News titled “How to identify, pick and cook fiddleheads — and when to leave them alone.” Fuller also will speak at the fourth annual Maine Fiddlehead Festival on May 2 at the University of Maine at Farmington, according to the article. Fuller will teach participants about the science, identification and sustainable harvest of ostrich fern fiddleheads, the article states.
WABI (Channel 5) reported on the Maine Business School’s International Trade Fair held on campus. The fair offers an opportunity for students to learn about commerce around the world and explore business opportunities abroad, according to the report. “It’s interactive,” said UMaine sophomore Tim King. “This whole project we had to go and figure out Argentina ourselves. It was something that would help us in the workforce; obtaining information on your own and putting it to good work.” Fourteen teams of 10 students showcased their respective international trade exhibitions that promote doing business in Brazil, China, Japan, Argentina, Sweden, Ireland, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Australia, Mexico, France, Singapore and Austria. Area professionals judged the exhibitions.