Neil Comins, a University of Maine professor of physics and astronomy, was a recent guest on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s “Maine Calling” radio show. The show, titled “News out of NASA,” focused on the latest NASA projects including the New Horizons mission as it closes in on Pluto after a 3 billion mile journey from Earth.
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The Bangor Daily News reported 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. All broadcasts on WVII also will be shown on WPME-Portland and Fox College Sports. More information, including the full 2015 UMaine football schedule is online.
The Portland Press Herald published the opinion piece “Public higher education cuts threaten class mobility, UMaine professor says,” by Mick Peterson, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Maine.
WVII (Channel 7) reported 13 female students from high schools around the state are spending a week participating in Sustainable Energy Leaders of the Future (SELF) at the University of Maine. The SELF Institute is a residential program that connects Maine girls from rural high schools to STEM careers through research, mentoring and community service in forest bioproducts. The group spent their week learning about different sustainable and renewable energy methods including hydrogen fuel cells, solar power, wind power, and exploring Maine’s available resources through field trips, according to the report. “Surrounding them with a bunch of girls that are also interested in it might encourage them that yeah there are more females that are actually interested in science and math and can do it; do it just as well if not better than a lot of the guys,” said Lindsey Smith, SELF camp counselor.
Doug Allen, a philosophy professor at the University of Maine, was interviewed by the Las Vegas Informer for the article “Long distance running: An interview with veteran peace activist Doug Allen.” When Allen, now 74 years old, arrived at UMaine in 1974, he helped found the Maine Peace Action Committee which is still going strong today, according to the article. Allen’s also a long-distance runner who runs five days a week, the article states.
Research by Todd Gabe, an economics professor at the University of Maine, was mentioned in a Bangor Daily News article about Bangor City Councilor Joe Baldacci pushing forward a plan to raise the minimum wage in the city and tie future wage changes to inflation. If approved, Baldacci’s ordinance would incrementally increase the minimum wage in Bangor, bumping the lowest paid workers to $8.25 per hour in 2016, $9 per hour in 2017, and $9.75 per hour in 2018, according to the article. Gabe’s research found raising the minimum wage from $7.50 to $8.25 per hour would impact 7 percent of workers in the Bangor metropolitan statistical area, the article states. At $9 per hour, 12 percent of the workforce would be affected, and at $9.75 per hour, 18 percent would see an increase, Gabe determined.
Renee Kelly, director of economic development initiatives and co-director of the Foster Center for Student Innovation, was interviewed for a story in the June 22 issue of SAGE Business Researcher titled, “Should academic capitalism shape teaching and research?” The story explores the role of universities as engines of economic development, including the ethical questions regarding the potential of corporate funding “to harm the ability of faculty to teach and research freely.” Leading the story are details about UMaine’s partnership with Acadia Harvest in Brunswick, Maine, which Kelly describes as a win-win for the university, the startup and UMaine.
Mount Desert Islander reported Rick Wahle, a University of Maine research professor at the Darling Marine Center, addressed the first Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory Science Cafe gathering in June at the Asticou Inn in Northeast Harbor. Wahle’s talk covered the effects of ocean acidification, varying water temperatures and ocean current movement on the spread of lobster larvae and population, according to the article.
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.