The Bangor Daily News spoke with Bob Bayer, executive director of the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine, for the article “Scientist: Odd-looking Maine lobsters are not mutants, and still safe to eat.” Bayer spoke about lobsters found in the Gulf of Maine with unusual colors, extra sets of claws or pockmarked shells, and said all are safe to eat. He said lobsters that grow malformed claws aren’t “mutants,” and the malformations occur when the lobster molts and a new, larger shell hardens. Bayer also said genetic color variations such as bright red or orange, blue, mottled shell patterns or two different colors on each side, are rare and have no effect on the lobster’s health.
The Bangor Daily News reported on the University of Maine announcement that Daniel Williams has been appointed to serve a two-year term as interim executive director of the Collins Center for the Arts. UMaine President Paul Ferguson said, “Danny has demonstrated remarkable leadership in diverse opportunities at UMaine and consistently brings excellent results. At this time, his leadership and experience are particularly important to the Collins Center for the Arts. Consistent with the Blue Sky Plan, the CCA is poised under his leadership to achieve its full potential, engaging Maine citizens and providing high-quality entertainment and education.” Williams has been a member of the UMaine community since 1986, serving in leadership roles in marketing, fundraising, community outreach and the performing arts. Most recently, he was associate director of planned giving with the University of Maine Foundation.
The Maine Edge previewed a March 24 lecture by Bernard Wasserstein, the Harriet and Ulrich Meyer Professor Emeritus of Modern Jewish European History at the University of Chicago. Wasserstein will give a free public talk, “The Ambiguity of Virtue: Gertrude van Tijn and the Fate of the Dutch Jews in World War II,” in Barrows Hall on the University of Maine campus.
The Maine Edge reported registration is open for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s annual Maine Grain Conference. The conference will be held Saturday, March 15 at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor and is designed for farmers, crop advisers and others involved in the agricultural community.
The Bangor Daily News reported on how the University of Maine System’s seven campuses — including UMaine — are working to close their share of a budget gap for fiscal year 2015. UMaine spokesperson Margaret Nagle said the university is at an early stage of figuring out where the money will come from. She said UMaine President Paul Ferguson will likely visit colleges within the campus next week in an effort to determine where cuts will be made.
The Sun Journal also carried the BDN report.
The Portland Press Herald reported on the University of Maine-led proposed offshore wind pilot project and its fight for federal funding. Maine Aqua Ventus, a group made up of UMaine and partner companies, is competing against Seattle-based Principle Power for up to $47 million in matching federal energy funds to demonstrate the technology for next-generation offshore wind turbines. The Press Herald also reported members of Maine’s congressional delegation have been actively involved in promoting UMaine’s project.
WABI (Channel 5) and WLBZ (Channel 2) covered the 76th annual Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show held in the newly renovated New Balance Field House at the University of Maine. Lois Ann Holmes, an official with the Penobscot County Conservation Association that puts on the show, told WLBZ, “We needed space, and the University of Maine has been so cooperative with us and very helpful to let us grow here.” WLBZ (Channel 2) also reported on children getting a chance to kayak during the show in UMaine’s Stanley Wallace Pool.
The Free Press of Rockland advanced the March 11 University of Maine Singers concert that will take place at the Owls Head Transportation Museum. The show is one of five free public concerts the group is performing in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts over spring break.
A proposed offshore wind pilot project and floating test turbine created by Maine Aqua Ventus, which includes the University of Maine and partner companies, was the focus of the ASME article “First offshore wind turbine for the U.S.” Jake Ward, UMaine’s vice president for innovation and economic development, said university experts recognized renewable energy was a leading growth area for composites, and the amount of wind available off the Gulf of Maine has the potential of being a useful resource.
The New Hampshire Union Leader published a report on the Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition that will be hosted by the University of New Hampshire’s computer science department March 14–16. The University of Maine’s Cyber Defense Team is slated to compete in the event. One winner and one alternate will be selected to represent the Northeast region at the national competition in Texas during April.