WLBZ (Channel 2) reported University of Maine marine scientist Heather Hamlin and colleagues discovered that certain plastic bags with FDA food-grade approval leach nonylphenol (NP) in concentrations that are highly toxic to fish. The researchers found one type of bag commonly used to transport fish home from pet stores released NP into the water that the fish would ingest, according to the report. The researchers said that in a little more than a week, the fish died, the report states. “In this one particular bag with this one particular manufacturer it was not safe, so it’s something in the manufacturing process,” Hamlin said. “So if you went to buy this particular bag off the shelf it would be labeled identically to other bags but it just happens to be highly unsafe.” Phys.org published the UMaine release.
Paul Mayewski has been named one of the 50 bold visionaries defining the state in the July issue of Maine magazine.
The director of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine was included in the third annual list for his four decades of exploration aimed at understanding “why and how the climate is changing so that society can be prepared for adaptation and sustainability.”
Mayewski, who has conducted research in Antarctica, the Arctic, Himalayas, Tibetan Plateau, Tierra del Fuego and the Andes, has earned a number of awards for his research, including the inaugural International Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research and the International Glaciological Society Seligman Crystal.
His findings have been published in more than 350 scientific journals; two of his most popular books are “The Ice Chronicles: The Quest to Understand Global Climate Change” with Frank White and “Journey Into Climate: Adventure, Exploration, and the Unmasking of Human Innocence.”
Mayewski also was highlighted in Showtime’s Emmy Award-winning series “Years of Living Dangerously.”
The Bangor Daily News published the opinion piece, “How Maine showed marriage means the same to everyone,” by Amy Fried and Robert Glover, political science professors at the University of Maine and members of the Scholars Strategy Network. The piece originally appeared on Talking Points Memo.
The Bangor Daily News mentioned the University of Maine’s Stormwater Management Research Team (SMART) Institute in an article about Paige Brown, a 16-year-old Bangor High School student and program participant. Brown also delivered the keynote address at the three-day program that focused on creating innovative solutions to environmental problems related to stormwater management. Brown is the winner of the Maine Stockholm Junior Water Prize, a prestigious youth award for a water-related science project, and will represent Maine at this year’s national competition in Washington, D.C. Mohamad Musavi, associate dean of engineering at UMaine and one of the program’s organizers, spoke to the BDN about SMART. He said students in the program are expected to take what they learn back to their communities to continue studying stormwater issues and work with officials. “This is not like any other camp. This is just the beginning of the process for these students, and they’re going to be engaged in this for the entire year,” Musavi said.
WABI (Channel 5) spoke with University of Maine history professor Liam Riordan for the report, “Separating Fourth of July fact from fiction.” Riordan said there are some “interesting wrinkles” about when we think about the start of the United States. He said the key vote by the Continental Congress to approve a resolution of independence was made on July 2, and the delegates voted in favor of Thomas Jefferson’s revised draft of the Declaration of Independence on July 4. Riordan also said the signing of the document wasn’t done all at once by the delegates, and that it took weeks, months or possibly years. “I think it’s wonderful that this significant political moment from over two centuries ago remains central to the way we think about our lives as Americans, even if not everyone might not remember that the reason we celebrate July 4, 1776 is because of the Declaration of Independence,” Riordan said.
Skylar Bayer, a graduate student at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center, was a recent guest on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s “Maine Calling” radio show. The show, titled “The Art of Storytelling,” focused on what it takes to tell a good tale. 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. Bayer has been a producer for “The Story Collider” since 2014, edits and writes for the StrictlyFishwrap blog, and was featured on “The Colbert Report” in 2013.
The Bangor Daily News reported on current exhibitions at the University of Maine Museum of Art in downtown Bangor. The exhibits, which run through Sept. 19, include Niho Kozuru’s “Inter/Dimension,” Anna Helper’s “Blind Spot,” and “With Ties to Maine,” a collection of Maine-related art celebrating the 150th anniversary of UMaine. Kozuru’s exhibit features vibrantly colored translucent cast-rubber sculptures, according to the article. Helper’s pieces include wire sculptures that cast shadows on the wall and prints created by wood carved and scratched to resemble animal patterns, the article states. George Kinghorn, director and curator of the museum, said each of the pieces selected for “With Ties to Maine” was created by artists who have contributed to Maine’s “rich and diverse artistic history.”
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.
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.