Sarah Redmond, a marine extension associate with the Maine Sea Grant College Program at the University of Maine, was quoted in Down East magazine’s article “Kelp: It’s What’s for Dinner,” published in the March 2015 issue. Redmond said when most people think of seaweed, they picture plants that have been washed up on the beach. “There’s just not a lot of awareness that we have all these amazing sea vegetables in our own backyard,” she said. “What we’re talking about are beautiful, healthy, living sea plants.”
University of Maine economist Todd Gabe’s 2014 study on the maple industry’s financial impact on the state was cited in the Sun Journal article “Unseasonable cold, deep snow hindering Maine maple syrup season start.” According to Gabe’s study, Maine’s maple industry contributes an estimated $27.7 million directly to the state’s economy. The study also found the industry, which counts the licensed producers, and sales at retail food stores and businesses affected by Maine Maple Sunday, generates 567 full- and part-time jobs and $17.3 million in labor income, the article states.
WABI (Channel 5) previewed the University of Maine’s fourth annual Summer Camp Fair to be held 4–7 p.m. March 11 in the New Balance Student Recreation Center on campus. Representatives from more than 50 summer camps will be on hand to provide information and answer questions about the available programming for children and teenagers. The fair is free and open to the public. All attendees will receive a free day pass to the New Balance Student Recreation Center. More information about the Summer Camp Fair for Kids is online.
The University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute (CCI) was mentioned in a Portland Press Herald article about Sen. Angus King partnering with Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska to influence U.S. policies on Arctic issues. King and Murkowski announced the creation of an “Arctic Caucus” in the Senate, stating they believe the United States should be a leader in guiding international policy decisions that affect the Arctic, according to the article. The partnership shows that Maine for the first time wants to play a role in shaping U.S. policy on Arctic issues and that CCI has focused much of its research on the Arctic, the article states.
John Bear Mitchell, Wabanaki Center Outreach and Student Development Coordinator at the University of Maine and University of Maine System Native American Waiver Coordinator, was quoted in a Morning Sentinel article about the debate over the American Indian image Skowhegan schools are using as a sports mascot. The issue was discussed during a school board meeting that followed the superintendent’s talk with a former chief of the Penobscot Nation, according to the article. Mitchell, who has been involved in the debate, said people who support use of Indian images and nicknames for sports teams believe mascots aren’t racist because they themselves aren’t offended, and that “tradition” often is used to defend the mascots, the article states.
The Sun Journal reported on a grant-writing workshop in Augusta being offered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. The March 23 event is designed for people interested in submitting federal applications for the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program. The training is free; online registration is required by March 16. UMaine Extension is conducting the workshop under the Agricultural Marketing Service Technical Assistance Project, in collaboration with the Maine Federation of Farmers Markets and the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service and the National Institute for Food and Agriculture.
Sharon Tisher, a lecturer in the University of Maine’s School of Economics and Honors College, and Ted Quaday, executive director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, wrote an opinion piece published by the Bangor Daily News titled “There’s no blueprint for farming in our ‘new normal’ climate.” The article mentions “Maine’s Climate Future: 2015 Update,” a new UMaine report that highlights the effects of climate change in Maine, such as intense precipitation events, warming temperatures in the atmosphere and ocean, and rising sea levels.
University of Maine mechanical engineering student Antonio Giacomuzzi was featured in the Schools.com article, “College for nontraditional students: What’s different now.” Giacomuzzi is completing his junior year at UMaine while caring for his 7-year-old son, working three jobs and commuting an hour each way to campus, according to the article. “It’s a lot of work. It’s a lot of sleepless nights. You log a lot of hours, but I know in the end the reward is going to be so much more,” he said.
The Maine Edge reported on scheduled public star shows for the month of March at the University of Maine’s Emera Astronomy Center. The Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium shows are held 7 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Friday nights in March feature “Undiscovered Worlds,” an exploration of the hundreds of planets orbiting stars beyond the sun. For younger sky watchers, Sunday afternoon shows introduce a medium-sized yellow star making his way through space in “Little Star that Could.” Admission to all shows is $6, and seating is limited.
The Bangor Daily News previewed the 77th Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show to be held at the University of Maine. The event will be held in the New Balance Field House Friday through Sunday, March 6–8. The Penobscot County Conservation Association event has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars that are given back to students studying conservation-oriented subjects at Maine colleges in the form of scholarships, according to the article.