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Allan Interviewed for Chronicle of Higher Education Article on Hazing

University of Maine News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:14

Elizabeth J. Allan, an associate professor of higher education leadership at the University of Maine, was interviewed by The Chronicle of Higher Education for an article about a recent hazing incident at Ohio State University. Allan, co-author of a national study on hazing with UMaine research professor Mary Madden, described why few hazing victims identify themselves that way and what might help prevent hazing. “When we ask students to define hazing, they can often articulate the key components: That it’s doing something that could be potentially harmful emotionally and/or physically in order to become a member of the group. But then there’s this disconnect between defining it and recognizing it when it happens to them,” Allan said.

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Springuel Talks to BDN About Downeast Fisheries Trail

University of Maine News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:12

Natalie Springuel of Maine Sea Grant spoke with the Bangor Daily News about the Downeast Fisheries Trail, which showcases the state’s fisheries heritage at about 50 sites, including historical societies, fisheries museums and places such as the Cherryfield Cable Pool, a favorite spot for Atlantic salmon fly fishermen, the article states. “A trend in travel is that people want to connect to the real thing on the ground,” said Springuel, the coordinator of the trail. “They want to connect with local people. They want to know how they make a living. They want to know how to lobster, and how to pull up a trap. They want really concrete experiences to understand a place on a deeper level, and then they want to taste it at the end. So yeah, I think the fisheries trail provides a deeper understanding of a place and its people.”

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AP, Press Herald Advance Maine Ocean Acidification Committee Meeting at DMC

University of Maine News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:10

The Associated Press and the Portland Press Herald reported the Maine Ocean Acidification Committee will hold its first meeting on Aug. 1 at the University of Maine Darling Marine Center (DMC) in Walpole. The committee is studying the effects of ocean acidification on the state’s environment and economy. “Maine is taking the lead on ocean acidification on the Eastern Seaboard. We understand that it is a real threat to our marine environment, jobs and way of life,” said Rep. Mick Devin, D-Newcastle, House chairman of the commission and sponsor of the bill that created the panel. Devin also is a researcher and shellfish hatchery manager at DMC. The Maine Public Broadcasting Network and WLBZ (Channel 2) carried the AP report.

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St. John Valley Times Previews History, Cultural Heritage Conference

University of Maine News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:06

The St. John Valley Times reported an Aug. 14 “fact-finding conference” will address the past, present and future efforts of local organizations, including the Franco-American Centre at the University of Maine, to preserve the history and cultural heritage of the upper St. John Valley. The conference, put on by l’Association Française de la Vallée St-Jean, will be held at the St. David Catholic Church. The public is invited to attend and participate in the discussion.

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Hanes, Grad Student to Study Influential Factors of Diversifying Pollination Sources

University of Maine News - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:04

Samuel Hanes, an assistant professor of anthropology, received a $28,444 grant from the National Science Foundation for the proposal, “Social capital and policy networks: Exploring the factors that influence adoption of pollinator conservation.”

The project aims to better understand obstacles and influential factors growers face when attempting to diversify pollination sources.

According to the proposal, insect pollination produces about $19 billion worth of crops in the U.S. annually. Farmers rent commercial honeybees to supply most of their crop pollination but the number of hives in the U.S. has dropped by more than 30 percent since 1980, leading to interest in alternate pollination sources.

The project will look at factors affecting lowbush blueberry growers’ use of wild, native bees to supplement honeybees.

UMaine graduate student Kourtney Collum will conduct the doctoral dissertation research project under Hanes’ supervision, and as part of UMaine’s anthropology and environmental policy doctoral program.

Collum will examine the factors that influence farmers’ adoption of pollinator conservation practices through a comparative study of blueberry growers in Maine — where there is an adequate honeybee supply — and Prince Edward Island, Canada — where there is a severe honeybee shortage.

The researchers will look closely at growers’ interaction with and perceptions of agricultural agencies and programs, as well as effects of agricultural policies and overall farm management, according to the proposal.

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Video: Open Access Repositories, Copyright Laws, and Digital Commons for Graduate Students

Upcoming Thesis Defenses - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 06:41
Kimberly Sawtelle offered a workshop for graduate students on open access repositories, copyright laws and Digital Commons in the spring 2014. She made this video of her presentation for people to have access to her wonderful workshop. Enjoy!  
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Volunteer opportunities

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Volunteer Opportunities This document was put together by the philanthropy committee in February 2014. To add resources, contact: gsgopdofficer@gmail.com
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Workshop: LinkedIn – November 8th

Upcoming Thesis Defenses - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 06:41
Questions, please email: gsgopdofficer@gmail.com    
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Workshop: Grant Writing 101 – November 14th

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To register, please email: gsgopdofficer@gmail.com  
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Grants Deadline is 4:00 pm on October 4th, 2013!

Upcoming Thesis Defenses - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 06:41
If you would like to apply for either an individual or clubs & organizations grant this year, the deadline for completed submissions is Friday, October 4th, 2013 at 4:00 pm. For more information, please go to the Grants page on our website at: http://www2.umaine.edu/gsg/grants/. If you have questions, please contact the GSG Grants Officer, Amamihe [...]
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Annual Graduate School Picnic 2013

Upcoming Thesis Defenses - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 06:41
Please join us at the Annual Graduate School Picnic!!!  
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April 2013 Newsletter

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Click to view the April 2013 GSG Newsletter
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February 2013 Newsletter

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Fall 2012 Newsletter

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Announcing 2013 Switzer Fellowships

Upcoming Thesis Defenses - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 06:41
Greetings from the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation:   We are pleased to announce that the application period for the 2013 Switzer Environmental Fellowships is now open! Switzer Fellowships are given to top graduate students in New Englandand California who are committed to a career in environmental improvement, and who demonstrate the potential for leadership in their chosen field.   [...]
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Fuller Talks to Press Herald About Growing Garlic in Maine

University of Maine News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 14:45

David Fuller, an agricultural and non-timber forest products professional with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, was interviewed by the Portland Press Herald for an article about the increase of garlic in Maine gardens. According to UMaine Extension, about 100 farmers around the state grow garlic and that number is on the rise, Fuller said. He added Mainers are now growing about 70 different varieties. Fuller also spoke about the Maine Garlic Project, a research study he started in 2010 with crops specialist Steven Johnson. The study, which concluded last year, was intended to encourage more garlic production in the state among both farmers and home gardeners. “You start talking garlic with some people, and they just don’t stop,” Fuller said of the passionate farmers he has met.

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Livingston Quoted in BDN Article on Maine Forest-Products Industry

University of Maine News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 14:43

Bill Livingston, an associate professor of forest resources at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Bangor Daily News article titled, “‘We need laborers’: Maine forest-products industry urging teachers to steer students its way.” The article focused on a field trip to Jackman taken by 25 teachers as part of a four-day professional development workshop organized by the Maine TREE Foundation and Project Learning Tree. The goal of the workshop is to enhance educators’ level of knowledge and perceptions of the forest-products industry so they can teach their students about the industry and present it as a viable career option, the article states. “They’re not out there trying to promote a specific use of the forest. They’re out there to show the range of the uses of the forest and help teachers understand that better,” Livingston said of the program organizers. The Sun Journal also carried the BDN report.

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Jung Speaks with BDN About International Student Recruitment

University of Maine News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 14:40

Jimmy Jung, vice president for enrollment management at the University of Maine, was interviewed for a Bangor Daily News article about Study Group, a company that recruits international students, and its work with two campuses in the University of Maine System. According to the article, the company signed a contract with the system with a goal of recruiting 50 students to UMaine. Jung said even though the goal hasn’t been met yet, the university has been pleased with its partnership with Study Group. “When we first signed the contract, we’d really missed that recruitment cycle already,” said Jung, adding that close to 40 is “not a bad number.” He said he expects it will take UMaine five to 10 years to establish all the contacts necessary to get a robust international student program going, the article states.

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BDN Publishes Op-Ed by Butler

University of Maine News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 14:39

The Bangor Daily News published the opinion piece “The shock of a husband’s death — and the loss of all Social Security benefits” by Sandra Butler, a professor of social work at the University of Maine, and Luisa Deprez, a professor and department chair of sociology and women and gender studies at the University of Southern Maine. Butler and Deprez are members of the Maine Regional Network, part of the Scholars Strategy Network, which brings together scholars across the country to address public challenges and their policy implications.

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AP Advances Aquaculture Meeting Run by Maine Sea Grant

University of Maine News - Mon, 07/28/2014 - 14:37

The Associated Press advanced a July 31 public meeting in Penobscot to provide information on the science of shellfish aquaculture. State officials will also inform the public about the ecological impacts of aquaculture, according to the article. Maine Sea Grant staff are facilitating the meeting and officials with the Maine Department of Marine Resources will lead discussions. WLBZ (Channel 2) and the Maine Public Broadcasting Network carried the AP report.

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