Archive for 2010

Author Used Fogler Library To Research Book

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Sargentville author Jessica Kerwin Jenkins told the Bangor Daily News she used UMaine’s Fogler Library to research her book “The Encyclopedia of the Exquisite.” According to the story, Jenkins’ book is about more than 100 wondrous, delightful individuals, objects and ideas that make life a little more fantastic.

Library Renovation Project Underway

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

An air conditioning installation project is underway in UMaine’s Fogler Library.  This effort, supported by a bond approved by Maine voters, will continue through late spring.  To keep distractions to a minimum, the most disruptive work will occur when the library is closed and/or during semester breaks.  Library users will notice signs designed to assist in finding locations that are most conducive to research and study.  For more information, call 581-1655.

Dagher in Story on Federal Spending Bill

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Comments from Prof. Habib Dagher, director of UMaine’s AEWC Advanced Structures and Composites Center, were included in a Saturday Maine Today Media story about the federal government spending bill defeated in the U.S. Senate last week.  The bill included a $10 million appropriation for ongoing UMaine-led R&D efforts in deepwater offshore wind power technology.

Newspaper Profiles Grammy-Nominated Alumna

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

The Waterville Morning Sentinel has a profile of Waterville native and UMaine music major Judy Pancoast, who was nominated for a Grammy award for a children’s album she wrote. Pancoast’s CD “Weird Things Are Everywhere” is nominated in the category of Best Musical Album for Children and is up against previous Grammy winners Pete Seeger and They Might Be Giants.

Analyzing GOP Fallout for Collins’ Support for ‘Don’t Ask’

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Contact: Mark Brewer, (207) 581-1863

ORONO — Republican Senator Susan Collins is being largely lauded for her support of the pending repeal of the controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” ban on gays and lesbians serving in the nation’s armed forces, but will there be a price for her break with the GOP party faithful?

Although U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe also crossed the aisle to vote for over the weekend to lift the ban, Collins and Connecticut independent Joe Lieberman are the chief architects of the Senate Defense Authorization bill, which the Senate approved 65-31 on Saturday, to the chagrin of conservative Republicans.

University of Maine political science professor Mark Brewer is available to discuss how Collins and Snowe’s votes may be viewed by Republicans, in addition to how their votes square with conservative constituents back home.

Professor Brewer can be reached at 581-1863 or

Retired Professor Beenfeldt Dies at 66

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Eric Beenfeldt, a UMaine electrical and computer engineering faculty member who retired in May, died on Dec. 15 at the age of 66.  Beenfeldt, a former NASA engineer who also earned a UMaine master’s degree before joining the faculty, lived in Belfast.  A private family ceremony is planned for spring.  Donations in his memory may be made to the Mesothelioma Research Fund, care of Dr. David Sugarbaker, Division of Thoracic Surgery, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, 75 Francis St., Boston, MA 02115-9950.  An obituary appeared in Saturday’s Bangor Daily News.

UMaine Archaeologist Robinson in Boston Globe report

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Comments from Brian Robinson of the UMaine anthropology story are included in a Monday Boston Globe story about research looking at the impact of climate change on prehistoric New England-area culture.  New data are available to scientists, allowing them to build on a 2005 report looking carefully at a 1,300 “mini ice age” reflecting significant changes in both the culture and the climate of the region.

Stack Quoted in Poinsettia Story

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Lois Berg Stack of the UMaine Cooperative Extension faculty comments in a Maine Today Media story about the notion that poinsettias are poisonous to ingest.  While she doesn’t advise eating them, Stack agrees with other experts who call reports of the plant’s toxicity “a myth.”

Science Now Story Includes Hamilton

Monday, December 20th, 2010

A Science Now online news story describes a new measurement technique developed by scientists using seismometers to monitor icequakes, seismic activity caused by calving and other physical changes in glaciers.  Gordon Hamilton of the UMaine Climate Change Institute comments in the story, which describes the data collection method and its potential impact on climate and glacier research.

Dagher Quoted in Louisiana Newspaper

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Habib Dagher, the director of UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center, was quoted extensively in an article in the Thibodaux Daily Comet of Lafourche Parish, La., about the potential for offshore wind in the Gulf of Mexico. Dagher said there is a heightened level of interest on the part of the Obama administration in moving forward with development of offshore wind projects, and discussed UMaine’s partnership with the DeepCWind Consortium to develop floating platforms for wind turbines.