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Down East Reviews Book on Somali Experience

The book “Somalis in Maine: Crossing Cultural Currents,” which was edited by four UMaine faculty members, was reviewed in the January 2012 issue of Down East magazine. The review said the book is an intriguing collection with stories that offer readers a wonderful introduction to a new generation of Americans whose lives and experiences too often remain hidden or inaccessible to many of us. The book was edited by UMaine sociology professor Kim Huisman Huisman; Mazie Hough, the associate director of UMaine’s Women in the Curriculum and Women’s Studies Program; Kristin Langellier of the communication and journalism faculty, and Carol Nordstrom Toner, the Maine Studies program director.

Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777

Phytoplankton Research Noted in Working Waterfront

The monthly newspaper Working Waterfront included on its website a mention of research conducted by UMaine’s Mary Jane Perry into spring phytoplankton blooms. The blooms are an indication of carbon sequestration in the deep sea, a key process that researchers around the world are incorporating into global climate models. The article was co-written by Catherine Schmitt, communications coordinator of the UMaine-based Maine Sea Grant.

Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777

Sociology Lecturer Interviewed about Missing Girl

Michael Roque, a lecturer in UMaine’s sociology department, was interviewed about 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds, who has been missing from Waterville for more than a week. Roque told the Central Maine Morning Sentinel that Ayla Reynolds’ young age, and the relative safety of Waterville, have driven national media attention toward the case.

Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777

Livingston Beech Research Noted in Sun Journal

A Lewiston Sun Journal article about the prevalence of fungi and insects that are damaging Maine’s beech trees included research from Bill Livingston of UMaine’s School of Forest Resources. Livingston found warmer winter temperatures from 1999 to 2002 allowed populations of an invasive, bark-feeding scale insect to explode, resulting in beech trunks turning white with millions of scale insects. Insect feeding and severe drought at the time weakened the trees’ resistance to fungal infections, and many trees died. More information is available in a UMaine news release.

Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777

Dagher Included in Follow-Up to People To Watch

UMaine’s Habib Dagher, the director of the AEWC Advanced Structures and Composites Center, was included in a Bangor Daily News follow-up story to its 11 People to Watch in 2011, which the newspaper released Jan 1, 2011. Dagher, the follow-up said, has seen his plan for an offshore wind farm move closer to reality with the recent news that a Norwegian energy company is interested in developing an offshore wind turbine in the Gulf of Maine.

Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777

Report On Hand Scanners in UMaine Dining Halls

The Bangor Daily News has a report on the hand scanners, installed last semester, in several UMaine dining facilities. The scanners were installed to keep costs down and eliminate the sharing of MaineCards, a practice that can cost UMaine up to $4,100 per card, the price of a meal plan for an academic year, according to Director of Auxiliary Services Dan Sturrup and Director of Dining Operations Kathy Kittiridge, who were both interviewed for the story. The website Third Factor, which covers news and insights into biometric identification and authentication, also ran the story.

Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777

Horton Joins Engineering Group at White House Event

Karen Horton, a University of Maine associate professor of mechanical engineering technology, joined a group from the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at a recent event at the White House that recognized local leaders in the effort to recruit and retain girls and women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.             (more…)

Hazing Report Includes Allan Comments

Comments from Elizabeth Allan, a UMaine education professor and nationally recognized expert in the issue of hazing, were included in an Inside Higher Ed report online. Allan, who with fellow UMaine faculty member Mary Madden co-authored a landmark 2008 hazing study, was interviewed about recent hazing incidents among marching band members at Florida A&M. Allan said there is a great deal of ignorance about the different settings in which hazing can occur, and the recent incidents show hazing happens in all types of settings, not just fraternities and sororities.

Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777

Insurance News Website Notes Survey of Older Adults’ Legal Needs

A UMaine news release about a new Center on Aging study that found aging Mainers’ legal needs continue to rise at a time when low-cost or free legal aid is scarce was carried by the website Insurance News. Study authors Len Kaye, the Center on Aging director and a UMaine social work professor, and Jennifer Crittenden, a researcher at the center, wrote that they use the survey to develop ways to reach under-served populations.

Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777

Bayer Quoted in Radio Story on Asia’s Lobster Market

Bob Bayer, the director of UMaine’s Lobster Institute, was quoted in a Maine Public Broadcasting Network radio report about the growing market in Asia for lobster, and a business that plans to ship a million pounds of live Maine lobster per year to Asian markets. Bayer said although Maine lobsters taste differently than lobsters most Asians eat, there is potential to grow the market.

Contact: Jessica Bloch, 207-581-3777


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