Archive for 2012

Professor Emeritus Charles Buck Passes

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

University of Maine professor emeritus Charles Buck, who taught molecular and biological sciences classes at UMaine for 30 years, died at his home in Stillwater Sunday, Dec. 16, according to his obituary in the Bangor Daily News. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth, two brothers, three sons and a grandson. Calling hours are from 4:30–6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 20 at the Orono chapel of Brookings-Smith, 72 Main St., Orono. A funeral service is planned at 1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 21 at the Church of Universal Fellowship, 82 Main St., Orono.

UMaine Extension Faculty Paper in Agricultural Journal

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

An article about high tunnel gardening techniques in Maine by University of Maine Cooperative Extension faculty members Caragh Fitzgerald in the Kennebec County office and Mark Hutton of the Highmoor Farm office in Monmouth appears in the latest issue of the Journal of the NACAA (National Association of County Agricultural Agents).

Agribusiness Website Reports on UMaine Wind Energy Grant

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

The agribusiness news website Domesticfuel.com posted a U.S. Department of Energy news release about a $4 million award it recently made to the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center to further advance the university’s research and development, with partners in the DeepCwind Consortium Research Program, of prototype test wind turbines in advance of a larger, floating offshore wind farm planned off the Maine coast.

UMaine Marine Scientists Comments in Ocean Warming Report

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

A Bangor Daily News article on what’s being called alarmingly warmer waters off the Maine coast and possible effects on marine life included comments from University of Maine professor of marine sciences Robert Steneck and Jeffrey Runge, research professor in the UMaine School of Marine Sciences.

Newspaper Posts UMaine Video on Children, Violence

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

The Bangor Daily News has posted on its website a video with University of Maine Cooperative Extension child and family development specialist Leslie Forstadt discussing how parents might address violence such as the mass shooting of schoolchildren and adults in Newtown, Conn.

4-H Cited as Successful Youth-Engagement Program

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Barbara Baker, University of Maine Cooperative Extension associate professor and a principal investigator of a 4-H Engaging Youth, Serving Community Program in Maine, coauthored a paper about 4-H being a successful case study on engaging youth in community service activities. The paper is part of a research-based series of papers, The Kinder & Braver World Project: Research Series, on the Harvard University website. The project is part of the Born This Way Foundation initiative created by performer Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta to promote youth empowerment and the development of kindness and bravery. The paper is titled “Engaging Youth, Serving Community: Social Change Lessons from a 4-H Rural Youth Development Program.”

Sunday Telegram Features UMaine Agritourism Initiative

Monday, December 17th, 2012

A feature story in the Maine Sunday Telegram about the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s promotion of agritourism in Maine, which engages consumers in more active farm product acquisition, included interviews with UMaine Extension Director John Rebar and Marc Edwards, a UMaine Extension tourism and economic development professional in the Franklin County office in Farmington.

MSNBC Reports UMaine $4 Million Wind Power Award

Monday, December 17th, 2012

MSNBC carried an Associated Press report about a $4 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy to advance research and development by the University of Maine and industry partners of a first-in-the-nation offshore wind farm near Monhegan Island. The funding will enable the UMaine Advanced Structures and Composites Center to complete engineering, design and permitting for the first phase of the project.

Television Reports UMaine Nurses’ Belize Fundraising

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Channel 7 (WVII) reported on a fund drive held at the Texas Roadhouse restaurant by members of University of Maine School of Nursing, who will spend nine days volunteering medical and health care services in underprivileged communities in Belize. Additional information is on the project’s website.

Channel 7 Covers UMaine’s ‘Skate with the Bears’

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Channel 7 (WVII) covered the “Skate with the Bears” event at the Alfond Arena Dec. 16, an annual invitation for members of communities surrounding the University of Maine to take to the ice to meet and skate with members of UMaine’s ice hockey teams.