Katherine Mills, researcher at the University of Maine and Gulf of Maine Research Institute, spoke with the Maine Public Broadcasting Network about a new study on the decline of North American Atlantic Salmon populations that analyzes data from the past three decades. The study, which was recently published in Global Change Biology magazine, was written by researchers at UMaine and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. Mills was the lead author.
Rick Kersbergen, University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator of sustainable dairy and forage systems, spoke with the Kennebec Journal about the low quality of this year’s hay harvest due to a rainy June. Kersbergen spoke about the loss of nutrients while farmers wait for the hay to dry. He said once the hay crop quality drops, the only remedy is a second crop of good quality hay.
Robert Rice, wood science professor at the University of Maine, was interviewed by the Portland Press Herald for an article about Maine Heritage Timber Co. retrieving logs from 1,000-acre Quakish Lake in Millinocket to be used for flooring, wainscoting and furniture. Rice spoke about the wood’s quality, adding that cold water and lack of oxygen eliminates the organisms that would normally decay wet wood.
Harold Daniel, associate marketing professor in the Maine Business School at the University of Maine, spoke with Mainebiz for the article “Low prices pose challenge to lobster’s upscale image.” Daniel said one way to boost Maine’s lobstering brand is to establish green credentials.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Barbara Murphy, consumer horticulture specialist, and Lois Berg Stack, ornamental horticulture specialist, were interviewed for the latest article in the Portland Press Herald’s Maine Gardener series. Murphy and Stack spoke about fungal diseases in plants caused by heavy rain and gave advice on how to care for plants despite the wet weather.
WLBZ (Channel 2) reported offshore wind power supporters hope the University of Maine and Statoil can work together on a proposed pilot project despite political controversy.
Coverage by the Bangor Daily News and WLBZ (Channel 2) on a Bangor City Council workshop to address the noise complaints made during Waterfront Concerts included a reference to a study completed earlier this year by Todd Gabe, University of Maine economics professor. Gabe’s study found the Waterfront Concerts have generated more than $30 million in local spending in the first three years.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s pest management specialist James Dill and horticulturist Kate Garland spoke with WVII (Channel 7) for the latest installment of its “Backyard Gardener” series. Garland and Dill gave tips on management of beetles.
The Advertiser Democrat reported on the recent announcement that Susan Hunter, who currently serves as the University of Maine’s executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, was chosen by the University of Maine System to be the vice chancellor for academic affairs for all seven universities.
Final group videos by student teams in the Upward Bound Math Science Summer Program will be presented from 8–11 a.m., July 26, Woolley Room, Doris Twitchell Allen Village. The high school students gained hands-on experience working with UMaine graduate students or faculty planning and designing sustainability solutions. This summer, those sustainability solutions included designing safe, effective traps for blue-spotted salamanders, a sensor for water flow in Sebago Lake and a fish-safe innovation to existing dams. In addition, from 5–9 p.m., July 29, in the Atrium of the D.P. Corbett Business Building, the Upward Bound Math Science STEM Symposium will feature poster presentations of individual research projects. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Kelly Ilseman, 617.784.2320.