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Leadership Week Celebrates Inauguration of UMaine President Ferguson

A series of leadership events, academic activities, student research expositions and campuswide celebration will commemorate the inauguration of University of Maine President Paul W. Ferguson on April 19. Leadership Week, April 11-19, takes its theme from Maine’s state motto, Dirigo, which is Latin for “I lead.” The theme recognizes and celebrates the qualities of the UMaine community and the people of Maine, and affirms UMaine’s statewide leadership and commitment as Maine’s flagship university.

A news release has additional information.

Contact: Margaret Nagle, (207) 581-3745

Karen G. Cole: 1956-2012

Karen G. Cole, an instructional equipment distribution clerk in Information Technologies at UMaine since 2003, died recently after battling pulmonary fibrosis, according to her obituary in the Bangor Daily News. She was born March 30, 1956, in Bangor, the daughter of Juanita Leland Ryan and Richard Ryan. Cole leaves behind two daughters, Caroline and Faith; and husband of 30 years, Stephen. She also is survived by her mother Juanita Ryan; brother Tim Ryan; her sisters- and brothers-in-law, Cindy and Ralph Spearing, Linda and Bob Averill, Barbara and Richard Modrey, and Melanie and Dennis Steward; along with her husband Stephen’s family; and many nieces and nephews.

Contact: George Manlove, (207) 581-3756

UMaine Woodsmen’s Team Competition March 31

ORONO — The University of Maine School of Forest Resources Woodsmen’s Team will host the 2012 Timbersports Meet Saturday, March 31 on the Orono campus. (more…)

Women’s Resource Center Celebrates 20 Years of Activism

The Women’s Resource Center at the University of Maine, lead organization for the Maine Girls Collaborative Project, has been selected as one of just three sites nationally to pilot FabFems, a collaborative program aimed at strengthening interest regionally among middle school and high school girls in careers in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. (more…)

Scientist-Author to Speak About the Deep Future of Life on Earth

Curt Stager, an adjunct professor in the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute, will speak Thursday at UMaine about the very long-term effects of global warming. (more…)

Kaye Interviewed for Social Work Today Article

Len Kaye, director of the University of Maine Center on Aging, was interviewed for an article on caregivers in the March/April issue of Social Work Today Kaye discussed the large population of male caregivers, whose numbers are generally underestimated, he said.

Contact: George Manlove, (207)581-3756

Maine Sea Grant Announces New Consumer Seafood Guide.

Maine Sea Grant at the University of Maine has launched an online Maine Seafood Guide to provide information on Maine seafood species, including: When is it in season? How and where is it fished?
Can I catch it myself? What are the health benefits and risks? What do I look for when choosing, buying, and preparing? Unlike other seafood “guides,” this one doesn’t rank, rate or recommend species; it just provides the information consumers need to make their own decisions about what seafood makes sense for them and their families, according to Maine Sea Grant.

Contact: Catherine V. Schmitt, (207) 581-1434 / catherine.schmitt@umit.maine.edu

UMaine Cybersecurity Team Takes Third Place in Regional Competition

UMaine’s student cyber defense team finished third at the Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NECCDC) hosted by Northeastern University March 9-11. The competition is one of nine regional events held across the country. The 12 teams in the competition were tasked with creating a company data center that had to continue functioning while fending off attacks from a team of cybersecurity industry professionals and researchers. UMaine took second place in the 2010 NECCDC competition.

Contact: Ron Lisnet (207)581-3779

UMMA’s Kinghorn Named International FotoFest Reviewer

UMaine Museum of Art Director and Curator George Kinghorn has been invited to be a guest reviewer at FotoFest, the 14th international biennial of photography, being held March 19 – 24 in Houston. Kinghorn joins other directors and curators from prestigious museums throughout the world including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Haus der Fotografie, Germany; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; George Eastman House, Rochester NY; Cleveland Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; and the Musee de la Photographie, Belgium. Throughout the week, Kinghorn will critique the works of photographers from around the globe. The FotoFest biennial features scholarly lectures, panel discussions, exhibitions and educational programs.

Contact: Kathryn Jovanelli, (207) 561-3350

Blue Sky Listening Session Wednesday

The next in a series of one-hour information-gathering sessions President Ferguson has organized to solicit input for UMaine’s strategic plan will take place Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Totman Room of the Memorial Union. The subject is Arts, Humanities and Culture. For a complete list of topics, dates and locations, visit www.umaine.edu/blueskyplan/information-gathering-sessions. Everyone in the university community is encouraged to attend and share their ideas for UMaine’s future. Participants are encouraged but not required to bring a written summary of their idea (one page or less) or submit it online at http://umaine.edu/blueskyplan.

In preparing a summary, participants are encouraged to answer any or all of the following questions:
What do you see as a key area of distinction at UMaine?
What do you see as an opportunity or challenge that UMaine faces?
What solution do you propose?
How will this solution enable UMaine to achieve a new vision of institutional excellence and realize its position as a leading 21st century Land and Sea Grant University?
How would you assess whether this solution is successful?

Contacts: Howard Segal, (207) 581-1920, or Judy Josiah-Martin, (207) 581-1425.


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