David Sturm, an instructional laboratory and lecture demonstration specialist at the University of Maine, visited WABI (Channel 5) to give engineering physics demonstrations and talk about the 2014 Engineering Expo that will take place Saturday, March 22 in the University of Maine’s New Balance Field House. At the expo, Maine’s top engineering firms, schools, educators, government agencies and societies will offer hands-on activities and exhibits to encourage children to pursue careers in engineering.
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University of Maine College of Engineering Dean Dana Humphrey was quoted in the BDN Maine Special Sections article “Home-grown engineers key to Maine’s economy” that appeared in the publication BDN Maine Outlook: Business & Economic Development. Humphrey said he believes the state can decrease “brain drain” by exposing youth to engineering at an early age. “If you don’t have the engineers to design it, you can’t build it, whether it be a bridge or a jet engine,” Humphrey said, adding that engineers are a force multiplier in terms of economic development. An article on research by Beth Fulton, a UMaine Ph.D. student studying food science, was also including in the publication. Fulton is researching ways to use lobster shell waste to create a pigment extract as a green alternative to synthetic versions found in fish food.
WABI (Channel 5) reported on a recent visit to the University of Maine by a group of middle school girls from Bucksport. The students participated in Sustainable Energy Leaders of the Future (SELF), a program led by UMaine’s Forest Bioproducts Research Institute and the College of Engineering that aims to interest females in science and technology at a young age. “The idea is to get them aware of what their opportunities are and what exciting things are being done in science-related fields today,” said Amy Luce, manager of UMaine’s Technology Research Center. Sheila Pendse, project development associate with the College of Engineering, told WABI the college wants the next generation of engineers to know there is also more related to working with forests than just paper mills and logging.
Daniel Williams, who was recently appointed to serve a two-year term as interim executive director of the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine, spoke with the Bangor Daily News about his new role within the university. Williams has been a member of the UMaine community since 1986 and was most recently the associate director of planned giving with the University of Maine Foundation. He described the job as perfect. “It combines my passion for the University of Maine, and my passion for the arts. I’ve also spent the last 10 years fundraising for the university, which is critical for this organization.”
The Bangor Daily News reported four Wabanaki scholars will discuss the history of Wabanaki treaty-making at 7 p.m. March 20 at Wells Conference Center. The discussion is part of a series meant to educate the public on the relationship between Maine’s tribes and settlers. Andrea Bear Nicholas, former chair of the studies of aboriginal cultures of Atlantic Canada at St. Thomas University in New Brunswick and a member of the Maliseet tribe, will deliver the keynote address. Vera Francis, Passamaquoddy economic development planner; Mark Cavaree, legal counsel for the Penobscot Indian Nation; and Gail Dana-Sacco, assistant research professor and former director at the Wabanaki Center at UMaine, are also scheduled to speak.
The Weekly spoke with Alan Davenport, director of Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium at the University of Maine, about the university’s new Emera Astronomy Center that is slated to open this fall. The $5.2 million astronomy center will be the new home of the Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium and Observatory. The center will feature a planetarium dome 33 feet in diameter — the largest in the state — equipped with a state-of-the-art projection system. The new observatory’s 20-inch digital telescope also will be the largest in Maine. Davenport said the new facility is “quantum leaps beyond what we’ve had and been able to do before.”
The Bangor Daily News reported on the University of Maine announcement that Daniel Williams has been appointed to serve a two-year term as interim executive director of the Collins Center for the Arts. UMaine President Paul Ferguson said, “Danny has demonstrated remarkable leadership in diverse opportunities at UMaine and consistently brings excellent results. At this time, his leadership and experience are particularly important to the Collins Center for the Arts. Consistent with the Blue Sky Plan, the CCA is poised under his leadership to achieve its full potential, engaging Maine citizens and providing high-quality entertainment and education.” Williams has been a member of the UMaine community since 1986, serving in leadership roles in marketing, fundraising, community outreach and the performing arts. Most recently, he was associate director of planned giving with the University of Maine Foundation.
The Portland Press Herald reported on the University of Maine-led proposed offshore wind pilot project and its fight for federal funding. Maine Aqua Ventus, a group made up of UMaine and partner companies, is competing against Seattle-based Principle Power for up to $47 million in matching federal energy funds to demonstrate the technology for next-generation offshore wind turbines. The Press Herald also reported members of Maine’s congressional delegation have been actively involved in promoting UMaine’s project.
WABI (Channel 5) and WLBZ (Channel 2) covered the 76th annual Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show held in the newly renovated New Balance Field House at the University of Maine. Lois Ann Holmes, an official with the Penobscot County Conservation Association that puts on the show, told WLBZ, “We needed space, and the University of Maine has been so cooperative with us and very helpful to let us grow here.” WLBZ (Channel 2) also reported on children getting a chance to kayak during the show in UMaine’s Stanley Wallace Pool.
A proposed offshore wind pilot project and floating test turbine created by Maine Aqua Ventus, which includes the University of Maine and partner companies, was the focus of the ASME article “First offshore wind turbine for the U.S.” Jake Ward, UMaine’s vice president for innovation and economic development, said university experts recognized renewable energy was a leading growth area for composites, and the amount of wind available off the Gulf of Maine has the potential of being a useful resource.