The Portland Press Herald ran an article about a new state commission created by the Maine Legislature that will study the impact of ocean acidification on shellfish. Rep. Mick Devin, a University of Maine marine biologist who sponsored the legislation creating the panel, is a co-chair. UMaine oceanography Professor Larry Mayer is also on the panel.
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A University of Maine-affiliated Summer Technology Camp offered in Orono by the startup High Touch Courses was mentioned in a Portland Press Herald article about the business and its founder Elizabeth Chabe.
High Touch Courses aims to create online courses for middle and high school students who want to learn about computer programming, Web development and video game design, according to the article. The summer camp, co-located at UMaine, is an intensive, project-based overnight and day camp for students who want to change the world with technology. Four weeklong courses will be offered on topics including Web design, 3-D art and graphic design, game development, and hardware architecture.
The Bangor Daily News reported on two studies conducted by researchers at the University of Maine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative (SSI) on women’s knowledge of the dangers and health benefits of eating fish while pregnant. The researchers found pregnant women are learning how to safely eat fish after early warnings about the dangers turned many off from eating it entirely. The first study determined that a Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention advisory led women to decrease their consumption of fish, while a follow-up study found a new advisory led to a healthier, more balanced approach to fish consumption. Mario Teisl, an economics professor at UMaine, will discuss study results at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2014 National Forum on Contaminants in Fish in September.
The Bangor Daily News, Portland Press Herald, WVII (Channel 7), WLBZ (Channel 2) and WABI (Channel 5) reported on comments made during a Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce meeting by Susan Hunter, who will take office as the new University of Maine president on July 7. Hunter said UMaine has many research and development projects that are a resource to the state. “In spite of challenges, there are wonderful things happening at UMaine and the sister campuses,” she said. She added she plans to visit with the presidents of each campus to figure out how UMaine can better support them. University of Maine System Chancellor James Page also spoke at the meeting.
The Maine Public Broadcasting Network spoke with Timothy Waring, an assistant professor of social-ecological systems modeling at the University of Maine, about a consumer survey on local foods. The survey was conducted by Waring and other researchers at the Maine Food Strategy. The survey found Mainers are going out of their way to buy more local produce and seafood. More than a third of people surveyed said they purchased up to a quarter of their food from local sources. Ninety percent said that freshness, flavor and nutrition were their main reasons for seeking out locally raised food. “They’re also eager to do it to support local farmers, so people are doing it out of some sense of commitment to the people who are raising the food,” Waring said.
The Maine Edge published an article about research to be conducted by University of Maine professor of oceanography Emmanuel Boss and UMaine master’s graduate Thomas Leeuw. This summer, the pair will board the sailboat Tara to collect data and conduct research on ocean color, composition and pigments of surface particles in the Mediterranean Sea. In addition to collaborating with international scientists, they’ll talk with schoolchildren about the ocean.
The Associated Press and WABI (Channel 5) reported on the five-day Stormwater Management Research Team (SMART) Institute at the University of Maine. About 70 high school students and teachers and representatives of tribal communities are gathering to come up with ideas for solutions related to stormwater management. UMaine scientists and students, city water planners, and representatives from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, and businesses including Woodard & Curran and IDEXX will also take part in the institute. At the end of the week, participants will install wireless sensors at the Arctic Brook watershed in Bangor and collect data as citizen scientists. Mohamad Musavi, associate dean of the College of Engineering, told WABI he hopes students who participate can focus on their education, get into a STEM field, and spread the word in their community about their work toward improving the environment. SFGate, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, seattlepi and WLBZ (Channel 2) carried the AP report.
The Maine Autism Institute for Research and Education at the University of Maine was mentioned in the Bangor Daily News article, “Parents, teachers work to educate rising number of Maine kids diagnosed with autism.” The institute, which opened in January 2014, was created by UMaine’s College of Education and Human Development and the Maine Department of Education. It will offer professional development sessions to give teachers and education technicians specific training in how to work with children who have autism. “Maine definitely has too few professionals and education technicians to work with children with [autism spectrum disorder],” said Deborah Rooks-Ellis, director of institute. She added all students on the autism spectrum need teachers who are trained to work with their seemingly atypical behaviors.
Maine Magazine named George Kinghorn, director and curator of the University of Maine Museum of Art, one of the “50 Mainers Shaping our State” in the publication’s July feature article. People in the article were described by the magazine as “those who are moving Maine forward through their innovative business practices, commitment to purpose-driven education, lifelong support of the arts, and groundbreaking medical research. Kinghorn spoke about updates to the museum, his desire to make it “more dynamic, warm and accessible,” and its contribution to the growth of arts in the region. “Bangor is experiencing a renaissance,” Kinghorn said.
The Bangor Daily News article, “UMaine researchers helping coastal communities weather the storms,” focused on a study being conducted by a team of UMaine researchers who are seeking to figure out the effects of climate change on coastal communities. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative. According to the article, the team worked with people from Lincolnville and Ellsworth over 18 months to develop plans to deal with overtapped culverts. The communities were selected as models to generate information that hopefully will have broader applications around the coast. “Culverts are the backbone of infrastructure. They’re super important to communities. When they fail, it can be very expensive and disastrous for homeowners or for businesses, or for people traveling on that road. People have lost their lives,” said team member Esperanza Stancioff, an associate extension professor at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant.