The University of Maine International Programs’ Study Abroad Fair will be held Thursday, Jan. 30 to inform students about the variety of programs available for all majors to study, intern, research or teach abroad. The fair will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Bangor Room of the Memorial Union, and is free and open to all UMaine students, faculty and staff. Information will be available on UMaine’s direct exchange and recommended programs, as well as scholarships and financial aid. Former UMaine study abroad and current exchange students will be available to answer questions. More information on UMaine’s study abroad program is available online.
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Provost Jeff Hecker will lead the second of three Academic Faculty Forums 3–4 p.m. Feb. 3 in the Bangor Room of the Memorial Union. The forum will focus on retention and graduation.
The third forum is scheduled for March 31.
In year three of the Blue Sky Project, the focus is on integrating the plan’s strategies and goals into the organizational structure of the university. Just as the Blue Sky Strategic Plan was developed through an inclusive process, integration will emerge through collaboration.
Over the course of the academic year, the Provost’s Office, in collaboration with the Faculty Senate leadership, is holding a series of Academic Affairs Faculty Forums. The forums are designed to create a venue for meaningful sharing of ideas about important initiatives in Academic Affairs. Collaboration between the faculty and administration of the university is essential if we are to advance toward our strategic goals.
A website has been developed to extend the collaboration beyond the public meeting. Relevant materials have been posted and there is a space where faculty members can submit reactions, comments or questions generated by the forum. Additional information, including a summary of key topics discussed at the forum, will be added after Feb. 3. The website is linked on the Provost’s Web page.
Big Gig, the network for innovators and entrepreneurs in the Orono, Old Town and Bangor areas, is holding its third networking and pitch-off event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Husson University’s Richard E. Dyke Center for Family Business in Bangor.
Three participants will be preselected to deliver a three-minute elevator pitch — with no slideshows or handouts — about their business idea to a panel of local “Big Wigs” and attendees.
The panelists — Steve Holt, owner of Shaw & Tenney in Orono; Dorathy Martel, community development specialist at Eastern Maine Development Corp.; and Cathy Conlow, city manager for the city of Bangor — will offer constructive feedback, and the audience will vote on the best pitch.
The winner will receive $100 from the University Credit Union and earn a spot to compete for a $1,000 grand prize in the Big Gig finale in April.
To participate in the Big Gig, all pitchers must take part in a Little Gig event 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3 at Eastern Maine Development Corp. in Bangor. At the Little Gig, a team of advisers will help participants polish their pitch and select three of them to move onto the Big Gig.
The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31. The application is available online.
The event is free, open to the public and sponsored by Blackstone Accelerates Growth. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available.
The Big Gig is a partnership between the towns of Orono and Old Town, the University of Maine and Husson University that aims to create a network of innovators and entrepreneurs looking to make positive economic changes in their communities. Learn more at biggig.org.
Accounting students in the Maine Business School at the University of Maine are offering free federal and state income tax filing assistance, under the supervision of Steven Colburn, associate professor of accounting.
Except for the weeks of March 2 and 9, free help sessions will be held 2-4:30 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 6 to April 10 at 312 Corbett Business Building and noon to 3 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 31 to April 11 at the Orono Public Library, 39 Pine St.
Filers are asked to bring their tax information for 2013, including:
W-2 forms received from employer(s)
Documentation for other income, including interest, dividends or tax refunds received during 2013, if any
Information regarding deductions they hope to claim (property taxes, mortgage interest, student loan interest paid, etc.)
Social Security numbers for all dependents
Copies of 2012 federal tax and state income tax returns; a copy of the federal return is needed to electronically file the 2013 return
All filers’ information is treated confidentially. Colburn will review all tax returns before they are filed. People who receive assistance will get a printed copy of their state and federal tax returns.
Appointments, which generally last an hour, are required. To make an appointment, contact Colburn, 207.581.1982, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center for Undergraduate Research (CUGR) has launched the Research Fellows Program, a new Blue Sky initiative to support University of Maine faculty efforts in promoting undergraduate research opportunities. Emerging from 2011 stimulus funding of CUGR as one of six initiatives through the 2011 Presidential Request for Visions of University Excellence (PRE-VUE) Program, this CUGR Research Fellows Program is intended to improve undergraduate research and scholarship mentoring skills, expand curricula to include research and scholarship experiences, and develop proposals for further funding specifically involving undergraduate students.
Twenty-three faculty members who were nominated by their deans to be CUGR Research Fellows will participate in the two-year development program. Workshops will focus on topics such as mentoring undergraduate students, funding sources, responsible conduct of research and grant writing. Each CUGR Research Fellow receives a modest stipend and one undergraduate assistant.
The CUGR Research Fellows are:
Laura Artesani, Associate Professor of Music
Dan Bilodeau, Assistant Professor of Theatre
Tim Bowden, Assistant Professor of Aquaculture
Steven Elmer, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Physical Education
Nuri Emanetoglu, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Nick Giudice, Associate Professor of Spatial Information Sciences
Rob Glover, CLAS-Honors Preceptor and Assistant Professor of Political Science
Will Gramlich, Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry
Hamish Greig, Associate Professor of Stream Ecology
Mark Haggerty, Associate Rezendes Preceptor for Civil Engagement
Sarah Harlan-Haughey, Assistant Professor of English and Assistant Professor of Honors
Kim Huisman, Associate Professor of Sociology
Karl Kreutz, Professor of Geological Sciences and Climate Change Institute
Jordan LaBouff, CLAS-Honors Preceptor and Assistant Professor of Psychology
Roberto Lopez-Anido, Professor of Civil Engineering
Benildo de los Reyes, Professor of Molecular Genetics
Shannon McCoy, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Reinhard Moratz, Associate Professor of Spatial Information Sciences
Balunkeswar Nayak, Assistant Professor of Food Processing
Brian Robinson, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Climate Change Institute
Mary Shea, Assistant Professor of Nursing
Ebru Ulusoy, Assistant Professor of Marketing
Faren Wolter, Lecturer
Contact: Margaret Nagle, 207.581.3745
The University of Maine football team, led by 21-year head coach Jack Cosgrove, finished the 2013 season ranked No. 11 in the NCAA FCS Coaches Poll and No. 12 in The Sports Network FCS Top-25 Poll.
The Black Bears — 10–3 overall — had one of their best seasons in school history. They won the Colonial Athletic Association title with a 7–1 league record, made their seventh overall NCAA postseason appearance and captured 10 wins for the first time since 2002.
In both national polls, FCS national champion North Dakota State (15–0) earned the No. 1 ranking and runner-up Towson University (13–3) of the CAA attained the No. 2 ranking.
Jennifer Moxley and Steve Evans, both associate professors of English at the University of Maine, are scheduled to take part in an Acadia Senior College lunch-and-learn event titled “Demystifying Contemporary Poetry.”
Evans, who also serves on the UMaine Humanities Initiative faculty advisory board, and Moxley will lead the conversation about the challenges and rewards of contemporary poetry. The event takes place Friday, Jan. 24 at Birch Bay Village Inn in Hulls Cove with lunch at 11:30 a.m. and the lecture from noon to 1 p.m.
“Demystifying Contemporary Poetry” is part of “Food for Thought,” a series of lunch-and-learn events offered by Acadia Senior College on the fourth Friday of the month. Acadia Senior College is an educational organization on Mount Desert Island that provides courses and community events for adults 50 and older.
Jim Acheson, a research professor of anthropology at UMaine and author of “The Lobster Gangs of Maine,” is scheduled to give a “Food for Thought” talk April 25.
The University of Maine is launching an innovative leadership program that will prepare a group of faculty from across the campus to serve as ambassadors to Maine communities and constituents. The Blue Sky Faculty Fellows Program will help to strengthen UMaine’s contributions to the state by building a network of faculty leaders who can communicate the importance of UMaine, and build stronger bridges to people and organizations across the state.
The six-month program will provide training in media relationships, interpersonal communication, audience analysis and partnership building. As part of the program, the Faculty Fellows will participate in a state-of-the-art communication and engagement training in conjunction with representatives from Stony Brook University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. Combining theater improv techniques with communication training, the experience will help participants communicate about UMaine and their own work with passion and confidence.
Laura Lindenfeld, Associate Professor of Communication and Journalism and the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, proposed and designed the program in conjunction with Jake Ward, Vice President for Innovation and Economic Development, and Judy Ryan, Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Administration, in order to create better pathways for making UMaine’s work matter more to the state.
“The program is designed to get faculty members and researchers more connected with Maine communities,” Lindenfeld said. “The Blue Sky Faculty Fellows Program will help us bridge boundaries and create stronger connections between our university and the state. We already do so much for the state, but we can do more. Getting a creative, entrepreneurial group of professors together through this program is a remarkable opportunity to increase our ability to help businesses, industries, and citizens. I want this program to help us make a tangible difference, and that is so inspirational and exciting.”
From engineering to marine sciences to art history, the program includes 20 outstanding faculty members who will learn about contemporary issues in Maine. The program will prepare them to make their own research more engaged and relevant to the issues in Maine.
Kathleen Bell, Associate Professor of Economics, was selected to participate in the program. She hopes to gain knowledge, skills, and experiences that will help her advance as a leader, researcher, and community member.
“I adore living in Maine and working at UMaine,” Bell said. “This program really presents me with a unique opportunity to understand the shared histories of Maine and UMaine, and to participate actively in their shared future.”
Ali Abedi, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will also participate in the program and hopes that it can bring about new connections between the state and the university.
“The University of Maine has been playing a pivotal role in Maine’s economy and improving people’s lives for a long period of time, but it is often hard to clearly link the research activities and their impact to the State’s quality of life and show the importance of investing in educating the next generation of students,” Abedi said. “The Blue Sky Faculty Fellows Program is a great way for UMaine faculty to get trained in how to communicate their research with Maine’s stakeholders in a language that is clear, concise and to the point.”
Lindenfeld and the UMaine administration will be running monthly training sessions with faculty this spring semester and plan to make the program a cornerstone training initiative at the university. The program, funded in large part from the Office of President Paul Ferguson, clearly aligns with the vision and strategies of the University of Maine’s strategic plan, the Blue Sky Project.
“Part of our job as faculty members at a land and sea grant institution is to create a shared vision with the state and find ways to connect our efforts in research and teaching with the daily lives of Mainers,” Lindenfeld said. “This is a big responsibility that we bear, and my aspiration in designing this program was to help us increase our ability to address the needs of people right here at home. We hope this program is a big step in that direction and are so excited to have launched the Blue Sky Faculty Fellows.”
The Blue Sky Faculty Fellows Program will hold its first training session Jan. 14 at UMaine’s Foster Center for Student Innovation.
The Blue Sky Faculty Fellows
Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Associate Professor, School of Economics
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Assistant Professor in Management, Maine Business School
Associate Research Professor, Center for Research and Education & Maine Education Policy Research Institute
Research Assistant Professor, School of Marine Sciences
Associate Professor of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, School of Forest Resources
E.L. Giddings Associate Professor of Forest Policy, School of Forest Resources
Professor, Department of English
Director of Academic Programs, Innovation Engineering
Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Director of the Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering
Mauricio Pereira da Cunha
Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Associate Director and Professor, Climate Change Institute, and School of Biology and Ecology
Associate Professor, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
Associate Professor, Department of Education and Human Development
Research Professor of Marine Sciences
Associate Professor of Forest Biometrics and Modeling, and Irving Chair of Forest Ecosystem Management, School of Forest Resources
Associate Professor, Department of Art
Associate Professor, School of Marine Sciences
Margaret Nagle, 207.581.3745
The University of Maine’s Target Technology Incubator was named the winner of the Maine State Merit Award by the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) in its announcement of the 2014 New England Higher Education Excellence Award winners. The six state merit awards — one for each New England state — are given to individuals, programs, organizations, institutions or businesses that exemplify excellence in promoting college readiness and success for students. The Target Technology Incubator houses UMaine researchers and private sector technology firms and provides an environment for business development and commercialization. The NEBHE will hold its 12th annual award ceremony March 7 in Boston.
The University of Maine will dedicate its new Innovative Media Research and Commercialization (IMRC) Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and an afternoon conference celebrating innovation and the state’s creative economy Jan. 9.
The 15,000-square-foot IMRC Center in the newly renovated Stewart Commons is home to UMaine’s Department of New Media and the MFA in Intermedia Program, and available to Maine entrepreneurs for creative exploration. It features intermedia graduate research labs, state-of-the-art technology classrooms, audio and video production studios, a 3-D and immersive visualization presentation environment, and facilities for prototyping, fabrication and computer numerical control (CNC) manufacturing.
The more than $10 million renovation of Stewart Commons, which also houses the Wyeth Family Studio Art Center, was funded in part by the state of Maine through a Maine Technology Asset Fund award from the Maine Technology Institute.
The IMRC Dedication Ceremony begins at 5 p.m., followed by a reception and facility tours. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.581.3582.
The conference, IMRC Maine: Celebrating Creative Innovation, from noon to 4:30 p.m., is held in partnership with the Camden-based Juice Conference and Midcoast Magnet, the Belfast Creative Coalition and Realize Maine Network.
Juice conferences connect leaders of the creative economy to foster growth and prosperity. Weaving the arts, technology and entrepreneurship, Juice inspires innovation by bringing talented people together from widely different backgrounds to learn, exchange ideas and share success stories.
The UMaine event will be a mini-Juice conference and the first outside the midcoast region.
The conference will feature a keynote by award-winning graphic designer John Bielenberg, co-founder of Future, and two seminars: “What’s Possible Tour,” featuring presentations by entrepreneurs who have used the IMRC prototyping and media development facilities, and “Diving Deeper: Prototyping Specifics,” featuring detailed presentations on 3-D printing and media production.
The full schedule of IMRC Maine is online. For more information, call 207.236.6545.