The University of Maine Intermedia MFA program, New Media Department and Innovative Media Research and Commercialization (IMRC) Center have named New York-based artist Dan Mikesell the spring 2014 Researcher in Residence.
Mikesell is a media artist and technologist who spent the past four years teaching new interfaces for musical expression, physical computing and emotional design at Hongik University in Seoul, South Korea. He is the co-founder of Hacker Space Seoul, a creative incubator that works on biological and bio-mimetic installation.
Mikesell also developed a mobile networked device that helps doctors treat stroke victims and chronic pain patients. He currently holds one U.S. patent and three Korean patents based on this technology. More information on his work is online.
As Researcher in Residence, Mikesell will use the center’s facilities and equipment for projects. He is scheduled to give a public lecture on his work at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 14 in 104 IMRC. While working with students on a daily basis, Mikesell will also offer a workshop/master class during his residence from mid-March through May.
IMRC residencies support the creative research, production and presentation of initiatives in new media, intermedia and other technology areas. The residency supports a period of concentration and immersion in creative investigation, cutting-edge research or production of visionary, experimental applications and projects.
Applications for the fall 2014 Researcher in Residence are now being accepted. More information on the residency program, including how to apply, is available online.
A new Maine Space Grant from NASA will put three 12-inch-square, remote-control quadcopters in the air on the University of Maine campus and in open fields in the area beginning this spring.
The $15,000, one-year grant awarded to UMaine professors Charles Hess and Sam Hess will involve undergraduate students. The goal of the grant is to increase student involvement in technology, providing hands-on experience in developing heat sensors and other innovations for environmental monitoring, including temperature gradation.
The students also will learn to fly the lightweight quadcopters, which have four small rotors, can carry payloads of up to 300 grams and remain airborne for up to 20 minutes.
It will be a homecoming for two University of Maine students when UMaine’s Concert Band performs a run-out concert Thursday, March 20, at Wagner Middle School in Winterport.
Aaron Beaulieu, a first-year mechanical engineering student, began playing the trumpet in the fifth grade. Jay Baines, a civil engineering major also in his first year at UMaine, began playing percussion at the same time. Both students have returned to the direction of their first teacher, Dana Ross, who conducts the UMaine Concert Band and is band and chorus director at Wagner Middle School.
“It’s safe to say that without him, I wouldn’t be where I am today in my music,” Baines said.
The Concert Band will perform at an afternoon assembly at the school and at a free public concert at 7 p.m. The performances will feature arrangements by Clare Grundman, Henry Fillmore and Frank Ticheli. Wagner’s band will join UMaine’s Concert Band for the finale.
The music program at Wagner includes more than 100 instrumentalists and almost 100 vocalists, out of a total student body of 220.
Ross is in his fourth year as conductor for the Concert Band, a nonauditioned group that performs both on and off campus in a variety of communities, especially public schools.
The University of Maine announced 261 student-athletes will be honored and recognized for their academic success at the Scholar-Athlete Recognition Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25, 2014 in Wells Conference Center.
At the ceremony, 195 student-athletes will be recognized as scholar-athletes for achieving a 3.0 or higher grade point average for the 2013 year and/or having a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Sixty-six first-year student-athletes will be honored as rising stars for earning a 3.0 GPA or higher in their first semester at UMaine.
Now in its 25th year, the awards have been presented annually since 1989 and 3,189 medallions have been awarded. This is the 10th year in a row that more than half of the university’s student-athletes have been honored. The event is sponsored by the University of Maine Foundation, University Credit Union, the M Club and the Alumni Association.
“Recognizing over half of our student-athletes as scholar-athletes is an impressive accomplishment,” says UMaine Director of Athletics Karlton Creech. “This group exemplifies what it means to be a student-athlete, excelling in both the classroom and in their sport. I congratulate them on this outstanding achievement.”
At the reception, UMaine will honor the student-athletes and also announce the annual recipients of the M Club Dean Smith Award, presented to the top male and female scholar-athlete. Team Maine will also be announced, honoring the sophomore, junior or senior from each team who has achieved the highest grade point average for the 2013 calendar year.
All scholar-athletes will receive a medallion, the color of which represents the number of years a recipient has earned the award. This year, 97 student-athletes will receive bronze medals signifying the first time they have received the award, 56 will receive silver medals signifying the second time they have won the award, and 36 will receive gold medals signifying the third time they have received the award. Four student-athletes will receive double gold medals for their fourth award.
A list of the student-athletes to be honored is available online.
“Kitchen Chemistry” is the focus of a 4-H Science Saturday workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 8 at the University of Maine’s Foster Center for Student Innovation.
Youth in grades 6–8 will be challenged to identify a problem or opportunity for innovation and invent a product. Once a product is created, a commercial will be made to raise consumer awareness and interest. Lunch will be followed by a presentation of the Mainely Physics Road Show from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. in Bennett Hall.
Registration is $15 and includes lunch. Maximum enrollment is 25. Registration is available online. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call Jessica Brainerd at 207.581.3877.
Margaret Chase Smith Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap will visit the University of Maine on Thursday, Feb. 27.
Margaret Chase Smith Distinguished Maine Policy Fellows are prominent Maine individuals with a past or current career as a policymaker in the state. The Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center brings its fellows to campus for a day to teach an undergraduate class, engage faculty about research and public policy, and meet with UMaine administration and graduate students. Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow Sen. Anne Haskell visited the university in January.
Dunlap of Old Town is a UMaine alumnus and Maine’s 49th Secretary of State. He previously served three terms as Maine’s 47th Secretary of State and is the first person to serve non-consecutive terms in the office since 1880.
Dunlap will be honored with a reception at 4 p.m. at the University Club in Fogler Library. All are welcome to attend the event, and no RSVP is required.
The University of Maine Graduate School will hold the 27th annual Graduate Student and Faculty Recognition Ceremony from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 9 in the Alfond Arena. A reception in the Memorial Gym will immediately follow the hooding ceremony. For disability accommodations or for more information, visit the Graduate School website, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207.581.3291.
Snow plowing at the University of Maine is planned for Wednesday night, Feb. 19. Parking Services reminds the UMaine community to be aware of the weather for the next few days. As noted on the back of all parking permits, the winter overnight parking ban is in effect through May 1. All staff, commuter and visitor parking areas are closed to overnight parking. No vehicle should be parked in these lots between midnight and 6 a.m. Any vehicle left during snow removal will be towed and stored at the owner’s expense. The College Avenue South and the Bridge Tennis Court lots are available for faculty, staff, commuter and visitors who have a short-term need to park vehicles overnight.
The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, March 31 at the Collins Center for the Arts. The University of Maine School of Performing Arts and the Bangor Daily News are sponsoring the show, which will include 16 UMaine students as guest performers and Christopher White, UMaine Symphonic Band director, as a guest conductor for one piece.
The United States Army Field Band has been performing for more than 60 years and travels nationally and internationally to perform. Since its formation in 1946, the Field Band has appeared in all 50 states and in more than 30 countries on four continents. The Field Band’s 65 members are selected by competitive audition and are called “The Musical Ambassadors of the Army.” The United States Army Soldiers’ Chorus was founded in 1957 and is the vocal complement of the United States Army Field Band.
Tickets for the event are free, but are limited to four tickets per request. Tickets can be obtained by mailing a request in a self-addressed stamped envelope to:
ATTN: U.S. Army Field Band Tickets
University of Maine School of Performing Arts
5788 Class of 1944 Hall
Orono, ME 04469-5788
For more information on the performance or to request a disability accommodation, call the School of Performing Arts at 207.581.4703. More information on the musical performers of the band and chorus is available online.
The University Credit Union’s seventh annual Healthy High 5k/10k and 1-Mile Fun Run at the University of Maine, sponsored by Cadillac Mountain Sports, will be April 13.
The race, which begins at 4:20 p.m. at UMaine’s New Balance Student Recreation Center, promotes health and wellness for both the university and the community.
Early registration fees for the 5k/10k are $15; $5 for students. The 1-mile walk/run is free. Early registration deadline is 4 p.m April 9. Day-of registration fees are $20; $10 for students. Registration is available online.
Race proceeds benefit the Black Bear Exchange Food Pantry and Thrift Store. In addition, donations of used footwear will benefit Soles4Souls.
For registration information, to request a disability accommodation or for more information, call Shelby Saucier, 207.581.1423.