The Maine Edge advanced the University of Maine School of Performing Arts’ presentation of “Ein deutsches Requiem” by Johannes Brahms on Dec. 15 in Hampden. The Oratorio Society, along with the University Orchestra, are dedicating the performance to the memory of victims of the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
The Maine Aqua Ventus 1 pilot project, the proposed floating offshore wind project led by the University of Maine and its partner companies, was the focus of the Bangor Daily News editorial “How to prepare for Maine’s next big, windy industry.” The Working Waterfront also published an article about the concern of Monhegan residents over the proposed project’s effect on island tourism.
The Maine Edge previewed the 14th annual Maine FIRST Lego League Championship hosted by Maine Robotics and Time Warner Cable Dec. 14 in Augusta. The University of Maine College of Engineering and Cooperative Extension 4-H program are also supporting the event as part of Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds initiative to address the nation’s declining proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math.
The Maine Edge reported on the publication of a journal article written by University of Maine marine scientists Robert Steneck and Richard Wahle. “American lobster dynamics in a brave new ocean,” was published in a special issue of the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science titled “American Lobster in a Changing Ecosystem: U.S.-Canada Science Symposium.” The journal includes scientific presentations made at the symposium in November 2012. Steneck and Wahle’s article proposes that due to fewer predators, warming water, an influx of warm-water species and risks of disease, traditional conditions of the American lobster in the North Atlantic no longer exist.
Scott Johnson, a professor at and director of the School of Earth and Climate Sciences at the University of Maine, spoke with WGME (Channel 13) for a report on ancient volcanoes in Maine. Johnson and other UMaine geologists said there is evidence of an ancient supervolcano on Mount Desert Island. Johnson also simulated a volcanic eruption by using a trash can full of water, liquid nitrogen and a soda bottle.
WVII (Channel 7) reported on the second pitch-off event for the Big Gig, a program designed to bring together innovators and entrepreneurs in the Bangor-Orono area and offer networking opportunities. The Big Gig was started by a partnership between the University of Maine, Old Town, Orono, and Husson University and is supported by Blackstone Accelerates Growth. Three groups were selected to pitch their products or companies to a panel of judges at the event. UMaine students John and Christine Carney won for their pitch of their business Through Thick and Thin that offers quirky acrylic cupcake toppers, jewelry and ornaments.
WGME (Channel 13) reported University of Maine researchers are working with the Maine Forest Service to track destructive winter moths that are returning to Maine. So far the moths have been found in Harpswell and Cape Elizabeth. The moths can be harmful to plants and crops, such as apples and blueberries.
WABI (Channel 5) reported on the 2013 Maine Food Summit, a daylong conference sponsored by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and held on the Orono campus. The summit provided an opportunity for food producers, business owners and anyone involved with and interested in Maine’s food system to share ideas about growing the state’s agriculture and fishery, supporting the economy and improving food security. Attendees also participated in a question-and-answer session with Maine Food Strategy directors.
The Portland Press Herald spoke with Kaitlyn O’Donnell, a graduate student in entomology at the University of Maine, for an article on destructive winter moths returning to Maine. O’Donnell, who has been working in Harpswell for the last 18 months, said research there has revealed the moths prefer apples and oaks, and they haven’t been spreading very far or fast. She added they have stripped oaks almost completely and their effect on apple trees could eventually concern commercial growers if the insects extend their range.
WVII (Channel 7) reported on the University of Maine Standardbred Drill Team’s second annual “Meet Santa’s Reindeer” event at the J.F. Witter Teaching and Research Center. Greater Bangor area residents were able to meet the UMaine mares, enjoy snacks and make holiday cards in an effort to spread awareness about the farm and involve the community.