The Bangor Daily News reported the Maine National Guard honored Lt. Col. Diane Dunn for her work in organizing a statewide emergency and disaster simulation held in November. The “Vigilant Guard” exercises took place at several locations around the state including the University of Maine and was called the “largest emergency response exercise ever conducted in New England,” according to Maj. Michael Steinbuchel.
The Associated Press previewed the Dec. 16 Maine Green Crab Summit at the University of Maine. Maine officials, researches and fisherman are expected to discuss the invasive European green crab and the effects it has on the state’s coastal and marine resources. Maine Sea Grant, Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR), Maine Coastal Program and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are organizing the event. News OK, WGME (Channel 13), San Francisco Chronicle, The Republic, Portland Press Herald, WLBZ (Channel 2) and WABI (Channel 5) carried the AP report.
Frank Drummond, an entomologist with specialties in blueberry pollination and integrated pest management at the University of Maine, and Lois Berg Stack, an ornamental horticulture specialist with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, were interviewed for the latest column in the Portland Press Herald’s Maine Gardener series. Drummond and Stack spoke about neonicotinoid pesticides and their potentially harmful effects on honeybees.
WVII (Channel 7) reported on the 2013 Maine Indian Basketmakers Sale and Demonstration at the Collins Center for the Arts on the University of Maine campus. The 19th annual event featured baskets, carvings and beadwork, as well as demonstrations, storytelling, music, drumming and dancing. John Bear Mitchell, a Wabanaki studies lecturer and associate director of UMaine’s Wabanaki Center, told WVII a lot of the crafts featured at the sale come from traditional sources where the basketmakers go into the forest to harvest trees and split ash.
The Sun Journal advanced a Robotics and Engineering Event hosted by the University of Maine Brunswick Engineering Program in partnership with Southern Maine Community College for students at Portland and Kennebunk high schools and Lewiston Regional Technical Center. The event will be held Dec. 17 at the Maine Advanced Technology & Engineering Center in Brunswick with the goal of spurring students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math.
A presentation made by University of Maine nursing students at a Veazie town council meeting was cited in the Bangor Daily News article “Orono-Veazie Water District consumers raise concerns about potential carcinogen.” The students presented on the health effects of trihalomethanes (THMs), which are formed when chlorine and other disinfectants are mixed with organic matter, after residents showed concern over chemicals in their water. The students said exposure can lead to an increased risk of bladder, colon and rectal cancer. UMaine also released a statement about its water, saying the university “has been in contact with the Orono-Veazie Water District and is aware that it is currently in compliance for 2013.”
WABI (Channel 5) reported on 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 were also sponsors 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.
Dennis Costin, a special operations chief for the Boston Fire Department, visited the University of Maine to speak to first responders and town officials about emergency preparedness and lessons learned from the Boston Marathon bombings, according to WVII (Channel 7). The event was hosted by Speciality Response Solutions.
The UMaine Community is proud to unveil three new University of Maine entrance signs installed this week at the three points of entry of the University of Maine. This installation is a significant event under the UMaine Blue Sky Project Branding Initiative and the Paint, Polish and Plant Initiative of Pathway 3: Embracing a Culture of Excellence: Promoting Spirit, Community and Collaboration and Pathway 5: Restoring the Dream: Renewing Pride and Stewardship of Place. The signs, replacing the nearly 20-year-old University of Maine signs, were designed by UMaine’s Division of Marketing and Communications and were paid for by the Thayer Fund for Campus Excellence, a private gift endowment fund.
The University of Maine School of Performing Arts’ University Singers will perform at two Bangor retail locations on Saturday and Sunday Dec. 14–15. The group will sing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at J.C. Penney court in the Bangor Mall and 1–2 p.m. at Starbucks.
Members of the choir come from a variety of academic disciplines. Under the direction of Dennis Cox, the singers annually perform at multiple concerts on campus, tour New England for a week each spring and perform abroad every four years.