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.
University of Maine students and married couple John Carney and Christine Carney won the Big Gig’s second pitch-off for their promotion of their business, Through Thick and Thin, which offers quirky acrylic cupcake toppers, jewelry and ornaments.
Three businesses had been selected to pitch their products or companies to a panel of judges at the event at Kosta’s Bar and Grill in Old Town.
The winners received $100 and an invitation to compete for a $1,000 grand prize in the Big Gig Finale in April.
The Big Gig is designed to bring together Bangor-Orono area innovators and entrepreneurs and offer networking opportunities. It was started by a partnership between the University of Maine, Old Town, Orono and Husson University and is supported by Blackstone Accelerates Growth.
Sarah Newcomb, a doctoral student in behavioral economics at UMaine and research assistant at UMaine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative, won the Big Gig’s first pitch-off event in October with “Who’s Your Daddy?” — a phone app she developed that allows shoppers to scan products to learn more about its parent company.
More about the Carneys and how UMaine’s Foster Center for Student Innovation helped get their company off the ground is online.
Vice President for Research Carol Kim recently appointed Paul Anderson as the new director of the Aquaculture Research Institute (ARI) at the University of Maine. ARI is a statewide resource for research, faculty expertise and facilities dedicated to informing the development of sustainable aquaculture.
In Maine, marine aquaculture includes salmon, oysters, mussels and seaweeds with a growing interest in other species of both finfish and shellfish. There is also a small amount of freshwater aquaculture used to raise bait fish and other species.
Since 2001, Anderson has directed the Maine Sea Grant College Program, another one of UMaine’s research centers overseen by Kim. He will continue in that capacity. “Paul has tremendous leadership skills,” said Kim, explaining that the ARI is an important asset to the developing aquaculture industry in Maine, “I expect successful results as he takes the helm.”
During this two-year appointment as ARI director, which began December 1, 2013, Anderson will oversee a strategic planning effort, an external review of the institute, and will work to align the faculty, student and facilities that are involved in aquaculture-related research towards common goals. “This is an important time in the evolution of aquaculture in the world and strong science is needed to help ensure that aquaculture is integrated in the working waterfront and into the food systems in an ecologically sustainable manner,” Anderson said.
A UMaine alumnus, Anderson served as the extension leader at Maine Sea Grant before becoming its director. From 1989–1999, he worked for the Maine Department of Marine Resources where he directed the Public Health Division overseeing all aspects of seafood safety. In 2003, he chaired the Governor’s Task Force on the Planning and Development of Marine Aquaculture in Maine.
UMaine has aquaculture research facilities at three locations in the state: the Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research in Franklin; the research laboratory at the Darling Marine Center in Walpole, and the Aquaculture Research Center in Orono.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WABI (Channel 5) reported on the University of Maine Museum of Art’s 6th annual Art Factory. A variety of art stations were set up throughout the museum for families to make cards, ornaments or gifts. The event was sponsored by WBRC Architects and Engineers.