Archive for the ‘Statewide’ Category

Camire Quoted in Press Herald Article on Exclusion of Potatoes from Program

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Mary Ellen Camire, a professor of food science and human nutrition at the University of Maine, spoke to the Portland Press Herald for an article about the potato industry and supporters in Congress pushing to scrap a policy that prevents women from buying potatoes with vouchers they get through the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program. Camire, who has researched the nutritional value of and consumers’ attitudes about potatoes, said potatoes are inexpensive, keep for long periods, are low in sodium and contain more protein and fiber than many other vegetables. She said she supports increasing the availability of potatoes to families.

Grad Student to Conduct Vegetable Study

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Is a purple potato more appealing than a white one?

Kelly Koss, a University of Maine student pursuing a master’s degree in food science and human nutrition, plans to find out.

Since many children in the United States do not eat the recommended daily amount of vegetables, Koss has decided to test whether they are more apt to eat a veggie that has a novel, bright color. Koss is seeking 100 children from 8 to 10 years of age to take part in a 50-minute study during February vacation. Participating children will be asked to sample two cooked potatoes (one purple, one white), as well as raw cauliflower (orange and white) and raw carrots (yellow and orange), then answer several questions.

The study will be conducted in the Consumer Testing Center in Hitchner Hall on the UMaine campus. Volunteers who complete the study will earn $10. Mary Ellen Camire, professor of food science and human nutrition in the School of Food and Agriculture, is Koss’ adviser.

All of the vegetables are grown naturally and are not artificially colored, Koss says. Children who are allergic to cooked potatoes, raw cauliflower, raw carrots, dairy, eggs or ranch dressing are not permitted to participate. If interested, and for more information, contact Koss at 207.581.1733 or kelly.koss@umit.maine.edu.

WABI Talks With 7th-Grader Committed to UMaine

Friday, January 24th, 2014

WABI (Channel 5) interviewed Oliver Wahlstrom, a seventh-grader who plays varsity ice hockey at North Yarmouth Academy and who earlier this year verbally committed to attend the University of Maine and play hockey, in 2019.

Wahlstrom, 13, told WABI that he wants to enroll at UMaine because he loves the school, is not a city guy and that the Black Bear coaching staff is “unbelievable.”

BDN Previews Inaugural Event at Renovated Field House

Friday, January 24th, 2014

The Bangor Daily News wrote about Saturday morning’s scheduled opening of the renovated University of Maine New Balance Field House.

The public will get its first look at the nearly $5 million in renovations at Saturday’s Penobscot Valley Conference-Eastern Maine Indoor Track League.

WVII Interviews Sophomore About 4K for Cancer

Friday, January 24th, 2014

WVII (Channel 7) talked with University of Maine sophomore Matt Dexter about his summer plans — taking part in the 4K for Cancer.

For 42 days, Dexter and 33 other college students will team up to complete a 4,000-mile team run from San Francisco, Calif. to Baltimore, Md. Their goals are to raise awareness of cancer and raise money for cancer research.

“It’s important to me because my mother passed away from cancer in 2008. I realized I wasn’t alone and there’s a lot of people out there who are affected by this terrible, terrible disease,” says Dexter, who is majoring in psychology.

Along the way, Dexter and his teammates will visit hospitals and give college scholarships to young adults fighting cancer.

UMaine Sophomore on Track With 4K for Cancer

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Matthew Dexter was 13 when his mother, Christine died of stomach cancer. Running, he says, eventually helped him get his life back on track.

The University of Maine sophomore is now planning to run to help others. This summer, for 42 days, Dexter will jog from sea to shining sea to spread awareness about cancer and raise money for research and for young cancer survivors.

Dexter and 33 other college students from around the country will team up to log 4,000 miles in the second annual Ulman Cancer Foundation’s 4K for Cancer, a running relay from San Francisco, Calif. to Baltimore, Md.

The psychology major from Acton, Mass. will begin the trek June 15 near the Golden Gate Bridge. Each member of the relay team will run six to 10 miles a day, and finish the fund-raising journey July 26 on Federal Hill in the Charm City.

Dexter is about $1,000 shy of raising his goal of $5,000. Last year, runners and bikers taking part in the annual event contributed almost $775,000 to the Ulman Cancer Foundation’s 4K for Cancer fund.

The motto for the relay is “Change Lives” and that’s what Dexter has his sights set on doing. “I want to change at least one person’s life,” he says.

On the 42-day journey, he’ll have a number of opportunities to do so; he says he’s eager to visit patients, hand out chemo packs (comfort items for patients undergoing chemotherapy) and deliver college scholarships to young adults fighting cancer.

Dexter plans to blog and post photos throughout the trek so friends and family can vicariously experience highlights along the way.

4K for Cancer is a program of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults that Doug Ulman started in 1997. Ulman was 19 and about to begin his sophomore year at Brown University when he was first diagnosed with cancer. He formed the nonprofit organization to enhance “lives by supporting, educating and connecting young adults, and their loved ones, affected by cancer.”

Ulman, a former soccer player for the Division I Brown Bears, is now a three-time cancer survivor and is president and CEO of LIVESTRONG Foundation.

Striving to make a positive difference runs in Dexter’s family as well. His father, Jim participates in the Pan-Mass Challenge, a bike-a-thon in Massachusetts that raises money for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dexter, who completed an ultra marathon this past fall in New Hampshire, was considering how he could contribute when he spied an ad for 4K for Cancer on Facebook.

To learn more, to contribute and to read his blog during the trek, visit 4kforcancer.org/profiles/matt-dexter.

Contact: Beth Staples, 207.581.3777

Cosgrove Among Maine Sports Hall of Fame Inductees, Media Report

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

The Bangor Daily News and The Maine Edge reported Jack Cosgrove, head coach of the University of Maine football team, is one of nine people to be inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in May at its 39th annual awards banquet. Other inductees include Joseph L. Ferris, who pitched for UMaine in the 1964 College World Series, and Edward J. Flaherty, an All-American performer at UMaine in 1975.

Maine Edge Advances Sader’s Invasive Species Talk

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

The Maine Edge previewed a Jan. 23 talk by Steve Sader, a professor of forest resources at the University of Maine, as part of an invasive species program offered by Bangor Land Trust. Sader will discuss invasive woody species common to the Bangor area and give the history of how these species were introduced and became invasive.

Forensic Anthropologist Sorg Featured in BDN Article

Monday, January 20th, 2014

The Bangor Daily News published a feature article on Marcella Sorg, a medical and forensic anthropologist in the University of Maine’s Department of Anthropology, Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center and the Climate Change Institute. Sorg is also the forensic anthropologist for the Maine medical examiner’s office where she does forensic skeletal investigations to determine a person’s identity or cause of death. Sorg is also a regularly published author and involved in multiple research projects.

Brewer Quoted in AP Article on Maine Governor Race

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Mark Brewer, a political science professor at the University of Maine, was interviewed by the Associated Press for an article about independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler saying he would like to debate with the other candidates early and often. Brewer said general election debates normally begin in late summer or fall, and those issuing a call for debates are usually good debaters or are trailing in the polls. He added there’s nothing to lose for Cutler in issuing a call for debates. The San Francisco Chronicle and Seacoast Online carried the AP report.