The Bangor Daily News spoke with Daniel Williams, interim executive director of the Collins Center for the Arts, for the article “People behind Bangor’s entertainment industry laud growth.” Williams said he remembered people talking about building a “creative economy” in the Bangor area years ago and believes it is finally happening. At a Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce breakfast, Williams said he and other entertainment representatives are working to identify and fill their niche to provide a variety of entertainment offerings that appeal to diverse audiences. The BDN also quoted Williams in an article about the CCA offering the kickoff performance of a national tour of Stephen King and John Mellencamp’s musical “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.” Williams said the first night of the show — in early November — will be the CCA’s gala opening for this year’s season. “It’s an incredibly exciting thing for us and for the region in general, as synonymous as we are with Stephen King,” he said. “We’re lucky enough to be the first stop on their national tour.”
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The latest edition of Maine Policy Review, a publication of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, was the focus of the Mainebiz article, “Innovation linked to education, R&D spending: report.” The article states that according to the report, Maine has made considerable improvements in higher education attainment and research and development investments relative to the nation since the late 1990s, but it still has far to go to stimulate those and other drivers of innovation and personal income. The full Maine Policy Review report is online.
Paul Anderson, director of the Aquaculture Research Institute at the University of Maine and director of Maine Sea Grant, was a recent guest on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s “Maine Calling” radio show. The show focused on salmon aquaculture in Maine and how the industry has changed so far and where it may go in the future.
The Boothbay Register mentioned the UMaine Business Challenge in an article about the Boothbay-based Above and Beyond Scheduling winning second place in the contest. The UMaine Business Challenge was founded in 2011 by a group of 2010 UMaine graduates who wanted to give back to their alma mater while creating more opportunities for student entrepreneurs. Above and Beyond Scheduling is a new business venture by Juliette and Ronald Cohen that will act as an in-between service for patients and caregivers using a network of certified nurses, aides and specialists. The Cohens won $1,000 and consulting services provided by Cary Weston of Sutherland Weston Marketing Communications. “This win means a lot to both of us,” Juliette Cohen said. “Now we can use our resources in other ways, and we won’t be stretched so thin at the beginning.”
The University of Maine’s proposed offshore wind pilot project was the focus of the Working Waterfront editorial, “Changing wind direction should not blow Maine off course.” The project was recently chosen as an alternate for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Technology Demonstration Program and will receive $3 million for further research and development. It will be considered for more funding should it become available. “The potential benefits of offshore wind generation are too great to put on the shelf,” the editorial reads.
The Huffington Post spoke with Andrew Plant, an educator with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in Aroostook County, about growing soybeans in northern Maine. Plant said growers in northern parts of the state who are searching for crop alternatives to increase net farm income should consider planting soybeans. He said the beans perform best in well-drained soils, which are typical in Aroostook County, and can easily fit into a two- or three-year rotation with or without potatoes.
The Bangor Daily News posted “Bangor 2020: A Sustainable Future for the Queen City,” a collaborative, multimedia project designed to report on the possibilities of what Bangor could and should do to become a more vibrant, attractive and livable city by the year 2020. The project was the result of University of Maine students in Jennifer Moore’s digital journalism class working with mentors at the BDN.
Jake Ward, the University of Maine’s vice president for innovation and economic development, spoke with WLBZ (Channel 2) for a report about the university’s proposed wind project off the coast of Monhegan Island. The project, known as New England Aqua Ventus, was recently chosen as an alternate for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Technology Demonstration Program and will receive $3 million for further research and development. It will be considered for more funding should it become available. Despite some opposition from island residents, Ward says the project has a lot of support and is confident that a full-scale unit will be built.
An economic impact study on Maine’s craft beer industry that was commissioned by the Maine Brewers’ Guild and conducted by two professors at UMaine’s School of Economics was the focus of a Mainebiz article. The study found the state’s craft beer industry could double in the next four years. It also found that Maine breweries sold $92.6 million worth of beer while employing almost 1,500 workers, and the industry generated an additional $35.5 million from sales at brew pubs, restaurants and retail shops. With revenue from peripheral industries, such as festivals, hotels and beer tours, the study estimated the Maine craft beer industry resulted in an annual statewide economic impact of $189 million, according to the article.
The role of citizen science in sustainable river herring harvest is the focus of a more than $49,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The co-principal investigators are Theodore Willis and Karen Wilson at the University of Southern Maine, and Karen Hutchins Bieluch, Linda Silka and Laura Lindenfeld at the University of Maine.
Maine is one of only three states currently harvesting river herring. The researchers believe that collaborations between the state, harvesters and citizens who live in the towns where river herring runs occur can play a role in ensuring a sustainable river herring fishery. Additional data is needed to help inform decisions about fishery management and sustainability. One potential solution to collecting more data for future stock assessments is to expand the role of citizen scientists in gathering data on river herring. Citizen science involves members of the public in gathering and sometimes analyzing scientific data about a particular issue of interest. Citizen science not only generates important scientific data, but it also has been shown to be an important educational tool for learning about nature and about the production of science broadly. There are three primary goals of this project:
- Investigating the various attempts at citizen science monitoring of river herring, collating the successes and difficulties, and producing a road map useful to other groups interested in getting involved with local river herring monitoring and management.
- Working with pilot communities to assist them in developing monitoring programs and, simultaneously, assess the accuracy of citizen efforts in producing harvest independent records.
- Collaborating with stakeholders, facilitating meetings, interviewing members of the stakeholder groups, performing participant-observation at meetings and monitoring activities, and designing and implementing surveys to study participant perceptions, attitudes and intent to continue citizen science monitoring efforts.