Kenneth Hillas, a retired senior foreign service officer who teaches a graduate seminar in global politics at the University of Maine, wrote an opinion piece published in the Bangor Daily News titled “As we remember Mandela, don’t simplify his history, legacy.
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.
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.
Charles Hastings, a graduate student in the University of Maine’s School of Policy and International Affairs, wrote an opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News titled “Public-private partnership or corporate welfare? However you view it, Maine’s prosperity depends on it.”
Sarah Newcomb, a doctoral student in behavioral economics at the University of Maine and research assistant at UMaine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative, was featured in a Bangor Daily News column about a shopper-friendly phone app she developed. Newcomb won the first Big Gig networking and pitch-off event in October with her proposed app, “Who’s Your Daddy?,” that allows shoppers to scan products to learn more about the product’s parent company and its practices. The Big Gig was organized by the University of Maine, Husson University and the towns of Old Town and Orono to bring together innovators and entrepreneurs.
Robin Barstow, a master’s of social work student at the University of Maine who also has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology, wrote an opinion piece that appeared in the Bangor Daily News titled “In Maine, Thanksgiving dinner can be made with completely local ingredients.”
The University of Maine School of Performing Arts presents the fall Jazz Ensemble concert Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Minsky Recital Hall.
Under the direction of Jack Burt, the ensemble will perform jazz standards by John Coltrane, Miles Davis and others. In addition, it will perform “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” by Charles Mingus and “Body and Soul” by Johnny Green, featuring tenor soloist Ron Ho, as a tribute to former UMaine graduate student Ashley Drew, who died this past summer.
Burt says Drew was a formidable leader. “A great jazz solo isn’t just a collection of well-chosen notes; it’s a personal expression of life’s experiences, and a person’s thoughts and feelings,” he says. “That’s why Ashley had something to say every time she picked up her tenor… In music, or in life, what Ashley Drew had to say was worth listening to…”
The Jazz Ensemble is a 20-piece big band open to university students. Admittance is by audition. It performs several times each semester, both on campus and around the state. Additionally, for the last 12 years, the Jazz Ensemble has performed a live two-hour radio broadcast at the studio of MPBN Radio. The performance is simulcast on the Internet.
Admission is $9, free with a valid student MaineCard. For tickets, or to request a disability accommodation, call 207.581.1755. Tickets may also be purchased at the door one hour prior to the show.
Bangor Daily News editorial page editor Erin Rhoda highlights University of Maine graduate student Rachael Joyce in a blog titled Arguably.
Joyce, who is studying civil engineering and works at the university’s Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center developing offshore wind turbine technology, also assists her boyfriend with Volition Ski Co. — a startup company that hand-builds skis. Consider the positive impact, writes Rhoda, if 2,000 more young, talented people from Maine chose to stay and work and create businesses in the state.
The Bangor Daily News was among the news outlets that announced the University of Maine System Board of Trustees meeting Sunday and Monday, Nov. 17–18, at the University of Maine at Farmington. Trustees will vote on whether to approve a new doctoral program in communications at the University of Maine. The Portland Press Herald, The Sun Journal, WLBZ2 (Channel 2) and WABI-TV (Channel 5) also previewed the agenda.
Students in the University of Maine Intermedia MFA Program and the University of New Hampshire Department of Theatre and Dance will perform one play simultaneously at both universities by streaming audio and video, and using other technology, including social media.
The universities will premiere the telematic multimedia performance piece “eStranged,” which is based on Albert Camus’ novel “L’Etranger” (“The Stranger”). The piece examines the idea that people exist in two forms — a “real self” and a media-produced and publicly broadcast “virtual self.”
The performance will exist for the audiences in both the physical and virtual realms in Maine and New Hampshire.
The play was written and directed by Nate Aldrich, assistant professor of intermedia at UMaine, and David Kaye, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at UNH. The production includes actors, designers and technicians from the Intermedia MFA program at UMaine and the Department of Theatre and Dance at UNH.
“There is not an abundance of telematic performances to study, as the history of this genre is just beginning to be written,” Aldrich says. “As a result, we have experimented at every stage of the process, and the performance is an experimental exploration of the form and content of contemporary online existence.”
The show runs 7 p.m. Nov. 20–23 and 2 p.m. Nov. 24 at the IMRC Center in Stewart Hall on the UMaine campus and at UNH’s Paul Creative Arts Center in Durham, N.H. Admission is free. For more information and to request a disability accommodation for the UMaine showing, contact Bethany Engstrom at 207.581.4390 or firstname.lastname@example.org.