Jeffrey Thaler, assistant university counsel and a visiting professor of energy policy, law and ethics at the University of Maine, and Jake Ward, UMaine’s vice president for innovation and economic development, were interviewed for a Mainebiz article on the release of estimated cost and economic impact details of a proposed floating offshore wind project led by UMaine and its partner companies. The details filed by the Maine Aqua Ventus project say the project will create at least 340 jobs and make the state a hub for development. Utility customers would pay 23 cents per kilowatt hour for electricity, which is higher than market rates. Thaler said for the price of a movie ticket, Mainers will be investing in helping the state become a leader in the offshore wind industry. Ward said Maine Aqua Ventus is also pledging to develop a STEM curriculum related to the project for high school students.
A 2009 study conducted by researchers at the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development’s Center for Research and Evaluation was cited in a Portland Press Herald editorial on high school accreditation. The study found 102 of the state’s 119 public secondary schools were accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The study also found some schools dropped accreditation in the early 1990s because of budget constraints and that high school accreditation rarely comes into play when New England colleges review applications.
Foster’s Daily Democrat reported applications are available for the 2014 Master Gardener volunteer training with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension in York County. From January to June, participants will receive more than 66 hours of in-depth horticultural training. The winter program’s focus will be on growing fruits and vegetables.
WABI (Channel 5) reported members of the Penobscot Community HealthCorps visited the University of Maine campus in Orono to teach students how to explore their health care options available under the Affordable Care Act.
The Maine Edge previewed the Maine Beef Producers Association’s (MBPA) 24th annual Beef Conference on Dec. 7 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, and Hilton Garden Inn are sponsoring the event. This year’s theme is “Keeping Your Herd Healthy.”
The Bangor Daily News reported the new Brewer Community Center will provide 18 wireless computers that will be connected to the University of Maine to offer online or satellite classes, according to Gordon Stitham, Brewer Housing Authority’s executive director. Stitham said the facility is meant to be used by the community and offer more educational opportunities to residents.
The Maine Edge advanced the Open Mic Poetry Night to be held Thursday Dec. 5 at the Bear’s Den Cafe and Pub in the University of Maine’s Memorial Union. Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, is hosting the free event that is open to all university and community members who enjoy the written and spoken word.
WABI (Channel 5) reported on a coat drive started by University of Maine student Patrick Herbert to give back to students in need. With the help of organizations such as UMaine’s Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism, Herbert was able to add his coat drive to the campus thrift shop and food pantry. Herbert and Lisa Morin, coordinator of the Bodwell Center, spoke to WABI about the importance of the program.
Tri-Town Weekly reported the Freeport-based Maine Clammers Association will be among the many organizations to attend the Maine Green Crab Summit Dec. 16 at the University of Maine. The group will join the discussion on the damage the invasive green crab is inflicting on the state’s clamming industry and will use information from a Maine Department of Marine Resources study to explore ways to fight the problem.
The Associated Press, Sun Journal and Portland Press Herald were among news organizations to report on cost and expected economic impact details of a proposed floating offshore wind project led by the University of Maine and its partner companies. The details filed by the Maine Aqua Ventus project say the planning and construction of the project will create at least 340 jobs and make the state a hub for development. Utility customers would pay 23 cents per kilowatt hour for electricity, which is higher than market rates, but UMaine officials said it’s important to consider the economic and environmental benefits. The Modesto Bee, Miami Herald, WGME (Channel 13), The Sacramento Bee, NECN, WLBZ (Channel 2), Boston.com, and WABI (Channel 5) carried the AP report.