Richard Barron, head coach of the University of Maine women’s basketball team, along with players on the team spoke with the Bangor Daily News for an article on the one year anniversary of an Interstate 95 bus crash the team was involved in. The players and coach recalled the crash and spoke about its lasting effects. “I think because we all survived it and without long-lasting, permanent injuries, it was something that we looked at as having brought us together and that we endured,” Barron said. “That’s probably something that strengthens our team.”
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Phys.org published a report on an observation protocol that can document college instruction and student learning of STEM that was developed by Michelle Smith, assistant professor in the University of Maine’s School of Biology and Ecology and member of the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education. Over a two-year period, Smith and three researchers from the University of British Columbia, tested and validated the Classroom Observation Protocol for Undergraduate STEM (COPUS) by which observers document instructor and student behaviors in two-minute intervals during the class period. The results can help inform professors of their behaviors and the behaviors of students during class.
Robert Rice, a professor of wood science and technology at the University of Maine, spoke with the Bangor Daily News for an article about innovation playing an important role in the future of Maine’s pulp and paper industry. The article states an integral part of the innovations occurring at Old Town Fuel and Fiber is the mill’s collaboration with UMaine and its Forest Bioproducts Research Institute (FBRI). The relationship gives the mill the opportunity to take advantage of R&D capabilities it wouldn’t necessarily have access to. Rice said there are no huge changes in technology that will suddenly appear, but he thinks the industry’s economics have the potential to change over time with the addition of new conversions and methods.
WVII (Channel 7) reported on Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap’s visit to the University of Maine where he was honored as a Margaret Chase Smith Distinguished Maine Policy Fellow. Margaret Chase Smith Distinguished Maine Policy Fellows are prominent Maine individuals with a past or current career as a policymaker in the state. Dunlap, a UMaine alumnus and Maine’s 49th Secretary of State, said the university is a home for him in many ways and it’s humbling to be asked to visit as a guest. Mary Cathcart, senior policy associate at UMaine’s Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, said every time a fellow visits campus she learns something new about the university and is proud of her students for asking engaging questions.
The Bangor Daily News spoke with University of Maine students; Daniel Sturrup, executive director of Auxiliary Services; and Jimmy Jung, vice president for enrollment management about the university’s new on-campus housing policy. To accommodate a larger freshman class and to keep more sophomores on campus, UMaine announced it will give sophomores — as opposed to juniors and seniors — first pick at remaining dorm rooms after all freshmen are placed. Sturrup said off-campus living doesn’t offer the same accessibility to resources such as the library, tutoring and clubs that living on campus does. “The first two years of a residential college experience are critical to the academic success and social development of students. Having freshmen and sophomores live on campus improves retention,” Jung told the BDN. UMaine students Charlotte Roe and Shawn Berry also were interviewed for the report that was published by the Sun Journal, as well.
Sabrina Vivian, a third-year ecology and environmental science major at the University of Maine, was quoted in the Maine Public Broadcasting Network report titled “UMaine students press again for fossil fuel divestment.” Vivian was one of several students in the University of Maine System group Divest Maine that met with the UMaine Trustees Investment Committee to urge the system to stop investing endowment funds in the coal, oil and natural gas industries. Vivian told the committee “people have great power and can have immense impacts on the environment.” She urged the officials to consider creating a timeline for divesting funds from the top fossil fuel companies that are currently being supported. Vivian is a member of UMaine’s Green Team, a student organization that supports sustainable and environmentally friendly efforts on campus.
The Weekly published a feature article on University of Maine students and siblings Emily and Jared Duggan who are volunteers in UMaine’s Black Bear Mentor Program offered through the Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism. The Duggans are two of more than 80 UMaine students who are currently participating in the program. The Black Bear Mentors meet with local third- to eighth-grade students once a week and work with students on activities such as sports, arts and crafts, homework, board games, and community service projects.
U.S. News University Directory published an article titled “Maine congressman wants to make sophomore year free” that referenced a Bangor Daily News article about Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rep. Mike Michaud’s economic development plan. Michaud’s plan proposes students from Maine enrolled in one of the University of Maine System schools would have their sophomore year paid for by the state. Liam Nee, a University of Maine senior studying journalism and political science, was cited as saying the change would help cut down on the student debt problem he and his peers expect to face when they graduate.
WABI (Channel 5) reported a list of the University of Maine Singers’ spring tour dates. Over spring break the group will perform five free public concerts in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The tour kicks off March 10 at First Baptist Church in Bar Harbor, Maine.
The Village Soup reported on the 27th annual Camden Conference. The theme of this year’s conference and accompanying course offered by the University of Maine’s Division of Lifelong Learning was “The Global Politics of Food and Water.” The conference and course aimed to explore water and food security topics from many perspectives around the world as they relate to human life, global climate change and relationships between countries.