Christina Adcock, cross-appointed faculty in Canadian studies and history at the University of Maine, was interviewed by CBC North radio Nov. 26 about a rare historical document being shared via tweets. Drawing on her ongoing cultural and environmental research about nonaboriginal trappers in the Arctic and Subarctic, Adcock provided context as she described the historic value of diary entries of Canadian trapper Bud Murphy being distributed through a Twitter account. Adcock communicated with Bud Murphy’s grandson Derryl Murphy about the uniqueness of the diary, which led to providing comments and context to CBC North on its value as a rare and remarkable historic account of the daily life of a trapper in 1929. The interview is slated to air Nov. 27 and will be available online.
The 19th annual Maine Indian Basketmakers Sale and Demonstration was previewed in articles in the Bangor Daily News and The Maine Edge. Passamaquoddy brothers and basketweavers Jeremy Frey and Gabe Frey will be two of the more than 50 artists who will participate in the Dec. 14 event at the University of Maine’s Hudson Museum. The free event will feature baskets, carvings and beadwork, as well as demonstrations, storytelling, music, drumming and dancing.
WVII (Channel 7) reported the University of Maine and the Bangor School Department have finalized an agreement that will allow students in the Bangor STEM Academy to earn college credits before they graduate. The deal will allow students who complete the program’s requirements to use up to 30 credit hours toward an engineering degree at UMaine.
The Portland Press Herald recently published an opinion piece on the importance of the arts and humanities by Justin Wolff, an associate professor of art history at the University of Maine and director of the UMaine Humanities Initiative. Wolff’s piece is titled “Emphasis on STEM education overshadows arts, humanities.”
The Bangor Daily News recently published an opinion piece by Howard Segal, a history professor at the University of Maine. Segal’s piece is titled “Standardized college entrance tests: A lost love affair?”
Christopher Burns, an undergraduate student studying English at the University of Maine, recently wrote an opinion piece titled “A message for young people: Don’t wait for a crisis to push for change.” The Bangor Daily News published the article.
The University of Maine’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral Training Program was recently ranked as one of the best clinical psychology programs nationwide in a journal article based on a University of North Texas study.
The program was identified as performing exceptionally well in the article “Hidden gems among clinical psychology training programs” describing a recently published study in the American Psychological Association (APA) journal Training and Education in Professional Psychology.
The purpose of the study was to use public data sources to identify programs that excel at graduate training in professional psychology as evidenced by two emerging professional benchmarks — internship matching rate and Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) pass rate.
UMaine’s program was ranked ninth out of 233 accredited clinical psychology doctoral programs in the category that combined both benchmarks.
The aim of the study was to identify programs that provide exceptional training by determining which programs are doing better than would be predicted based on the incoming characteristics of the students who are typically admitted. Those characteristics include the average Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of the programs’ incoming students.
UMaine’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral Training Program prepares students for a doctorate in psychology and for careers that combine research and practice.
Since 1990, the clinical program has graduated 85 Ph.D. students. Twenty-one of those graduates now have careers in Maine and “have had clear impacts on the state’s mental health policies and direct care provision,” according to Douglas Nangle, a professor and director of the clinical training program at UMaine.
As just a few examples, program alumni have brought state-of-the art neuropsychological services to the Bangor area and innovative behavioral health consultation services for patients treated at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. They have also affected the way juveniles are treated in the state corrections system and helped bring evidence-based treatments to sexual offenders across the state.
The president-elect of the Maine Psychological Association is also a graduate of the program and has consulted on related issues for the legislature.
There are currently 22 students in the program.
The journal article was published Oct. 14, 2013 and was written by Jennifer L. Callahan, an associate professor and a director of clinical training at the University of North Texas; Camilo J. Ruggero, an assistant professor at the University of North Texas; and Mike C. Parent, a doctoral candidate in counseling psychology at the University of Florida.
Contact: Elyse Kahl, 207.581.3777
WABI (Channel 5) interviewed Michael Socolow, University of Maine associate professor of communication and journalism, for a piece about television coverage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
He said that 50 years ago large numbers of people turned to TV broadcasters for updates about the shooting and its aftermath; 93 percent of TVs in the U.S were on during live coverage of the slain president’s funeral.
JFK’s speech at UMaine a month before he was killed personalized the tragedy for Mainers, said Socolow. “…I think there was kind of this visceral sense of people who had seen Kennedy recently, and suddenly here on television, you’re hearing this news,” he said.
Mark Brewer, University of Maine associate professor of political science, was interviewed for a WVII (Channel 7) story about problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Brewer said the Obama administration should quickly fix the website problems and move swiftly to entice young people to enroll rather than opt to pay a penalty.
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.