Jeffrey Thaler, a visiting professor of energy policy, law and ethics at the University of Maine, spoke to the Bangor Daily News about the proposed sale of Maine’s largest power plant and New England’s changing energy market.
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The newest entry in the Bangor Daily News blog “Education: Future Imperfect,” by UMaine Professor of History Howard Segal is online.
The Bangor Daily News covered the University of Maine’s eighth annual New Media Night at the new Innovative Media Research and Commercialization Center, or IMRC, on Thursday. New media students showed off their work in the $9.3 million renovation of the former Stewart Dining Commons.
University of Maine’s ADVANCE Rising Tide Center has partnered with Maine EPSCoR, Colby College and the University of Southern Maine to offer “Advancing Women in Academia: 2nd Annual Networking Conference” from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 at Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor.
Guests are invited to join colleagues in STEM and social-behavioral sciences from around the state for a day of networking and discussion of issues relevant to career advancement for women in academia.
The event includes poster presentations, networking and workshops. Dr. Jaime Lester of George Mason University will deliver the keynote speech, “Women Can’t Have it All? Work-Life Issues in Higher Education.”
The conference is free and a buffet lunch will be provided.
To register or for more information, call Joan Perkins, 207.581.3439. Registration is also available online.
The ADVANCE program, funded by the National Science Foundation, seeks to develop systemic approaches to increase representation and advancement of women in academic science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and social-behavioral science careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce.
A Family Tradition
When John “Jack” Baldacci Jr., graduates from the University of Maine May 11, he will be joining a long line of family members who are UMaine alums — including his mother and father, six of his aunts and uncles, and two cousins.
His father, Gov. John Baldacci, says it will be “a tremendous honor — and humbling” to see his son get his UMaine degree in May, maintaining the proud family tradition.
“The university will always be a part of me and my family,” Gov. Baldacci says.
The former two-term Maine governor and four-term U.S. Congressman received his bachelor’s degree in history from UMaine in 1986. He met his wife, Karen, at UMaine. Mrs. Baldacci received a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition from UMaine in 1983, and a master’s in elementary education in 2001.
May 11, Jack will receive a bachelor’s degree in international affairs, with a concentration in political science. He is headed to the University of Maine Law School.
Jack chose his international affairs major based on the recommendation of his roommate, Jordan Bailey, a graduate student in the program. “It was one of the best decisions I made,” Jack says.
“The University of Maine is great,” says Jack, a Dean’s List student. “I owe a lot to the faculty and staff. I’m very fortunate to have chosen to come to Maine, and the lessons I have learned here I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”
Jack took the advice of his parents, who encouraged him to find a field of study that interested him and learn everything he could about it.
“Challenge yourself, your professors and your fellow students,” Mrs. Baldacci told him. “Ask questions, struggle with issues, understand the who, what, where, when and how of the profession.”
The governor’s advice to his son was to stay focused on his studies, ask for help if he needed it — and have fun.
“UMaine is like a lantern,” says Gov. Baldacci. “It helps you find your way and (then) you have the responsibility to lead others.”
At UMaine, Gov. Baldacci studied a subject for which he is passionate — history.
“Where we come (from) leads a path to where we’re going,” he says of his choice of undergraduate study. “(UMaine) gave me a solid foundation and clearer thinking on difficult issues.”
UMaine was the governor’s school of choice not only as the alma mater of six of his siblings — Robert, Peter, Gerry, Rosemary, Lisa and Joseph Baldacci — but also because the university offers a “quality education” and is “affordable and represents value,” he says.
The Baldacci family has since established the Robert E. Baldacci Sr., and Rosemary K. Baldacci Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of their parents.
Growing up in Dexter, Maine, the university was Mrs. Baldacci’s school of choice because it was “close, has incredible opportunities, experienced professors, challenging studies and a great campus.”
“UMaine has incredible faculty and curriculum that challenge you to learn,” Mrs. Baldacci says. “They engage you in necessary, real-world experiences and connections that help you succeed, from your college preparation to your future career choice.”
For Mrs. Baldacci, human nutrition — the study of food and its relationship to human health — has long been an interest. As a UMaine undergraduate, she completed a dietetic internship to become a registered dietitian and was mentored by legendary nutritionist Katherine Musgrave. For 27 years, Mrs. Baldacci has worked in the dietetic profession, in both the clinical arena, as well as community dietetics.
Mrs. Baldacci also pursued a graduate degree at UMaine after her experience as a volunteer in Jack’s kindergarten class. With her master’s degree in elementary education, Mrs. Baldacci taught kindergarten in the Bangor School System until Gov. Baldacci was elected to the Blaine House in 2003.
Today, she says, UMaine is still part of her life. Mrs. Baldacci has mentored and been a preceptor for many UMaine nutrition students. And she continues to be a guest lecturer in the community nutrition class.
“I believe it’s important to reach back, as well as lean forward — to be a mentor,” she says, adding that her advice to students is to be engaged, active learners.
“Take advantage of the opportunities UMaine has to offer,” she says. “Make connections, build relationships, and make UMaine the college of your heart always.”
Judith A. Hakola, University of Maine instructor and member of the English department faculty for almost 50 years, will be honored with an award in her name at 2:30 p.m. May 1 at the English Student Honors and Awards Event at the Foster Center for Student Innovation.
The Judith A. Hakola Award in Professional and Technical Communication was established at UMaine in 2001, and originally named The Oliver Award in Technical Communication. In 2013, the founding contributors approved changing the name to honor and celebrate the contributions of Hakola.
Hakola came to UMaine in 1963 as a teaching assistant. She became an instructor in 1965, when she began teaching four sections of college composition. In addition to her teaching and service to the English department, Hakola has been teaching in civil engineering for nearly 30 years.
In addition to the May 1 ceremony, Hakola will also be honored during the Civil Engineering Awards Breakfast on May 11, commencement day.
For more information on the award, contact Charlsye Diaz on FirstClass.
The Bangor Daily News, WABI (Channel 5) and WVII (Channel 7) were among several news organizations to cover the University of Maine’s groundbreaking of the $5.2 million Emera Astronomy Center that will serve as the new home of the Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium and Observatory. Construction begins in mid-May and could be complete by fall 2014. The Lewiston Sun Journal and Portland Press Herald also carried an Associated Press report.
The Henrietta Post out of Henrietta, N.Y. published a story announcing University of Maine Professor Jonathan Farley’s trip to a math tutoring center in Penfield, N.Y. Farley will be one of three mathematicians who will bring math to life through origami at the April 27 event.
At the annual Phi Kappa Phi ceremony on campus April 24, 90 members of the University of Maine community were inducted, including 85 undergraduate and graduate students. Also inducted were Ted Coladarci, director of Institutional Research and professor of educational psychology; Natasha Speer, assistant professor of mathematics education; Janet Waldron, senior vice president for administration and finance; alumnus and former UMaine hockey coach Tim Whitehead; and Vivian Wu, associate professor of food science and human nutrition. Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and largest collegiate honor society, was founded at the University of Maine in 1897.