Archive for the ‘Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Category

NIDA Notes Cites Hayes’ Gene Variation, Infant Opioid Withdrawal Research

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Research by Marie Hayes, a University of Maine psychology professor, was cited in an NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) Notes article, titled “Gene variations reduce opioid risks.” The article sites findings published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in 2013 about a study conducted by Hayes and recent UMaine doctoral student Jonathan Paul, in collaboration with Dr. Mark Brown at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor and colleagues at Tufts Medical Center. The study found that in substance-exposed newborns, identification of the gene variations associated with risk of opioid addiction could aid the treatment of their withdrawal symptoms in the critical hours after birth.

UMaine Hosts 70 High School Students for Stormwater Research Institute

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

About 70 high school students and teachers from Portland, Bangor, Auburn and local Native American communities will gather at the University of Maine for a five-day UMaine Stormwater Management Research Team (SMART) Institute.

UMaine scientists and students, city water planners, and representatives from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, and businesses including Woodard & Curran and IDEXX will also take part in the institute that runs from Monday, June 23 through Friday, June 27.

The SMART Institute aims to engage a diverse group of students and teachers in training for the implementation of science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) core values in their schools while addressing an important environmental issue.

The institute is supported by a more than $735,000 grant awarded by the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) to empower female and minority high school students, their teachers and communities to create innovative solutions to the environmental problems related to stormwater management.

Throughout the conference, students will take part in hands-on projects led by STEM professionals in areas such as engineering design, science, computer modeling and information technology to monitor and map water quality. Participants will tour UMaine labs and stormwater areas on campus, hear from guest speakers, and learn how to use wireless sensors to test water, as well as collect, enter and analyze data.

The institute will cap off with a field trip to the Arctic Brook watershed area in Bangor where students will install the wireless sensors they built and collect data as citizen scientists. An awards ceremony will be held on campus before students depart.

History Compiled by UMaine Cited in BDN Article on Paper Machine Auction

Friday, June 20th, 2014

History compiled by the University of Maine was mentioned in a Bangor Daily News article about the auction of Great Northern Paper Co.’s No. 11 paper machine from its defunct Millinocket mill. The article states the No. 11 is the last papermaking machine on the Katahdin Avenue site, which at one time employed more than 4,000 workers as part of a company that opened in 1900. The machine began producing specialty papers for magazines, newspaper supplements, paperbacks and catalogs in the 1950s, according to UMaine records.

Theatre Professor Sandra Hardy Passes Away

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Associate Professor of Theatre Sandra Hardy unexpectedly passed away June 19 in Connecticut. She was 76. Professor Hardy joined the University of Maine community in 1987. In her 26-year career at UMaine, Hardy taught acting and literature of the theatre, as well as drama in education. She directed many theatrical main stage productions at UMaine, including “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Hedda Gabler,” “Avenue Q,” “The Boys Next Door,” and her final musical, “Grease,” this past February. She took three shows to the regional finals of the American College Theatre Festival, directed children’s puppet shows and toured shows to middle schools. Her career as a theater director spanned almost 50 years. Hardy was an Ibsen scholar and was particularly proud of an NAACP award for outstanding contribution to the integration of all races in the public schools of Bridgeport, Conn. Her daughter, Jade, is a student at UMaine. Hardy’s obituary is online.

Brewer Quoted in AP Article on Planned Parenthood PAC’s Michaud Endorsement

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Mark Brewer, a political science professor at the University of Maine, was quoted in an Associated Press article about The Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund PAC endorsing gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud. Brewer said the endorsement is the latest example of the attempt by Maine’s liberal coalition to support Michaud early in the three-person race for governor and to present him as the preferred option to Gov. Paul LePage. Miami Herald and Boston Herald carried the AP report.

Brewer Quoted in Press Herald Article on Gubernatorial Candidate Michaud

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Mark Brewer, a political science professor at the University of Maine, was quoted in the Portland Press Herald article, “Michaud’s sexuality has double-edged potential,” about Maine gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud. Brewer said there are many different ways the issue can cut — either positive or negative for Michaud. He said Michaud’s sexuality may be costing him some votes among socially conservative Democrats in the 2nd District, but it could appeal to more liberal voters in the 1st District, who might be inclined to support Cutler. “It’s going to be fascinating to see how that plays out in November,” Brewer said.

Student Begins Life-Changing Run

Monday, June 16th, 2014

University of Maine junior Matthew Dexter kicked off his 42-day cross-country relay run to raise money for cancer research Sunday, June 15, in San Francisco, California. People interested in keeping in step with Dexter’s progress are invited to read his blog.

Dexter and 33 other college students are taking part in the second annual 4,000-mile Ulman Cancer Foundation’s 4K for Cancer, the motto for which is “Change Lives.” Doug Ulman created 4K for Cancer in 1997 after he was first diagnosed with cancer to enhance “lives by supporting, educating and connecting young adults, and their loved ones, affected by cancer.”

Dexter, a psychology major from Acton, Massachusetts, has raised more than $7,000 for the cause, $2,000 more than his original goal. Last year, runners and bikers taking part in the event contributed about $775,000 to the fund.

Dexter’s mother Christine died of stomach cancer when he was 13 and he says running was therapeutic for him. Dexter wanted to take part in the run to help others facing similar challenges. Relay participants run six to 10 miles a day, visit patients, give away chemo packs (comfort items for patients undergoing chemotherapy) and deliver college scholarships to young adults with cancer. The relay team is slated to reach Baltimore, Maryland on July 26.

Lindenfeld Quoted in ClimateWire Report on Climate Change in Movies

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Laura Lindenfeld, an associate professor of communication and policy at the University of Maine, was interviewed for a ClimateWire article about the rise in fiction films that use climate change to help drive the plot line. Lindenfeld and postdoctoral researcher Bridie McGreavy recently published an article in the International Journal of Sustainable Development about their research on race and gender stereotypes in movies that focus on climate change. Lindenfeld said seeing climate change in popular media is encouraging because it shows society is talking more about the issue. “People consume entertainment media for fun, not to change their way of thinking. But for better or for worse, it is indeed changing the way you experience the world,” she said.                        

Brewer Quoted in Kennebec Journal Article on 2nd Congressional District Race

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Mark Brewer, a political science professor at the University of Maine, spoke with the Kennebec Journal about the race between Democrat Emily Cain and Republican Bruce Poliquin for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District seat. Brewer said Cain is the favorite at the start of the campaign, and Poliquin may have trouble winning because he is more conservative than the moderates who have held the seat most recently. He said Poliquin has, “a very specialized, foundational group of supporters and it’s hard to see how much bigger he can make that.”

Brewer Quoted in Press Herald Article on Primary Voting Results

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Mark Brewer, a political science professor at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Portland Press Herald article about the results of the Democratic and Republican primaries for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. Emily Cain won the nomination as the Democratic candidate, and Bruce Poliquin won over Kevin Raye in the district’s Republican primary. Voter turnout was predictably low across the district, according to the article. Brewer said final turnout numbers would be a key factor in the Republican race, saying before the results were in that a heavy turnout would benefit Raye and a low turnout would help Poliquin.