WVII (Channel 7), WABI (Channel 5) and the Bangor Daily News covered the 2013 William S. Cohen Lecture at the University of Maine. “The State of Our Nation: Hardball vs. Civility” was the focus of the lecture featuring former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson, co-chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. Simpson was joined by former Secretary of Defense William Cohen in the discussion moderated by Mark Woodward, UMaine alumnus and former BDN executive editor. Simpson and Cohen spoke about the need for Americans to take control of government and demand that elected officials work together.
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Mark Brewer, an associate professor of political science at the University of Maine, was interviewed for a Portland Press Herald article about Gov. Paul LePage officially launching his re-election campaign. Brewer said LePage faces obstacles in his run but has “a decent chance” at a second term because in a race against Cutler and Michaud, vote-splitting could lead LePage to a narrow victory.
Christina Adcock, a University of Maine professor of Canadian studies and history, has assembled the “Northern Nations, Northern Natures” international workshop Nov. 8–11 in Stockholm, Sweden.
The workshop goal, according to Adcock, is “to explore transnational and comparative approaches to northern environmental history, including the history of boreal, subarctic, arctic and polar regions.” In addition to a series of lectures from senior researchers, Ph.D. students from Canada, Sweden and Finland will present research in progress.
The workshop is made possible by funding from Formas, the Swedish Research Council, and the Network in Canadian History and Environment (NiCHE). It is co-organized by Adcock and Peder Roberts of the Royal Institute of Technology. The workshop will take place at the Royal Institute of Technology, also known as Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH), Sweden’s largest, oldest and most international technical university.
The Portland Daily Sun reported on a study by Richard Powell, an associate professor of political science at the University of Maine, that found opposition to same-sex marriage is greater on Election Day than indicated in pre-election polls. Powell’s study states the reason for the discrepancy is that people being surveyed tend to say they’ll vote the way they think is socially desirable, regardless of their real position on the issue.
The Maine Public Broadcasting Network spoke with Mark Brewer, an associate professor of political science at the University of Maine, about the political effects of gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud announcing he is gay. Brewer said what remains to be seen is whether special interest groups opposed to gay rights might try to capitalize on Michaud’s sexual orientation by making independent expenditures to benefit one of his opponents. Brewer said any candidate would have to publicly condemn those attacks, but what they do behind the scenes would remain unseen.
The University of Maine departments of art, English and history, as well as the Honors College, are offering a daylong student trip to Portland, Maine on Saturday, Nov. 16.
Students will have the opportunity to explore the city on their own, as well as take part in several scheduled tours of the city’s cultural institutions.
Tours will be at the Portland Public Library, Maine Historical Society’s Longfellow House and the Portland Museum of Art, which is currently hosting its biennial of contemporary art and a show about “Winslow Homer’s Civil War.”
The bus is scheduled to leave from the Collins Center for the Arts parking lot at 8:30 a.m. with an approximate arrival in downtown Portland at 10:30 a.m. Participants will then have the opportunity to attend scheduled tours, explore the city on their own, and eat lunch and dinner before heading back to campus at 6:30 p.m. The bus is expected to be in Orono at 8:30 p.m.
To reserve a seat by Nov. 6, students can register with the faculty member in their department and pay a $5 registration fee. The faculty trip leaders are Michael Grillo in the Art Department, Richard Brucher in English, Sarah Harlan-Haughey in Honors and Liam Riordan in History.
Non-reserved seats will be available to any UMaine student and the general public on Nov. 11.
The UMaine Humanities Initiative provided partial funding for the trip.
Michael Socolow, an associate professor in the Communication and Journalism Department at the University of Maine, was interviewed by National Geographic for the article “75 years since ‘War of the Worlds’ broadcast, hoaxes live on.” Socolow’s recent Slate article on the overblown reports of panic the 1938 radio program was also cited in the TIME article “The real legacy of Orson Welles’ ‘War of the Worlds’ broadcast.” Socolow’s research determined the reported mass hysteria after the broadcast was created by newspapers in an attempt to discredit radio and win over advertisers.
The Maine Edge previewed the Nov. 2 open forum of the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine. The center provides several services in the Bangor area including a library with books on peace, reconciliation and conflict resolution that are available to the public by a donation from the Peace and Reconciliation Studies Program at the University of Maine. The center maintains connections to the UMaine student peace group, the Maine Peace Action Committee and the HOPE Festival, which comes to UMaine every spring.
SeacoastOnline previewed a Nov. 3 presentation at the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, N.H. by John Bear Mitchell, associate director of the University of Maine’s Wabanaki Center. Mitchell, who is also a Wabanaki studies lecturer at UMaine, will present a program on Wabanaki culture and storytelling traditions as part of the museum’s speaker series commemorating the 300th anniversary of the 1713 Treaty of Portsmouth between the English and Native Americans of the Maine and New Hampshire coast. Mitchell is a member of the Penobscot Nation on Indian Island.
The Maine Edge reported a new study by a University of Maine-led research team found a decline in renal function in early stages of kidney disease is associated with stiffening of the arteries, which is a risk for stroke and dementia. Team leader Merrill Elias, UMaine professor of psychology and cooperating professor in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering, determined worsening kidney function is associated with higher pulse wave velocity (PMC) values that create higher levels of arterial stiffness in the heart and brain.