Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

Lilieholm Writes Op-Ed on Penobscot River Changes for BDN

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Robert Lilieholm, the  E.L. Giddings professor of forest policy at the University of Maine, wrote the opinion piece, “Bay to Baxter: As the Penobscot River changes, so must we,” for the Bangor Daily News.

Press Herald Publishes Koskela’s Op-Ed on Monarch Butterflies

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Elissa Koskela, an assistant coordinator of the Signs of the Seasons program coordinated by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant, wrote an opinion piece for the Portland Press Herald about the decline of the monarch butterfly population. Signs of the Seasons is a phenology program that helps scientists document the local effects of global climate change through the work of volunteer citizen scientists who are trained to record the seasonal changes of common plants and animals in their communities.

Press Herald Publishes Op-Ed by Segal

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

The Portland Press Herald published the opinion piece, “Out-to-pasture administrators should go back to the classroom,” by Howard Segal, a history professor at the University of Maine.

BDN Publishes Op-Ed by Brinkley

Monday, July 7th, 2014

The Bangor Daily News published the opinion piece, “Eliot Cutler has a leadership problem,” by Tony Brinkley, an English professor at the University of Maine.

UMaine Climate Change Research Cited in BDN Editorial

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

A Bangor Daily News editorial titled “Keeping up with Maine’s changing climate” cited several University of Maine initiatives that aim to mitigate the effects of extreme weather. The editorial mentioned the Maine Futures Community Mapper, an online tool developed by Maine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative (SSI) that allows people to see the best locations for development, conservation, agriculture or forestry in Maine, and then shows what future landscapes would look like under different scenarios. Research being conducted by SSI with coastal communities to update stormwater plans and identify problem culverts, as well as a bill sponsored by Rep. Mick Devin, a researcher and shellfish hatchery manager at UMaine’s Darling Marine Center, that will establish a commission to study ocean acidification and how it affects the harvest of shellfish were also mentioned. UMaine’s Climate Change Institute was cited as “one organization with the expertise to guide community leaders in their climate adaptation and sustainability plans.” The CCI will host a workshop at the Wells Conference Center on Oct. 23 to help Maine communities with climate change planning, the editorial states.

Barkan Writes Op-Ed for BDN

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

The Bangor Daily News published the opinion piece “Why it makes no sense to put more people in jail,” by Steve Barkan, a sociology professor at the University of Maine. Barkan also is a member of the Maine Regional Network, part of the Scholars Strategy Network, which brings together scholars across the country to address public challenges and their policy implications. Members’ columns appear in the BDN every other week.

Maine Edge Reporter Remembers Hardy

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

A Maine Edge reporter and former University of Maine student wrote the feature, “Saying goodbye to a teacher and friend,” about his memories of Sandra Hardy. Hardy, who was an associate professor of theatre at UMaine, taught acting and literature of the theatre, as well as drama in education during her 26-year career. Hardy passed away June 19 in Connecticut. She was 76. “She was never at a loss for something to say, but at the same time, she was one of the greatest listeners I ever encountered,” the reporter wrote. “She was there to make you better — better as a student, better as an actor and better as a person.”

Wilde Stein Co-Founder Interviewed for Press Herald Column on Gay-Rights Pioneers

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Steve Bull, a pioneer for gay rights who co-founded the University of Maine’s Wilde Stein Club in 1974, was interviewed for a Portland Press Herald column by Bill Nemitz, titled “Gay-rights pioneers earned pride long before parade.” Bull said he never will forget organizing the first gay symposium at UMaine in 1974.

Maine Policy Review Piece on Innovation, Farming Published in BDN

Monday, June 16th, 2014

The Bangor Daily News published an opinion piece titled “To survive and grow, Maine farmers must keep innovating,” by John Piotti, president and CEO of Maine Farmland Trust. The article first appeared in Maine Policy Review, published by the University of Maine’s Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center.

Blackstone Writes Op-Ed on Women’s Confidence for BDN

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

The Bangor Daily News published the opinion piece “Women’s ‘confidence problem’? It’s so much more” by Amy Blackstone, an associate professor and chairwoman of the University of Maine’s Sociology Department. Blackstone also is a member of the Maine Regional Network, part of the Scholars Strategy Network, which brings together scholars across the country to address public challenges and their policy implications. Members’ columns appear in the BDN every other week.