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.”
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.
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.
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.
Susan Brawley, a professor of plant biology at the University of Maine, wrote an opinion piece published by the Bangor Daily News, titled “Look at the science. Maine harvesting of rockweed is sustainable.” Brawley wrote, “a certain amount of harvesting can be performed without jeopardizing the overall health of the ecosystem.”
Slate published an opinion piece by Michael Socolow, an associate professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Maine, titled “The day we didn’t invade Normandy.” The article focuses on the erroneous media reports that were made on June 3, 1944 announcing that D-Day had begun. Millions of people likely heard the report on as many as 500 stations nationwide. The false report sprang from a preplanned news flash that was accidentally released by a young typist in the AP’s London bureau who pressed the wrong button on her teletype transmitter, the article states. “Though far more Americans heard the false D-Day report than tuned in to Orson Welles’ ‘War of the Worlds’ broadcast, the erroneous news flash, and the public’s reaction to it, is now largely forgotten. Actual coverage of D-Day, starting three days later, wiped it from historical memory,” Socolow wrote.
Renee Kelly, director of Economic Development Initiatives and co-director of the Foster Center for Student Innovation at the University of Maine, wrote an article for Mainebiz on how to validate a business idea. Kelly wrote the first step to validate an idea is to give it more definition. She recommends writing out the elements, as opposed to only thinking through concepts.
Elissa Koskela, an assistant coordinator of the Signs of the Seasons program coordinated by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Sea Grant, wrote an opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News titled “Wondering how climate change is affecting us now? Citizen scientists have a role to play.” 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.
The Bangor Daily News published an opinion piece titled “Maine inventors have a natural advantage,” by David Kappos, a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York who also served as under secretary of commerce for intellectual property and director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from 2009 to 2013. “Continued promulgation of fabrication labs is crucial to Maine’s ascent in innovation. The University of Maine has wisely made bold investments in such facilities,” the article states. The complete version of the article first appeared in Maine Policy Review, published by UMaine’s Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center.
A bill proposed by Rep. Mick Devin of Newcastle, who is also a researcher and shellfish hatchery manager at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center, was mentioned in a column published in the Working Waterfront, titled “Gulf of Maine uniquely susceptible to ocean acidification.” Devin, who has shown concern about the vulnerability of Maine’s marine ecosystems and fisheries-dependent communities, proposed a bill last fall to establish a commission that would study the effects of coastal and ocean acidification on species that are commercially harvested along Maine’s coast, according to the article. The bill gained support from diverse interest groups and became law April 30. Global Ocean Health also carried the column.