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.
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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.
Lenard Kaye, director of the University of Maine Center on Aging and professor in the UMaine School of Social Work, wrote an opinion piece published by the Bangor Daily News titled “Can Maine keep its aging population safe?” Kaye also is a member of the Maine chapter 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.
The University of Maine’s proposed offshore wind pilot project was the focus of the Working Waterfront editorial, “Changing wind direction should not blow Maine off course.” The project was recently chosen as an alternate for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Technology Demonstration Program and will receive $3 million for further research and development. It will be considered for more funding should it become available. “The potential benefits of offshore wind generation are too great to put on the shelf,” the editorial reads.
The Bangor Daily News published the opinion piece, “Campus lifestylers, easy access to guns: A cocktail for violence at US colleges,” by Howard Segal, a history professor at the University of Maine, and Deborah Rogers, a UMaine English professor. The column originally appeared in Times Higher Education.
The Bangor Daily News published an opinion piece by Liam Riordan, a University of Maine history professor, board member of the Maine Humanities Council, and incoming director of the UMaine Humanities Initiative (UMHI); and Gibran Graham, a member of the Bangor City Council, founder of PechaKucha Bangor and board member of River City Cinema. The article, “Community engagement makes a difference. The Bangor region is a case in point,” focused on the importance of public humanities and upcoming UMHI events in the area.
The Bangor Daily News published the opinion piece “Cut parents some slack, already” 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.
Times Higher Education recently published the column, “A cocktail for violence,” by Howard Segal, a history professor at the University of Maine, and Deborah Rogers, a UMaine English professor.
The Bangor Daily News published an opinion piece by Christopher Burns, a University of Maine undergraduate student studying English. Burns writes for The Maine Campus and The Key Reporter and will work as a BDN intern this summer. His article is titled “If you build internships, young people will stay. Here’s how Bangor-area colleges, businesses, legislators can get started.”
Maine Career Connect, a Bangor-based nonprofit program of the University of Maine’s ADVANCE Rising Tide Center, was cited in the Bangor Daily News editorial “Let’s ensure Mainers don’t become an endangered species.” The article states the new program will work to create a consortium that will help facilitate employment opportunities for spouses of UMaine faculty and staff.