A study by University of Maine economics professor Philip Trostel was cited in the Bangor Daily News column “10 ideas to make Maine a better place to live, work.” Trostel’s study on the fiscal payoff of investing in early childhood development in Maine was cited under the listing “Invest in quality, early childhood education.” Trostel’s research found if the state invested an additional $26,200 per child over a five-year period, the cost would be fully recovered by the time those children turn 14.
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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.
Paul Mayewski, director of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, was featured in a Q&A article for GlobalPost. Mayewski spoke about the importance of climate change for the article titled “Calamity Calling: Climate change expert says Earth is having its ‘Independence Day’ moment.” He is also the science adviser for Calamity Calling, GlobalPost’s yearlong investigation into climate change.
Michael Socolow, an associate professor in the Communication and Journalism Department at the University of Maine, co-wrote an article published by Slate about the overblown reports of mass hysteria following Orson Welles’ 1938 radio broadcast of “War of the Worlds.” Oct. 30 marks the 75th anniversary of the broadcast. Socolow wrote the article with Jeff Pooley, an associate professor of media and communication at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa. The Bangor Daily News also carried the Slate article.
Ali Abedi, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Maine, will chair the International Conference on Wireless for Space and Extreme Environments Nov. 7–9 in Baltimore, Md. The challenges related to radio frequency and wireless sensing and communication in space and other extreme environments will be the focus of the conference. Investigators from space agencies such as NASA, the Canadian Space Agency and the European Space Agency, along with industry and academic researchers, will take part in the event. A full press release is available online.
The Associated Press reported on a partnership between the University of Maine’s College of Education and Human Development and the Maine Department of Education to create a statewide system of supports for Mainers who serve children with autism and their families. The Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research (MAIER) will open Jan. 1, 2014 on the UMaine campus. News OK, Boston.com, WLBZ (Channel 2), Sun Journal, Press Herald and WABI (Channel 5) were among organizations to carry the report.
Jeffrey Thaler, University of Maine’s first visiting professor of energy policy, law and ethics who also serves as assistant counsel to the university, spoke with the Associated Press for the article, “With Statoil’s exit, wind industry looks to UMaine.” Since Norwegian company Statoil decided to abandon its $120 million offshore wind pilot project in Maine, UMaine’s proposal became the only project under consideration for a state contract. Details of the proposal will soon be made public. Thaler said once the price of the project is released, he thinks Maine residents will see the “project is very competitive with what Statoil had previously negotiated with the commission.” The Houston Chronicle, NewsDaily, Boston.com and the San Francisco Chronicle were among organizations to carry the report.
The Free Press reported on a partnership between the University of Maine’s College of Education and Human Development and the Maine Department of Education to create a statewide system of supports for Mainers who serve children with autism and their families. The Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research (MAIER) will open Jan. 1, 2014 on the UMaine campus.
The Forecaster article titled “South Portland concert venue proposal could be firm in January” cited a study by Todd Gabe, an economics professor at the University of Maine. Gabe’s study found Bangor’s Waterfront Concerts have generated more than $30 million in local spending in the first three years of the series.
Aaron Putnam, a research associate at the University of Maine’s Climate Change Institute, is a co-author of a journal article for Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS). Wallace S. Broecker, Newberry Professor of Geology at Columbia University’s The Earth Institute, is the lead author of the article titled “Hydrologic impacts of past shifts of Earth’s thermal equator offer insight into those to be produced by fossil fuel CO2.” As fossil fuel CO2 warms the planet, the researchers expect Northern Hemisphere continents to warm faster than the Southern Hemisphere oceans. The researchers predict a northward shift of Earth’s thermal equator, sparked by the temperature contrast, may produce hydrologic changes and warm periods causing the American West, Middle East and southern Amazonia to become drier, and Asia, Venezuela and Africa to become wetter, the article states.